Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Oak Buffet Makeover

So today I thought I'd share a quick before and after of a recent custom piece I painted.  I'm leaving for the Haven blogging conference in a couple days so there's no time for one of my normal long winded blog posts. Don't worry I'm sure I'll have lots to say about the conference.  Three hundred DIY & Decor bloggers in one hotel, should be crazy and amazing.  So many of my favorite bloggers will be there.  I'm super excited & mildly terrified. I'm really not much of a talker (unless it's about DIY and Decor) but somehow I think I'll be okay.  These are some of my people. 

The Oak buffet had been my clients grandmothers so it had sentimental value and she wanted to keep it.  She just wanted to update it and make it more her style. 

She showed me a couple inspiration pictures and I knew just what color she would love, Duck Egg Blue (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint).   The inspiration pieces were pretty heavily distressed and so I decided to do some heavy sanding and add some dark wax as well as clear. 

She loved it!  

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Where I Blog

It became apparent to me recently that my system for working from home was not working.  At least not the part I do on the computer.  I had fallen back into the morning routine of grabbing a cup of coffee, turning on the Today Show and sitting down on the couch with my laptop.  (I know bad idea right) First I check on the blog, then read and answer emails, facebook, catch up on the blogs I follow then inevitably end up on Pinterest for a few minutes to get the creative juices flowing.  While the blog and my facebook page are not a huge part of my income they are important to my business.  Thing is I need to make sure they are not sucking up the best part of the day where I should be working on furniture. 

The couch is like a vortex. Once you sit on it it's hard to get off it.  I know to be more productive I had to stop doing this. Like Now.  Previously I had been using the desk in the craft room but that room is where I reupholster furniture so the desk is always covered with fabric, batting, foam, sewing machine...etc.  I decided I needed a different space dedicated to only computer work.  

The space I chose is located in the dining room next to the pellet stove where that black armoire was.  To the left is the opening to the living room.  The black armoire was full of random decor items.  I cleaned that out and moved it to our bedroom. Next up, I needed a desk.  I really wanted to build something but I knew that would not happen quick enough so I decided to find something that would work for now.  A couple days later I stumbled onto this farm table at Abundance Vintage where I have my space.  It spoke to me. 

I loved the chippy paint, quirky drawers and the rusty pulls. The color is a Heather Gray so it has a purplish hue to it but it's still gray. 

I only have a small lap top.  (Pleae don't pull my blogger card) I intend to upgrade but I cant decide on whether I should get a desktop or a bigger laptop.  (ya know cause I like sitting on the couch with my laptop) For now I have a monitor that sits on my desk that I hook to my laptop. I also have a separate keyboard that I plug in when I type up blog posts.  Most the time it sits in the drawer. 

I modified the drawer a bit to make it work.  It's temporary so I can put it back to normal later if I want.  

The bread boards work great for a keyboard tray.

The basket I found for a couple bucks at a thrift store.  I spray painted it white.

It is the perfect size for one of those plastic file boxes you can buy at Walmart.  I keep things filed in there until I feel like dealing with them. 

And here's what it actually looks like most days.  Coffee Mug, laptop hooked to monitor, iPhone plugged into speakers playing tunes, and last but not least my mouse pad with a picture of my sister-in-laws family on it.  She thought I'd never use it but I do! I still have to go upstairs to the craft room for the printer and fax but I really don't print that often.

I have had this set up for almost two months now and I have to tell you that it makes a huge difference.  I still start the day on the computer but I don't get sucked into it and waste the day away anymore.  I set a time limit and stick to it.  I now save my catching up with other blogs and pinterest for night time when I can sit on the couch with my laptop after dinner.

Right around the time I made the changes I read a Blog post titled How to Survive a Home Office by Donna at An Anglo in Quebec.  She gives some great advice so I thought I'd share it. I just adore her and her blog and it was just the reminder I needed to start fresh and get back on track.    

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

DIY Diamond Tufted Head Board

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

What can I say, I'm obsessed with diamond button tufting.   Still.  I know it takes a long time and I cant always justify the time it takes but I don't care I like doing it.  Which even I find odd.   Anywho this is my latest creation.

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

Sorta Frenchy No?  I have posted another tutorial on diamond tufting a sofa but I decided to go ahead and go over it again.  I have learned a lot and this is a headboard not a sofa, right?

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

When I saw this headboard I knew I had to upholster it.  Just had to.  I decided the panels in the center would get in the way so I removed them.  In retrospect I probably could have just left them.  

Next I played around with button placement by laying nickels on the headboard.  Once I found the look I wanted I measured everything out and marked with a sharpie.  I drilled a 1/4 inch hole everywhere a button needed to be. 

I decided to make a template to help with cutting the foam.  I used wrapping paper and once it was cut I poked a hole through the paper where all the holes were.    I used a sharpie to trace the shape onto two layers of 1 inch foam.  I was able to cut it with scissors.  On the top layer I re-cut the edges at a 45 degree angle to soften them.  Once the foam was cut I attached it to my headboard with staples.   

Here's why I poked holes in my template.  Now I could lay it on top of the foam (cant see the holes through foam) to find the holes.  I could have poked a needle through the back but this seemed easier to me.  

DIY Diamond Tufted Headboard

I cut holes in the foam using a roughly cut piece of conduit. Twist the pipe back and forth and it will cut through the foam. This is how you get the deep tufting, you need holes for the buttons to go into. A little bigger then you button is best. I chose 3/4" buttons of this project I like the smaller size.  Then I covered with batting and stapled that on.  

So now comes the fun part.  Diamond tufts.  I fully admit it takes some practice.  There are tons of tutorials out there and I've read and watched lots.  I will link to some of my favorites at the bottom of this post.  

The way that works best for me is to start in the center of my project and attach that button.  Thread you needle like shown above and put it through the hole.  Longer string and needle then shown would be easier.  And obviously you would have your fabric and batting over the foam, not the best photo but you get the idea. 

I use a little piece of cotton batting to hold my knots but you can also use buttons or rings or soda can tabs whatever you have. I tie them in a slip knot so that I can re-tighten them at the end.

How to diamond Tuft a Headboard

Then go to the right and attach that button pulling the fabric as tight as I can and making sure the fabric is straight.  Next do the button above those two buttons.  Start by finding the center of the fabric between the two buttons then follow the weave of the fabric up to the above hole.  This will cause the extra fabric to start to show you how it needs to fold.  Continue on in this pattern.  Just know that you inevitably will have to re-do a couple of your buttons.  This is why you don't want to tie a permanent knot until the end.  At the end of this project I undid my slip knots and pulled the cotton out then stapled the strings to the back of the board. 

How to diamond Tuft a Headboard

Next I stapled the fabric in place and covered with double cord welting. 

Button Tufted Headboard

When I was all finished I lightly pressed the folds with an iron, after all the pulling it needed it.  Make sure you test on a scrap of fabric before you go ironing yours.  It also kinda fused the batting to the fabric a little which helps everything stay crisp.

Button Tufted Headboard

Here she is in the shop all ready to find her forever home.  I also recently re-upholstered those two chairs. I love the carved detail.  I'm in a Frenchy mood I guess.  

Here's some links I found helpful, happy tufting.  Or if you prefer you can just live your diamond tufting vicariously through me ;)

-Awesome Video from Kim's Upholstery 

If you follow me on facebook you know this already but if not I will tell you some exciting news.  I am now selling my pieces at two locations.  The first is where I've happily had my space for the last year, Abundance Vintage in Centralia WA.  The second is Poppy & Co. in Tacoma.  They are about an hour apart and each have their own unique vibe.  I am so thankful to be able to work with such talented ladies.  If you would have told me two years ago I'd be selling my projects in two fabulous shoppes I would not have believed it.  What an amazing journey I've been on.  

Wanna see just how fabulous each store is check them out on facebook Abundance Vintage , Poppy & Co., & my page just in case you haven't liked it already Blue Roof Cabin.    

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Industrial Elements in Home Decor

I am completely in love with using industrial elements in home decor.  How about you?  Especially when its metal and rusty and paired with Ironstone.  Lately I have been adding more and more industrial touches and I'm dying to show you my newest find.
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Garden Tour

I have been working on this side of the house for two years now.  I think I'm done.  Done-ish. 
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