Wednesday, July 4, 2012

It's Always SUCH a Project: Metal Chair Makeover; Kane Report; Grayslake Preview

Here is our makeover candidate!
Our fav stripper!
Paint bubbling in 20 minutes!
It's Always SUCH a Project: Metal Chair Makeover

Joe and I thought it would be fun to try an experiment with these metal office chairs. Could we strip off the existing finish to achieve a sand-blasted look? First we removed the seats, being sure to remember which screw went where. Then we covered the metal with our favorite stripper, Citrusstrip. available at WalMart. A word of caution: while the can says it can be used indoors, it is really MESSY, so we recommend outside, away from everything, out of the wind. It only took about 20 minutes for the paint to bubble. Some places it came off easily, other places were really stubborn. We ended up needing to sand the chairs, too, but were happy with the results. Wanna give it a try? Expect to spend about an hour per chair. One can does about 4 chairs. If you can hose them off somewhere afterwards, that would be great! Otherwise, you'll need lots of wiping cloths. Let us know how yours turn out.

KANE REPORT: HOT, HOT, HOT! Which kept a lot of our regular crowd away. But we did have some good dealer sales -- yeah!! Lots of furniture went to new homes. And handmades did well. THEN A HUGE STORM HIT SUNDAY AFTERNOON. YIKES. Felt like it kinda of came out of nowhere. 80 mph wind gusts left a number of tents looking like spent arachnids. It was definitely scary. Check out the report from our outside pals, Judy and Anita, of Iowa Junk Gypsies. Glad you are OK, girls!

GRAYSLAKE PREVIEW: Because Sunday was the 1st, everything is early this month! Grayslake is this weekend -- July 7-8 -- do come and see us. I will post photos Friday on Facebook, as well as the HALF-OFF general admission coupon. And remember -- the building is air-conditioned. Whew. xo

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