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While perusing my favorite Goodwill, I came upon this gorgey chair for $10. I knew as soon as I saw it I had to have it. It has great lines, is in really good shape, and isn’t too complexly designed for an at-home upholstery job. Upholstering can be a complicated task–you have to remove piles and piles of teeny tiny staples and be really careful when attaching the new fabric. I originally thought I would cover this chair in a bright yellow and replace the matching tufting buttons with white ones. The chair’s cording matches the fabric, but I wanted to change that white as well so it would really stand out against a bright yellow.

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Mid Century Modern PRE-rehab

Then I found this tremendous navy patterned fabric at another thrift store. 3 1/4 yards for $13! The fabric has a retro feel so I think it will complement the chair’s style well. I’m hoping I’ll have enough to cover the entire chair, but fortunately the fabric is 60″ wide instead of the standard 44/45″. Fingers crossed some careful pattern placing will do the trick!

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This little lady was my first lamp makeover! I found her in the basement where she had been covered in a light layer of dust and spider web. The lamp had originally belonged to my grandmother and looked quite good in her day. Some of the hardware was missing, but I just the loved the shape and style. The etched glass was in good condition, and both light sockets worked perfectly.

Grandmother Lamp

Grandmother Lamp

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I always try to save mementos from my travels. Pictures are great, but I love keeping ticket stubs, brochures, and odd bits from places I’ve visited.  I think its because I keep telling myself I’ll make these AMAZING scrapbooks that I’ll keep forever and ever and everyone who sees them on my coffee table will flip through them and gush over the wonderful experiences I’ve had. Sure. One day, O.Liv!  Over the years, I’ve amassed a bunch of coins in addition to piles and piles of papers. I saw this great tutorial by Indiri at Turning Stones and knew I had to make one for myself.

Coin Art Frames

Coin Art Frames

I thrifted these frames for a couple dollars each and knew they would come in handy someday. I wish I had taken a “before” photo! They were some kind of country. I think one of the images featured a heart and a basket with the caption “Home Sweet Home.” Not quite my style. Luckily the frames were solid wood and came with sturdy mats. I painted the mats gold and spray painted the frames a glossy white. I arranged the coins so the different kinds–Danish, EU, UK, and even some from my sister’s time in Africa and my brother’s in Asia–would balance each other.  Some of the coins were quite dingy, especially the 5 cent ones from the EU, so I placed them in a bowl with some hot water, vinegar, and salt to release some of the grime. After I dried them off,  I used my trusty E-600 to adhere the coins to some standard bristol board cut to size.  I had plenty of coins to do two frames. I hung them up in my craft studio as soon as they were dry. They’ve found a much better home now than their previous jar prison  in the back of my desk!

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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I had been looking for an interesting-shaped frame to fashion into a bulletin board or a memo board where I could jot down ideas or keep track of my crafting To Do list. I found this great picture for a steal. Image

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I dissembled the frame and covered the image in a textured paintable wallpaper. 

I painted it a bright yellow to pop against the purplish gray wall of my craft studio. A coat of primer and a few coats of white spray paint gave new life to the frame.  

After the yellow paint had dried, I used the opposite end of my paint brush to add dots in the shape of a caption symbol.

A quick reassembly later, a stylish, functional dry erase board was born.  

 

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Vintage Lamp Meets Handcrafted Shade

I found this lamp base at a thrift store that was in dire need of a rehab. A few coats of spray paint made it shine like new. I made the lamp shade with decorative aluminum sheeting and translucent plastic. A large Edison bulb pulled the whole item together!

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