Posts Tagged ‘amy butler’


make me pretty – small projects

August 31, 2011

Sometimes between furniture project I like to work on smaller things. I basically always need to have a project in the works and sometimes I can’t make it to my basement studio so I take over the dinning room table. Here are a few of those recent projects.

1. Fancied up picture frame.

I thought this picture frame had a really interesting shape and it happened to be on clearance at TJMaxx. So I brought it home and covered it with the last of my supply of one of my favorite Amy Butler prints. This is such an easy project. Mod Podge on a rectangle of fabric that is a little larger than the frame. Put one coat of Mod Podge on top, use an Xacto knife with a new blade and trim up your fabric, than put on a couple more coats of Mod Podge.




2. Jewelry box.

I have a small obsession with jewelry boxes. They are like little miniature pieces of furniture and they provide storage. Furniture and storage – two of my favorite things. The sadder the jewelry box, the better. This one was pretty sad.


I took it apart, sanded, painted and decoupaged fabric on the door and the drawers inside.







3. Wood pedestal bowl.

I know you all have seen these at every thrift store and yard sale. I thought the shape was cute and I would see what I could do. A little paint and a little fabric and she is transformed. Now if I could only think of what to do with it! Candle holder? Candy dish? Any ideas?






make me pretty – the chair that made me buy a serious stapler

August 10, 2011

When I found this chair marked down to $6 I new it had potential. I’m a sucker for a chair with a fabric panel on the back! In the picture below, I had already taken off the front fabric and foam. I found that the fabric had been stapled into this tiny indentation – there was no way my regular electric stapler could handle this.


So I found an upholstery staple gun on amazon that was actually pretty affordable, of course the air compressor you need to go with it is another story. So since I had borrowed my neighbors air compressor to finish this chair, I decided to go ahead and try to knock this one out too.

Her she is, reupholstered in pretty Amy Butler fabric!








make me pretty – ikea circa 1984

May 10, 2011

When I stumbled upon these sad chairs in the alley, waiting for the trash truck, I knew I needed to try and give them a new life. When I took off the crumbling seat cushion I discovered an old Ikea sticker. These lovelies must be Ikea circa 1984 – they have hat mid-80’s vibe to them!

Well, first I knew I needed to have new wood cut for the seats and I needed part of it to be a half circle – so I enlisted my dad since he has the proper saw. Then I went over to Quilting Adventures to pick out some laminated cotton fabric. If you haven’t seen this fabric yet it is super cool – like a cross between cotton fabric and oil cloth. It has a protective covering but is still flexible and easy to work with. I chose a pattern by Amy Butler. You can also find this fabric on Etsy.

I spray painted the chairs after tediously sanding away all the rusty bits and put new foam and fabric on my seats and ta-da! like new, cute, outdoor chairs!

Come see these guys, and me, at my open house art party this Saturday! I hope to see you there!


make me pretty – girly little rocking chair

February 9, 2010

I think most people would have walked past this little rocking chair at the thrift store but I was so excited to take it home and rip off that hideous fabric and start over!

kids rocking chair

This project involved a little more sewing than I usually like to get involved with but I think it was worth it. I had two coordinating Amy Butler fabrics I was excited to use. I wanted the chair to be cute and girly but not super pink flowery. I picked a yellow paint to highlight the yellow in the fabric and got to work.

I know I probably should have taken a picture with some kind of cute teddy bear but we are Yo Gabba Gabba fans around here!

So tell me what you think. Is the yellow too crazy?

If you know a little princess this would be perfect for check it out on etsy.


make me pretty – what would grandma say?

November 4, 2009

First let me say, this is not my Grandma’s table. It looks a lot like a table that belonged to my grandma that now lives at my mom’s house. I might have a hard time re-doing a piece with that much family history, but you know what – I think my Grandma would be proud. She was a super crafty lady. She is the one that gave me my crafty start. When I would visit her she would let me create things with all of the craft supplies she had laying around. It was like Disney Land for me – glitter, lace, pipe cleaners, little plastic chickens, did I mention the glitter?

Anyway, when I saw this table at the thrift shop it totally reminded me of my Grandma and I knew I had to do it up! So I did that thing again, where I get so excited to work on something I totally forget to take the before picture! Kind of ruins the whole “before and after” thing. But I found this image which is very similar except my table was a little worse for the ware.


I knew I wanted to cover the table top with fabric and I thought a nice Amy Butler floral would match the table style. So I got to sanding and painting. I chose a gray paint that matched the fabric nicely. Then I made a pattern for the two table top surfaces with a large piece of paper. I bought a big roll of craft paper ,that is meant for kids to use for coloring, at Ikea, that has really come in handy for pattern making. Then I cut my fabric and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the table. Two cotes on top sealed the fabric well.


Next time I promise to remember to take a before picture! Happy crafting!

PS – You can find this table for sale on Etsy.