Restoring Roadside Rubbish-A Pot Plant Chair Project

Brighten Someones Day, By Brightening their Garden or Porch/Patio with this very Quick Simple & Inexpensive DIY Project

SIMPLE STEPS & TIPS TO HELP YOU FLIP A WORN OUT TIMBER CHAIR INTO A POT PLANT STAND

WHAT YOU NEED

ARTIFICIAL- A chair, florist foam( I always purchase mine cheap on eBay) a container ( I purchased a round washing plastic tub from Bunnings $6.99, artificial plants and shrubs ( I always purchase cheap from eBay) sandpaper of different grades,

Spray paint I would like to tell you about a new brand I have found WHITE KNIGHT SQUIRTS Paint & Prime. This new SQUIRTS Formula has a 10 minute drying time and each can has 3.5 mtrs squared coverage. It Bonds to Wood, Metal, Plastic & more. Now if you have read any of my previous posts you will know that I am very particular about my spray paint and as a rule only use Rust-O-Leum and Krylon. Well after using SQUIRTS Paint & Prime for this project, paying almost 1/2 the price of what I do per can for the other brands and being thoroughly impressed by the products outcome, including the spray flow, no drips, and being true to their word about the extremely fast drying time. I am hooked and will be using Squirts Paint & Prime as my preferred spray paint for all my DIY projects from now on and if you are able to purchase this product to complete your project  I highly recommend.  I purchased mine from Bunnings @ $7.95 per can a huge saving.

 LAVENDER or REAL FLOWERS- I drilled small holes in my plastic tub, The Lavender was on special for approx $7.50 per plant @ Bunnings (x4 plants), a bag of cheap mulch and a bag of white crushed rocks.

HOW TO MAKE

STEP ONE- Remove the centre of your chair (beware of redbacks & other spiders mine were covered in it maybe give the chairs a spray in insect killer first and wear gloves). Thoroughly clean your chairs. I also gave mine a light sanding all over however with Squirts this is not necessary rather a choice.

STEP TWO- You can either use masking tape and section areas as you plan your colour scheme or as I did use your first colour and spray your 1st section I wanted the colours to over lap and blend to give it a more aged look when sanding) Whilst drying Yes only 10 minutes not even, spray your plastic tub. Then spray paint your second coat of your first colour and allow to dry.

STEP THREE- My plastic Tubs only needed one coat of Squirts. Now it’s time 2 spray paint your coordinating colour. On my Real Flower Chair I used 2 coordinating colours on my Artificial Chair I used one colour. The nozzle on the spray paints made it easy to make defined lines and as mentioned I wanted the colours to overlap. You can mask over your base colour now if you do not want this look whilst you spray your coordinating colour.  Allow your first coat to dry and spray on your second coat.

STEP FOUR- Distressing and Blending is my favourite part of a project. I find sanding very therapeutic and this is where your unique style take shape. I love giving my projects the aged/shabby chic look “Perfect Imperfections” is what I refer to them as and I spend sometime using different gradients of sandpaper working to achieve a specific vintage look. Inspiration for these chairs came from an image in my memories of chairs that used to be in my great grandmothers garden. By allowing the spray paints to overlap and then sanding them to blend I think I achieved just that. Once you have completed all your sanding wipe off all the dust. I sealed the chairs with 2 coats of Polyurethane  spray.

 ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS Place your tub in the chair first then add your florist foam. There is no special way to add the flowers I just stuck them in until my tub was full. REAL FLOWERS- I haven’t a Green Thumb so I will not be giving any advice on how to pot your shrubs or Lavender all I can say is make it look pretty.

   Thank You for Reading. I enjoy feedback I would love to hear from you regarding this project or any of my others. If you have a similar project that you have completed or one that you think I would be interested in or you would like to promote on Pinterest ( Beginner Bloggers Welcome ) Please contact me curvyandcontent@gmail.com and become a Collaborator on my GROUP BOARD PINTEREST INSPIRED PROJECTS FOR BLOGGERS.

HAPPY DIY – JUDITH SUDULIC

 

BEGINNERS TUTORIAL- HOW TO FLIP A COFFEE TABLE

A Great Start Up Project Tutorial For FIRST TIME FLIPPERS
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A beginners guide on How to Turn a Boring white Coffee Table into a Feature Piece for the Lounge Room

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Beginners Step by Step How to Flip a Coffee Table with a beautiful Lace-Top Finish

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Beginners Step by Step How to Flip a Coffee Table with a beautiful Lace-Top Finish

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Your START UP PROJECT on your way to becoming a Furniture Flipping standout

Anybody can flip furniture, do not overwhelm yourself before you start by looking at all the amazing before and after photos  you see on Piniterest. Do not race out to your local Hardware store and fill your trolley  with unnecessary tools that you may never use.

START SMALL-GAIN CONFIDENCE-GAIN EXPERIENCE & Then GAIN an entire home full of beautifully  handcrafted  furniture and decor’ that you have flipped yourself, that is unique and has cost you a fraction of what it would if you had purchased retail.

This Queen Anne Style Coffee Table was one of my first start up projects. Let it also be A great start up project for you. It can be completed in less than 48hrs, the techniques are basic and simple to follow and if you stick to my suggestions the project is very inexpensive.

-My TABLE cost me $10. Do not buy an expensive table, in Australia you have Gumtree, FB groups, eBay and Op Shops and I know you have similar in UK & US with Craig’s List and lots of Goodwill and Thrift stores. Ensure the table is sturdy and  has not had water damage (meaning the wood is not swollen or cracking chipped)

-Second thing  find or purchase  a cheap piece of LACE CURTAINING with a pretty floral pattern that is large enough to cover the top of your table.

SPRAY PAINT is next what you will buy is one that needs no priming. I only use 2 Brands Rust-o-leum and Krylon. You will need 2 choose 2 coordinating colours. I chose a lovely cream for my Base colour this covered the entire table so you will need probably 2 cans of your Base colour and then your Top colour I chose a Minty Sage green this is what I used on the top of my table and the drawer. I also painted a vase and only used 1 can of spray paint.

Sandpaper a medium grade and a light grade and a sanding block to wrap the sand paper around. (This saves your fingernails and deters arthritis….(well so I keep telling myself) Yes you can purchase these at your hardware store however your Dollar Shop probably stocks them cheaper.

Wax & Polish or Polyurythine Spray- I always seal any of my Furniture Flips with Bees Wax The Brand I like to use is Organoil Bees Wax with Citrus Oil. However I am unsure what is available in the UK & US.

STEP BY STEP

STEP ONE-If this is your start up project- Tell everyone to leave you alone and not to disturb you your having “YOU TIME” don’t stress, this is meant to be fun and enjoyable, turn on the music and set your space up with all that you need to complete your project and then clean your project with a damp cloth and give time to dry. At this stage you may like to sand off any varnish however this is not always necessary and more a preference.

STEP TWO- Check out a couple of you-tube videos on how to spray paint with cans then spray your entire table with your Base Coat.

STEP THREE- Once your table is completely dry lay your lace curtain flush over the top of your table ensuring it is in your preferred direction with No wrinkles or bumps. use some masking tape if preferred and tack curtain overlay to the bottom side of the top of the table so that the curtain does not move. Then with your coordinating colour starting at the right hand corner and working across in straight lines spray paint across the top of the curtain. ( you can see where you have sprayed because the colour of the curtain) Do not be heavy handed you want this to be a mist that falls. You can remove the lace curtain after a couple of minutes

STEP FOUR- once you have spray painted your coordinating colour in all the areas that you have chosen too it’s time to distress which is just a matter of grabbing that sand paper and block getting a feel for what grade sandpaper works best against the edges of your table in regards to how distressed (how much paint you want removed). Around the edges , on the corners and following the defined lines of your table. Sand using a slight dragging motion and remove the paint and layers of timber until you are happy with grain that is showing through or what parts of paint have come off. “PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS” is what I like to call them and it only needs to please one person. That one person is you if you are happy with the look then it is PERFECT.

STEP FIVE- using a dry cloth thoroughly dust your beautiful table ensuring that there is not any dust left. With your choice of sealer foller instructions and complete your first flip, take a step back admire and be awesomely proud of your accomplishment. Take 100 photo’s and share them with me and give yourself at least 2 days rest before you rush and buy your next piece of furniture.

5 MINUTE MAKE- SPRIING TULIP WREATH

Spring Daffodil Wreath- Completed & hung in 5 minutes for the cost of $20 aust

Although in Australia we ae coming into the colder seasons and a long ways from the season of spring, I was inspired to create my quirky “5 Minute Make Spring Tulip Wreath” by a fellow Blogger.

I have finally made my first blogging connection/ friend. I have made friends through Pinterests but to actually connect with another Blogger of like mindedness actually makes me feel that I am finally starting to exsist & belong in this enormous world of sharing your style/label/brand/story or whatever else it maybe that one is sharing through this channel of social media called Blogging.

Emily from http://www.domesticdeadline.com was my inspiritation for this wreath. Emily is a DIY Blogger from the united states who recently shared a post on how to make  adorable daffodils out of fabric. I wasn’t as crafty as to make my own daffodils however I was inspired to make something with bright yellow flowers and even though it isn’t spring here in Australia This wreath looks Fantastic hanging up against the bricks of my front entry.

All I used was The decorative wall art of an old Fan. These are all the trend now and can be purchased in gift boutiques/shops for between $15- $25 aust depending on size and a buch of flexi wire tulips that I puchases from eBay.

In a matter of minutes after twisting the flower stems in, out and around the wiring of the fan, ensuring that the tulips were secure and that the leaves were sitting nicely my  Spring Wreath was complete.

If you would lke to share your crafts and DIYs so that others may be inspired I invite you to my Pinterest Inspired Group Board for Bloggers (beginners welcome) leave your name and email at curvyandcontent@gmail.com    If you have any questions or comments or would like to connect as Emily and I have please I look forward to your feedback and comments below.

Happy DIY From JUDITH SUDULIC