Friday, February 25, 2011

Fabric Photo Friday #3

Can you believe it’s Friday already ?  Here are the fabrics that I’m playing with this week……..

This zig zag fabric is going to be roman shades.  I’m just trying to decide if I want a cream banding down the sides……


This happy little guy is going on my bamboo bar stools.  That is, if it’s available, someone has a hold on all of it and I won’t find out until next week.


I’m thinking about painting my family room BM Dunmore Cream HC 29.  Has anyone used it and loved it ?

Have a great weekend !


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Monday, February 14, 2011

Love is…….


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.


Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.


It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Happy Valentine’s Day ! I wish you lots of love in your home……

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fabric Photo Friday #2

I’ve been seeing fabric trays all over lately so I decided to experiment with making some.  This one was made with a scrap of fabric, mod podge and an old baking tray from the kitchen cabinet.


I covered the bottom with mod podge, put the fabric on and then just worked each corner and wrapped the fabric to the back.  Then apply another coat of mod podge on top and let dry.


It will be all white but don’t worry, it will dry clear.  It’s really messy and reminded a lot of kindergarten !


Here he is all finished……



I’ve always had a thing for monkeys but lately I’ve been into elephants !

What about you….. What animals are making their way into your d├ęcor ?

I’ll be linking to BNOP’s party.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

How To Install A Runner on Stairs

Yesterday I posted before photos and talked about how we replaced the treads and prepared them for the runner.
I wanted about 5” of tread showing on each side of the runner so I needed it to be 25” wide and it’s hard to find that size so I bought carpet and had it cut into strips and bound in black down the sides.  It took 5 pieces that were each 6’ long. 


My Dad did all the hard work and I was the pad cutter, pattern matcher and staple refiller, oh and lunch lady.  He put carpet tack strips about 1/2” from the back of the step and then stapled the pad in place.  Both were cut 2” narrower than the runner.


Then there was a whole lot of stapling, jamming the carpet behind the strip with a tool that looks like an axe head on a handle, and stretching, pulling and more stapling.  All while making sure the pattern was staying straight.
Since the staircase turns there are two funky shaped stairs that I kept calling pie shaped but I’ve never had pie shaped like that !  We were able to fudge the first one to make it meet the next one where it should.  


The next step was more difficult because it had to be custom shaped on the right side.  Luckily I had some extra carpet that we cut in the exact shape and took back to the awesome carpet guy and he bound those edges.    I thought we could do it with our 25” strips but I also almost failed geometry.  Between the two of us we figured out how to get the pattern just right.  


The view from upstairs looking down……..



The carpet I chose was a Stanton wool and was on close out for 75% off, the pattern was just what I had in mind.  It has a loop pile and will hold up under the high traffic that these will get.

Thanks Dad, you did a great job !

Linking to ...... Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Friday, February 4, 2011

Stair Renovation

After seeing so many great stair renovations around blogland, like Kate’s at Centsational Girl and Rhoda’s at Southern Hospitality, I was inspired to do mine.  My awesome Dad volunteered to help me with the project, he actually did all the hard work and I was his helper. 

Day One began with ripping out the dirty carpet, and I do mean dirty…. you should have seen the dust that flew out of it !


We were almost positive that I didn’t have nice wood treads underneath and sure enough……….. they were ugly ! 


That required a trip to Lowe’s to purchase wood treads and my Dad cut them all to fit. We just filled the risers with wood filler and sanded to get them smooth instead of replacing them.


After they were all cut I took them upstairs and painted about 8” on each side.  First, I primed them with black primer and then one coat of black BM pearl finish.  They were both left over from when I painted the handrails.

On day two I painted the risers white and then we attached each step with liquid nails and a couple of screws. 


Then I was off to find carpet for the runner.  Here’s a sneak peak of where we left off yesterday. LOVE !


Tomorrow I will post the after photos and explain how we installed the runner. 

Fabric Photo Friday

Friday is going to be devoted to fabrics and photos of fabrics !  I just finished upholstering my dark leather ottoman with this great chenille that has a diamond pattern.


When our WCAA group toured Virginia Quilting last May we were able to shop in their fabric outlet.  All their leftover fabric is for sale for a really good price.


This is the fabric that I picked up to recover the ottoman.  There is a dark side and a light side, like on an oriental rug.


My other project was making a new cover for Zoe’s bed.  I found an old duvet cover that I made for the guest bed in a closet.  I just cut it down to fit her bed, it already had velcro in the top.


Slowly but surely, the room is getting lighter !
I’ve been playing around with my camera and Darcy’s tutorial was so helpful in learning about photography.  If you have a nice camera and don’t know how to use it then her series is for you !

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