Monday, June 25, 2012

Tour of Our New House

I thought I would finally post some pictures of our new house.  We found it through a friend and we are renting it for the next two years.  It was built in 1989 and is surrounded by ten acres of farm land.  We do not have to farm however! It is leased out to a farmer.

Two bedrooms and a bath at one end of the house.

Kitchen, dig the light blue tiles!

This is the furniture of the person who sold it.

This is one of the bedrooms, in process.  Boxes everywhere.

The other bedroom.

There is a cute alcove off the living room.  It is sort of a music room/library.  Our piano is on one side and a book shelf is hidden behind the stack of boxes.

Our  dining table and china cabinet.

Here is the living room. Lovely sliding glass door to the back yard flanked by windows.

Now starts the pictures of our rooms all put together.

The kitchen with our little house canisters and other goodies put away.

The living room, without boxes.  I want to do a sort of gallery wall here with the tv.

Opposite the tv wall is a bookshelf with all our memorabilia from overseas.

The alcove with bookshelf all arranged and the piano .

This is my craft/sewing room and my sons room when he returns from deployment.

Daughter's room that will become a guest room when she gets married in September.

Front door.

Our crazy huge bathroom.  It is large enough to put a queen size mattress in and still have some space for walking around. That door is one of the his/hers walk in closets.

You walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom and through that to get to the bed chamber.  And I call it a chamber for a reason.  it is smaller than the bathroom and is a dead end at the back of the house. The wallpaper has to go.

Th view into the laundry room.  It is also a pass through to the garage, beyond the door.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour.  I love living out in the country.  No noisy neighbor parties or dogs barking or porch lights left on to shine in our eyes at night. It is a little further away from stores, but worth it.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Wing-Back Chair Slipcovers

Here is my latest project.  First I have to say, my 22 year old daughter has the Spirit of an old man at times! She has wanted a Wing-back chair for several years.  And a good Cigar and a Globe Bar.
Well, she is on her own for the cigar and bar, unless I run across a globe for a good price at an estate sale.
We found these on Craigslist for $100 for the pair.  They are Broyhill and were originally purchased for $387 each (the price tag was still on one.)  Good Deal! And the fabric is exactly the color she loves and is in great shape with absolutely no tears or stains.
I thought it would be good for her to have slipcovers in case she didn't want them green all the time.

So I looked for tutorials and did some pinning first.
I checked out Miss Mustard Seed here and watched her videos.
Then I went to Honeybear Lane and read through her tutorial.

Then I decided to just go for it.
I had about 6 yards of a print fabric that I was not using so I created a pattern by draping, pinning, and cutting.

Then I labelled each piece and unpinned and stacked them.  It took me a while to find canvas dropcloths that were the cream color.  Home Depot and Ace Hardware had great grey.  Bleach won't help.  I checked at Sherwin-Williams and found these.  They are the 4' by 15' cloths.  It took three for two chairs.
There are so many tutorials out there that I am not giving step by step instructions.
I cut out the pieces from my pattern then pinned and sewed.

Here is the final product!  Front:

I used ribbon cut into sections for the ties. Back:

Daughter did not want a skirt of any sort.  I used the selvege edge of the dropcloths for the bottom of the slips.  The back closure is the ends where a seam hem was already provided.  Husband used the pinking shears to finish all the seam allowances. And, Yes, I did prewash!

Here are the chairs in their home: Daughter and Fiance's apartment! They have only had the apartment two weeks so there is not much for decoration-yet!

I think I will tackle slip-covers for my sofa, loveseat, and chair.  They need it!
Thanks for being kind with your comments.

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Refinished Bedside Tables

I love Pinterest.  My Daughter has a Pinterest account as well.  She posted a bedroom she liked with cute little black bedside tables.
I was looking on Craigslist and saw this pair of little tables for $20. Had to have them.
They would look great in black!

I took the drawers out and taped off the drawer runners.  Then I got out my brand new paint sprayer and stepped into my brand new painting booth.  What fun!  But how my hands hurt.  I have arthritis and it wears my hands out quickly holding up the sprayer-it's kinda heavy!

I spray painted the handles silver.  I loved the modern look of these but they had to be silver. I also sprayed Varathane on the tops as they will probably have water glasses set on them.

All done and ready to be taken to the LA area where Daughter and her Fiance will live after they get married in September.

I like how they turned out.

These look nothing like the square tables Daughter pinned, but they are modern and unique. 

I am sharing at Primitive & Proper. Go here to check out the other furniture redos. 
Also joining Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday.
Thought I would share at Between naps on the Porch as well.  Go Here to see the other Metamorphosis people have posted.