Ottoman refresh…

The hubs and I made ottomans a few years ago for in front of our couches. I originally upholstered them but have made slipcovers to change their look several times. So I thought would do a little tutorial on my process. I always use curtain panels for the fabric. They tend to be cheaper than buying yard goods and sometimes wider than fabric from the bolt!

For this project I bought the panels at Hobby Lobby on sale for 50%. So I recovered two ottomans for under $40!

The first step is to lay the panel out wrong side out to see if you need to hem any of the sides. I had to hem one of the short and one of long sides so the hem would go to the floor. (I did it this way because the ottomans are slightly different and this way they look like the match😉)

Once you have the sides hemmed you’ll pin the corners together keeping the edges even and the slipcover tight all around.

I find it helpful to mark the spot where the seam needs to be on the corners. I use chalk to do this cause it’s easily removed.

Now it’s time to sew the corner seams. Following the pins and the chalk line.

Once your seams are done you can trim the excess fabric from the corners. I usually leave about an inch of fabric outside the seam.

Now it’s time to turn it right side out and put it on! This is such an easy and inexpensive way to update your ottoman you can even make a new one for each season!

It’s getting spooky in here…

I have been inspired by two of my fellow blogger friends to do a blog post about my Halloween decor this year! They are Amber of https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/ and Olivia of https://reinventedcollection.com/ I urge you to go check out their blogs! They are beautiful!!

I have done my Halloween decorating this year on the cheap with bats cut from card stock, dollar store items and things snagged on clearance last year after Halloween!

💀🦇 👻🎃

So first I cleared off the mantle to have a blank slate First I added the giant spider to the mirror Then I added the netting and some battery operated twinkle lights (the mercury glass didn’t make the cut 😉)

Then came the creative part! I put some dollar store skulls and tea lights in the lanterns,

Attached some black birds to the lanterns,

Added some black candles in some of my collection of old silver candlesticks

I sprinkled some hairy spiders around!

Of course I had to add a colony of the card stock bats to the wall with sticky tack!

I can’t forget about the rubber rat that has been in the family for I don’t know how long 😂

So here is the finished product in all it’s spooktacular glory!

There are no rules when it comes to how or what you decorate with for Halloween! I suggest you look around at what you have and how you can tweak it to make it fit into your Halloween decor whether it’s fun or spooky! It’s also a great time to get the kids involved have them cut out card stock bats, pumpkins or ghosts to decorate with. 🦇👻🎃

I hope I have given you some ideas on how to do a budget friendly Halloween mantle! Enjoy and Happy Halloween🎃

Also, I’m joining the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party and you can too! By visiting my friends:

https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/

And

https://reinventedcollection.com/

I hope you decide to join in the spooktacular fun!

Cheap and Easy Headboard Re-do…

I have been wanting to change the slipcover on my headboard for the fall.

I am in love with buffalo check and have been looking at fabric to cover it with. As you know, I am big into using curtain panels or shower curtains as fabric for home decor projects. It’s usually cheaper than buying yardage and its good quality fabric and normally wider too! The easiest thing to cover it with is a shower curtain sewn together! We have a queen size bed and I diy’d the headboard several years ago. The shower curtain is perfect size and is relatively inexpensive. But I haven’t been able to find what I was looking for… so I was grocery shopping the other day, at Meijer, and came across a twin sheet set on clearance in this small buffalo check for $6.

So I snapped it up and thought I would sew a slipcover for it from the flat sheet. But I wanted to try it out first. I draped the sheet over my head board and put on a new gray quilt I had been saving for fall.

Well the quilt had this flat cotton ribbon around it…then the light bulb went off in my head and waalaa with very little effort, a few cuts and safety pins I added the ties to the sides!

Now I have a new headboard cover!

I know it’s a subtle change but I can’t be more happy with it and I have the pillow cases and fitted sheet to spare! Just waiting for that light bulb to go off again!

Bathroom re-do…

Fixer Upper style Farmhouse bathroom reno with faux shiplap

On a whim the other day I decided to ‘paint’ my guest bathroom.  It’s a tiny room so it won’t take long right???? Ha! Of course it took all that weekend and then some! It started out with me using some primer we had on hand to cover the old powder blue paint.

For some reason the primer didn’t really cover very well….

So I made a trip to Menards to get some ‘one coat’ paint.  I told the paint guy what I was up against and he said this paint would do the job in one coat…not so much.  So after one coat of primer and two coats of ‘one coat’ paint the painting was done and so was I for the night…ha!

Now I am a fan of Fixer Upper like so many of you! But I don’t want to hang shiplap everywhere…it seems a little to permanent.  It makes me squeamish thinking of nailing all that wood to my drywall…(maybe because I can remember the paneling from the 70s in everyones homes😫???)  I do like the look of shiplap so I decided to try to fake it!  I used my Cricut to cut thin strips of vinyl to stick to the wall that imitate the seams of shiplap. 😉  I used a dark grey color, I thought black would be too harsh.  So I used my level and a pencil to lightly draw lines on the wall about 6″ apart from floor to ceiling.  Then I started sticking my strips on!  The strips were only 24″ long so it was a lot of strips but, like I said the room is small so it wasn’t so bad.  I overlapped the strips slightly where they met to allow for any expansion/contraction with temperature changes. I am really happy with the way the shiplap turned out!



Well of course I couldn’t stop at paint and ‘shiplap’ I had to have the hubs help me makeover our builder grade medicine cabinet with some added trim and black paint.  I made the light bulb cover out of a placemat 😀

Then we built and  installed some rustic floating shelves above the toilet.  The shelves are made from reclaimed pallet wood and the stain is a vinegar wash.  (I keep cider and/or white vinegar in a ball jar with a wad of steel wool in it for this type of projects.


The cider vinegar gives a more red finish and the white vinegar is more grey.  These shelves I mixed the vinegar about 50/50 to tone down the red a little.)

 

So that quick paint job ended up taking about three weekends to finish but I am over the top happy with way it looks!!!


 

 

Pillow power…

To say I’m obsessed with pillows may be an understatement! I just love how they can completely change the way a space looks for not a big investment! Since I’m a DIY’er I am constantly making new pillow covers out of all sorts of materials! I’ve used cloth napkins, curtain panels, tablecloths, sweaters, placemats and now rag rugs! I was looking for new pillows for my front porch and since it was late summer most of the outdoor pillows were well picked over and not really what I was looking for.. So one day while I was at the dollar store I found these rag rugs that had all the colors I was looking for the fall season! 

I have seen pillows at Homegoods with this type of cover on it so I decided to try it! The first pillow I made the envelope back out of leftover drop cloth material. It worked out ok but was about all my good old sewing machine could handle…So I decided to make lumbar type pillows for my adirondack chairs. Each rug is approximately 20″x30″ so I overlapped the back a couple inches so the final size is 12″x 20″ and a travel pillow form fits perfectly! 

Instead of challenging my sewing machine with the thick layers I used some jute twine and whip stitched the sides together! 

I ran the twine between the loops and progressed down the sides with a stitch every couple loops of the rug weave.  When I got to the end I just tied off the the twine and fed it back down through a few stitches and tied it off again to make it extra secure! 

After putting the pillow form in I ran some jute twine through the weave to keep the  envelope back closed.


Here’s how they look on my porch! They will definitely make my chairs more comfy to sit in and enjoy the view! 😊

Let there be light….DIY Lampshade…

Unique DIY grapevine lamp shade instructions

This spring when we were cleaning out some wild grapevines from out landscape I made a wreath. While I was making that wreath, I had a brainstorm, to make a grapevine lampshade. So I went to Goodwill to get a cheap lampshade. I found just what I was looking for! Only $2.99😬

You need to make sure it has vertical supports.

Cut off all old covering and remove the covering off the top and bottom rings. The one I bought was a plastic material.


Once the old covering is gone now it’s time to weave the grapevine around the shade frame. Make sure you alternate front and behind the vertical supports as you go around. When you come to the end of a vine just tuck the end of the new one and continue weaving.

Keep weaving in and out until you fill the frame.

Once your satisfied with the look tuck in the last end and make sure any loose ends on the inside are tucked in tight so they won’t get too close to your light bulb. Now just let it dry out and fade to brown! (It only takes a couple days to turn brown😉)

Now I know not everyone lives in a woods like I do with wild grapevine all over. But you could use the same process with rope, twine, ribbon or fabric strips to customize your lampshade to your decor!  I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!!😊

The envelope sham please…

I have been on the hunt for new euro shams since I redid my bedroom this spring. First of all they aren’t the easiest thing to find for a reasonable price. I have a really hard time paying $30-40 for something I know I can make. So I decided to make my own. I bought a 54″x84″ curtain panel at Target for the material (it only cost $16).

That is one of my biggest helpful hints when looking for fabric for your home dec projects. Curtain panels and tablecloths come in a wide variety of patterns and sizes. They are very affordable when you think about how much fabric you get for your money! 

One curtain panel has enough fabric to make three envelope style shams. This is just what I needed! I have a queen size bed and two euros looked too skimpy to me…

I think Krimley agrees we need 3 euro shams.

Here’s how I made the shams: 

1. cut off the rod pocket and the hem.

(You can throw the pieces you cut off away or keep for another project??)

2. measure out and mark the fabric in 26″ increments from the top to bottom of the panel. (Raw edge to raw edge)


3. cut the 26″ panels. Each panel will have two raw edges and the two finished edges that were the side seams of the panel.  

4. Now fold right sides together with an overlap in the middle (the overlap will be the finished edges) Each sham should measure 25″ wide so adjust accordingly. 


5. Secure edges with pins and sew each raw edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance. 


6. I normally backstich over the overlapped edges to keeps the stiches from breaking when stuffing the sham. 


Now all there is to do is turn the sham  right side out, press and stuff it with the form  (if these were going to be on a sofa or used for more than decoration I would recommend adding Velcro to the overlap to keep it closed) 


So for $16 and about an hour of my time I got three custom euro shams!

For the love of ironstone…

Since junking season is in full force I wanted to share a way to clean up ironstone pieces that have those brown stains.  Recently I picked up an ironstone cake stand for $5 it was severely stained on top and had a little on the side. I knew I had cleaned a bowl, years ago so I wanted to try it again! The cake stand was in perfect condition other than the stains.

The secret to getting rid of the stains is hydrogen peroxide! You will need enough to cover your piece in a bucket or pan that your piece fits into. 

There’s nothing special about the peroxide, I got mine at the dollar store! Pour enough to completely submerge the piece then put a cover on the bucket or pan and let it soak for a couple days. After it has soaked set the piece in the sun for a few hours to completely dry out. You will be amazed at how well this works! I will say the stains aren’t completely gone but they are so faint no one would ever notice especially if there’s a cake sitting on it😉  


Can you believe the transformation 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 So, now when your out at a flea market or tag sale and see that ironstone piece with stains snatch it up and give this a try I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 

DIY Two Tiered Tray…

I have been loving the look of these trays for some time, but to buy one they are rather expensive…I think! A few days ago my new IG friend Jennifer of @downshilohroad posted a tiered tray she had DIY’d. 

She inspired me to make one of my own!….

I bought my wood chargers and finial at Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon (I was too impatient to wait on them to go on sale) I bought the spindle and the feet at Menards. The home improvement stores have a few different options for parts, porch spindles, furniture legs, dowel rods, stairway ballisters. So let your imagination run wild and think outside the box!

I chose to screw my pieces together. (Partly because DH always wants things built like a tank…) so I used 1/4″ x 2″ plain dowel screw (that is a screw with threads on both ends) between the finial, top charger and top of the spindle. Then a 1/4″ lag screw between the bottom charger and the bottom end of the spindle … 

I did however use gorilla super glue for the feet and they seem to be attached securely. So if you don’t want to get the drill out and buy the special screws try some super glue! 

We drilled pilot holes in all the pieces before screwing the pieces together for a ‘dry fit’ . 



After I was happy with the configuration I took it apart to make it easier to paint. I just used some old white flat paint we had leftover and did a couple thin coats.


After the paint dried overnight I distressed the edges on all the pieces. 

After they were all distressed I topcoated it with a walnut stain making sure to really rub it in on the distressed areas. 


After the stain dried I put it back together, then had some fun styling it!I really am happy with the way it turned out. I think it has a Restoration Hardware kinda feel to it!  Plus I have less than $20 in mine!!! So don’t be afraid to make yourself a tiered tray and you can paint or stain it any way you want to fit into your home! 



Would love to see your tiered trays if you decide to make one of your own! Post a picture in the comments or you can find me on Instagram @karen.says

Urban Barn Pop Up Sale…

This past weekend I finally got to go to a pop up sale at place called Urban Barn. She has a sale two or three times a year and until this past Saturday I’ve not been able to get there. I went with a couple girlfriends from work and we started our day with Bloody Mary’s!


The sale wasn’t very big but there were several booths set up outside the barn offering all sorts of rusty, chippy, shabulous goodies! 



I couldn’t even get passed the first gentleman’s booth without grabbing up several pieces including feed sacks, metal gears and a cool blue pulley! The next booth had a lot of shabby chic pieces but had the perfect piece for a spot on my gallery wall. An old rusty scale! I’d been looking for something just like this!!


Doesn’t it look great on my wall?? 😀

We finally made it into the barn and it was filled with vignettes and tons of great pieces!


I could have spent a fortune in there but I kept my senses, despite they were offering sangria…


I only bought this sign in the barn. It hasn’t found a home yet, but I’m sure it will very soon! 


Like I said it wasn’t a huge sale but it was a nice morning to have a little girls outing close to home! Plus we got to bring home a few treasures to work into our homes!