Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DIY: From Coffee Table to Bench

In the One Room Challenge I created a bench area against one of the walls. The bench was another DIY project for the room and was originally a coffee table.

I purchased the table a few years ago to use as a display table for craft fairs but eventually down the road I had plans to turn it into a bench for the end of our bed. I had repainted it a few times, the last paint job was distressed gold legs to go with an upholstered top that never got around to getting upholstered... until now.

First you need to find an assistant, train them young is our motto in this house (this is how most of the projects go in this house)! And unscrew the top from the apron and legs...

If your table is similar to mine you will have 2 pieces like this...

Next I had to get rid of the overhang since this was going to now be a bench. Bat your eyes and flirt with your hubby or any guy who has a saw and cut off the overhang. We followed the marks left from the apron and legs on the bottom of the table top and some painters tape.

Once the overhang is no longer and the sides are sanded down, you will need to start laying down your layers to put it all together. First lay down your choice of fabric, then batting (I have it doubled), then your foam (a cheap source for foam is a mattress pad instead of the foam by the yard from fabric stores), and then your top. Obviously make sure your foam is cut just a hair bigger than the top and everything else big enough to wrap the sides.

Then begin stapling it all together. I begin in the middle of one of the longest sides and pull tight on it, and follow that until one side is complete. Then I do the opposite side making sure to adjust the foam first as it might shift after pulling the first side. Continue these steps until all four sides are stapled and last do the corners (my technique for this changes with each project and however I can get the fabric to fold well).

Celebrate and clap once you've stapled all the way around! Your top's bottom should look like this (fold over any ends so they don't shed and fall apart)...

Last re-attach the top to the apron and legs, then sit down and enjoy your coffee table turned bench!

To see the rest of this room you can click here!

Hope this inspires you to give something old a new purpose!


Monday, May 11, 2015

DIY Gold Frames

As promised here is how I made the gold frames for the ORC last week....

I found some cheap, black frames from Walmart, each one was under $8! I took out the glass, matte, and backing and set the frames up like this...

Then I used my trusty ol' Rub'n'Buff in antique gold to make them look all fancy! Warning, your finger may be gold for a few days... but it's worth it. You might be able to use a brush or cloth to do this but I always use my finger as I think it works best. Also this little tube goes a loooooong way! I've had it forever and can't count the amount of projects I've done with it!

Then put your frames back together (it doesn't take long to dry), hang them up, and admire your expensive, gallery looking frames that cost you less than $8 each to make!

I didn't worry about getting a full coat on them and opted to let some of the black show a little so they looked a bit more aged. 

Now go get yourself some gold fingers!!!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

One Room Challenge- Week 6: The Reveal

I made it! Barely... as in yesterday I bought the curtains and hung them, as well as gave the fan/light combo a quick face-lift kind of barely! You can see the original game plan here. I din't quite stick to it but I LOVE the results! There are still a couple more things I would like to add but for now it's a huge difference...

Here's the before...

And the after...

You can read about the bookshelf makeovers here.

The original curtains I wanted to use looked too frumpy. So then I found a really pretty coral colored sheet and added trim to it, but it ended up being too bright for my taste in this setting. So then I found these curtains from Tj Maxx and they are PERFECT!

The great art debate is no longer... I created a gallery wall (go figure) with some inexpensive frames and some homemade water color pieces (tutorial for the frames coming soon).

The bench used to be a coffee table! I'll have a post about how we made it into a usable bench soon as well... I LOVE how it turned out!!!

The fan/ lamp combo was given a shade in a coordinating and fun new color to help it blend in with the room's new look.

The desk got re-arranged and I'm hoping it is easier to keep clean this way now that there are 2 separate work areas.

Some more before and afters because that's the fun part right?

The kids are enjoying all of the space now too... it's perfect for a good game of Bird Bingo (best game ever if you've never played it before; and #3 was sick and not in the mood for pictures, so pretend he's right there in the middle bossing everyone around like he does best!)

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I loved sharing it! Thank you Linda for hosting this fun challenge that was just what I needed to get this room into shape! Now to begin all of the others that received the junk that was originally in here! It's a vicious cycle!

You can see all of the other participants here.


Monday, April 27, 2015

ORC- Week 4, The Great Art Debate.

I know I'm sooo late in posting this week's ORC updates and forget about mentioning last week's where I didn't post a thing!! We've had a lot of family in town and I was just lazy busy and never got around to it. I have purchased some stools for around the table (which I'm still trying to figure out what to do with) in a red/coral color. I found them on clearance at Hobby Lobby and had to drive around visiting and calling multiple stores to find 4 of them.

I'm currently debating art work for the large wall in the room. The thing is, this wall is the first thing you see when you walk in to our home as it's across from the front door. I love seeing these gigantic pictures of the beach or water and have some pictures I took from our vacation last summer in Seaside that would be perfect blown up to get this same look...

This Is Happening: Oversized Statement Art via @domainehome. We love this super-sized print above the entryway bench!

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Amy Meier Design - Interior decorator design portfolio

But I'm afraid it may be too modern looking for our home so I haven't ordered an large prints of our photos yet. Another option is some word art like this below. Just one large piece with a saying on it...

Christmas 2014 Home Tour - Life On Virginia Street - Entryway Doxology Canvas

Or a simple pattern on a large scale blown up...

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Or forget the whole one large scale piece and go with a gallery wall like this...


The dining room is right across from this room and the wall in questions continues into there (there is a cut out to enter into the kitchen and the rest of our home) and my main reason for the great art debate is how both sides of the wall should interact with each other... should the art on either side be symmetrical, or all their own design? Why is it so hard for us to decorate our own home but so easy to go into any other home and have ideas right away??? Does anyone else have this issue??

Which art direction do you think I should go with? What would you go with if it were your home?? Maybe I'll make up my mind by Thursday and let you know in that post!


(first 4 photos can be found on my Pinterest page- and last two are from Studio McGee)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

One Room Challenge: Office/ Craft Room- week 2, The bookshelves

Welcome to week 2 of my One Room Challenge as I transform our computer/ craft room. This past week I tackled our bookshelves. If you remember from the first week here, I planned to re-paint them a creamy white (Dove White by Valspar), and then line the back with a fun fabric or paper or whatever I found that caught my attention. Here is the inspiration pictures I shared before (from my Pinterest page).

Did you know you don't always have to use fabric from a bolt of fabric in a fabric store? Yep it's true! Think outside of the fabric store and you might get a really good deal, nothing is off limits... rugs, curtains, shower curtains, table cloths, and anything else you can think of that is made of fabric. It's function doesn't have to stay the way it was when you bought it! I browsed our local Target who had just about every shower curtain on clearance. I picked out this curtain for less than $14. If you do the math, that's more than 1 yard for less than $7 each! It was the perfect color and I'm not quite over the trellis or ikat craze (which this curtain has both).

Once my bookshelves were painted, I ironed the curtain to get all of the packaging folds out. 

From here, there are a couple of different ways you can do this. You can either wrap the fabric around the backing of your bookshelf (if you have one), or you can just tac it on to the main piece like I did. I laid the  unit face down and laid the curtain on top. I used hot glue on the top end first to help hold it in place, and then the bottom, and lastly the sides, making sure I pulled tightly so I didn't end up with wrinkles or loose fabric. 

** HINT: If your backing goes on with screws like mine, make sure you don't put any hot glue on the holes, otherwise you may find it harder to screw the screws back in.
Also if you are using a patterned fabric, make sure you center the pattern before you begin adhering it to your piece, unless you don't care if it may look a bit crooked or uneven. 

Once all sides are glued on, trim your fabric so it lines up with the edge of the bookshelves ( I had a picture but my computer decided it didn't like it and kicked it to the curb). Lastly, screw your screws back in, stand it up, and admire the fresh new look you just gave it for under $15!

(those are a couple of my super cute nephews in case you're wondering)

I'll share the full reveal on week 6... stay tuned!

Go here to see how others are doing with their challenge!