Tuesday, July 10, 2012

DIY | Chair Refurbishing

Holy cow, this is exciting. 
First post on my new site!
 
 If you're new here,
[which I'm guessing you are since it's been live for an hour now]
then welcome!

This is my new blog to post DIY projects, redecorating ideas, tutorials and everything in between.
I'm a Pinterest fanatic [click the "p" over there to follow me---------->]
so a lot of my ideas come from there. 

DIY: Bar Stool Re-Vamp
For this particular project, I had gotten a old school ice cream parlor table & chair set from my in-laws. 
[sorry about the poor foto quality, it's an oldie!]
When they moved to their new house, they were going to throw it out. 
I begged convinced my husband that we needed it and we have stored it in our basement for the past 6 months.

When we did our basement remodel this past weekend, [posted on my other blog here] we decided that it did more "collecting crap" than it did actually seating anyone.

My sister & BIL just moved and they are in need of a table & chair set. She's always been in love with this one & when she told me that her plan for the new kitchen was "old school Coca-Cola with red & black," I had a creative fit in my head. 

It would look perfect in her new kitchen!
If only I could reupholster those chairs......


Challenge accepted.
 I got 2.5 yards of black vinyl from Hobby Lobby [that's all they had, but it was the perfect size]
and monopolized my husband's staple gun for the afternoon. Otherwise, the only tools I used were pliers [in case of screw-ups], scissors, and a phillip's head screwdriver.  

First, I unscrewed the top pad off the metal base.
Then I cut the vinyl into four square pieces & rounded the corners to make it easier. You don't have to do this, I did it both ways and I don't think it made much of a difference.
 I stapled around the edges, doing 4 corners first so I could work from there. 
I ended up leaving the old vinyl underneath it because it was stuck in there real good.
[believe me, I tried]

And I often forgot that I needed to leave the 4 holes open where the screws drill into.
Oops.
That's why the pliers are for. :)
 After you're done, say a small prayer that it will screw back on correctly
 and then recite these words:
"Damn, I'm AWESOME!"

Because you are.

At least that's how I felt.
I am the superwoman of reupholstering.

Alright, alright. You caught me. It wasn't that hard.
I finished in less than an hour.
The hardest part was getting the hang of the staple gun.

After that, I was all sorts of pumped, so I got out my stuff from HL to make a front-door hanging.
I've seen some cute ones on Pinterest,
like so:
blog here

But I wanted to make my own version.

I got a cute curly "R" [$2.99 + 30% off]
and a blue frame that I wouldn't have to paint [$20 + 50% off].
The wiring, lace & flowers I had lying around, as well as the spray paint I used for the letter. 
 I sanded and spraypainted the letter first, then wired it to the top of the frame
[on the back there were some staples I could attach to]. 
Then I hot-glued the lace & flowers to it for embellishment. 

And finally, I attached the wire at the top to hang it.
Total cost: $12 bucks
Score!

I almost picked up an "edging frame" for $20, which wasn't 50% off, but was incredibly cute. Thankfully, I spotted this one which had glass & a back originally [for photos], but I easily took those out to make it look like the expensive edging frame.

Easy as pie.


Anywho - thanks for joining me for my very first post on mk-creations.com & hope to see you all back soon.

If you like any of the stuff you see and want to share it on Pinterest or Facebook, I would be honored [and super-grateful]!!

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peace out homies
&

4 comments:

  1. Your manager speaking! Fantastic site sister! You're doing awesome! I feel privileged that your first post is something I get! The stools look fantastic and make me so excited to start decorating my retro diner kitchen! That's a lot of exclamations. Love it all, your biggest fan, Sister Megh

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    1. Thanks sis!! Can't wait to see what it looks like in your new kitchen!

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  2. I'm loving this too Mal! Can't wait to see what you post next!

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    1. Thanks Rin!! I can't guarantee it's going to be all that interesting, but I'll try!! ;)

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