Secondhand Surplus

Friday, April 30, 2010

Apartment Therapy

Sorry, I'm not good with computers , and still can't figure out the right way to link a post, but I will deal with that another day. Instead today I will be excited with our house tour on apartment therapy, and then get back to work on the found chair and ottoman I'm reupholstering.
(*update, I think I figured it out, where there's a will there's a way!)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

I found this great chair in an alley, on our way to Baby J's surprise birthday party. He was blindfolded and wondering why I had stopped and what I was thrusting into the back of the car. Sadly a scraper had already had his way with it and had taken the rocking mechanism with him.
The upholstery was in perfect shape and the arms were beautiful, so I cut wood to fit the bottom and then worked quite a few stressful hours to splay the legs, make then sit evenly and be sturdy. I had the legs already, so the only investment was stain and glides for the legs.
It turned out pretty great, and now it is SOLD! On to the next project.

Friday, April 16, 2010

I want my walls to look like this...

I love this paint treatment. Photo via Remodelista.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Space

I feel like it is all starting to come together!

Monday, April 12, 2010

My baby turns 3 today !

Three years ago today we were anxiously awaiting your arrival. We love you more than you will ever know.
This past week a dear friend of mine took me and Baby J out for a photo shoot. This is one of the pictures, they all turned out beautiful, but for privacy I am only posting the one where you can't see our faces.

Friday, April 9, 2010

About to fly the coop

Here are a few more pictures of our coop progress. I'm up next with my master painting skills, then we will use chicken wire to cover the rest. The second picture is of one of our chickens that has doubled in size in just a couple of weeks. She thought she was big shit on top of the water container, little does she know that if she does decide to fly the coop, at this point she may be a snack for a 95lb. pit bull. Hope fully we can get them in their coop soon, or we will have to put them in a larger cage in the meanwhile.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

One more down

I finished another upholstery project. I found this very "granny chic" chair in an alley, and well I have a hard time saying , "no", so it came to live at our house. I thought it would be a perfect size for our sun room, since we have a table and chairs in there, but I still wanted a comfy chair for lounging.
I used a striped linen and also black burlap for the sides and back. I have to see this project was pretty easy, I got it done in a couple of hours. I am happy with the result, and one less chair in the landfill.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Chicken Coop

My husband has been working very hard all weekend on our coop. He almost lost a finger in the beginning, but came back strong the next day. I couldn't be more excited, or more proud of the handy work of my better half. The hinged box on the front is their nesting box. He is using some reclaimed lumber that he happened upon in an alley, the door hinges are from a found door, and he is also using a found door knob on the nesting box. We plan to use corrugated tin panels for the roof, and more reclaimed wood for the siding in their shelter. I will be painting/staining the structure. I will update photos as we get further along.
Our chicks are quickly growing, and soon they will be large enough to spend the rest of their days in the beautifully hand-crafted chicken coop.