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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Table Time! (which in our case equals 3 months) on: November 12, 2008 04:29:46 PM
Welcome craftsters!

First of all, I'm posting this on behalf of myself and my room mate because this was a joint project (...which still took us 3 months. heh). She found the table and four chairs for just $123 (impressive, right?) at an antique store, and thus began our journey.

Here's how the process went:
1.) sanded everything
2.) primed everything
3.) Sewed 5 different strips of various fabrics straight from my vast scrap collection (and man do i love finding uses for scraps) onto red suede (also from scrap collection =)
4.) base coated table with light purple and chairs with gray turquoise
5.) ripped off 2 layers upholstery and super old cotton stuffing
6.) at this point we realized how incredibly crappy the wooden seats were (one actually had "reject" stamped on it)... so we went to Lowe's to get new wood cut. Our next dilemma was that they could not cut on an angle at Lowe's, but our seats are a trapezoidal shape. Soooo... we had to wait until my awesome dad came to visit and brought his handy dandy zig saw.
7.) meanwhile... we painted over the gray turquoise with a mixture of navy, light blue, and sea green to make it the final color. Then we painted the back of the chairs with a red to purple gradiant and circular brush strokes. Finally for the chair painting we painted a purple bird on the top.
8.) Next we painted the three stripes on the top of the table using the same circular brush strokes. Then came the dark purple and turquoise dry brushing. and to finish it we went back over some of the dry brushing with the original light purple (the dry brushing was a little overwhelming).
9.) polyurethaned everything
10.) So this is the part where we finish the table... enough to put on craftster (we aren't actually completely done. heh). So we cut foam, sanded the seats, and went to staple the fabric on... this is when we realized that my staple gun isn't powerful enough for the nicer wood. So i'm going to use my dad's electric staple gun when I go home for thanksgiving, but for the meantime we hot glued all the fabric. So the table is temporarily done. heh. It is really nice that it is finally usable (we had chairs without a piece of wood to sit on for like 2 months).

and now... here is the finished (kind of..) product at a million angles:

with candles!...

Thanks for looking!!!!! <3
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Sailboat Wall Hanging on: October 07, 2008 06:11:49 PM
My room mate and I had a pretty large spot on our wall with nothing to hang... so this is what I did to put there. I just bought a map, cut 5X5 inch squares, covered them with the road map, and painted sailboats. I've been wanting to do a wall hanging for awhile now, so it was fun to do this one. Hope you enjoy =)

(P.S. no matter how hard I try I can't get them all to hang straight... so please excuse the crookedness)

(this one is pretty much the same as the first picture, but here it is anyway)

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Book Shelf on: October 07, 2008 05:55:06 PM
Last summer my dad helped me build a coffee table (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261880.msg2935847#msg2935847) so this summer my dad helped me build a book shelf! I did the same finish as the book shelf (super dark with a black glaze), and then I painted the trim at the bottom. Here's the finished product!

Thanks for looking! =)
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Lamptastic! on: August 23, 2008 06:53:42 PM
So, I've been wanting to post this for so long but haven't gotten a chance.... so YAY for this happening!

Number one of two lamps:

I began by making beaded circular coasters, but then I realized how cool they looked in the light and decided to make a lamp shade. So I made 18 of them (at about 2-3 hours each...whew) and wired them together. then I added these cool fish beads in the diamonds between the coasters. I found a white lamp at a thrift store with like rings of light colors (something from a baby's room) and stripped the wood, stained it, glazed it, and painted turquoise stripes. annnnnd here is the finished product!!

I hope you craftsters enjoy it! =)

Lamp number two:

This lamp was an ugly brass, gold-colored floor lamp with an off-white crinkly shade (the typical ones). So I spray painted the stand, dry brushed it with dark brown (which you can't really see in the pictures =/) and completely altered the shade. I ripped off the white, covered it with navy satin, and painted with acrylics on it. Finally I wanted some sort of fringe but didn't want beads, so i sandwiched ribbon between pennies and hung them off it. Here is the final lamp. Hope you craftsters approve!! =)

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cloth + thread on: August 07, 2008 10:51:53 AM
So my wonderful mom bought me a new sewing machine this summer because my old one broke (which left me devastated), so I've gone sew crazy. Here are a few of the things I've made (well, one of them I made awhile ago, but I just threw it in because I like it. heh). All of these clothes are made from scratch and without a pattern. Oh, and my lovely mom also followed me all over our yard being my photographer <3. heh

The next two are things that I made out of my scraps in an attempt to downsize my giant space-eating scrap box.

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Forest coffee table on: August 07, 2008 10:32:53 AM
This is my very first post on craftster and I am very excited about it. I've been meaning to put pictures up for so long, and now I finally am! =)

This is a coffee table my amazing and talented father helped me build last summer for my first apartment. It was my first venture into carpentry, so he helped me with the actual building. Then I painted the forest on the shelf and stained the wood. I also put a black glaze over the stain because I wanted to make the table really dark.

Hope you like it! =D

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