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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Caning a Chair Seat

I found this old oak rocking chair exactly as it's pictured here. Very sturdy bones, but it needed a lot of attention. I used old dental tools to remove the spline holding in the cane on the back of the chair. As you can see, the caning in the chair seat was long gone and replaced with a piece of cheap wood. All that had to go.
Next I stripped off every last bit of the white top layer of paint and under that I removed a very faded shade of turquoise. Careful sanding took me down to the raw oak.
I then damp cleaned the wood thoroughly with Murphy's Wood Oil Soap and let it dry for several days. Topped this with several applications of matte finish polycrylic. In between coats I used very fine steel wool to knock off any spots in the finish.
I thought it was so beautiful and I was a little apprehensive about the caning part.
Research on the internet told me everything I needed to know and I found a wonderful seller on Ebay to purchase precut sheets of caning material (the kit includes the spline, assorted wood wedges and an easy-to-follow instruction booklet).

I decided to cane the chair seat first, figuring if I messed up the application it would be easier to cover up (with my big butt.) ha I soaked the first sheet of caning material in the tub in lukewarm water for 30 minutes and began the process. (Making sure the caning is put in straight is the main concern.)
I used a very sharp wood chisel inside the groove to clean the cane edges. Only a small bit of wood glue was required inside the groove and the pre-soaked spline was wedged into place.
The process was repeated to cane the chair back and the rocking chair was allowed to dry 24 hours before use. Seriously, caning a chair seat turned out to be a very easy project and the only tools I used were hand tools.

I love my "new" rocking chair!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Affordable DIY Thingamajigs For Everyone

This handy and clever DIY tool is one of the best thingamajigs I've bought myself for DIY. (It's also incredibly affordable.) Wouldn't it make a great stocking stuffer? The paintbrush adheres to the strong magnetic top of this clip so it doesn't fall into the paint.
I've featured several of these inexpensive, invaluable DIY gadgets here. Check it out if you love DIY or know someone who does.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Knockoff Lampshade - DIY

I saw the idea for this DIY silk roses lampshade on Knock Off Decor last week. What you see above is my final result. Final cost for this DIY lampshade transformation was less than $10.

You'll need one awl, enough silk roses to cover the lampshade (I used 60 for this project) and a hot glue gun to make this silk roses lampshade. Here's the lowdown on the DIY.....

1. Remove flowers from stems. (Make sure to clip excess greenery from flower as shown below.)
2. Begin poking holes at regular intervals 1/2 inch from the upper rim of lampshade.
3. Dab hot glue into hole, insert flower and press. 

I now have a gorgeous DIY lampshade that was simple to make and very budget friendly. (Plus a whole ziploc bag of silk leaves waiting for another DIY project.)

I gotta say though some of the faux flowers available are simply beautiful, I don't normally use them in my home. However, once I set my eyes on the inspirational lampshade, I had to make my own. And whoever saw a lampshade made of actual roses? lol Besides, isn't this lovely? sigh........ :)
P.S. I just found this wonderful Round Tuit linky party and am linking up to Creating My Way to Success.

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