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Monday, August 4, 2014

New (to me) dining chairs

Well hello there!  It's (once again) been a while.  I was overwhelmed trying to keep up two blogs, work and keep the family in one piece, so, I just didn't blog. 

I've decided to ditch the DIY blog, and just keep it all real and right here.  One stop shopping so to speak. 

I picked up a set of 4 cane-back dining chairs via craigslist back in the spring.  They've languished in the garage since then.  I know I want to refinish the frames, but have yet to really settle on the finish.  Do I strip and re-stain?  Colored stain?  Milk paint?  Chalk paint?  Decisions decisions!  I'm pretty sure I want to go with the colored stain. I'd love to see these chairs in a deep blue, like MMSMP Artissimo, which is a lovely deep navy blue. 

Here is what I started with:


 They guy I got them from had supposedly re-upholstered them very recently...I can't tell.  They look pretty gnarly to me!  The frames are in good shape; two of the chairs have small holes in the cane backs, but nothing massive or frayed.  This guy also decided it would be a good idea to "reinforce" the chairs with big, shiny metal brackets at the joinery, rather than gluing and blocking the joints like, well, like someone who knows what they are doing.  Not that I'm one of those people!

I spent a couple of hours prying nasty off of two of the chairs.  Now, generally, when something is RE-upholstered, it's not OVER-upholstered.  Like so:
Yes, this was the loveliness I saw when I had pried off a box worth of staples and stained fabric.  More stained fabric, and another box worth of staples!  Seriously, there were 973 staples in each chair.  My hands were so sore after finishing two chairs, I wanted to cry at the thought of tackling the other two.  Bruised thumb muscles. 

And, there were more wonderful surprises in store.  The original springs were intact, but a bit rusted.  And the inner layer of batting had rotted away to this:

That ain't microfiber people!

Moving on.  The springs and webbing were in great shape, and the top foam was decent.  I chopped up carefully measured a second layer of padding, cut from a cheap Room Essentials twin mattress pad I picked up at Target for $8.  It's fairly dense, and with the egg-crate side down, you'd never know unless I told you.  I layered the old foam on top of the new for some extra cushy for da tushy, and stapled a piece of old sheet over that to keep it in place, and to act as a dust-barrier.

I'll spare you the gory details, since there are a bazillion awesome upholstery tutorials out there.  Here is a side-by-side of the old and new.  Oh, I picked up the fabric at JoAnn for about $5 with my 50% off coupon.  It's one of the HGTV line's outdoor fabrics, and I love it!




Just ignore the detrius of picnic time behind the chair.  Keepin' things real around here.  I'll be back later with pretty, staged photos, once my hands have recovered and I've duct-taped the boys to the stairs.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Catching Up (be warned - photo heavy!)

I can't believe it's been 3 months since I've posted!  Wait.  Yes I can.  Between holidays, new jobs, school and work, it's been a crazy few months in the Workman house.

Grumpasaur started an awesome new job.  His DREAM job.  It was a long, hard road, but we made it, and he's still a bit giddy.  Words cannot describe how proud I am of him!  Prayer and perseverance.  Works every time.

Halloween was as crazy as usual, though nobody got anything stuck in any orifices this year.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law's house.  I suck because I did not take a single photo that day!  I think we had too much wine...

Stanky lost a few teeth, built cool stuff out of Legos, and drew a gazillion pictures for me:



I had a nasty blowout on the freeway, coming home from ice hockey.  Ask me if guardian angels are real.  Gah'head.  
YES.  I maintained control, safety exited the freeway, and was able to phone The Grump from 'da hood to come help me out.  There was no way I was going to attempt a switch by myself where we were at.  Those 4 cruisers were otherwise occupied with the "ladies" across the street, and whatever other mischief they averted while we loitered at the well-lit gas station.

A good friend turned us on to some free hockey lessons.  With 3 minions, I'm totally down for anything free, even if I have to drive all the way across town to get it!  Only 2/3 of those minions actually made it out on the ice, but they had a wonderful time.  Dramasaur is contemplating joining the league in the spring:




A little friendly competition




















Drama had a birthday.  Piggy helped make the cake.  I just found some dried batter under an upper cabinet.  Yeah, as in, stuck underneath where you can't see it.  GROSS.  Drama and I made some Pinterest-y snowmen for his classmates...


Christmas was wonderful as well.  Nobody threw up this year, so that was a blessing.  The boys got tons of goodies from us, Santa, and the family.  The scooters were a big hit, as were the R/C choppers and cars.  Again with the no photos thing.  I must have been too busy admiring my pretty bracelet.

All of the boys were hanging at Papa's house one day, and decided to pose themselves.  How cute is this crap?!


I discovered Henry Cavill, and wondered how I had ever missed him in the first place.  He's so PRETTY!

LOVE this one!













New Year's was uneventful.  Let the boys stay up until 9 with the New Yorkers, then managed to keep my eyelids propped open until we hit the big 1/1.  Yay.

The boys had the next Monday off, so I took the day to schlepp my 3 and a friend of theirs up to Lost Lake and the fish hatchery for some hiking, getting dirty, and general boyishness. Followed by ice cream, courtesy of the gift cards from our wonderful landlords!


Aaaand, that pretty much does it for now.  I warned you it was photo-heavy!