Reupholster a Dining Chair

Jeff and I were recently blessed with an antique dining room table, 4 chairs, and a china cabinet from my Great Grandmother.  They are beautiful and we are grateful!  Like most antiques it needed a little ‘something’ to help it fit our style.  We decided to reupholster the seat cushions.  Here’s how we did it.

The How To:

Reupholstering a dining room chair can be fairly easily if it is the right chair.  We find it less stressful if you have a seat cushion where you can see the screws or however it is held to the chair, plainly under the seat.  If this is the case with your chair, follow us.

Plan about an hour per chair, have a staple gun for tacking the material, matting (the soft stuff you put under the fabric to make the seat softer – not sure of the proper name), and your new fabric.

All in all the project was done before lunch and we spent less than $50.00 on fabric and matting, and we already had staples and the gun.

Step 1.  Remove the cushion from the chair.

We had on screw in each corner holding the seat cushion onto the chair.

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Step 2. Cover the seat with matting/fluff to give it better ‘cush’. Wrap and staple the fluff on the under side of the cushion.

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Step 3. Wrap and staple fabric. I ironed and scotch guarded the fabric before we got started. (Jeff wanted to take a picture ~ I’m NOT camera ready:( ) Make sure the corners are folded so they don’t look clumpy and keep the fabric pulled tight.

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Step 4. Screw seat’s back to chair frame. The original screws were really old and not in great shape so Jeff used new screws to attach the cushion securely. and Done.

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Painted Brass Chandelier

Does your home have some outdated lighting?  Our does.  Well, did.  We had a big brass chandelier that was probably really nice whenever someone bought it but it really needed some love.

Here’s how we did it.

Take the light down and prep it for paint.
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Then hang the light somewhere safe for a big cloud of paint and high enough to get all the different angles.

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Next a coat of primer.

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Then spray your fav color. Lots of it. We have a thing for Aqua.

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While this is drying clean the crystals.  Our chandelier had a billion and this part was painful but worth it in the end.

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After a bit of attention to the wiring, testing the bulbs, and not getting electrocuted, hang the chandelier.

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and… We love how it turned out.

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Garage Makeover

Remember This:

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Another dingy boring garage.  Yet, it served it’s purpose.  To store the things one’s life requires and then acquires.  Only it made the “projects” that Jeff and I have decided to make our life’s work since buying this 1960’s home, a bit chaotic.  We, mostly Jeff, decided organize our base camp with would make things less stressful and he promised I would be happy with the results.  So off into the sunset we worked.  For three day.  Memorial weekend.  I wasn’t thrill about our holiday plans but I knew he was probably right.

So I got started.  Yes, I.   Thursday because I was off and Friday because Jeff had a migraine.   Oh, you tricky husband.

Just a short nap and big glass of our half & half (half sweet tea-half unsweet for you yanks) and Jeff was back, paint roller in hand, and praising my superb painting skills. I’ve clearly had much more practice.

There is something calming and fulfilling about making your home.  The process is hard and frustrating and in Florida full of mosquito’s but the results humbling and joyful. We ended with weekend sitting in our new garage with a cold one, tea of coarse, and a smile from ear to ear.

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I always wanted a mud room or something like it. Jeff built this for me. Love Him.

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Jeff fixed up this old chart to organize wood scraps.

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Did I mention we bought “our” first lawn mower? And no, I have no plans of using it.

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Prep work for new shelves

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And TA DA…

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” When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables happy in his work – this is a gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5.19
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The ULTIMATE Sugar Scrub

If you’re like me you have tried every pinterest recipe out there to find a scrub that you can make at home to keep your skin silky smooth.  Look no more.  This recipe is legit!  Basic ingredients with all the Benefits.

Great scrub anatomy:

Sugar.   Is a great exfoliate and really helps severe dry skin.  I would know! I live in 100% humidity and still have rough dry skin.  Sugar scrubs remove dry rough patches, promotes the growth of healthy new skin, are non drying like some salt rubs can be, and have alpha-hydroxy which is supposed to give the skin extra glow.

Coffee.  Oh how we love caffeine.  Im a non coffee drinker, but like the smell, and crave caffeine like every good American.  Good news is you don’t have to just drink the stuff.  The skin will absorb it! Praise the Lord! In using caffeine in you skin treatments it plumps the skin cell and can’t help reduce the look of cellulite.

Honey.  The sticky goodness isn’t just for sweet tooth.  It is natural antioxidant which when used outside the body protects the skin like a natural form of sunscreen.  It also promotes wound healing and prevents infection due to its natural anitmicrobial properties.

Oil.  Lock in all the goodness with your favorite oil.  Each one has different pros and cons so take you pick.  Lately, Ive been mixing coconut oil with baby oil.

And that is it.

Recap:

Brown Sugar

Ground Coffee

Honey

Oil of Choice.  I have used olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, &  baby oil.

Simply, Right?

Fill your container 3/4 full with brown sugar. Then fill with ground coffee, leave room to stir.  A big squeeze of honey.  Then add oil to a consistency that you like.  I like a lot of oil.

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HOUSE WARMING PIG ROAST

Jan 26th 2013.  The day we invited family, friends, and co-workers to join us as we celebrate. You never forget the milestones in life and we wanted to make sure our 1st house was no exception. And what better way to commemorate 206 Cordoba than a Pig Roast?!  It was perfect.

The preparations began a few days before.  We borrowed a grill, ordered a pig, made corn hole boards, ran a bunch of errands, pressure washed the house and drive way (by we I mean my dad:)) racked leaves, cleaned the house as best we could, and then spread the word.  I was most excited about how excited the neighbors were.  They are all precious and I love our neighborhood!

It turned out to be a blast.  We have been working so hard for the bast 3 months and this celebration with family and friends really makes it feel like home. We are so blessed and grateful for this adventure.

The turn out was a little over 60 people, the mojo pork was delish, and here are a few pics.  I was so busy having a blast that I forgot all about snapping photo’s of my adorable decor and Jeff’s mad grilling skills so forgive me for there only being a few.

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My DIY ribbon garland. This was outside in the yard but I forgot to take and picture of it blowing in the wind and being so cute. So this is what it looked like after the party but you get the idea.
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Eddie ate the ear!
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Love my Granny
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These two came all the way from Macon, GA to surprise us! THANKS GUYS!!
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Me and my Hubby
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Perfect way to end the day:)
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