January 23, 2011

Free chairs (It's been a while, sorry)

So I'm posting two projects, both small, but both cute.
This first post is a project I did in the summer. I was out yard sale-ing and passed a "Free Yard Sale". Everything was Free... seriously. I stopped, expecting EVERYTHING to be junk, but I actually picked up lots of stuff that I would have happily paid money for. Three of these chairs included.
Now, I know I don't need more chairs, I have chairs coming out the wa-zoooo. But I like them, so I took them.
I figured I could recover them in a couple hours... Nope, took a day and a half. Not cause of anything, I just always underestimate how long an easy project takes.
As I once said, "Quick and Easy are not the same thing".

So here's the before:

Kinda scary eh? I unscrewed the bottom from the frame, only held on by 4 screws, then I unscrewed the back, also held by 4 screws. I popped the two back pieces apart and covered them in fabric separately.
Then I used a pin gun to put them back together. I spray painted the frame aluminum color after giving it a bit of a sand. Then I put them back together!
I'm happy with the finished product!  It ended up costing me $26 for the fabric.
You probably think I have a house full of hodge-podge mis-matched chairs... Ya, I do.
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Funky Lamp Shade

 My aunt gave me an old rusty shade skeleton... (She knows me too well)  I sanded off the chunky, dusty rust, and out came the aluminum colored paint.
I had a remnant from JoAnn's that I loved and didn't know what to do with. Once she gave me the shade frame, I decided this was where the fabric would be put to cute use. (this photo is the most accurate for the color of the fabric. It seems to change from photo to photo depending on the lighting)
I made a paper pattern by taping two sheets of paper together, and laying it on the frame, drawing lines where the metal was and then cutting it out with a seam allowance.
Then I stitched all 8 together. In this image, I have one last side to sew.
All 8 sewed together, now I need to stitch the top and bottom around the frame by hand... (yes, by hand. I'm not so much a fan of a hand sewing.)
Here's the finished lamp, living on a table of nearly the same color. I'm thinking of stitching some small beads along the top edge at the bottom of the shade... I say thinking cause that would be more hand sewing.
New subject.... What on earth should I do with these two cool table legs?
I've had them for a few months now, and I can't think of anything I'd want only two legs for. Any suggestions?

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