Howdy! In every room (pretty much) you need seating. So when I needed chairs for my Craft Room, it was quite difficult. I knew I wanted something with a cushion since I’d be sitting for a long time in them and I wanted something pretty. So I got these. Don’t be jealous.
Pretty huh? Tehehe. Not really. But they were only $10 a piece that my mom picked up from her neighbor. Once I got them in my hot little hands I got to work. Now I knew I wanted something bright since the room is really pretty bland (well kinda…) so I went for bright. I mean… I went for really bright. But I like them. They look like lemon lime soda per my sister. They just look happy in my opinion.
- Spray primer
- 2 cans of spray paint (pretty much 1 for each chair)
- Cloth to wipe um down
- 1 yard upholstery fabric
- Staple gun
- Scrap white fabric (I only used this b/c I didn’t want to paint the seats so it’s not always necessary)
Here’s the step-by-step as it’s actually a pretty simple process.
The only hard thing about this project was the backs of the chair. They couldn’t come off. It was really weird. I have no clue how those things were secured in there so I just opted to paint them. I used spray primer from Lowes, Rustoleum 2x Primer and the green is also from Lowes by Valspar. I couldn’t find an actual name, but not quite neon, but not quite green was the color. Very descriptive I know.
Once I got these guys painted, I left them dry and set to work on re-upholstering them. I had a hard time choosing the fabric. I found a really pretty damask grey and white fabric, but I figured that’d be too much with the wall. So I opted for a white and yellow chevron fabric that I found at Hancock Fabrics. I just loved it and it happened to match perfectly the yellow I used on the chandelier and thread holder.
A pretty simple project, but I really do think it makes a huge difference. Here’s a side-by-side comparison for you.
Hope you have all enjoyed my “Lemon-Lime” chair :). It’s actually really comfy and painting over the vinyl wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. just a nice coat of the primer and it stuck really well.
Stop back in later this week for some more fun crafting ideas!
I am still alive… I swear. I’ve been so busy lately but I won’t go another full week without posting again! Anyway, on to today’s post.
What’s a great craft room without somewhere to write down all your thoughts? Exactly. That’s why I decided to add a chalkboard to my craft room wall that was in such despirate need of attention. I didn’t want to go buy any more paint b/c I figured the Mr. would kill me with how many cans of paint we have sitting around here. And I thought I wanted some balance for the crazy accent wall I painted on the other side of the room, so I thought I’d figure out how to make my paint into chalkboard paint. I’d heard that it could be done, so I hopped on the internets (yup, plural) and found a recipe that was super simple: 2 tablespoons unsanded grout to 1 cup of paint. That was it. Luckily we have a HUGE bag of grout left over from our tiny tiling project on the downstairs bar and they only sell it in 10 lb bags. Sweet.
So I got out a pencil and sketched out the shape that I wanted. I didn’t want anything too clean, so I just didn’t a little squiggle and started painting. I rolled the large part of it on with a tiny roller and then just used a regular brush to get the edges. I did OK. I’m not the best painter I realize. I’m also not totally in love with the shape but it’ll do for now.
That was about it! It’s super simple and easy to clean; just a damp cloth will clean it right off. I loved this becuase I didn’t have to go get paint tinted and it really is a great way to add pop to a wall. I’ve seen posts on TONS of other blogs about using chalkboard paint on furniture too to give it a bit of an antique look, so I may have to do that too.
Well I did it, I have completed one of my goals on my Home Goals 2012. I can’t actually believe it. There were quite a few little projects within this one room, but here’s the final project and over the next couple of weeks I’ll be showing the breakdown of the various projects. I have to say I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It’s clean, bright, cheery… inspiring :). What do you think?
I would love to show you “before” photos, but apparently I didn’t take any. Awesome right? Anyway, more pictures.
Re-done chair, fabric holder, and stenciled wall.
DIY Chalkboard paint
Shelving with clear storage bins.
Re-purposed filing cabinets
Ignore the closet doors in the background. Those still need to be updated/replaced.
I’m really excited about showing you all the details in the weeks to come! Have a good rest of your week!
On a cold and rainy Saturday you can find me doing what I love best… Crafting! Here’s a sneak peek of what I’m working on.
When I first went live on this blog, a friend from gradeschool recommended that I use Pinterest to get inspired and make boards and whatnot. I’d heard about it before so I thought I’d give it a chance and see what it was all about. I don’t consider myself to be a stupid person, but for some reason this was difficult to me to figure out. Several months later and with over 150 people “following” me, I still don’t really use this resource. My sister and so many of my friends LOVE Pinterest; as do all of the bloggers I follow. I begain asking myself;
Am I the ONLY person out there that DOESN’T use Pinterest?
So while watching The Holiday on my couch with my puppy, I thought I’d give it a shot. I have to say… love it. I finally get it! I just spent the last hour + looking on there and getting TONS of great ideas for my craft room. I’m super excited to get started on it now! Next step…. find the time to do it!!
What are you pinning about?