Monday, February 28, 2011

Before & After: Little Goodwill Chairs

Found these cute chairs a couple weeks ago...they are very sturdy, simple lines, but still some curves, and have loads of character.

How cute would these be on your porch or in a little nook with a table, plant, and some books? I would totally keep these as well (since I seem to make things and keep them rather than selling quite often), but I already have SEVERAL chairs that I have nothing to do I'll let these go.

Here they are before:

But I wasn't happy with I distressed them...thinking I would be happy.  Here they are distressed:

But then I still wasn't happy, so I painted them black and let the red just pop through when I distressed them yet again.

Now I'm happy.

Available for $55 for the pair.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Before & After- Shabby Chic Coffee Table

Well, remember where I got the little black chair??  Got this there too...better go search it out on "the little black chair" post where I got it.  Snatched this right up from there too and brought it home...again with the dousing of the bleach.


Pretty gross, huh?  Butttt, with potential.

And here's what a little sanding and paint will do (and soap and bleach)...


Love it in my screened in porch.

See my other posts for some more Before & After projects.  Also, visit my Facebook page for a first look at everything from Erin's Attic.!/pages/Erins-Attic-Treasures-Untold/254372969833 


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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Screened-in Porches

They have to be one of the nicest additions to ever be added to a home...screened-in porches. If you have one, you know what I mean.  Those darn bugs stay out and the outside comes in and the inside comes out and get it. My husband, Mark, has built quite the many porches in his day. Here's a few for ya...just to get your wheels spinning.

Mark Bankston
DWD Contracting, Inc.
Greater Atlanta Area

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Newell Post Mini Purse/ Hat Rack

I'm really bad about taking BEFORE shots, but I'm sure you can figure out what it used to look like.  It was just a dark stain color with rods sticking out all over it.  I was at this awesome junkyard and dug it out from under a truckbed camper.  I had to chop the rods off, fill in the holes it left with bondo, sand the bondo & post itself, painted, & distressed it.
I added 4 double hooks all the way around and put a stabilizer board on the bottom with felt pads.  It's a cute, quirky, spin on what a big coat rack might be...except it's short...and fancier...and prettier...
I posted it and it sold within hours.  Was kinda hoping no one would buy it so I could keep it...but I tend to do that with everything that I make or find.  Pack rat, you say??  But while it waits for its new owner to pick it up, it sits ever so pretty by my front door.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Clearing Out the Clutter Giveaway!

Yesterday's contest winner is JODY!  Jody, if you are from Facebook, please contact me with your address so I can send you the earrings!  Congrats!

OK, so this one is for the folks who live near me (I'm in Acworth, GA), are willing to come pick up their prize by this weekend, and who love other people's "treasures"...narrowed down to a few of y'all, sorry!

Here's the scoop:
*Must comment on this blog post about which items you would want...leave email address for me to contact you if you win.
*Must be a "follower" of this blog (sign in with your email or google account)- located on the right side of the post under the frame that says "Sometimes it's ok to be a follower"
*Be willing to pick up any or all items won by this weekend (or they are going to the thrift store :))
*Share with your friends.

This is the first group of stuff I'm clearing out, so if you want any of it, make a comment on here with the specific items(s) you want (not on Facebook), and by tomorrow night I will draw names to see who gets what. If an item does not have any "wants" it will be going to the CHerokee County Humane Society Thrift Store this weekend.
hp pcs 2125 all-in-one printer, scanner, copier
It should it at a garage sale and never used it
Deskjet printer professional series 13" x 19" papers
Should it at a garage sale and never used it
A birdhouse that I started to paint, took apart all the black cage, but all the pieces and screws are still there.  May need 1 more coat of paint, or change it entirely.  A project I never finished...imagine that. :)
Hanging garlic (not real).  We remodeled our kitchen and have no place for them
2 or 3 yards of sheer psychodelic fabric, never been used

2 or 3 yards of furry purple fabric...never been used
Plaster of Paris- never been opened
Spray paint on top (I sprayed something on it)
Ultimate Sewing Book- good stuff in there
2 never-been-used metal Christmas trays
3 little Halloween ceramic houses
Little bitty wagon...handle has dent in it
I like this tray...have nowhere for it.  Seen better days, could use a little silver paint on 2 spots on the bottom
Plexiglass that has a notch in it on the corner...wrapping still on it
So that's it for now.  You have til tomorrow to comment, sign up, and make sure you leave me an email address to contact you.
Happy Junkin'!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Fun with Foamboard- DIY Wall Art for around $10

Before I start...please do me a favor? Pretty please?  I am really wanting this blog to take off and go far, so please click on "Follow" and add your name to the member list.  That would help me out a bunch!  If you could see me, you would see me down on my knees with my hands clasped,, if you KNOW me, you know that is totally not true and I just lied. Now on to the project...
So I had this space over my daughter's bed that we had framed in and placed fabric on several years ago.  I had 3 metal baskets with glass flowers out of them all along was really cute, but it was time for a change.
I really wanted to use what I had, so this is what I came up with...

If you didn't have any of these materials on hand, this project would still only run you around$10-15.
You can make pretty much any shapes, characters, or objects that you want...if you screw up it won't be hard to start over. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures as I was doing this, so hopefully you can understand from the written directions. :(

*white foamboard (get at local craft store- Hobby Lobby is the cheapest) Can also be done with heavy duty cardboard from recycled boxes, etc.
*Exacto knife...Slanted razor blade with handle (can get at Lowe's or Home Depot for a couple bucks)
*Fabric (scraps will do, or 1/2 yard burlap for branches)
*paint (use what you have around house or get some acrylic paint at the craft store)
*hot glue gun & glue sticks

1-Find a picture of the character or object you want to draw.  Print it off and trace or just eyeball it (draw by hand) onto the foamboard or cardboard. 
2- Cut it out using the exacto knife.
3- Gather paints & fabrics and determine what colors and patterns go on which cutouts.
4- Paint any areas need painting...fabric will be placed on last.
5- Let the paint dry.
6- Cut out fabric where it has enough leftover to go around all edges of each object that it will be covering. 
7-Hot glue the fabric lightly onto the front of the object, then fold it over the edges and glue onto the back for better hold.
8- Add anything that would make it more whimsical or lifelike, such as buttons, ribbons, jewels, etc.
9- The frame and fabric on this wall was already here, so I just hot glued it to it...but if you're dealing with a blank wall you can hot glue sawtooth hangers on the back of each piece and place them on a nail, or you can even use a large canvas or wood piece and glue them on there...then hang the 1 item on the wall.

Options are endless...have fun!!! 
I'll post the pictures of Arden's bedroom makeover soon...gotta get the new curtains done. 
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Before & After- Little Black Chair

Some of you may have seen this before in my Facebook album, but I wanted to start posting a couple times a week some of the many projects we have done over the last couple years...and here's a small one for starters. 
You don't even wanna know where I got this chair.  Well, ok, maybe you do.  From a hoarder's house.  A hoarder who lived behind us and got evicted.  All the stuff was put out in the yard, and all us neighborhood vultures were there waiting. :)  This chair was in the mix...and I snatched it!  Ugly, gross, scratched up, but complete potential.


So I threw out the old seat cushion, got a whole new cushion and fabric, along with some paint & my sander, and I was on my way to a new good lookin' hoarder's chair.  Oh, and also doused it with bleach!
Fell in love with this fabric, I love the repetition and the little bit of a silver sheen on some of the "flowers." 
Here's how it turned out. 


My pretty little black chair.  And yes, my sidewalk needs pressure-washing.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Cute Little Refinished Goodwill Table

Found this at Goodwill...had all intentions of refinishing it then selling it.  All the way til the last step I had intentions of selling it, for real.  But then it was all dry and sitting there waiting for its little photo shoot...and I just fell in love with it. 



Here she is with my living room pillows.  Yep, I think she stays.

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