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Monday, July 19, 2010

{broken chair = darling nightstand}

I am in the very slow process of decorating my guest room/craft room. I think I have finally decided on colors, which is major progress, let me tell you! The vintage sewing machine I found a month ago was the inspiration for the color palette, and I've finally been able to start on a few projects in there.

The first item of business was a nightstand, but I wanted to do something a little different than the usual. This broken chair from our old dining set was the perfect answer. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. It was super easy, and the cost was less than $10 to complete. Let me show you how I did it!



1. It actually started out with only one broken spindle, so I removed all the remaining spindles. I used wood putty and a putty knife to fill the holes, and let it dry for 24 hours.

2. Once the putty was dry, I sanded it until it was smooth, then wiped off the dust and let it dry.

3. I wanted to stay with the current cream color (which I had first refinished many years ago), so it was pretty easy to paint it with Rustoleum's Heirloom White. Because I wanted to stay a true cream, I decided not to stain it or distress it. (Shocking, I know, lol.) Once it was dry, I was ready to add the finishing touches.

4. I wanted to hang something from the top of the chair, and to fill that open space of the back of the chair. I decided to use a cream frame, three mini wreaths I found at Michael's for 79 cents, and a fabulous brown ribbon I picked up at Walmart. The ribbon is not a wire ribbon, but is made of 100% polyester, and perfectly holds its shape. Next was the old-fashioned looking clock, and a few magazines. It's simple, but exactly what I wanted! I am keeping my eye out for a fun tray I can re-do, for the clock and magazines.

And here we are! I love it!

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Blogger coffeyhouse said...

ADORABLE! you did an amazing job!

July 19, 2010 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

I think this is really sweet looking! I'd love to see the tray that you make over when you find one! I bet that'll look just dear!

July 19, 2010 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I think that turned out so well! Great job!

July 19, 2010 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger marilise said...

that's perfect , thanks for the idea !!!!

July 19, 2010 at 1:17 AM  
Blogger Nana's Fun Stuff said...

It turned our perfect and I just love the idea of it being a nightstand. Can't wait to see how the rest turns out :)

July 19, 2010 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Sassy Sites! said...

I love it! I am a little obsessed with old chairs and doors, so I will have to try this one! :)

July 19, 2010 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Frost Me! said...

how clever! Though I try and limit the surfaces I can stack stuff on lol

Kim @
party inspiration

July 19, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger emryab said...

love it!

July 19, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Very CuTe!! LoVe it!

July 19, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Amazing works great and it's so cute!


July 19, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I love this! I have 2 broken chairs at home that are so getting this husband will love I don't have to find nightstands for guest room!

July 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Clean Mama said...

Wow! I love this transformation - very clever!

July 19, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Cristan said...

So creative and it turned out so cute! :D Great job!

July 19, 2010 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger said...

very creative and unique idea!
it looks very pretty.

July 19, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Love this idea! will file it away in my teen tiny brain. :)


July 19, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger the momma (aka Shannon) said...

Very cute idea! I never would have thought of that--probably just chucked the chair. You're so creative!

July 20, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

OMG I absolutely love this!! Great job!!

July 20, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

WOW! THis is super cute!!! And I love the blog makeover, too!!

July 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

If you would like a "featured by" button, let me know ;)

July 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Delia said...

bravo! this turned out so artistic and interesting and very pretty!

July 31, 2010 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger Nori said...

omgoodness! way too pretty! i love your color combo with the wall and chair. thanks for sharing that great idea!

August 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

What a crafty eye you have!

September 22, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

This is so great! I L.O.V.E. using furniture in new ways. I have a re-decorated chair as an art piece in my house, and an antique iron board as a table, but I never thought to make a chair a table! Love it.

November 4, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

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