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A Pillow Parade Starring “An Extremely Easy Chair Makeover!”

Posted: March 10th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 25 Comments »

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With Kari and Kijsa hosting their Pillow Parade today, I thought it would be fun to combine my “Extremely Easy Chair Makeover” post followed by some of my favorite fabric creations! So if you viewed my makeover post from yesterday at Between Naps on the Porch’s Met Monday  – you can just keep scrolling down to see what fabric contestants are performing in my parade! But first comes my quick fabric makeover!

If you remember my Kitchen Story Part 1 — this then is my Kitchen Story Part 2:

It started with a beautiful dining room set that we purchased after we got married and moved into our first house. It was beautiful, cream, and clean
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Then we bought our current house and it was DATED in need of major attention. But we saw so much potential in the kitchen, especially in this eat in area.

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EEEKK!! - look at the wallpaper, floors, and the flowered drapes!!!

Focus - think potential.

Oh yes, I LOVED the bay window seat and could just imagine our dining room set in this area.

 

So let’s take a look at the before and remember:  It was beautiful, cream, and clean,

-then we got a dog and had kids-

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Good-bye cream and clean. It was nice knowing you!

So of course, I had a chocolate brown fabric color in mind. (Just so you know, I have been accused of having too much of this color in my house but I would like to make note that I have a green wall color in the living area - its name just happens to be called “Dapper Tan“, but I swear it has a green tint. Okay, complete side story, sorry).

I measured my seats for how much fabric I would need for the project. Once I bought the fabric (only a couple yards for 4 chairs) and used my 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby, it turned out to be about $10.00!  

And I only needed two tools for this project - a screw driver and a stapler.

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Remember this bad boy from my “A Doggy Food “Dream” Tin?” It was the same one I used for the chairs and it is so easy to use!  You can buy a hand stapler for around $10.00 at your local hardware store. I just took the seats off using the screw driver and rewrapped them tightly with the new fabric. I stapled the fabric (remember to start in the middle of the chair on each side and staple outward) and then screwed the tops of the seats back on the chair.

Honestly, it was about a 30 minute project  (45 minutes if you count buying the fabric).  Of course that was when I knew which fabric I wanted. I like to have samples cut and bring them home to hold up to the area first. The ones I don’t like for that project - I keep in a folder for possible fabrics for other projects.

Presenting the after….

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Ahhh…so much better!

One more (non 30 minute project) was needed in order to finish off the bay window area. I wanted to bring in some fabrics and warmth. I bought 3 inch foam at Hobby Lobby (cut it to size) and then purchased a neutral (like how I didn’t say brown?) gingham fabric. I cut the fabric to make a top and bottom panel and a band around it. I used a plain tan fabric to cover the cording and sewed it all together to make a window seat. I pushed the table against it to use as extra seating, then added some fun throw pillows

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Although my son likes to sit in the window seat during dinner, it truly is Lucy, our dog’s, favorite spot to soak in some rays and bark at the birds.

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The kitchen eat in area is now warm, beautiful and clean…just without being cream clean!

Now on with the Parade…

First up is my ottomans, hand made with love and lots of time (when I had a lot of it…before kids!)

This one sits by my front door looking pretty, holding my purse and can be used as extra seating when needed…

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Here is a long ottoman at the end of our bed.

(Also a great stepping stool for our dog to use to hop in bed at night!)

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I love the gathered look, can you tell?

Up next in the parade are the concealing Curtains… 

Like some of you, we do not have a door connecting our bedroom to our bathroom. So this one I made to hang and provide privacy and block some light:

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These curtains work perfectly in a media table that also doubles as a toy storage table:

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And for the grand finale, one of my favorite pillows:

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This pillow was a vision my mother-in-law had before she passed. She wanted to give all the grandchildren a piece of one of her family quilts. My sister-in-law cut the quilt into sections and then sewed them onto plain colored cases. Now each grandchild has a special memory of her, and something she loved, with them, always.

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Thanks again Kari and Kijsa for hosting such a fun pillow party parade. I have been inspired so much by what these two sisters can do and now you can check out their site along with other amazing ideas as the Pillow Parade continues!


An Extremely Easy Chair Makeover

Posted: March 8th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 22 Comments »

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If you remember my Kitchen Story Part 1 — this then is my Kitchen Story Part 2:

It started with a beautiful dining room set that we purchased after we got married and moved into our first house. It was beautiful, cream, and clean

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Then we bought our current house and it was DATED in need of major attention. But we saw so much potential in the kitchen, especially in this eat in area.

jon_2731

EEEKK!! - look at the wallpaper, floors, and the flowered drapes!!!

Focus - think potential.

Oh yes, I LOVED the bay window seat and could just imagine our dining room set in this area.

So let’s take a look at the before and remember:  It was beautiful, cream, and clean,

-then we got a dog and had kids-

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Good-bye cream and clean. It was nice knowing you!

So of course, I had a chocolate brown fabric color in mind. (Just so you know, I have been accused of having too much of this color in my house but I would like to make note that I have a green wall color in the living area - its name just happens to be called “Dapper Tan“, but I swear it has a green tint. Okay, complete side story, sorry).

I measured my seats for how much fabric I would need for the project. Once I bought the fabric (only a couple yards for 4 chairs) and used my 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby, it turned out to be about $10.00!  

And I only needed two tools for this project - a screw driver and a stapler.

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Remember this bad boy from my “A Doggy Food “Dream” Tin?” It was the same one I used for the chairs and it is so easy to use!  You can buy a hand stapler for around $10.00 at your local hardware store. I just took the seats off using the screw driver and rewrapped them tightly with the new fabric. I stapled the fabric (remember to start in the middle of the chair on each side and staple outward) and then screwed the tops of the seats back on the chair.

Honestly, it was about a 30 minute project  (45 minutes if you count buying the fabric).  Of course that was when I knew which fabric I wanted. I like to have samples cut and bring them home to hold up to the area first. The ones I don’t like for that project - I keep in a folder for possible fabrics for other projects.

Presenting the after….

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Ahhh…so much better!

One more (non 30 minute project) was needed in order to finish off the bay window area. I wanted to bring in some fabrics and warmth. I bought 3 inch foam at Hobby Lobby (cut it to size) and then purchased a neutral (like how I didn’t say brown?) gingham fabric. I cut the fabric to make a top and bottom panel and a band around it. I used a plain tan fabric to cover the cording and sewed it all together to make a window seat. I pushed the table against it to use as extra seating, then added some fun throw pillows. 

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Although my son likes to sit in the window seat during dinner, it truly is Lucy, our dog’s, favorite spot to soak in some rays and bark at the birds.

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Now the kitchen eat in area is warm, beautiful and clean…just without being cream clean!

♥ Katie

I’m also extremely excited to be participating in Metamorphosis Mondays at Between Naps on the Porch. Check out more before and afters!


BzzAgent Katie At Your Service

Posted: March 5th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 10 Comments »

Don’t we all like free stuff? Today is my 1st ”giveaway!” Well, it’s a different kind of “giveaway” so hang in there with me. I’ve always thought being a secret shopper would be fun. So when a friend told me about a great website that allows you to try out household products, services, dining certificates, books, entertainment, and other cool things – for (get ready for my favorite word) FREE – I was hooked!!

 Now you too could become …drum roll….A Bzz Agent!

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Bzz Agency is an online word of mouth marketing service that offers free products, and services for you to test out and share with others. Sometimes you have access to products even before they are out on the market! The only thing that you are required to do is take a quick survey to qualify for the campaigns and then report back to them about your experiences and honest opinions using the product. The site is very easy to use and I have always gotten a friendly response back from a Bzz Agent associate. It has been so much fun trying new products and sharing them with friends too. I have been an agent for less than a year and so far I have received free entrees at Chilis, cleaning products, snack foods, etc., all (yes, completely) free! 

Look at all the other current BzzCampaigns:

  • Neutrogena®Cosmetics
  • Ontario Turkey
  • Chili’s Guiltless Grill® Menu
  • Pepsi AMP
  • Palmolive® Pure + Clear
  • Diet Mountain Dew®
  • Florida’s Natural
  • Boston Market Fresh Start
  • Take Care Clinic

 You can check out the Bzz Agency for yourselves and sign up for campaigns and free products!

 

http://www.bzzagent.com

 

And for other things that people are hooked on – visit Julia, at Hooked on Houses!

♥ Katie

 Also – I am so honored that Lorie @ Be Different…Act Normal (her oh so adorable site) is sharing my magnetic growth chart today. So you must stop by and check out her cute ideas. I guarantee that you will be inspired! One of my favorites is her “Hardware” post. It is a must see for a thrifty and stylish solution to knobs. Thanks Lorie for being so kind to share my ideas too! 

 

 


Honoring Wendi’s Request…

Posted: March 5th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

I received such a nice comment on my “A Doggy Food “Dream” Tin” yesterday:

“Oh, yes I saw this on Suburban Cottage webiste and it is very cute! BUT, what I would love to know about is that absolutely adorable “i must have it now” magnetic growth chart I saw just to the left of the doggie treats!!!! I need that - please, please, please tell all.”
Wendi

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So, upon the request of Wendi, (who has very good taste - I might add!), I decided to post a picture of it. I LOVE sharing my great finds with others, but I have some good and bad news. Lets get the bad news over first - shall we?

Bad news: We purchased it a couple of years ago at Pottery Barn Kids and I haven’t seen it since. At the time, it was one of those,“I have no idea where I’m going to put it, but I’ll find a spot!” purchases. I checked their site today and on ebay but was not successful.
Good News!: Of course, PBK might come out with something similiar soon - or - I think it could be an easy DIY project.

First, if you found some thin sheet metal and had it cut according to size (my dementions are: 5ft x 10in) and painted it with magnetic paint or chalkboard paint. You could then draw your own lines on it using a white permanent marking stick. I have used this one on a variety of projects. It is called “MeanStreak” by Sanford.

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It is permanent and it comes out looking like chalk, but I would make my lines in pencil first and then just trace over them. You could use magnetic letters like mine or chalk to write your names on it.

I love the growth chart because it is easily movable from one spot to another, interchangeable, fun to use and unique.  I vow to continue to keep an eye out for the original, but I hope this helps anyone that loves the look along with myself and Wendi!

Good Luck and thanks again, Wendi, for your nice comments! 

♥Katie


A Doggy Food “Dream” Tin

Posted: March 4th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 10 Comments »

So I have a dream. My dream is that one day all our dog/cat food tins will look as beautiful as these: 

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Yes, dog and cat food tins - aren’t they gorgeous?! I look for them every time I read Ballard magazine and pray to see  a “sale” price. But no such luck. I love you Lucy, but I just can’t spend that kind of money girl!

So enter the amazingly talented, AnNicole, at Our Suburban Cottage. When I spotted her kitchen makeover blog, I saw so many beautiful things but there was a cute metal bucket with a lid that caught my eye under her console table. I thought for sure it was from Restoration Hardware. Do you see it?!

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And she did it herself! And for so much cheaper! You can see the simple steps by checking out her post :here:

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Now you want to see what I was dealing with? I know it’s pretty normal, but if making a dog food tin worked for AnNicole - it could work for me! I also knew I needed to improve the general space of my laundry room. 

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So here is what I started with:

It was a plastic tupperware container sitting on top of an old trash compactor that we use to crush soda cans. Now I knew what to do with the food, but the area around it was going to need some major sprucing up to balance the new doggy tin beauty!

Of course I started at my favorite bargain store, Good ‘ol Hobby Lobby and heading to the 80% off clearance section. I just had a feeling I was going to find a tin. Although it was not the tin that I was looking for, I fell in love and probably more so because  I knew I wasn’t going to have to paint! (And did I mention it was $6.00?! ) Then I headed over to the fabric section and picked out a pretty, simple black and white dot pattern. In all, my total was $10.16.  Oh yeah - that’s what I’m talking about!

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Then the fun part began...

I used an extra piece of beadboard wood we had left over from another project. Fit perfectly - I have no idea how that happened?! I guess it was meant to be…

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Stapled the fabric to the back of it - and went a little staple crazy…

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Then I used the extra fabric and stapled it to the top of the beadboard to make a skirt to hide the extra dog food. The skirt was too short, so I added some ,oh so pretty, fringe. 

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I have to admit — I’m a first time fringer.  I tried to concentrate on a cute border on the fringe so all I had to do was hot glue…So easy! I felt like it was a little take on the Nester’s mistreatments.

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I found some letter stickers (I have way too many of them - but that is another post!) Lucy’s doggy treats and my decorative flower pot that hold my dryer sheets, complete the look.  

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Now my dog food tin works for me, thanks to the inspiration by AnNicole at Our Suburban Cottage. My inexpensive laundry redo is a place I enjoy looking at — and I guess I should since I practically LIVE in there with the help of my little guy supplying me with lots of dirty clothes and bibs!

♥ Katie

And don’t forget, Blissfully Domestic is having another party so check out more great, domestic ideas!

 


Bring in the Spring!…Painting Our Wood Trim

Posted: March 2nd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 18 Comments »

My Spring Need: letting the sunlight come in!

If there is something my husband and I vowed we wanted to do since the day we moved into the house, was to paint all the old, dark, wood trim. But other projects took over and we ended up saying “it doesn’t look so bad,” or  ”it blends in with the hardwood floors,” and my favorite, “someday...” 

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So we did what we knew, and just piled decorative items galore on top of it…

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Then “Someday” came…we too got the spring itch and finally buckled down and not only painted some of the exsisting trim but also replaced the trim in the great room with tall baseboards, covered and painted the oh so plain mantle with some extra trim. (and a little decluttering went a long way don’t you think?!)

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(Do you see Lucy’s head poking out of the leather chair? She just loves the camera…)

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(and a completely new looking mantle for less than $25.00!)

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Yeah!!!  Let the light come in! Not only does it just scream “Spring!” but it feels so much more refreshing and airy! (and that paint — yep - insl-x - same as what I used on my Kitchen Cabinets - love it!) 

Now you can check out Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for more ideas to jump start your need for Spring!

♥ Katie