Furniture Rescue– From Terrible to Terrific for about $20

When my husband and I got married in 2006 we were young and had yet to really discover our “style” and “taste.” We needed some living room furniture and so we went with generic 9-11, “The Room Store.” It was affordable and the coffee table and end table looked great… for about 6 months. Then glasses were left to make rings, bottles of nail polish remover got knocked over, and a humidifier left a wack white warp on one of them. Time passed and I grew to detest them. (Like drag them outside and have a bonfire– regardless of the season.) We now have two kids and less income. I came up with a great way to reinvent the kindling back into furniture that I like. All you need is some cloth, spray adhesive, and a hard piece of plastic.

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I went to Hobby Lobby and got 1 yard of fabric (per table), and a can of spray adhesive. The coffee table is huge and 1 yard was enough to cover it. The end table is a lot smaller, so with 1 yard of fabric for it–I had some left over for another project. I got this vintage looking teal and turquoise fabric that fits in with the colors in the house. Make sure you find a fabric you really love. (Thicker fabrics work better— like brocade, linen, pintuck, etc)

This can be done by one person, but is easier with two. I am going to show you how we did the end table, step by step.

STEP ONE– Obvious, but really clean the table. Whatever is on there will basically be there forever under your cloth.
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Here it WAS…. gross!

STEP TWO– Practice draping the fabric over the table. Make sure you have enough to tuck it all the way under the table and get it basically where you want. Cut off excess.
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STEP THREE– Spray a copious amount (evenly) of adhesive on the table surface. (Not the sides yet.) It is really smelly, so open a window and stick your kids in another room. Also, it can fly around a bit so it is probably better to do outside or throw down a drop cloth.

STEP FOUR– Place the fabric on and smooth it all over. I used a plastic kitchen scrubber but anything hard and thin would work. (Credit card, etc.)
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STEP FIVE– Now spray one side. (If it has a lip and is not flat.) Smooth the fabric up the side and over. Really get in the crease so that it looks sharp.
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Step SIX– You will not have a great surface and sides, so here comes the slightly more tricky part. It will be hanging loose like a sad little table cloth. You will need to spray each outside-side, smooth down, and then use hot glue/spray adhesive to “tack it up” under the table. You can also fold the corners and spray down that way, if that’s your thing.

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The result?
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Let me know if you try this and how it works for you! Thanks, Katie

Thank you, Gil Elvgren

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I have always adored the artwork of Gil Elvgren. He is considered one of the finest “pin-up” and glamour artists of the 20th century. A little about him: “Elvgren was a classical American illustrator. He was a master of portraying the all-American ideal feminine, but he wasn’t limited to the calendar pin-up industry. He was… Read more.

Dames In The Atomic Age

Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week. Every Wednesday I look forward to my fiancé coming home like the zealots look forward to the second coming of Christ. Is it because we’re madly in love and can’t be away from each other for more than a few hours? Well yeah, but that’s everyday. What makes Wednesdays so special is that it is……Comic Book Day! All over the Nation, in every little comic book shop, Wednesdays are the days when all the new comics are released for the week/ month. Wednesdays are the Fridays of the nerd world. So once a week I wait patiently to see his truck pull up so we can go to our favorite little shop (More Fun Comics And Games, in beautiful Denton, TX) and get our weekly fix. This has been a tradition with us for almost 2 years now, it’s one of my favorite things to do together. His affinity for comic books goes back way farther than mine, which is why when we arrive at the checkout counter, his stack of finds always supersedes mine. He reads everything, everything. But I’m….a lot pickier. It really has to speak to me. I love love Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine and many others but Batman and Spider-Man just don’t interest me. Not being a huge consumer of Marvel or DC Comics, sometimes the pickins are slim. I can usually find stuff but sometimes I leave empty handed. Well not entirely empty handed, I usually have to help carry the mountain of comics my fiancé has just purchased. So when I discovered this gem I was thrilled. “Dames In The Atomic Age” was staring right at me. It claimed to be a unique, pulp tale that pays homage to the B-Movies, Sci-Fi serials and crime magazines of the 1940’s and ’50’s.” I of course bought it and ran home and gobbled it right up. It was smart, sexy and extremely well written. I cannot wait to follow the whole series. It’s finds like these that make all those Wednesdays worthwhile. So if you’re into retro, modern, revival era revivals and detectivey sci-fi stories, I highly recommend this trade. Totally worth it for only $8.95 for the entire first volume. Happy Comic-Ing! Image