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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.
 perfect!
 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!




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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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Zoom!
 
 I love his extreme happiness!
Garbage, spray paint, felt fire, 20 minutes...
Priceless.

Linking up at East Coast Creative

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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.



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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!



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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.
  Perfect.
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?...it'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!
I am guest posting my best idea ever!~
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