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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!

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. 
You can use Promo Code BATCHELORSWAY to save $3 off the “at door” price of $11 or an $1.00 of the online price. The online price is $9.00 with your promo code it is $8.00 here's a link for online purchases: https://www.tix123.com/tix123/etic.cfm?code=DNHS17&disc=BATCHELORSWAY
Check out my Instagram or BatchelorsWay Facebook page for chances to win free tickets all this week.

I hope to see ya there!!