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My cushions are here!! Want a sneak peek?

posted by: zipdee on 08.27.2009 at 09:08 am in Home Decorating Forum

Oooooooooooooo Velvety :)

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Now I just need to figure out which fabric I want to upholster the bottom part of the chairs in. Polkadot with the green double welting I hade made or use the green velvet with the green welting.

I put a link to the original post below :

Here is a link that might be useful: Redoing chairs ..

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clipped on: 08.27.2009 at 01:40 pm    last updated on: 08.27.2009 at 01:41 pm

RE: Any pics of young girls' bedrooms? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: zipdee on 10.12.2008 at 09:07 am in Home Decorating Forum

When it comes to redoing the girls rooms, I'm a bargain shopper. I always start with collecting furniture. Garage sales and Craigslist are great for finding stuff, pretty much anything in good solid shape can be brought back to life with a coat of paint. From there the next thing we do is pick bedding, bought on sale! Their recent stuff was from The Company Store and was bought on clearance. Once we have the bedding we can pull the colors from there to paint the wall and the for the accessories. For the accessories think out side of the box, shop dollar stores, shop big lots, etc. Everything behind the girls beds are from both, we repainted bins as needed. Things don't need to cost a fortune to be cute .. that's one of the reasons I love decorating for children! :)

Also .. while the big rooms you see in the catalogs and else where can be intimidating .. just pull ideas from them and scale it for your space. Now with that said the girls do have a large room, but three of them share it and it was the best use of space in our home. Before we redid this room for them I had done much smaller rooms for them and they were just as fun.

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Beds before paint :

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Garage sale finds, repainted. Roman shade bought from JcPennys on clearence.

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Art table was a side of the road find ( read garbage picked ) that's been cleaned up with leftover floor enamel and paired with old school chairs we found for $2 a piece.

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Old dresser bought on Craigslist before :

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Bathroom Vanity after :

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Ebay lighting before
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The after, cleaned up and paired with on-sale shades that were 'polkadotted' with buttons and hot-glue.

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clipped on: 07.17.2009 at 01:15 pm    last updated on: 07.17.2009 at 01:18 pm

RE: window boxes on home.. (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: kmcg85 on 07.13.2009 at 10:45 am in Home Decorating Forum

Rule of thumb for window boxes is they should extend 3" from the trim on either side for a full finished look. If the window is too large than maybe you could get away with installing two butted up to each other for a nice look. Once the flowers are planted, no one would see it anyway. This is mine from last fall. (still haven't taken one of this summer's flower's!)
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clipped on: 07.13.2009 at 03:31 pm    last updated on: 07.13.2009 at 03:31 pm

RE: Directions for painting an upholstered chair (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: chinacat_sunflower on 09.13.2004 at 12:43 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

:) I've been painting on fabric for about 20 years now...

wet the fabric with a spray bottle, and prime it (gesso works, KILLZ' is way cheaper, and honestly, a better primer) let dry. sand gently (I prefer a scotchbrite sanding pad to paper) and run a 'tack cloth' over it to pick up the dust. after that... house paint, acrylic paint, those 50 cent tubes of craft paint...it all works. sponge it. stencil it. do whatever. let dry. scotchguard, or brush lightly with thompson's water seal.

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clipped on: 08.16.2008 at 10:48 am    last updated on: 08.16.2008 at 10:48 am

RE: Directions for painting an upholstered chair (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: Redbazel on 09.12.2004 at 07:39 pm in Trash To Treasure Forum

Here are some instructions Magnaverde (www.magnaverde.com)gave over on BHG a while back on painting a sofa:

""Forget all that nonsense about teensy bottles of expensive paint medium from the crafts store. You don't need anything more than regular latex semi-gloss paint--and a lot of guts. I found a beautiful Baker Chippendale camelback sofa, with cool curved arms and a fat down cushion, but it was covereed in a hideous glazed chintz in the ugliest colors I ever saw. I found some great yellow wool damask to reupholster with, but it would have cost me $3OOO just for the fabric and trim, so I painted my sofa instead.
Everyone freaked out when I told then the plan, but it worked. I was planning on painting my living room dark green, so I decided to go with red leather. First, I painted the whole thing with bubblegum pink semigloss latex paint, using the widest foam brush I could find, and brushing it on in long strokes front-to-back and up + down.
Think of that as the primer coat.

I let it dry 2 days, and sanded it super lightly with fine-grade sandpaper to get rid of the burrs--and there were a lot of them. When I couldn't feel any more sharp things, another coat of paint, spread thin. Dried and sanded again. Then spread--with my hands--a thin coat of raspberry red semi-gloss paint I had deadened a little with brown to make it a little less vivid. Because it was a deep color, there wasn't much white filler in the paint, so it was almost like a glaze or stain, instead of paint, which is just what I wanted anyway. I just smoothed it on, like suntan oil, and worked it into the pink paint. I let it build a little thicker at the back, on the inside of the arms and at the back edge of the loose cushion, so that the paler, thinner red took on an air of wear at the high points.

I let it dry 2 days, then CAREFULLY sanded the few new sharp things, and touched up those spots with my fingers. I let it dry 2 days, then waxed the whole thing with regular paste wax. After it was dry, I polished with a soft cloth, then dusted with talcum, and vacuumed it all off. It was a little stiff the first few days, but now it not only looks like red leather, it feels like it.

This worked great on my ugly glazed chintz, and probably would work on any smooth fabric, except that some may have more burrs and therefore require more sanding, but I wouldn't try it on anything with a heavy texture. And no, the paint doesn't peel off. And no, it's not stiff, either. Think about it--it's latex paint, and essentially, that's what's in those little bottles of fabric medium."

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RE: New or Reupholster??? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: donnamp14 on 09.21.2007 at 08:38 am in Home Decorating Forum

Hi Organicsmallhome- I had a chair re-upholstered by a gentleman in Waltham, and it is absolutely fabulous. I used my own fabric (from Freddy Farkel's in Watertown). His prices are terrific and his workmanship is very old-world, just perfect. He and his father work together. The name is "Amelia Upholstery" in Waltham. I forgot the address, but it's just off Moody St. Your friend could get an estimate from them. Good luck.
-Donna

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