Musical Chairs

I inherited a pair of chairs from Brian’s aunt. I liked them immediately, they are very sturdy and well-made. They have been used in almost every room of our house, but never really had a permanent spot. They’ve been used in our bedroom, Hollis’s room, the office, the hallway, and most currently, our living room. I love that they are light and easy to move around if we have company and need an extra chair, or two, and they are actually really comfortable.

What I don’t love about them, is that they are purple. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE purple. I just don’t have a lot of purple décor happening in our home, so they stick out like a sore thumb. They are bent wood chairs with purple vinyl on the back and seat. I have never repurposed vinyl chairs before, so this is new (scary) territory for me.

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I didn’t have a solid plan when I first began this transformation. As you can see in these pics, I tried gray spray paint first, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I also saw some people that spray painted vinyl on Pinterest. I tried that too. Not a fan of the final look for this particular project so I nixed that too.

I had to bite the bullet and remove the vinyl seat and back, which I was really nervous about because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get them back on.  It took A LOT of work to get the backs off. Like I said, they are very well made chairs, but after a couple hours of staple removing, I got them off. Luckily, the seats came off easily with just a few screws.

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I finally decided on black for the frame. I like black. It’s simple. It’s classic. And lord knows I always have it on hand because I use it on everything.

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Next, it was time to cover the vinyl seats. I chose a simple, tan and black Gingham fabric. I just cut them to fit the seat, then used a spray adhesive to glue the fabric to the vinyl and keep it from shifting. Then I finished it off by stapling the fabric to the underside of the seat.

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As you can see, I didn’t put the back on the seat….mostly because I tore it up too much while trying to remove it, but also because I really like the way it looks without. I did wrap a little twine around the back just to tie in the tan from the fabric and to add a little interest.

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I think they turned out pretty good for my first vinyl chair makeover. I definitely have a newfound appreciation for people who do upholstery. Right now this pair is sitting in our living room until we get a loveseat or something else for this spot. I already have the chairs next spots (I will have to split them up) picked out for when we do get something. They are much easier to place around the house now that they  fit in with our décor!

DIY Basket Swag Light

IMG_2936I hate to admit this, but sometimes my husband has a good idea….it doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes he surprises me.

We have this corner of our living room that is apparently where light goes to die. Literally. I had a lamp there and it just died and had to be trashed. It broke an embarrassingly long time ago and since then we’ve been living with a dark, dreary corner. We also have these ceiling hooks that have been there since we moved in and I kept meaning to take them down, but never got around to it. This is a case where my procrastination has paid off, because for months I’ve been seeing so many awesome swag lights all over the interwebs. I decided keeping those hooks, which are conveniently placed right by an outlet, and finding a cool swag light would the best solution to my problem.

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So I searched and searched for the perfect light. Something like this caged pendant light is what I had in mind. I almost pulled the trigger on one, but then Brian told be he had seen an old egg basket in one of the buildings on the farm and that it would make a cool light. So I waited not knowing what the heck this basket was going to look like or if it would work with the light cord we needed to buy. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised with what he brought home. It was perfect. I even liked the chipped, yellow paint. So all I had to purchase was a light cord and a light bulb.

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The only thing I didn’t really like was the baskets handle hanging down. I was also afraid it would be a little too tempting for our toddler to grab and try to swing from. I wanted to remove it, but once again, Brian chimed in and said I might want it on there some day. He’s right, and if I remove it, it will just get lost and I’ll never find it when I decide I want it. So instead, I grabbed some wire I had on hand, it’s basically fishing wire but silver. I think it is really meant for making jewelry, but I just wrapped a little around the handle and basket and tied it. Viola.

 

After that, all I had to do was thread my light cord through the hole and add a light bulb.

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I’m really happy with our new light. And I like that it was a collaborative effort and my husband can’t complain about it, because it was his idea too. My light cord and Edison bulb together cost about $25, so not too bad on the wallet either. Maybe someday I’ll break down and paint it, but for now, I’m really liking the yellow, vintage vibe.

Garage Sale Art Makeover

Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comHollis’ room has been evolving little by little as she grows. I’m trying to get used to the idea that I have a toddler now and not a little baby anymore. (Sob!) We’ve been using her dresser as a changing table up until a couple of months ago. She is still in diapers, but just too big for the changing table. Lately, her bed or the floor are safer for her wiggly toosh to get changed.

I had a baby-friendly gallery wall above the dresser, but I also bought a mirror to go over her dresser one day when she was a little bigger. It’s a big, heavy-duty mirror, which I’ve been storing it in the bottom of my closet where it is just begging for me to drop something on it just right and shatter the thing. So I was really excited to finally get to hang it up where it actually belongs.

Of course after I got the mirror hung, my gallery wall just wasn’t feeling right anymore. It needed something. to help balance out the large, round mirror. So I dug through my latest garage sale haul of pictures and frames. Nothing I had would work as-is, but I did have a frame that was just the right shape and size. It just needed a makeover.

I went with this little gem. I had no hard feelings about painting over this masterpiece. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comI wanted something easy, but that would carry out the colors in Hollis’ room. I decided a quick abstract painting would do the trick. I took the beautiful picture out and just decided to paint over the heavy card stock that came with the frame. I like it when abstract pictures have some texture and a really easy way to cheat and easily add texture is to just Modpodge some tissue paper before you paint. I purposely let it wrinkle in some spots and ripped and layered it in other spots. It also provided a nice, white background to start with.

Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comNext I grabbed a craft brush, I liked the sponge tip brush for spreading color around. I squeezed dots randomly in a couple different shades of pink and some white and then just brushed the dots around. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comThen I added some black, sparingly. I didn’t want it to be too girly with all the pink.Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.com Lastly, I grabbed a can of gold spray paint (which I ALWAYS seem to have on hand) and sprayed a few random spots. I really liked the shimmer from it and I went ahead and sprayed the frame gold too. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comHere you can see the texture from the tissue paper. Of course you can also create texture with paint, but I just have time for that. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comAnd here is my little 10 minute art project (not including drying time). It won’t win any awards or anything, but a big improvement and will work in Hollis’ room.

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Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won’t Die

I’ve been holding on to this old, cheap, laminate armoire that I’ve had since I was about 15. It’s moved from place to place with me and I always seem to find a place and use for it. When we moved to the farmhouse, I had nowhere to put it and it has been sitting in the shed for a year now, probably making a really nice home for spiders and other creepy crawly things. I had every intention of throwing it away, when I discovered yet another use for it in the new guest room.

I have a linen closet, but it is in the bathroom downstairs. It’s a great closet, but all of the bedrooms are upstairs and it would be so much handier if the sheets and extra blankets could also reside upstairs. Unfortunately all of the closets upstairs are already spoken for. If only I had an extra piece of furniture that could double as a tiny closet…..oh, wait I do!

This armoire had doors on it, but I got so excited about this project that I went ahead and removed them before I got any pics. I would have liked to keep the doors, but after years of moving this little guy around, the doors weren’t quite hanging right anymore and one would not stay shut. It would just randomly swing open by itself and scare the bejeezus out of me.

Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.com I wiped the whole thing down with a water and vinegar mixture to remove all of the dirt and grime and also any musty smells from sitting in storage for a year.  After wiping everything down, I used Rustoleum Spray Primer and gave it a good coat. I hate priming, but using a spray primer makes the whole process quick and painless. Laminate furniture like this, really needs a good primer for the paint to stick to.

Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comI decided on a fun, coral color for this piece. I love coral. I really wanted to paint a whole room this color, but the hubby wasn’t too crazy about the idea, so I compromised and used it for this instead. I like how it pops in the green guest room. It took about three good coats to get everything covered well.

Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comHollis decided to add her own artistic twist and put a footprint on one of my shelves while it was drying. She’s lucky it is such a sweet little footprint. Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comUpcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.com Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comUpcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.com The drawer on the bottom holds our extra sheets and pillow cases. I love that guests can easily see and access extra blankets as they need. If I ever find a nicer armoire for a good deal, I will probably replace this one. For now though, I’m really liking this one and being able to give it purpose for a little bit longer. I feel like I definitely got my $40 worth that I paid 18 years ago!