Upcyle that Dresser Now – Three Tops Reasons Why

“Arizona State of Mind” Subway Sign Dresser by Twice Lovely.

Eat your heart out my friends.  How good is this dresser?  Does it get better?  Oh, hang on – here’s the before shot:

NOW soak it in.  Twice Lovely – you are truly gifted. Old into new – schmoo!  This is old into AWESOME.  And they have a shop right here.  Not sure about shipping o/s but worth a look anyway.

Not only does Twice Lovely share their beautiful furniture, but they also give some really good handy tips for you (and me) homedoers.  So waste no time.  It’s next project for me. x

One more absolutely gorgeous piece, okay two more.  This time by Miss Mustard Seed.  I can’t stop thinking about these dressers:

See what I mean?

This dresser was refurbished using milk paint.  New to me, but been around for a squillion years.  Milk paint has a ton of benefits: non-toxic, safe, quite different to the paint that we generally use these days.  I’ll be doing some purchasing research into milk paint.  It ticks all the boxes and I love the finish.

Here’s another of Miss Mustard Seeds’ fabo dressers with some cool stencil work:

What do you think?  Buying dressers from the op shop and transforming them into some kind of wonder piece.  Are you on my page?  Are you in? Are you game to try upcycling yourself?  Tell me.

Amy x


Stencil your world

Stencil [official meaning]:  A device for applying a pattern, design, words, etc., to a surface, consisting of a thin sheet of cardboard, metal, or other material.

Stencil [to me meaning]: Taught in art class at high school, necessary to ‘do’ in order to pass.  Producing fairly ordinary, smudged artwork (for me at least).  Thinking it would never fly in real life.  Until NOW.

Because people, STOP THE BUS.  Stencil is cool, and there is such unique, gotta-have, style-queen stencils out and about.

Thank you to you, you stencil creators. (Could I say YOU more in the one sentence do you think?)

Check these little beauties out:

1. Stencilled China Cabinet by Burlap & Blue.  Plus Linda gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it.  Does it get any better?  (ok, maybe yes, if Linda stencilled one for me!)

More of these lovely stencils just here at Royal Design Studio.

2.   Bunting Flag Stencil Top.  This stencilling.  Just awesome.  Can’t stop thinking about this one.  Must buy.

4. Wall Stencilling at its best.  Yes, Cutting Edge Stencils are right on the money:

3. Sticker Stencilling.  Here’s some easy at-home stencilling you can do, using left-over stickers:

Go on, stencil your world.  Try it.  I’m going to.  Amy x

Images care of: www.royaldesignstudiowww.burlapandblue.com, http://www.etsy.com/listing/59743343/triangle-bunting-banner-hand-stenciled, www.cuttingedgestencils.com, http://colettemoscrop.blogspot.com.au/.

Great Bar Stool Upcycle – Finale, Finito, Finished!

Ok guys – we do have the finished product of the Great Bar Stool Upcycle.

Actually I finished them a few weeks ago, but crazy times – took me this long to post the final in the series!  For new readers, I do have a step-by-step guide to transforming my bar stools here.

So, we were up to covering the stools.  I covered mine in two different fabrics, but from the same range.  You can buy it here.

So.  I measured the circumference and depth of the seat (added my 1.5cm seam allowance) and then cut a circle and side strip to size.

I used quilting weight fabric, so to make the seat fabric  a bit stronger, I also used curtain lining/canvas to line the seat top and side (I highly recommend doing this.)

 Photos are a little dodgy!  Am sorry for that!

I also added contrasting piping to my seats.  For a quick piping tutorial, go have a looksie here.

I then sewed the side strips to the top panel, sandwiching the piping. Again – more on piping how-to can be found here.

And look!  Here it is over my stool cushion.

Now for the fun (but slightly scary) step.  Staple-gunning.  Just make sure that the staple gun is pointing AWAY from you at all times – and that your husband is nowhere around (my hubby had a bit too much fun with it – we had staples hitting the back wall of the garage!)

Anyway, we stretched the bottom of the side strip quite tightly around the base of the stool seat and stapled it in.  (It’s a bit messy underneath, with stray paint and all – but really who will see it?)

Actually, we stretched it too tightly.  I had to undo some of the staples in the end because the piping was being pulled down onto the side of the cushion.  So just be careful not to pull it too tightly.  Firmly is a better word.  Yes, firmly.

And here they are.  My new old bar stools.  I’ve given you a Before and After shot – so you can truly appreciate The Grand Masterpieces.  Well, my new freshly refurbed stools anyway!


Bar Stool


Great Bar Stool Upcycle – Part 2 – Cushions

Right, onto the next stage of our bar stool upcycle – the cushions.  FUN!

It’s taken me a little while to get back to my stools – with work, sewing classes, kids, family, household & stuff in general – that old chestnut, really.  You can read about Part 1 of The Great Bar Stool Upcycle here.

Ok, back to the job at hand.  I had two go’s at cutting and fitting the foam for the stools.

Firstly I bought a foam offcut from the local foam & rubber shop.  It was a bit thicker than what I needed so my idea was to use my bread knife to cut it down – which I did, but it left the foam looking a bit rough/coarse.
Upcycle Stools Foam

Plus, after placing the foam on the stool I decided it needed to be a bit thicker…so back to the foam shop.

I bought my next offcut of foam, which was about 5cm thick – the exact depth I needed.  I also had the foam shop cut to size (48cm diameter) – a much better way to do it.

Cost-wise, it was a pretty cheap exercise – each offcut cost me about $8 and they cut it to size for free.
Foam & Glue for Stools

So now all I had to do was glue the foam onto the top of the seat.  I used 3M Spray Adhesive and it worked really well.  I sprayed both the stool seat & foam, left them for a minute or two to get tacky, then stuck each on and sat on them for a little while.

Stool with foam

Now the stools I’m upcycling are rounded-off along the top, so my foam cushion was a little bit wider in places. To overcome this, I glued batting strips around the wooden seat (with 3M Spray Adhesive).  I hope you can see it in this pic (it’s not the best – sorry! – but the batting is wrapped around the bottom of the stool seat if you look closely).

Foam on Stool with Batting

I then completed the foam addition to the stool with a wider strip of batting around the whole seat – to give it a smoother finish. The batting also works well to make the whole seat cushy.

Bar Stool with Foam and Batting

Now we’re ready for the fabric covering…which will happen in the next few weeks – Come back and visit us for Post 3 – the final episode of our Great Bar Stool Upcycle.

Have a great Easter folks!

Amy x

The Great Bar Stool Upcycle

I have two old bar stools.  I actually can’t remember not having the two old bar stools.  I inherited them from my parents.

Did I mention that they are pine with a lacquered finish?  Very daggy, yet unbelievably handy for my kitchen.  Great for kids to eat their breakfast on, friends to have a cuppa on, and kneeling on to reach high objects.

Bar Stool

I have a plan for the daggy bar stools, and yesterday I actually got around to doing something about it.  Now lets just hope that the completed upcycled project will be the same as the one in my mind – which is full of awesomeness.

Okay, so I’m part way through the upcycle.  Yesterday I sanded the stools, to get rid of the lacquer and ‘rough them up’ a bit (to help the paint stick)!

I then applied two coats of white paint to the stool legs.  I don’t pretend to be the best painter – I kinda just rush my way through it.  I used the Taubmans Easy Coat paint that I had in my garage.  I didn’t sand between coats,  but I figure that it all just adds to the uniqueness – that’s my story anyway!

I’ve since applied a third coat today, and will probably put another on tomorrow – just so it’s super durable for the young kiddies to sit/play/hang on!

Now this isn’t the exciting part.  I’ve decided to put my Rosy skills to work next.  I’m going to buy some foam offcuts, cut them to the seat size and glue them on. (Note: in the pics above we’ve painted the seat, which really wasn’t necessary, but a great little job for my very keen painter, Georgie (aka Miss 7).

Next I have these fabrics to create cushion covers:

Add some red or maybe light blue piping and I’m thinking that they’ll be oh so lovely.

Keep an eye out for my next post – there will be foam glued to bar stool seats – hopefully in the next few days and with as little mess as possible!!

Amy x