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pillow covers vintage ‘the furniture doctor’ and other hot tips for second-hand geometric cushion covers

Updated: 2019-09-06 04:33 Views: 129

Ellen Silverman

Over the years, ?I’;ve furnished my living spaces with second-hand furniture, scavenged from flea markets, thrift stores, Ebay, and occasionally, found on the street. Early onpillow covers vintage, I didn’;t really know what I was doing; I just bought stuff whose look I liked, that I could use, that seemed well-made. I’;d clean the wood with Briwax, or lightly rub some stain into worn spots…;add a brush of paint..I’;d figure out ways to bring my purchase back to life. Then I found George Grotz’;s classic book The Furniture Doctor and used his brilliant, tried-and-true techniques for?repairing veneer, or masking scratches.

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In the process of scouting second-hand furniture, “;my eye”; and understanding inadvertently developed. I discovered that I’;d unknowingly bought some treasures: a Cherner chair for $15, now going for hundreds on Ebay and even more, new, at Design Within Reach.

…;a Robsjohn-Gibbings coffee table for $40, worth a fortune (a pair went for $5,600 at 1st Dibs, YIKES!)…;

After many years, I “;outgrew”; some of the pieces I acquired and sold them, passing them on to someone else, to become their “;second-hand”; find. Other pieces seem to work with whatever my life and style was taking. The lesson: ?second-hand, and less-than-perfect, can mean wonderful things at bargain prices, with at least nine lives.

Recently, FreshHome posted a really useful list of 20?tips for buying second-hand furniture which got me thinking about the whole thing, although?I disagree with one:

“;Wrought iron or aluminum furniture is beautiful when it’s been refurbished. ?When you find second hand metal furniture think of the potential as opposed to how it looks.? Remove rust and repaint with a durable powder coat of outdoor paint especially made for covering metal furniture.”;

Rust and wear can be really beautiful, and make an amazing contrast to more finished pieces indoors…;Add a slate top to a weathered iron table base, and you have something…;

Signs of age can be really beautiful.

Welcome back, my?Cutting Edge Stencils?friends.? Banish those dingy dining room chairs with paint and whimsical stencil design. This easy DIY project can instantly update to your kitchen and brighten your eating space in a snap. Stenciled kitchen chairs add an unexpected splash of pattern. Come see how we put an ombre painted spin on a set of old kitchen chairs using several Flower Stencils.

Be still my heart! This tulip in a heart card is the cutest card your kids can make, either for Valentine’s day or mother’s day.

Hey friends! ?I’ve got a bright and cheerful project to share with you today that comes together quickly (my favorite kind of project)! ?You can make these bead and leather bracelets in under 10 minutes, which is a great way to get your craft on for a girls’ night or just on your own to wind down and relax. ?Because they require wire and just a few beads, it’s a great project for sharing supplies and tools. ?You just need enough leather and a clasp set for each bracelet you’re making.

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