Monday, February 28, 2011

THANK YOU! & a salvage score


February,  my first full month of blogging has been AWESOME !  I want to send a shout out to all of you who have been kind enough to follow me and leave your thoughtful comments.  Each and every one of you lifts me up!  I am overwhelmed with your kindness.  I’m sure all of you with blogs remember what it was like in the beginning to log on and get so excited to see comments and followers.  And STATs oh my!   My whole point in doing this was to give myself an outlet for my creativity and have a place to interact with like minded creative people.  Thank you for playing!
   
This month my most popular post by far was the recliner slip cover tutorialLast Friday I was featured for that post on Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday !!  say that 5 times fast.  (Oh which I did to anyone that would listen)  I may have even SQUEALED.  I love Miss Mustard Seed's blog and to be featured was such an honor. 

So that leads me to my photo at the top of this post.  I was so excited about being featured that I had to take a walk around the block to calm down.  I was like a child on too much sugar I actually got a headache when my high wore off.  Anyways so I walked around the block (in 25 degree weather) and just had to stop at the Habitat Restore.  I mean I was walking right by....  I found the above light fixture for $1.  It is missing most of the glass.  I love the patina.  I figured how can I lose for a dollar right?


The wiring looked a little sketchy and I don’t have anywhere to install it as a light fixture but I thought it would make a nice candle holder.  I cleaned it up, unscrewed and removed the wiring and removed the remaining piece of glass.  Fancy.  I played with the photos in Picasa.
 
Do you all know about Picasa?  It’s a free download from Google.  It is an great way to edit your photos.  I used the collage feature to make my blog header.  Here’s a tutorial if anyone is interested.  (awesome blog I have learned so much!)  I have a long way to go with my photos but you should see where I came from ;) Doesn’t it just amaze you how much knowledge and creativity bloggers happily share?  I heart bloggers.   Do you have any awesome photo tweaking tips for me?  I’d love to hear them.  Oh and again,
Thank you!!!!!


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Entry Shelf

I build shelves.  That’s my favorite thing.  Some are in my home, some I have given away, some I have sold.   One of my favorites is the one I made for my entry. 


Our entry is small about  4 1/2’X6’ with the front door at an angle.  I wanted to make hall tree but there is really not room for one.

The door you see to the left is a closet.  My inspiration came from a combination of the Pottery barn entry shelf (too big) and a shelf I saw on etsy. (I cant find it now to link to :( )  I knew I wanted lots of hooks and cubbies for display.     

The bracket on the right I found at a salvage store.  They had a bin full of them.  I wish I would have bought more. It's decorative and it hides a wierd board the was sticking out of the wall.  I told you my house is quirky right? 



The bench I made from reclaimed wood.  I love how rustic the wood is.  The basket is a great place to hold items that need to be brought out to my work shop like small tools, drill bits, screws.  Those things are everywhere in my house.  Creative frenzies are messy, right. 
  
I made the shelf out of pine boards.  For the sides I drew the bracket design on paper first then cut it out and traced it onto the board. 


I usually screw 2 boards together and cut them at one time with my jig saw so they are the same shape. (it's faster too) Then I just fill in the holes with wood putty or leave them depending on how rustic I want it.  To put it all together I use my pneumatic nail gun and wood glue.  I looove my nail gun!  For the back I used a piece of beadboard.  

To distress the wood this is my favorite tool. 



(ok it's a board with nails through it) Looks medieval right?  I think it gives rustic pieces some depth.  I just randomly pound on the wood til I get the desired effect.  


Then I painted, sanded the edges and wiped wood stain on then off to age.  Finishing is the hardest part for me.  I have learned so much from other blogs but this is something I struggle with.
The old beat up oar was a gift from my husband.  I had mentioned I wanted to find one and one day he brought it home for me.  Better than roses.   He does listen to my rambling decorating talk. J Hope you like my shelf, thanks for visiting!





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Monday, February 21, 2011

My Craft Room


In an attempt to get organized and have a less messy living room I decided I needed a craft room. 

Our home started out as a Log Cabin.  Through the years it has been added onto at least 3 times to become the quirky place it is today.  I’m quirky so we get along just fine.  I decided to turn the cabin part of the house into my craft room.  It used to be the “man room” until I realized the man never went in here so why is it the man room again? He didn't mind he's glad someone's using it.  The room has log walls that are flat on the inside and round on the outside.  Years back we pulled up the carpet and discovered the original floors are fir tung and groove.  We sanded them and put on a clear oil based finish.  They are pretty beat up but we like that about them. 

The ceiling has whitewashed panels trimmed out with molding made from small trees cut lengthwise in half.  There are faux beams made from peeled trees. 

This room is very dark with all the wood but it is a very cool room.  (Literally it’s freezing in here)  I love this room.  
For storage I brought in this small hutch my mother gave me.  She had painted it white and I distressed it.  I decided it would be the perfect place to put my sewing machine. There is also room for a plastic tote for sewing supplies.

I decided Apple green was going to be my accent color.  This room needs some color besides brown.  Brown walls, brown desk, brown floor.  First I purchased solid green curtains from Target.  On the shelves the green boxes hold spools of ribbon.  The basket on the top shelf holds my iron the bottom one holds string, twine, wire and wire cutters.   The drawer holds crafting supplies. 

The suitcases I have gathered over the years and they hold extra fabric and scrapbooking supplies.  I finished off the wall by hanging some photos and stars gallery style. The stars I have had forever and never used. They were already green, perfect!   

The desk is a laminate beast that someday when I find the right desk or table I will replace.  For now I added some Martha Stewart pulls from Home depot to give it a little character.  It has a huge top great for projects. 

The ironing board to the left of the hutch will get a fabric cover as soon as I figure out which way to go with that.  Hanging it on the wall keeps it out of the way and I hide my omnigrid rulers for cutting fabric behind it :)

I love having a space just for me to be creative.  I have my tunes, my sensy flameless candle warmer, all my supplies, what more can a girl ask for?  Well okay wine, maybe a glass of wine. 


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Welcome Sign out of Cabinet Door



I am totally addicted to the Habitat for Humanity store.  I go there once a week.  You never know what you are gonna find.  A few weeks ago I found this cabinet door for $2. Perfect size for making a sign.  I have found so many great things there, I tell you it's like a drug to me.

Anyhow, this sign is for my friend Jen.  In December I made a Merry Christmas sign (out of a cabinet door of course) for our gift exchange at work.  Jen ended up with it and after Christmas she mentioned she was going to miss it so I said I'd make her one that could last the rest of the year.  She plans to add hooks to the bottom and hang it in her entry. It is very simple now but I know the hooks will help jazz it up.  The detail on the cabinet door is my favorite. 



Here's how I made it.  First I removed the grungy hardware and filled the holes with wood filler.  I cleaned it, then lightly sanded to prep for paint.  


Next I painted it with interior satin latex paint.  


Now for the stencil.  To make a custom stencil simply print out the word or design on paper then cover it with several layers of clear packing tape to stiffen it up.  Use tape on both sides of the paper. (If you use card stock for the paper it makes it that much stiffer)  Cut out the design with a razor blade knife and you will have a stencil which can be used over and over again.  Welcome signs for everyone! 

(eww this photo turned out greeny didn't it)

I used a blend of black and brown craft paint for the stencil. I ended up using a small paint brush to fill in and clean up some of the lines.  This font needed to be a little more crisp then some I've used before if that makes sense.  After the stencil paint dried I distressed the edges with sand paper. To make the details of the the door pop I thinned down the stencil paint with water and wiped it on then off with a cloth.  I suppose I should have finished it off with a clear coat but I really never do that.  It's just a sign it should be okay, right?  I hope she likes it!



So what I learned for next time is that you cant use wall paint for a stencil it is to thin it leaks through and looks terrible.  Also for this font I could have just use tracing paper to trace the word onto the sign then fill in by hand painting instead of making a stencil. I usually don't do that because I am not good at detail painting with a small brush and it always looks crooked and like a child painted it.  Live and learn!



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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Recliner Slipcover Tutorial


I am SO happy with this chairs transformation.  It brightens up the room, gives it the casual coastal look I am going for.  To read the story of the chair go here.  
For my tutorial I am just going to explain how I changed the look of the chair but not really how to sew a slipcover because I am not an expert. Here's the before again.

Here's my supplies.  I actually purchased 2-12'x15' drop cloths for this project but I only used about 2/3's of one.  I told you my sewing machine was basic right?



I wanted my lazyboy to not look like a "lazyboy" so I decided to just go for it.  I cut the back pillow off.  At this point I freaked out a little bit. Actually it was more like I hope my husband doesn't walk in right now..... not really he is very supportive of my creative whims. I then pulled out all the stuffing and added 4" foam.  I pulled the mauve fabric back over the foam stapling tightly and cut off the excess fabric.  No going back to Mauve for this chair because I proceeded to cut the bottom cushion out too. 
I decided I needed to make four slip covers.  This way it will be easier get the darn thing off to wash it. I made one for the back, one for the bottom half including arms, one for the footrest, and one for the cushion.  The Method I used for making my slip cover was just to simply lay fabric over the chair, pin, cut (leaving a seam allowance)and then sew. 

The back was by far the easiest part. It slips on then attaches to the bottom of the back with velcro. This makes the pleats lay nice and straight. The front part just sorta hangs there and is held down by the bottom cushion. Fancy.
The footrest I folded and pleated the fabric on the top were you could see it & used elastic along the bottom underside because the pleats hide any bunching.


Next I covered the seat cushion. I reused the bottom cushion foam because it was in great shape. I closed up the back with velcro. I have never attempted a zipper and I didn't feel like this was the time to start. Velcro is so much easier.  When covering a cushion I find the hardest part is getting the top cushion fabric to line up with the bottom cushion fabric.  It came out a little tweaked. Oh well a perfectionist I am not.  
The arms went pretty well. The hardest part was getting that darn pleated skirt straight and the right length.  I re-did the left side 3 times. At that point I was about to say forget it (lets just burn the mauve chair) but I was so close. 
The inside part of the arms are attached to the inside of the chair with velcro.


The back part of the arms are Velcroed to the back of the chair and the back piece covers that.





As you can see from the pictures when the recliner is fully reclining the back pulls away and the pleats drag on the floor.  It is far from perfect. For me it works and most important, it is not mauve. 


Remember what it looked like before?


I love it.

    

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