Monday, June 1, 2015

Dollar Store "Crap Buckets"

In May I came across this hilarious (and totally relatable) post by Emily at Remarkable Home for Crap Buckets. Once I got done cracking up, I realized that I absolutely needed these in my life. (If you have kids, no explanation of these should be necessary but I'll share my version anyway.)

First let me say 2 very important things about my version of these.

#1. I wasn't looking to spend a ton of time on these.
#2. I wasn't looking to spend a lot of money on them.

I don't know about you, but when I want something cheap and functional, I think of the Dollar Store. So that is where I dragged took my kids after school one day to pick out their buckets.

The boy chose green.




The girl chose orange. (No pink available)




We took them home and used Daddy's label maker to put their names on them. (Please see #1 above.)

I then explained what they were and how I would expect them to function. And then stuck them near the lower landing of the stairs.


Voila!! Fast, cheap organization just in time for the craziness of summer!

And they actually work! It's amazing, I can fill them up with all the crap that belongs upstairs and the kids will take the stuff up there and put it away. Although, I have noticed that my son's works more quickly than my daughter's for some reason......

And I may live to regret telling my children what they are called....

Nah.

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vintage Chair Makeover

I know, I know....by this time you all must be thinking that I have an incredibly weird obsession with chairs.

You're probably right.

But let me tell you about my latest chair makeover. When we moved to Georgia last June, we actually got rid of a bunch of our old furniture. (Mostly because it didn't fit in the moving van.) So when we arrived here we scoured the yard/estate sales and picked up some really nice antiques and vintage pieces.


One of which was this Queen Anne style armchair. It's in perfect condition (even the fabric) but a bit, shall we say....dated. Which is fine, I can always look past the fabric to the bones of a good piece of furniture. We bought it and I spent several months searching for just the right piece of fabric.


Which I finally stumbled upon at a great local antique store called Junkology.  A gorgeous vintage cut velvet stripe in fun, bright colors. I fell in love as soon as I saw it. 

I knew when I bought it that it wouldn't be enough to do the whole chair, so I paired it with a matching dark grey velvet from Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta.


Once I had the fabrics, I spent a day stripping the chair down to its bare bones and touching up some nicks in the finish.


I used the grey fabric along the bottom front.


Then the striped fabric for the inside of the arms.


And of course, the stripes on the center front. How fun is this fabric?!


Then I used the grey fabric for the outside of the arms.


And the stripes again on the back. Since this chair doesn't sit against a wall, the back is very visible.


To finish the edges, I made cording with the striped fabric and hot glued it over the raw edges.


For the cushion, I used the grey fabric for the top and bottom and striped along the edge. At this point I was giddy with delight at the chair, not to mention the fact that all my throw pillows coordinated beautifully with it, and I was all set to be done.

Until.


I remembered that I had bought a little footstool for $10 in "as is" condition from IKEA. Since I had just enough fabric left, I went and dug it out of the garage. (And this is where my picture taking got a bit hit or miss, sorry)


It was 2 pieces , this lower wooden base with a cushion on top. I covered the base with a layer of poly batting and covered it in the striped fabric.


Then I used the remaining fabric for the cushion top and sides.


Adorable!! And, my daughter pointed out that it was just the right size for her to sit on while I brush her hair. Which makes it even more exciting because that means she will voluntarily get her hair brushed, right??


Here is the finished set. I am so in love with this chair and its fun and funky footstool! (Hey, I'm rhyming today!) I love the way bright colors and the big, bold stripe compliment the lines of the chair. 

I may even eventually let people sit in it!

Hope you all have a great week! 


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Pretty in Pink: The Chair Edition

We really, really, really cannot get enough pink around here!

Wait. I'm getting ahead of myself. First let me tell you the story about this darling little chair that my good friend Mae gave me back in Arizona.


She offered me this cute little 1950's vanity chair for FREE! (Because she's awesome!) And since I cannot turn away from a bargain or a chair, I gratefully re-homed it.

And then relocated it to Georgia, where it sat in the garage for months waiting for some attention.


Since I was stripping my daughter's new dresser anyway, I decided to go ahead and do the chair at the same time. 


I love freshly stripped furniture, don't you? Now, my first thought was to stain this or even just give it a clear satin polyurethane coat and redo the seat cushion, but then my daughter designer got involved.


So, I used the same bright pink as the dresser and painted it. I have to admit, this color is sort of growing on me.


Then I recovered the seat in cute pink doggie fabric. (Also chosen by guess who??)


And the end result is an adorable pink vanity chair, perfect for the Princess of Pink's bedroom!

So far I am resisting her efforts to persuade me to paint every item in her room pink including the walls....we'll see how tough I am.

Hope this brings some brightness to your Monday! Have a great week!!



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