Funky finds

Conversation pieces are priceless and 8th Street is not short on options!  Let us start with creative, funky plants!!!  Find something unique and plant away….we did!

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You’re grounded

The coffee table can center or ground your room.  It can also be a gathering place.  When I was younger there was an older couple at my church, the Gigers, who would watch us occasionally. We loved going to their house because we would get milk, oreos, and play dominos for hours around their coffee table.  My brother and sister and I would sit on the floor, they would sit on the couch and the competition would be on!  I am sure they let us win, but we were non-the-wiser.

Playing games is still something I love to do!  When my husband and I have friends over, more than likely, we will end the night with games.  And trust me, no one is letting anyone win!

The efficiency of a coffee table meets many needs and the potential beauty can make all the difference in a space you probably spend most of your time.  So if you love your coffee table plan a gathering around it!  If it is time for something different plan a trip to 8th Street and let your imagination go!

So many choices

Outside, inside, mid-century, industrial, rustic, wood, glass-top…it goes on and on.  Decide what your coffee table needs to function as; leg rest, decorative element, to keep food away from your pets?  There is no right or wrong and no end to how creative you can get.  Take this large antique trough, put a long piece of glass or plexiglass over it and cause a conversation when people walk in.

Take a funky metal piece and keep it rustic, or paint it to match your room and let the lines speak for themselves…

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Back in business

And for those of you wondering, there was no reward for being a loyal customer aka, no free phone.  But I do have a brand new phone purchased the old fashion way.  Now the coffee table adventure can continue!

Coffee anyone?

Coffee table basics (according to Wayfair designs)…

“It should be the same height as your sofa cushions or 1-2 inches lower, it should be about 2/3 the length of your couch, and it should be placed about 12-18 inches away from the couch.”

But we are not usually about basics here at 8th Street.  So, apply what you will and just have fun with creating a unique and one of a kind coffee table that will ground your living space and provide a functional area for drinks (or legs if you are at my house).  It is time for the coffee table to take the attention back from the coffee table book!

Too dependent

I never thought I would be a person who stores and depends on their phone for everyday life, but I am!  I think it would be hard to find someone who is active in life, that is not.  All this to say, last weekend my phone decided to die.  It died and I left for the beach!  Not in response…what a life that would be!  I left because that was the plan and there was no time to get a phone.  Pictures, write-ups, to-do lists, numbers, will all be lost when I do get back in the act but I will recover, life will go on and it will fill my phone with new pictures and to-dos.  I am headed to the phone store where hopefully they will say, “You have been such an amazing customer for the past 17 years, here is a new iphone on us, thank you for being so loyal”!  Or at least one can hope!  And then your normal blog will be back in action!  Wish me luck!

You may be seated!

 

 

I love the vintage feel of this chair but it needed a little updating, so let the journey begin!

I cut off the fish canvas, taped up the wooden arm rests with painters tape, and spray painted the chair frame black.  When you spray paint, the most important thing is to stay about 6-8 inches away and do not try to get it all in one spray.  Always, do at least 2 coats.

I used the original fabric to figure out the dimensions of the new fabric.  I bought this AMAZING linen at The 8th Street Market in vendor 1030’s booth.  I love the muted colors, I am a sucker for muted prints!  I did a normal hem on both sides and then I was ready to hand sew the fabric onto the chair.

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Large stitches on the top (obviously hand-done), center stitch in the middle of the chair and then another to secure the bottom.  If I wanted a little more longevity from this chair, I would definitely double-stitch everything.

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Removed the black tape and you have a new “glammed-up” chair!  I love it.

From old to new!

If you noticed it is a different pool, then checkout the reality below!  I guess these pools are a one-time use only???  So, new plastic pool it is!  This project was so fun and so easy!  Let me know what you think and what kind of chairs you have refinished!

In process

Supplies are together, de-construction has begun!!! Check us out this weekend for the finished “glam” project!

There are so many sources available today to learn how to DIY.  Don’t be afraid to try something new and don’t hesitate to learn something new.  My projects are not always perfect and they do not always turn out like I envisioned, but just like life, it is a learning experience and with the right view, just a good time of exploring!

from sad to glam

Every once in a while, we will be posting on how to re-invent something yourself.  This week, we will be taking this sad scene…

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And hopefully “glamm-ing” it up a bit.  We found some amazing vintage fabric at The 8th Street Market and will hopefully be able to give this amazing chair a fresh new face.

Ingenious invention

We have all used them in one form or another.  They might not scream comfort or luxury but we have all been grateful for their existence……duh duh duh duh….the folding chair!!!

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I was shopping in a thrift store, a hobby if you will, the other day and found this beautiful old folding chair.  It just reminded me of how creative and practical people can be and how much I get to benefit from other’s ideas and pursuits.

According to the most reliable source on the internet, wikipedia, John Cham established the first paten for the folded chair in 1855.  Since sliced bread wasn’t marketed until the 1920s.  I can imagine the previous turn of phrase being ” That’s the greatest thing since fold out chairs”.  And they would have been right! They save the day in their multiple forms constantly.  Concerts, parties, and camping are just three events I can think where some form of this ingenious invention increases the enjoyment ten-fold!

So enjoy your summer!  And when you pop out that camping chair, or unfold the metal one give a small shout out to “the Cham-ster” who started it all.  Cham-ster, to increase comfort is to increase time together and we are thankful for your invention!

This is a gate-fold chair created by the Cosco company more than likely in the 1950s. According to their website coscoproducts.com, they started out making tin matchboxes in the 1930s, helped make military equipment during World War II, then moved on to household metal stools and chairs.

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I love that it comes with instructions and what a lady in her hose and heels demonstrating for us!  Classy!  I genuinely love it.

Can I take you to dinner?

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It is rare that you find vintage chairs that all match, thank goodness the eclectic look is amazing!  Our vendors, however, are skilled at finding bulks of treasures and often acquire complete sets for those who favor this look.  It is clean, sophisticated, and allows you to go a little crazier in other areas if you desire.  If I was in the market for chairs (which I honestly always am), I would dive into the beautiful lines of these black wire-legged mid-century chairs!  With their curved wood seat, they are comfortable and able to support any bum for a long dinner full of amazing conversation and the memories that come with it.

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My personal table at home is on the eclectic side.  I often get carried away with form over function, but my practical, efficient husband has helped balance me out…..just a little.  He is a good ‘ol strong Texas boy and needs a good ‘ol strong chair to support him.  So when I changed the chairs out around our dining room table, his curved back wooden chair was not to be touched. He feels supported and I know my “boundaries”.

Patio fun

Make your outdoor space funky and give it some life!  We just wanted to share some of the choices we offer for some summer time fun, that could help make those amazing memories and bring some extra spice to those hot summer nights!

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