Monday, September 15, 2014

Wicker Furniture Makeover


Yes, I am alive...and actually doing well.  I have had lots of snags in life over the past month or so and blogging has had to take the back burner for a bit.  Nothing big or serious, just more important.

With that said, my marathon project for the summer is finally done and I truly LOVE it!  Here is my Wicker Furniture Makeover...
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
Really this is quite an easy and simple project.  With the summer I have had, it has been started and stopped so many times, I had a difficult time finding the before and mid shots in all my photos.  I think I started this in June...yea, pathetic I know.
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
This wicker set came home with me from a garage sale about 4 years ago and looked pretty shabby, but for $10 I couldn't pass it up!  With the magic of spray paint I was able to make it look almost brand new, but after 4 years...
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
Another makeover was definitely in order.
Tablecloth used to cover seats
So, on a pleasure trip to "At Home" aka "Garden Ridge" (they just changed names) I spotted this super fun outdoor/indoor table cloth and I knew it would be perfect to recover the seats on my wicker furniture.

This was a total splurge for me, but I felt justified because I was sure I couldn't find a great fabric for this cheap....and the colors were just what I wanted.  Of course I didn't buy it right away, I went home and stewed about it for half a day before I hurried back to the store to make the purchase.
Removing staples
Knowing I had my fun fabric ready to go I set to work removing the seats and a million staples!  (ok, not a million but it seemed like it)  I took off the fabric layer and this is what I found...
Removing staples
Yep.  Five million more.  Is it against child labor laws to pay your 10 year old a dollar to help you remove staples?
Spray painting wicker
I decided that a nice navy blue spray paint on the wicker and metal would be perfect to match the newly recovered seats.  I made sure to wipe them clean and then used not quite three cans to spray all three chairs.  I love Rust-oleum's spray paint, seriously it hasn't failed me yet!!  Great coverage and easy to spray, I get it at Home Depot.
Staple on fabric
I set my seats on the tablecloth and cut the fabric a few inches bigger on all sides, I made sure to pull it up to check if I had enough fabric.  

I had more than half of the table cloth left when I finished cutting.  I was happy about that because I can use it for something else!  I used my staple gun to attach the fabric and that was it!  I am not a pro at doing upholstery, but it really isn't bad, you can check out my DIY upholstery bench for a little more detail.  I learned how to upholster from YouTube. (:
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover, adding Thompson's water seal fabric seal
This is obviously outdoor furniture, and the weather must be dealt with.  I have been wanting to try this Thompson's Water Seal Fabric Seal for SOOOOO long.  Since June to be exact.  I was so impressed with this product when I saw it at the Thompson's Booth at SNAP in March that I was giddy with excitement when they sent me some to try!!  
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover, adding Thompson's water seal fabric seal
I sprayed it on and recoated after 4 hours.  Super simple!  Not only does it waterproof the fabric, it resists color fading, and repels stains, a total must with 6 kids and a dog.  It was really quick and easy to apply, and I am now itching to make some outdoor pillows to spray it on!
I reattached the seats aaannd....TA DA...a super cute wicker furniture makeover for less than $30!  It is so fun, bright and inviting!  
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
It will stay here on my front porch for a little while, maybe until next spring.  This set was supposed to go on my finished back porch that....isn't finished.  Ahhh, the best laid plans....maybe next summer won't be as busy?  Ha ha ha!
MyLove2Create, Wicker Furniture Makeover
Do you  have any wicker furniture that needs sprucing up?  I totally recommend just going for it, you won't be sorry!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Curtain Tie Backs Repurposed into Towel Hooks

It is amazing how the little things in life can bring such joy.  For example, these curtain tie backs repurposed into towel hooks are making me very happy!  It was a few months ago when I first shared them on My Repurposed Life, and I LOVE them!  
MyLove2Create, Curtain tie backs into towel hooks
Why, you ask? Because my kids can actually hang up their towels...instead of throwing them on the floor, and that is something to be very excited about!  Trust me.

Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Magazine Rack

It is official, all 6 of my kids are now in school!!  I am a little shocked myself, but excited to watch them learn and grow, it is so fun!

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of family, back to school nights, end of the summer camp outs, and all sorts of activities, including pulling out 3 huge ugly bushes from our back yard (major happy dance :) which was a last minute project.

Needless to say my blogging has been on hold, but I did do a project that I have been wanting to complete for YEARS...and let me tell ya, it is SO nice to have!
MyLove2Create, DIY Magazine Rack
A DIY Magazine Rack for our master bathroom.  Ahhhhh.  I love cute organization.

Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY Blogland Tour!

One of my favorite things about blogging has been my discovery of so many amazingly talented people!  Many of you have probably seen the tour around blogland, where bloggers have been answering questions and featuring other bloggers that they admire.
MyLove2Create, DIY Blogland Tour

Monday, August 4, 2014

Old Chairs into New Bench

Wow, life has been so busy, and guess what?  It don't think it will be slowing down....EVER!  

But I am good with that!  We are gearing up for back to school in a couple of weeks and I know my kids are excited, even it they won't admit it!  My oldest will be a freshman in high school and I am declaring myself officially OLD, how did this happen?!  Fun times ahead...

As far as projects go I am trying to get back on track after vacations, family stuff, and friends visiting.  So, I thought I would pull out a post that was first on My Repurposed Life a few months back, some old chairs into a new bench....
MyLove2Create, Old Chairs into New Bench
See, fun!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our new Puppy and an Instagram Round Robin Giveaway!

Hello, I am finally back!  Phew.

It has been a very busy last few weeks, but very good.  We had a great trip to Arizona and loved seeing all our friends.  We also picked up our new puppy!  Meet Sunny...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Easy Painted Burlap Sign

Howdy!  I am crazy this week.  Seriously. 

We are driving to Arizona, which is way cool, because we get to visit our old home and see our good friends!  Aaaaannnnnd...we are getting puppy.  Yep. Crazy.