Pub table make-over

So, I have this table. It sits in our kitchen nook and when we first purchased it I absolutely loved it. Then, we had a child. All of a sudden the microfiber seats and delicate wooden surface were not super appealing. Within 3 years I found myself looking at this table in complete disgust and wishing it never existed. I think I would mentally block it out whenever I entered our kitchen and believe me when I say, no one was ever invited to eat at it other than my 3 year old daughter, which made it degenerate all that much faster.

I really hate to subject you to the following pictures, but you can’t truly appreciate the transformation without them:

Pay close attention to the seat underneath the booster. It's a stained mess.

Pay close attention to the seat underneath the booster. It’s a stained mess.

Scratches, glass rings, and stains, oh my!

Scratches, glass rings, and stains, oh my!

Remember when I painted the coffee table for our living room? You know how I had a bunch of extra paint and didn’t know what to do with it? Yep, you guessed it. I decided to use the exact same paint to cover up this eye sore and transform it into something functional, appealing to the eye, and practical for having a toddler.

Pub table make-over

The old and the new.

I wanted a fun fabric to cover up the microfiber, but I also wanted something stain resistant. I decided to pick out a fun floral grey, white and yellow pattern and then cover it with durable plastic to make it easy to wipe and keep clean.

Finished Pub Table

And here it is. No longer an eye sore or an embarrassment.

To cover the chairs I just unscrewed the old seats and used a staple gun to cover them with the fabric first, and then the plastic on top.

And because I’m one of those cheesy themey types, I thought my daughter should have a matching table:

DIY Kid's Nook

Please disregard our floors that are in transition from laminate to tile. And pay no attention to that toy under the table. Poor Pablo is a victim of our flooring project.

And if you were wondering how I made that little cushion for my daughter’s chair, I forgot to mention that about a month ago I received a sewing machine. I’m pretty much obsessed with it and have created several things that I hope to share with you soon. They are all novice projects so I am hoping you’ll follow me on my journey and that you won’t laugh at me if you are already an experienced sew-er (“sewer” just didn’t read correctly).

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Hobby Lobby Clearance Rocks!

Hobby Lobby doesn’t always have a great selection of clearance items (80-90% off), but when you find something it is seriously the best. It’s even better than thrift store prices most of the time.

I was in there the other day and I saw that these were on sale:

Hobby Lobby Clearance

My husband wanted to know what the heck these were. I didn’t really know how to explain that they were purely ornamental and didn’t serve a purpose. He thought one of them looked like a septor and then mentioned something about how they reminded him of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.

These are far too dark for my liking but the clearance price was… wait for it … $2.50! They had all been marked down from between $20-$30, to only $2.50 a piece. And I had been waiting to find something I could try the shabby chic painting method on. These fit the bill.

I’m sure many or all of you have seen the technique on Pinterest where you use Vaseline on an object you want to spray paint, and put the Vaseline in areas where you want the paint NOT to adhere, thus creating a shabby chic/ antique appearance. You just wipe away the Vaseline areas after the paint dries with a cloth or paper towel. It’s just that easy. That’s what I wanted to try with these. I already had white spray paint and Vaseline, so I was ready to go. hobbylobbydecorpainted

This is how they turned out. I still have 2 more to paint but I’m considering doing another color on those. I was very happy with the results and eager to change out my mantel decor for the Spring.

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As you can see I also used this method on the blue picture frame behind my new decor. Worked like a charm. The frame is one of the $2 IKEA frames. I also found a cute little bird’s nest from Dollar Tree to put in the glass vase. The candle holders are from a thrift store. I purchased those about a year ago.

DIY Shabby ChicI tried the technique on an old lantern I had in our basement. I found it on clearance at the local grocery store two summers ago because it was missing the glass panels. The white mirror is from the thrift store. I found it on their 50% off day and it was only $1.50. I ended up painting it though because it was kind of a yellowish cream color. I wasn’t digging that.

Pretty much everything on my mantel cost less than $3. It’s still a work in progress but it’s nice to finally retire the winter decor and freshen things up a bit.

The moral of this story is ALWAYS check the Hobby Lobby clearance aisle. I swear that my Goodwill would’ve charged $10 for each of these. But then again, the Goodwill by my house thinks they’re a fancy department store. (I know they aren’t all like that).

Spring Mantel Decor

I figured you might want a full view. I apologize that my pictures aren’t of professional caliber.

DIY Anthropologie pillow knock-off

Have any of you seen this on the Anthropologie website?

Anthropologie pillow

So cute, right?

What isn’t so cute about it is the price. This lovely little pillow is going to set you back about $200.

Now look what I have in my living room:

DIY Anthropologie pillow knock-off

You better believe I have never spent $200 on a pillow before.

My knock-off version cost me $2.50. This was my little experiment this weekend and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out so I’m going to walk you through making one of these on your own for a tiny fraction of the price.

You will need:

  • A paint pen. You can use any color you want. I used black. Wal-Mart has them for $2.50.
  • Masking or blue painting tape. This is simply to secure your text and pillow case to a window so you can trace the letters.
  • An old pillow case. Or if you want to purchase one, you can get them cheap at Big Lots.
  • A flattened cardboard box.¬† You basically just need this to put between the pillow case to keep your paint pen from bleeding through. Cereal boxes work great.
  • An old throw pillow, or batting.
  • A printer. You can print out the following PDF files to tape together to trace the text onto your pillow case.

Click on each of the links below to print the text. You’ll want to print with the least amount of margin your printer will let you.

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The first step after you’ve printed the files is to tape all of the pages together so it looks kind of like this:

antrhotapedtextYou might have to eye it a little bit, just basically make sure the lines look straight and they are evenly spaced.

Next you’ll want to secure your “poster” onto a window. This must be done when the sun is still up!

Poster on Window

As you can see, I was pushing it. The sun was about to set when I started this project so I had to race through it.

Next, you probably want to iron your pillow case. I didn’t do that and I wished that I had. Either way, you’ll want to align your pillowcase over the text so it looks something like this:

Pillowcase over poster

Pull the edges of the pillowcase tightly over the text to avoid any loose fabric.

Before you use your paint pen, make sure you shake it a bunch and push the tip down on another surface to make the paint flow into the tip. You’ll probably have to do this several times during the project. And before you start to trace your letters, it’s best to put some kind of thin piece of paper up between the pillowcase to avoid bleeding through.

Traced Letters

As you can see I started filling in the letters but after my back was aching and the sun was setting, I decided to just outline them and then fill them in later on a flat surface.

I laid down the pillowcase on my dining room table and shoved a cereal box in between the pillowcase to give me a flat surface that would prevent any bleeding through while I filled in the letters.

Filled in letters

Continue to shake your paint pen and push the tip down on another surface as you fill in the letters to assure that your tip isn’t going dry.

Once that is done, just cut off the excess pillow case to form a square:

Cut Pillow Case

Make sure you leave a little bit of margin to sew it up at the bottom.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, hopefully you know how to sew by hand. You basically just need to be able to sew the bottom seam somehow since all the other edges are done for you.

Flip the pillowcase inside out and stitch the bottom leaving a small gap so you can fill the pillow with some batting.

Bottom sewn up

I left a few inches open on one side.

Flip the case back out again and stuff with batting. Batting can be expensive so sometimes I take old thrift store pillows or pillows we aren’t using anymore and rip them open and just use the batting inside. That’s what I ended up doing with this one.

Once you’ve stuffed the pillow sew the remaining gap and viola, you have your knock-off Anthropologie pillow for only a few bucks.

DIY Anthropologie pillow knock-offAnd the awesome thing about this method is you can use it for just about anything. You could print a picture or pattern you want to trace, or you could create your own wording. And since you’re making this yourself, you can choose any color scheme you want.