Welcome to my crazy life! I love to refinish and re create on a dime. Join me in this adventure creating beautiful in your home. I live in South Western Ontario, am married to the most amazing man (he has to be amazing to put up with all the "junk" I bring home) Together we have 4 GREAT adult kids, one daughter in law ( I couldn't have asked for a better woman for our son) and I'm Oma to the cutest and brightest little boy. Yes I'm biased!
Even if something isn't old it sometimes needs a makeover anyway.
Case in point.
This coffee table.
Ignore the dog food. I just unloaded it in this pic an snapped the "before" with my cell phone.
Anyone else like that? Grab the phone take a pic before you forget.
So most of my before pics are not so great...and that's an understatement..lol
Seriously if it wasn't for my phone I would have less than half the pics I do. It's my life saver. :)
As soon as I posted this pic I had several interested people. First come first served right? So the new owners and I talked about their vision for this piece. Then they left it up to me completely to do it over for them.
I am always blown away by the trust people put in me and I can't tell you how humbled I am. Seriously!
So I got to work.
And of course have after pics (which are wayyyyyyyy better than the before ones)
I was totally terrified that the top was so damaged I wouldn't be able to strip it down and re stain it.
But it's made of layers of wood. I don't think I've seen it done this way before.
And because the drawers are pull out from either side, the front and back of the table look exactly the same.
Handles are the same ones...but I painted them black...a much better look for this rustic table.
And what rustic table is complete without a cannon?
Found that in South Carolina...wood an brass and very very old! I bought it to sell in my booth, but Hubby somehow managed to snag it and, well I guess we are keeping it. I am beginning to think he's more addicted to history than I am! ;)
There have been a lot of stories in the news lately about paying it forward. Things like Star Bucks and Chick-Fil-a, and here in Canada we have the same thing happen at Tim Hortons.
I'm a big believer in paying it forward. Maybe not in a "news worthy" kind of way...but in small ways, that normally only involve me and someone unknown or little known to me.
You see I've been very blessed in this life. I have a wonderful husband and amazing children, I have a roof over my head and food on the table. I know that sounds trite, but I really believe that. Everything else is icing on the cake so to say.
Why am I talking about this?
My pay it forward philosophy is part of my business life too. See, every time I am given something I have vowed to do something or give something back. It may not be right away, but it's always in my mind. I look for ways I can give back. Sometimes it's through local auctions or simply dropping something off at a local charity. Something that is not money. Something I have to put effort into. It's just something I do.
I'm not trying to pat myself on the back, nor am I looking for accolades. I am however looking for ideas.
See this cute bench/stool?
I went to my booth yesterday and this was in my space. Sometimes people shop and change their minds, and just dump things in the nearest booth. No big deal, I wanted to see where it belonged and was going to return it to it's proper booth. But see the paper on there? That is a note, and it was addressed to me.
The note says "Dear Titia (that's my actual name, I'm not actually called Crafty in Canada to those that know me..shocking I know..lol) Please take me home and make me beautiful" "free from Gail"
I laughed as I've talked to her a couple of times and never dreamed she would just give me something as special as this.
I felt honoured. Really.
So now I have this. And as much as I would love to keep it, I want to do something with it.
Make it over of course. Tighten it up (it's a bit loose) paint it and recover it.
But then what?
Should I place it back in her booth and let her profit from it?
I tore it apart, painted it and have finally started the rebuild!
Hubby is excited. (to finally get this thing moving)
Started with bare springs and wood.
This took probably 10 hours to this point. Tons of ripping and pulling staples. If you don't want to get blisters pulling thousands of staples, don't even attempt this. The ONLY thing that kept me going was the fact that I believe it will be beautiful in the end...oh and the fact that I'm a stubborn dutch girl! I'm not kidding...I'm stubborn!
I started out covering the springs with burlap. This protects the foam from getting worn through by the springs. It wouldn't happen right away, but after years of use it would become a mess.
Then cutting and shaping the foam, covering it with batting and material.
I used a complimentary (yet simple) material for this part. If you go look at your couch and lift up the cushions, more than likely you will see a plain material there. That's what this part is.
Then I took more batting and shoved it between the material and the wood. You won't see this, but it will protect the final material from rubbing against the wood and wearing a hole through that. Trust me you do not want to recover it all again in a material down the road that probably won't exist anymore.
So don't skimp on this...do it right the first time.
Then more burlap for the back springs. This part does not have to be perfect. It's there for protection only.
Then the foam for the back.
This is how far I've gotten today. I have to shape the foam now to fit the back, then more batting and material.
I'm actually really happy with how it's going so far. Crossing my fingers we don't hit a big bump tomorrow.