Wicker Chair Makeover

I had been looking for a wicker chair that wasn’t too expensive for some time when I finally came upon this one while driving.

It had missing wicker in a few small spots and the red color didn’t quite fit in with my decor but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t take on.

Here’s the original wicker chair. Not terrible but certainly not great either.

old vintage wicker chair diy

See the missing wicker?

old vintage wicker chair diy

It took some brainstorming to figure out what I could use to replace the missing wicker pieces. My first thought was skewers but those are usually too thick. Then, I thought of those little sticks that you get beef teriyaki on from a Chinese restaurant but they would either need to be really cleaned or I’d have to find a place to buy them before any beef touched them. Finally, I found some oil reeds from one of those little scented oil jars from the dollar store and I thought these look like the perfect size!

hot glue gun, scented oil reeds

What do you know? They were exactly the right size and are very flexible for weaving through the wicker so I just weaved ’em through and hot glued them in place.

old vintage wicker chair diy

Next, I wanted to paint the chair to get away from the red. I used Wal-Mart’s cheap 97 cent cans of spray paint as a primer so I wouldn’t have to use all the good stuff for just the base coat. Then, I went over it with Rust-Oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover in Canyon Black for the final coat.

Wal-Mart black spray paint

Here it is! It’s a little shiny-er than I would’ve liked because I accidentally used Gloss instead of Satin for the final coat but it’ll do for now.

Eventually, I’d like to get a cushion for the bottom but I’ll have to keep my eye out at HomeGoods come Spring when they’re in season.
Have you ever used something like oil reeds for a project?

old vintage wicker chair diy, vintage shutter with boxwood wreathe and antique blue mason jar

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Fall Home Tour

Well, it’s officially Fall here in New England and has been for about a month now so I’m a little late in posting this but you’ll have to forgive me; still trying to figure out this whole mom thing. 🙂

Fall is probably my second favorite season following Summer. I love the changing colors on the trees; beautiful reds, yellows and oranges. I love how you can bring so many things from outdoors to decorate with; acorns, wheat, twigs, pinecones. Most of all, I love how it’s the season of pumpkin and apples but mostly pumpkin (pumpkin EVERYTHING!). Pumpkin coffee, beer, bread, butter, soap, candles… you name it. Did I mention beer? My favorite of all, Shipyard Pumpkinhead! I remember the first time I had that delicious brew. It was my sister’s wedding in October of 2007. So good! And it’s brewed in the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. Okay, I’m getting a little side tracked here.

Let’s begin the tour!

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I love mixing natural with faux elements in my decorations. While this wheat isn’t real, I mixed it with dried lentils in the bottom of the vase.

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I love the look of this vintage wood chest that my husband found for $20 bucks at the Brimfield Flea Market this past September. I think it was the find of the day!

I paired it with a vintage wire basket, sugar pine cones from Crate and Barrel and a twig pumpkin from HomeGoods.

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This butcher block table provides a nice little fall vignette. To see how I transformed this piece, check out this earlier post.

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autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

Well, that completes my fall home tour. Hope you enjoyed it!
Next season to decorate for is Christmas. While Summer is my favorite season. Christmas is my all time favorite for decorations!

Quick (5 min or less) Smoothie Recipe

It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been continuing to gather content to write here on my blog just haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and actually write it. I’m a new mom and lately, my now 6 month old decided he didn’t want to sleep unless myself or my husband was laying by his side. Well, tonight we started sleep training and after 2 hours of trying to get him to sleep, he’s finally asleep in his crib…phew! Hopefully, we’ll all get some quality rest tonight! 🙂

Anyways, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite smoothies that is a great snack or light meal when you don’t have a lot of time.

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Ingredients:

1/2 apple – any kind, my favorite are Mcoun
1/2 Bosc or Green pear
1/2 or whole banana
a bunch of kale – I just guesstimate here
about a tbsp or so of flaxseed
about a tbsp of chia seeds
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk or water
some crushed ice
2 tbsp greek yogurt

Directions:

Place everything in a blender or NutriBullet. Blend until smoothe and you’re done! 🙂
We love our NutriBullet. It’s perfect for making individual smoothies and makes everything with the perfect consistency.

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kale, apple, pear, banana, greek yogurt, coconut water, coconut milk, nutribullet, smoothie, recipe