Happy Kitty Bunny Pony Gilded Kid’s Chair

gilded kids chair DIY

A friend gave me this Happy Kitty Bunny Pony book for my birthday a few years back and I’m still obsessed. So much so, that I bought a second one to cut up for diy artwork and other projects like the bunnys in these frames, and the cats below. 

Happy Kitty Bunny Pony Book

My mom found this wooden school chair on the curb near her house and left it on our porch. (I’ve inherited my love of chairs and picking up roadside trash to treasures from her!) It was covered in stickers and had been painted a few times (really poorly). Thinking “oh, that’s cute” I stuck it in the basement with the other junk treasures. Then it hit me! Gold spray paint + happy little animals = Adorable chair makeover for Lola!

trash to treasure chair

So, here’s what I did in this chair makeover.

The chair was pretty clean, no cobwebs or dust really so I skipped the wiping it down and went straight to the spray paint. I left the stickers on the chair because I knew I would be decoupaging over them and it wouldn’t matter much. It’s f-f-freezing here so I was left to spray paint in the basement. (Sorry for the dark, prision-style basement photos.)

gold painted chair diy

I did 2 coats of gold spray paint and then brought it upstairs into the light. You can still see the stickers, but I didn’t mind much. And the multiple coats of previous-owner paint kind of made it kind of look like gold leaf. Again, I didn’t mind much. I already knew this one was just for fun and might not be perfect.

Next, I agonized over cutting pictures out of the book. So much cute!! I found the ones I liked best and then proceeded to make a big mess. Everywhere.

decoupage chair with book images

I laid out the images I liked in a half planning/half winging mode on the chair where I thought I’d like them. I used Mod Podge on a plastic lid from the recycle bin and a foam brush from the craft store.

Using Mod Podge to Decoupage a Chair

I coated the back of the image with Mod Podge and positioned it on the chair. Then I used a little MP on my fingers to smooth down the edges. Finishing with a layer over the top. Also, even after you position these (and MP over the top) you still have a little time to reposition and/or smooth out wrinkles in the image.

How to Use Mod Podge on Wood

I started in the seat of the chair and worked my way around the chair. I only had a few casualties where I lost images that I tried to reposition. They were too wet and ripped. So I removed ’em and then replaced with another cute kitty or bunny.

working with Mod Podge on Wood

I love the chair back with the blue kitty and the bunnys. Almost wish that I had done just those and the big white cat on the seat. I may revisit this one as the seat seems like I did too much, or maybe not enough?

kid's chair makeover

I forsee this little chair traveling around the house quite a bit – sometimes it’s hers, sometimes it’s holding a backpack in the front entryway, sometimes a plant…and so on.

I learned a few things in this little makover – like it’s Mod Podge, not Modge Podge (All this time?!), that less is more, and that I really am addicted to gold spray paint.

Regardless, she loves this chair and it makes me laugh. Oh, and it got me making something so really that’s all that matters, right? Love it? Hate it? Be sure to tell me in the comments.

P.S. Any great tricks to use Mod Podge really well on wood?


Lamp Shade DIY: Not All Projects are Winners

So, not all projects are winners. But this one had has potential. Just needs to be reworked, I think. I’m putting it out there to document the struggles along with the wins. And maybe to solicit your advice, pins, and/or suggestions.

I had a lamp shade that I wanted to recover as part of the black & white living room makeover that is SLOWLY happening. I had planned to use this top that I love the pattern of, but not the fit. I measured gestimated and thought that it just might work. It didn’t. Too narrow to fit around the shade. So the top has plans to become a pillow. It’s very excited.

shirt fabric

But back to the lamp shade. I have tons of fabric, I could use that. But then I remembered that I had quite bit of white plastic shelf liner left from a recent move. I knew it wouldn’t be a dramatic makeover, but something about the texture and the dots gave it a really modern, clean feeling.

lamp shade makeover

1. shade & liner, 2. removing trim, 3. cutting to size, 4. hot gluein’

I removed the faded black trim from the shade for an even surface. Then I measured and cut the shelf liner to fit. I hot glued the liner to the shade starting at the seam, burning my fingers all the way around. You could use spray adhesive for this one, too, probably.

lamp shade redo

I snipped a small cut in the liner around the metal part of the shade and hot glued along the inside of the lamp shade.

Finished attaching the liner to the shade and tried it on a table lamp and a floor lamp. It was “fine” on both – but nothing to write home (err, blog) about.

diy white lamp shade

Not doing justice to this white elephant, Jonathan Adler-esque lamp at all.

After being underwhelmed by this makeover, I thought I’d try to embroider the shade. I looked around and found beautiful geometric examples and decided on my pattern. Then I got lazy and made some weird star things in varying sizes. Not a huge fan.

lamp redo[Confession: I only did the front half to photograph because I already knew it wasn’t going to be permanent.] But the concept I like.

Think I will pull the embroidery floss out and try again with something more graphic and less, well…this. Suggestions? Thoughts?