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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Cafe-style table and chairs for a front porch on: February 24, 2008 12:08:33 PM

A table and chairs set for my front porch, so we can have coffee outside once it gets a little warmer, decorated from finds at a local consignment furniture store. I drive a corolla and couldn't fit it in the car so I ended up carrying the table the home Smiley


The table is obviously made from someone's scrap wood bin - two of the 2x2 legs are poplar and 2 are pine Smiley The top is strand board. I put a veneer strip around the end and then filled most of the top with wood filler to fill the gaps in the strand board. And then painted! I used 100% latex acrylic semi-gloss house paint over exterior primer. I wanted to paint a design on the top but couldn't find the right inspiration. I think I'll do some sort of centerpiece involving a citronella candle instead.

Close up of the seat design:

I replaced the degraded yellow vinyl with a layer of tyvek and followed by cotton duck. I re-used the original cotton padding since it was in good shape, and then used tyvek housewrap we had leftover to protect the cotton from moisture (tyvek is also used in those tear-resistant postal service mailing envelopes). I painted the design using the same acrylic house paint, diluted 1:1 with Golden's fabric medium. To get the outline colors I tinted it with artists' acrylics. Heat set it in the dryer as per the fabric medium instructions - it seems pretty flexible (no indication that it might crack) and it washed well. It'll only be spot washed as it's now part of the chair, so I think it'll hold up fantastically.

The chairs fold up:

They're actually a set of four - I did them all the same way, but two are hanging out in the house for when we have guests over.

They were made by an I'm-sure-now-defunct company called Leg-O-Matic (awesome name!) They have quite an elaborate but wonderful mechanism folding mechanism.

My kitten wanted to get in on the action Smiley

Thanks for looking! We've got a whole bunch more painting to do on the porch (like the chalky aluminum siding and trim in the background) but hopefully we'll have a nice garden-view retreat by this summer.

This whole thing was precipitated by replacing the old gross plywood that was our previous porch ceiling with some beadboard a little more appropriate for the house (built in 1800). Gratuitous ceiling shot:

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Painting cotton duck seat covers for outdoor use - sealing the acrylics? on: February 10, 2008 07:40:23 PM
I am working on a "bistro set" (a small round table and two chairs) for our front porch. The items will be kept outside, but under a porch roof. Here is a photo for reference:

First question: I plan to paint the table and wooden parts of the chairs with exterior latex acrylic (house and trim) paint. I want to paint the top of the table with artist's acrylic paint and then pour a thin coat of epoxy over the top of the table to seal in the painted design and give it a nice hard surface. Will the solvents in the epoxy upset the acrylics when it's poured?

Second question: I am reupholstering the seats of the chairs with cotton duck. I want to paint a design that will mimic the table on the cotton duck, using acrylics, potentially diluted with fabric medium. Do I need to seal the acrylics into the fabric when I'm done, since this it is intended for outside? What sort or spray or sizing would I need?

Thanks for any input / ideas!

Footnote: I'm planning the main color to be a dusty midrange blue, with light gray-blue seat covers.  The idea is to do a two-tone botanical design on the table (sort of like this duvet cover) with the lighter color as close as possible to the color of the chair seats, and a darker color, probably a milk chocolate, as the contrast. Then the same color chocolate would be used for a simple design on the chairs.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Plant table on: August 25, 2007 06:46:33 AM
My first attempt at woodworking - although I thought I knew what I was doing when I assembled it in a different order than my instructions said (like I usually do for sewing patterns Wink ) everything had to come apart and get re-assembled closer to the original instructions. Initally I tried to assemble the legs and rails and set the table on top of it, but it was all cock-eyed, and in highsight it was pretty obvious that it would have been cock-eyed.

This was spun off from the coffee table project here - http://www.buildeazy.com/coffee_lounge.html

The basic differences from the project instructions above are the size of both the legs, the table, and the rails, how the legs are attached, and the lip to hold the plant pots in place. The size difference is obvious, as this table is long and skinny and not coffee table shaped. I used 1X2 for the rails instead of 1X4s, which I thought would overpower the piece. To attach the legs, I used hanger bolts (they look like this) which have wood screw threads on one side and bolt threads on the other. This way once the legs are on no hardware is visible from the outside.

The table top is a length of paint-grade board, with 1x3s making the lip around the edge. I glued the frame to the table top with wood glue, ample clamping and some short screws from the underside for good measure. I used poplar wood, because it was inexpensive for a first go at this type of project, plus I liked the purple and green streaks. I used black milk paint for the center portion, and finished the rest with just some sanding and a few coats of water-based polyacrylic.

The floor beneath where this table would go wasn't completely level, so I added some adjustable height metal feet (furniture feet section of Lowe's)

The table in its intended nook

Another picture - we finally finished painting our kitchen Smiley

sprouting garlic enjoying the morning light - the finishing touch was to "borrow" a few stones from a local stream bed for a little organic decoration
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Method for sewing room organization on: August 25, 2007 05:39:16 AM
My husband got a sheet of pegboard to hang in his closet to organize cables, and I thought "brilliant!" BUT it usually can only be found in dark brown. So I took the leftover panels, primed them and painted them with some leftover latex paint from the walls of the room (it's a very pale sea green).

To give the hooks the needed room from the wall, I built a frame out of 1x2s and set the pegboard on top of that. Then I got some skinny house trim (from Lowe's - not quite where this stuff is intended to be used originally) and built a  frame for the top, painted it white (matches the trim in the room), and nailed it in place. So the pegboard is just sandwiched between the two frames. I used trim caulk to fill in any imperfect corners Smiley  If you have access to a router, you could just cut a groove into a larger piece of trim and end up with a really sweet frame, completely hiding the pegboard edge (or rather, not using paint to do so)

You can see the black screws (I'm going to touch up with a bit of paint) where the boards were screwed into the wall (through the 1x2 frame which is a bit larger than the white trim). Definitely want to screw this into studs!

The different tins have pins and such in them.

The little boxes and pencil box were found in the peg board aisle at home depot, and spray painted silver to look slightly less garage-y than their original color. They hold machine needles, hand needles, seam rippers and small tools.

The thread rack is just a bunch of 1" peghooks!

All told, the project probably just passed $40, including the 1/2 sheet of pegboard but not counting the paint which was on hand. I couldn't find the 1" peghooks locally (the home and hardware stores here just sold multipacks of peghooks) so I had to order those online.

The best part is, each panel is only attached with four screws into the studs, so if I want to take them down, it's just a little drywall mud in the screw holes and a little paint touch-up.

Now that I can find all of my sewing tools when I look for them, I'm actually in the mood to sew -

5  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Where to donate unused sewing supplies and fabric? on: August 19, 2007 08:41:23 AM
Hi all,

I'm going some serious stash clean-out, and I'm looking for a place to donate the good stuff that I'll probably never use, including some zippers, trims, some notions, and fabric. I could free-cycle it, but I'd prefer to donate to a youth organization or school or charity group that could use it. There are lots of organizations found on the internet where I can mail donations in, but I'd prefer to donate it without it actually costing me money Smiley and also to somewhere in the fair city of Baltimore (or close by). Does anyone know of groups in the city (like youth craft groups or something) that would be interested?

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / what is "ladies sewing circle and terrorist society"? on: October 04, 2005 09:21:06 PM
So I've seen various references to the "ladies sewing circle and terrorist society" - while it seems to be a meme rather than an actual organization, I'm curious where it came from. I googled to no avail, but the earliest reference I could find was the title of an academic conference from 1985: "The Ladies' Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society: the Phenomenon of Political Needlework." Contemporary Woman in the Visual Arts National Conference, Minneapolis.

Anyone had any other information about this, uh.. phenomena? Also, that graphic, the one on the t-shirts, where did that come from?

Just curious.. I gotta get me one of those shirts...  (http://www.feminist-tshirts.com/tshirts-fem3.htm)
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / some sturdy handmade boxes (anybody read hangul / korean?) on: September 17, 2005 09:01:13 PM
I wanted a set of boxes to put on the top shelf of my desk to keep lots of random stuff in, stuff you don't want to throw away but has no other place... Anyways I couldn't find any that would fit, and in my price range, so of course I made some. This is my first try at a paper project (not counting anything done with construction paper in elementary school).

this is one of a set of four. Basically it is matting board, cut and folded, covered with mod podge and decorative paper. The paper was named "ancient korean". I scanned in a little bit, cleaned up the edges on some of the characters and printed them out to put in the box tops. (there are a few more detailed photos at my blog - http://www.cyggy.com)

here are the box tops (this is the view of the insides). if anyone knows what these symbols are, I'd love to know. Hopefully they're rather mundane; I'd feel pretty bad if I had picked out "war" "famine" "pain" or something like that. Something like "fish" "stone" "boring" would be okay...

I made another box from the left over bits of matting board, covered with pages of "cicero's orations" (the rest of which is being turned into a jewelry box).

I'm having a problem with the "cicero box", though. For the ancient korean boxes, I didn't but a surface coat of mod podge, because I didn't want to affect the texture of the paper. For the cicero box, I put on a coat of shiny mod podge. I let it dry for over a day, and when I put the top on it wasn't sticky. But the next day when I tried to take it off the top had gotten stuck in a few places, and pulled the paper out a bit where it was stuck. So I put a little more mod podge on to fix the tears, and let it dry for two days. It seemed bone dry. When I put the top on again, it didn't seem to stick at all. But a day later, the same problem occured. What gives? How should I fix it? I was thinking of mod podging on a sheet of something transparent, like wax paper, to the inside of the top to keep it from sticking, but I don't know if that will work at all. I put some of the coolest pages of the book on the inside of the box top, I'd hate to have to cover them up with an opaque material.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / vogue sells marfy! on: September 12, 2005 06:13:01 PM
I've never sewn on a Marfy pattern but I've always drooled over them, and they're very difficult to come by here in the States, but now voguepatterns.com sells some Marfy patterns - http://www.voguepatterns.com/Marfy.html

I love this coat - http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.F9609=x&TI=22000&page=1

most are selling for 18 dollars, which seems pretty expensive considering they only come in one size per envelope and don't include instructions, but some of the designs are really interesting.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / teatime in my head - messenger bag / tote combo idea - will this work? on: April 10, 2005 06:03:22 PM
So, I'm thinking of making a bag Smiley

This bag, to be exact (forgive my miserable drawing skills)
but I have a few questions for whoever may have answers
So here's the bag:
I want to make it out of a lightweight slubby denim with black burlap as a contrast and lined with coated ripstop nylon. I want it to look rugged, not technical, but still be sorta technical when it comes down to it.

A: Removable shoulder strap. The questions are: how to attach/detach it? I could use those plastic clips are are usually used for attaching straps, and clip it to looks in the bag, but I hate the way they squeak when you walk. I also thought of using side-release buckles - sewing one half to the bag and the other half to the strap. The negative is then when the strap is detached you have two halves of buckles hanging in the bag, and you're limited to that one strap. Also, if it were you, would you make the strap of denim, burlap, or just use black webbing?

B: Tote handles. I want to make them long enough to throw over the shoulder. Outside will be burlap, inside will be denim. Pretty standard. (I guess LL Bean made this look popular?) Do the straps need to run completely underneath the bag for strength?

C: Here's where it might get iffy. I want to put a flap. The reasons why I think this may be iffy will be explained in a point or two.

D: Flap would close with a strap and a small side release buckle.

E: Burlap covering the bottom. Any advice on how to sew up the corners?

F: Because of the flap, the straps on the front will only be sewn an inch or two above the bottom. Is the front going to sag too much because of this? I have a idea to prevent this in "J"

G: I'll finish the edges with denim facings. Not sure how to finish the side seams though...

H: Again, how to attach the shoulder strap. I'm thinking that putting in loops and using clips may be the most flexible way to go. I think I may take the strapping that makes the loop and sew it down ontop of the side seam the whole way down to finish it.

I: coating ripstop lining makes it water-resistant.

J: thinking of adding a magnetic snap here to help pull up the front of the bag. Maybe I should use another strap and side release buckle? Would either option pull at the back too much?  Maybe I don't need anything at all?


K: Map pocket on the back. I'll set it in so the three edges and caught when the straps and bottom covering are sewn down.

So, yeah. I'm trying to sort my thoughts out on how to do this. I want this to be my really great everyday bag and weekends out bag.  Any advice welcome  Cheesy

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / content management help! on: March 17, 2005 07:43:06 PM
Maybe this is more suited for a computer forum, but all of the craftsters are so helpful I'll ask here first.

I have my little website. I have free sewing patterns. But it's reaching the point where if I want to change anything on the site that involves making changes across the pages, it takes forever to make the same changes on all the pages and it drives me bonkers! So I think some kind of database php/mysql thing is in order. But where do I start? I know HTML, but have no coding experience. Are there content management programs out there that is free? Since I barely making enough from my google ads to cover my hosting costs, (and my car needs some work) I would like to avoid paying for a program. I know there is blog software, but it would require a lot of customization, and what I need is really much simpler. Any ideas?

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