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PINTEREST CHALLENGE: REUPHOLSTERED PARSONS CHAIR

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Welcome back, everyone! I’m so excited to see what you have all been working on. This is definitely my favorite Pinterest Challenge project yet. As a reminder for those not familiar with the challenge, it was the brainchild of Katie of Bower Power Blog who came together with Sherry of Young House Love to encourage all of us to make our projects collected on Pinterest into a reality. This time they graciously invited me to join them in cohosting along with Renee of Red Bird Blue. (Cue the “zomg blog famous people know who I am” freakout!)

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For those of you who joined in and have a project to share, I’d love for you to link up below. But first, I’ll share my project. It was a tough one to decide on. Ultimately it came down to reupholstering my parsons dining room chairs. At first I wanted to reupholster an old armchair we have, but I figured I might as well start with something a little more basic since it’s my first time reupholstering anything. So my inspiration came from these: yellow chair and gray chairs.

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I won’t waste your time rehashing a tutorial – check out from For the Love of Vintage Furniture. I followed this almost exactly. As for what was different, I took my chairs apart: the front legs, the seat and the back were separate pieces. I did this partly because I didn’t take the old fabric off. Shocking, I know, but it seemed thin enough and not worth the hassle spending all that time taking it and a bazillion staples off.

All in all, I’d describe it as an easy and fairly quick project. There was no sewing involved (you could blind stitch the pleats in the front corners and top of the back, but I decided not to). It’s tough to give a per-chair time estimate since I was flying solo this past weekend and dilly-dally DIY’d while watching old movies. The first chair took longer as I was trying to avoid mistakes and the second one was much faster since I was a pro at this point. ;) If I were to guess, a focused newbie could probably get a chair done well within an hour. Just remember to measure twice and cut once!

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Ta-da! I’m really excited about the chairs. I ended up finding the fabric for $10/yard at Joanns. I purchased that, the nailhead trim and some cardboard trim to help get cleaner lines on the back. I already had the staple gun and staples. Plus… I also upgraded our curtains and snagged these from the Threshold line from Target everyone is talking about. They’re so much better than the cheapy red sheer ones that were there before.

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The chairs will typically be in the kitchen. We just move the chairs into the dining room when we have company and are in need of the extra chairs. And the kitchen table, a beauty from West Elm from a few years back, often serves as the buffet for parties.   pinterest-challenge-reupholstered-parsons-chairs-kitchen

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Thank you so much for joining us in this Pinterest Challenge! I can’t wait to get to know you all through your finished projects. Please share them below. Quick hint: when the link program asks for your name, give it the name of your link. It’s the text that will appear before the thumbnail.

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PINTEREST CHALLENGE: THE PINS JUST GOT REAL

You guys, today is a big deal. Why you ask?

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I’m cohosting the Pinterest Challenge! This is practically the virtual equivalent of finding your face on a Times Square billboard. Well, to me it is at least. :) I can’t believe that my face is next to the likes of Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power and Renee from Red Bird Blue. Pinch me!

What is the Pinterest Challenge?

If you’re on Pinterest, a virtual pin-board site, you likely know how many great projects you’ve bookmarked and how few you’ve actually completed. Katie and Sherry decided to create the Pinterest Challenge to bring like-minded Pinterest addicts together and motivate us to completing some projects. And in case you’re curious, it’s not sponsored by Pinterest. We’re just super fans.

How does one participate? 

Pick a pin or two that inspires you and get your DIY on. We’ll come back and share our projects with a link party on Wednesday, May 8. In your blog post, please be sure to link to the original source and get some pictures of the finished inspired result!

I’m still shopping and deciding on my project, so next week will be a big surprise! If you’re looking for inspiration, follow me on Pinterest. These are my past Pinterest Challenge projects, which I recently imported from the NewlyWife archives.

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Faux Leather Drum Shade Chandelier | Faux Leather Tassel Keychain
Glitter Vase and Notepads
Chevron Nailhead Bulletin Board | Framed Bathroom Mirrors

I look forward to seeing your projects! And thanks again to my lovely cohosts for having me!

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PINTEREST CHALLENGE: DIY GLITTER MAKEUP VASE & NOTEPADS

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It’s thrilling to participate in the Pinterest Challenge for the first time on Sparkle Meets Pop. Today I’m joining with Sherry of Young House Love (remember when I met them?!), Katie from Bower Power, Megan from The Remodeled Life, and Michelle from Decor and the Dog. (In the past, I’ve posted about it on NewlyWife with projects like adding frames to bathroom mirrors, nailhead trim inspiration board, and a faux leather covered drum shade chandelier.) This time I wasn’t looking for any major updates, just some fun ones.

Glitter was the name of the game and I found some notepads from Target and a pedestal vase from Michael’s. I’ve passed by Martha Stewart glitter paints in Michaels before, and have wanted to try them out. As for my inspiration, I remember pinning these glittery votive candle holders from 100 Layer Cake back in the day, so I’d glitterize something in a similar fashion.

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Here’s what I started with:

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I taped off one of the notepads and the vase. While I initially started with the glitter paint, I realized I’d go crazy trying to get a fully glittery coverage from that paint alone. So for the striped notepad and the vase I put on a quick bit of gold acrylic paint and then followed with about three coats of the glitter. For the polka dots, I found that dropping little drips from the container led to the best little dots.

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Did I love the Martha Stewart paint? Not really. Maybe with a flat sponge paint to dab it on it could have been different. I had wanted to skip the dry glitter because of the mess, but clearly it would have led to a much quicker and more glittery outcome. Oh well, you live, you learn, you craft again.

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PINTEREST CHALLENGE: DIY TASSEL KEYCHAIN

This post was originally featured on NewlyWife in July 2012.

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Woohoo the Pinterest Challenge is back! This time, in addition to teaming up with Sherry atYoung House Love and Katie at Bower Power, we have hosts Kate at Centsational Girl and Michelle from Ten June.

I’ve had a lot of fun participating in the past with my nailhead trim corkboard, a faux leather drum shade chandelier and framing our bathroom mirrors. This project actually borrows some of my scrap from the drum shade chandelier and a key ring that I grabbed from a funky one that I was throwing out. So this was an easy freebie project.

My two pins came from Betsy Ross’ Patterns and PS I Made This. See the original pins on myPinterest. I didn’t really vary from the tutorials, I just combined the two. They are both excellent tutorials and it worked well with my faux leather material.

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Although, mine was a lot darker and I wasn’t able to make marks to make sure my tassels were even. I put a strip of masking tape along the top to keep my tassels at the same length. It only took 30 minutes and has to be one of my easiest DIY projects to date.

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I was in dire need of a new keychain and I think it’s pretty chic in the end.