Epic Stairway Gallery Wall
For awhile the chair sat in my living room as is until I realized with a little work, this chair could be the chair of my dreams.
I started with the frame. The seat easily came off by removing a few screws. The back cushion was easily removed. After cleaning it off, I took the frame out to the driveway for a little sanding and a few coats of primer and black lacquer paint.
For about a day of work and $30 total I had a brand new chair that was EXACTLY what I wanted. And ever since then, I've learned that for the most part, the dustier the store, the cooler the stuff.
I was on a hunt for cheap romance novels as a (obviously hilarious) gift for a friend when I stopped by one of the dustiest thrift stores I had ever seen. It was dirty and smelled funky and - wait, whats that in the corner? Pink velvet? I'm on my way. There it was under a terrifying pile of old afghans... a beautiful beat up creature and it was only $5. Sold.
Before & After: $5 Chair For A New Office On A Budget
Next came the easy part. I tied each of the bottles with a green raffia ribbon from my local craft store. I circled around a few times, tied a knot, then circled around again and did the same thing. Figure out beforehand how low you want the lowest bottle to hang. Cut all the ribbons to be about a foot longer than that. Now I'm sure there is some scientific design formula that can tell you how to get them most pleasing display of bottles but if there is, I don't know it. I decided to wing it.
When I decided on a pattern, I secured the knots and clipped the ends. Here is the finished product which now hangs in the window over my desk. I absolutely love it. The flowers inside are fake (omg!) for now but I cant wait to get outside to get clip some of the wildflowers that grow like crazy during the summer. I think I will start with one of my favorites, daisies.
For years I've been picking up old medicine bottles from dirty barns and basements and even in old campsites. Currently they were sitting in a sad little line on a shelf in the bathroom waiting for me to "actually have time to do something with them". I gathered up some small hooks, a hammer, some ribbons and the bottles. First, I nailed the hooks over the window spacing them apart equally. I used hooks because I anticipated that these would work well if I ever changed the bottles out.
DIY: Brighten Up Your View With Hanging Vintage Bottles