Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dining Chairs: Restained & Recovered



And I didn't take step by step pictures for one main reason, I did a shoddy job (& my excuse at the time was that I was almost 10 months pregnant).

Basically, I loosely cut the fabric, folded it over the old nasty stuff and shot staples into it:

But from this angle all you see are neat, pretty cushions. And I'm perfectly okay with that.

I did use two different colors of Minwax stain, Red Oak and Jacobean, to achieve this color. But again, I wasn't too careful or methodical about the staining part either. I laid a towel down, set the chair on top, and applied the two stains in rotation with a disposable paint brush (my recommendation for wood stains). I was in the "get er done" mode...about to have a baby ya know.

Anyway, even though my chairs are happy now, I am still fawning over these. And I'm sure I'll make them happen someday.

But for now, my main concern is textile overload. (Because I am obsessed with them.) And I am getting ready to recover my ottoman in this oil cloth:

It needs to be my main textile because it is the centerpiece of our living room/dining room. And it needs to be my main textile because it is LOUD and cheery and totally stands on its own. (And my living area is teeny tiny.) So I will support it with solids. Which really all that means for me right now is sewing new covers for my two throw pillows.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

It's a Partay over here!

I'm inevitably doing three things at once tonight....

Making baby food:

Making curtains:

And kissing these cheeks:

Just a window into our wild fun on a Friday night.
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Anna Maria Horner

One of the blogs I follow is fabric designer/seamstress Anna Maria Horner. She is so unapologetic in her use of color and it has completely influenced the way I decorate. Today I feel particularly inspired by these curtains:

I remember when I discovered that red and green were considered complimentary colors, I was like "Wait, they're not just Christmas colors?!" I started to pair them together more often than just in December. And Gucci uses them together as they're signature colors...which I love (and own nothing of):

Anyway, I just had to share those red & green curtains with you and tell you to check out Anna Maria's blog. (And I'll also tell you that I just completed this entire entry typing with one hand & baby in lap. First nursing, then cuddling (which lasts about 70 seconds these days), and finally having my hair and tank top which point mommy lovingly transfered him to the exersaucer).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hot over here...

It has been so stinkin hot over here! Highs of 108 some days. We had a little rain to break it up and cool things off for a day, but we're back in the severe summer business again today. We inevitably stay inside during the peak of the day:

And cry...

And laugh...

And pout...

And just be cute...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Mirror got a Makeover...


I used four supplies, all of which were in my cupboard:

1. A can of dusty purple (dated, ahem, 05.08.08).
And can I say that colored paint makes my heart happy. I wanted to slap it on everything. Seriously, I was walking around my apartment trying to figure out what else I could paint (but I stifled my impulse and just stuck with the mirror).
2. Cheap plastic paint brush.
3. Spray paint for the earrings which covered the drill holes.
4. Steel wool to remove the paint around the edges (after it dried) to give it a sort of aged look. I did the same thing on my filing cabinet, but I removed it at points when the stain was both wet and dry.

I also used a hot glue gun to attach the roses.

Aaaand I would've used wood puddy if I had it, to fill the holes and make it all look smooth.

I didn't prime it and I only lightly sanded the holes where the hook was (I was feeling too impatient). I just painted it and steel wooled the edges. I was grateful that I could easily take the mirror out of the frame so that I didn't have to tape and prep etc. Again, I have a habit of lacking patience for such things.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Have a good weekend...

I have three goals this weekend: to stay out of the 108 degree heat, to study about how to reupholster an ottoman (mine is waiting for it's new oilcloth), and to stop. eating. twizzlers.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011