Friday, May 24, 2013


Lilacs are here.

And that's all I have.  Which leads me to blogging dead?  I've been posting on my No. 10 Antiques  Facebook page in a kind of mini-blogging way.  I have more than three times as many "followers" or "likes" as I do on the blog.  I post three or four times a day, share other's pictures and likes and am really enjoying the interaction part of it.  But I know that some of my bestest blog friends don't do Facebook, so I don't want to totally abandon this I won't but I feel it's just so much easier to connect with people over there.  Anyway--just thinking out loud.  Or writing out loud...whatever.

Have a lovely day!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

My Chair Lady...(see what I did there?)

So I had these chairs.  I might have paid a very small amount for them.  In fact, I may have paid $.50 a piece for them.  And why not?  They were in pretty rough shape....

So I did what I do...ripped those sucker APART!

Then I added a little DIY chalk paint, which was very arduously applied and then unceremoniously sanded off.

I decided to forego the old springs and just added strapping.

Then I hit a snag.  I didn't have quite enough of this fabric, which has been in my stash for years.  I looked on eBay and evidently Richloom Fragonard is hot right now, selling for about $40.00 to $65.00 per YARD.  Yeah, that's not going to happen.  So I had to get a little creative.  Suffice it to say, I have not one inch of this fabric left.

After some seam ripping and the ever present swear words.  They are done.

So much better!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Here's Something I think You'll Really Like....

This project has been simmering in my mind for a while.  I couldn't decide whether to go all out retro, funky modern or shabby or something in between.  I think that's such an apt description for my style, though.  I like ALL the pretty things.

Anyway...this is what we started with....It is a 50's or 60's veneer top table with chrome legs.  I've always wanted one.  I still do.  You see, I only saw a corner of the table top at the auction.  When I saw the whole thing alone in the parking lot, well that was a different story.  The legs were rusty and there was some sort of sticky grime on them.  Gross.  The table top was scratched and chipped and most of the cracked ice pattern was worn right off.  I was only sad for a moment, because...CHALLENGE!!!

First step was to scrub down the metal pieces.  I used find sandpaper, steel wool and finally silver spray paint.

Then I painted a coat of primer on top of that cracked ice pattern laminate table top from the 50's or 60's.  I know, it was hard for me too.  Awww, it's ok--come here sweetie.  There-there, sometimes we just need to let go.  That poor cracked ice was never going to be right again.

Then I found some pretty fabric at the store.  Yes, FABRIC!  Hello Mod Podge!  (Does anyone else call it MODGE PODGE?  No?  Me neither.... eh hemmm...)

So basically, I glued it on and then applied a layer of Modge, I mean MOD Podge to it and let it dry and then applied six or seven coats of poly, sanding in between each after the third or fourth-I lost track.

Now she has a new life as a border collie sun shelter.

So, now I'm on the hunt for some chairs.  Ideally, I'd love to find four matching vinyl chairs to reupholster, but I'm thinking four mismatched chairs painted the same blue as the flowers would be cute too.  We'll see!

Thanks for stopping in!