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Fancy Things Friday

July 11, 2014

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1. Calling all bookworms! I’ve found something that’ll make your heart skip a beat. That’s exactly what happened when I laid eyes on this Upcycled Book Lamp from Wolfgar Handmade. Look, kids. Reading can be fun while being fundamental. (etsy.com)

2. Is it back-to-school shopping season yet? LOL. That used to be my favorite time of year in my youth (#nerdalert). Well, if I was still a student, this Women’s Loose Leaf Notebook Paper Print T-Shirt would be at the top of my list. The letter-writing advocate in me just may cop this one, for good measure. (scoutmob.com)

3. Kate Spade just keeps it coming with the hits! The Photo Finish Milo bag is my jam of the moment. (katespade.com)

4. Topshop takes us to the tropics with its Leaf Print Spliced Midi Skirt. Throw on a crop top and you’re ready for a piña colada nightcap. (topshop.com)

5. On your sleeve. On your back. Wherever you wear your heart, I’m sure it can’t top this Heart Cutout Top from Haute Rogue. It’s sweet and daring all it once, and that’s what makes me love it! (hauterogue.com)

Thrifted Thursday: Light Sweaters and Accessories from St. Vincent de Paul, Long Beach

June 20, 2013

I’ve been in the mood to upcycle and have more DIY project ideas than I have hours in the day, which is why I was excited to find a few basics in need of a new lease on life.

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But first, I was taken a little off course by this discovery. This sweet little clutch ($2.99) can double as either a coin purse or a holder for my lip gloss, ID and car keys on a night out.

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Mustard yellow is high on my list of complementary colors, so I couldn’t pass up this light Forever 21-branded sweater ($3.99).

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OK, so back to the task at hand (DIY-ing). It was the print that got me. I envision a new tank (probably of the crop top variety. Hey now!) in this little guy’s future ($2.99).

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This mint sweater ($2.99) is just waiting for pearls and an applique of some sort to adorn it.

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These sunglasses ($1.99) have great bones, but they’ll look even cooler with some gold studs around the top.

I’ve got to make a Michaels run before these ideas come to fruition, but I’ll keep you posted on how the upcycling goes! Let me know what you would do with these basic finds in the comments section below. I’m always up for suggestions. XO.

Grand total: $14.95

DIY Time: Upcycled Chairs

March 10, 2012

Once upon a time, a princess was taking her dog on a quick potty break one mild summer evening, when she happened upon three dilapidated wooden chairs strewn in the alley way.

“Fix us, please! We need a new home,” the chairs begged.

But the princess didn’t know if the risk was quite worth it.

“What if someone sees me taking the chairs? I don’t want to be known as a low-brow trash digger. Also, that’s gonna take some effort to lug not one, not two, but three chairs up a flight of stairs,” the bourgeois little lady thought to herself. “Hmmm. Let me marinate on that.”

So she and her little dog went back inside of their cozy castle and got back to their evening of television and junk food. A few moments later, a car passed through the alley way and shined its headlights on the sad, neglected seats. The princess and the chairs locked eyes, but no words were exchanged. For she knew that she had to do the right thing and give those poor, defenseless creatures some TLC.

The following is a step-by-step account of how one man’s trash became a princess’ treasured household fixtures.

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As you can see, the chairs were in pretty bad shape.

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I was grossed out just thinking about all the potential diseases hidden within the cushion. Eeeek!

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After coming dangerously close to having a germaphobic meltdown, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. The first step was to remove the screws holding the cushions up to the wooden frames.

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I then put a thick layer of batting over the cushion, followed by new fabric. A snazzy burnt orange to liven up my dining space.

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Next, I stripped the paint finish from the wooden frames with sandpaper. This was the longest part of the process, as I took a weekend to sand the finish off all three chairs. It requires a whole lot of elbow grease, and I opted to take breaks so as not to over-exert myself.

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Once the chairs were all stripped of the old finish, I applied three coats of a newer finish. Again, this took about two days to ensure that the paint was fully dry before re-affixing the cushions to the chairs.

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Voila! I have three new additions to my dining space.

Lessons learned: Enlist the help of heavy-handed friends and/or loved ones to expedite the paint stripping and sanding process. Also, be sure to spray Scotch-guard or any other fabric protector over the new cushion fabric. The fabric I chose is very absorbent and already has a few water marks.