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Friday, July 4, 2008

My 4th of July Project

This could not have been a prettier, nicer day! It was the perfect day to work on a project that I had put aside for a day when I had more time. I had today completely free because family isn't coming until tomorrow.

Anyhow, in May, there was a posting on Freecycle about a rattan chair and footstool. Well actually they said "wicker?" but when I got there it was rattan. I debated on whether or not to even take the chair. It was ugly, but I figured that I could do something with it.

Oops, I had the chair half painted before I remembered to take a "before" pic, but you get a good idea of what it was like. It had sat in someone's basement for years and their cats liked to sleep on it. If someone didn't take it, it was going in the trash. I cleaned it up, then I got out spray cans of Kilz to prime it. Just a handy hint here: before putting on that little mask so you don't breathe in fumes, brush your teeth first or chew some mints. Trust me on this.

Then I painted it Rustoleum Heirloom White. I love the color, and think it turned out great!

Now for some fabric. I got a cushion on sale at Joanne Fabrics for only $6! The salesperson gave me the coupon. I got 4 yards of the pretty toile on sale at Walmart for a total of $21.
Here it is wrapped around the cushion. I still need to sew it, but you can see how it's going to look.
Here it is with the footstool. I am so happy how this turned out! If it hadn't been for seeing what everyone does here in blogland, I would probably not have put forth the effort, but people here inspire me.
Now I'm so excited that I can't wait to start some other projects!

Well tomorrow my daughter and her boyfriend, perhaps my brother, and some friends from my hometown are all coming down for a barbecue and then off to watch fireworks in the park. Oh, forgot to say that someone at work gave me a grill! Someone was giving them a nice grill and they thought of me because I was sad about not being able to buy one Memorial Day since I had to pay for van repairs instead. God is so good!

Have a great weekend!


Tootsie said...

when you ship that fantastic chair to Alberta, remember to wrap it so I doesn't get scratched! I am in love with this! you did a great job girl....hope you had a great day today...are you sitting in your chair right now?
I often get too excited and forget to take the before least you managed a partial before!

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

I love this! The toile you chose is perfect. I'm so envious of your yard.

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Love the chair makeover! Stuff like that never get given away here!! Your lawn is so lush!!

Enjoy the BBQ and take a lot of pics!


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow! That looks great!!! I'm always at amazed at what a can of spray paint can do! I love the fabric you chose too! Watch out though, fixing things up feels so good that it becomes addicting!

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

That chair looks so comfortable!I love spray paint! It makes projects so much faster and they have such great colors out these days. Please post a pic when you get it all finished.


Justine said...

Girl, that chair looks so damn good you'd never know it was going to end up in the trash. And of course I love the toile material you chose. gorgeous!

Have a wonderful time today with your "new" grill!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

What a great project! White paint works wonders on anything! I'm like you when it comes to painting an item then remembering to take a before photo! I guess our memory is overcome by our excitement to get started! I can't believe you found toile at Walmart! Thanks for stopping by to say kind words about my pink corner hutch!

Joy said...

Looks really great, love what you did with the chair and what pretty
fabric you used.

Anonymous said...

Now isn't that chair stinkin cute!!! You go girl!!!


Rue said...

Hi Kady :)

That chair turned out amazing!! You are good! Love the material too :)

I hope you had fun with your family today!

Laura said...

Your chair came out sooo cute! Hope you had fun with your family!!

Laura :)

Diana Lyn said...

Hi Kady! WOWZER! Isn't it fun to turn someone else's trash into a Beautiful treasure! Ha, give me a can of spray paint, and watch out! FABULOUS my dear,FABULOUS!!! can't wait to see your next project, isn't it a blessing this blog land, everyone sharing their ideas, giveaways! I love it! by the way stop by and leave a comment so i can add your name to my giveaway! Big hugs and LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the snake blog! to funny! Big Hugs Diana lyn

Rhondi said...

You did a wonderful job on taking that ugly duckling chair and turning it into something beautiful.
That's great that you got the grill. God is interested in every little detail of our lives isn't he?
Hugs, Rhondi

The Cozy Parsonage said...

I love the chair!