February 4, 2016

A Sassy Pillow for the Bergère Chair With Attitude

Remember last Thursday when I shared the Bergère chair makeover from hell?  At the bottom of that post I mentioned that I should make a pillow with the leftover fabric and embroider the words, For Looks Only.

Well, there is now A Sassy Pillow For The Bergère Chair With Attitude.  If you missed the hair pulling, cuss word spewing, wine drinking saga you can catch up here at A Bergère Chair With Some Serious Attitude.

Sassy new pillow for a chair with attitude

Before I get to the pillow, as pointed out by a reader, the Bergère chair is in fact NOT a Bergère but rather a Louis Armchair. Evidently, I don't know my Louis from a Bergère! So this post should be aptly titled A Sassy Pillow for the Louis Chair With Attitude.

Back to the business of making my sassy pillow.

Materials to make a Sassy pillow for a chair with attitude

The first thing I did was make a graphic in PicMonkey and reverse the image (mirror image). Months and months ago I bought some Lesley Riley Tap (Transfer Art Paper). What I didn't realize is that you need to use it with an inkjet printer. I have a color laser.
Graphic designed in PicMonkey for a Sassy Pillow
Santa a.k.a. Mr. Frugalista bought me an inkjet printer for Christmas.  I asked for a Cameo Silhouette so you can imagine my inner excitement when I saw the wrapped box under the tree.  You can imagine my inner disappointment when I unwrapped that said box.  Until today when I finally set it up and got to play with my TAP.  Let's just say, Lesley Riley is my new best friend!

Transfer Artist Paper to print graphic on Sassy Pillow

After I cut the fabric for my pillow form I ironed the TAP paper onto the pillow front using the High Heat and Dry setting.  Because the fabric has a sheen, I placed a 100% cotton dish cloth over the fabric and added extra ironing time to ensure a good bond.

Sassy graphic ironed onto a pillow for chair with attitude

I keep a table top ironing board and travel iron handy in my sewing room. Saves me from having to run downstairs to the laundry room when I'm sewing.  I used tweezers to remove the hot Transfer Art Paper.

Graphic transferred onto fabric for Sassy Pillow

I saved the Dud piping from the Bergère...ahem...Louis chair to reuse on the pillow. Happily I trotted down to my fabric bin and gasped when it wasn't there. A quick text to Mr. Frugalista only to discover he threw it out.  HE THREW IT OUT people!  Perfectly good and reusable piping went to the landfill.  Shhhh, don't tell the recycle police because he brings me flowers...and he cooks most of the meals...and he cleans toilets!

So I calmed myself down and got to the task of making new piping with the one piece of fabric I had leftover.  Then I sewed the piping onto the pillow back.

Materials used to make piping for a Sassy Pillow

Next I sewed the two pieces together and voila, A Sassy Pillow for the whatever it's called chair with attitude!

Close Up of Sassy Pillow for chair with attitude

When I don't feel like being sassy, I'll just flip the pillow over.

Back side of Sassy Pillow made for chair with attitude

Who am I kidding, I'm a sassy kinda gal so it won't be flipped often.  Only when serious guests come to visit.

Sassy DIY Pillow for chair with attitude

Sassy Pillow and Chair Makeover from hell

If you ever come over for coffee or a glass of wine, remember you've been forewarned about that chair from hell.

February 2, 2016

What To Do With An Ugly Sign In Under 30 Minutes

Every time I walked down our stairs I would make a mental note, I've got to give that sign a makeover.  And every day of every week of every year it still hadn't happened.

Until last Saturday when I yanked that thang right off its hook and brought it down to the workshop.

I had plans to share a different project with you this week on Frugal Decor Tuesday but I walked past that sign one too many times.  So today I'm sharing What To Do With An Ugly Sign In Under 30 Minutes.

Framed Art to Fun Chalkboard Before and After

Here is what it looked like in all its plastic fake woodgrain glory.  You can see how well the pink border clashed with our Sundried Tomato wall color.

Welcome Framed Art Chalkboard Before

I gave the frame a quick dry brush of Simplicity White chalk paint.  Next I grabbed my can of chalkboard paint and realized it had been put away with the lid slightly open and I was left with some Black Chalkboard Toffee.

Onto Plan B.  Chalk paint can be used as a chalkboard finish and so I used three coats of the color Liquorice.

Welcome Chalkboard with Simplicity and Liquorice chalk paint

While that was drying I needed something to hold chalk.  I remembered I had one lonely drawer pull in my hardware stash.  The plan was to spray paint it black and call it a day but I was having too much fun.

Welcome Chalkboard drawer pull chalk holder

I attached some self-adhesive letters onto the front and spray painted the pull in flat black.  The stuff dries in 10 minutes so this entire project may have taken a half hour.

Spray painted drawer pull to hold chalk onto Welcome Chalkboard

Before getting my chalk art groove on, the new board had to be seasoned.  Simply rub the side of a stick of chalk in both directions over the board and wipe with a dry cloth or paper towel.

Seasoning the new Welcome Chalkboard

I knew I wanted my chalkboard to say Welcome but didn't trust my freehand skills so I cheated and used stencils.

Using stencils to write a Welcome Message on a chalkboard

I connected the bridge of the stencilled letters so it wouldn't look...well...stencilly (new word).  I added a green shadow to tie in our color scheme.

Close Up Photo of new Welcome Chalkboard made from Framed Art

Now I have another dilemma, it's too cute for the front entry!

Welcome Chalkboard from dated framed art

I hung the chalkboard in our dining room to take pictures and I really like how it looks in this spot.

Welcome Chalkboard transformed from framed art

Mr. Frugalista surprised me with the sweet just because roses last week - he is always so thoughtful!

Do you have old framed art tucked away somewhere in storage that you could transform into a fun chalkboard? Perhaps you've already made something similar. If so, I'd love to hear about it!

Frugal Decor Tuesdays Graphic

Hope to see you back here next week when Frugal Decor Tuesday will be hosted under candlelight.

January 30, 2016

DIY Sunday Showcase Party {01-30-16}

Here we are, the last weekend of January.  I hope the first month of a fresh new year has been kind to you so far.  This week on Frugal Decor Tuesday I shared a 12-Slot Cubby Organizer Refresh For Valentine's Day.  On Thursday, I shared  How To Recycle A Headboard With An Embossed Leather Hide Seat and included a $50.00 Discount Coupon towards the winner's choice of upholstery hide. Enough about that, let's see what Party #4 of 2016 has in store for us this week.

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Join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

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DIY WINE CORK HEART by My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia

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hot cocoa on a stick
HOT CHOCOLATE ON A STICK  by Simply Designing

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glow stick valentine for kids

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White And Gold Painted Terra Cotta Pots by Pastels & Macarons #diy #terracottapots #paintedterracottapots #diypaintedterracottapots #paintedpots #whiteandgold #whiteandgoldpaintedterracottapots

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January 28, 2016

How To Recycle A Headboard With An Embossed Leather Seat

*Portions of this post were sponsored as I was given free product to complete this project.
My plan for this project was to build a leather ottoman. When Mr. Frugalista (a.k.a. my furniture buyer) came home with this twin headboard set that he found from a local collectibles dealer, I knew it would make a perfect Recycled Headboard Bench with Embossed Leather Hide Seat.

Headboard Bench with embossed leather seat

This is what the set used to look like.  I just loved the raised details on both the headboard and footboard.

Twin Headboard and footboard before

Materials List

Twin Headboard and Footboard set
2" x 3" lumber
3/4-inch plywood
3/4" x 4" MDF trim
2-inch high-density foam
Embossed upholstery leather hide
#18 Denim sewing needle
Quilters Gütermann thread
Chalk paint in the color Arles
Clear and Dark wax
3-inch 2-inch wood screws
Countersink drill bit
1/8-inch drill bit
#8 Robertson Screw bit
1 1/4" brad nails

Power Tools Used

Table Saw
Mitre Saw
Brad Nail Gun
Staple Gun
Sewing Machine

The first order of business was to slice that footboard in half with a table saw.  Except ours was in the shed and the path to the shed is knee deep in snow.  So we improvised by using a jigsaw.  I marked the center with tape.  The tape also helps the wood from chipping from the jigsaw blade.  Can you tell by the grin on my face that I'm having fun!

Cutting a footboard in half for a headboard bench

Next up was building a frame for the seat using 2" x 3" lumber.  You can see the measurement of ours in the picture below.

Building a frame for the headboard bench seat

The height of the seat before adding the cushion is 16-inches so we drew a line on the headboard and attached the frame, checking that it was straight with a level.

In order for the footboard sides to fit flush onto the headboard, we had to fill the recessed parts of the headboard frame with pieces of plywood and 2" x 3" blocks of wood. We Mr. Frugalista ended up dragging the table saw out of the shed after all, to make these cuts.

Headboard frame built out to accommodate bench seat

Next we lined up each footboard flush with both the back of the headboard frame and to the side of the seat frame.  Using 2-inch wood screws, the sides were attached.

Bench seat attached to the headboard frame

Wood filler to fill in gaps and screw holes on the Headboard Bench

Wood filler was used to fill in any gaps, screw holes, nicks, and scratches. MDF trim was attached using a brad nailer to the front 2" x 3" board to dress it up.  I had a picture but accidentally deleted it.

Now my favorite part, adding the pretty.

Like chairs, painting benches are a lot of work.  To speed up the process I used my HomeRight Finish Max Pro paint sprayer and applied four thin coats of diluted chalk paint in the color Arles.

Headboard bench painted with chalk paint in the color Arles

I lightly distressed the bench using 180-grit sandpaper.  To add depth to the color and inject some rustic charm, I waxed the bench with both clear and dark wax.

Instead of applying a coat of clear wax first followed by dark wax, I blended the two waxes together on a paper plate using an Artist Pallet Knife.  Working in sections, I applied the wax using a wax brush and wiped away the excess with a lint-free cloth.

Headboard bench aged with clear and dark wax

I love how the dark wax rests in all the crevices and joints of the bench.

Headboard bench with dark wax inside the details

Time for some upholstery!  A 2-inch piece of high-density foam and a 3/4" piece of plywood was cut to fit the seat.  The foam was attached to the plywood with spray adhesive.

Plywood and 2 inch foam used on the headboard bench seat

This is where that gorgeous piece of Embossed Western Tool Upholstery Leather Hide from the Leather Hide Store came in.  Isn't it gorgeous!

Embossed Western Tool Upholstery Leather Hide on the headboard bench seat

We laid the seat onto the leather hide and cut it to size so it would wrap around the foam and onto the back of the wood. Using white chalk, I drew the four corners and cut a small dart where the two ends should meet when sewing the corners.

Using a #18 Denim Needle and Quilters Gütermann thread, I sewed each corner together and cut off the excess for a snug fit over the foam.

Corners on leather hide Headboard Bench Seat sewn together

The hide slipped over the foam like a glove!  We pulled it taut and stapled it to the back of the plywood.  The seat was attached to the bench from underneath with 3-inch wood screws.

Embossed leather hide upholstered seat on headboard bench

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

Recycled Headboard Bench with embossed leather seat

Recycled Headboard with Embossed Leather Seat

I had some fun with some of the leftover pieces of leather hide.

Banner from leftover leather hide from headboard bench

I want to thank the good folks at the Leather Hide Store for supplying the beautiful Western Tool Embossed Leather Hide for this piece.

How to recycle a twin headboard with a leather upholstered seat

How would you use a piece of upholstery leather hide?  Do you have a project in mind that would look fabulous in leather?

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As I mentioned earlier, part of this post was sponsored by the Leather Hide Store by providing the embossed upholstery leather hide for this project.  All opinions, project inspiration, and words are 100% that of my own.  I only share items that I think will bring value to my readers.  See my disclosure policy.

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