Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recovered Sofa

Change with me is inevitable.  After searching, studying, and designing for others, I am always getting new ideas for my home as well.  Which brings me to my latest project, my living room.  

Since I enjoy changing things up so much, I thought the plan to alter my sofa was a wise investment.  Having a neutral sofa allows for you to change the colors and fabrics of a room much easier.  Not to mention I really didn't enjoy our micro fiber couch, the fabric always looked dirty.

I found a fabric I love at a local fabric store for only $6.99 a yard!  It is an upholstery fabric that is very similar to chenille; however, it has both light and dark threads in it that compliment the leather frame.   Total cost to recover my couch, $130...AND a lot of time and sewing. :)

Sofa before:

Sofa after:
Here is a close-up of the fabric:
I can't wait to get going on the rest of the room!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Completed Headboard

Here is a new DIY queen size headboard I completed this past week for someone.  I really like how the soft white compliments their bedding! -

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Decorating Tip Of The Month

Dress-up Your Lamps

Adding something as simple as beads, ribbon, or fabric to your lamp shades can add some of those extra touches to a room - 



Friday, November 25, 2011

From Doorway to Archway

Our friends are just finishing up their basement and had a brilliant idea that we just had to copy, turning your basement doorway into an archway!
  When we finished our basement over five years ago, we removed the door and filled in the hinges with putty.  We wanted to make it a continuation of our home, and not feel so much like a 'basement'.  Unfortunately, it still looked like 'someone just took off the door to the basement'.

After hearing of their great idea we decided to have ours done by the same contractor while he was completing theirs as well.  

We went from this - 

To this - 

another angle:


The basement now feels more of an extension of our home, rather than a separation. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"I am Thankful for..." Printable Craft Strips Wreath

Anyone else enjoying

If you are as much as me you may have seen these cute little "I am thankful for..." craft strips that can be used in a multitude of ways; garlands, napkin ring holders, etc.  

Silverboxcreative.com provides a link for the download for the free printables here.

  Last weekend my sweet friend and I hung out and she brought over this fun and festive craft for us to try.  She left me with some extra rings so I decided to try and make a wreath with them...I think it turned out pretty cute!

I started by buying a styrofoam wreath -

Then I hot glued the strips into rings and glued them on the wreath in different directions -

And kept gluing and gluing AND gluing.  Before I went all the way around I gathered the ribbon I wanted to hang it from and tied it around the wreath -

Once tied, I glued the rings over the ribbon so it was hidden and finished filling in the entire wreath - 

Finally after it was complete I tied a very long loose bow onto the ribbon to let it drape over the wreath.

Another fun direction to take these cute little "thankful" strips.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Storage Ottoman - Finishing Touches - Part 2

If you missed the "how to" build this storage ottoman below, you can find that tutorial here -

Now that I had a finished box, I needed to make it pretty!

I started out by setting my nails in deeper with a nail setter, and filled in all holes, and cracks with Minwax's Stainable Wood Filler -
Then sand, sand, SAND!

I chose Minwax's 'Provincial 211' as the color to stain it.

For those of you who haven't stained before, it is incredibly easy.  Simply dip a clean cloth in stain, wipe and rub into wood in the direction of the grain.  Make sure you apply it evenly and that no stain drips are left unattended.  Continue applying until you reach your desired darkness. (directions recommend sanding in between; however, that is a step I usually skip.)  
I completed the process by spraying a polyurethane top coat in gloss.  I like to use the spray can version to get even coverage and avoid brush strokes.

Next was applying my previously broken bench top:

I decided to use hinges because I knew my kids would never replace the lid after retrieving/returning a blanket back to the ottoman.

After many failed attempts of trying to hold the lid, hinges, and box in place while drilling the screws in by myself...my dear friend came over to help hold everything while I drilled!  What a lifesaver!


We have our selves a very functional, beautiful storage box to hold our blankets in our family room!

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Storage Ottoman - Building The Box - Part 1

 I needed something to store blankets in our basement in, and plan on putting this storage ottoman behind our couch to hold them.  The backs of the couch that the bench will be against both recline.  I knew that because of that I couldn't make my bench more than 20 inches high.

 To make this storage ottoman I started with the tufted bench cushion dimensions.

I know, I know, you guys are probably thinking..."What in the world is this crazy girl doing, didn't she just have back surgery a month ago?"  BUT, I had my dear sweet hubby come to the store with me, load and unload all my wood from the store to my garage, so all I had to do was saw and hammer. (which was all within my weight limitations, kinda ;).

I started by cutting the long sides of my box first.  I wanted the front piece to extend along the entire front.

Then I cut my side pieces to fit in between my two front pieces.

Then hammered them together with 1 1/2 inch nails.

I cut pieces going along the width of the box because I was using a miter saw and couldn't cut pieces long enough length wise.

I cut the pieces to fit until it was all closed up.

Now I had a finished box!

Next, add your bun feet.  I simply drilled a hole slightly smaller than the screw that came on my bun feet and screwed in the feet.

And...you have a storage box with feet!

Tomorrow Part 2 will show you how I finished it off!