Posts Tagged ‘yellow’

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make me pretty – the happy cabinet

December 7, 2011

I came across this cabinet in the alley while I was taking my kids for a walk. It was kind of heartbreaking seeing it in the trash considering someone had hand painted the door. (I also get kind of upset when I see peoples artwork at the thrift store.) Of course, light houses aren’t really my thing but I could at least save the cabinet.

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I had to bribe Jasper to get him to give up his seat in the stroller so I could roll the cabinet home but I just can’t pass up free solid wood furniture.

At first I thought I would do a stencil on the door but then I remembered some Lotta Jansdotter paper place mats my friend Corbin had given me. I could cut one for the middle panel and I already had some yellow paint that would match perfectly!

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make me pretty – spray paint power

March 23, 2011

I am not very good with spray paint – I get drips and light spots and setting up the drop cloth outside, or in the garage, is just a pain in the butt. Sometimes, though, it is just the right tool for the job. Here are three projects I recently completed that really wanted to be spray painted.

I found these cute plastic vintage frames at the thrift shop. I loved their shape but wasn’t really into the fake wood brown color.


But wouldn’t they be cute painted yellow? Especially against my gray living room walls with some black and white pictures of my cuties!

I want to spray paint everything yellow but I decided to branch out and try a pretty turquoise color on this ornate gold mirror.


After Frankie the Pug gave these bamboo plant pots his approval I spray painted them yellow on the outside and blue on the inside. After adding a couple pretty plants my yard is looking pretty happy!

If you decide to get crazy with the spray paint be patient and do several light coats. Also, wear a mask. That stuff is so stinky, even outside! But once you do one project I guarantee you are going to start looking for more stuff to paint. I could make that yellow, and that yellow, and that yellow!

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make me pretty – happy yellow chair

March 14, 2011

I am a total sucker for kids furniture. It’s so small and cute and you can paint it crazy fun colors. So this little vintage kids chair totally caught my eye. I decided to paint it bright yellow. Then I used some black and white fabric to make a seat cushion. I just happened to have some buttons the exact same color as the paint (I’m a bit of a craft supply hoarder!) that I sewed onto the cushion. I used a different pattern of the same fabric for the top of the chair.

I know the cushion is a little small but I wanted to see the yellow of the seat around it.

And it’s the perfect size for an almost 3 year old!

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make me pretty, umm, i mean handsome!

February 11, 2011

Whenever I show my husband one of my completed furniture pieces he says “Oh, it’s for a girl.” Well, I guess most of them are. I mean, I am a girl – that’s one thing. And I am very inspired by fabric, which I think is mostly designed for girls. Also, lets face it, most guys don’t really care that much about furniture.

But for all of the guys out there who are into design and for all the ladies that just aren’t really into super girly things (which is actually me, too!) this one is for you!

This was a Craigslist find (thanks Jason!) that appears to be a handmade, solid wood table. I liked the simple, clean design with the little curves on the sides to add some interest. I thought this would be the perfect piece for this pretty, graphic, almost hand-drawn fabric I found at Ufab.

Here is the before:

And after:

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make me pretty – chair set

November 8, 2010

I am very lucky that my husband is super supportive of my hobby obsession business. He is always looking out for me – handing out my business cards, watching the kids so I can get some work done and sitting in the car while I stop by every yard sale we happen to drive past. He even picked up these chairs for me – he spotted them at a yard sale when I was out of town and thought I might like them.

First I would needed to lighten them up – they look almost medieval! But with all of the intricate details they are begging to be distressed. There was some fabric I had been craving for months – here was the perfect excuse to buy it!

I painted the chairs a light mustard color then distressed them and covered them with a coat of brown stain which makes them almost look glazed and adds a real depth to the paint.

And I have to show you this picture of my new cutie, Emerson Riley, with his eyes open! love!

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make me pretty – the big reveal!

August 11, 2010

Yeah! I finally finished my first upholstery project! Before the big reveal let me tell you the lessons I learned this week:

1. Do not ever again start a new, big, labor intensive project when super pregnant!

2. When you are working in a space with hundreds of used staples littering the floor – wear shoes! I ended up with a pretty nice puncture wound to my heel. Umm, when was that last Tetnus shot?

3. Thank goodness I wanted this chair to look distressed and old because I couldn’t help but bang it up a little bit with all the stapling and hammering the staples in that didn’t go far enough in.

So, without further ado, here is the big before and after.

So this is how I did it. Although, this blog post should probably be titled “how not to re-upholster a chair” or “fake it till you make it” I am sure I didn’t do any of this the correct way and there are some things that I did really wrong but overall, for my first attempt, I am actually very pleased.

First, I sewed a new seat cushion cover. I used the old one as a pattern.

Then I stapled the new seat cover and arm cushion fabric on.

Next I sewed all the trim. There is a special foot you can get for your sewing machine to make this double welted trim. If you don’t have it you can use a zipper foot and do one side at a time but the two pieces of cord don’t really end up close enough together so I came up with a way to make it work, although I am sure any professional upholsterer would hang their head in shame over this one.

Once, I stapled the trim around the chair I used craft glue to close up the seam. I know this is so wrong but it worked pretty well.

There are some things I didn’t do so well – like how the seat cushion cover is kind of wonky around the back.

But I also surprised myself – look how well I lined up the fabric on this seam!

So that’s it. I am taking a long break from upholstery but it will be back someday. I already have another chair sitting in my garage waiting for me. But no more double welted trim, for real!

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make me pretty – our builder grade kitchen upgrade

March 11, 2010

When we first bought our house the kitchen was the thing I loved the most and the least about it. I loved that it was open – it had once been a galley kitchen but at some point someone knocked out a wall and now there is this really nice flow between the living room, dinning room and kitchen. The list of things I hated about it were a lot longer:

• Ugly brown cheap builder grade cabinets.

• Horrible linoleum floor.

• Cardboard-y wall board on the back spalsh.

So of course we want to gut the kitchen and start over. Some nice stainless steal appliances, concrete counter tops, and real wood cabinets. But that isn’t in the budget right now so what do we do? Just live with an ugly kitchen?

Hell no. I make it as pretty as I can as cheaply as I can and keep planning my dream kitchen in my head.

We pulled up the linoleum and found hard wood floors! I decided to paint them in a checker board pattern – one of the more tedious project I have taken on but I think it turned out really well.

We pulled down some cabinets, covered the wall board with grass cloth wall paper and put up open shelves. I found the brackets on clearance at Urban Outfitters for $5 each – score! I got the boards cut at Lowes and stained them ebony.

I painted the cabinets light gray and the walls dark gray. I decided to use yellow as my accent color and painted the back door a bright bold yellow.

I even sewed the curtain for the window (and I am not much of a sewer.) If you have a curtain that you like it is pretty easy to use it as a pattern and figure out how to make your own.

So there it is. It’s not perfect but it is so, so much better!