Makeover day 3: salvaged chippy windows

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Chippy fun windows! 
I found these a couple weeks ago and thought they'd be great additions on either side of the bed. 

This one with the blue was such a great match to our colors, it's almost unreal!

 Just love it.

They aren't exactly the same, but the size and colors that coordinate was more important to me.

Once I have the room completed, I am excited to show you the complete before and afters!  It's been a loooong process! :)  I love how light and airy it feels- a mix of romance, vintage and contemporary, and, a  more sophisticated look than what I'd originally started playing with.
I thought I'd figured out what else I wanted to add to the fabric panel behind the bed, but nothing's really clicking. I may just wait and see what jumps out at me down the road.

Next, I'm setting my sights on this little vanity stool. A pretty new cushion is in the works. 

I also just bought a nautical map on Etsy that I'm really excited about- for the wall here:
  Another little pop of aqua is coming!

Have a great Monday friends!

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master bedroom day 2- romantic fabric wall

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Whew.  This has been a rough week!  I thought I'd be much further along in the makeover, but I ended up with strep and was completely down and out for a couple days.
I'm feeling much better with the antibiotics, but playing major catch up on life!

Just a quick post to show you some progress. 
A little drama:

I simply added four yards of a lightweight cotton to a cafe rod.  I love the height it adds and the softness.
Some tassels were also added above the mirror...

Still playing with this- I think I may add a bit more so there's a little more oomph to it, but I like the direction we're headed.
Here was the wall before (and pre- new bed skirt!):


Some more fun projects over the weekend in here, can't wait to show you!
Have a great Friday!

bedroom makeover week! Day 1: bedskirt

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Maybe if I write it, it will come true??  :)

This week, my goal is to get the master bedroom done.  I say that with a little smirk, because we all know that in decor, nothing is ever done. There's always tweaking along the way, right?
Not only that, but I have some kind of throat virus that wiped me out yesterday, so not feeling too swell at the moment.  

Saturday, I was able to put on a new bedskirt:
Since I've been redoing our space, I took off the cream one, and thought I'd found a new one at Goodwill for $6.  It ended up being the highwater pants on the bed.

Whenever we had company over, I was secretly hoping no one would see our bedroom. 

I simply cut off the old and sewed on the new!  

Our bed sits up higher than average, so we always need a 21" drop skirt.  These are crazy expensive and very hard to find in stores.  I made ours from a cotton/ poly blend (no wrinkles!) for about $15.

Fabric on the bolt is typically 44" / 45" wide- cut it down the center fold, and there's the skirt!  I doubled the length so we would have a nice gather.  

Long running baste stitch to make the folds-

Pinned it to base-
sewed over the baste stitch.

So simple!  It did take a little time, but it looks so much better.
Today I am hoping to tackle the wall behind the bed- some more billowy fabric to create a romantic backdrop behind the mirror.  Lots more to come, and I hope to show the complete bedroom reveal by the end of the week!

Thanks so much to Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating for featuring the upholstered chair on her blog today :)
Happy Monday Friends!

Basic upholstery tips

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Thanks so much for all of the kind comments on my first upholstery piece!

I learned a lot.  
It's not perfect.  
But I think it turned out better than I had hoped for a first project!
Years ago, when I was a newlywed, I was working at a very large fabric store in Portland.  Periodically, they would offer upholstery classes.  They always filled up fast, were very expensive, and they required you to have a lot of the (expensive) tools prior to class.  I always hoped maybe someday I could take one, but I never did.  Heck, I was eating microwave popcorn for lunch back then, because that's all I could afford!

I learned how to undertake this project from reading up on several other tutorials around the blog world, so now I am paying it forward.  I referenced this blog and this one  primarily for my "lessons".

First off, I didn't use a lot of fancy expensive tools.
This is what I used:

You probably have all these tools too.

Remove all of the trim and fabric.  I used my needle nose pliers and hands.
This is not for someone who is worried about messing up a manicure.  Your hands will be very sore when you're done and you might even get a couple blisters.  I did.
The batting on the chair was in really good shape and stayed put during the deconstruct phase, and I kept it.  I also kept any nail head trim that wasn't too wonky from pulling out and reused those around the burlap.

As much as possible, keep the original fabric intact!  I used all the original pieces as a pattern to cut out the new ones.  I used a black sharpie to label each section once it was off.  That way, I knew what went where when it came time to put it all back together.  Be a little generous with cutting the new fabric pieces- I was a tad short in a couple spots.  (as consolation, when I took off the old fabric, I noticed that even though the original job was amazing, they still had some extra pieces they had to tack on to make it all work too ;)  )

Make sure all the staples, nails and sharp stuff has been removed from the frame.

If you plan on painting the frame or wood, do it now before the fabric goes back on. I also wanted something interesting on the chair- so I painted stripes and the numbers on the seat back using this method.

Once the paint and finish is dry, you can start putting the new fabric back onto the chair. I started with the front back of the chair, burlap sides, then the seat, the arms, and finally the back of the chair.

Lay each piece of fabric where it is going and adjust and smooth it out before you start tucking.  Once it is in place, you can use your staple gun to secure it to the frame.  Your staples will get covered with trim, but make sure they are somewhat close to the edge so they will be hidden.

It was tough to tuck in the fabric in some spots, so I used a wood clipboard to help dig it in.
Hey, sometimes you gotta use what you have on hand.
It was easier than trying to get my fingers in there, very sturdy, and thin enough without poking holes into the fabric.

Key words here: pull, smooth, tuck.
Once all your pieces are stapled firmly in place, you will need to hide all the staples and rough edges.  I used white trim, a la Miss Mustard Seed.  Using my sewing measuring tape, I measured how many yards I would need to cover up everything.   A hot glue gun is the only tool I used.

Try to avoid connecting together smaller pieces.  If you do have an end point in the middle somewhere, fold the end of the trim over, add a dab of glue and smoosh it in as close as you can to the other end piece.  That other end should also be folded under!  No frayed ends!

For the inner arm sections, I made double cord welting.

Centsational Girl's tutorial was very informative, and I won't attempt to rewrite what she already did so well.  It's pretty easy!
I'm not sure if this is technically the "right way" to finish off the arms, but it works for me, and looks a lot more finished than the folds and tucks that were there before.  Some more hot glue and tucking, and it was good to go.


I hope this makes sense, and takes some of the intimidation factor out of upholstery!

Some final tips:
The chair I used was a $15 thrift shop find.  It was well constructed, and had simple lines.  Not a family heirloom or a buddies project that I would feel sick about if something went horribly wrong. 

Same thing for the fabric.  $9.99 white cotton duck fabric.  I think I even used a coupon, so it was less than that.  The burlap was extra I had on hand from other projects, and as I said before, I reused the nail head trim when possible.  The white trim was .99 cents a yard, and I used a little over 3 yards to cover the staples.
Inexpensive, but good quality fabric.

ASCP in Pure White was what I painted the legs with.  Dark and light waxes for an aged look, and a bit of sanding on the edges.

The best thing you can do to get a smooth finish is to gently, but firmly, pull and smooth as you go.
Any other questions, feel free to ask!


upholstered chair - my first one!

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It was so weird writing that title just now. 
My first upholstered chair. 
I'm not sure if there will be any more in my future, but I can't believe I actually conquered the intimidation factor, and did it. 
There was lots of procrastinating along the way.  But it's done!

I just love it.  
This went from a $15 thrift shop find, to a shabby chic beauty.

Here was the original look:

The construction and upholstery were in great shape, it was just a little old smelling, dirty, and outdated.
One point of inspiration for this chair was Amy's version- you can see by clicking here.  I also pinned it to my DIY board on Pinterest.
I loved the deconstructed look of it.
I also added in something personal to the design.  The number on the chair back is actually my hubby's number from his football days.  I spent a lot of time watching that number run around scoring touch downs back in the day.  ;)
The legs of the chair were painted in Annie Sloan's Pure White and distressed.  I used both clear and dark wax on the legs to bring out the detail.

The original fabric was a heavy textured damask in olive and gold.
I used a white cotton duck (burlap on the sides).
I've long admired Miss Mustard Seed's method of using white trim on her furniture.  I gave it a shot, and was really happy with the results.

A little lumbar pillow to accent the chair.  I used the inside of the fabric to soften the aqua print and then stenciled a crown onto the fabric.  When the paint was half dry, I tossed the fabric into the wash to lighten the tone.  Then, I embellished it with some vintage lace I had in my stash.

I am so happy I tried my hand at this!  
It wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it might be.  
Tomorrow I'll be offering my insights on how I did this project from start to finish.
You might even call it a tutorial. 
The living room is finally starting to become a pretty space!

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DIY shell art

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It's kind of ironic that I'm doing this today- we have had bits of snow off and on for the last 24 hours! 
Anyway, this is a project for our master bedroom, which has a beachy theme going on.  
I'm dreaming of some sun and surf! :)

I started out with an oval canvas. 
You can buy these at any craft store- I happened to have this one on hand from a project that was never completed.  It was bright blue, so I painted it a sand color so it wouldn't show through the fabric.

Next, I cut out a piece of Osnaburg.  I use it for a lot of my projects- it has the look of rough linen for a fraction of the cost! It's my favorite. 

With a staple gun, staple the fabric all around the edge.  I didn't worry about doing it on the sides, because it's going to get covered up anyway. Be generous with stapling- not too many bubbles!
Once it's stapled in place, trim away the excess fabric.

Next, I had some extra rope from our rope shelf project.  It was the perfect amount to "frame" the canvas.

Cut the rope so the two edges of the rope just touch.
  (you will need a really sharp knife to cut it- be careful you only cut the rope, and not any of your digits!!)

Next, I used some twine to wrap the edges of the rope for a finished look, and to keep the rope from fraying.  I dabbed a little hot glue onto the rope, and added the end of the twine into the hot glue. Once it had set, I just wrapped it around several times, and did the hot glue on the other end of the twine to finish it and hold it in place.

Once that was done to both ends of the rope, I used some E6000 glue, and went around the edge of the canvas with an even bead of glue. I held it in place for a minute, and then let it sit all night with some cans of paint squishing the sides into the canvas!  :) 

This morning I added the shell, also with the E6000 glue, and once it was in place, I added a big Ziploc of beans to keep even pressure on it while the glue dried.  If you plan to make something like this, be careful not to miss your target- you'll have glue showing on the fabric.  No good.

The shell I used was one of a few I picked up at Goodwill this past fall.  
(that's how long I've been waiting to do this.....) 
I love how it turned out!  
I am super anxious to get going on finishing up our bedroom.  
Just a few more projects and it will be done!

Thanks for letting me share this fun and simple project with you.

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more stuff in my booth!

Since emptying my Etsy shop Friday, I have more stuff to add in to my booth :) 
It was in need of some freshening, so I spent about 2 hours today moving things around and making it look better.  It looked ok before, I just wasn't super proud of it.  In my rush to get things set up in December, I didn't have a lot of time to think of how I wanted "The Look".
I added in some vintage sheet music to the top shelf.  Last week I had the lonely copper breadbox sitting up there, and it looked pretty corny.  
I also made a real sign for my spot!

Remember the oval gold frame and 1970's painting that came with it?  Now it looks like this!
(no offense to the artist who painted the flowers.  It really was an amazing job.)

I grouped more like items together.  

The beachy dresser is now looking like this:
 This vintage window screen and dotted lace scarf was something I added in today too.  Kinda separates my booth from the one behind mine.
I desperately need to find / make some bookshelves!!!!  It would be so much better for some of my smalls.  *sigh*  That's on my wish list.

Second on my wish list is an inexpensive (ha ha) bohemian / oriental rug.  I think it would be a nice look instead of the commercial carpeting. :)

New items here include the vintage sea life paint by numbers; the Metolius fish sign (a famous fly fishing spot here in Oregon! Painted and cut by yours truly); also the tall lidded basket, which has little leather hinges!

Some other new items in the booth-  a vintage print of a girl with her cat, "Chums"; a pretty gold cupid votive holder; the wood footed stand with sheet music fringe; some mid century fur cuffs!  These were actually my grandma's.  I'm ok with letting them go.  (so is my mom) I'm not really into fur these days- too much of an animal lover.  They could be added to a coat, some boots, or maybe a sweater!

A large cloche and silver tray housing some red vintage books:

Late last night I made this little Valentine frame:

The key is vintage, and I thought it was cute with the bit of red velvet backing!

Probably the hardest piece for me to let go of was this vintage litho of Jesus and his disciples.  Both Jon and I really loved it.  I did hang it in our house for a few days before I decided to put it in here.  It's really beautiful- I don't care for a lot of the art you find in Christian bookstores these days.

If you look closely you can see that the path is leading them to a city beyond the trees, just to the left in the picture.
Hope I don't regret letting go of this one too much!!

It was fun getting the booth in order and some new items stocked.  I have a few more pieces waiting in the wings, including some vintage Valentines.
See you soon!