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Summer Lounging

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Summer Lounging

I found this beauty at a random yard sale that I came across one Saturday morning. At college it sadly sat in my parents basement and this is what became of it…

The webbing started cracking and breaking. So after some shopping I found some fun colors to modernize the chaise. It now has life again! All ready for the sun and perhaps a few campfires!

There was no measuring involved. I fit each strap across the frame and screwed it in. The method was simple:

1. Fold webbing end twice into triangles so there are multiple layers.

2. Use Phillips head screwdriver to bore a hole for the screw through the end.

3. Insert screw and attach to the frame.

4. Extend the chair as far as it goes and pull the webbing taught.

5. Bore another home using the screwdriver, fold webbing and attach.

I found a good method is to attach all the short webbing straps first then weave the long pieces into them.

Cost: $5 chaise chair & $30 in webbing

I know I didn’t exactly save any money since these chairs can be found cheaper in stores but at least it stays out of the landfill.

Happy Summer DIY-ers!

~K

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Happy Sunday!

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I can’t believe it’s been years since I found this beauty. You may remember it from this post. Since then I have been trying to find a decent shade for it. Luckily, I found this one at the thrift store for $1. I thought I would try it out, since it is a common type/color available on most lamps. To make sure my office coordinated, I found a matching shade for the other brass table lamp in my office. And it definitely adds some character alongside my grandmother’s typewriter.

Happy Decorating!

~K

Bridge Lamp – Chapter 2

Holiday Thrifting

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Holiday Thrifting

When family visits from states away and it’s cold outside, then thirfting and after Christmas sales are great way to get some steps in! Especially when you try to stretch those Christmas gift dollars. 

Check out some of my finds from this week:

A cute little pen & ink sketch covered with glass and corner clips. 

A painting on slate. This guy needs some TLC – I plan on painting the mailbox and adding a leather string to hang it.

A Pyrex storage container. A good size for packed lunches or storing tea. 

And last but not least, a purple Pyrex pie plate. I can’t wait to make Apple Pie in this beauty!!

Quick Tip: This is the best time to snag wrapping paper, ornaments and lights for great prices! So far I got (2) tissue paper and (2) long wrapping paper rolls for under $5.

Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for the New Year! 

~K

Seashells & Containers 

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Sunday morning estate sales are the best. Some late morning casual browsing with no pressure from the early birds. Honestly I thought all the good stuff would be taken, but I got lucky and found some small items for $3. 

Can’t beat all the shells in this cute wicker container. Plus after making my hanging planters, I’ve been searching for a planter hanger bracket. The packaging is amazingly retro – I almost didn’t want to open it. 

My next project will be to fix the missing wooden veneer on the inlaid pearl box. Wish me luck!

Happy Hunting!

~K

Pyrex & Plants

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Pyrex & Plants

This summer I had a goal to start a balcony garden for as cheaply as possible. So I searched the apartment for any containers I already had lying around. Sadly I had many vintage Pyrex and other ceramics just collecting dust. So, I figure why not use them as planters or water pans. They add lots of character & are more affordable than planters from the box stores. Just be sure to add a layer of drainage to the bottom of the container (see the small gravel stone in the first picture).

Here’s a sample of what I have so far: 

  

  

Happy Gardening!

~K 

My Grandmom’s Lamp

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Hello Everyone,

Recently I went digging through my parents basement for lost treasures that my dad occasionally picks up from my grandmother’s house and found this beauty. I was told this was my grandmother’s and she used it until she bought a set of hurricane lamps. It is a bit banged up, missing a piece, should probably be rewired and has smoke stains but is still gorgeous. It looks like it is hand painted glass and may have used a standard lampshade. I am torn on what to do. Should this be rewired or kept in its original condition? And what lamp shade originally belonged to this type of lamp? I still have a lot of research to do, so in the meantime I will use this as a decorative piece. Any insight would be appreciated!

 

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A close up view of some of the stains, missing “scroll” element and frayed wire jacket.

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Happy Hunting!

~K

 

Lamp Retrofit Part 3 – Done!

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It’s finally here everyone! It took a while but here it is – my complete antique bridge floor lamp! I am so excited! I ended up using the thrifted glass clam lamp shade by finding a brass lamp shade adapter online. Thank you online sellers!
Sorry for the bad phone picture – I just had to post this when I finished it.

1. rewire
2. clean/wipe down lamp
3. find a lamp shade
4. Install

~K

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