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Have You Always Wished You Could Keep a Journal? Try This Technique.

by M.E. Gray

Do you wish you could keep a journal? Try this technique called the Gratitude Journal

Many of us wish we could keep a journal. It's comforting (and handy) to have a personal record of your life to look back on. Journaling also makes you a more disciplined and mindful person, which I, for one, could certainly benefit from. Keeping up with the habit of writing something down every few days is nice in thought, but generally it's hard in practice. There's always an activity that's more important or interesting than journaling. Maybe writing isn't your strong suit. And let's face it, life is sometimes boring and there's just nothing to write about. Regardless of the barrier that's keeping you from your journaling goals, this technique may help you stick to a routine. Instead of the traditional diary, try the Gratitude Journal. It'll actually make you happier along the way.          

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How To: Paint like a Pro

by Molly Mc

How To: Paint like a Pro

Here's the thing with painted and glazed furniture. It seems like it should be so easy. And since your goal is basically to get it to look like it came out of a barn, how tough can it be? Well, as I learned last weekend during my first furniture glazing attempt, it's not exactly intuitive. But this tutorial should give you (and me) all the knowledge we need.

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Upcycle: Discarded Restaurant Chair Reupholstery

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/29/08

  If you can find a set of sturdy restaurant chair frames, with or without torn vinyl, negotiate a price and load'em up.  A local furniture consignment shop had these four stackable sturdy chairs in the corner of the basement.  I stripped off the black vinyl from the seats and the upholstered panels that make up the front and back of the seat backs.  To discover how to convert restaurant rubbish to kitchen table darlings....

Materials and tools:

  • fabric
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • 1/4" staples
  • staple gun
  • small carpentry nails
  • small hammer
  • crescent pliers
  • screwdriver

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What you do:

  1. Strip old fabric off of chair and wipe off all dust and cobwebs from chairs.

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2.  Pull out remaining nails around chair back.

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3.  Determine fabric placement on panels, add three extra inches and cut out fabric pieces for chair fronts and backs.

4.  Using very short staples (1/4") begin securing fabric at center of each side, pulling out towards corners.  Check out the stapling technique right here.

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5.  Fold corners nice and clean and secure with staples.

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  Now for the professional's secret for attaching the panels.  Use this technique only on woven fabrics, not good for silk or delicate fabrics.

5.  Push a small carpentry nail into the fabric and padding.  Tack it through the panel into the chair frame, but not all the way down.  Leave enough sticking up so that you can get grip on the nail with the pliers.

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6.  Clip off the nail head and gently tap the nail a little farther down into the padding. The nail should be tapped down enough to hold the panel onto the frame but not so much that the panel could just be pulled off.  It needs to anchor the fabric covered panel, but not be felt when you lean back.

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7.  Repeat this process with three nails at the top and bottom and two or three on each side.

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8.  Attach fronts and backs to each chair.

9.  Trace wooden chair seat onto a piece of paper or scrap fabric for a pattern.  Add 1/2" all around for seam allowance.

10.  With tape measure, measure all around chair seat and cut a 3" strip for "boxing" of chair seat that matches the chair seat pattern.

11.  Match boxing onto chair seat fabric, pin and stitch all around, folding the ends at the back side so that the boxing comes together as a folded edge at the center back.

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12.  Pull sewn seat fabric over foam covered seat, insert a little extra stuffing into corners to fill out corners. 

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13. Re-attach newly recovered seats into the chair frames.

 

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What were once discarded, hopeless, ripped vinyl restaurant chairs have been given new life with a few DIY reupholstery techniques. 

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How-to: Plotting the Knotty Pine Demise

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/31/08

I did it! A brain dump of everything necessary to complete this project in the most efficient and successful manner gave way to a tidy little To Do list.  This morning I did my research on paint sprayer rental vs. paint sprayer purchase and the decision to purchase won.  The promise of a $50.00 rebate on a $199.00 sprayer enticed me to buy instead of borrow.  I may bemoan this decision, but I knew I would have to rent a sprayer for at least two...

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