Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Retro Chair Remodel

Can you say 70's? This chair can.

I know, I know. This style isn't for everyone. But I dig it, man. It's the cats meow, baby.

Anyways, I found these at an estate sale. Picked up 3 of them for $5 total. Another score! They were pretty rough, with lots of rust. So, I started my favorite pass-time - sanding. Can you say sanding? YAY! [insert sarcasm]

Okay. So I took them apart. Sanded. Then sanded with some CLR. Then sanded some more. Some paint. Some bright, funky fabric. And voila! Oh...the fabric. Only $2 a yard on clearance. Say it - score!

Sorry the photos are in such a drab spot. This is my "work in progress" room.

What do you think. Would you have grabbed these or passed them up?

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Transformation Thursday

Somewhat Simple

Furniture Feature Fridays

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Work Station From Scratch

Talk about re-purposing!

I'm loving my new work station. It still has [the entire room actually] a long ways to go before it's finished.
But I can finally sit down and edit pictures again. Yep. Edited a session right here, today.

I wanted a work station that was multi-purpose and I could multi-task on. That's why this thing is mondo big. It was a lot of work, but I feel so good about re-purposing this old wood. I wasn't sure I would be able to sand it enough to make it usable. But it worked. It's actually smooth.

Sanding - Yes I sanded. Then I sanded some more. After that, I sanded more. Then I painted. And sanded some more. I have never sanded anything that much. EVER.

Here's how it went down:
I found the wood (mostly) at an old, abandoned house. These behemoth things used to be fence boards! That tells me they're old - old - old! After figuring out which pieces I wanted to use, I put them together, like a puzzle. I used standard 2x4's to reinforce the bottom. Then, I started the whole (curse word) sanding process. After it was all silky smooth - okay - just smooth, I wiped off the dust and it was ready for paint.

I didn't want to lose the age of the wood. So I white green washed it. I just dumped some paint into a bucket, followed by about a cup? No idea really? So, some water. And mixed it all up. Then I just slopped it all over. While sanding and painting, I went with the grain.

Once the paint was dry, I distressed it. Yes. More sanding. Next, I brushed on a couple coats of Minwax, water based Polycrilic. And then...you got it. Sanded again. Nice. And. Smooth. Then I hired a some bodybuilder to help me lug it inside. By hired, I mean free. And by bodybuilder I mean my wife.
We placed on top of these A-MAZ-ING, all metal work horses. I scored these things at a swap meet for $20 for the pair. SCORE!

Now, it's time to decorate. Pictures. Office supplies. Lamps. (I'm a lamp whore) so - Lots of lamps. The floor. Yes, I have to finish the floor :( Window treatment. Furniture.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back to School

Yesterday was the first day back to school. Our son is a big, first grader, now.

And he loves it! Not that I expected anything different. He enjoys school. More importantly, he enjoys learning. Like I try to do with every first, I took pictures. Just some quick snaps before we left him to get acquainted with his new surroundings.

As you can see from the second to last image, not everyone was excited about their first day. Do/did your children enjoy school?

Monday, August 22, 2011

World Photography Day - The Images

So the day has come and gone. I was really excited about this event! Unfortunately, life happened. Don't get me wrong, I spent the day just hanging out with my son, which is great. But I didn't get to take the photos I wanted.

No big deal. It was a good day. Actually, any day with my little man is a great day! If you caught my post, then - wait. what? You didn't? Well go read it! Anyways, like I said, this wasn't about being the best photographer. Or even about taking your best image ever. It was a day of sharing. People connecting through images from all over the world. I did exactly that. I took pictures of my day. Although limited, I grabbed what I could, when I could.

If you managed to take some pictures during the event, share a link so we can all view them. Hope you enjoy.

always willing to pose for me

i dig abandoned cars

breakfast of champions

i think it was killing him to wait?

finishing up summer homework

the old man - 14!

vintage in our living room

dinner. quick and easy

ended the night with a project

Thursday, August 18, 2011

World Photography Day - A Challenge

Tomorrow (if you're in the states) August 19th, is World Photography Day.

What is World Photography Day?

From their website:

World Photography Day is all about celebrating photography and remembering how special a photograph can be.

You can register with the site and share your images. However, I know most of you will not do that. Yeah, I probably won't either.

So, here is my invitation challenge to you -
Take photos. Of anything. Of everything. Share your interests. Share your world. Share what you see, with the rest of the world. Then - share them here. Simply post a link to your blog, Flickr, Facebook, Google+, or anywhere you have your images stashed.

Share this post with your friends and family. Tell them to get involved. This isn't about how good your photos are. This is simply about everyone connecting, and sharing, through photography.

Let Us See What You See

Want BHG on Your iPad?

Better Homes and Gardens is currently offering their iPad app to print subscribers, for FREE!

I received the information via email. See the screenshot for details. I tried browsing their website (which is pretty horrible by the way) but wasn't able to find any mention of it. Maybe I didn't dig far enough? Either way.

I enjoy the print, and I'm sure the electronic iPad version is much cleaner than the web version.

Do you read BHG? What other home oriented prints do you enjoy?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Magic Eraser to the Rescue

The Magic Eraser - it's ummm - magic.

I'm finding more and more uses for these little cleaning wonders. Check out this list of 20 New Ways to Use Magic Erasers by DIYlife. Trust me, I'm sure there's things on this list you would have never thought to use them for. 

Photo Pyrex Love

Have you tried Magic Erasers yet? What are your thoughts?