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Thursday, May 31, 2012

my first reupholstering project - part 2

I finished taking apart my $12 wing back chair, and here is where I was at.
Before
Progress
The reason it took me so long to get going on this chair was because I could not find the right fabric.  I knew I wanted a pattern, but not something too feminine, and nothing was just the right fit.  Then, I was at good ol' Target one night when I found the lattice tablecloth for my office curtains, and I spotted the same print in a green tablecloth, and a blue curtain panel.  I actually debated a bit on which color to get, but finally decided on the blue.  
And, as luck would have it, I had a buy one get one 50% off coupon for Target Home Curtains! Score!  

So, I set out my old chair pieces on top of the curtains and got to cutting. Yes, Bailey and Roxy were there to "help" as always.
If you remember, in part 1 of reupholstering this chair, I wrote down the order of how I took each piece off the chair.  When I started to work on putting this back together, I worked backwards on my list.  Here is a look of the chair going back together using my trusty staple gun.
After all was said and done, it took me about 6 hours to reassemble.  I was somewhat apprehensive about starting this project, but overall, it was pretty simple.  As long as you take it one piece at a time and have patience, you can get through it and save hundreds of dollars on a beautiful chair.
I bet you're probably wondering how much this chair cost when we were finished, huh?  $12 for the chair, $30 for two curtain panels (we got $10 off with our coupon), and $3 for staples. 

$45 TOTAL!!!!

I could not have purchased a chair like this for anywhere near this price, and learning to reupholster will open so many DIY, money-saving doors!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

my first reupholstering project - part 1

My family thinks I'm nuts.  It's the week of my wedding, and what have I been working on? That's right! Reupholstering a wing back chair I got a few months ago!  
This chair was a whopping $12 at the ReStore, and has been sitting in our living room/basement for quite a while.  If you notice the hole in the left arm, that was the design work of our beautiful new puppy.

I have never tackled a project like this and after reading a few tips online, I started the demo.  The best way to reupholster a chair on your own, is to carefully remove each piece so you can use those pieces as a pattern for your new fabric.  

I started with the bottom, and took off the very bottom piece, the bottom piping, and the back. I kept a list of the order I took the pieces off to determine the order to put them back on, and labeled each piece with a sharpie.
Next, was moving on to the sides, sides of the arms, arms, seat back and the front part (under the cushion).
I also took some snapshots of how certain pieces were stapled on, and how fabric was tucked.  To be completely honest, I should have taken more pictures.  If you're going to start a reupholstering project, don't assume you'll remember how something is attached, take a picture of every step!
Overall, taking apart the chair (very carefully), took me about 3 hours total, and this is what I ended up with.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

new flower bed

Our house used to be a rental, so it seems that none of the tenants ever took any interest in adding anything to the yard.  Let's take a quick look at where we started (please excuse the crazy lawn...the renters weren't allowed to water until May every year, and had restrictions, so we also have to do some damage control very soon).
Boring, huh? The only not boring part of our yard is this:
Ick! There is some type of concrete bowl in the middle of this corner of our yard, and we have yet to start digging in there to see what we have.  It appears to be filled with sand...so we'll keep you posted on that.  But, we do have some irises that came up, and a few stray aspens that have started growing from the neighbor's yard.

A few months ago, my Grandma called and let me know that she and my Grandpa wanted to gift us some Lilacs for our yard as their house warming gift. How Sweet!  Lilacs are my absolute favorite flower, so I was thrilled! 

After some drawings and plans were made, we came up with the plan to create about a 3' flower bed most of the way around the yard to help add some interest and depth. But, we also wanted to create a nice barrier that would make mowing the lawn easier. 

With the wedding coming up, we opted to just do one side of the yard to get the lilacs in the ground for now, and we will continue after our honeymoon.  
We started by digging up the grass in squares, and (I learned this by doing some research online) flipped over the squares, with the grass down.  Supposedly, this will kill the grass, and will allow us to keep our top soil.  Plus, we didn't have to find something to do with all that grass that we pulled up. 

Add three lilac bushes, and a beautiful layer of mulch, and we've got our first flower bed.  And we are absolutely loving the way this looks! Plus, they are supposed to be 8'-10' tall when mature, so they will provide some much-needed privacy.  Thank you, Grandpa and Grandma!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

from tablecloths to curtains

As you know, I have been working on my office makeover for a few months now.  The next thing on my checklist is to find curtains.


Office Checklist
  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Woodwork
  • Paint Accent Wall
  • Paint Hardware
  • Organize Files on Bookshelf
  • Add Curtains
  • Keep Cornice/Move Cornice?
  • Add Art/Accessories
  • Add something to front of desk

Now, I knew I wanted something with a nice, simple pattern and hopefully in a beautiful yellow to match some of the other accents in the room, like the sunny yellow lamp
I had been searching for a little while, and all the yellows were wrong, and all the patterns were wrong.  I was at Target the other day looking at some curtains that I'm planning to use for another project, and looked at the other end of the aisle and saw this beautiful tablecloth for $17 each.
My wheels starting turning, so I picked up a cheapo curtain rod and some curtain clips (I could have added some loops to the back of these, but I didn't feel like it!). 

If you remember, I had a cornice up in this room, and I took this down, and "touched up" my painting. :-)
Then, up went the curtains!
I absolutely love the way they look with the striped wall, and I plan to put the cornice somewhere else in the future.
Office Checklist
  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Woodwork
  • Paint Accent Wall
  • Paint Hardware
  • Organize Files on Bookshelf
  • Add Curtains
  • Keep Cornice/Move Cornice?
  • Add Art/Accessories
  • Add something to front of desk

Thursday, May 24, 2012

our engagement

1 year ago today, the most amazing man asked me to marry him.  And in 10 days, I get to do just that.
It was a Tuesday evening, and we were all packed and ready to go to Colorado the next day to celebrate my brother's high school graduation.  We were sitting on the couch watching The Biggest Loser and Matthew lit the candle on our coffee table.  This wasn't a strange occurrence in our house, so it didn't seem strange at all.  A little while later, he got up and went to the bathroom. 

Suddenly, after a few minutes, he says to me "Do you think this is the nicest thing I own?."  He was dressed in a great sage green dress shirt, black slacks and a black and silver tie.  Of course, being the ridiculous person I am sometimes, I immediately say to him "Why are you wearing that? You aren't going to need anything  that nice on our trip!"  He just smiles at me and turns off the television and lights.  

This is the part where I messed up his plans a bit.  He reaches for the stereo remote and after a few tries to get a certain Matt Wertz song to play, he lets it go.  Now earlier in the day, I had noticed that the ipod on the stereo dock was lit up, and it was bothering me, so I did something to it, and that is why Matthew's romantic music wasn't working. Oops...

Still sitting on the couch, Matthew came over to me and got down on one knee.  He told me a million different amazing things about how much he loves me and our life together, and then pulls out the most beautiful ring and asks me to spend the rest of my life with him.  Of course, I immediately said yes. :)

What a wonderful moment.  And since I wasn't blogging at this time last year, I thought I would share some of our engagement pictures.  They were taken by the amazing Andy Sams, and he will be coming up here to shoot our wedding as well!  We couldn't be happier with these photos - Andy's ability to capture who we are, and what we feel for each other is incredible!
 
P.S. I know it seems like a lot of photos, but Andy gave us like 70 different shots.  Woo!
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