Monthly Archives: September 2014

Kitchen Table and chairs

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Kitchen Table and chairs

I can’t believe that it is almost October! It been a while since I have posted, but I have been busy! Just haven’t had time to write.
So I thought today I would share our kitchen table and chairs update! We bought this set when we bought our house, but now, five years later, the chairs are ripping and worn. We never used the table top without glass, because the veneer was so thin, and the finger prints on the glass were driving me crazy! So… time for an update!
I tried listing the set on Kijiji a couple times, but, no takers… Here is what it looked like when I listed it:

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My plan was to sell the whole set and buy a new one, but, then look what I found!
Check out these chairs that I got for $5.99 each! Yes, that’s right, five dollars and ninety-nine cents! Needless to say, I bought all 6 of them that they were selling.

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So, I decided to get rid of our old chairs, and repaint the new old chairs, but keep the old table. And… since I still had the paint I used for my other furniture, why not use it? I started by giving everything a light sand. John helped and it didn’t take that long, we used out little mouse sander. We didn’t remove all of the paint or varnish, we just made sure we removed the shine off the top.

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And the table…

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Then we used a little bit of water and an old rag to wipe everything down to get off some of the dust.

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Then, It took three coats of the white paint to cover everything, so it didn’t look patchy. To antique it a little, I used a really fine sandpaper and sanded the edges. I sanded where I thought it would get worn anyways. That’s the great thing about antiquing, you don’t have to worry as much about it getting worn! The design of the table means that every time someone pushes in a chair, it bumps into one of the posts of table. So, it was areas like that as well as the edges of the table, and the tops of the chair that I sanded and antiqued.

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Then, what I did is add a little line of stain in the cracks with a fine brush, and I wiped off the excess with a paint rag.

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So I finished the rest of the chairs and table the same way, sanding, and staining, then wiping off the stain. Anywhere there was a crack or join, I added a little stain or sanded. I also recovered the chairs. They were recovered in a brown suede, and plastic, I just stapled the new material on top…I’ll post another day about recovering chairs, but it is pretty simple.

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Here is what the set looks like finished…

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I have to be honest here, I did run into to snag at the very end. I thought that I would add a coat of varnish just to the table top to seal the paint. I tried with a varnish spray, but it ended up looking all patchy. Then I tried a paint on varnish, and it still looked patchy. I thought I was going to have to sand it down and start again, but I tried putting the old piece of glass on top, and it worked great. You can’t see any of the imperfections, and it protects the table too… and no more sanding, yahoo
I really like the look of the lighter furniture, I thing it brightens up the kitchen.
Now, I still have a half of a can of paint….what else can I paint???

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Making Pillows to match my brand new couch!

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Hope everyone is enjoying the second day back to school… only 294 days left until summer next year! I am actually looking forward to this school year. I will try to remember to share some of the stuff I am working on at school in my library!
But first, I am going to try to catch up on writing about some of the projects we worked on this summer…
Since painting the fireplace and family room, we were working on getting the rest of the room done. We got our new couch delivered, and the walls and fireplace are all painted. We are still waiting on one more piece of furniture from the states to be shipped in… can’t wait to show it to you!
So, while we were waiting, I dug up some scraps of fabric I had left over from a duvet cover I have been working on. And I found a few old pillows I bought a while ago…

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I am sure I had a plan for the pillows when I bought them, but the hot pink covers just have’t fit in with any of my colour choices so far.
So, they were the perfect choice to recover. I started by tracing the outline of the pillow on a paper and then divided it into quarters, and added a little seam allowance on each side…

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I found four different fabrics that I liked, and cut out eight quarters from each.

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Next, I sewed all of the quarters together and pressed the seams open. I have found that pressing the seams open makes a big difference in the finished product.

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Then, to make the sides of the pillows, I tightened the tension on my machine and sewed down either side of a four inch strip of fabric to gather it a little. I did enough to go around all four pillows.

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A few months ago, I bought about 20 yards of cording on sale, for a really good reason that I just can’t remember right now (notice a pattern here?) anyways, boy am I glad I did, because if there is one thing I have learned about recovering uphostry, or pillows is that it always looks better with piping.
Then, I sewed one side of the pillow to the side panel, and put the piping in the middle.
Like this…

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And this is what the seam looked like right side out…

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Once I had sewn both sides of the pillow to the side panels, I left a few inches open, squeezed my ugly pillows inside and hand stitched the openings closed.

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My sewing machine wouldn’t sew over the cording, so I had to figure out how to join the two ends without leaving them raw, because the cording unravels very easily.
So I folded over the edges of a small rectangle of fabric and glued it to the join with a glue gun. Then, I hand stitched the rest of the opening closed.

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And, here is how they turned out. I love the colours, and I like the shape
They have already come in handy. They are great pillows for the kids to sit on the floor, because I won’t them eat on my new couch…lol…

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