Happy Monday! Here's a quick look at something I have going on. Its a small piece. I like squeezing in quick projects from time to time. They make me feel like I'm making progress on something and turning around inventory. Full peak to come.
Here is some thrifting eye candy for you all to enjoy! Made a stop by my favorite thrift store but I didn't start my day until mid afternoon. Unfortunately, I didn't snag anything worth reporting. All this good stuff was already being held for other customers. Hope you enjoy anyway.
A while back, I was forced to reconsider blogging and thrifting and recreating! I have since missed this world and that part of me tremendously. During my hiatus, no opportunity ever really presented itself as the clear time to try it all again so, I've elected to just get back in the swing of things. Recreate at a random pace and with few self-imposed expectations. The posts may be less frequent, shorter and with fewer photos in order to save me time and brain power. During this time, you may see random design changes and post styles until I figure this all out. Not too much of this has been thought out since much of my planning these days end up thwarted anyway. So please bear with me. Hopefully they all will still be read and enjoyed.
I took these two CL chairs to an upholster the other day. The encounter went something like this...
REALLY? You charge WHAT for labor only? Dude, I'm providing you with my own fabric! What the flippity-flip!?! You justify this price because you're the only upholsterer in this area?!? Ok, well then, lets talk slipcovers. Same price? Well, you know what Mr. Upholsterer...
OK, it didn't go quite like that, but I TOTALLY wished it had. I said some of it though and gave enough weird facial expressions for him to know I totally thought he was crazy and I WAS NOT going to have him upholster my chairs. What's the point of a great Craiglist score if the upholstery job sends you to the poor house?
His labor fee + cost of the CL chairs + my fabric = more than a basic IKEA chair.
Uhh, yeah, that's so not gonna work!
Next, Plan B.
The fact that this upholsterer may very well indeed be the only one in town says a WHOLE lot about where I live. I call it "out in the country". My mother-in-law calls it Timbuktu. That is why anything worth getting to is clearly going to be a road trip for me. Plan B was going to be a trip to Ikea, which is very very far from home.
The plan was to buy the white IKEA Karlstad slipcovers for $29.99 to cover these CL chairs. They have very similar dimensions but upon further inspection, the chairs are not constructed the same. The IKEA chairs are 3 assembled parts (2 arm pieces and a back piece) and so are the slipcovers. My CL chairs are made of 1 solid wood frame. I would have to deconstruct the IKEA slipcovers and sew the 3 pieces together to make a solid slipcover. More work than I was wanting to do and I wasn't sure it would work and look decent once I finished.
Uggg, on to Plan C.
After a good cleaning with a water/upholstery solution mix, my CL chair stunk something awful! I was completely baffled because the chairs did not have any particular odor before I cleaned them. I can only assume that the vintage polyester fabric/water mix released that awful smell that only wet, vintage polyester can. I tried to counter the smell with Febreeze and 2 days out in the sun. It help but I would get whiffs of the smell mixed with Febreeze whenever I walked past the chairs. Knowing I couldn't live with this smell in my house long-term, off to
Recover the chairs myself!
Here's a glimpse of what I've gotten myself into thus far.
stumbled upon my blog at this newbie party. I submitted my refinished grey writing table for you all to take a look at and it seems I might just be interesting enough to catch someones attention with some of my re-furbished and re-created pieces.
Nice way to be welcomed back to blogland!
There are sooo many amazing blogs out there! I know how much of a challenge it can be to discover and enjoy each and every one of them, so I thank you all for stopping by my blog, especially today on the recommendation of
I'm slowly trying to return to DIYing and all things crafty. Half of my world has changed enough to allow for this. The other half has increased in volume and responsibilities and tells me this may not be a wise choice. What's a girl to do?!?
I've been testing the waters a bit and started on a few new projects to gauge my endurance. I've learned a few things in the process.
I need an orbit sander.
I really need to break open my Wagner sprayer!
Life will be so much easier once I do!
Here's a sneak peak at something I've recently been working on. I hope to get it posted later this week for you all to enjoy.