Sunday, March 20, 2011

I Finished My Little Chair Project

Remember my little chair project? Well I ran into a few problems when it came to putting in a new seat. I did figure things out and I am here to tell you that it is finally finished. 

This is the $10. chair that I started out with. 
You can see the whole project here and see the painting technique that I used. I just wanted to show you the final steps of finishing the chair.

I tried to put webbing underneath the bottom of the chair but could not get it taut. I marked a half inch from the cane holes, I marked completely around the outside of the chair seat area. 

I stapled the webbing on the top and then trimmed inside my pencil lines to keep track of the shape of the seat that I wanted to put in.

This came out pretty tight this way and I decided to also stretch a piece of drop cloth on the top of the webbing to give it more strength and to hold my cushion material.

Here is a scrap of drop cloth with a seam it won't show so I think it might even add a little strength. I stapled it on within my pencil marks again.

Here is the trimmed seat area.

I used this soft cotton batting it is not real thick but I like how it feels when it is done. I used 5 layers of this batting cut in the shape of the seat. I got this at Jo Ann fabric for 40% off.

I put the batting on and then stapled a piece of drop cloth over the batting all around the edge being careful to follow the pencil lines that I put on the chair to keep track of the shape that I wanted.

I didn't want the seat to be real thick, I wanted to trim it out and do a stencil on the seat.

I went around the edge with a glue gun and attached the white braided trim. It looks really neat and clean and covers all of the staples.

It looks really pretty with the dark areas showing from the paint technique that I used.

I decided to use this stencil since I am queen and love the look of this one. I bought several markers at a quilt shop that are fine tip on one end and medium tip on the other end. They are markers for fabric and won't come off. I wanted something that would be permanent.

 I sat down with the chair in between the couch and the coffee table so that it could not move. I just laid the stencil on and was careful as I marked around the cut outs of the stencil. I think it came out really nice. I can't believe I finally got it done.

Such a cute little chair, I love the double cane on the back it is so unique.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How I did the paper wreath

I know there are a lot of versions of the page wreaths. I just thought I would add mine onto the million others that you have seen. I decided to do one for my daughter that was a little different. 

I  decided to use music out of a hymnal that was falling apart. The paper is not yellow but quite white and that is what my daughter said that she wanted.

I rolled a bunch of pages and stapled the bottom of the roll until I could figure out just how I wanted it to look.

I also made a bunch of the paper roses. I knew that I wanted this one to be very special.

I use paper plates and just staple right to the plate. The first plate I use is a large paper plate, you know the kind with the green edge and kind of raised around the edge. I turn the plate over and cut around the inside to get just the flat center of the plate, it is defined on the back.  I line the music sheets up on the outer edge of the wreath not on the inner edge of the plate. I space them apart on the outer edge because my next plate of music sheets will fill this area in. 

This is what it looks like when you are done. The next plate is the small paper plate same kind just smaller. I staple the same way only to the back of the plate so that the music is kind of sticking up when you turn it over. 

I glue the two plates together they fit really good since one is big and one is small. 

This last plate is upside down and small again the roses get glued right to the top. The edge of the plate is shaped like the one below and just fits right down in, to glue it in place. I hot glue on all the roses. 

I also take another flat plate the size of the first one and I cover it with the music and then paste it to the back with the ribbon sandwiched in between so you have a hanger.

I had made a lot of the book page very vintage looking wreaths for Christmas for a lot of my friends. I didn't want them to be just for Christmas so I put every ones Monogram on them and trimmed them with satin trim and toole. 

So there you have it, the staple and paper plate version. I can't seem to get anything looking very round without help, so this paper plate thing really works well for me. 


Ruffle Back Chair Tutoral

You can make a chair like this too.
Isn't this a cute chair. I can show you how to make it with no sewing.

This is the chair that I started with.
I know what all of you are thinking. Another Chair!!!! well I saw this one at a thrift shop and about died when the guy told me it was $5.00. I have been wanting to do a chair like this so I grabbed it.

I sanded the chair because it had quite a few scratches and nicks on the wood. The old finish of sealer looked like it was kind of flaky.

After sanding it well,  I painted it with primer and then rolled it with a white paint.
I did sand just a little to distress the legs and the fluted design just a little. It won't show much because the previous finish was very light in color. Notice above that I painted the old piping so that if any shows it will just blend in.

I started with a drop cloth and I washed it and dried it.
I cut the front of the upright part of the chair first, it being my largest piece. 

I stapled it on and trimmed the edges. 

I like to staple and trim leaving a little extra to fold up and glue, it looks finished and covers the staples. I can then put any trim over the stapled area with out worrying that any staples will show.

The folds don't really matter either, I will show you later that they won't show.

Next I cut a piece for the seat and stapled it on. I tucked the back in as far down into the chair as I could.  With out my pneumatic stapler I could not attach it there at this time.

I finished the seat with several staples to put it into place and then secured it down along the piping that I painted. If any of the piping shows it will just blend in. I trimmed it so that I could fold it up and glue it.

I measured here for a 4 inch ruffle to fit under the bottom edge of the chair. I decided to do it this way because I really like the fluted design in the bottom apron of the chair. 

I used a drop cloth and used the salvaged edges so that I did not have to hem the ruffle on the bottom.

Notice the left hand edge is the salvaged edge not the hemmed edge. Under the bottom edge of the chair I just folded and stapled over and over to form my ruffle edge.

Here is another picture showing the back, seat and the ruffle. Didn't take long at all and working outside on the deck was a lot of fun. 

I cut a piece for the back and on the left side I took advantage of my seamed edge. 
I cut off the hemmed edges of the drop cloth and decided to use it for my trim. This hemmed edge will be used to trim out the rest of the chair as well, I figured it would be a little different and have it's own personality.

Next I stapled across the top and  then down the right side.

Here is where after I attached the back I glue the edge back over the staples here you can see it half done. This cuts down a lot on threads hanging out when you put your trim on. Frayed edges are really common when working with drop cloths, you have to learn how to glue it down and hide it under.

This is what I don't want to see under each ruffle. I have wanted to do this type of back for a long time. I have never seen one done like this, but these things exist in my mind for a long time before I actually get to do them. This fabric on the top is not attached I am just trying to figure out how many ruffles to do and the spacing of the ruffles.

I figured out that the back is 22 inches and I want to tuck at least an inch under each ruffle, so I did 5 - 6 inch ruffles for the back.  I don't have a sewing machine here at the beach house so I had to figure out how to do this without a sewing machine. Here is my first ruffle. I started at the bottom of the back and glued the top of the first 3 inches then made a fold and glued that down. I repeated this over and over again.

Here are two ruffles done. Keep going until the back is covered overlapping as you go.

Then I took the hemmed edging and went all around the chair and finished it off. I think it turned out great. I am thinking of doing some type of stencil pattern on the front of the chair. I have not decided yet and some carefully placed bows.

This is the hemmed trim.

Trim on top of back.

Trim on bottom of back side.

Trim around the front of the seat. This was fun to do not really very hard, no sewing. I just stapled and glued the whole project.

I love how it came out I will update it as soon as I do the stencil and bows. 

Here are some before and after pictures so you can really see the difference.

I think I am going to take this home from the beach house and use it in the living room. I need to enjoy it for a while. I like how it turned out and I might want to try my hand at the stencil idea.

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