Thrift Shop Wing-Back Chair Makeover!♥

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Anyone who knows me, well actually they don’t even have to know me, they just have to talk to me for about 20 seconds before they are aware of my uncontrollable obsession   deep love for thrift stores and antiques.

Since grammar school, my mother was dragging me to every Goodwill and Value Village in the city. Since I am lucky enough to live in Tacoma, Washington, there is a thrift shop about every block. So thanks to my mother, to this day I can’t pass up antique stores, or any store, that may have some hidden treasures among the junk. I get a rush and a fabulous feeling of pride when I find something that fits my personality at bottom dollar!  Today, I stumbled upon this chair that needed a good deal of TLC. As always, I looked past the coffee stains and other *ahem* questionable blemishes, all I saw was potential for this chair to be cleaned back into its former glory! I bought it for $10, even though the seller wanted $15, but after flashing him batting my eyelashes, and smiling real big,  he gave it to me for my asking price and even carried it to my car for me!

Here is the before photo:

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And here are only some the stains in question:

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Certainty, we can do much, much better!

So I started by gathering my supplies and going to town! First, I vacuumed it really well with the hose and the brush tool to get any dust/crumbs out. After that step, I poured rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and give it a good, damp spritz all over, try to concentrate on the stains and other “less than awesome” areas. Grab a dry sponge and soak it in the rubbing alcohol and then wring out. Start scrubbin! I had to use a butter knife and soak it in alcohol to get the yellow line of paint out. Be gentle though, especially if it is an antique. The butter knife was just abrasive enough to remove the paint but not damage the fabric.
Rubbing alcohol is a great way to clean microfiber, never use soap and water to clean it, it will destroy the fabric.  Microfiber is made with polyester and needs to be cleaned with a type of alcohol, you can even use vodka! Woohoo!
I didn’t want to keep the dark wood legs, they were a little beat up, and not in the gorgeous shabby chic way…

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I gave the legs two coats of the “Valspar Paint and Primer in One”, does the trick every time! I used a flat white, (try to control your excitement over the color choice).
I also bought new nail head trim since half of the original trim was missing as you can see in the first picture.  Removing the old nail heads was not as tedious as I had anticipated, (thank god). I used pliers and the kind of nail heads that they used were in strip form, so once one of the staples that held the strip came off they all followed. I chose a brassy, gold color. For 25 nail heads it only set me back $1.75. I bought 4 packages for this project.

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Start nailing those suckers in! I chose to do about an inch width between each nail. I used about 75 altogether. Sometimes the nail head part pops off if you hammer it in too hard and fast (that’s what she said),  so be careful not to be too aggressive.  No need to waste supplies!

Before:

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After:

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All clean, painted, and trimmed up! Former glory indeed!

♥Shelby

DIY Up Cycled Tin Can Flower Starter Pot♥

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What is more lovely than fresh flowers?
They can instantly lift me out of a bad mood and add a happy touch to any home.

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I was at Trader Joe’s today and found these beauties for only $1.99! I was so excited I bought two!  I found a  spot that miraculously gets some Washington sun in my dining room that I thought would work.
I had some cans I had saved in the art room of my apartment, I decided that since the roses were just starting out, the size of the can would be perfect.

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I love the World Market Lemon Rolled Wafers. They are my crack delicious beyond any wonderful, lemony, creamy description I could conjure up.
If you haven’t tried them you have not lived can go here to get them online or find a store near you!
http://www.worldmarket.com/product/world+market+%C2%AE+rolled+lemon+wafers.do?page=3&from=fn
Now lets get to the project!
You will need:
a) one medium sized can
b) brown paper
c) scissors
d) hot glue
e) regular school glue
f) rope (jute or sea grass)
g) strip of burlap (three inches thick) (that’s what she said)
h) flowers
i)soil

*Optional* If you want you can poke a few holes in the bottom of the can with a hammer and nail so the plant can drain.

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Start by cutting the brown paper to size. It needs to go all the way around the can once. I did this because I do not want the yellow to peek through the layers of the rope. I thought of spray painting it, but this was faster and you’re not going to see the spray paint anyway.

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Once you have the right size go ahead and glue it on, you can use the hot glue if you want, but I used the school glue for this step.

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Then take your rope and place the end of the rope at the bottom of the can just at the silver rim. Glue on with hot glue.

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Continue to go around and around the can gluing once every couple of times around, or as many times as you see fit. Make sure you are making the rope tight against the other row under it so you don’t see the paper underneath. Once you are a bit less than half way, take your burlap strip and make sure it goes all the way around the middle of the can and then hot glue it on the can.

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Go to the burlap edge, and proceed gluing the rope upwards towards the top rim of the can. Once you have covered about a half an inch of the burlap with the rope on the bottom portion, cut the rope from the spool and glue the remaining rope onto the can. Then start at the top of the burlap strip and work your way to the top rim of the can.
It should look like this once you’re done:

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Now, get your wee little plant and gingerly take it out of the plastic container it came in. Carefully scrunch the bottom a bit so the roots can break free of the mold, and put a scoop of soil in the bottom of your new starter pot. Place plant inside the pot. If you want, you can also put a pinch of sugar in the soil before the plant goes in, this will give the plant some food and make it perky. Put another scoop of soil in the pot, ( just enough so that the plant stem is poking out).
…and there you go! You didn’t put a can in a landfill and now you have a cute new flower starter pot!
What will you plant?
♥Shelby

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