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Monday, August 6, 2018

Want to learn how to upholster?

You may be wondering what I have been up to lately, since I seem to have been missing in action.
If you follow me on Instagram you may already know what has kept me so busy.
But for those of you who don't, let's start at the beginning.

I often have people tell me they wish I could just come over and help them through a project; especially an upholstery project.
People are often afraid of tackling this type of project on their own.
My three oldest son's teach online art courses and kept telling me I should create an upholstery course.
So that is exactly what I have been doing.

Creating an Upholstery course for you!

This is my first course so I decided to start with a fairly easy, basic course on upholstering dining room chairs or side chairs. I show you how to recover three different types of chairs, starting with a simple project and getting progressively more challenging. 

The course is divided into six, easy to navigate, sections with over four and a half hours of clear content spread over thirty-five lectures. You can follow along at your own pace when ever you want. It will be like having me over to help guide you through your chair recovery process. 

Check out this promo video to get a better idea of what the course is like and what it covers.

I would love it if you would share the promo video too!!

The course is priced at $149.99, but there are occasional sales for it. Because you guys have stuck with me for so long, I want you and your friends to be able to take this course for even less. 
Use this coupon code and you can get the course for $9.99. 


Click below to enroll. When the Udemy page comes up, ignore the price you see in the top right corner. Scroll down a little and click on 'Got a coupon?' That's where you enter your coupon code.

And share the code with all your family and friends so they can sign up for that awesome price.

 I want to help as many people as possible learn how to take on their own projects and save money!!

So share,share, share!

I am super excited about this project, I hope you all sign up and leave me a rating !!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Basement Family Room - Reveal!!

If anyone is still out there, I'm still here.
Life has taken center stage lately and everything went by the way side
and Life and people are more important than blogs.
But I am back.

Today is the day I debut the Family Room!! 
It is packed with lots and lots and lots of storage and style on a budget!!
Let's just take a gander, and as always I will tell you how I did it all for less Money.

The cute blanket storage basket is from a thrift store. The grey blankets are also thrift-ed and the blue one was a large blanket I bought on clearance and cut in half to create two lap blankets.
It gets chilly in the basement sometimes so a basket full of blankets is nice, especially when they match the decor.

I bought the basket and flowers at a thrift store and repainted our old kitchen table. The chairs are from a yard sale and I won that "hello" sign at a blogger conference and painted it black.

Our $50 giant sectional is from the Restore!!
I just gave it a good cleaning.
We also moved our piano downstairs.

All the decor items in the forefront including the tray are from thrift stores. The lamps on the piano were given to me and I added a bun furniture leg to them to make them taller and spray painted it all navy blue. I topped them off with square shades I also found at a thrift store. I leaned a blue architectural piece against the wall with a square boxwood wreath all from thrift stores.
Last of all I added two prints of ships, that were from an old store room at my in-laws and put them into thrift-ed frames.

 I did lots of orange accents around the room and I am in love with my metronome that I spray painted orange!!

The fireplace was rocked with faux stones we bought at the Restore for $100. 
We sold what was left over for $100, so it was essentially free. Everything on the shelves was from thrift stores except the greenery.
And remember, all the built-ins are from second hand pieces of furniture. 
Oh and don't forget my lovely denim barrel chairs I recovered.

These awesome rustic picture ledges I found in a pile of junk on the side of the road. After a good  cleaning with a wire brush and some bleach, we attached them to the wall with lag bolts, right to the studs. All the frames and accessories are again from a thrift store. The chevron wood block I made from left over pieces from my planked Wall. 

This built-in is the craft/game area, but also my wrapping station, I used tension rods in the center section to put my wrapping paper on. I just pull and cut. I also have bows in the blue bins and all other wrapping supplies in the closed cupboards. I will do a separate post on all the organization and storage later. 
I have paper, colored pencils and markers here as well, all in bins and containers from thrift stores. 
I covered the center section with hounds tooth wall paper I found at the Restore. My sister gave me the antlers and I just painted the plaque grey and covered the center of the antlers in grey material and studs.
Last of all is the food center.
Popcorn bowl is from a thrift store and filled with microwave popcorn.
We did buy the microwave new from Walmart.
The orange bowls are for popcorn after it's popped; got them at Walmart.
We like to eat popcorn when we watch movies.
Blue cups were like 10 cents each at an outlet store.
I love the look and organization of the area.

I used copper pulls and knobs from D Lawless Hardware,
 Can I say I am just in love with them!!!

The table makes it easy to wrap presents, play games or draw.

Pretty much all the decor in this room is from thrift stores for $1-3 each.
Yeah even that chevron pillow, thrift store!!
I did however recover an old couch pillow with copper faux leather for the second pillow.

Last section was the hallway. I painted all the doors grey like the built ins. I found a second hand mirror on an online site, mounted to the wall and framed it out with weathered wood I may have pulled out of a dumpster. I added a set of three gold mirrors I collected from thrift stores and the dollar store. Last of all I added a clock I picked up once at a garage sale.

I can't do a room reveal with out before and afters!!
Here's the view when you first walk into the basement.

And the fireplace wall!

And the game/craft area and hall back to the bedrooms!!

Lets talk about details!!
I am in love with how it turned out.

Here is a list of colors and styles of products we used.
Wall color - Satin White Color Place
Paint on built ins - Behr Ultra Letter Gray

Here are links to all the posts on the basement family room so far.

If you just want the look instantly, here are links to products close to those that I used.
Click and purchase.
It's called the easy button.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Basement Project - More furniture- Amazon Influencer and more!!!

Is anyone still out there?
Anyone still following?

I have been so busy with weddings, life, kitchen remodels and more I can barely seem to function. My blog has suffered and took the brunt of my time crunch. 
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you have been more in the loop with all that has been going on. Let's face it social media is easier and more instant. 
None the less I am still here and going to finishing posting about our basement. 

But first I want to tell ya that I am an Amazon Influencer
I have a page on Amazon with many of the products I have used or like, as well as tools I like or want. You can go there and order them if you like. I have put comments under many products telling where or how I used it.

I hope this makes it easier for you to find products for your own projects!
As always, my main goal with my blog is to inspire others to create pretty and functional things for themselves. 
Go check out my Amazon Influencer page and book mark it so you can see as I add and update products.
Let me know what you would like to have me put on there.

OK, let's get back to the basement.

If you remember I  have a giant sectional, but I wanted two chairs to finish out the seating area.
I also wanted them to be able to view the fireplace and future small TV that would be above the fireplace to hook up to the Play Station. 
Enter the two pink swivel chairs I inherited from my mother.
They can rotate completely around making them perfect for this space.
The height mimicked the low slung sectional, creating harmony between the large furniture pieces.

I just had to get that lovely pink or maybe I should say flesh tone off the chairs.
My plan was to recover them with this velvet tan material I already had.
But it was a fairly thick material, not a good choice for lots of curves and seams.
So I went to plan "B", denim!
Denim is durable and fairly inexpensive. Using coupons, I purchased the fabric from JoAnns Fabric for $70 for both chairs.

I was pretty happy with my decision especially when I saw these grey denim chairs the next day in my HGTV magazine. They were almost identical to mine! I guess I have good taste!

I striped the chairs and used the old pieces as a pattern. I pretty much had to sew all the pieces together and pull it onto the chair like a tight fitting shirt and staple it to the bottom.
I don't like upholstery projects with a lot of sewing, but I managed.

Here's the before and After.
We really like them.
They function well in the space, look pretty and are super comfy.
Total cost $35 per chair!!

Next I turned my attention to our very sad looking ottomans.
I did buy these at a thrift store, but they didn't look this bad.
We actually used them for a year or so causing the rips to become bigger.
They were definitely in need of a makeover.

I decided on this awesome faux leather fabric from Hobby Lobby. It is super soft and looks like real worn leather. I love it. With a coupon it cost $77 for enough fabric for both ottomans.
You may be asking why two ottomans?
I wanted everyone sitting on the sectional to be able to put up their feet when watching a movie. That meant one really long ottoman or two smaller ones. I opted for two to make them easier to move when vacuuming and such. 

You can watch the video below to see them during the process, but here is the end result.
Lovely and functional!

I also had to purchase some Dacron for the ottomans so my cost came to $44.50 per ottoman.
 Not bad, not bad!!
Both projects are helping create a finish room!!

Check out the video!!
I get a lot of questions about how to reupholster furniture, so I am creating an on-line course.
 Stay tune for info on how you can take the coarse. It will be like being one on one with me. 
You can watch each lesson over and over.
Thanks for stopping by!