Saturday, October 29, 2011

Timmy the Time-Out Turtle

So, if you've been following, you may have come to the conclusion that I'm obsessed with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.  I recently finished a vanity for my sister, to read about that CLICK HERE.  I was really excited because since I linked it up to Miss Mustard Seed's FFF, and Allison's Hookin' Up with HOH's  I've received over 200 visitors to the project just after linking.  I'm going to have to link up Timmy next week.  You probably have also discovered I don't have tons of funds to spend on great "ready to paint furniture" either.  So, you could imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon Timmy at one of my favorite Salvage & Surplus shops.  He was a whoppin' $4.50!!!!!!!  Again, I did have a before picture, but it was on my phone (that was taken while in Vegas a couple of weeks ago)...but I did manage to have this pic...It's after the first coat of ASCP Antibes Green.  NO SANDING...NO STRIPPING!  Just the good stuff...painting!  He did have eyes and a shell, but I removed them before painting.

I'd been loving all of the French Chair upholstery projects I'd been seeing on other blogs, so a few weeks prior to finding Timmy, I ordered some stuff for a "future" project. I found a website that offers GREAT fabric, coffee sacks, grain sacks, jute, you name it.  It's called the Online Fabric Store.  I ran into a minor problem with Timmy, I have never reupholstered anything before in my life.  He was in need of new clothes.  So, what did I do?  Searched my fabulous "favorite bloggers" bookmark for a tutorial, and went at it. Here's the conversation that happened in my head, "Hey, why don't you use one of those coffee sacks for new diggs for Timmy"?!?"  So, I did.  I ripped his shell right off (unscrewed it) obviously before painting.  Then, I patiently ripped off removed all the staples and brads.  I was happy to see the ugly red vinyl had done its job of protecting the foam underneath, so that didn't need to be replaced.  I did use one layer of burlap (left over from a previous recovering project) under the coffee sack just for added protection.  (My monsters are in timeout a lot!!)  I used the red vinyl as a "template" to cut the coffee sack.

I flipped the coffee sack (good side down) and the burlap and put the foam down, then the bottom wood...follow?  Then I stapled the layers of burlap and sack to the top (underside).  Here's Timmy after 2 coats of ASCP, a little distressing, light wax, an attached shell, and eyes.  The only thing missing?  Brads!

Being new to upholstering, I wasn't quite sure how to do the furniture brads...but went back to some edumicate myself.  I didn't have enough brads to make them touch because some were missing when Timmy became mine, so rather than placing them super close I spaced them out randomly to accent the pleats.  I could have purchased all new ones, but I liked the ones that he did have, and was afraid I couldn't match them.  Besides that, I didn't want to spend any $$ on him.  So, after's Timmy the Time-Out Turtle!  There was one piece of the coffee sack that was not secure (pictured below) so I got the staple gun out and fixed it.

As you can see....the PJ-d monsters really hate timeouts with Timmy!!  I can't win for trying!

I'll link Timmy up to FFF, and Hookin' Up with HOH next week!

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  1. That is so adorable! I saw where you linked it up to my party! I will definitely be highlighting this soon on my blog.
    Your blog is adorable! I hope you are having fun with it. :)

  2. oh no!! I just got rid of one like that, that I picked up at an auction. I couldn't think of what in the world I could do with it. ah well....yours turned out super cute!!

  3. Thanks Christie! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Timmy is just TOO CUTE! I'd love for you to share this over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday on the Korner!

  5. Hey Kammy! I'd love to!!! Be over in a sec...thanks for stopping by!

  6. I am enjoying my visit to your blog. I am the turtle girl on my blog so Timmy speaks to me. B

  7. This has to be the cutest little project every. Love that green too by Annie. Thanks so much for sharing with my newbie party.

  8. So adorable!! (and the turtle's not bad too;)
    Thanks for sharing the website, I think I am going to order some stuff this week.

  9. @scrapmebaby
    I'm so glad you found that helpful!!! Let me know what you find!


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