Hallway Reveal

You know how sometimes you start a project with every intention of finishing in a reasonable amount of time . . . and then inevitably life gets in the way?

Yeah. Me too.

I started painting my hallway. . . 6 weeks ago.

Yikes.

Here’s the before. Dark, dingy, and beige.

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6 weeks, 3 layers of paint and many, many change-of-plans later, here’s the after.Hallway Reveal 14Breath taking isn’t it?

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I think I’m in love.

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Don’t worry, a tutorial is coming your way next week! (And you know, maybe some pictures for those frames. . . .maybe.)

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Let’s this day be known as the day that we’ve officially painted every wall in the house!

 

The Mid-Century Jackpot

Last weekend we hit the mid-century furniture jackpot and I’m so giddy with excitement, I couldn’t help but share the find with you!

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I’d been watching a posting on Craig’s List for about 3 months (apparently Abilene isn’t a hot bed of mid-century furniture lovers) and the seller had lowered the price from $350 to $225.

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We arranged to meet the seller and after looking at the furniture and seeing that it was in really rough shape, the Craig’s List King offered him $150 for the whole set. . . . . . and he took it!

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The set includes a chest of drawers, a night stand, a low dresser and this hutch will find a home in our Master bedroom renovation.

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I’m not sure where the rest of it will end up just yet but I just couldn’t pass up these beauties. Did you see the gold, color blocked, tapered feet? The top drawers with recessed pulls? The hardware? I’m pretty sure it’s original and what’s left is in great shape.

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Find any amazing Craig’s List deals lately?

 

DIY Paper Rosette Art

Paper rosettes have been popping up all over the place an I have to say. . . I’m in love!

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I have been inspired and today I’m going to show you how to make your own Paper Rosette Art!
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Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • 20 – 30 sheet of colorful paper or wallpaper samples
  • cardstock for backing
  • scissors
  • paper cutter
  • hot glue or tape

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I used this tutorial for the rosettes, here’s a brief overview. Start with a large rosette so you’ll have an accent or focal point. Begin by cutting a 12″ square piece of paper in half so you have to 6×12″ pieces. Fold the short ends accordion style so you have the longest possible piece.Paper Rosette Art 2

Using your hot glue, attach the piece together in a row. . . .Paper Rosette Art 3. . . . until you have enough for a circle, probably 5-6.

Paper Rosette Art 4Fold the upper edge towards the center,

Paper Rosette Art 5and glue some of the inner folds together so you get a nice, round shape.

Paper Rosette Art 6After about an hour’s work you should have a pile ready to go!

Paper Rosette Art 8Flip them over and cut out the card stock to use as backing. I chose to use my circle cutter but since no one will see this side you could also just cut a square.Paper Rosette Art 7Now you’re ready to assemble this art! I grabbed an old cabinet door from my stash (the same one that made an appearance at Christmas) but you could use anything from a chalkboard to an old window, a dresser drawer or a mirror!

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I then grabbed my hot glue gun and just started placing and gluing the rosettes where they looked right. Don’t worry about making it symmetrical  just trust your gut!

Now, in case you were wondering I DID just say that I glued the rosettes to my wall with hot glue. I know, I know. . . .I’m crazy. It works for me and it’s never chipped my paint but it may not work for you. You could use pretty much anything to hang your rosettes, nails, thumb tacks, gaffers tape, etc.Paper Rosette Art 13

In order to create depth I rummaged through my recycle pile and came up with this, an old cap from a face-wash bottle. I glued the lid together and then to the back of my rosette. . . . .

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. . . . and then to the wall. See that layering?Paper Rosette Art 11Don’t have an old face-wash bottle lying around? No problem – you could also use the top from a soda or beer bottle, a cork or a piece of thick cardboard.

Paper Rosette Art 12Finish placing your rosettes and you’re done!

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The Small Project Series

Do you ever start a project but never finish it because it’s so small? I do. All. The. Time. I can tackle big projects like there’s no tomorrow. Paint a dresser? Colorblock my dining room? Done and done, but cut and stain a piece of trim for my kitchen desk? Not done. Not done at all.

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So today I’m starting a new series call the Small Project Series and first up is my front door. . . . the back of my front door to be exact. If you’ll remember I painted my front door and then it sat in the garage for a few months waiting to be fitted and hung. In the meantime we painted the living room and well, the colors were too blue – too close for my taste.

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We also replaced the locks so the old holes needed to be filled and sanded.Painted Door 2So this week, nearly 2 months later, I busted out the paint and got this small project done.

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Ahhhh.. . . . . .much better.
Painted Door 6Have you tackled any small projects lately? I’d love to hear about them and feature them here on the Small Project Series! To make a submission, email a link to your blog or photos with explanation to thefrontpoarch@gmail.com. Be sure to put SMS in the subject line.

 

 

Color of the Year: Emerald

This year Pantone named Emerald as the color of the year. . . . .

TFP EC 14. . . . .isn’t it just dreamy?? Since I’m usually looking for an excuse to paint something our entertainment center got a fresh coat!Turn an old dresser into an entertainment center! From thefrontpoarch.comWe started with hiding our TV cables the hard way and then acquired this dresser from my grandparents’ weekend home. The mirror and the first 2 drawers were removed.

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Using the drawers as a template, Phillip traced and cut 2 shelves for the top.

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It then sat in our living room for about a month until I worked up the courage to actually paint it. The first time I showed Phillip the paint color he said, “. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . I won’t say anything until you get done.” I took it as him saying, GO FOR IT!!!

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I had some of Valspar’s Wet Pavement in Satin left from painting my Vintage Serving Tray so I started by spraying the interior gray and painting the interior of the drawers. If you paint the drawers guides, be sure to give them a lite sanding before replacing your drawers so that they will still slide in and out easily. TFP EC 5Then the fun began! The color I purchased was Valspar’s Luscious Green in Gloss and it t took 3 coats to get a smooth even, finish. I opted to paint the legs gray which I’m not too crazy about but I’m hoping they will grow on me.

TFP EC 12As per usual, Leland came to help. . . .until he tried to lick the wet paint and I kicked him out of the garage.

TFP EC 4Now that all is said and done, this beauty sits in my living room.

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Before I painted the dresser I found this tag attached to the back and was overjoyed to find out that it was the original sales tag when this piece was sold to my grandparents. Judging from their address, my guess is that they purchased it in the mid-50’s.

TFP EC 11The drawers now hold movies, video games and kids toys for visiting friends.

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Have you repurposed an old piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

DIY Mustache Wreath

The weather is turning warmer here in west Texas and I thought it was time to say goodbye to my Winter Wreath and create something fresh for ‘Spring’. Out here Spring is more of a thought than a season, we’re really just waiting for May when scorching temperatures will set in for the long hot summer. That’s beside the point though. . . . I was looking for something fun and spunky and as you know, I always enjoy a wreath that strays from the traditional so after digging through my craft supply stach, the DIY Mustache Wreath was born! (See what I did there?)DIY Mustache Wreath from thefrontpoarch.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • oval or rectangle shaped canvas
  • paint of choice, I used a can of spray paint I already had, Valspar’s Hacienda Tile
  • large letter of choice, I used P for Poarch and purchased it at Hobby Lobby a few years ago, you can find a similar one here
  • pom-pom ribbon, any color
  • thick, fluffy fringe, about 2″ wide, both of these can be found at a fabric store
  • thick black paper like scrapbooking paper or cardstock
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • staple gun
  • cord or ribbon for hanging the wreath

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Anytime I work on a project outside, our cats always want to steal the lime light. . . . Mustache Wreath 1

. . . . back to what I was saying, start by painting your canvas, mine took 2 coats and I let it dry overnight to cure.

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Now it’s time to attach your letter to the canvas. Quickly spread a generous amount of hot glue on the back of your letter and press it into the canvas, making sure it is centered and straight. Be sure to let your hot glue cool for a few minutes before moving on.

Next, you’ll need to make your mustache. Depending on the size of your letter and your style preference, you can determine what type and size of mustache you want. I went with the classic handlebar that as about 2″ x 6″.Mustache Wreath 5

I was able to free hand my mustache out of black scrapbooking paper but you could easily cut one out with a Silhouette. Another great option would be to do a Google image search for mustache, print one that you like, cut it out and then trace it onto your paper.

Once your mustache is cut out, glue it to the fringe using your hot glue gun. Give it a minute to set and the begin to trim away the excess fringe. You can thin flip it over to the front and trim it to your taste.

Spring Wreath 1Attach your mustache to your letter with hot glue.

Now it’s time for the finishing touches! Starting at the bottom (it’s the least visible area), attach your pom-pom ribbon using a small drop of hot glue every 2-3″. Work your way around until you get back to the bottom, overlapping the ribbon just slightly so no raw edges are exposed.Mustache Wreath 6Hang it on your front door, step back and admire it!

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Make your own mustache wreath! thefrontpoarch.comCongrats, You did it! Now go tell your friends about the awesome wreath you just made!Make your own Mustache Wreath from thefrontpoarch.com

 

 

 

A year in the making – 1 Year Blogiversary

365 days ago, a dream of mine became a reality.TFP Sign

It started probably a year before that when I stumbled across a blog called House of Hepworths. Who even knew DIY blogs existed? It was the first one I’d ever heard of and I was instantly infatuated with Alison and her amazing DIY skills. I was hooked. I read every post she’d ever written and waited anxiously for new posts to be published (yeah. . . I was kind of a creeper). I began to dream and really think, I could do that!

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At the time we lived in a tiny 2-bedroom duplex whose owner barely let us install a ceiling fan (it had NO ceiling fans. . . in the middle of west Texas. . . . yeah, not smart) so I knew a DIY blog was out of the question as long as we lived there. Time went on and I began to follow other blogs like I Heart Organizing and Primitive and Proper and as the DIY bug grew within me and I worked on small projects around our home.

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In January of 2012 this all changed when, through a series of God sized events, we bought our first home. I was ECSTATIC. Long before we moved my head began to spin with renovation ideas, paint colors and flooring options. (Side Note: I didn’t join Pinterest for a long time because my friend Katie told me it was like my brain on steroids. She was right.) I immediately knew the time had come to launch my very own blog, and that my friends is how it all began.

I was so excited I had probably 2-3 posts written before we moved. That’s right, in two weeks time I packed our entire house, we cleaned our new house, did all the techy stuff that goes along with starting a blog and I wrote several posts. Oh yeah, and we both worked a full time job. Needless to say, we were pumped about this dream coming true.

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Over the past year we’ve learned a lot. A LOT. We’ve learned about working together and communication. We’ve learned that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want something to drink. We’ve learned that I am a mouse. . . .and I want a cookie. We’ve learned that I have big dreams and can always see the final product where as Phillip never sees the final product and often says things to me like,

“You aren’t finished with that project. . . are you?”

“You want to paint what?”

“Those things don’t match.”

Yet he always loves the result. It’s been an entertaining year of growth and discovery.

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I’ve learned 3 things about myself over the past 12 months;

  • I love to dream up big projects and see them through to completion.
  • I love writing about what I’ve done. I do the staging, shooting and editing. . . .so that I can write.
  • I love that there are people out there whom I’ve never met who actually read the things I write. It never ceases to amaze me.

So to you, faithful reader, thank you. Thank you for reading, dreaming and learning with me. You are the reason that I continue to write so thanks for the encouragement and love.

Speaking of love . . . . wouldn’t you just LOVE to win a new purse?? I thought so.

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Without further adieu, the winner is. . . .Heather Jernigan!

Heather be sure to check your email for prize details.

 

Here’s to many, many more DIYing years to come!

Vintage Serving Tray

As we cleaned out my Grandad‘s house, I came across lots of great vintage finds, most of which I shared with you last July. On later trips I found a few more pieces that I’d like to share today.

This awesome orange arm chair was tucked away in a corner my entire life and I never even noticed it! Although I do love the orange, an upholstery job is in store as well as some love and care for those beautiful tapered legs. They are the screw-in type and although they aren’t stripped, the fitting is VERY loose. Anyone have any experience fixing a similar problem?

This vintage tray was another hidden gem that I found, in all places, stuffed in the attic, covered in dirt. It was next to my giant piece of original art that was the source of great agony last fall when it took, not 1, not 2, but 3 attempts to hang it in my dining room! Today the tray is getting a makeover!
TFP Tray 1It cleaned up nicely but it definitely was showing it’s age.

TFP Tray 2TFP Tray 3One of the handles had broken off but my awesome wood-working father-in-law was able to make a new one over Thanksgiving.

TFP Tray 4The x-stand was also in rough shape and missing one of the fabric brackets.

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After a few coats of paint, here’s the final product!TFP Tray 6

The tray was sanded and paint with Valspar’s Wet Pavement in Satin. I got the paint plus primer and it worked wonders!TFP Tray 7TFP Tray 10

The stand I left as natural wood and gave it a good rub down with Murphy’s Oil Soap. I made new braces out of some gray webbing that I picked up at Hancock’s which allowed me to make sure the stand sat completely level, it was a little wonky before.TFP Tray 8

So there you have it! Ever rescued any trash that you thought was a treasure?TFP Tray 9

PS – Did you know that I’m hosting my very first giveaway? It only takes a few minutes to enter! Click here to enter by Monday, March 11th at 11pm!

PSS – I’m being featured over at Life as a Thrifter today! Go see how I turned a baby crib into house numbers.

PSSS – As of last night at approximately 10pm. . . . .

We're debt free! thefrontpoarch.comWE’RE DEBT FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! (More on that later.)

 

How to Upholster Chairs

Last week I showed you my newly redone kitchen chairs and now I’m back with an upholstery tutorial!TFP Upholstery 25

Here’s a basic overview of what you’ll need:

  • flat head screw driver
  • hammer
  • pliers
  • sharpie
  • scissors
  • upholstery or other heavy weight fabric
  • foam batting
  • staple gun
  • husband or other handy helper
  • Scotch Guard

Start by removing your cushions from your chairs.

Mine were attached with a screw at each corner and came off rather easily. Be sure to save whatever screws/clips you pull out so that you can put your chairs back together when we’re done!

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Now we’re going to remove the old fabric from each cushion. Most fabric will be attached with upholstery tacks (small nails) or staples so let’s start with upholstery tacks first.

Grab your flat head screwdriver and place it, flat side parallel to the wood, between the wood and the fabric at the base of your tack. You want to see-saw the screwdriver underneath the head of tack and use the leverage of the screwdriver and the fabric to loosed and pull the tack free.

If you have really old fabric like mine it may rip instantly, now worries, just go ahead and rip it completely off the tack so you’ll have a better view of the screwdriver.

(Sorry for the blurry photo – my handy helper wasn’t around to help at this point!)

TFP Upholstery 2Ahhh. . . . much better!

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If you have a few ornery tacks, grab your hammer and pull them out the old-fashioned way.

TFP Upholstery 4Onto staples! If your fabric is attached with staples you’ll want to use your flat head screwdriver for a tap-and-loosed approach and then use your pliers to pull any staples that break or need a little extra encouragement. I found it easier to enlist the help of my handy husband, Phillip (aka, he’s does the hard work around here).

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Throw away all that nasty fabric and be sure you pick up all the little pieces of upholstery tacks and staples, they are not fun to step on. And if you feel like you need a tetanus shot you’re not alone!

You’ll then be left with a wooden seat bottom and whatever kind of padding was underneath. Next you’ll need to determine how gross the padding is and whether or not you want to reuse it. For me, I kept the old padding and added some batting to it (more on that later). Just trust your gut – it never hurts to start fresh.

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*Bonus Tip: after I pulled all of my tacks/staples out, the bottom of my seat cushions looked like they’ed been to the gun range. I grabbed my sharpie and circled the hole that I was for attaching the seat to the chair. This helped me not cover it with fabric and easily reassemble my chairs.*TFP Upholstery 7Now it’s time to densify! Is that a word? I don’t think so. . . .

Back to the chairs, my cushions measured about 14″x15″ at the widest point so I chose this densified batting that was on sale at Hancock’s and this floral print which also made an appearance on my recently added, Kitchen Command Center.TFP Upholstery 24

Before you can attach your new fabric, you’ll need to cut your batting down to size.

Place your seat bottom, top down, on the batting, trace it with your sharpie and trim the excess.

I cut on the outside of my sharpie lines, knowing that I could always come back and trim more later. I also cut batting for each specific seat bottom. In theory they should all be the same size but I wanted to be double sure that everything fit perfectly.
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Now it’s time to staple! Lay your fabric, print side down on a smooth surface (I used my living room floor). Next, layer the batting and then the seat bottom, again, top side down. Grab your staple gun and get ready!

TFP Upholstery 8Start at the back of the cushion and secure the fabric with one staple in the middle (just eye ball it).

TFP Upholstery 10From there work your way to the edge and repeat for the front edge.

As you staple, it’s a good idea to flip the entire cushion over to make sure the tension is correct. You want it to be tight but not look strained. When you first start, you’ll probably want to turn the cushion over after each staple but as you go you’ll get the hang of it and only have to check once per side (or so).

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TFP Upholstery 11Now comes the tricky part, the corners.

You’ll want to play around with your fabric and figure out the best way to fold them so they’ll look finished and professional. My advice – find something that works and go with it. Don’t feel the pressure to make it perfect with some kind of hoyty toty fold!

For my fold, I took the piece coming from the back (or front) side and folded it first meaning that the side that is already attached to the wood goes on the bottom. I then took the side piece (not yet attached) and made a top, pretty fold. Clear as mud?

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Staple 1 corner and then work your way toward the other corner, picking up the slack as you go and tucking it into the 2nd corner. Repeat on the other side.

After stapling the corners, my seat bottom looked like this. At this point you want to trim off the excess fabric, remember those holes we circled with the sharpie? We want all of them to show!TFP Upholstery 13

Flip it over and the top will look like this. Give it a few coats of Scotch Guard and you’ll be ready for reassembly!TFP Upholstery 14So there you have it! What chairs are you going to upholster? Be sure to share your finished product, I’d love to see what you create!

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Thrifted: Chair Restoration

Last weekend I was busy busy busy painting painting painting, here’s the before. . . TFP Kitchen Bar 10here’s the after. . . Can you spot the difference?

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My recently thrifted kitchen chairs got a new coat of paint and new seat cushions! An upholstery tutorial is coming soon.

TFP Upholstery 16TFP Upholstery 22Do you remember the built-in kitchen desk that I recently restored? It’s chair got a face lift too!

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The pantry door also got a fresh coat of paint which I simply love. . . . I think gray and yellow could be my new thing.

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Oh hello yellow polka dots, thanks for brightening my day!

TFP Upholstery 20What color scheme are you digging right now?