Sunday, August 24, 2014

Simple Kitchen Decor

This project has been on my to-do list for quite a while. (Have I been saying that a lot lately? I feel like I have been, that must mean I finally have some free time, hooray!) Anyway, if you're looking for a fast and fun project for your kitchen, I can recommend this one!

You will need:
An old picture frame, any size
A set of old silverware, whatever combination you like
Spray paint, color of your choice
some cardboard
fabric (or more paint)
hot glue and scissors

First, remove the glass from the picture frame. You won't need it for this project, so you can set it aside for something else if you'd like.

Next, spray your frame in your desired color. I used a gloss white.

Since you're already painting, spray paint your silverware in a contrasting color. I chose ecru.

While your paint is drying, cut a piece of cardboard to fit into the frame. You can either paint the cardboard or cover it with fabric (if you choose fabric, remember to cut your cardboard a little bit smaller to allow for the thickness of the fabric). 

Once you've gotten your fabric on straight, which I eventually did, wink wink, use spray adhesive to secure the fabric to the cardboard and wrap the edges around the back.

Flip the silverware and frame over and paint the other side. Once that's all dry, grab all the parts and the hot glue gun and get ready to assemble.

Lay the silverware out on the backing and use the hot glue to secure it down.

Last, reassemble the frame, pick a spot in your kitchen or dining room and hang it!

I hung mine next to the cabinet along with our favorite apple wall art. 

A simple, quick, and fun project to brighten up any kitchen. Enjoy!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Old Chair, New Chair

I have had this chair since 1997. No joke. I have been moving this sucker around for 17 years. It is one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever owned. But as you can see, badly in need of an update. Not to mention repair.

The totally worn out spot you see is courtesy of the dog, as is the discoloration of the wood on the arm. She spent years standing on this chair looking out our front window, wishing us home whenever we were gone.

Plus, let's be honest. The plaid is UGLY! 

Once I got the fabric off, I went ahead and restained the arms. It already looks a million times better.

I did a little touch up around the bottom frame, and re-sealed the wood. 

Then I started on the fabric. Oh, this fabric. It's a dark navy and tan herringbone pattern. I had spent months looking for the perfect fabric for this chair, I came close to settling for something that was just okay. I am SO glad I waited. 

Because this is the right fabric for this chair, am I right? I knew it the moment I laid eyes on it. (My husband wasn't sure at first, he thought it may be too busy, good thing he can admit when he's wrong!) 

Here is the front of the chair with the new fabric. 

The side, without trim.

And the back.

Now, this chair also has cushions, which I made using the same fabric. I found a dark navy complementary fabric to use for the piping on the cushions, and since I had some extra bias strips, I used them as trim on the chair.

I think the flat trim works really well, it finishes the chair without competing with the the patten of the fabric.

And here is the new beauty of the house in all her glory.

A nice modern look for the old girl, don't you think? Still plenty comfortable too. Not that I will let anyone sit on it ever again. 

Just kidding---maybe.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Zippered Pencil Pouch

Here's a fun, quick little project to whip up when you're in need of a unique birthday gift, or something special for back to school, or if you're really ambitious, you could make a bunch as party favors.

I found this version on Pinterest, and I thought it was so cute! I decided to try making one of my own.

I used 3 cotton fabrics from my stash for the pencil appliques and some off white home decor linen for the pouch. (This project would be an excellent scrapbuster.)

First I cut the linen to the size I wanted to make the bag. Next, I fused small strips of each cotton fabric to Heat Bond, then cut them to size.

I also cut some plain taupe cotton and small pieces of black cotton to make the pencil points. Once I had everything laid out, I used the iron to fuse all the fabrics to the front of the bag.

I used black thread to stitch the pencils in place as well as add some details. I also sewed the birthday girl's name near the top since I had plenty of room. Then I assembled the bag, including a lining and a zipper. (For an excellent zippered pouch tutorial, try this one at Sew Minty.)

Here is the finished project.

Simple, but super cute!

Once I had made one, I seriously wanted to make a dozen of them. I think these bags would work for almost anything, change the size, do a different applique and you could have a make-up pouch, a travel pouch for toy cars, a cell phone holder....just about anything! 

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