Sunday, March 14, 2010

fixer uppers

While the guys were working on the porch Mom and I had a few projects of our own. First, we finished painting the living room and stair case. We don't have pictures of that but lets just agree that it looks great.

The second project was a chair fixer-upper.

I found this chair on the side of the road.
i liked the legs so i put it in the backseat and drove it home.

I removed some rust and spray painted it with RUSTOLEUM paint. It prevents rust from reappearing.

Before After
It sat outside for five months before I ran into the PERFECT fabric, at Wal-Mart of all places.

UPDATE: I have gotten a few comments about the beautiful fabric... Walmart, I know! It was only $3.00 a yard!!! I have looked for it ever since and I have NEVER seen it again :( I kick myself for not buying more.

So mom and I headed to the store to buy plywood, batting, and staples to finish it. We are so proud of our little chair that serves no purpose! Here is the finished project.

The third project was inspired by a hotel in San Antonio.
After looking all over, the best price I got were these from West Elm. 3 for $44.oo
So I decided to try my own. We took a 4X4 and cut it into blocks, stained them, put picture hangers on the back and put them up.
We ended up with 12 for $14.75.

They came out looking pretty close and with a little more character.

We added candle holders and candles and put them in our dinning room.
I love the way they turned out and even Neil likes them!

Our last project was a footstool for our new rocking chairs.
We found the stool at a garage sale for $5 and recovered it with burlap.
Burlap is a good outdoor fabric and we stenciled our address on it for a little personality.

There is not much to it so here is the final edition.

What I didn't take pictures of was the Hobby Lobby trips with Diane and Mom. They went shopping for her daughters wedding flowers, they came home, and made three bridesmaids bouquets, a maid of honor bouquet, a throw away bouquet, and a bride bouquet! And mom cleaned my windows!

Needless to say, it was a very busy week but I was so glad to be so productive!

Thanks Mom, I had lots of fun!

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  1. LOVE! That chair! I'm dying.

  2. My jaw is on the ground! I can't believe that's the same chair! Both projects turned out so great!

  3. The chair turned out beautifully! Can't believe it was on the side of the road!

  4. That is one beautiful chair. Serves no purpose you say? It's a piece of art! Really nice job!

  5. Wow! Send an email to Better After with that Chair makeover--she's sure to post it. Awesome! And I love the cubes too! ann @ housefinally.

  6. Wow - i'm gonna start looking on the side of the road for treasures! Great job!

  7. I love that chair! What a whimsical piece and I love the shape of it!

  8. Great find! I love the lines of the chair - So unique! Looks amazing with your changes! Great job!

  9. Love the fabric you used on your *new* chair. :) It does have nice legs. Looks like you've been busy.

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Have fun finding some new reads, and I hope you'll visit Serenity Now again soon! :)

  10. Wow, what a transformation! That IS the perfect fabric for that chair, awesome job!

  11. I love the chair! I can't believe you found that fabric at WalMart! Do you remember what it's called? Im always amazed that people find furniture on the side of the road! Thats crazy! I NEVER see anything like that in California, I guess it would be kind of cool to score something like that though!

  12. LOVE the fabric and the chair. Walmart? Really? Was it resent? I would love to get my hands on that fabric!!

    Visiting from DIY Showoff

  13. To APRIL and PrudentlyPainted Vintage:
    Walmart, I know....It was $3.00 a yard!!! I have looked for it every time I go and I have NEVER seen it again. I kick myself for not buying more!

    Thanks for visiting

  14. I love the colors you chose. It looks amazing.
    Don't forget to join me for More The Merrier Monday and link up all of your great projects.

  15. Woahhhhhhhh what a statement chair! I love it!

    PS- I'm doing my first ever giveaway on my blog and I'd love for you to come enter!

  16. wow, wow, wow, LOVE that chair! and score on the fabric!

  17. What an incredibly fun chair! I just love the fabric and the overall style of the chair!

  18. Wow, I love what you did with that chair! I can see why you couldn't pass it up because of the legs, and then what you made out of it is beautiful. You definitely have an eye for discovering potential beauty.

    I also like the wall treatment and foot stool. Both very stylish!

    Thanks for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow link party.


  19. Wow the chair is awesome!! I absolutely love that fabric. Great job!

  20. That chair is beautiful! Love, love, love that fabric!

  21. That chair is flippin amazing!!! I am so impressed! I really love the color too.

  22. Hello, fellow Wacoan! I'm coming from FJI, and noticed that we live in the same city. Small world! :)

    I love your chair. That fabric is AMAZING! I hope you'll come link up at the Sunday link party at Addicted 2 Decorating.

  23. Visiting from A2D.....

    What a great job you've done on your chair and your candle holders! Love them both!

  24. THAT is a real roadside find!!! LOVE the shape and that fabric is awesome! Unfortunately, all of our local Walmart stores got rid of their fabric departments when they expanded to include groceries! So stinky because I too used to get great bargains on fabric there! That red and white is outstanding!

  25. A TRUE trash to treasure!! It is gorgeous!

  26. I am in love with this chair, it should serve no other purpose but to look at it anyways, is pure art, is like a nice wall painting. Lovely job. Did you send it to Better After?

  27. Great redo on the chair- love how it turned out and your candle holders are very inspired!

  28. Lovely! I heart that fabric. No wonder you are kicking yourself.

  29. love the chair. the fabric used is so pretty!