Chair UpCycling

I would never classify or call myself a thrifty person whatsoever. I like things new and knowing that there’s no possibility that someone has urinated on them. Basically, you’d never catch me at a yard sale or thrift store hauling a “funky” old/dated couch into the back of my truck. Nope, not me. I digress …

After randomly stumbling upon a few pins of funky coloured wooden chairs, and after witnessing in person the wonders of how a simple coat of brightly coloured spray paint can give something a major facelift, I decided that I was going to tackle a bit of an “upcycling” project myself. See, I have this old (uncomfortable) wooden chair that really has no purpose other than being a spare chair in the computer room. It’s probably about 30 years old and used to go along with a desk/hutch unit that I’ve since taken to the dump. Very rarely do I sit it in for extended periods of time (and when I do, I whine at its uncomfortableness until Kyle gives up the computer chair).

Chair - Before

The chair – before – after starting the sanding process.

ANYWAY – I mentioned giving the chair a makeover to Kyle and he was all on board for my project. He showed me how to used the hand sander, bought me some sand paper, helped me pick out the spray paint, and gave me a quick “how to” for spray painting. After that, I was on my own. Really, I think I did OK.

The spray paint I used I bought at Home Depot and is just a glossy purple. I really wanted some kind of teal/turquoise blue colour, but they didn’t really have anything like that, so I went with purple.

Rust-oleum Gloss Grape

Rust-Oleum in Gloss Grape

What’s nice about this brand/spray paint is that the nozzle was a multi-directional one, so I could tip the can anyway I pleased to paint the chair. A bonus for a novice spray-bomber like myself.

After a couple coats, I don’t think it turned out too badly! There’s a few spots where I got too close and the paint ran, but I’m thinking I’ll just sand those spots out and re-spray. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my project, despite the headache the paint gave me. (Yes, I was in a well-ventilated area.)


You can kind of see the runs in the paint on the back of the chair …

Pretty, no? I’m not sure what the future holds for this chair now, but at least I know I can always repaint it in the future if I get sick of the colour! Maybe I’ll use it for a time out chair when Isla misbehaves ;)

Have you ever upcycled something? Would you do it again?


Winning at Pinning v.2

Time for another edition of Winning at Pinning!
(Pinterest version will link to the original pin)

Red velvet chocolate chip cookies

Pinterest version:

My version:

I’m pretty sure I did something wrong, because mine look like little rusty-coloured hockey pucks. And they tasted just “okay.” I was expecting something a bit more rich. Not too sure if I’ll try these ones again.

Bacon corn chowder

Pinterest version:

My version:

This soup is SOOOO good – and SO quick & easy to make too! I added about a cup or so of cheese for a little extra flavour and OMG – So good! I’ve already made it a couple more times. Definitely one to keep making for years to come!

Christmas wall art

Pinterest version:

My version:

I really, really loved this idea when I seen it! What is it? A piece of foam board wrapped in Christmassy fabric for pinning your Christmas cards to! Such a more attractive way to display them since mine usually fall from wherever I put them. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out, considering I don’t consider myself a crafty person AT ALL. Hell, I even went out (well, Kyle went out) and bought a hot glue gun!

It’s hard not to want to make ALL OF THE THINGS I find on Pinterest, especially with Christmas just around the corner! I’m sure I’ll find a few more inspirational things to try and make in the future.

What are you Pinning and Winning?

Winning at Pinning

Who doesn’t love Pinterest? So many inspirational and pretty things – from DIY crafts, drool-worthy recipes and hawt fashion – it’s easy to waste an entire day pinning hopes and dreams.

It’s also REALLY easy to fail at your own attempts to recreate things you’ve found. I, for the most part, have avoided this by only attempting things that appear relatively easy and not ridiculous. I’ve decided to dedicate this post to things I’ve found on Pinterest and dominated :)

Note: Click on the Pinterest version image to get to the original post. My images will link to the image on Pinterest. 

Brownie in a Mug

Pinterest version:

My version:

A little too moist, but overall, pretty damn good!

Spicy Thai Noodles

Pinterest Version:

My version:

I added shrimp for a little extra flavour, but this recipe is AMAZING!
When I can eat spicy food again I’m definitely going to make it more often.

Wedding Invitation Ornament

Pinterest Version:

My version:

The ornament ball I bought was a little too big, I think, so it doesn’t appear as “full” as it should. Still, I really love this idea and I think it makes for a great keepsake for any married couple! And it’s cheap! I found the ball at Michaels for less than $5 with one of their %-off coupons.

Balsamic Vinegar Chicken w/ Fresh Tomatoes

Pinterest version:

My version:

My mom and I made this together and I think it could use a little more balsamic than what the recipe actually calls for. I like a bit more zing!

I have a few more Pinterest projects in mind that I plan on tackling soon, including some red velvet cookies, bacon corn chowder and a curtain rod Christmas stocking holder. Fun fun!

What are you winning pinning moments?