Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Outdoor Sectional


I have wanted this outdoor sectional from World Market for a few years and finally got it!
Every July it goes on sale for 1/2 price - but when it does it sells out FAST!  You can usually always get the corner chairs online but the slipper chair pieces sell out online and then your only option is to pick one up at a store.  The last 2 years the slipper chairs were already gone in stores when I called, this year I got lucky!

I like that the cushions are white and it's a blank slate that I can now add my own touch to with pillows and an outdoor rug.  The white may worry some people - but since my deck is elevated and covered the cushions don't get too dirty and have cleaned up very easily (so far I have just brushed the dust off with my hand before sitting :)
One important thing for me when looking at outdoor sectionals was the height.  I have seen sectionals at Ikea and online at Ebay that are very short (low backs) and I think they just look weird.  The look of this sectional reminds me of something you would find at Pottery Barn but the price is MUCH Cheaper!
FYI: the table, benches and chairs, and potted plants are all from Ikea a couple years ago.

I picked up these ugly but functional cubes below from the thrift store and 
plan to recover them in some outdoor fabric as well.

Overall I am very impressed with the quality and look of this sectional (you can't beat it for the price!).  The seat cushions aren't as thick as some but they are good and I have enjoyed kicking my feet up and reading a book outside while watching my kids play.
AHHHHH Summer!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Planters

I realized I never posted the final pictures of my pots! 


For more info on how I hooked them up to automatic sprinklers - Click Here -

I think it definitely added some curb appeal.

The other pots I hooked up are doing well also :)


I LOOOOOVE this time of year when my garden is producing too.
I thought I would share some of my favorite new recipes using items from my garden:
Peach Pizza (okay so I don't have peaches quite yet on my tree - but they are in season at stores now!)
Yellow Squash and Goat Cheese (such a yummy combo! This can also make a great meal if you just add pasta)



Friday, June 20, 2014

Another Quick Upholstery Job!

My sister was at the DI recently (a local thrift store) and spotted this lovely chair for just $15.  
She texted me a picture and asked if I wanted it- um YES!!!!
I was looking for this type of chair for my kitchen desk area (and thankfully had mentioned it to my sister).

I chose a grey and white wool tweed fabric I found at Hancock Fabrics and used almost 4 yards.  I have "reupholstered" a few chairs before and followed the same easy procedure (click here to see the easy way!).  
The only difference is that this chair had tufting!  I saved this area for last.  My secret weapon was a hot glue gun.  First, using staples, I secured a large piece of fabric on the underside at the back of the bottom of the chair.  Then I wrapped the fabric up the back, over the top, and down the frontside of the chair.  Before attaching the front side with staples, I simply stuck blobs of glue on the top row of buttons, then worked the fabric in and around the buttons.  For the next row, lift up the fabric and put glue on the next row of buttons, then put the fabric back down and push in place, repeat, repeat, repeat.
Once the buttons were all glued in place, I secured everything with staples.  
It basically worked and when I was done it looked great!  
It looks like there are fabric tufted buttons - even though there aren't.  
However after a weeks worth of use, I learned a few things.
1)Fabric on top of leather is slippery - covering fabric chairs with fabric keeps things in place a lot better and is a little easier to do!
2) A thick wool tweed fabric was a good choice for working with hot glue.  Some fabrics would be too thin and might discolor where the glue is.
3) hot glue when dried easily pulls off of leather - DUH!  I should have known that!  Maybe "super glue" would have worked better?  After some of the glued fabric came loose I just had to reinforce it with more staples - I might have to resort to actually using a long upholstery needle and thread to hold the fabric down and in place (which shouldn't be too hard).
Again, if I was doing fabric on top of fabric this problem could have been a non issue.  I think hot glue would hold better to a fabric button?

Anyway things are holding up for now and I am enjoying the new look!



 Once the chair was finished, I hot glued a small white ribbon to the front of the chair for an added detail.






Monday, June 16, 2014

Foot Stool

Although I proclaimed my Living Room was Finished, 
I hoped to one day find a cute little footstool that would help me kick my feet up once in a while when relaxing in a chair.
I found it!  Home Goods for just $30.  

It was just a leeetle to short.  I loved the look of it "as is" and really debated about changing it.....
but of course I changed it!
 I already had the foam on hand, just cut it to size.
I then found some "faux" leather at Hobby Lobby, a 1/2 yard was on sale for just $7.
I did have to cut the fabric length in half then sew it together to give me more width.
 I simply put one staple on the underneath of each side (I used a pneumatic staple gun),
 then turned it right side up to work with the corners.

First just cut up the diagonal, careful not to cut too much.

 Then I folded the fabric under for a nice edge and worked it down and around the legs.  Then turned the stool upside down and stapled the corners in place.

 All Done!
Honestly - I'm not sure that I like it better than the original look, but it is a little higher and the change only cost $7!

I like that it's size makes it able to tuck nicely out of the way when not in use.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day


 For gifts this year I used the "Waterlogue" app and made "water color" pictures 
out of some favorite photos for my Father and Father-in-law. 

The app is only $3 and can change any photo into a "watercolor" picture.  
I had the photos printed off at Costco and then framed the pictures.  It was a pretty easy and cheap gift - 
but it looks PRICELESS!


All my in-law's grandkids at the beach.


 It works well as a gift for birthdays, Christmas, Father's or Mother's day.
You could give someone a watercolor picture of their home.....

Or you can make great watercolor photos for fun trip souvenirs ....

It's a great app and it makes a great gift!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shelfies........Pictures of my Laundry room Shelves!

On a recent trip to Home Depot, I found something that they must have recently started carrying 
(because I have looked before and they didn't have these!)
Corbels!  And these were just $11.50 a piece!  
They have a few different styles (some are pretty beefy and ornate and run almost $50 a piece).
They come unfinished.  For mine I just used wax and a tiny bit of stain and rubbed them all over.  Easy!

I Love their Classic Simple Style!


Before:
AFTER:
I chose to hang them on the middle shelf - why?  I don't know!  The top would have probably been cute too.  To attach them I held them in place while my husband simply drilled down into them from the top shelf - we knew we'd never see the screws or holes on that top shelf.

*For more info on the Laundry Room Click Here

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Garden Hose Post


The hose is up off the ground - hooray!
I "pinned" this project a couple years ago and finally got around to doing it.



It was an easy project and I love the way it looks.  The downside - apparently when Ashli from the "mini Manor" blog did the project (way back in 2012) the cost was under $20.  Apparently times have changed quite a bit in the last 2 years because it now costs just under $50 (ouch).  I'm wishing that I had done it as soon as I had "pinned" it- Darn Procrastination!
At least I did have a $10 off a $50 purchase coupon (it was a Lowes coupon that I used at Home Depot - did you know they accept Lowes coupons?)  :)