Posts tagged ‘projects’

July 26, 2011

project reupholster chair: accomplished

by kmcopeland

So I finally conquered the chair project I’ve had on my to-do list for about 3 months now! We found this chair for 100 kronors (about 15 bucks) at a yard sale and loved the shape. And, come on, it was 15 bucks.  The plaid fabric just didn’t scream “Katie” to me, so I decided to tackle a recovering project. I have no problem finding fabric I like  – finding fabric that I can also afford, on the other hand…not so easy. So, I decided to make my own fabric inspired by this Quadrille fabric that I love.

I went to IKEA and bought three meters of their basic white fabric, then went to the local hobby shop to buy some fabric dye. Here’s how I made her pretty:

I took off the old reupholstery jobs (two layers) and got down to the original fabric. We debated taking this off as well but thought it could be a can of worms, so opted to just leave it. I used the pieces of the old covers as templates to cut out the new pieces from the fabric.

I mixed the fabric paint with water to make it easier to work with and got paintin’. I waited 24 hours for the paint to dry and then ironed it to set the color. I wasn’t going to include this ironing picture because everyone pretty much knows how to do that, but the Swede is terribly proud of this iron, so I promised him it would be in this post.

I fitted the new fabric to the chair so it would be perfectly snug and then sewed everything together. Last step was nailing it in place and, voila, a brand new chair! Here it is one more time:

I am 95% satisfied with the results. The 5% dissatisfaction can be attributed to: a) wishing I would have done smaller brush strokes and had more zig zags, and; b) the small wrinkles that I can’t get out of the back because the chair has what can best be described as a pot belly – it’s fatter down towards the seat. If anyone has some suggestions for how to fix that, I’m all ears!

July 15, 2011


by kmcopeland

I have been a very slack blogger lately. Not just because of the trip to Spain. Truth be told, I’ve been in a sort of blogging slump. I haven’t felt a real desire to do anything with the blog and I’m feeling a crisis of “where is this going” sort of thing. I’m still working that out, so be patient with me!  On the brighter side, it seems that a lot the creative energy that was going into the blog has been redirected into projects around the apartment.  I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve accomplished during my phase of lightly blogging.

  1. Remember I said I wanted a piece of lucite furniture? Mission accomplished! I scored this lucite coffee table from Blocket (Sweden’s craigslist) for next to nothing. I am thinking of putting a couple of these underneath it and painting the insides of them a bright color. Or maybe just paint them all over. Turquoise maybe?
  2. We finally put up a light in the kitchen! I went for a more industrial look because I think we’ve decided to stick with the black cabinet doors (gasp!) and I think those two elements work well together. I am still planning on repainting the walls and taking down the wallpaper, but one thing at a time folks. The lamp is this one from IKEA.
  3. We installed our closet which, as you can tell, is not really a closet at all!  I love, love, love the way it turned out. Note of caution: hanging shelf + plaster walls = heated discussions shouting matches with your significant other.
  4. We got bedside tables, put up our makeshift headboard (a vintage wooden tapestry) and I scored some AMAZEBALLS gold table lamps. Those lamps might be my favorite purchase since moving to Sweden. They are so unbelievably awesome.

Not too shabby, eh?

June 8, 2011

diy overload

by kmcopeland

Is what’s currently going on in my poor little head.  Projects I’m currently considering:

Wooden pallet turned coffee table. Except maybe with two stacked on top of each other. But I like the glass top. And wheels. (or is this played out?)

Printing my own fabric. Definitely for some much loved throw pillas, and maybe even for recovering a $10 chair.

Trash can turned industrial pendant light for the bedroom, minus the fabric shown in the directions. (Maybe painted bronze?)

Make our dark wood armoire in the bedroom look as close to this as possible. (via here)

And these just for me.

 Not to mention painting our kitchen table and chairs, making curtains, finding art for the walls, making an inside garden…The list is long my friends, very long.

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