15.10.14

Lattice improve these chair cushions shall we?

Our kitchen chairs needed a serious upgrade. The fabric was SO dingy, dirty and stained. Ugh. I have no idea why I don't have a close up photo of them as I am positive I took one, but you can sort of see what I mean here.


Chace eats his breakfast at this table every morning and the spills and stains that come from a toddler to child have taken their toll on these little chairs. Time for a refresh!

The main thing I wanted here was a fabric that looked like an indoor fabric, but was really an outdoor one. I wanted something that could stand up to the dirt and spills that are inevitable with a five-year-old.

The winner? This amazing outdoor fabric called "Secret Gate - Pewter" from Tonic Living. It's an awesome gray/cream lattice pattern - now the title makes sense right? I only needed one yard so at $15.95/yd this was an inexpensive upgrade. My favourite kind!

Now, the chairs look like this…


I had never reupholstered anything before but my friend Natalie had, so she came up to help me. It's not an overly hard process but with the stapling and pulling the fabric taught that is involved, it's great to have a second set of hands. Natalie's help was invaluable! She's got a really good eye too for keeping things straight and uniform.

First, we unscrewed the seats from the chairs. The screws were easily accessible on the bottom.



Then, we draped the fabric to see what layout we liked the best.


After we had decided on one, we used a few T-pins to hold the fabric in place. These will come out later.


Flipping the cushions over, we started with the corners, making sure they were pulled good and tight.


We used a staple gun to secure the fabric to the chair cushion base.

Then we continued around the cushion, pulling the fabric taught and securing it in place with staples.


When we were done, it looked pretty much like this. Not the prettiest 'finish' but since no one looks under a chair, I think it's okay. I may try to finish it off a bit cleaner but to be honest, it's been this way for a few months now and isn't bothering me too much.


We removed the T-pins, and then draped the next cushion to match.


T-pinning that in place, we repeated the whole process.

We screwed the finished cushions back on to the chair frames and..

DONE!


I love how the chairs now look updated. The fabric is modern, fresh and fun. And stain resistant!


You would never know it's an outdoor fabric by looking at it would you?


And it looks great when looking down on it through the glass table top too.


Overall I'm so pleased with how they turned out.


It's amazing how a simple and inexpensive upgrade can yield such a high-end look. Talk about 'bang for your buck'!

Have you ever tackled any reupholstering before? How did you finish the bottom of the chair if so? Any experience bringing an outdoor fabric inside?

Stay in touch!

    

12.10.14

I made a wreath

Oh Autumn. How I love you so. You with your cozy lattes, crisp leaves and amazing colours. Let me celebrate by making you a wreath. And then keeping it for myself and hanging it on my door.

I made a wreath.


It was really easy and really inexpensive. 

I've always loved wreaths but find some of the pre-made ones to be really fussy and garish. I like them simple - in look and skill set!

So, when walking by Michaels craft store a few weeks back I noticed that their 'seasonal picks' (those fake flowers and greenery) were on for 50% off. I was particularly drawn to a faux pot of flowers because of its amazing Autumn colour. The price was right at $10 and I knew I could pop the flowers off and use them to create a wreath. I grabbed a smaller flower spray for contrast as well as a wire wreath form and was on my way.

You don't need much to make this kind of a wreath. My supplies were simple - spray paint (explain in a moment), a glue gun, wreath form, and flowers. Ignore the wire snips. I had grabbed those but as it turns out, these flowers simply popped off. For some flower picks/sprays you may need the wire snips to cut the flowers off though.


When I set out to make the wreath I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted it to look. I thought I may want to have a bit of the wreath form show and create a really modern looking wreath. I had some gold spray paint on hand from when I updated our powder room so took a quick moment to coat the wreath form. If you follow me on Instragram you may remember seeing my spray party.


Once that dried I popped the tops off the flowers…


And started arranging. I didn't glue anything down at this point, just played with my options. I tried several different layouts…


nope.


me no likey.


no thanks.


blech.


Sigh. I didn't like any of them. Nothing was working for me. I didn't have enough of the large flowers to make a nice full wreath and all the imbalanced designs just weren't doing it for me.

So I decided to back to Michaels and bought another pot of the larger ones. They were still on 50% off but I was able to use an additional 25% off coupon that week. Nice!

To attach them to the wreath frame I simply glue gunned each one on. Here is a little animated gif of it all coming together…

 photo AutumnWreath4_zpsce6dc866.gif


After I secured both the large and small flowers on, I was done!


I hung it up easily using a "Command Hook" that was already on the door from an earlier wreath. 


Here are a few close ups. I love the colours. Autumn has the best colour palette!





And that's it! Easy and festive.


My love affair with Autumn continues.

Have you made any wreaths lately? What is your favourite season? Are you obsessed with Autumn's colour palette like I am?

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

Stay in touch!

    

1.8.14

August 2014 Calendar Roundup

Hello August. 

I must admit that I am not a fan of you because I am not a fan of summer. However, your arrival signals that Autumn is one month closer. And Autumn I like. So welcome August. Glad you are here.

;)

Here are the calendars that caught my eye this month. Simply click on the link below the image to be redirected to the download.

'Happy' August!

Ashlee Proffitt

Red Stamp

Nicole's Classes

Sarah Hearts


Shop Ruche

Oh so lovely




8.7.14

I 'art' this art gallery wall

See what I did there? 'art' instead of 'heart'. Ahh... never mind.

But speaking of art, that's the topic of today's post!

Not long ago, I shared Chace's new bedroom dresser that I scored for cheap on Craigslst and refinished with chalk paint. It replaced two dressers that were along that wall. Originally we used the dressers as a diaper change station as well (see that here). A few years ago I created some cute robot art that hung above one of the dressers.

Well, now that Chace is WAY past the diaper stage (ThankYou.ThankYou.ThankYou) and we have a new sheriff dresser in town, the babyish robot art wasn't quite working anymore.


Hi little guy. Bye little guy.

Hello new gallery wall for my budding five-year-old artist!


I was originally thinking I might put some quirky animal prints up on this wall but when I came across these picture frames last week I quickly changed my focus. Chace comes home with new art daily (which I love) and I had been thinking it would be nice to find a way to feature it. So when I spotted these frames that were made for interchanging art I quickly scooped four of them up.


They open easily at the top and have an affixed bulldog clip to make switching out art really easy (which I will detail below). The frames are from Real Canadian Superstore.

But first I needed to hang them. I knew I wanted to centre them above the dresser so I started by measuring the dresser length: 64". Then I measured the width of each frame: 11.75". I had four frames so had a combined frame width of 47". Subtracting 47" from 64" I was left with 17". I divided that by 5 (I wanted equal spacing between each frame and also on the left and right) and was left with 3.4".

I grabbed my laser level and aimed it across the wall at a height of 68". As a general rule the middle of artwork should be about 5' from the ground. Since my frames are 15" tall I added half of that height - 7.5" - to five feet (60") and then just rounded up half an inch to 68".


Then I marked the wall based on my math.


To hang them, I used my trusty Command picture hanging strips from 3M which I have blogged my love for in the past (no, this post is not sponsored I am just obsessed with this product). I seriously wish I had invented these. I also removed the screws on the back of the frames so that they would sit flush to the wall.


To easily place the art inside, the frame opens in the front by lifting the top edge which slides out the sheet of plexiglass.


Genius!

Then I had Chace choose four pieces of art and clipped each one in.


The bulldog clip is attached to the back of the frame which makes switching art a really easy process - I don't even have to take the frame off the wall!


And then I simply hung them all up.


As for what art Chace chose? I'm glad you asked.

First up we have a daycare project which asked Chace what he wanted to be when he grew up. The answer, "a chef'! I guess he was inspired to be like daddy - ChefKev.


Next we have a picture that Chace drew for me. Inspired by his love of the show Cake Boss, Chace drew me a dog cake with a candle in it and a heart. Picture Perfect! That's how we roll BAYBEE! (that was Buddy talking incase you weren't sure).


Following that we have a colourful Octopus and some 8's - a workbook page that Chace brought home from daycare.


And last but not least we have a cute clover. May the luck of the Irish be with us.


As Chace creates new art that he wants to feature, we simply swap one out!



And Chace is pretty proud of his new gallery wall. I'd even go so far to say he 'arts' it. See what I did there again?

Any new art creations in your home? Do you have a gallery wall or special spot for displaying children's art? I think this has seriously given the fridge a run for its money.

Stay in touch!

    
Blogging tips