Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mission Accomplished

When I decided to take an upholstery classes I never gave much thought to the satisfaction and the camaraderie that would follow. I suppose spending six weeks and four hours a week with a small group of people a certain bond would take hold. We have learned, laughed, listened and even develop a little muscle tone. Did you really think taking out a GAZILLION staples would be easy? I have a few more photos to show you from this weeks class. If you have been considering taking an upholstery class I encourage you to do so. In a few short weeks I've completed a chair, sewn two bolster pillows, recovered two small benches and next week I will complete my final project. It's kind of sad the class is ending, but I know where Frank lives, I will be going back. Did I mention he has written a book?!

This chair was completed by someone in the Wednesday class.

Kate is rocking this chair! Love this fabric

Rasa has completed her chair it looks like something out of the Jetsons doesn't it? Pretty snazzy :)
 I have photos of my benches but I want to restyle the wood before I have my big reveal. My final project will be this chair that I picked up at an estate sale boy does she need some work. She looks traditional and tired but I guarantee you next week she will be modern and marvelous!

This has been a really long week, I have had a terrible head cold such a drag. I'm hoping to be back 100% by the weekend.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Coast to Coast Creativity #2

Hello Readers,
 Coast to Coast Creativity is my small way of giving a "shout-out" and also shine the spotlight on a great blogger.  This funny and bold blogger comes to us from the state of Illinois I hope that you will take a few moments to read about Allie at Begin Again Furniture . Here are just a few of my favorite restyles from Allie. Click on each photos to read the post about each transformation.

I hope that you enjoy Allie's blog just as much as I do.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fun & Sun

This weekend was spent having fun and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. On Saturday went were with friends and we enjoyed visiting some Ohio Wineries/Vineyards in the area. It was a great way to spend the day. Now on Sunday  I spent time organizing, cleaning, shopping and completing one paint project. I usually try to do all of my housework during the week, but somehow my schedule is out of whack. I better get back on track I have much better things to do on the weekend.
Last week I showed you the night stands which were almost finished.  I now have one that's been restyled, I thought this was going to be an easy makeover, but I had my fair share of headaches but I'm happy with the new and improved look.

I used Sherwin Williams Bright White and Magnetic Gray I think it's a great combination. To highlight the night stand I used Rub 'N Buff in Silver.

In my effort to hold onto summer I am enjoying these beautiful sunflowers. I'm just not ready for mums but I can't fight Mother Nature forever.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Did You Notice?

My button and signature (just call me fancy). I want to take a moment to let everyone know that my new friend Elizabeth at The Mustard Ceiling designed my lovely button and signature. If you are interested in jazzing up your blog just a little or a lot then click your way over to the The Mustard Ceiling. In addition, Melissa has a segment called  Bam or Slam it's a very interesting weekly post I encourage you all to give it a read.

Now on my homefront I have started a new project and it's almost finished. I found these beauties on Craigslist and they were crying out for a makeover. I love the way the tables are coming together they just need Silver Rub 'N Buff and hardware.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bolsters Easy Peasy

Last week I asked Frank (Mr. Upholstery) if he would teach me how to make a bolster pillow and so he did :) In class I hit a snag or two, I think I was just tired so I finished the pillows at home and I'm pleased at the end result. I will one day soon show and tell you how easy they are to make. Would you believe this pattern doesn't involve a circle? Who knew?

Here is what I used to make the bolster
  1. Fabric for the body of pillow
  2. Two strips for piping
  3. Two pieces for the ends, notice the ends aren't in the shape of the circle
More details coming soon!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ding,ding,ding,ding we have a WINNER!

Curtains In My Tree Congratulations goes out to Janice she is the winner of some great fabric. I'm sure Janice will do something great with it :)
I always think it is so fun when someone joins me as a follower.
I know your happy to see 150 gals & guys watching your words
I always love more fabric

Thanks again to everyone !

Monday, September 19, 2011

Coast To Coast Creativity #1

Hello Readers,
Welcome to my new series! Coast to Coast Creativity is my small way of giving a "shout-out" and also shine the spotlight on a great blogger.  This lovely blogger comes to us from the state of Texas I hope that you will take a few moments to read about Flo. "Go With The Flo" is a very eclectic blog, I stumbled across her blog while I was perusing and I was delighted by the findings just look at a few of Flo's wonderful transformations!

Click on each photo to read the post.

If you haven't already discovered Flo why not stop by for a blog visit soon!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Last Weekend Of Summer

This weekend I really tried to savor every moment I can't believe Fall is knocking at the door. I went to a few yard sales and  I did just a little painting but I had to get caught up on yardwork and housework. I managed to finish one small paint project and I rearranged my living room. I picked up this serving tray at Old Time Pottery and I can't figure out why this guy's face is on it. Is it me or does this serving tray need some help? With the help of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint Mr. Handsome will be no more. I used Old White and Aubusson Blue to acheive the new look.

I used dark wax and I did just a titch of distressing, the handles are wrapped in jute.

Yes it's a frog

I think the tray looks great! Not bad for $6.99! I just have to find the perfect space for it.
 Here's the loot I got this weekend!! Looking forward to restyling it soon.

Until the next restyle have an awesome day!

Let's get the party started at Dittle Dattle!

Keeping It Simple

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Review

Hello Everyone, as some of you already know I've completed my chair. I just wanted to tell you the value of taking classes if it's available in your area. Frank has been in the business for over 30 years The classes are very informative I was able to learn basic upholstery tips. Here are some: welt cords, cutting and matching fabric, using the proper tools and measuring. If you pay close attention you can't really screw it up. Each class is four hours long and for six weeks a lot is done in every class, my chair was completed in three weeks. The next three weeks I will learn something new! I'll share it with you later :) Here are just a few photos from the class

Frank sharing a "trade secret" with Kate.

Kate is bold and brave she is reupholstering a wingback chair. Don't you just love the fabric?

Frank is double checking my work....always start in the center!
For those of you who don't live in the Cleveland area Frank has also published a book Professional Upholstering All The Trade Secrets.   There is another student in the class Rasa I will have photos of her project soon. Rasa is working on a very interesting chair it's so modern.  The class has been so much fun.
Well let me show you the chair one more time!!

In the upcoming days  I will be starting a segment called "Coast to Coast Creativity" so be on the lookout for it and once again I have a giveaway.