Tuesday, October 25, 2011

There is a difference ...

... between re-covering a piece of furniture and re-upholstering a piece.

To take a sofa for instance and strip off the old fabric, add new padding
and then cover with new fabric is considered re-covering.

Below is a shot of the tools that I used when stripping down
my current project:  scissors, staple lifter, side cutter, hammer, tack remover, nail set, stripping tool, bike glove and a cup of tea ; )

But to take that same sofa and strip the fabric, the padding & stuffing, the burlap, the springs and the webbing ... only then to move on to tightening or rebuilding the frame ... that is considered re-upholstering. 

Below is a photo showing the rust-dust that would bounce out of the nail holes as I worked my way around the frame removing hardware. 

This piece didn't have proper back or arm support, so I cut
and built the necessary frame pieces.

 I guess that's why I'm drawn to upholstery work ... not only
do I get to be a fabric hound but I also get to play with wood and tools.

This is what the work bench looks like when
re-upholstering is the name of the game (and this shot
was take after I already started to put tools away):

Drills, measuring tapes, glue, staple lifters, chisels, level, ripper,
saws, screws, clamps, hammers, jig saw,

compass, scissors, nail set, drill bits, safety glasses, & table saw 

I love my work!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


This little fella has always been one of my favorite halloween decorations. 
It was created by my daughter so many years ago and it had been left naked up until this past weekend.

Finally after sooo many years, it is framed.
I kept putting it off because nothing ever felt right ... but once
I saw the black burlap I knew it was the perfect fit.

I used fabric spray adhesive to adhere the burlap to the cardboard backer
and then the bat to the burlap.

Painted the frame first with orange, second with a green crackle
and then a black/grey crackle on top of those.
Lastly I dry brushed a black gloss on the details to get them
to show more.

Jonathan can keep his turtles ... I like bats.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Number Chair

I love this color!
It's Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company's Marigold Yellow and it
is scrumptious.

I didn't get a Before picture but you can get an idea
of what it used to look like in this pic:

It was part of a huge lot that I won at an auction.  

I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it but
once I saw the hand painted chair that 
Lucy Designs did, I used that
as my guide on what to do with this one.

The very bottom of the legs were rotting so I cut them down
and now the chair is the perfect height for a child.

The seat has new webbing, new foam, new dacron wrap and the
 numbers on the canvas are hand painted with acrylic paint.

I put this chair together with the intention of donating it to the church
thrift store down the road.  
I've gotten quite a few things there at such a 
good price ... this is my way of paying them back.

Thanks again Lucy for the inspiration ... you rock!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

31 days of Paint Brushes

Looks like I'm not the only one to love on paint brushes ... I'm linking up my Brush Crush post to DIY Club's 31 Days Of Paint Brushes challenge ... check it out ; )