It's been a busy summer so far and I thought I'd post a few of the projects I've finished so far this summer as well as some upcoming projects. This bicycle was a hand-me-down and while I liked the style of the bike, I didn't like the color or the decals that were beginning to peel off so I decided to repaint the bike. First, I peeled off all the decals and disassembled the bicycle. Then I used paint stripper to remove the paint. I followed up with a fine grit sandpaper to remove any stubborn spots. After that, I cleaned the frame to get it ready to prime and paint. To paint the bike I used two coats of primer followed by many coats of Krylon Indoor Outdoor spray paint in Pistachio green which I sanded in between coats to keep the finish smooth, then sealed it with clear glaze. After that it was just a matter of reassembling everything which was relatively easy since I had bagged and labeled all of the smaller parts that weren't painted. Overall, this was a very inexpensive, but time consuming project.
Stripped and Sanded:
Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Pistachio.
This next project was also inexpensive, but unlike repainting the bicycle, this project did not require a lot of time. I purchased the napkins at Home Goods for $4.99 for a set of four napkins. I found the instructions for this project on the Country Living website. The instructions on that website say to wash the fabric before painting. DO NOT DO THAT! The napkins will never be quite as square as they are when you first buy them which means that your stripes will be straighter if you paint the napkins before washing them. However, I followed the instructions and washed my napkins first and had a harder time getting strait stripes as a result. Also, I substituted grout tape for painters tape since that's what I had on hand and it worked just fine. The fabric paint I bought at a Joann Fabrics and Crafts store.
As far as upcoming projects, I recently purchased this chair for only $35 that I found on Craigslist which I'm going to try to reupholster myself as a warm up to reupholstering my settee (another Craigslist find).