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Project Challenge #4 {Linky Party}- A Furniture Piece

Welcome to Project Challenge #4! Don't forget that it's a linky party too, so we would love to see what you have to share!! This month's theme is a furniture piece.
I know that what most people have in mind with this theme is a painted piece, I think that was my original intention, but I have 3 pieces I've been intending to re-upholster for quite some time. Getting things checked off the to-do list is, after all, one of the reasons for participating in this challenge, right?! So I tackled this project head on. Having re-upholstered 3 wing chairs in the past really gave me some good experience in my back pocket (so I thought).
 This specific chair having been one of the--eh-hem. The first time around... I wasn't so proud of and finished the day I went into labor with this little guy.
Yeah. He's 8. It was time to fix a job gone bad. The back was never quite tacked on there correctly. It's actually quite an embarassment (as is this whole picture I might add) which is why it sat in the down stairs family room for all these years as soon as I could find a replacement for it in the living room.
In fact, it was an all around shotty job that took me months to complete. If you could really call it complete in the end. Even with it's terrible "new look", every time someone sat in it, they would proclaim, "Never get rid of this chair!" Which I could dismiss until my husband was one of them.
That's when I knew it needed to be a project with a deadline. It quickly became the perfect Project Challenge candidate!
If I was going to do this whole thing over again, there were quite a few issues that I needed to ensure didn't repeat themselves.
(as shown in the pictures below)
 In addition to these issues, the original upholstery had a skirt. When I reupholstered it, I thought it would look neat if I refinished the legs and let them show. I never got around to refinishing them...
Yeah.
So.
This is what the family got used to seeing.
At first I was going to slip cover over it. But let's face it, you only slipcover over something you might want to see again someday. 
I didn't want to see this again. 
Ever!
So, knowing my deadline was coming up, I tore everything off of it. 
 Started all over again and changed out some of the batting.
(this is the before)
By the time the children got home the next afternoon,
it looked like this (minus the skirt). 
I think any project worthwhile tends to have blood sweat and tears involved. After working on it all day, I had stapled my finger, considered taking up swearing, and decided that if this chair ever needed reupholstering again, it was time to give it up for good!
The satisfaction came when each of the children took turns at different times (without knowing the others were doing the same) sitting in it and asking if they could have the chair in their rooms.
 They couldn't keep off of it.
 There was always somebody sitting in it with a smile.
Over the next week I tacked on the skirt
adding pleats at the corners to make it lay nicer.
This time around, I sewed the front piece of the arm onto the armrest instead of getting frustrated with the separate piece it was last time and ending up hot glueing it. 
I know. Nice, huh?!
I wanted it to still have the casual look of a slipcover. 
I think that goal was accomplished. 
The children were all afraid that I was going to take it to the shop.
I'm glad to say we all love it.
It's going to be around for awhile!
Next month's challenge, some kind of fencing. So be sure to join us next month too.
Now, what have you got for us?!
It's your turn to link-up below as well as check out these other beautifully revived furniture pieces!





Linking up with: 

Side Table With Cork Inlay

While perusing the goodwill the other day, I came upon this solid wood table. Though it didn't look like anything special, it's lines were perfect for just about anything. So for 8 bucks, I drug it home and plopped it in the garage.

A couple days later while waiting for the paint in my hallways to dry (more on that to come) I mixed up some homemade chalk paint using a sample I got from Lowe's a few years ago. Because the table had so much polyurethane on the legs, I went ahead and gave it a coat of water base primer, then two coats of the home mixed paint. 
Right away I knew there were a couple issues I needed to address.
1. The holes that were drilled into it to accommodate for what I'm assuming was a docking station
2. Worn out areas of the table top
3. bubbling wood from over use  and probably water damage. 

That's when I thought the best solution was to make this side table with cork inlay. I love how the edges are raised to accommodate for something like that. So after applying a layer of contact cement,
I covered the whole top with a layer of rolled cork that I purchased from our home improvement center for just under $10.
Using a sharp pocket knife, I cut the edges while following the lines of the table. 

To address the issue of the holes, I decided to put a layer of cork inside, and on the back, as well. I cut the larger one open so that it could still be used to accommodate a docking station, 
while hiding the other holes that were pretty unsightly.
I had a basket I'd purchased previously that fit perfect inside like a drawer. I love how it matches the cork and looks like they were made to be together.  
I've used this paint color on other things before and never tire of its fresh spring look. I loved the clean look so well that I did something I rarely do... 
I didn't distress it. 
I love the almost beach cottage vibe from this piece. 
I can just imagine it sitting next to a white linen topped bed with an open window while a breeze flutters some breezy curtain panels next to it, can't you?

Do you have a furniture re-do you would like to share? Please join me and 5 other bloggers Thursday for our next Project Challenge and link up your latest furniture piece!
See you then ;)



Bicycles for Rent--Spring Blog Hop!

Welcome to our 2015 Spring blog hop! I am joining up with 3 other great bloggers to bring you some fun ideas to welcome spring, so don't forget to hop on over to their blogs at the end of this post and check them out as well! 
I'm excited to share a project with you today that I had so much fun making!

Guest Posting at Country Chic Paint!


Today I'm guest posting this adorable drop leaf table at Country Chic Paint. I hope you'll ome on over and see how this project all went down. The before and afters are worth the click!
See you there




$800 Giveaway!

Hello?! Who's up for an extra $800? What would you do with it if you had it? 
Renovate, 
vacation,
 treat yourself like you never would otherwise?
 Where to start, huh?!

 Head on over to my facebook page and give me a like if you haven't already then follow the link for further instructions. The giveaway ends soon, so don't miss your opportunity to win! What if you didn't, but what if you did? 5 minutes of your time could be the only thing sacrifice standing in your way. 
Good luck, I hope it's one of my awesome readers!! ;)

Project Challenge #3 Linky Party-Linen and/or Leather

Hello my lovely friends, I'm so excited to be participating in round 3 of project challenge! The best part about it, is this time it's a LINKY PARTY too!! Yes, you get to participate along with us and share your projects on all six blogs! So what is project challenge? Every month we will be given a type of material to work with and have to create something with it, so at the end of this post, add an existing post you have or get busy creating a project using Linen and/or Leather and come back here to show it off. We can't wait to see what you come up with! 
So, are ya ready to see mine?

Reupholstering a Chair Cushion

Come see my post on Ask Anna on how to reupholster a chair cushion. The before and after alone is worth the click. 

Plus, don't forget to come link up your projects Friday for the Linen and or Leather Project Challenge!
See you there,