Modern Upholstered Chair with Modern Flair!

This month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest is an upholstery project.  Our challenge was to take a modern piece of furniture and give it some Modern Flair, this month’s theme!  I selected this wonderful modern upholstered chair with a cute modern style but horridly destroyed fabric…someone’s cats went to town on this baby!


Our generous sponsor this month is Spoonflower.  We were invited to select a fabric of our choice so I chose Fletching Arrow/Northern Lights Grey:


Spoonflower has so many beautiful patterns and fabric selections.  You can even submit your own patterns to create original fabric designs!  Their fabrics are vibrant, colorful and inviting.  Check out their wonderful selection here.


Sponsorship Disclosure:  Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, Spoonflower, in order to complete their themed projects. Spoonflower will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.

The instructions state to wash the fabric first.  After drying it, I spread it across the chair wrong side to chair and began pinning the fabric to fashion a slip cover.


I was relieved to discover that the back of this modern upholstered chair was removable.  It was connected with two nuts and bolts.  So I easily disassembled the chair.


Once I removed the back of the chair, it was easier to replace the fabric.  I used a pin and tuck method on the bottom of the chair to fashion a slipcover.  Then I simply stapled the fabric to the bottom of the chair.


The top was a little more complicated because of the curved back.  So I had to sew a few darts to fit the form.  The project went more smoothly than I had expected.  Thank the Good Lord for removable chair backs!



I am super happy with the results.  Now to decide which of my kids get this beauty in their room!


This project was created as part of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, a monthly contest where bloggers are challenged to flip a piece of furniture using products provided by a wonderful sponsor.  FFFC graphic (6.18.2016) (2)This month’s FFFC’s hosts are Colleen from 58 Water Street, and Carrie from Thirty Eighth Street .  Click on those links to see the beautiful modern pieces that they transformed for the contest.  In addition, you can view every blogger entry at the end of Carrie and Colleen’s posts.  You won’t want to miss these!



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A special thank you to our hosts and especially to Spoonflower for providing such  a wonderful array of fabric choices for this project!



Salvaged Metal Clock

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL swag challenge graphicLast month I attended my fourth  Haven Conference in Atlanta GA with 300+ wonderfully creative DIY bloggers.  Haven is know for it’s incredible sponsors.  Every year the attendees are loaded down with incredible samples and products that make our DIY lives run more smoothly.  This year again did not disappoint.  My salvaged metal clock was inspired by these products!


The lovely Jeanie Emmert from Create and Babble has organized this little challenge to create something using our SWAG (Stuff We All Get).

It might seems silly, but I was simple enamored by these tin snips that were in my SWAG bag!  They are from M-D Building Products, Inc.  via Home Depot.  Oh the possibilities for creating rusty treasures.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal

I grabbed some metal from an old barn.  The barn belonged to my friend Gina Luker from The Shabby Creek Cottage.  Her dad and grandfather had built it years ago.  Gina was building a new studio where the barn stood so she graciously offered me some of the salvaged vintage metal walls.  Here is a project I previously completed with the barn metal.

I traced a large circle onto the metal and used the tin snips to cut out a circle.  The snips cut relatively easily through the old metal.  This was much easier than I had anticipated.

The cut ends were not as sharp as I had anticipated either, but I still sanded the edges anyway.  I used my sandpaper from 3M that was in my SWAG bag.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal 3m sandpaper

You should ALWAYS wear gloves when dealing with metal.  Metal tends to have tiny shards or splinters.   Wear your gloves AND safety glasses!  Please!  Every single time!

Here is my circle.  It is a little wonky, but that is the beauty of vintage materials.  The imperfections blend to make a one of a kind creation.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal tin circle

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out stencils for the numbers and hands for the clock.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal stencil

I grabbed my black milk paint compliments of Plaid Enterprises.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal plaid milk paint

I dabbed the black paint onto the stencils.  The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal stencils

And voila!


This project only took about an hour from start to finish!  I think I will make the numbers a little bit bigger and thicker next time!  But for now, I’m happy with this little prize!

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal finished

Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors noted above.

The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL Make a clock from recycled vintage metal clock



The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster AL clock from recycled vintage metal

Please hop over to the following blogs to see ALL of the wonderful projects that were inspired by the Haven sponsors!  Simply click on the frog below!