Monday, June 25, 2012

DIY x-base farmhouse console table

I was a hold out on the world of Pinterest but, my mom roped me in and now I keep finding awesome ideas I want to try in my own home.

I came across the below amazing farmhouse table found here. The plans to build it were found at ana-white. I did not need a farmhouse table but, this was really close to the idea I wanted for a more rustic console table only with a little bit of tweaking. The Anthropologie version of this dining table sells for almost 2000.00.

our finished version with stripped galvanized top

The tutorial:
We needed a table 55"w x 19"d x 30"h.
We followed the directions the same as the plans and just changed some of the measurements. The cross pieces on 45 degree angles were cut at 8" length instead to make the table skinnier. Instead of doing the wood planked top we added a 1" layer of plywood to cover with the metal.
 the finished unstained version with the plywood top.

my stain recipe for this project was:
approx 1 tbsp water
1.5 tbsp baby fawn latex paint (or any grey to get the weathered look)
1 cup dark walnut stain
I used a paint brush to apply pretty thick and did not wipe off other than drips. This project took almost a full 24 hours to dry.

 the sheet metal was made to size by my local shop again but, came as shiny galvanized.
i looked up many ideas on aging galvanized metal on the internet. let me tell you now, industrial sheet metal laughs at vinegar.
out came the rubber gloves and safety glasses with a big bottle of muriatic acid. this method works great but is quite stinky. ventilated area a must. the only issue with this method is with the application it formed a drip pattern into the metal because it goes so fast. i pulled out the old hand sander and away i went. medium grit paper and then to the buff pad. i got the texture i want and am debating another idea with dark wax but, for now it looks great.

 we didn't add the cross braces or bottom 2x4, as I needed to be able to store our blanket box and spare stools.

the grey brown wood looks wondeful around the kubu wicker and the linen sofa

super happy with the final product and the best part was the price. not even an inkling near the 2000.00 point.

Have a good one.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Outdoor room 2012

It's finally here! Summer and all its loveliness is upon us. Oh what to do first. Relax in the sun with a book, daytrip, swimming. Maybe an alfresco dinner or 50....
Welcome to our outdoor space for this year.
If we don't answer the door, come around back, we're probably here.
our dining space looks relatively the same as last year, with a changed tablescape and new pillows i whipped up a couple of weeks ago.

the enamel pot on the wine barrel holds a beachy sand filled candle scene for those nights outside. the branches all over the ceiling are filled with twinkle lights for a soft nighttime glow.

industrial bin planter filled with plants and other goodies
i went for low maintenance in our lion planters this year and just filled them with a favorite, Boston ferns


part of my watering can collection

a view towards the pond.

pisces need water sounds. until i rectify my pool situation *sigh* this will gladly do.


do i spy some conks?

the sunny sitting area looking into our backyard.

smell the flowers. although the peonies and rhodos are done, there are many more springing up every day.
i needed a new herb planter this year and had this grape crusher sitting in my attic. i smell a new planter in my midst.
our jackmanii clematis in full bloom.

Have a great outdoor day.

I will show our front gardens another day, I can't stay inside anymore today.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

You want how much for a slipcover??

My story is the same as many. We bought bicast leather chairs in our original move in to our home because the price of genuine leather club chairs was astronomical (which I have since learned Kijiji can fix quite nicely). Not 1 of those nice salemen have cats obviously. Did you know bicast leather is like catnip? I have since talked to many people that have had the same issues. Needless to say the front arms of our chairs look like string spaghetti within 2 months of their arrival. They sat like this for awhile, as it was ridiculous to think we had to get 2 new chairs right away but alas, to slipcover?
We hunted down a bunch of different slipcover options and they all came back around the same price mark. 500.00 plus fabric per chair. YIKES! The seats were attached to our chair (we cut them out in this project) so, that put them in the custom category. 
My mom has had a sofa slipcovered, we have a few pieces of Ikea slipcover furniture and I found a handy DIY e-book online.
Here we go again: "We can make that right?"
I headed out to get my fabric, we lined up the sewing machines and away we went
The 2 club chairs took 6 yards of fabric approx. at about 100.00 (already a savings of 900.00)

This is a sort-of tutorial as we really just kind of wung-it with our previous slipcover experience.

First:  the finished product and exhibiting the main reason for slipcovers. WASHABLE! but so cute too! 


The semi-tutorial:
Check out this e-book at Pink and Polka Dot 
I am just going to show the add-on tutorial bits for a bit more custom look of a club chair rather than sofa. We started the same way as the book with the back of the chair, attached the seat  and then worked on arm caps:

Biggest pieces of pre-advice:
-get a helper that knows how to sew. this could be a 1 person job but boy does it take longer without the spare set of hands
-try to work in a large space with a big table. we used a spare bed sheet on our table, so the loose threads and pins don't automatically end up on the ground
- check and double check the right side of your fabric between EVERY step especially if you are making white slipcovers
-try the slipcover on the right side out after every step to make sure you are getting your fit, it is hard to go back 3 steps later
-don't touch the pins after you iron the hem, trust me.


make a tracing on cardboard or paper of your arms and arm back. make sure to leave enough for a hem on the front arms. pin the fabric together and sew. this just gives your piece a more custom look than bunched together.

when making the arms, tuck in at the corners as this extra fabric will help it fit.

my supermom pinning the back to the arms. remember you are still leaving a hem allowance all the way around, don't tighten to much.

pre-front arm cap view. fabric drapes along side. will tighten up when pinning together

trying on after each addition

in order for your custom slipcover to fit properly it needs a little wiggle room, especially when you have rolled arms and back. the backs of my chairs are not visible so we cut and sewed a notch to make removal easier. you could always add a zipper or velcro.

I am not showing the seat creation as we chose to add piping to the seat for more structure. This was my first tour into piping and I might have had a slight case of trucker mouth and thought better not to document that. The instructions for seat slipcovers are readily available and are explained well in the e-book. Piping can also be made by your local upholsterer to save time and profanity.

The finished product views:
I would definitely attempt this again, maybe with the painters cloths you see so much. Once you get the rhythm of how it comes together, it is quite simple. 

I don't proclaim to be an expert and I had lots of help but if you have any questions, I can try to answer them as best as possible.

Thanks for checking out my semi-tutorial

Have a great day


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