A Warm and Toasty Sweater… Bench

I’m a weekend worrier of Vintage Finds, working nights to give new life and love to forlorn furniture. This little baby came to me with out fan fair and sat in the metal shed until just this last Dec. Our first snowstorm of the season drove me in to the garage to create, so the size of the piece needed to match the space. Baby fit the part.

bench beforeSM

Taking the old fabric off was an inside job…

….with a little help from my friend.

bench cover destruction

It wasn’t until I found an old wool sweater that I knew what I wanted to do. I had some 4″ foam that made the seat way more comfortable than it had been. And It gave the sweater a nice chunky, warm and bulky feeling. Just like an old boyfriend sweater.

Paint… Sand… Wax… Cut… Staple… Done.

She gets lots of compliments.

sweater bench finishedSM

I showed her off at the shop. Here she is waiting for Christmas.

Finished In Shop

I’m on the look out for a sweater in brown and green for my next Sweater Bench.

            Cheers,

Miss Ellie

New TV Stand from Old

This winter was the year for new electronics. I say that because being a resourceful gal I take second-hand goods, TVs, Computers, VCRs, and appliances, and make them work for my family. This year my house earned me an energy rebate so I decided it was time for a flat screen TV. I needed the TV to take up less room and be compatible with the electronics my family was tiring to plug into it. But it also meant the current TV arrangement was not going to work.

I spent a couple of months looking for just the right TV stand. And then I found the best one ever at the Restore. But it needed a lot of love.

It’s mahogany veneer on most of it. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it so I just started sanding. You’ll remember the post about getting a paint brush back in my hand. Well, I decided to paint it orange. Yup! Orange. It’s a beautiful soft shade of pumpkin.

I glazed the lower half with chocolate and finished the top with a dark oak stain and hand rubbed poly. And gave the hardware a good cleaning too.

The TV fits perfectly. And with the addition of wall decor above the TV it almost doesn’t look like a big black box.

Dinner and a movie has taken on a whole new meaning in our house.

Next up? The coffee table.

While photo shooting this piece I sat on the table and one leg gave way and I went crashing to the floor. So, furniture Repair and Re-finishing are my next adventure. Stay tune for the details.

Cheers!

Miss Ellie

I’m linking this post to Courtney’s Feathered Nest Friday over at French Country Cottage.

I’m linking this post to Donna’s Saturday Nite Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m liking this post to Marian’s Furniture Feature Friday over at Miss Mustard Seed.  

I’m linking this post to Casie’s POWW107 over at Primitive & Proper.

Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show

Sun, Breeze and a Little Shade

I took my sister to the  Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show last weekend and her head nearly popped off with all the swiveling she did trying to see everything. So many beautiful things. And some very inventive re-purposing. Being the Spring show there were a lot of garden pieces. I love galvanized containers and industrial elements, so my pictures are quite ‘industrial’.

My pictures are another story. Still learning to use the edit tools. But here they are in all their glory. I didn’t keep very good track of the venders names I was so busy looking. Sorry about that. Enjoy the tour.

I’m really in love with this clock table. Round is such a great shape for a coffee table. And check out the picture holder made from a rack.

Hey Mom! This is what your dinning room chairs will look like when I get done with them. Are you ready?

Turquoise chair! I love the pop of color.

Nice way to end the day.

Did you do something fun this weekend?

                                           Cheers!

                                           Miss Ellie