Category Archives: DIY Projects

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!