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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Garbage to Gorgeous again: Map Drawers from $6 Cabinet on: February 21, 2019 01:46:43 PM
Hi Craftsters, it's been a minute!

I wanted to share this furniture makeover I did last weekend, I'm excited about it!

Back when we moved into our first apartment together in college, my then-boyfriend (now husband) got a TV cabinet for $6 at the thrift store. It was ugly, but fine, and was never in bad enough shape to get rid of. So from 2005-2019 it moved from home to home with us and mostly has lived in closets and stayed out of sight.

I saw this blog post by The Painted Hive and fell in love: http://thepaintedhive.net/2014/07/re-love-project-before-after/
My skills aren't nearly to her level, but I've ALWAYS wanted map drawers but don't typically have a spare $3k lying around to buy some broken furniture and felt inspired. Instead of real wood, I went with vinyl wood floor planks which were wonderful to cut to the sizes I need and already had adhesive on them. Anyway, here are some rough photos of the process (that involved only a little bit of toddler-labor, promise Smiley) Thank you for looking!!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Peacock Costume on: October 28, 2013 05:17:23 AM
Wow!! So gorgeous, you have a wonderful attention to detail. I would wear those shoes in my day to day life haha. Can't wait to see how it is all together. Smiley thanks for sharing your beautiful work
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garbage to Gorgeous Reupholstered Chair for $22 on: October 27, 2013 09:20:35 AM
Thank you everyone!!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garbage to Gorgeous Reupholstered Chair for $22 on: September 29, 2013 05:54:16 PM
Awesome transformation. I am planning on using drop cloth to make a slipcover for my couches. How hard did you find it to sew?

Not hard at all, I got a denim needle and a zipper foot for the piping.  Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Garbage to Gorgeous Reupholstered Chair for $22 on: September 29, 2013 03:55:25 PM
Hi Craftster!

Here is my first big reupholstering project. We have a a very limited budget for any of our home decor and I have been dying to try reupholstering something more complicated than a diningroom chair. So when I saw this promising piece of garbage on the side of the road one day on my way home from work, it was love at first sight. I got to try my hand at upholstery without gambling much money at all in the materials.

The fabric I used was actually canvas drop cloths from the DIY store, so that I could get a ton of fabric for cheap in case I fatally ruined it. I washed it with fabric softener before I used it so its soft and smells fantastic. And the damask fabric on the arms of the chair was a little bit of cotton duck fabric from the odds & ends bin at Hobby Lobby that was in my fabric stash already, I love the look of a pretty print with a masculine utility fabric like canvas. My upholstery tacks were also from Hobby Lobby, and honestly, getting those things to hammer into where I wanted them to go was the hardest part of this project.

Mostly I just tried to figure it out as I went along and for the most part it went smoothly with just a little bit of frustration here and there. I think maybe I should have tried a chair that wasn't a recliner for my first project, but you can't be super choosy when picking up trash on the side of the road. It's not perfect but the fact that I figured it out anyway makes me feel even more accomplished.

Anyway, this is my pride and joy of the livingroom now:

6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Garland - needle felted necklace on: July 07, 2013 01:24:01 PM
So beautiful! Well done!!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Baseball Bachelorette Tees on: July 07, 2013 01:17:19 PM
One of my best friends got married a few weeks ago and since she's a huge baseball fan, wanted to have her bachelorette party at a game. I freezer-papered us in the bridal party up some cute "Team Emily" shirts to wear (THE NIGHT BEFORE OMGOMGOMG Roll Eyes).
Our names and roles are on the backs of the shirts, along with numbers to spell out her wedding date.

Sorry for the low quality pictures (:

8  Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania: Northwest / Re: hellooooooo ERIE is anybody home??? on: December 01, 2012 07:07:38 AM
I live in Erie! Near the mall!!

Me too! Hi!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! on: October 21, 2012 08:33:09 PM
I love to periodically re-read this entire thread in its entirety. Thank you ladies for sharing little bits of your wedding day with us (:
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / I, um, think I'm going to paint my couch today. on: September 11, 2012 08:45:59 AM
Has anyone painted upholstered furniture before? Did it turn out well?

I've stenciled several articles of clothing with acrylic paint with fabric medium and loved the results (especially after washing several times, just as soft as originally.) I'm thinking of trying this on my big nasty ugly couch I hate.

So if you've tried this, any tips or suggestions?
Or, warnings against doing this?
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