Upcycled Table Leaves

Very excited to share this post with you!  I found these table leaves at the thrift store where I work.  They were solid mahogany but separated from the table.  This happens a lot in Thrift Stores. I bought all three for $5.00. I knew I could do something with them but was unable to find anything online to inspire me.  Could I be setting my own trend?                                                Love when that happens.

Here is the before:  

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I knew I wanted to make a wall hanging. Perhaps some kind of Triptych? Since they were mahogany, I had to seal them prior to painting.  I went to my go-to sealer, Sherwin William White Pigmented Shellac.  The consistency is very watery, deceivingly so.  Brush it on with a paint brush or sponge brush with the board laying down horizontally.  One coat will do it.  It's okay if the wood is not completely opaque as seen below.  Let it dry overnight and you're ready for paint.

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I did a light sanding prior to grabbing my new favorite combination of colors from Van Gogh Fossil Paint Collection, Patina & Mama's Boy.  These two colors are always a hit. Love this paring.   

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I did one coat of Patina, allowed it to dry overnight and then applied a random pattern of Mama's Boy in a dry brush technique.  I allowed that to dry overnight and then added the mirrors.  These are 8 x 8 square mirrors I found at Hobby Lobby.  Using Liquid Nails in a caulk gun, I affixed the mirrors in place. I decided to wait to apply the wax until after the mirrors.  I did not want to have any issues with the mirror staying put.  Allowing them to remain horizontal while the Liquid Nails dries, helps with the adhesion.

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Here is the finished product.  I. Love. These. As is the case with a lot of my projects, I want to keep them.

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Happy Upcycling!

Bernadette


Desk Re-do!

Hello!

I wanted to share a new upcycle using a graphic from my favorite spot, The Graphics Fairy.  Here I took a uninspired cabinet and turned into something really special.

By using the Mod Podge Method of Image Transfer, I was able to make this piece into something very special.  If you have not been to The Graphics Fairy, do yourself a favor and check it out.  Lots & Lots of free graphics and many ways to accomplish the transfer.

Before:

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Turned out so cute, right?  

Turned out so cute, right?  

Six Screws to Anthro Knock Off

Hello DIY-ers,

When I saw this chair from Anthropologie I knew I wanted to try and recreate the leather/fabric detail.   Mixing up a classic combination always appeals to me.  This chair lists for $1498.00.

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I really just wanted to see if I could recreate the leather detail using items I had in my studio. I knew I didn't have any Ikat fabric, so I decided to make it a more of a neutral chair but with the leather (in this case Pleather) detail.

Enter this beauty:

It has the wrought iron details, weighs about 50 pounds and is in need of a facelift.

It has the wrought iron details, weighs about 50 pounds and is in need of a facelift.

It only had 6 screws to undo to release both top and bottom cushions.  I unscrewed the whole thing in no time.  I decided to leave the fabric on the chair back and just make a slip cover for it.  Using items that I had left over from other projects, I made an envelope cover.

See?  Only 6 Screws!

See?  Only 6 Screws!

Determine how much of each fabric you want to use.  I decided on a 2/3 leather 1/3 fabric ratio.  

Determine how much of each fabric you want to use.  I decided on a 2/3 leather 1/3 fabric ratio.  

After sewing fabric and leather together horizontally, I determined my vertical sewing lines.  Just 3 straight seams are necessary for this project.  The top of the seat back is not sewn because it has a channel where the fabric is tucked down and placed along the bottom bar.  Sounds fussy but it could not be easier!

After sewing fabric and leather together horizontally, I determined my vertical sewing lines.  Just 3 straight seams are necessary for this project.  The top of the seat back is not sewn because it has a channel where the fabric is tucked down and placed along the bottom bar.  Sounds fussy but it could not be easier!

In order to get a nice snug fit  I sewed the side seams once and tried it on the cushion.  It was not as tight as I wanted so I went back in and kept making a more narrow opening until I got the look I was after. Trimming small amounts each time ensures you won't cut off too much.  It is a balance because if its too loose it looks sloppy and too tight it won't fit.  I made sure it fit perfectly before finally trimming the seam allowance to 1/4" .

In order to get a nice snug fit  I sewed the side seams once and tried it on the cushion.  It was not as tight as I wanted so I went back in and kept making a more narrow opening until I got the look I was after. Trimming small amounts each time ensures you won't cut off too much.  It is a balance because if its too loose it looks sloppy and too tight it won't fit.  I made sure it fit perfectly before finally trimming the seam allowance to 1/4" .

2 Screws down, 4 to go.

2 Screws down, 4 to go.

The seat bottom needed some extra support so I went into my stash.  I added the yellow waffle cushion first, covered it in batting then wrapped the entire thing with fabric.  I used a staple gun and stapled about every 1/2".

The seat bottom needed some extra support so I went into my stash.  I added the yellow waffle cushion first, covered it in batting then wrapped the entire thing with fabric.  I used a staple gun and stapled about every 1/2".

4 more screws and we're done!

4 more screws and we're done!

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I just love how this turned out!  It is so pretty and fresh and I think the leather/fabric combo looks great.  And, my chair cost $3.99!

Happy Upcycling!

Bernadette

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Hello,

I wanted to make a little mirror I had into a cute St. Patrick's Day themed decoration..  I went to my go-to Graphics location, thegraphicsfairy.com and printed off a sweet shamrock illustration.

I chose this because I wanted to be able to display it year round.  I didn't want  leprechauns or pots of gold.  So here are the steps I took using my wonderful Van Gogh Paint. 

The idea I had was to create a stencil using the graphic, painters tape, a sharp blade, Van Gogh paint and 2 Paint Pens.  

Select the two items.  I used a small mirror and this graphic.

Select the two items.  I used a small mirror and this graphic.

Using blue painters tape, tape the entire surface pressing down firmly as you go.  You're going to cover most of the mirror.

Using blue painters tape, tape the entire surface pressing down firmly as you go.  You're going to cover most of the mirror.

Now, tape the graphic in place.  It's a good idea to have a second copy on hand for reference later when you start painting.

Now, tape the graphic in place.  It's a good idea to have a second copy on hand for reference later when you start painting.

Take a very sharp blade and start cutting out the design.  You're going through the paper and the tape using enough pressure to go through these without damaging the mirror. What I did was cut around the whole design but only removed the tape around the shamrock. Then I  painted the shamrock and let it dry.  I later went back and removed the tape for the bow and painted it.  I did not cut out the lettering because I chose to add something different

Take a very sharp blade and start cutting out the design.  You're going through the paper and the tape using enough pressure to go through these without damaging the mirror. What I did was cut around the whole design but only removed the tape around the shamrock. Then I  painted the shamrock and let it dry.  I later went back and removed the tape for the bow and painted it.  I did not cut out the lettering because I chose to add something different

I cut out the red bow but did not remove the blue tape until after the shamrock was painted and dry.

I cut out the red bow but did not remove the blue tape until after the shamrock was painted and dry.

Keep one side of the graphic taped in place creating a hinge so that it is perfectly aligned as you're working. This way you can check your progress and not have to realign over and over, it stays in place with this hinge trick.

Keep one side of the graphic taped in place creating a hinge so that it is perfectly aligned as you're working. This way you can check your progress and not have to realign over and over, it stays in place with this hinge trick.

After I painted the large parts with Van Gogh, I removed all the tape and went in with Paint Pens to add the finer details.  Notice that the black is a medium tip and the gold is fine tip. I traced around all the edges with black then went back in and added the gold. Be patient here and have some scrap paper on hand to clean up pen tips as you go.  I bought these at Hobby Lobby, they really bring the project to life.

After I painted the large parts with Van Gogh, I removed all the tape and went in with Paint Pens to add the finer details.  Notice that the black is a medium tip and the gold is fine tip. I traced around all the edges with black then went back in and added the gold. Be patient here and have some scrap paper on hand to clean up pen tips as you go.  I bought these at Hobby Lobby, they really bring the project to life.

It turned out really cute.  I tried to photograph it without showing the reflection. I added "Lucky You"  because I thought that would be a more year-round saying.  I just free handed these letters.  I didn't want to get too fussy with cutting around letters.  

It turned out really cute.  I tried to photograph it without showing the reflection. I added "Lucky You"  because I thought that would be a more year-round saying.  I just free handed these letters.  I didn't want to get too fussy with cutting around letters.

 

Here it is hanging on the wall.  So cute!!

Here it is hanging on the wall.  So cute!!

I love using mirrors in unusual places around the house.  I can picture this one in a bathroom or

foyer, guest room or kitchen.  Be careful when cleaning once you've painted a mirror. Using harsh chemicals will strip the paint.  I just use a soft cloth for dusting and it works out great.

Enjoy making a cool project of your own!

Bernadette

Stir up a little Upcycle

Hello Upcyclers. I found this ottoman recently and decided to give it a facelift.  It is nice and study but had some seriously ugly fabric.  Once I got into it I found something that made me laugh out loud.  Read on.

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I decided to upgrade the fabric and paint the legs.  Once I got the legs off I noticed that the black mesh on the bottom was ripped. So I removed it and look what I found:

What the...??

What the...??

At some point in this ottoman's life, someone had shored up the support using 2 Wooden Spoons. That's a first. I tested it out in the store before I bought it but did not anticipate this method of support.  Clearly I was not going to go forward like this so I replaced the kitchen implements with some wood and kept on going.

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Two coats of Van Gogh Confidence and we are on our way.

Two coats of Van Gogh Confidence and we are on our way.

Natural and French Caffeine Waxes bring the color to life.

Natural and French Caffeine Waxes bring the color to life.

Much Better!!

Much Better!!

It was a bit of a challenge to fold all the fabric around the corners in an appealing way but I am really happy with the way it turned out.  

Have you ever unveiled something surprising in your projects?

Go out and find something to rescue.  You never know what will be discovered.

This is available for sale!

Bernadette

Rookie Mistake!!

HI Guys, I just wanted to let you see what happened when I brought home a table from Goodwill. I am no Rookie when it comes to upcycling but...

I paid a little more for this little beauty because I could tell that it was antique and very good quality.  So....I brought it home, began to clean it up and what did I find when I removed the price tag?? Not one, not two but THREE deep holes right in the center of the table top!! They were hidden by the price tag and I missed them.  I have no idea what could have been originally attached to this table but it was gone and 3 deep holes remained.  Ugh!!  I'm calling this post "Rookie Mistake"  because I should have known better! Note to self:  Be thorough when checking out a new piece.

Oh well, I paid $14.99 for it which is about 3 times what I normally pay but I thought I was getting a pretty solid piece.  Not to worry, with some elbow grease and a cool graphic from thegraphicsfairy.com I have a beautiful piece of furniture.  

Here is what I thought I was getting:

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Here is what I got:

Oh no!

Oh no!

Time for Ready Patch.

Time for Ready Patch.

Normally I would just wipe down the piece and start painting but that obviously was not going to work here.  Ready Patch is to go-to product for this problem.  You can find it in Home Improvement stores, it's easy to work with, dries solidly and cleans up with soap and water.  Since I had it out, I filled in all the deeper scratches and dents as well as some "bites" out of the edges.  It is a thick putty consistency and it is applied and smoothed out with a standard putty knife.

Here are a few photos of the process:

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Fill all the holes, scrapes, dings, etc.  You're looking for thin coat so that once it dries it makes the sanding process easier.  I waited until the next day to begin sanding because those center holes were so deep.  Sanding creates a lot of dust so wear a mask and make it as smooth as possible.  I uses a sanding block and 200 grit paper.

I went over the whole piece filling in any dents, let it dry and sanded.  Because of the intricate work on the legs, I used a dry paint brush to remove all the sanding dust from the crevices.

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Next I selected the two Van Gogh colors to create a subtle finish.  I went with Revenge over Bole.  Starting with Bole, letting it dry, adding Revenge, allowing it to dry and then distress.

Revenge over Bole

Revenge over Bole

Wet Paint!

Wet Paint!

Please take a good, long look at this surface!  See any holes?? Exactly.  The combination of the correct prep work and the quality of this paint is incredible.  

Look at the coverage!

Look at the coverage!

One coat of Revenge covers one coat of Bole and we're ready to distress.

One coat of Revenge covers one coat of Bole and we're ready to distress.

The distressing process is very different in Van Gogh Paintlology in that it is wet distressing.  I wanted to remove some of the second coat to reveal the first coat underneath.  Using a soft wet rag does the trick. This avoids the sanding dust produced with other products. I feel like I am using less paint and wasting less as a result. 

Now its on to the final stage. I wanted to add a graphic in gold to match the caps on the legs of the table.  This really pulls the whole project together. I used a gold paint pen to add the graphic to the table top.  Using chalk on the back of the graphic allows you to trace over it in pencil and once it is traced onto the top, go over it with the paint pen.  

adding a cool graphic from The Graphics Fairy

adding a cool graphic from The Graphics Fairy

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Rub chalk all over underside of graphic to allow tracing of the image onto table top

Rub chalk all over underside of graphic to allow tracing of the image onto table top

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adding wax to the whole surface protects the beautiful finish

adding wax to the whole surface protects the beautiful finish

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So now it is complete and ready for a closeup!

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So Pretty!!  I just love the way this turned out!!  Especially given the 3 deep holes that I started with!  

I'll be more careful in selecting my next piece but knowing that I can still get a great result with a little know-how is very satisfying!

Happy Upcycling!! 

Bernadette