Memorial Day Table

Last Memorial Day was eventful, we helped Doug’s parents buy a new flat screen TV–their living room is in the basement and we had to haul the broken old 5,000,000 pound old one up the stairs… it took four of us, but we did it!

This Memorial Day we’re enjoying the fact that we’re both 100% obligation free for the first time in months. No work, no church, no nothin’. We’re going to tackle a project but take it leisurely–we have all day after all!

We picked up this beauty at Goodwill yesterday and it’s going to be our “training wheels” project for wood restoration. I decided I didn’t want to tackle our reupholstered chairs for my first project because I like them too much and don’t want to mess up. So we got all the stuff we need and today’s the day. I’ll show you how it turns out, for better or for worse!

Here’s the top:

I’m hoping for some dramatic improvements. If not, we could always paint the recessed part a bold color and seal it. (Actually, it would be cool to paint that section and then “dip” the legs in a matching or contrasting color).

Now after a good bout with Murphy’s Oil Soap:

We’re going places already. We have this kind of Murphy’s… we diluted it as per instructions and filled up an old spray bottle–so handy!

Now off to sand, oil, and wax! We’ll see how we do!


First Reupholstery Project

A long, long time ago, I promised you pictures of the “After” of these chairs I picked up for free at the dump. And I promised them that Friday. I gotta stop promising things to you guys. Haha. Well, the cushion on the first chair was finished before that Friday, but we hadn’t purchased the refinishing products recommended by this post from The Brick House (shoutout to Hemet!) so I decided to hold off on blogging about it until we shined up the wood as well.

Well, we got sick of the fabric & cushion for the second chair sitting around, and we still hadn’t/haven’t bought the stuff to try on the wood yet, but the wood has been cleaned on both (this actually made a world of difference) and the cushions have been finished as well. So I figure for lack of other content, and although this project isn’t done done, now’s as good a time as any for the not-as-big reveal!!!

Note the dingy, lumpy pink fabric. Had it been mint, I wouldn’t have minded the color or pattern but… it was actually really nasty. And when we took it off, stinky (we were wearing painter’s masks during that part of the process). This was quite creepy but inspired confidence: “no where to go but up!” So, here’s the before:

And now, the after! (The after so far, that is, we’re going to further clean and refresh the wood by following this guide.)

I’m crazy about the green link fabric we got on sale at JoAnn’s (the selection was way better than at Hobby Lobby). You can really tell the color by looking at the front edge–the sunlight kind of washes it out in this photo. They are actually super comfy and covering them was so easy I’m tempted to attempt to add cushions to the white chairs we got for free from my in-laws (you can glimpse one of them in the background). Time shall tell.

What do you think? Should I try to tackle the white cafe chairs? Or should I not give up my day job…
Oh, and don’t forget to vote for me by clicking the link on the right. Thanks much!

Mid-Century Chair Teaser

I’ll show you the “before” of what I’m currently working on now. By the end of the week, I’m sure you’ll see an “after!”

When I saw this chair i fell in love with the shape and size. I love the thin modern legs, but the slight angle between the cushion and back was the detail that clenched it for me. And the fact that there were two of them. The lumpy faded pink cushion? Not so much. (Actually, I don’t hate the color.) Thing is, the foam inside is all deteriorated and squeezes out in the form of suspicious fine yellow powder. Very no bueno.

So, I am undertaking my first ever upholstery project! The nice thing is that this should be fairly easy. No curves. No arms. Just pop out the bottom, dispose of the nastiness, create a new cushion and cover it in updated fabric.

Anyone wanna predict my outcome?  Guesses on colors or patterns?

(Adam, you are not allowed to guess)