Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chair Re-design

Gotta love free stuff !  Just a couple of weeks after we moved in, we had piles of stuff to donate or sell. First, I thought that I might as well try to get some cash for the stuff before donating it.  So, I put out my piles of stuff... and... waited.  $13 dollars later, I called it quits.  However, my wonderful new neighbor asked if I wanted an old bistro set.  Sure!  Free patio furniture anything is always nice.  So she came over with two chairs and a table, both of which needed some work.

I figured I'd start with the easiest of the set - the two chairs.  I went to JoAnn fabrics, used a coupon (always!), and left with about 1 1/2 yards of outdoor canvas fabric and a about a yard of foam for the seat pads.  Instead of just sanding and painting the wooden seats, I wanted them to be more comfortable...and look better too! 

Step 1: Remove the chairs seat from the frame with a screwdriver.  There were 8 screws per chair.  

Step 2: Put the seat on top of the fabric and cut the fabric so that there are at least 2 inches around each edge.  Then, lay down the fabric, design down to the floor. Lay the pad on top (I cut the pads to be the size of the seat). Then lay the seat on top of the pad (upside down).


Step 3: Fold up two of the sides and use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the seat. You could staple every 2 inches around the perimeter if you wished.  Then fold two corners, staple them, do the other two corners, and then staple the remaining two sides.  See this good tutorial for how to fold corners!

Step 4: Once the fabric is stapled, it is time to screw the seat back to the frame.  It might be best to locate the holes before lining up the frame to the seat.  Push the screws through the fabric so that you can easily align the holes and frame.  Once you finish screwing all the screws back in, you're finished!  Now you have beautiful, cushy seats.

Below is a picture of both chairs on the deck.  This summer I hope to re-do the table-sand it down and repaint it. Not sure yet what kind of design or color... Any thoughts?

What summer projects do you have on your To-do list?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too !


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tool Wall !

My first project post is about our tool wall.  Organization makes life so much easier!

After painting our laundry/storage room, my first need was to organize the tools.  Previously, we had all our tools thrown into a big tub.  Every time I needed something, I had to rummage through the tub and pull almost everything out in order to get the tool I needed. So, a pegboard tool wall was the solution.  

I got 2, 2x4 foot pegboards.  I first walked out of Lowe's with a 4x4 pegboard, but it would not fit in my car.  So I walked right back in, returned, and got 2 smaller ones. I also got 6, 1x2x4 boards (pine, oak, poplar will work). 

To hang the tools, I bought a 43 piece pegboard organizer and some extra pegboard hooks. 
After using a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall, I drilled 2 inch drywall screws through the boards, into the walls. I had to build a frame first, otherwise the pegboard would be right up against the wall and I would not be able to put the pegs in the holes.  The two vertical boards shown are where the studs are located. 
I used the same drywall drills to attach the pegboard to the frame.  
After I took this photo, I added the last board to the frame (on the far left).
I added the pegboard hooks, and voi-la - Organized tools!
Finished product with all the tools on the pegboard.  For my blog, most of the tools you will need can be found right here.

Steelers rug not included.

So this is my first project post.  I completed this project on June 22, 2011.  It was actually pretty quick and easy.  Since this project was done pre-blog, I was not yet taking REAL step-by-step photos, nor keeping track of material names.  I will promise to do better as the blog goes on.

How do you organize your tools?  A nice tool chest? Pegboard? Tub?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too !


DIY 2 - a new blog about simple ideas that you can do too!

Welcome to my first post!  I'm excited, yet anxious to start a blog - not knowing what will come of it.  My main purpose is just to share my projects with my family and friends as my husband and I put together our first house.  However, I'm hoping that as I share, others will become inspired to DIY too, knowing that it can be pretty simple if you just use a little elbow grease.  So far, mostly all the projects I've done thus far have been done with simple tools that most people should have laying around the house.

I get my inspirations from other DIY blogs, Pinterest, Better Homes and Garden magazines, and just browsing the internet for an idea to complete my interest for a home improvement.  I love organizing and am still working on becoming a better organizer.  I also like making crafts, scrapbooking, and gardening - all of which I will share when the projects are completed.

I hope you will find these ideas interesting and inspiring.  Remember, you can DIY too!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

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