All Things DIY | Obsessed With Making Old Things New!

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Okay, so I really looove taking old things that are dull and dingy or totally out dated and bringing them back to life. I have a mentality that if I can’t find it, I’ll make it. Or if it’s not exactly what I want, I’ll make it what I want. Through trial and error and some pretty epic fails that have landed in the trash, I guess I love the thrill of the challenge.

I am going to walk you through some of my latest projects. Hopefully you will get some inspiration to some outdated things that you have laying around or give you the mental energy to tackle that next project!

 

Project #1

These chairs were given to us from a family member. To be honest they hung in my garage for probably 6 or 7 years! I never used them or knew what to do with them. But I wasn’t ready to donate them just yet. I got the inspiration from seeing director chairs like these in Pier 1 Imports. They were lovely! So sleek and stylish. So I got the idea that I could replace the fabric with an updated print!

 

Before.

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I am the kind of person who, if I can get away without measuring or setting a timer I do. So I don’t really have elaborate instructions for how I did this. I took the old fabric out and basically lined it up with the new fabric. Saved the rods that go in the sides and made a ‘half like pillow case’ for the top of the chair.

 

After.

capchairafter

 

 

Project #2

I needed a place to put random things like Christmas cards, projects from the kids, coupons, school reminders and all that kind of stuff. I wanted a big frame to hang in a certain spot in our kitchen. I went to the Goodwill where I was pretty sure I could find a solid wood frame for cheap. I got a great deal! This frame was $20 plus marked half off. SO I got it for $10. SCORE! I stripped out the old image, matte and frame.

 

Before.

boardbefore

 

I got the fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics. This fabric was located in the outdoor/indoor section so it’s really durable. I found the buttons and ribbon at Walmart in their sewing section. This was my part of the project. The rest of the measuring and securing was done by my husband, Brad. He is a general contractor by trade and just adores all my Pinterest ideas and handyman needs. Hahaa! : )

 

After.

 

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Project #3

This project really only took a can of spray paint. The vase I found at the Goodwill for $5. I don’t have a before picture but it was bubble gum pink in color. eeek.  I took a can of hammered chocolate brown spray paint to it and viola! I already had the sticks (from IKEA) and the lighted branches were a find from after Christmas.

 

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Project #4

This was the Super Bowl of my DIY projects so far! These chairs were covered with slipcovers for about 7 years. The color and durability took its toll on them and we needed to remedy it. So the thought of re-upolstering them was daunting but I figured it was worth a try! With my crafty skills and Brad’s super hammer and nail skills I knew we could do it. Well, in my head it looked absolutely perfect hahah! We dove in and took the chairs apart piece by piece. Gulp.

 

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After.

bradchair

 

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I found chocolate brown thick upholstery from Jo-Ann Fabrics. If you attempt to re-upholster any piece of furniture just make sure you measure and then get extra. I had to make 3 different trips to 2 different stores to get what we needed. We did one chair at a time so we could use the other chair and see how it was done originally and then just copied the way the material was tucked and folded, etc. The nailhead were a little touch of detail that weren’t there before but I love how it turned out!

I’d love to hear what projects you are working on! What is your best success or your worst epic fail? Leave me a comment below!

xoxo,

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