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Friday, April 27, 2012

Princess Ottoman redo!

Here's the fabulous before!
 I found this ottoman at the thriftstore for $5.
It's very dated and worn.
I immediately tore off the trim, the skirting...
and it sat that way for a while.
Okay, through our move.
I wanted to redo it...cheaply!
So I dug through my fabric to find something
 sturdy enough for an ottoman.
I found a bunch of houndstooth...left over from this and this!
But not quite enough.
 But I had a remnant piece of bigger houndstooth
 that was just enough more!
I pieced the parts together to go around the chair with
 just enough seam allowance.

I traced the top circle of the ottoman on my fabric and cut it out.
I cut it the same size as the top because I wanted it to fit snugly.
 Then I sewed the tube around the circle. 
Hemmed the bottom edge.
It made a perfect slipcover.
This could have been enough...

But I wanted to secure it.
 Just flipped it over and stapled that hemmed edge around the bottom.
 And, ta da!  A perfectly princessy ottoman!
At least we call it the princess chair, even though
 it doesn't look princessy at all.
 Goes great with the ugly chair!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Super Sci-Fi Rocket fueled Jet Pack

 I saw a pin on pinterest for some jet packs and
 knew my son needed some too...

 I took a piece of cardboard that fit the width of his back.
Used some old webbing and stapled in
 place to go around his arms.

  I upcycled 2 Two-liters and lightly misted the 
tops of them with silver spray paint.
I cut out flames of felt
2 red and 1 orange for each rocket engine...turbine...
and hot glued them in the spout...
Then we hot glued the bottles onto the cardboard.
He (Mr. 3) took it out for a test drive only to find 
that the arm straps slipped down.
I took some more webbing and a buckle and stapled them
 across the front for maximum stabilization.
I also hot glued on a little rectangle of felt onto 
the front straps for the ignition switch.

We have lift-off!
 I love his extreme happiness!
Garbage, spray paint, felt fire, 20 minutes...

Linking up at East Coast Creative


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dalek invasion--doctor who inspired sign!

I made another doctor who inspired sign!
This one with the daleks!
We are supreme.

The first doctor who inspired stuff I did was almost a 
year ago for Father's day...

I used cheap dollar store contact paper and used my
 silhouette to cut out the shape and words.
Then I removed the positive space.
adhered it to the wood, painted that positive space...
sanded it up a bit and finished it off with a spray clear coat.
Here's a picture tutorial.

My kids love it.

Check out my other dr who stuff here.


Monday, April 23, 2012

American Flag Upcycled Pallet

 Recycle an old pallet.  Patriotic awesomeness.
This uses 13 strips, nailed to 4 cross bars on the back.
Rows of nails...
 Paint blue on the upper left side, using only 6 stripes.
Start with Red on the top...alternate red and white stripes...
yes, my 8 year old can do it!  :)
Allow to dry...

 Then I used Dark Walnut minwax wood stain.
Just rubbed with a rag onto the edges and across some stripes.
 I like it better just a tad distressed.
I put this up at our new house...
so I could remember which house was ours...
since there are 6 red brick houses in a row!  :)
Because I am fiercely patriotic and love America!
I love it!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The UGLY Chair!

The culprit: The Ugly Chair.
Bought this sucker in Utah before the move for $7.50
It's a rocker/spinner...and freakin ugly.
I removed all the awful fabric and the old stuffings...
so dirty and dusty!
 I removed the buttons, the backing...
and a million staples!
I think furniture stores get paid per staple.
 Okay, now we need stuffing.
I bought a clearance memory foam full size bed topper.
Cut the pieces to fit.
 Then enter in woman's best friend!
Electric staple gun!  Oh, I love you!
 I started with this beautiful black upholstery with 
embroidered damask.  Hobby Lobby.
I did the under the cushion first.
 I got a little discouraged because it was a tad crooked...
so entered in My best friend--Mike!
He swooped in like a knight in shining armor
 and tackled that dragon!
All stapled.  Some things are just easier with 2 people.
(see that beauty ottoman in the background?'s next!)
 Now to sew the cushion.
I cut a perfectly symmetrical pattern.
Only to find out that the foam for the chair is not symmetrical.
dang.  Oh well.
 Good enough!  I have 3 kids.  I can't over do
 things that I know are going to be used...or I get weird.
 Yay!  We now call it the not so ugly chair!
 Be sure to come back tomorrow!
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