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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Repurposing furniture

Last week I had all my wisdom teeth pulled. Ick.

Worse, I made several follow-up visits due to some complications. But, it wasn't all bad, as the dental office happens to be nestled in an area of town that boasts several great thrift stores. A little retail therapy turned out to be a great distraction from my discomfort.

Here is one of my finds.

A little footstool (poorly) upholstered in old lady fabric. Nothing against old ladies (I have a long, long list of favorite senior gals), but that fabric has got to go!

I nabbed it because I really liked the solid, chunky legs.

Solid, chunky legs? A good thing? Only on babies and on this stool!

I have big plans for this piece. At first sight, I imagined reupholstering it in an updated fabric and using it as intended, to prop feet. 

But then I flipped it over, and an idea flashed though my head.

By screwing casters onto the legs, I would be able to raise the legs a few inches.
Then I could have a piece of plywood cut to size, top it with foam, upholster it and (maybe) add tufting for a custom piece of furniture.
via pinterest
With our little guy soon to be crawling and then walking (running!) around, I love the idea of furniture without hard or sharp edges!

The other option would be to make it narrow and use it as a bench in the entry or place it at the foot of the bed.

Looks like my upholstery projects are starting to pile up!

Any of you enjoy thrifting and repurposing your finds? Please share!
Monday, June 11, 2012

On Hold

Once again, this little blog has been put on the backburner.  So has our house. 

Here's why:
A few years ago, an exchange was made between Cameron and my brother, Phil.

Framing our addition.  Read more HERE.

Phil installing drywall in the addition's basement. Read more HERE.

My brother came in 2010 and helped frame our addition, then made a second visit last year to install the drywall. 

Cam's part of the deal? In return he's painting my brother's 1990 Mustang.

Of course I end up involved in these car projects, so it leaves little time for anything else around here. You can read about/see the last car we restored HERE, if interested.

So that's what we're up to these days. I do have a few little things to share later this week ...  some thrifted finds and a little progress on my chair project.  Thanks for hanging in with me!