July 22, 2014

Aqua chair, yellow table, and things on deck

By Chelsea

Hi All! I hope your week is rolling along well and you're soaking in some time outside! I can't recall a summer going by quite as quick as this one. Maybe it's because this is the first summer that will have a definitive end as our twins start school for the first time this fall! Whew. I can't let my mind go there...it's too sad!

For us here this is one of those weeks with so many good things to share and just not enough time to share them! Here's what's up: aside from a couple new custom orders on deck, we are in the process of making a built-in home office under our basement stairs, (which, in and of itself will have a handful of super fun DIY projects to share), re-configuring the entire layout of our basement, painting an accent wall, painting more randomness, settling into our home a handful of goodies found at a flea market last weekend, and editing my waxing video tutorial, (the sequel to this video tutorial which made the tiniest plop on YouTube yesterday. Not even a kerplunk. It was a plop). ALL of this will be shared here in whichever random order things are completed. But for today, here are a couple of before & afters for ya.

First up, the chair from yesterday's tutorial video! As I mentioned in the video, this piece came from my husband's grandparent's trunk of junk on it's way to the garbage. I rescued this and a small handful of other bits and bobs that were just too good.



{Chair painted in 1 part Duck Egg mixed with 3 parts Pure White, both by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint}

And this cutie pie - a table my Mom brought over to have woken up with a new coat of Arles, (also by ASCP), for one of her guest rooms.



Nothing like a poppy color to bring a little life into a room, eh?! 

Alright! I'm off to paint and staple and glue and cut and find a time to get to the grocery store. :) Cate's on deck for tomorrow, (aren't you LOVING her Wednesday posts?! I've already tackled one of her tutorials for something special going on in the boys' room), so I'll be back on Thursday!

Thank you for stopping by!


July 21, 2014

Video tutorial #1! {Chalk painting a chair}

By Chelsea

Hi guys! Last week I finally jumped on the video tutorial train and cooked up a couple how-to videos! I've had a lot of interest from the sweetest clients and friends to organize a chalk painting workshop. With summer schedules being so difficult to juggle I decided to put together a couple video tutorials instead to help get those visual learners started.

For my first tutorial I decided to paint a chair. Chairs are one of the most common pieces to refinish as they are found all over the place, often quite cheap, and are easy to throw in the back of the car. However, they are also one of the trickiest pieces, in my opinion! There are so many angles to cover on a chair; getting even coverage can be difficult and tedious. But through a couple simple techniques, painting chairs doesn't have to be so painstaking!

I hope this video, and the ones that follow, are helpful and easy to follow. Please, please, please send feedback!!! I'd love to know how I can improve my tutorials. And I also want to hear what you'd like to see! If there's a specific area of refinishing that you'd like to get some visual guidance with, (or even a specific type of piece you'd like to watch getting painted), let me know! Following this video I have one coming up for waxing a chair, (and it's much shorter).

Thank you for stopping by!


July 18, 2014

An old piece and a new opportunity

By Chelsea

Hi friends and happy Friday! I've got a couple of items I'm so excited to share with you today, but first things first...

My youngest, Mason. He's three, free and wild at heart. This view, when I ducked out to call my kids in for lunch yesterday, absolutely made - my - day. Afterall, why have kids if not for a few laughs now and then?! :)

Moving on, (to more appealing things - I hope). A few weeks ago I posted this photo from the thrift store on Instagram and Facebook, unsure whether to purchase or not. 

This mid-century era vanity was in fabulous condition, but it's matching mirror was no where to be found and the whole thing looked a little 'Jetsons' to me. But it was so intriguing I ended up sitting on it, literally, for about 10 minutes. Thanks to those who happened to be on Instagram and Facebook at that moment  and encouraging the purchase, I brought it home with no reservations!

The first step in this makeover was finding out what was underneath the stain. The stain on the drawers, especially, was showing a little wear, so I just took my sander and removed the stain in about 15 minutes using 100 grit sandpaper.

How awesome is that wood grain! And so much easier to see without the orange-y stain!!

Then I painted the entire body of the piece in Old White by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and sprayed the hardware gold. 

All spiffed up and new again!

The piece does happen to have a matching seat, which would be easy to recover.

Piece now available
$395, (bench included)
*if you would like me to recover the bench, 
I am happy to do so with fabric of your choice for a fee of $20.


The last order of business for today is a new opportunity here on Chelsea's Garage: 

If you are a small business owner of a creative business and have a website, blog, or Etsy shop, I want to help you be seen! I am now offering small creative businesses one month of advertising here for $20. Just click the 'Buy Now' Paypal button and you'll be taken to a secure site where you can choose your payment method. Then email your link and logo to chelseasgarage@gmail.com and I'll include you in the sidebar! Have any questions? Don't hesitate to contact me and I'll be happy to help! I'm so excited to start this venture together!

One month of Advertising on Chelsea's Garage - $20

Enjoy a wonderful weekend, friends. Thank you so much for stopping by!


July 17, 2014

A whimsical snap of color {Tissue-paper pompom tutorial}

By Chelsea

Hi guys! Stopping by with a quick, spur of the moment tutorial today. I've been making tissue-paper pompoms for a few years now, (the first went above Mason's crib over 3 years ago), but I don't think I've ever shared a tutorial on here. Tissue-paper pompoms are such a quirky fun touch to add to a child's room, party, shower, wedding, or even the casual backyard barbecue. And why not?! There's a plethora of tissue paper colors and patterns options out there, not to mention the material itself is so inexpensive. While there are a handful of tissue-paper pompom kits available, (I know Martha Stewart has a line, as well as PaperSource), there's no need to spend the extra $ on a kit when they are SO easy to make on your own, (and this way, you won't be stuck with the limited options that the prepackaged kits have to offer).

I recently made some tissue-paper pompoms after Shire requested some touches of blue and green in her room. Since she doesn't make a lot of requests, I wanted to do my best to come through for her without spending $ on a whole room makeover. (I happened to find aqua sheets at Target on clearance for under $5, and the blue Mexican blanket was a happy purchase from P.S. I Adore You - company link here)

To secure the addition of blue and green in her room, I mixed a few blue and green tissue paper pompoms above her wardrobe. I promise, these are SUPER easy to make!

1. First you need some tissue paper. These are rather youthful, but there are some beautifully sophisticated tissue paper options out there if you want something more grown-up. 


 2. Pick which colors you want to use for one pompom and lay them out, alternating the colors.

3. Then line the pieces of tissue paper up evenly, one on top of the other.

4. Fold the tissue paper accordion style, like when you used to make paper fans as a kid. Over and under.

5. Cut your edges however you want - rounded, pointed, or whatever you come up with!

6. Secure the middle of your folded tissue paper with staples or a paper clip.

7. Pull out the folds.

8. Gently separate the layers of tissue.

And you've got yourself a tissue-paper pompom!

These pompoms are such a simple thing but they add so much visual interest!

(For more photos of Shire's room, and our home, see our full Home Tour)

As always, if you happen to try this one please send photos so I can share on here, OR you can use the hashtag #chelseasgarage  if you use Instagram!

Tomorrow I've got something extra special for you; a 'first' for Chelsea's Garage that I'm really excited to share!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


July 16, 2014

Faux Pull-Down Chart - Under $10

By Cate

Cate here.  I've been MIA since June because I was on vacation with Caleb, Chelsea & the rest of the fam followed by an epic week of Young Life camp. 
Caleb is currently on staff with Capernaum {the Special Needs ministry branch of Young Life} which means I got to spend a whole week bunking, laughing, stretching, and adventuring with as well as delighting in these lovely ladies.  Good times were had by ALL!  If you've never been to a Young Life camp I highly suggest you find a way to go.  It's not at all like the grimy outhouse and rainy campsites of my childhood.  Our little group got to go tubing, climb on a ropes course, and eat a giant cookie for dessert.  Awesome right?  And after such a great couple of weeks, I'm even more pumped to share with you all this week's guest post!

Ok.  So.  I've been seeing a lot of chatter about engineer prints on pinterest lately.  If you haven't heard, engineer prints are made on industrial printers typically associated with architecture and engineering plans.  They are printed in black and white on GIANT paper.  So what's the big deal right?  Well.  Rumor has it they are only $7 to have made at your local copy center.  BOOM!  $7 bucks for a 3ft x 4ft piece of potential wall art. Not bad right?  Well I was still skeptical.  Often times I can get pumped about a new, intriguing project only to have the fun sucked out of it by a disappointing outcome when I DI-try it.  But I am happy to report this is NOT one of those cases:

To get my trial run started, I needed to find something to have printed.  So I made a wish to The Graphics Fairy and she happily granted with a FREE equestrian-themed printable

The thing about engineer prints is they only print in black and white.  So I was careful to chose a print that was meant to be that way and went to Staples with the 8.5x11 pdf on a thumbdrive.  I was skeptical of the printing quality since I was attempting to blow up the document to such a large size, but as my luck would have it Staples was having a sale - 24" x 36" engineer prints for $3.  Figured it was a good enough price to pay for a test run.  And let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the image.

 Now that I had my giant engineer print, I need a way to hang it up.  Buying a giant frame to fit it kind of defeated the purpose of such a cheap print.  So I consulted pinterest for more ideas and found these gems (pun intended ;)

{Source 1: Apartment Therapy} {Source 2: Curious Prints}

{Source 3&4: Mighty Vintage}

I was going to make my print into a faux pull-down chart!  

I swung by the hardware store and found some cheap, simple molding for about $0.79 a foot.  I cut it into four pieces 24" in length at the complimentary cutting station in the molding aisle.  Don't be intimidated to use a hand saw at one of these stations - molding is soft and cuts easily.  But I'm sure you can always ask one of the employees to help if needed.  {Side note: after I did this project I even found that some home improvement stores sell craft wood in a nearby aisle that are already cut to 24" or 36" in length.  Even better!} 

Complete recap of materials needed: 
Engineer Print {24" x 36"} 
4 pieces of molding cut 24" each 
Staple Gun
Materials now gathered, it was time to assemble.  I lined up the top of the print and stapled it front-side-up along the molding.

Then I sandwiched the print between another cut piece of molding on top and stapled the sides in a cross pattern.  I suppose I could have glued it too, but this has been holding fast for a couple weeks now.  I did the same to the bottom of the print with the remaining two pieces of 24" molding.

To get it ready to hang, I measured and cut a the length of twine I needed and tied the ends - stapling it onto the back of either end of the top pieces of molding and right above the knot.

Viola!  Giant wall art for just under $10 {$3 for the print + $6.32 for the molding}.

I'd say it's a pinterest win instead of a pinterest fail!

Happy Wednesday,

~ Cate