I have been a volunteer member for the Marketing Committee of Habitat for Humanity Halton for a few months now and after my last meeting wandered into the Burlington ReStore for a look at how the expansion plans were coming along. While I was there the DIY bug hit me and I decided I should look for some paint for a chair I've been meaning to spruce up and a shelf that needed some attention.
I found a small $4 can of soft blue paint that is the main accent colour in my office inspired by this picture that hangs over my drafting table. It's over 4 feet wide and almost feels like I'm looking out a window, near the ocean, soft breeze blowing in...um hmm, but I digress!
The cherry stained wood chair was in great condition but needed new fabric and a paint job to revive it from the basement corner and back to the life of the living.
So I took it apart, gave it a good cleaning and sanded down the glossy finish. Then I picked out some fabric from my archives that I found at my favourite fabric outlet for $2 per yard (yes $2 not $20!!) and recovered the seat with some new foam and batting.
I love the energy of the colour palette in this fabric and the zig-zags
remind me of the waves in my artwork.
Next the shelf, a thrift store find for $15.
Again some cleaning and sanding, the top was quite roughed up.
Nothing a few coats of pretty paint couldn't fix.
Now I have another place for fabric samples, furniture catalogues, wallpaper, and paint decks.
And, more surface for the never ending library of design books and magazines.
You should definitely give Habitat ReStore a look-see if you are doing renovations or projects around the house. They have a great kitchen section, tons of doors and windows, bathroom fixtures and lighting, paint, and more. There are lots of treasures to be had if you are a DIY type and great deals too!
Happy Treasure Hunting!