Showing posts with label furniture makeover. Show all posts
Showing posts with label furniture makeover. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Radiant Orchid Desk Makeover

Today I'm collaborating with 6 other awesome bloggers. We are each sharing a "Radiant Orchid" (Pantone Color of the Year) project.

I chose to do my secretary desk (click HERE to see how I restored it). It has bored me for a while now, because in my eyes it just lacked something. So why not radiant orchid right? I have always liked this color and I'm totally aware that it's not everyone's cup of tea. I happen to love orchids and the dark pinkish-purple ones are my favorite.

I'm jumping right in to show you my after and then I will show you what I did:

And now the before?

Ok but boring (and dusty)!!!!

I took the back of the desk off, taped it and painted it with the radiant orchid that I bought at Lowes.

And this is also the first time I got to try out this special little gadget that was sent to me. You know how frustrating it is when you are working on a painting a project and your little ones want food or drinks or who knows what else. Or when you are waiting for the first coat to dry?

You simply stick your wet brush in the container and take it out when you are ready to use it again. I kinda really like it. I used to take zip lock bags or aluminum foil but I'm all for not creating more trash and cleaning things instead. So this is a great solution.

Then I went into the attic and retrieved the desk insert that I had stashed away because I didn't want to use it. Well I changed my mind. After giving it a good cleaning and two coats of my absolute favorite KILZ spray primer. I gave it a fresh coat of white semi-gloss spray paint. 

I also painted the knobs radiant orchid and used some leftover black and white wall vinyl strips to create the stripes on the little secret compartments. And voila…I really love it. It's one of those things that makes me happy. Cheerful and bright! Totally not boring anymore.

So now you just have to check out what my talented friends did by heading to their blogs:

From top left moving clockwise: 
1. Flower Pots from Dimples and Tangles  
2. me ;)  
3. Abstract Art from Retro Ranch Renovation  
4. Powder Room from The Chronicles of Home  
5. Painted Tray from Dwellings by Devore  
6. Cross Stitched Jewelry Organizer from Primitive and Proper

Enjoy! Don't forget to stop back on Friday for another pet series post.



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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Upholstering a button tufted chaise

Hi friends! I know I usually don't post on Thursdays but yesterdays post (click HERE) would have just been way too long, so I decided to split it into two.

I would not call this a tutorial since most upholstery pieces are slightly different in some way and I learned along the way.

I had many mishaps during this project.

One of my most nosy cats got stuck in the frame while exploring and she was really panicking too. It took me a while to get her out:

Another major thing I just noticed three nights ago is that I lost all the photos of the disassembly process which is in true Julia (Youleeya) fashion. I paid such attention to the disassembly process and even sketched it out which so came in handy. It took such a long time to take this chaise apart.

And my knuckles looked like this after removing all the staples with the upholstery pliers:

I was glad to have my little sketch to show me what to do when it was time to put it back together. And it is my biggest advice to anyone who wants to attempt to upholster anything: PAY ATTENTION TO THE DISASSEMBLY PROCESS. :) Ok?

And I'm trying to share some of the details of what I actually did.

I had to learn several things along the way and I'm glad my blog friends were there to share their experiences with me. My first issue was trying to find a sewing machine foot to sew the piping. I'm glad I listened to my friends who told me that a zipper foot would work too and it sure did:

Click HERE for a great tutorial on how to sew welt cording.

Another one was finding sturdy upholstery buttons. The ones you can find at the craft and fabric store are made out of plastic and I didn't want that. I know I was going to have to put a lot of pressure on them and was afraid that plastic couldn't handle it. So I asked around and my friend Jennifer from "Dimples & Tangles" told me to just have them made at a local upholstery shop since they have the large metal button presses.
I was lucky to find a local upholstery shop in town. I could have stuck around there for days to acquire some knowledge from the nice owner who does some amazing work.
He made me the buttons:

And after attempting to sew my seating cushion and realizing that my sewing machine couldn't handle the multiple layers I decided to have him make that for me as well.
And I'm so glad I did. The buttons and seat cushion were the only thing I didn't make myself and I'm really glad. At $85 for the cushion and buttons I'm really happy.

This is a way for anyone to make an upholstery project doable and affordable. Have you ever gotten an estimate for an upholstery job? It's so expensive! But after doing this myself I have to say the price is so justified. It's so much work!

I also had to rebuild one of the arms since it had collapsed and the wood had to be repaired and attached again:

When it was time to start with the upholstering, I started with the arms. One of the arms had to be redone because I accidentally poked a hole into the fabric. Yikes, can you hear me use bad language?! I wasn't happy at all.

I worked my way from the center out with the tufts:

And I used pliers to pull the button strings tight.

I used two types of staple guns for the job. One electrical one and one hand held one because it was easier to get into tight spaces with.

The diamond shape of the tufting falls into place pretty naturally. When the arms were done, I went over the tufting again and actually used fabric glue to seal the pleats. The original diamond upholstery of this chaise had been sewn but I wasn't going to attempt that and I learned that fabric glue is my new best friend.

I held the seams in place with needles while the glue was drying. You have to be so careful not to make a mess with the glue.

Then I moved on to the sides.

I could barely hold the stapler with my tiny hands. I wear ring size 4.5! Yup they are small!

Then it was time to attach the front of the chaise:

Some of the staples didn't go in so nicely. Can you tell?

But after this last step the chaise was all done.

I don't like how I wasn't able to match the seams on the front the same way it had been before but I did the best I could. 

I'm really happy with the microsuede from OnlineFabricStore too. It was great to work with and is beautiful.

I would still love to replace the feet with some brass furniture wheels like you can see on some Chesterfield sofas. Wouldn't that look cool? But I don't want to spend around $100 for them ;) 

Click HERE to see more bedroom photos in yesterday's post.

If you expected a full blown tutorial, then I'm sorry but it was hard trying to concentrate on what I was doing an trying to come up with a tutorial. 

There are some more small changes to come in our bedroom so stay tuned.

Talk to you tomorrow.



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