So You Think You Can Craft

Due to some unforeseen computer trouble, I’ve been unable to post for a little while. I’ve spent more time at The Apple Store than I’d like to admit (and plenty of money, too). This girl is ready to get connected and back to blogging. I’ve decided to keep combining my two loves – television and crafting. This week’s post is brought to you by my favorite summer show and a TV gem.

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It’s going to be a little bit dramatic but plenty of fun. For me, anyway. Some of the gifs may not even make sense. Still, we’re going to try because they’re pretty. Without further adieu…sashay away.

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My last post was about the chairs I reupholstered for my kitchen table. The seating was done; so, I needed to finish up on the table. Here’s a little reminder of the progress.

The chairs:

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The table:

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Beautiful, right? So, I think it is understandable that altering it in ANY way made me very nervous. What if I ruin this gorgeous piece of furniture forever?! I sat (in my beautiful chair) worrying over what color I should go with and how many coats would look best.

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After calling my father multiple times to make sure he wouldn’t hate me forever if I made a wrong choice, I was ready to begin. I tried multiple stains out on the stirring stick to see how the color on the can would translate onto actual wood. English cherry (2nd from left) was my favorite.

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It was time to actually start taking a brush to the table. Ashley at Domestic Imperfection has a great post about the magic of wood conditioner. I’ve stained a couple of pieces before this, but I’ve never used any conditioning products. The directions said to lightly sand and wipe down with a cloth. Then, simply brush on and let it sit for 15 minutes. This stuff works wonders. I will never stain a piece of furniture again without applying wood conditioner first. It creates a nice even appearance of the stain.

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You know what’s a good way to spend 15 minutes? Browse through SYTYCD gifs and watch old dance clips. C’mon. It’ll be fun!

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Links: First, Second, Third, Fourth. You’re welcome.

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That’s enough. Back to staining!

I was afraid. So afraid.

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But, sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.

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See what I did there?

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I couldn’t just stare at the table all day, and I knew I could sand it down if I completely hated how the stain looked.  I started brushing on the stain, and suddenly, my fear was gone. STAIN ALL THE THINGS.

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I let it set in for a few days, and then, I decided it was time for coat number 2!

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I know, Travis Wall. What was I thinking? I was thinking that I want the table to compliment the other furniture in my dining area, and that meant I had to go darker. I lightly sanded the table, wiped it down and brushed on another coat of wood conditioner. It’s magical.

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I painted on another coat of stain.

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It looks great, right? After I took a step back and looked at it, I was practically jumping up and down.

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One thing I did not account for either time was the strong smell. I’m used to staining things outside, but just having the fans on did not cut it. Note to self: Doors open, fans on and windows cracked.

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I cracked the windows and left for a few hours. Once I got back, the air was a little less offensive.

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Time to wait a few more days to apply the top coat of polyurethane. If you try and apply the final coat before the stain is dry, you will end up with a mess and a blotchy piece of furniture. I decided to wait about 72 hours before finishing up. All this waiting is exhausting.

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After the weekend I lightly sanded the table and applied a coat of polyurethane. This was by far the easiest part and only took about 10 minutes to cover the entire table.

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I took off the tape and cloth I had covering the legs. It was finished! I had a bit of a reaction. It was very similar to this:

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Then this:

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It was exactly as I had envisioned the table at the beginning of this fun process.

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My kitchen table is complete! And, I love it! Now if I could just get Neil Haskell and Sabra Johnson to come to my apartment and perform this routine...

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I suggest waiting a few days before placing anything (especially anything wet) on the table. It can cause water marks and for the stain to rub off and onto something you didn’t want a shade of English cherry.

Before you go, let’s reminisce about the time my favorite dancer of the season won SYTYCD. My favorite moment of the season (possibly series) also contained Ricky and the one and only, Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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Congrats, Ricky Ubeda! Bring on season 12!

Details in the Fabric

Last weekend I did something I had’t done in over a year. I stayed at my apartment the entire weekend and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Well, not absolutely nothing. I actually was very productive inside the confines of my humble abode. I spent most of my time binge-watching Gossip Girl.

This may be the most important thing I did. Why? Because Chuck Bass, that’s why.

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I also worked on decorating this place and organizing the odds and ends that were still in moving boxes. I am happy to report all four chairs seats have been reupholstered. They aren’t perfect, but they’re mine.

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I just can’t get enough of this fabric. I can, however, get enough of pulling up staples.

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Here’s a little before and after.

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I love that my chairs don’t match, but the different shades of wood were making my eye twitch a little.

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So, I broke out the primer! Zinnser Cover Stain Oil-based Primer is great for covering laminate furniture. You supposedly don’t need to sand before applying, but I like to play it safe and sand it just a little. I’m going to paint them an off-white to match the fabric and table legs.

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I had some leftover fabric, and I couldn’t let it go to waste. So, I found a picture frame with handles my dad found on the side of the road and decided it could use a makeover. I cleaned it up and applied primer and paint.

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Then, I added glass, picture frame backing and fabric. Voila! A new tray for my coffee table.

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I celebrated all my hard work with a nice relaxing trip to the beach this weekend.

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Until next time. You know you love me. XOXO

Urban Living

I’ve had this blog for years – as evidenced by some of my older interests in the header. I’ll update that later, probably.  Except for Matthew Gray Gubler. MGG stays. Anyway, I’ve decided to actually do something with it. Let’s see how long this lasts. Wish me luck!

I’ve recently moved, and of course, that means decorating. Now, I am all about redecorating, but I’m not about spending a lot of money. Join me on my journey to turn this empty apartment into a space I can call home.

Why waste time? My current project is my kitchen table. My amazing father created a farm table from an old work table and scrap wood. It even has some guy’s name stamped into it. So, shout out to James N Kelly. You’ve helped me get the table of my dreams.

It’s beautiful. I’ve still got some staining to do, but I’m obsessed. I’ve never wanted to cry over a piece of furniture until now.

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Isn’t it amazing?! I think I’m going to stain the top, but the legs are just so pretty I can’t bear to paint over them.

On to the chairs. I’m slightly bonkers so I decided that my dining room chairs could be too.

My mom scored four beautiful chairs at an antique mall. There are two dark brown and two light brown. Two captains chairs and two armless. The booth she got them from was 75 percent off, and she ended up getting all the chairs for around $70. Happy Birthday to Amy.

I decided to reupholster them all with the same fabric. I want my new space to be very colorful, and the fabric I found is just as wild and bright as I imagined. (Hobby Lobby – $32, paid $19.20)

This is my first trip down the reupholstering road, and I’m still not sure. I unscrewed the seat and removed all the staples. Once it was down to the foam and wood, I measured the fabric and started stapling. The corners are tricky, but I’ll learn. Plus, if I figure out how to make a perfect corner I can just pull up the fabric and reattach. Overall, I’m happy with the way it turned out. 1 down, 3 to go!

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