Cane Chair Makeover x 3 – Same But Different

I picked up 3 identical cane chairs and had plans to give them all a different coat of paint. They were tired and sad looking and in need of some serious re-vamping! I completed these about 2 years ago and it was the first time I reupholstered a seat. I don’t think that’s what you would call it, maybe the term is “I replaced the seat”…? Whatever you call it, it was SO easy! I apologise in advance, I do not have step by step photos, as at the time I didn’t know they would have a place on my blog 🙂

I don’t have a before photo of all three of them together in the one shot, but they really were identical, so you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all!

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The first thing I did was remove the existing seat. I basically “popped” it out and removed any nails. I then removed the exisiting cushion & cover and, well…ditched them, keeping the piece of timber used as the seat. I already had fabric at home (score!) so all I needed was spray paint & new foam cushions. I bought the foam from Clark Rubber and they kindly cut them to size – to make it easier I took the piece of timber with me, so they literally traced around it.

Next, using craft glue, I drizzled some glue on the timber seat and stuck the foam to it. This will insure it will stay in place and not wiggle about over time. I then placed my material wrong side up on the floor and positioned the seat cushion side down on top. I then pulled the material up over & stapled it in place with a staple gun. Once I stapled the first side of material, I moved to the OPPOSITE end so I could pull it tight and staple. I then completed the remaining two sides, ensuring to tuck in as I go (think hospital bed corners!). The seats were ready and waiting for the chairs!

I gave the chairs a sand to remove what was remaining of the existing gloss. This had to be done so the paint could stick to the surface. I cleaned off any dust and started spraying. When spraying, you must keep the can moving so you don’t get drips on any area. I sprayed in the garage, with large drop sheets covering the floor and the doors open to provide ventilation.

Once the paint was dry, I placed the seats back in position. I didn’t even need to nail or glue them in, because they were a perfect snucg fit.

So here they are…the first is YELLOW:

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The second is a bright RED:

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The third is a deep PINK:
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3 chairs, 3 styles!

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Knit Scarf to Shrug

A good Spring clean fantastic. It gives you a chance to clean, declutter, reorganise and find items you had long forgotton. It’s amazing how quickly we can accumulate “things” in such little time. During my last clean out, I found this gorgeous knitted scarf in very pretty blue. It is a very wide scarf, so an image of a cute shrug popped in my mind.

Sorry, I didn’t take an image prior to pinning it, but you get the idea, it’s a long rectangular scarf.

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The picture below shows the steps I took to turn the scarf to a shrug. I started by measuring the sleeves, and pinned where the sleeves (armpit) would start.

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I then cut the fringe from both ends and hemmed the ends to stop fraying. Lastly, I sewed the sleeve seams.

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Another super fast DIY project, that is both funky & functional.

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I’m using my new shrug a lot more then when it was a scarf 🙂

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Buffet Makeover

p>If you’ve read some of my previous posts, by now, you will know I am a huge fan of vintage furniture with character. I also love adding my own spin to it be it a minor or major change. When op shopping for a new buffet, I found just what I was looking for!

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It was the perfect size and I loved the handles and frame detail around the drawers and doors. I had already decided how I wanted to transform this piece. I knew I wanted it two tone, so leaving the body of the unit as is, with the doors & drawers painted white. I also wanted to add craft paper to the drawers & doors, but hadn’t yet picked out the paper, so off I went to Spotlight. I chose a gorgeous chevron design in pastel candy colours, the pattern and colours were ideal for the space the unit would sit.

Once home, I got sanding. After removing the handles, I sanded the entire unit except the face of the drawers & doors as these would not be painted. After sanding, I cleaned off all the dust and stained the body of the unit. I then painted the frame of the drawers & doors in white. Once dry, I measured and cut the craft paper for the face of the drawers & doors. I brushed Mod Podge to the back of the craft paper and stuck it in place. Of course, prior to cutting the craft paper, I aligned the pattern as best I could. Once in place, I brushed the unit with Mod Podge to seal & protect the paper. Finally, I spray painted the handles using gold.

Here is the final result! I love this buffet, it’s fun and lot’s of character.

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I enjoy using paper or fabric to transform furniture or decor pieces. It's easy and so very effective!

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Hope you enjoyed this post, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Kimono Inspired Cape Jacket

I’m a sucker for pretty patterns, so when I found this gorgeous chiffon material in my craft room, I just had to use it!

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I decided to make a kimono/cape style jacket with it.  Once I measured the material, I realised it would be just enough for the piece.

First, I folded the material , leaving the back slightly longer than the front.

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I then cut out what would be the arms of the jacket.  I did this by placing one of my existing cardigans on top of the material to get a rough idea, I then just about tripled the size because the jacket would be a loose fit.

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Next, I cut out the neck line and down the centre to make the opening.

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Finally, I pinned and then sewed the arm and side seams and hemmed all the edges.  This was the first time I had ever made a garment!  I must say, I like it 🙂

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Make Your Own Bracelet Stand

One day, I realised I needed somewhere to store my bracelets.  At the time, they lived in my drawer, on my dresser or in the bathroom.  I didn’t want anything complicated or bulky, just something functional.  Then it came to me…why not use a paper towel holder?

You can pick up a chrome plated holder like this one between $2 to $6 from most discount stores.

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Now, I could have used it as is, but I had another idea. Why not wrap thin pieces of scrap material around the metal? I grabbed some material, scissors, PVA glue and a brush. I cut long pieces of the scrap material at about 3cm in width. I brushed the material with some PVA then began wrapping it around the metal, applying glue as I go. It gets a little messy – expect to have glue all over your fingers – but it’s done in about 15 minutes and the glue washed right off.

One completely covered in material, I gave it another even brush with PVA and left it to dry overnight. The next day I had a pretty good looking bracelet stand!

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Collect & Decorate

The streets of Melbourne are truly beautiful.  Each with it’s own unique character, their lovely stores, divine cafes and friendly faces.  I absolutely love that our streets are also lines with wonderful, huge trees.  Adding luscious colour and life to the otherwise grey pavement.  In summer, these majestic trees are full and vibrant.  In Autumn, they fill the streets with their golden leaves.  When out with my daughters, they love collecting the fallen leaves to later use in a craft activity or game. 

One particular Sunday afternoon, my best friend and I were out shopping in Smith St , Collingwood.  The large Sweet Gum Trees had dropped their seed pods all over the pavement.  They were too pretty for me to ignore!  In a crowded street, my best friend and I started collecting a pile of them.

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I had plans to display the seed pods in a bowl/vase or jar, but first wanted to add some colour to them.  I used a paintbrush and some acylic paint.  I left the stems on which made perfect handles while I was paining them.

 

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I painted most of them, but also left some unpainted.  Once dry, I removed the stems and filled a clear glass vase with my new colourful seed pods.
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A simple and virtually free DIY project that you can complete in under 30 minutes!  Your kids will also enjoy this 🙂

Fun Kids Keyboard

Like most mums, I love spending time with my kids. An added bonus is – many of my family and friends can attest to this – I’m a big kid myself so I have a knack for understanding kids and activities that will amuse them.

We all know children love pretend play and how beneficial it is for them. Which is what inspired me to make them their very own “Do Anything Keyboard.”

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I took a pair of old keyboards and spray painted them silver. I do most of my spray painting outside, in a box – that way the wind doesn’t carry the paint all over the place damaging other surfaces. For larger pieces, I use larger boxes, or go without and simply cover the area with drop sheets.

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Yous should allow 2 – 3 hours for the paint to dry. Always read the directions on the spray can, as times may vary. Dry times can vary largely based on weather conditions and the amount of paint you have sprayed, the thicker, the longer. It’s always a good idea to spray a few light coats rather than one thick coat. You will get more even coverage and a better finish.

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Once the paint dried, I decorated some of the keys by painting them using vibrant acrylic paint and added some number stickers.

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It was (and still is) a huge hit with my girls! They use their “new” keyboards as rocket controls, shop cash register, a computer keyboard or whatever else they want to be!

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Wall Mounted Coat Rack

My home entry was screaming for a coat rack. Of course, I could have just bought one. They range anything from about $50 to $200+, depending on the size, style and designer you choose. But where’s the fun in that? 🙂

My brother and best friend – yes my brother is married to my best friend, I know, it’s awesome! – recently renovated their house, and I grabbed a nice piece of scrap timber from them. I already had a vision for a rustic/eclectic style coat rack, so all I needed were some cute hooks. Without too much searching, I found perfect hooks at one of my favourite stores, ISHKA. They are the cutest ever porcelain heart hooks, all uniquely hand painted in vibrant colours.

My piece of timber had a few nasty rusted nails that seemed to have made themselves home for who knows how many years, so with hammer and chisel in hand I got working.

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Once the nails were out, the rest was easy. I lightly sanded it, then gave it a light coat of paint in white. I say light because I wanted it to have the aged rustic appeal.

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Next, I marked out where I would position the hooks and then it was simply a matter of drilling them in place with a screw (sorry no photo of this step).

Once complete, hubby and I mounted our coat rack straight onto the wall of the entry way near the front door.

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I must say, it turned out just as I envisioned it.

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Not only useful, it’s become a decorative piece that gets quite a few comments from friends.

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My Wall Mounted Coat Rack was complete in under a couple of hours, an easy and enjoyable project for anyone to attempt. There are plenty of funky hooks available to suit your individual style, from ultra modern to novelty hooks. Let’s get creative 🙂

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Desk Makeover

I needed a desk, but it couldn’t be just any desk. I wanted something with character, something that invited me to get up and study. So I started searching on EBay and Gumtree. I was shocked when I picked up this gorgeous solid timber desk for under $20! Whaaaat?? Yes, under $20!

 

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No shock to my husband, I wanted to paint it turquoise. I went over to my local Bunnings to find the perfect shade. After deliberating over 3 different shades, I decided on British paints, colour #312, Amanzi.

I love the look and tones of timber, so I decided to simply repair and re-stain the top of the desk. There wasn’t much to repair, some of the wood panels had separated so it was just a matter of using wood filler to fill the gaps and a light sand all over.

This was the biggest piece of furniture I was attempting to makeover at the time, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I am by no means a professional painter, and made some rookie mistakes along the way, but I accepted that my mistakes would help me learn…or so I told my self 🙂

Once painted, I changed the drawer handles to something a little more fancy that really complimented the fresh new colour of the desk.

And here it is, my new and in my opinion, improved desk!

 

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