Category Archives: New Life for Furnishngs

When a space becomes boring, or you just need one more piece of furniture to finish your perfect space, spruce up an old piece to give it new life. I rarely ever buy new furniture because it’s not in our budget. I also love to refurbish old items. Take an old end table, and turn it into a masterpiece! Here you will find out how to do just that! when something no longer matches your decor, just give it a face lift! You will save money, have fun, and your space will be more personal.

Not So Shabby Chic Bedroom

As my daughter matured into her High School years, her bedroom was in desperate need of an update. She loves birds and had received 4 zebra finches for her Birthday so when I came across these adorable little birds, I knew what we would do with her room.

Choosing the fabric for the windows was an accident. I was at Target and found some shower curtains on clearance that were beautiful…and priced at %60 off! So for $20 I bought two of them. I used one for her drapes and the other to make decorative bed pillow and a cover for an old red Ikea folding chair that we’ve had for several years.

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Now it was time to choose paint. This wasn’t the easiest task! We bought several samples from Lowes and got to work. After the patchwork of colors had been on her walls for a couple of weeks we finally picked our three favorites. The next step was to get to work on her furniture.

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I made her headboard out of old tri-fold slatted closet doors. I painted her existing furniture to match the main wall colors but chose a more vibrant yellow to add brightness to the soft tones of the fabric and walls. Next step was to add interest to the ugly nightstand. With a bit of paint, mod podge, and some pretty scrapbook paper we had a custom designer night stand.

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Because she is a teen, her doesn’t always stay so tidy and perfect as shown here, but even when it’s messy this room is relaxing.

Night Stand DIY Instructions:




What you will need:
1 or two old nightstands
Mod Podge or other decoupage glue (I have used several brands…Mod Podge is the best)
Scissors
Ruler
Paintbrush
Scrap Book paper or fabric
damp cloth
Spray paint if the drawer color doesn’t work with the lighter fabric or paper
Acrylic spray

1. For both nightstands, I painted the drawers a color that would work well with my material.

2. For scrapbook paper, you may have to find the point where the print matches up exactly, draw a line, and trim. The ruler works great for this.

3. Cover the drawer front with mod podge.

FABRIC:

4. Line up your material along the top edge of the drawer, leaving about 1/2 and inch over the lip of the drawer. apply Mod Podge the the inside edge of the drawer and smooth fabric over.

5. Work your way down and to the edges of the drawer, applying Mod Podge as needed and smoothing out the wrinkles with a ruler or other flat tool.

6. Apply Mod Podge to the inside edges and smooth fabric over. You may need to trim excess fabric or cut a diagonal line at the corner for optimal folding.

7. Brush mod podge over entire surface, use damp cloth to remove drips and excess glue.

SCRAP BOOK PAPER:

Follow Steps 1-3 as listed above.

4. begin at the center of the drawer with first piece of paper.

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8. Allow to dry for 48 hours.

9. Spray acrylic over drawer. This will ensure longer lasting life of the paper or fabric and protect it from moisture.


DIY Instructions for fabric covered folding chair can be found here:   https://livelifecreatedreams.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/a-pretty-perch/

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Thrift Store Addict

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I’ve been a busy bee lately. Found these great vintage suitcases today for a new project that I have planned.

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These tasty treats were just sitting on the bottom shelf in the book section at the thrift store so I just HAD to bring them home.

Steamer Trunk

And this lovely beauty caught my right away. I’ve been looking for her for years! Once I laid eyes on her, I knew she would be mine.

It’s going to be a crafty summer for me! 🙂

Thrifty Find

Steamer Trunk

I’ve been searching for an old steamer trunk for several years now. From time to time I have found some, but the were either ridiculously overpriced or in terrible shape. Today was my lucky day! About once a month I go to my favorite thrift stores in search of interesting items or for furniture that we actually need, but I rarely pay full price (many thrift stores color code items and have certain colors on sale on various days of the week). I paid a only $20 bucks for this beauty! I can’t wait to get this baby cleaned up and showcased in my living room!

Custom Nightstands

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I’ve been meaning to add these for quite some time, but I’ve been quite busy with school and writing.

We had these ugly forest green nightstands with fake wood drawer fronts and tops and that we just wanted gone. However, they were still in great working condition. Since my kids still needed nightstands, and I really couldn’t talk myself into spending the money on new ones, I decided to update the ones we had. Using Mod Podge, fabric, scrapbook paper, and some spray paint this is what we ended up with. They look great in the kids’ rooms and along with the other furniture that I painted to match, they have an entirely custom look to their rooms. Each night stand cos about $10 to update. Sure beats spending $100 on night stands!

For Complete DIY instructions check out my Instructable.

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A Pretty Perch

Decoupaged folding chair with slip cover.
Decoupaged folding chair with slip cover.

I made this lovely chair to match my daughter’s room. Initially I bout four cloth shower curtains from Target to use as window drapes and matching bed pillows. I used the left-over fabric from the pillows to make a matching chair cover. I used her old red folding chair from Ikea, so it had to be painted to prevent the red from showing through the fabric. I used spray paint that is meant for plastic outdoor furniture. Let the paint dry overnight. or for at least 8 hours.

After the paint was completely dry, I positioned the fabric on the chair seat and cut around the edges, leaving a 1 inch “hem.”

The decoupage I like best is Mod Podge, but any brand will work. I start in the center, first applying the decoupage to the chair seat. Depending on the fabric, you may have to apply a heavy amount of glue. working from the center towards the front, I added the glue to the seat and smoothed the fabric over it. Repeat the process, working from the center to the back of the chair.

Apply glue to the sides of the chair and the underside of the chair lip, then pull the fabric over the sides and under the the lip.Apply Decoupage glue over the fabric on the underside and sides. Smooth out the fabric. Repeat for all sides. You may to be a little creative with the scissor here when cut slits near the legs.

Apply decoupage glue over seat surface, and use a slightly damp cloth to smooth over the seat and remove excess glue.

Allow to dry for 48 hours.

For the seat back, I used one piece of fabric, simply draped over the back of the chair. Make sure that the print is face up so that you know where the details are and how it will look when finished. Pin around outside edges, as close as you can to the seat back with out making it so tight that you cannot easily remove it.

Sew seams and hems. Trim excess fabric.

Voila! you have a custom chair!