Friday, 21 September 2012

My Rocking Chair is now really Rockin' :)

My husband bought this rocking chair for me when we were expecting our first baby.........
( and that was 1999 and we ended up having 3 kids)
Now the year is 2012 and our oldest is going to be an official teenager next month...
I reupholstered this chair once but we use it everyday so the seat & arm rest cover got ragged and was very ugly...
We were using the chair without the arm rest covers for a while.

Look at it!  ~~~Horror!!!~~~
The fabric for the back is the one I did, the seat is original....
I was kind of ashamed of myself everytime we had friends over.
( and they know I like to redo stuff!!!)

So finally I decided to do something about it.
First is of course, painting.

I used very light grey and added black glaze.
 Then moved on to do the cover.
( It took me forever to get this sewing stage though..)
Last time I re-covered it, I didn't use sturdy fabric so it didn't last (of course)

I'm sure anyone who likes to paint furniture and decorate
loves miss mustard seed and I am one of them.
I love what she does and I got this idea of using  drop cloths to upholster
 from her website ( which is full of gorgeous inspirations!!)
If you'd like to read her post on drop cloths, please visit here.

Drop cloths are affordable, sturdy and have this canvassy-look, I love it.
First I washed it to get rid of that musty smell and to avoid the later shrinkage.

I didn't use a pattern or anything, just went with the shape of the chair, pinned the fabric directly on the cushions and sewed.
For me, no fuss is VERY important:)

My cat Candy came to help me.....
Um...Candy? I need the arm rest underneath you? Hello? lol

Made the covers and it looked too simple so I made my own stencil.

Using regular acrylic paint in navy blue and


Now I'm not ashamed of myself anymore:)

I'm happy with how my stencil truned out.

Now it's really happily rockin',don't you think??
I hope it'll last for....another 10 years!! lol

Have a wonderful, happy weekend everybody:)

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Scandinavian/French inspired Buffet

Hello, I'm so glad you stopped by :)

My husband found this buffet at a store and showed it to me saying
"Honey, I think you'll like this one!"
Oh at first sight.
So she came home with us.
It's a lovely buffet with lots of storage, girly too :)

I feel so calm and happy when I paint...

First coat of my homemade chalk paint.
Now I really love this paint, I always mix in some unsanded grout to my latex paint.

....and here's the finished product!!!

What do you think?

Top drawer opens like this.

Wall paper inside.

Lovely legs :)

I looooooove crystal :)

I dry brushed the top for a weathered look.

Enough pictures already? lol
Anyway, I'm happy with the way she turned out :)
Please let me know if you like it...

My next project: Another buffet!!

Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone :)

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Saturday, 8 September 2012

French Coffee Table

Bonjour tous le monde :)

Today, I'm writing about my coffee table.
It all started like this

I liked the shape but it was a little too "country" for me.

One day, I brought her out on the deck and started stripping the top coat,
thinking I'll stain the top dark walnut colour.

It was not too hot, a good day to work outside.....until.....

I gave a good stripping.....
Then the beautiful grain pattern

So I gave up on my dream of staining and started

It was one of those "Oops" paint from a local home center.
You know sometimes they have mistint or returned paints and
they sell them much cheaper than regular paint?
One day, my husband went there and said to the clark he'd take everything if he can have them at A DOLLAR EACH.
And she said.....OK!! :)
He came home with like 10 cans of paint :)
( but some of them are Venetian Plaster or stone effect ones so I can't really use them)

So I used one of these paint..... it didn't say "mistint"on the can, it said
"MISTAKE" in capital.
I was wondering what does that exactly mean but I used it anyway, yes, I'm very easy-going :)
but as you can see the door, the colour didn't really mixed or something...
I had to put 5 coats to cover the wood.
(Then in my head I went " quality pays!" ....oh well..)

Anyway, I finished painting, applied Polyurethan,then waxed.


I did white line around the top.
I think it's very Frenchy :)
The chicken coop wire is ripped one side, but it's for us to keep in our living room so I'll leave as is until the boys kick their foot into it and completely destroys it or something...then I'll fix it :)

The door slides sideways:)

What do you think?
I'd appreciate it if you can leave me a comment!

Have a great weekend, everybody :)


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