Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Ikea Wall Art To Restoration Hardware Letter Hack All In One

 This post contains way to much excitement for the average heart, please sit down with a cup of tea or wine before proceeding with caution...
 I am so very excited about this hack!
Firstly you must know it has always been a dream of mine to own the Restoration Hardware Giant French Letter Wall Art priced at $1500.00 BUT my vintage up-cycling soul just cannot fork over the dough when I know I can re-create it myself! 
FINALLY I have a space for it.

Here is the situation...In the living room of my 2014 home we have these weird windows on either side of the fireplace. The entire back wall of the house is ALL windows and we have a west facing backyard so there is no shortage of light here! I actually hate these small windows. They take up wall space and leave no room for art, anything you place above or below the window just doesn't look right, and any decor you place in the window will be sun bleached or melted by the direct sun.

I decided I need to cover them and so the search began on all the kijiji/swap and buy sites for 2 frames.
GASP....I found two Ikea vilshult pictures were the exact size I needed, and they were hardboard type wood, framed and $25!!! My up-cycling/re-purposing mind exploded!!

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Painted Suitcases Un, Deux, Trois

Painted Suitcases??? You Bet!!
I scooped this 3 piece set of suitcases off of my local swap and buy site. They were perfectly plain, and NO smell!! Double Yahoo!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Church Pew to Paris New

Hello Lovelies!
I am so excited to share this transformation with you!
I scooped up this 1940 Vancouver BC Synagogue pew from a local salvage guy for $10 t.e.n.d.o.l.l.a.r.s!!!
I bought 3, if I could have fit more in my truck I would have grabbed more! 
The pews are close to 8 feet long, solid Oak and the frame is cast iron, they are BEASTLY heavy and totally awesome!


I pretty much knew the graphic and look I wanted on this pew from the moment I layed eyes on it!
Here she is all ready for her transformation

I chalk painted this pew in a neutral taupe from FAT Paint called Jute. 
I wanted a soft french look so I glazed the entire piece with Alberta Dames White and Grey Glaze.
You know I cannot resist a french graphic! I combined this French Ville De Paris and the Paris 1889 transfers from my favorite site Graphics Fairy and drew it out on the back side of the pew. Simple yet it gives it the look like it came from an old church in Paris.

If you haven't tried chalk painting faux leather or fabric you definitely NEED to do it now! I painted the seat tops in Jute as well and  waxed them with the FAT amazing wax to keep it soft and movable. I left the sides with the original plush wine colored fabric because A. it looks wicked with the Jute color and B. I always love to leave a little of the original piece within the creation.

I LOVE when creations turn out EXACTLY how I planned it in my head!
How perfect is this pew for a large entryway, seating for a dining room table or a bench for your living room ~happy sigh~

One down, two to go.
Stay tuned to see how I re-created the second pew...it made me go straight out of my creative comfort zone and was totally worth it!

Super Love