Monthly Archives: October 2014

DIY Pillow (with sheer fabric)

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I have done pillow recovering on my blog before with an outdoor pillow.  Truth be told, I recover pillows in my house quite often.  I can usually recover 4 pillows for less than $20 which certainly beats the price of new pillows, and is easier than repainting an entire room as far as changing things up a bit goes.

This project came about because I fell in love with the fabric.  I originally saw it several months back at Joann’s.  The problem was what to do with it.  At $40 a yard is is not practical for window sheers, so I put it out of my mind for a while.  Recently, my husband and I purchased a new bed so what better to do than also recover the pillows.

Here is my little tutorial on recovering pillows with a sheer fabric.

I am recovering two 20 inch pillows, so I purchased 22 inches (to allow for one inch seems) of the sheer fabric and a yard of a dark grey cotton fabric. 

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I measured the fabric and used a rotary cutter to cut one 22 inch square out of the sheer fabric and two 22 inch squares of the grey for each pillow I want to make.

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Then, arrange the fabric so the sheer is on top of one of the grey squares, the place the other grey square on top so the finished sides face each other. (I used two smaller pieces of the grey sewn together for the back of the pillow because it allowed me to purchase less fabric.)

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Now you will need to pin them together to sew.  I placed the pins close together to stop the fabrics from slipping.

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I used my sewing machine to sew three sides of the pillow with one inch seems.  I also turn the corner on the fourth side, but make sure I leave enough room to insert the pillow.

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Once that is done, you can remove the pins, flip the case right side out, and insert the pillow.

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The rest needs to be done by hand.  I fold the fabrics inward remaining consistant with the seem and pin the three layers securely.

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Then I use an overhand stitch to secure the pillow.

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And now you have a beautiful pillow for the fraction of what it would cost in the store.  With a coupon, the pillows cost about $7 each.

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Until next time, happy creating…

Dawn Marie

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DIY Kitchen Island Part 2

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Obviously, as indicated by my title, this is the second half of my kitchen island project.  If you missed it the first half, you can check it out here.

Despite some doubts my husband had along the way, I am thrilled with how the island came out.  I think he still needs to adjust to the space in the kitchen being “filled up,” but I am confident he will come around.  Eventually.  Maybe.  We’ll see.

I purchased the pieces I needed for the legs at Home Depot, in the plumbing department.

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Some of the pieces were purchased from the bins you see in the picture and some were cut to size.  The very helpful employees at Home Depot cut the pipe to the size I needed and threaded it while I waited.

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To figure the length I needed the pipe cut to, I started with the total height I wanted the island to be (36 inches).  I then subtracted the pieces for the feet, the bottom 8″ pipe, the t-bracket, and the cupling for the top.  You also need to allow for the amount of pipe you will loose into the fittings.  In the end, I neded four legs at 22 inches and two cross pieces at 14 inches each.

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A little soap and water to clean the oil from the threading process and a little nail polish remover to get rid of the black writing on the pipes and they are ready to be legs.

When put the two sets of legs together and they looked like this.

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After flipping the table top over and marking and drilling holes, I attached the legs with hex screws.  Okay, so really my husband did this.  But, I supported him by holding the legs in place.

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In the meantime, I finished a piece of shelving to go on the bottom of the island.  I used an ebony stain and a rag to apply it.

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We (my husband and I, okay, mostly him) carefully measured and drilled to attach the shelf.  I used 1 1/4 inch u-bolts to attach the shelf to the pipe cross bar, because the pipe I used is 1 1/4 inch.

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We then used a Dremel tool to cut off the excess of the bolts.  (Notice my use of “we” again here.)

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Now to carry it in.  This becomes a pretty heavy piece and slightly akward to carry.  But, worth the effort.

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Until next time, happy creating……

Dawn Marie

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DIY Kitchen Island Part 1

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Several months back while walking around a very large antique store, I found some very industrial looking butcher type counters that would be great as a kitchen island.  The down side was that they were well into the thousands of dollars and therefore way above my budget.  Here is what they looked like….

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Very primitive, but in a modern sort of way.  I took the pictures and decided to convince my husband that this would look great in our kitchen.

The first thing I needed to do was find the wood for the top.  I did not want a thin piece of wood and choices are very limited at the home improvement stores.  I also needed to find a hardwood if I wanted to ever use it for food prep.

This is wood from a beam in an old barn that has been torn down.  It is about three inches thick and the beams are made of maple.  This meets both of my requirements.

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Now, for this, I had some help. The beams needed to be planed and laminated together.  I have a friend who does this kind of thing and also has the tools for it.  He was kind enough to put the top of my project together for me.  Here is the work he did.

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My job is to sand and finish it.  After hours of sanding, I was happy with my work.  I rounded the edges a little to give it a worn appearance.  You will notice a lot of imperfections, but the intention is for it to look old…

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I did a lot of research on finishing wood to make it food safe.  I don’t have intentions of filleting meat or anything on it, but I would like to cut veggies or roll out cookie dough.  After a lot of reading, I settled on mineral oil.  You can find it at any drug store.

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I rubbed it on with an old t-shirt.  It brought out a much richer color to the wood.  I was doing this in the garage, which does a not so a good job of capturing the light, but here is a before and after.

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Stay tuned…next week all 200 pounds of it should be ready to go in my kitchen!
Happy creating…

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DIY Fall Decorating ideas

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I love the time of year when the air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and all of the fall decorations start to appear.  Over the years, we all aquire lots of decorations for coinsiding holidays and most of us settle into a routine of what goes where and how it’s arranged, so this year I decided to change things up a bit.  Here are a few of my ideas…which just maybe, can inspire some of your ideas.

I love white mini pumpkins and they are pretty hardy.  They can stay in room temperature for a month or two without any rotting, so they are good to decorate with.  This centerpiece is on my kitchen table.  It is simply a wooden box I picked up at an antique store for three dollars and a bag of spanish moss that I bought at tthe dollar store.  I love the rustic simplicity of it.

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Here again I am using the white pumpkins.  They actually come in a rather large variety of sizes.  I gathered up candle holders that I have amassed over the years and a table runner with some fall colors.  I arranged the candle holder so that the pumpkins would vary in height.

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I created these pumpkins with some left over 2×4 of varying heights and used a cut tree branch for the stems.  After I painted them orange, I dry brushed some brown paint onto them to give them the appearance of some texture.

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This wreath is a little more involved.

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The wreath itself is foam wrapped in yarn.  I learned how to make the flowers on Pinterest.

And finally, my DIY Mercury Glass jars, with some little yarn pumpkins.  To make these, you simply wrap yarn around a 3 to 4 inch piece of cardboard until the yarn is fairly thick, slide the cardboard out, and secure the center of the yarn with a green twist tie to also act as the stem.

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So, hopefully this will inspire you to try something new!  Happy creating…

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DIY Painted Shelf

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While cleaning out the guest room closet the other day, I came across a lonely little wooden shelf.

Actually, I should preface this with some facts….my mom has been coming to visit for the entire six years we have lived in this house and always stays in this guest room.  Unfortunately, this room is often the catch all for partially started/finished projects. In addition to that, the fairly large closet in this room has remained unfinished.  And by that I mean, it has been filled with things, but the there are no shelves or bars to hang anything from.  At one point we hung a tension rod, but that didn’t endure for long.  In addition to that, my mom has hinted for quite some time that it would be nice to have a mirror and somewhere to put her makeup so she could get ready in the morning without being in the bathroom where the boys need to be.

Believe me, I have listened to her, but it just kept getting put off and put off.  Truth be told, my cousin is coming to visit for the first time and this sort of sparked us into action.  I am happy to report that the closet has both shelves and a place to hang your clothes.

But, back to the shelf.  On the bottom of the “stuff” I found was this little shelf.

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It is pretty unremarkable right now.  I started with a light sanding.

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I picked up some paint at Lowe’s….

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….and I followed the directions on the back of the can.  This paint does say it is okay for wood.

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I chose the color to coordinate with a mirror I had in mind for the space.

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Now, six years later, my mom will have a welcoming place to get ready for the day.  Sorry Mom…..

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Happy creating.

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