Sunday, November 27, 2011

Spray Painted Headboard & Footboard

I have this weird thing about liking beds to be angled in the corner of a room-it's kind of fun! My daughter's bed has been that way for a while now, but my son had this bulky headboard that was a bookshelf/headboard combo that just didn't work in the corner. Anyway, so I have wanted to get him a new headboard, but hadn't really tried to find one or buy one. But then a friend and I were at the thrift store and came across a head and footboard set for $25. All my friend had to say was "You could spray paint it" and I was at the register buying the thing. Of course I got it home and realized that I needed a different frame than the one I had (poo) so I went back to the thrift store, found what I needed and I was off again!
A picked up a few cans of Rustoleum Navy Blue Spray paint, and some Laquer finish spray paint and I was gettin' high in my basement within the hour-okay not really, i tried to ventilate as best I could.

I love the bed! It turned out great-it's not perfect since spray paint is an art that is always a little trial and error, but it's in a boys bedroom's probably going to get abused anyway!

Friday, November 18, 2011

making an old chair new again!

We've been renting our previous house for the last 3 1/2 years, but now our renters are out and when the hubby went to check on the house, he found a bunch of folding chairs that we left when we moved. Apparently they sat outside in the elements for the last 3 1/2 years getting very worn. Well, I decided to take one of these said chairs and make it cute so my daughter can use it at the desk in her bedroom and I really think it is adorable!

I used two of my very favorite items to help me with this project:
Spray Paint, and a staple gun.
I sprayed the chair with a coat of the paint (not too thick or you get those stinking drips), then I waited about 20-30 minutes and sprayed it a second time (one can of the paint got me two coats on the chair).
After that dried I found some fabric I liked, and cut it a bit bigger than the seat. Then I rolled the sides under and staple gunned them to the wood seat of the chair. Then I took the little ball tassel strip and stapled that right over the fabric. It was super easy and turned out too cute! And the best part is...My daughter likes it.