Friday, October 18, 2013

The Kid's Table

Maybe sitting at the kid's table won't be so bad for Thanksgiving this year if the kid's get to sit at a cute little table like this!

I took just a plain Jane table from a thrift store and painted it a pale gray, then put some bright yellow letters and numbers on it to try to make it look better. Some lucky kids will be able to sit here to play, study, and eat. MAYBE even eat Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner here! It's headed to my booth at Le Fou Flea in West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO. Thanks for taking a look. Sorry I didn't get any before pictures of this.... but it started with very light wood.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Giving an Old Chair a New Look

A friend's mother was getting rid of this chair, so she asked if I would want it. Well of course!!! I need more upholstery practice; and this chair would make a nice specimen. Here's the chair as I received it:

I thought the chair had some potential. So I painted it an off-white; and then I let it sit for a LONG time before getting brave enough to tackle the upholstery part. Once I did start the upholstery work, it went faster than I thought it would. It took me about 3 hours to get the old fabric off the chair, and then another 3 hours to add the new fabric. Here's a few shots of the "after". Sorry the pictures have so many shadows in them. I was taking them after dark with the aid of some lamps.

As you can see, I got rid of the buttons and tufting. I thought this fabric had too much pattern for the tufting to look attractive. I also eliminated the separate loose cushion by just making a solid overstuffed seat. The chair is very comfortable.