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Redoing Particle Board Bookshelves

ProcrasCreationDIY is upcycling two particle board bookshelves into to one much more expensive looking piece by adding trim and fabric to the back panel.

How to Repurpose a Cedar Chest into a Bench

How to Repurpose a Cedar Chest into a Bench

While searching for table legs for the farmhouse table that I would like to build, I found this old broken cedar chest. It was love at first sight. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Bench Before
Cedar Chest found at a Salvage Store. Top and most of the front was missing

I needed two benches for my new house and I wanted them to be unique and fit into the style that I was going for. This would be the first of the two.

Bench Cleaned Up

I cleaned up the wood as best I could and removed the broken front panel.

Bench with Supped Up Legs

(Excuse my mess. We are in tight quarters right now). Anyway, I had someone cut cedar legs for me. Our first attempt was legs on steroids. They were way too high. They were cut to measure 24 inches. I went back and had them cut to measure 18 inches.

My next task was to make the no-sew cushion.

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No-Sew Cushion

See my Youtube video on how I completed this task. https://youtu.be/qlLKUT38XgM

The next step in the process was to add the new legs. I did this by using two angle brackets per leg as well as two no predrill screws that were drilled through the base of the chest into each leg. In addition, I added new trim to the entire seat opening.

Bench w Correct Legs

Then I painted the bench using a charcoal chalk paint and stained the cedar. I also put the cushion in place.

Bench Painted and Stained with Clock Table

For the final touch, I made pillows out of leftover fabric.

Bench Afer

I am so pleased with the result. If you would like to see this process in action watch

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No Sew Bench Cushion

Welcome ProcrasCreators!!

Since the last time we met I have completed two projects, a dining room chair and a cushion for my cedar bench. Today I am going to share a little about the no-sew cushion. I needed the following items to complete this project.

  • Wood
  • 2″ Foam
  • Batting
  • Material
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Glue
  • Kitchen Knife

First, I went to my local hardware store and had a thin piece of wood cut to the size of the base of the bench. I went to buy foam at my local craft store only to find that it was $49.99 a yard. And you know I did NOT buy that! I had some 2″ foam at home that was a little short in length, so I purchased some adhesive spray to connect the two pieces.

Once I got home with my supplies, I cut the foam to the size of the board using my kitchen knife. I used the adhesive glue to attach the foam to the wood.  I cut a piece of fabric and batting to size and laid the board and foam on top of it. Then I attached the foam and batting to the wood board with the staple gun. The fabric was attached using a gift wrap method.

Ta-Da!! A No Sew Cushion

No-Sew Bench Cushion

The finish cushion. Please note I am still working on the bench.

No-Sew Bench Cushion Finished

If you are a visual learner, check out this video that documents the process.

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Reupholstering an Antique Rocking Chair (Part 2)

Reupholstering an Antique Rocking Chair (Part 2)

Welcome back Procrascreators!!! Let’s jump right back into how this rocking chair was transformed into a beautiful piece that I can’t wait to add to my home.

After adding 2 coats of polyurethane, I attached jute webbing and burlap to the bottom of the seat. The springs were tied down with hemp. I originally tried jute string but it was not strong enough. The bottom of the springs was sown to the jute webbing and burlap.

Rocking chair springs tied down

Rocking Chair Jute Webbing

I had to redo the jute webbing (not shown). The videos I watched all stapled the webbing after it was folded onto the chair. I did not initally do that and the chair did not hold my weight. Once I folded it over, it held me.

Rocking Chair new burlap

I then added burlap to the top of the springs and the back of the chair.

Rocking Chair Foam Back

Seat with foam and cotton

From there I added foam, batting, and cotton to the bottom of the seat (1/2 inch foam was attached to the back of the chair and 2-inch foam to the seat).

Rocking Chair Batton Back

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Batting was added to the front and back portions of the back of the seat.

The material was then added using the pictures I took when deconstructing the chair. I also added decorative trim to the seat and decorative tacks the back of the chair.

finished-back-of-rocking-chair.jpg

Rocking Chair finishedJPG

It turned out beautifully!!!! I am so excited that it turned out so well. I can’t wait to tackle my next procrascreationdiy project! I hope you enjoyed this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLQDaLazRc

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Reupholstering an Antique Rocking Chair (Part 1)

My latest procrascreation started on a whim. I am in the process of having a house built and was going by to see the progress when I spotted a secondhand store.  While there, I found this chair.

Chair Missed opportunity

It was love at first sight, so I started texting people to see if anyone knew of someone who could reupholster it for me. I thought about it all night, watched some videos on reupholstering chairs and decided that I could do it myself.

Needless to say, I went back to the secondhand store the next morning and was over the moon when I saw it still sitting on the sales floor. My joy was quickly overshadowed by devastation when I realized it had a red sold tag on it. How could this be happening? After I got over my heartbreak I searched the store for more chairs and end up purchasing several chairs. While picking up my finds a wonderful couple was dropping off a one-hundred-year-old rocking chair. They offered to give it to me. Just like that, I was over the moon again. What does that say about me? I don’t want to think about it. I just want to share with you my new procrascreation project.

Rocking Chair Before

Yep! It’s dirty and old but once I get it in my head that I can do something, I do it. Sometimes I am successful, sometimes not so much.

The first thing I learned was that I needed several items. Your list may be shorter depending on what you already have at home. The links to Amazon are included.

 ·  Dropcloth

http://amzn.to/2HUkSTO

·  Air compressor

http://amzn.to/2FUX9pS

 

·  Fabric ·  Jute Webbing

http://amzn.to/2GcuwUt

·  Staple remover

http://amzn.to/2ub3isE

·  Glue gun

http://amzn.to/2G9K0IS

·  Trim · Polyurethane stain

 

·  Staples ·  Glue Sticks

http://amzn.to/2Gbs2WC

·  Dust cover

http://amzn.to/2DIchB7

· Brushes

 

·  Mallet

 

·  Face mask ·  Tacks

http://amzn.to/2G3DL6k

·  Webbing Stretcher

http://amzn.to/2IJGhjx

· Hammer · Scissors · Staple gun (pneumatic)

http://amzn.to/2ubMFgk

The fabric was held onto the chair with tacks.

Before Chair Back

I started removing the back fabric panels and bottom dust cover with the stapler remover, exposing the jute webbing underneath.

Rocking chair dust cover

 

Rocking Chair Bottom Webbing

I completed the same process for the front of the chair

Rocking Chair Front

There was a hole in the middle of the seat due to springs that had started to poke through.

Rocking Chair Seat Before

I learned that chairs were stuffed with different types of materials including straw, excelsior, moss, horse hair and cotton. It was gross and interesting.

Rocking Chair Springs

The springs were tied down and the bottom was filled with debris from years of use. Initially, I decided to stop here and rebuild leaving the old springs intact.  As I watched a few more videos, I decided to give it a try and removed all of the springs (not pictured).You want the time to paint or stain at this juncture, so before removing the springs I added a coat of polyurethane to the chair.

Rocking Chair Poly

This completes the breakdown process of the chair. My next post will document the steps I took to bring this gem back to life. So excited!!! To see a quick video of this process, visit my YouTube channel 

See you soon!