Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Additions

Happy Friday!! I left the orbit of the blog0sphere for a few days there to enjoy our first real taste of Spring! Who would've thought I could enjoy washing my car outside again so much? It was the highlight of my week to be honest... to know warmer days aren't just on the horizon anymore but a reality.

I am itching to get working on the yard. Those of you with little-little ones know what I'm talking about, weeding and working in the yard turns into a chore of constantly yelling at them to not touch this and don't play with that and don't wander off and don't even consider go near that pond missy!!! This year I think Wren will actually be a big help and at the very least able to amuse herself for a good half hour by my side.


But until I can get out there I have found a lot of enjoyment from my second fake plant in as many weeks. I actually love this little trough of grass so much that I bought 3 of them and have added some green touches to our family room mantle with the other 2. Fake plants?! what has come over me?


faux wheat grass from Pier 1.



I think it adds the perfect hint of spring to Sean's side of the bed. And I promise to try and get the bedroom link updated SOON!



I have also found a few moments to tackle my red vinyl office chair!



I found this grainsack-like fabric from Sunbrella on clearance for $7/meter. It is an outdoor fabric and will wipe down really easily which is good to know for a seat that will be seeing lots of glue and glitter.


I was anticipating a nuclear halocaust-like scenario in dealing with that nasty old foam and filler, but I was pleasantly surprised to have minimal trouble. The real challenge was in using fabric/upholstery glue instead of staples or tacks.


I will admit that I always have a tendancy to over-tighten the fabric on seats which causes slight creases. Does anyone have any tricks on avoiding it in the future? I am not too stressed about it on this chair for two reasons: after a little use it should ease up, and I am also planning on doing a simple seat slipcover for easy cleaning after an afternoon of crafting.



I know a lot of you wanted step by step instructions on upholstering, but this wouldn't have been a very helpful tutorial because it really only involved unbolting the pieces, slathering them with glue, clamping down the fabric and reattaching them to the metal frame. It's what I would guess is an uncommon scenario in the world of upholstery, but easy and fast for a novice like myself!


LOVE all the dented, discolored metal against the fresh cream fabric.




And for those of us who continue our labeling obsession, here is a quick and cheap upgrade to storebought items. Remember my hardware organizer?


Although I loved it before, I thought I could add some extra character and make Sean's life easier when I am yelling into the house from the garage for "the ceramic quatrafoil black knob"


With some of these label holders I have everything sorted and labeled in record time.



Now I just have to hang this thing!


What has your week held? I'm itching for some good ideas now that the warm weather's arrived!

20 comments:

Little Lovables said...

Wow, you have been busy! I love how the chair turned out, what a fabulous find.

The enchanted home said...

I am impressed and a wee bit jealous of how productive you have been...all so beautiful. Yes Spring does have way of putting that extra pep in your step, doesn' it! I am going to take your lead and make a little list of some spring cleaning things to do myself this weekend!
Thanks...I needed that!

AFormalFeelingComes said...

I love all your little upgrades. That little canning jar in the first picture caught my eye. I have the exact same one at home! I feel inspired to make some springy updates in my house, too.

Lovey Dovey Darling said...

Love the contrast of that pretty & new white fabric against on old, weathered frame! Very pretty. I hope to get half as much work done as you this weekend - but it does include re-upholstering four chairs!

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Hi Holly, Did you use batting? I've found that using batting over the foam smoothes everything out very nicely. Great job, though. Love it!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

everything looks great Holly!! Love the tags you added to the knob holder!!!

laxsupermom said...

The chair looks great, and I love that hardware organizer! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Pine Tree Home said...

Amazing that a little (or a lot) of glue is holding that together. Looks great.

Melissa said...

Love the chair!! It turned out great, and that's my idea of a fast fix!

I hope you'll share some of your gardening pictures with us too!

Rustic and White said...

I love the labels you put on the shelf. How organized you will be. Your chair looks cute too. I haven't even tried reupholstering anything because I do not sew;o( but the glue idea sounds very interesting!!!
Cheers,
Carrie

Tammy said...

I share your love/obsession with labeling and organization - this week I am turning a card catalog into a baby dresser! (even though baby isn't coming until august :)

http://tamdiego.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/card-catalog-bliss/

Preppy 101 said...

Looks fabulous - every single thing including the "fake" grass!! xoxo

Krystal Wight Armstrong said...

Fun post! Forgive all my responses: Is your husband's bedside always so neat? It looks wonderful, very picturesque :) The blue book caught my eye when I thought it was about St. Bernard dogs (I love 'em); looked it up, and found it was about a medieval abbot, sounded pretty interesting actually. I've always admired your pretty book collection, but I wondered if you or he had read many of them or at least the ones by your bed. Do share :)
That chair was cool in red, and even better now! Nice work! I don't have babies yet or know too much about living w/ them, but I wondered if you feel like you have to specially clean or disinfect stuff like the trunk or old chair, w/ a little one crawling around down there. Just curious what if anything one does with stuff like that.
Maybe the shelf looks smaller in person, but I think it looks really nice as a standing up piece of furniture; wouldn't have occurred to me that it was meant for hanging. Love the new labels though! I like seeing how you design your own...closeup!? (Thanks for enduring my long comment!)

the industrial cottage said...

I am in the mood to paint everything white! Your house is beautiful and peaceful. I am not sure why you are getting a little creasing on the fabric. I don't really do upholstery, but I love to slipcover. I am working on a chair and couch this weekend. All in white denim as course.

Holly and Sean said...

Thanks so much everyone!!

Maple and Magnolia, I am definitely going to try using that next time!

Krystal, you are always so fun to read!!! I actually do read all my books. I think I am down to only about 3 or 4 unread books (which is like code red in my world LOL), I just seem to enjoy reading the way old books are written and the use of language in them. As for disinfecting, I usually wipe everything down with vinegar and water just to be safe. Makes it much less worrisome, but I definitely don't serve afternoon snack directly on those surfaces LOL.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Swirls of Happy said...

The chair looks great and I am loving that you have a fun piece for all your knobs! It looks so fabulous :)

erin said...

Saw Wren's nursery listed over on "Tip Junkie's website. Way to go! http://decorate.tipjunkie.com/inspiring-blue-and-white-nursery-nursery-ideas/

Miss Rubio said...

Loving the Spring additions. I made a super easy headboard this weekend.
www.velvetmoss.blogspot.com

KellyStar said...

I've been looking for the right shade of Cream, and have been having a hard time finding one thats not too yellow. What color did you use in your dinning room, I love it!

christine donee said...

label addict for life. and lovin every minute of it.

 
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