Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cheapo Tables

In May we went to a twilight yard sale in Cranberry and just happened upon three retro tables in perfect condition. The nice woman said they were her mothers and wanted three dollars for them. We were fully ready to pay the 9 bucks and hightail it to our car but were floored when we found out she wanted 3 dollars for all of them!!! WHOOOPEEE!!!

I dont have a good before picture of them but I do have a semi before to give you an idea.

Cute HUH? Well I painted the tops of all three with plain white acrylic paint and let my imagination roll,

And began to paint...

And made a "pool table"

Super easy and a nice addition to any game room!

Though that was just one table and I said there were three. The next one I painted to match my sisters bedroom.

That took a bit more then circles but still easy to paint. The final table is currently holding a keyboard, don't ask, but will get painted when I figure out what I want on it.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Restaurant Booth Makeover

Construction Junction is a warehouse in Pittsburgh that houses recycled products from old businesses, homes, buildings, around the area. They sell everything from hot water tanks tobuffets for a restaurant. Last October I went there and found this little booth (above).

After bringing home the booth I started to take it apart to see what I would need to refinish it. The frame was in perfect condition but the black vinyl smelled heavily of smoke (guessing this was in a bar).

The padding in the seat and the springs were in great condition so I made my shopping list which was the following:

  • Upholstery fabric
  • Staple gun/Staples
  • Padding for the back of the booth

The fabric I bought was in the bargain bin at my local Joann's. It was on sale for 7 dollars a yard which was a steal considering it was originally 34 dollars a yard. I purchased about 3 yards.

I started by adding the new padding to the back of the seat and then by adding the new upholstery. I did the same to the bottom cushion as well. Below is a picture of meow meow on the seat cushion before I used the staple gun on the upholstery.

This is the finished product in my kitchen (below). You can see the nostalgic chairs that I bought to match. The bottom of the booth is unfinished but I am looking to repaint the bottom with black enamel paint.

Napkins + Sewing = Pillow

Here is a super easy peasy sewing project for ya. Went to a yard sale recently and I found a large tablecloth and 9 napkins all for only $3.50! The pattern is a bit overwhelming but will look great on the patio wicker. Sooooo here is your project...

You will need:
Sewing machine
2 cloth napkins
stuffing of your choice

Take 2 napkins, iron them, and place them with good sides together.

Pin at all four corners, you can do more if you want.

Place your presser foot right along the seam sew 3 sides leaving one side open.

Trim extra strings and the corners (carefully).

Flip right side out, stuff in your pillow, stuffing, or even old t shirts, and sew shut.