Fireplace Mantle!

I worked on the mantle this weekend and completed it!

Once again, the before pic –

Then I revamped the fireplace itself last year and this was what I saw for most of the year.

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It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that I added the beginning of the mantle.

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Going into the weekend, I still wasn’t sure what I’d come up with and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to build it out. I went to a local store that specialize in being green. They had a few pieces of 1×6 reclaimed, vintage boards for sale. I grabbed a piece along with a 2×4 piece (for some, undetermined future project) and took them home.

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I sanded down the rough spots and then built out a “frame” for the mantle.

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Puck also decided to help out by testing the weight limit.

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I could have left it at that and waited until next time to finish but I was so close! I went back and bought another 1×6 piece and put it together.

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I added vinegar-steel wool solution to the wood to age it more. I also added some nails up top to some of the existing nail holes.

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To age the nails, I used a copper sulfate solution (the stuff I used to give the zinc patina). I also used an oil stain instead of polyurethane to protect the wood.

The result?

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Some of the lag screws were purely decoration but there were a few that supported the façade. I also built out a small “channel” if I ever decided to hang stuff. (It’s also a good place to stow a fireplace lighter as well.)

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Couch

It’s not ordered yet but I think I’m going to be getting this Couch. The shop would be able to order the couch with these metal legs –Marcel Sofa Legs 

It would be $60 extra but that seems to make the couch pop.

This would be the fabric I’d get it in – Fabric – it is a microfiber – very durable (120,000 double rubs) and done with a flannel like texture – really cool.

I’ll be ordering this with my tax return. 🙂

Two Chairs Complete!

The fabric I ordered arrived on Friday – so much more beautiful than the swatch!

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I got started on one of my chairs that night – it also gave me the opportunity to test my pneumatic stapler. I wish I had gotten one a long time ago instead of my electric one – it was so much easier and relatively little effort. I had a little helper with me. IMG_2424

As I took off the black vinyl, I noticed a mustard (chartreuse?) color vinyl underneath.

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I thought it was funny because the fabric I chose had a little chartreuse color in it.

There were a ton of staples to remove as well as upholstery tacks. I think that had to be the most time consuming.

I got it done though but was afraid to sit on it since the fabric was not Scotchguarded yet.

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The next chair I worked on was the tall, ladder back that didn’t have a seat cushion before. I didn’t want to leave it as is so I had done some research and came across this blog and followed the instructions – sort of. I didn’t want buy a 1/4 inch plywood since the smallest pieces were 24×48 inches. I decided to improvise and used the top sliding piece of the stereo console I bought last year (that I realized had too much damage to fix up and have since parted out the legs).

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The good thing about using a thicker board than 1/4″ was I was able to countersink the carriage bolts a little.

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So here are my 2 pretty chairs. I’ve got a few more to do. 🙂

 

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I did remove the old fabric from 2 seat bottoms today. One of them had brown vinyl that was just worn and cracked. The plywood was cracking too. The other used a fabric webbing that was just worn and gross. I cut out some MDF and wedged them into the space and then stapled it down.

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I still need to get some ‘L’ shaped brackets for underneath for further stability. I don’t want the seat bottom to fall out – that would be bad. Then I’ll be able to wrap them in the new fabric. 🙂

Phase 1 of Fireplace Mantel

 

 

 

 

I started on the fireplace mantel tonight.

The old mantel seemed too small for the fireplace so when I revamped the area, that quickly went to the donation pile.

The before pic.

The before pic.

The wood was leftover from the coffee table I cut down months ago.

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Right now they’re just being held by a couple lag bolts but will have a couple more before the end of the weekend. I will probably do a weathered wood look at the end (after stacking a few pieces to create the shelf). The final idea is still not finalized but it will look a little rustic. My goal is to use as much reclaimed wood as possible to give the mantel a unique look.

 

Two Chairs Done with Paint Phase

And two more chairs started.

The first 2 painted chairs got their second coat of paint today. I also did a first coat on 2 more chairs.

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I’ll need at least one more coat on them before they pass the paint phase.

I brought them inside the house after they dried. You can see the 2 chairs don’t have seats on them.

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The current seats are in the garage since I am going to rebuild them with plywood before the fabric phase.

On one of my chairs, I mixed some of my teal paint with my door color paint (Wrought Iron) to give an accent color – mimicking how it originally looked.

Before –

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After –

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A better look at the slight contrast.

 

 

 

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I’m hoping the last 2 chairs will enter paint phase next weekend. If not, I’ll be getting the plywood cut for new seats.

Fabric Ideas

For the chairs, I originally, planned on a grey, faux suede material in a leopard print. I never got the sample swatch so I needed to look at other ideas.

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Right now, I have 2 ideas – a vinyl fabric with a bird pattern (though I’m not really keen on vinyl here in Texas) or the heavy canvas with the abstract flower pattern.

For my bamboo Roman shades, I am planning to cover them with a plain fabric and then edge it with one of these –

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I’m not quite sure which one would work the best. I am supposedly getting a sample of the darker fabric.

 

 

2014 Goals for the Rest of the House

Office

  • add hardwoods
  • refinish some retro cabinets to add to the wall for storage
  • find and refinish a desk

Spare Bath

  • figure out a color scheme
  • find a vanity

Master Bedroom

  • add hardwoods
  • add sliding barn door to bathroom
  • look for nightstands to refinsh
  • paint door for master closet and add mirror before hanging up, barn door style
  • (possibly) new door and fixture to bedroom

Spare Bedroom

  • find non-faux woodgrain closet doors to replace existing ones
  • convert from bifold doors to French door style
  • (possibly) hardwoods (they’ll be ordered for sure though)

House

  • decide on ‘future tile’
  • solarize more of my yard in my goal to xeriscaping it
  • organize my garage

That should keep me busy 🙂

 

Living Room (current and future plans)

 

 

I got my rug pad yesterday along with my larger area rug. I never had a need for them before with carpeted floors and then with the concrete subfloor but with my new hardwoods, I knew I wanted to protect them as much as possible.

I also wanted to layer area rugs down and bought this rug from one of the big box stores. Not bad for $149 and it is polypropylene that’s made to look like a jute rug.

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Next I layered my zebra patterned rug over it (my Habitat Re-Store purchase for $109) before setting my furniture pieces back on. Years ago, I probably would never have gone with such a bold pattern as this but I LOVE it! It adds to the eclectic vibe. Sadly, I now need to figure out a couch because my current one is way TOO traditional for the room now.

 

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I know ‘Future Couch’ will be a medium grey microfiber type fabric. I need something that is modern but has that retro vibe as well. For my accent chairs, I can go brighter and will probably do a velvet type material on the chair and ottoman with a similar color family for ‘Future Accent Chair 2’.

Possible colors range from turquoise to teal. I did think about a chartreuse-like color but I thought that was just too much but won’t be opposed to having an accent pillow with that color in it.

My liquor cabinet will need to be repainted and I’m thinking a high gloss reddish coral. When I build out my hall bench, it will be painted with the same color.

I am also going to look for a way to soften my existing roman shades by adding fabric over the dark bamboo.

This year, I will build out my fireplace mantel and add more pipe shelving.

That should keep me busy until I work on the other DIY ideas for the other rooms (next post).