Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pillow Talk...and a Coffee Table

It's a rainy Wednesday here in The Woodlands. Much needed though. My poor plants are desperately trying to survive this heat. It turned out to be the perfect day to share today's post. I can't really do anything outside so we are going to step inside my house today. We finally got around to getting my coffee table I had made prepped and ready to paint. I did everything yesterday, as far as sanding, staining,  chalk painting, and clear coating. There wasn't a lot of time that went into getting it to look like this. Mainly because the whole goal was to have a rough, rustic, old coffee table that you can kick your feet up on and sit back and relax anyways. At our old house, when we had guest over, we never really used the couch in the living room because of the layout. It was open to the kitchen but too far away to sit in the living room and still chat with someone in the kitchen. In this house it's even more open and the kitchen, somewhat, faces the living room. We knew when we picked out the couch, it had to be very comfortable and I specifically had this table in mind for a coffee table because you can't really mess up an already beat up, used piece of wood. But you can make it look pretty. I loved the couch when we picked it out at Gallery Furniture, but I knew in the store I would eventually recover all of the pillows. I originally thought I would have someone make some covers for me with fabric I bought, however I decided to take up sewing by the time I got around to  even buying fabric and was getting sick of seeing to much gray. I'm not sure what color you would call the couch, I think it looks light gray, but some people think it looks beige? Regardless, it was too much of the same color. 8 large throw pillows and 1 small one in the same color as the rest of the couch, it needed color and pattern. I picked out some fabric, mostly at Joann's and Hobby Lobby, taught myself to sew pillow covers and went to town. The spool coffee table was an idea I got from a friends husband who makes them. Mike has a friend in Louisiana that had an end of a spool just like I wanted, so I was lucky enough to get my hands on it. I showed Mike some pictures on the kind of legs I wanted on the table and they could not have done a better job. I love it. The table brings an industrial chic look, and gives off a modern rustic vibe, to the living room. 
The first thing I did to the table was sand it really well with the coarsest sand paper (using an electric sander, of course).
After I sanded, I blew it out really well using the air compressor to make sure there wasn't left over sawdust in the cracks before I stained it. I used Miniwax Wood Finish in Classic Gray 271 for the stain brand and color. I put, equivalent to, 2 coats of the stain and wiped the excess off well.
I let the stain dry for about an hour, maybe longer, and then I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White for the white wash technique. How I do my white wash technique; I used a paint brush to paint on the AS Pure White in random areas, immediately go over with a rag, finger dipped in water, and blend well around the area. Depending on how heavy you want the white, either wipe less where you painted it on or use more water on the rag to blend in. If that makes sense. I always have a bowl or cup of water to use with the rag for every area I use the paint brush in. 
I was so excited to get my pillows covered after I had made them, that I ended up having to take all of them off again so I could get a before picture of what they looked like. And let me tell you, it's obvious i'm and amateur at sewing because the covers fit like OJ Simpson's glove on some of these pillows. It is a work out to get them on and off. 
You can see in the photo, the table before we flipped it and I painted it. I have to say, even before I painted the table to pillows made a big difference. 

Everything is coming along slowly but surely around here.  I have plans for something fun on the wall above the couch. I have a history of not ever getting around to hanging things on freshly painted walls, but I told myself, not this time. I'm also trying to motivate myself to get rolling on painting the kitchen cabinets. That will make such a HUGE difference for the whole house, so I just need to get my butt over to Michella Marie and have her make a blend for me. What do you think about the pillow fabric choices and spool table as a coffee table? Does it look comfortable and inviting enough for you? 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rosé Trois

Hello Monday, you came around fast. The weekend just flew by. I wanted to share today's post on Friday but we ended up enjoying the rest of our late lunch through the late evening. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I mentioned last week that I have this new obsession with bodysuits, and it is surprising to me that I love them so much. I have to say Forever 21 is a great place to start looking and shopping if you want to venture into this current trend. I think this rosé or blush color bodysuit was about $9. I also got another color in the same 'mock neck' style. Another look that I absolutely think is stunning and classy, is a mock neck. Coincidentally, a couple days prior to me buying this bodysuit, I bought an Essie nail polish color in darn near the same color. I've been referring to it as a rosé color, so it was only fitting that I had a glass of rosé as my prop. I accessorized with gold, of course. My Gianni Bini shoes got some good use and I thought dressed up this look pretty well. It made the outfit look slightly fancy. And there's nothing wrong with having fancy Friday's every once in a while. I think these bodysuits are giving me excuses to dress up. What do you think about this look? 
Forever 21 'Mock Neck' Bodysuit
Essie Nail polish color 'Island Hopping'

Thursday, July 21, 2016

DIY: Fabric Bed

I've been working on Cristen's room since the beginning of summer and it's coming along slowly but surely. Mike wouldn't let me sell her bed and get a fabric head/foot board like I wanted so I had to come up with a way to make my own fabric head/foot board with her existing bed. Of course I went to Pintrest and got some ideas. I finally came up with this idea because it's somewhat temporary, and won't really damage the bed. I originally was going to put tacks all along the edges of each piece I made, and I did end up putting thumbtacks (those were the shortest thing that would go in this particular wood) all the way around the foot board. Let me tell you, it was time consuming and sucked. The worst part, I ended up not liking it, mainly because it wasn't straight, and had to take all of them off. They were not easy going in, even though the wood is very thin, it took forever, I had to use too many different tools to place them, and quite a few broke. With that being said, I bought 3 packs of 200 thumbtacks. I used 2 packs with the exception of about 40 from the second pack, plus the one's that broke, I probably used over 300 just for the foot board! Was not fun, and then I didn't like it. It wasn't as bad taking them off, it still was not fun, and it did leave tiny holes in the fabric around the edge of the board but you have to look and can not see in a photo. You really have to look. I may eventually find some type of tool that puts something like those on to make it easier, I may leave it like it is, or I could sew, iron, or glue on some type of boarder. For now, I say mission accomplished. I can move on the next project in her room. Today, I am going to do my best and "show" you, one way, how to get a fabric head and foot board look on a bed.
 Here is a look at her bed before I got started:

I bought a roll of tracing paper to tape on the entire length of the head and foot board.
If you notice on this bed how it goes in. The outside thick edge of the head and foot board stick out past the head/foot board pattern...
I traced the inside pattern, not the outside edge of the head and foot board. Hopefully that makes sense. After I traced both boards, I cut the tracing paper and used that for a template to cut the wood that I will to use to cover in fabric.
We bought 1/8" laminate plywood for this project, specifically because of the thickness, or thinness rather. Mike cut it with a saw, went around the edges by hand with some sand paper and voila, he made me my board to wrap in fabric!
I used this quilt batting between the wood and the fabric to help the fabric stick and to give it a pillow-y, cushion look. This time I used the wood as a template to cut the quilt batting and also the fabric. Ignore the furniture tacks in the photo. I bought those intending on using them, only to discover they were too long and even more difficult to place than the thumbtacks I tried. 
I had bought this grey colored fabric, weeks ago, at Wal-Mart. I bought 2 yards, which ended up being perfect, I actually still have a good bit left. I got everything aligned, and straight, flipped it over and stapled away. 
I used Velcro to attach the fabric board to the actual head and foot board. We figured this was the best non-permanent solution. This Velcro is powerful and these boards aren't falling off for nothing. After I put the Velcro on the bed, lined the board in place and it adhered, I thought, when taking it off, the board was going to snap in half because the Velcro was so strong! So, I know it's not going anywhere. And originally I thought I would have to put more strips of Velcro, however I don't think that's necessary. I used three strips on the headboard and three strips on the foot board. 
I did the exact same to make the headboard. I was a little off on the headboard, but it still works. And it's not permanent so it technically could be replaced or fixed. I would have to re-trace and Mike would have to cut another piece of wood. That's just not necessary because it looks just fine. The headboard is mostly covered with pillows anyways. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. I always love to hear some feedback. My 'how to' instructions may be terrible, so hopefully the photos can do the explaining too.

Here's what you will need:
1/8" Laminate Plywood Sheet
Staple Gun
1/4"/6mm Staples
Quilt Batting
2/yd Fabric
Roll of Translucent Tracing Paper
Velcro (I used the industrial strength 4"X 2" strips, comes in pack of 2)
Masking Tape (or some type of tape that isn't too sticky)