June 30, 2015

The refreshed Armchairs needed a refreshed Ottoman

Good Morning, can you believe it's already the last day of June!  Last week I shared a makeover we gave two Armchairs that we picked up for a song on Kijiji (Canadian buy & sell site).  I loved how they gave the room a fresh new look but what I didn't show you was how bad they looked with our ottoman.

An upholstered armchair after a makeover

Mr. Frugalista and I built this DIY Ottoman a few years ago.  Here is what it looked like...

DIY Upholstered Ottoman Before

As what oftentimes happens when redecorating, what used to work well in a room may no longer. That was the case with our ottoman. In our brown-on-brown decorating scheme the stripes played well off the colors in the area rug. Did I mention the area rug had to go too? It found a new home downstairs in our media room.

When I saw the Mayer French Ticking at Fabricland (Canadian retailer) I knew the green stripes would play off our chairs and the brown off the new leather sofa, unifying them. Bonus, I received a 50% discount with my membership, yay!

Ottoman Fabric to unify the Armchair Upholstery and Brown Leather Sofa

Refreshing the look of the ottoman was super quick.  I'm a novice at upholstery and don't claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination so I may not have done this according to the rules of professional upholstery.  I think it looks pretty darn good and so for whatever it's worth, here is how I did it...

Five easy steps to reupholster an ottoman

Step 1

  • Normally I would recommend you remove the old fabric first. Because my new fabric is heavy enough that the old fabric doesn't show through, I went ahead an upholstered right over it.
  • Place the fabric over the ottoman with the wrong side up.  Line up the stripes nice and straight and pin each corner on one side only.
Step 1 Pinning the corners of an upholstered ottoman

Step 2

Remove the fabric and sew a straight line where you pinned.
Step 2 Sewing the corners of an upholstered ottoman

Step 3

  • Place the fabric back onto the ottoman and cut off the excess fabric from the opposite end.  Cut it to the same length as the other side you just sewed.
  • Repeat Step 1 and 2 on the opposite side.
  • Turn the fabric right side out and place it over the ottoman to ensure a good fit.  Adjust your seams accordingly.
  • Once you're satisfied turn it inside out again and cut off the excess fabric (the points) on each corner.
Step 3 Sewing all four corners of an upholstered ottoman

Step 4

Using a staple gun and pulling the fabric taut (not too tight where it distorts the pattern) staple it onto the wood frame, working from the center and out towards each corner.
Step 4 Stapling the fabric onto an upholstered ottoman

Step 5

  • Cut off the excess fabric.
  • Using a hot glue gun attach either Decorative Gimp Trim, Single or Double Welting to cover the staples.  You can see on mine I made double welting using the same fabric and clothesline cord.
  • There are a lot of tutorials online about how to make double welting and this is the one I used on Pinterest.

Step 5 Adding decorative grimp trim or welting to an upholstered ottoman

If I had a do-over I would stagger the stripes rather than trying to line them up - just adds a little more interest.

Close up of double welting hot glued onto an upholstered ottoman

That's it - easy peasy!

Refreshed upholstered arm chair

Refreshed Upholstered Ottoman After Makeover

Close up of decor on refreshed upholstered ottoman

So what do you think - did I make the right choice?

June 27, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {June 27, 2015}

Hi Everyone,
Oh my gosh was it hard to pick a favorite this week!  If yours wasn't chosen by me head over to our DIY Sunday Showcase Board on Pinterest because it just might be featured there.  I posted six of my absolute  favorites.  Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us again this week!

Bloggers this is a great link up to showcase your work because not only will it appear on this blog but on the blogs of five of my friends.  That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

If you are not one of the six featured here today you may have been featured at our DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest so be sure to hop over there as well!

So without further adieu
it's time to get this DIY Sunday Showcase Party started!
The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.





Rugged & Rustic Adjustable Ring (Tutorial)
Rena makes the most beautiful and unique jewelry and this ring is no exception - just love the rustic patina on this ring!


kid-friendly patriotic punch


DIY Pastel Painted Pillow Cover, Delineateyourdwelling.com
DIY PAINTED PILLOW COVER by Delineate Your Dwelling


Pallet turned planter to attract butterflies.




Pottery Barn Weathered Oar Copy DIY $200 or $2? by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

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June 25, 2015

Armchairs get a fresh new look!

Good Morning, I'm a little late with my post today but not for lack of trying. I fell asleep at the wheel around 1 AM and well...here it is.

If you've been following my blog you've heard me talk about a couple of armchairs we picked up for a song on Kijiji (Canadian buy & sell site).  At long last they FINALLY got a fresh new look and I'm happy to have them in their new home in front of our living room window.

Two Armchairs After A White and Green Parisian Makeover

Here is what they looked like when we brought them home...

Armchairs before a makeover

Did I mention we only paid $60.00 a piece?  Not bad considering they were in really good condition inside and out.  Other than a few scratch repairs and replacing the dated upholstery they needed very little work. So why did it take so long?

An armchair gets a Parisian makeover

Nasty bleed through, a gazillion old staples, my first attempt at double welting, and multiple trips to the fabric store.  More about that later...

Four hours per chair later and a few puncture wounds to show for it, I finally got those tiny little staples removed. Knowing I was bound to get wood tannin bleed through the paint I gave the chair a coat of shellac first. Then I painted a thin layer of white chalk paint in a 50:50 ratio of Old White and Pure White. I find painting in thin layers gives a piece a smoother finish.

Close up of upper part of Armchair after a makeover

There was still bleed through after the first coat so I applied a second coat of Shellac and that did the trick.  It took a total of four coats of chalk paint to hide the dark wood but that's not uncommon when you're doing thin layers.

Armchair makeover with Old White and Pure White chalk paint

Using a sanding block with 220 grit sandpaper I distressed the chair along the edges as well as around the details so they would pop.  Another option would have been not to distress the details and apply dark wax into the grooves instead but I wanted a clean look.  Getting around all those nooks and crannies felt like it took an eternity.

Painted and distressed wood furniture applique on armchair

Last but not least the chair was protected with clear wax.

Painted and distressed arm of chair after a makeover

I fell in love with this très chic Parisian fabric as soon as I laid eyes on it.

Parisian Rosedale Meadowland upholstery fabric

The plan was to upholster the entire chair with it but I changed my mind at the last minute.  Back to Fabricland to find a complimentary fabric for the backs.

Armchair back fabric

I liked the fabric so much I went back to buy more to reupholster our ottoman.  No such luck, someone else liked it as much as I did and they were all out (insert sad face here).

Armchair makeover with contrasting fabric backs

Next I wanted to add double welting along the top and bottom of the chair. While I've sewed a lot of single welting before, I'd never made double welting.  I figured how hard can it be to add one more strand of piping. Ha! Two attempts later and a lot of wasted fabric and clothesline cord I finally figured it out.

Sorry but my brain was in overdrive so I didn't stop to take pictures of the process so I could provide you with a tutorial.

Armchair makeover with double welting

I'm really pleased with how the chairs turned out considering Mr. Frugalista and I are teaching ourselves, with the guidance of a good book, how to upholster furniture.

Armchair makeover

Which brings me to the final phase of this makeover...sewing pocket lumbar pillows.  Being vertically challenged I felt like Edith Ann in her rocking chair (now I'm dating myself).  Remember the show Laugh In with Lily Tomlin?  It was my Saturday night entertainment staple during my babysitting days.  "And That's The Truth" (insert tongue sticking out here).

Ahem, back to the chairs...

I've made simple pocket pillows before but never have I made them with piping which requires a lot more cutting and sewing.

Sewing a pocket lumbar cushion

Deciding to free fall my way through making these (like upholstery I'm also a self taught novice sewer) I figured it out but not without spewing a few colorful words.  Normally this is where I'd provide another tutorial but until I perfect my skills, I'll keep the nitty gritty to myself.

Armchair with Lumbar Cushion after a makeover

I thought about using a contrasting fabric for the piping or a contrasting fabric for the pillow but I wanted the chairs to be the focal point and not the pillows.

Two Kijiji Find Armchair Makeovers with lumbar cushions

I'm thrilled with how they turned out and don't you think the chairs look fabulous with the Swan Table?

June 23, 2015

Plastic Tray Gets Chalk Painted Bliss {June Challenge}

I've been using this plastic tray in our media room for serving popcorn on movie night.  Not a very fitting style for a media room.  It didn't work in any other room in the house either so I decided to give it a Summer inspired makeover.

Plastic Tray Makeover Before and After

The inspiration for giving this plastic tray a chalk painted makeover is the June Decorating Challenge hosted in the Decorating and DIY Enthusiasts Facebook Forum.  This month's challenge is Decorating With Trays and I'm so excited to be participating in this monthly challenge.

Here is a picture of what my plastic tray looked like before the makeover...

Plastic Tray Makeover Before

Instead of sanding the tray to give it teeth for the chalk paint to bond to I gave it a coat of shellac. Then I painted the tray with two coats of Bliss, the perfect chalk paint color for Summer don't you think!

Plastic Tray Makeover Using Bliss Chalk Paint

I randomly dry brushed a combination of Simplicity and Vanilla Frosting onto the sides.

Plastic Tray Makeover with White Dry Brushed Sides

With an art brush and the same white chalk paint I carefully painted the raised pattern.  After it was dry I protected the tray with two layers of Tough Coat.  All the products used for this project are from Country Chic Paint.

Plastic Tray Makeover painting the raised pattern with an art brush left side

Plastic Tray Makeover painting the raised pattern with an art brush right side

This is the perfect tray to use beside the window seat in our master bedroom - my favorite spot to read on a rainy day.

Plastic Tray Makeover used on the window seat

What's a Summer's Day without ice cream and a good book!

Plastic Tray Makeover for Summer with a good book and ice cream

Our peonies, one of my favorite flowers in the garden, have just started to bloom.  I'm crossing my fingers and toes that our Hydrangea blooms this year too.

Plastic tray makeover for Summer with fresh cut peonies

I love our plastic tray now that it got a new life with chalk painted Bliss!

Plastic Tray Makeover After Chalk Painted in the color Bliss

Do you have a tray that could use a fresh new look for Summer?

In case you missed May's Challenge, here is my contribution for Decorating With Terracotta Pots.

Be sure to visit the fabulous hosts and see what they did for the Tray Vignette Challenge!

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