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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cleaning Up the Sectional - Basement Project

I know I have not posted in a long time,
but my life has been very full.
Besides presenting at the Home Show last month,
which, by the way, was very fun, my second son got engaged and married.
Here is a few engagement photos of my beautiful kids.

Photo's taken by In Frames Photography.



Jaysen and Destiny have only been married for a little over two weeks, so no wedding photo's yet.
 I will share some when I can!!
My youngest has had football and now basketball games and practice to get to. And my girls are in the High school musical, so practice every night.
We are also carrying on with other projects like redoing the mud room and the kitchen.
Never a dull moment around here.

But you are still hopefully following our progress in the basement so lets get on with it!!

Today is all about the sectional!!
The most important piece of a family room, right?
I have a large family and wanted the kids to be able to have large video parties, so I needed to be able to seat lots of people.
Extra large sectionals can cost around $2000 or more, so when I found a sectional at the Restore  back in 2012 I bought it!!
Check out the story of getting the huge sectional downstairs!!

We have been using it, but with the basement overhaul, it needed just a little clean up!
It was a little dirty and the cushions just a little saggy.


1. Started by marking all the cushion covers to corresponding foam inserts.
 I restitched any seams that needed mending on my sewing machine
and then threw the covers into my washing machine on delicate.
2. Ripped all the old Dacron off the foam.
3. A few were actual pieces of foam glued together. 
They were coming apart.


4. Sprinkled baking soda mixed with a few drops of lavender oil on all foam inserts
 and left it for 30 minutes or more. 
Then vacuumed them off. Made my cushions smell amazingly fresh.
5. Used spray glue to glue cushions back together and then stitched it for extra reinforcement.
(Hope to replace the split cushions later when budget permits.)
6. Covered fresh foam with new thick Dacron.
 Wrapped it like a present and hand stitched the seams together.

Here's how the plump and clean cushions looked afterwards!!
They smelled as good as they look!


Next I had to clean the actual couch, I couldn't just stick that in the washing machine.
1. Look close and you can see two dark dirty spots on the arm of the couch.
2. I have a Kirby vacuum that can convert to clean upholstery.
 I purchased a dry shampoo to use with it.
3.  It creates a dry foam you just scrub into the material and then let it dry.
When it is completely dry you vacuum the surface. 


I was totally happy with my new looking huge sectional.
It was so clean and plump, oh and did I mention how great it smelled?


Great sectional and to think I only paid $50!!!!


What do you think?
Here's a video to see even more on how I did it.
Thanks for stopping by.




Monday, October 9, 2017



 I am so excited to be a presenter at the Deseret News Home Show at the South Towne Expo Center. Come see me this Friday or Saturday (Oct. 13 & 14) at 8 pm on the Design Stage. I will be talking about Making Secondhand items Chic and answering questions. 
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Check out my Instagram or BatchelorsWay Facebook page for chances to win free tickets all this week.


I hope to see ya there!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Table and Seating - Basement Project

I know I am slow going at getting the rest of the basement posted!
Life is very full right now!
Besides the blog and YouTube, 
I'm going to be speaking at the Salt Lake Home Show, 
creating an online course,
updating my mudroom, 
starting a Kitchen remodel and 
most exciting our son got engaged!!

Wow!! So excited about all of it!!


But back to this post; the next installment of the basement.
This post is all about our game table and seating. 
For the chairs I used two chairs my husband bought at a yard sale a few years ago.
He actually wanted them in his man cave, but I begged and he relented to let us use them in the family room.
They were structurally in great shape, very sturdy.
But the finish had seen better days.
I'm guessing they were stored with some occasional water sitting on the seats.



I used a product my mom has talked about for years, Formbys Furniture Refinisher, .
It basically dissolves the finish and stain and then redistributes it. You just need gloves and steel wool. It was super easy. The chairs look soooooo good now!!



Now on to the table.
I decided to use our kitchen table we have had for about 20 years.
It has been used and well loved by our big family for all that time.


For the base I used Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint  Black in the crevices and on the edges.
Next I rubbed VASELINE JELLY  on various places where I had painted black.
Then I painted two coats of chalk paint.


Using a sanding sponge I distressed it; the paint comes off easily where you put the Vaseline. 
Last of all I used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, Natural to give the table a protective coat.
I really like the soft matte sheen, but if I were to do it again, I wouldn't wax the table top. I would use a clear coat that you paint or spray on. 


These are the exact products I used.
 Waverly Chalk Paint in Mineral Matte finish.


As for the top, well watch the video. I will say that I attempted to sand and stain the top which did not work. It was too red and crappy looking. The photo looks better than it was. So I just ended up chalk painting the table top just like I did the bottom.
Trust me it looks better this way!!


For seating on the side of the table that is against the wall, I decided to use a bench.
Watch the video for that story also.
I just filled the cracks with glue and wood filler, sanded really well with a belt sander; and gave her a coat of gel stain.


To protect my new floor I put pads on the bottom of the chair and bench legs.

I think the whole combo turned out great!!!
I am loving the colors and textures together.




Many of you said you liked reading my old posts, so I tried to find a happy medium between simplified posts and videos. Read and watch both and you will get the most out of it, but doing just one or the other will get you a lot of info too. I feel like I am getting better and better at the videos.
I would love to hear what you think of this last one.





Thanks for stopping by and here are the links to many of the products I used for this project. If you have questions leave them in the comments on this post or the video.