Office/Guest Room Rearranging

Continuing from the Office Closet Storage Post, the entire room had to be re-arranged.

This is how it looked empty and moving in.

I don’t have a before photo of the re-arranging but you can see that the bed is where the chaise was and Robert’s desk is on the left.

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You can see how full and packed it was.

We found out we were getting a renter as we were finishing up the closet.

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So I knew we had to change the room around because it was just so crowded.

I also knew for a while that I was going to have to sell my wonderful desk. 😦 It was just too big for the condo and I knew that I needed to get a smaller desk.

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I bought the large desk for $550 (including tax etc.) and I sold it for $300. Which is about half, but since we were going to have a renter we would more than make up what I bought it for.

I bought this smaller desk a few weeks ago for $50.

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The legs were a bit wobbly but I thought I would be able to glue it or something.

Fun story, I finally put it together a week after I got it (since we were re-arranging it was easier to leave it taken down), and I hated it…

It’s really pretty. It just isn’t for me. So I sold it for $40. Which is $10 less than I got it for but it was worth it for the experience.

It’s actually for the better right now since we have a renter for the next 1-4 months and it gives more room in the office/guest room.

Here is what it looks like now.

 

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We have gotten rid of some books, completely re-arranged the room, bought a dresser, (soon a mirror and a clothes hanger), and new bedding.

I was searching high and low (I went to 12 thrift stores in 2 days) for a duvet cover of any size I could cut down. (Post coming soon).

Also, the dresser post coming soon as well.

DIY Christmas Decoration Bows Fail

Not all of my projects turn out…

This was one of them. Normally we all post our success projects but I am not perfect so I wanted to post my projects that don’t work out as well. And what I lwarned from them.

I wanted to make these beautiful bows that Victoria Elizabeth Barnes made in her Christmas Bows decorating post.

Aren’t they pretty?! – Totally check out her blog if you love Craigslist finds like I do.

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So, I tried my own DIY…

First I wanted to use a shiny material that would stand out. But there were 2 problems. Shiny = slippery. Which means my cutting lines weren’t straight. And second, I didn’t have a lot of extra fabric.

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Which means the material is useless. Luckily it was only about $15 for the material.

So I tried to use another material and that turned out a lot better. Except…

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It didn’t turn out well since the material didn’t stand up well. 😦

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It looks nothing like Victoria’s bows. I feel like she used a more stiff material than I did.

Oh well, not everything I make can turn out well.

What I learned: It’s ok not to have ever turn out the way I want. There’s something to be said about pressing seams. You always need more fabric than you think. Planning (as I did) is useful. And even with the most careful planning, things don’t always come out the way you want.

Bonus picture: My cat loves sitting on my clothes or anything on the bed. She doesn’t do it with papers on the floor or boxes. Only fabric on the bed.

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DIY Christmas Tree Skirt

It is now Christmas decoration, song, and present season in stores. Since this is the first year I will be having Christmas in my own home I really wanted to make it beautiful and classy.

I am going to get a real tree as my first Christmas tree as a full-fledged adult. But I needed a tree skirt (and about a million other pretty Christmas decorations). I was looking at all the different tree skirts and I didn’t like too many of them. Lots of them had ruffles or linen fabric which I didn’t like.

But I found this one which I thought was pretty. It was $29.99.

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However it was that weird linen blend. I was also on a sewing kick so I decided I wanted to make my own tree skirt.

I still had just enough fabric from reupholstering my dining chairs:

So I decided to make one. A quick trip to JoAnn’s and I found some pretty fabric for the other side so it could be reversible and some cording for the edge. Everything including the remnant from the dining chairs (besides labor) was about $25. But I got exactly what I wanted.

You would think it would be easy to make a circle. It is and isn’t I did the whole string and pen trick which made it a whole lot easier. Then I cut out the rest of the fabric. I made the skirt as large as my remnant from the dining chairs would let me. I don’t know what the traditional size is but I think it is roughly the same.

Then I ironed the edges under so they would be easier to sew and there wouldn’t be any weird puckers.

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Then I pinned some of the cording on to see how it would look and I also cut the opening using a small salad plate to get an accurate circle.

I sew them together and I just love how pretty this seam looked after I ironed it down.

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After sewing everything up I made little tie closures and sewed them on so they wouldn’t show the edge. I could have sewn them inside the fabric but I had already sewn up the openings.

 

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And here is the finished product!

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And, it is, of course, reversible!

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I am super proud of myself. I feel very accomplished.

I think I am still on the sewing kick and I am going to make pillow bows, a stocking for Maia, and a table runner.

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to subscribe. I will be uploading my DIY pillow bows soon!

Upholstering My Antique Dining Chairs

My last post featured all the new furniture I bought. And among them was my 4 “new” dining chairs for $15 each.

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Do you see a problem with them? Correct, it is not upholstered. But with $30 in foam and another $30 in fabric, the chairs cost a total of $120. I assume that when we sell them we can sell each for $30 at least and make back the cost of them.

While I love these and they are antique, my dream chairs are these or a variation of these:

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Parsons Chairs

But each one of those is at least $90 and can be all the way up to $200. Which is too rich for my blood currently.

So, in the mean time I get to practice upholstering and doing projects.

I took Robert to JoAnn Fabrics and of course we looked at all of them and decided we only liked one. Which was custom order only. Of course. The funny part was it was the same price (and same 50% discount) as all the rest of the “regular” fabric. Just the inconvenience of shipping it.

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Eaton Square. It doesn’t look like much here but it is cream with linen “lines”.

I couldn’t get the 1.5 yards I needed so I bought 2 yards instead. I will most likely use it for my “shoe chair” I also recently got at a thrift store.

I had to wait until after our dance convention to upholster them but I did asap. Side note, cutting foam is difficult.

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You can see on the top right of the cushion that it had a few issues being cut. But it isn’t too noticable.

Here is the before and after.

 

I think they look really nice. And if we ever sell them I think they will be well received.

Here they are all finished and with the dining table.

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Buying MORE Furniture

So…..

I bought more furniture.

2 side tables, 4 chairs, and a headboard and footboard to be exact.

How does it all fit in the house you ask? Well, I sell some and move others.

But! In my defense, we did need the 4 dining chairs even though those were not what I was initially buying furniture for.

The company Antique or Unique is a online company who purchases antique and vintage wood furniture from individual parties and sells it online. This way he keeps his overhead low.

Which is exactly why I follow him on Facebook. So, on Saturday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I found this:

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It was $50 and I had to have it. I asked Robert and he said yes so we drove 45 minutes one way.

It was the 1940’s mahogany with the same drawer pull as my coffee table and everything else in my house.

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See, it matches.

I had decided it would replace the leather insert side table in the living room.

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While I was looking at the drop-leaf table I saw this one right near it for $45.

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I told Robert on the drive there I could only get 2 things which is one more than we originally were going to the warehouse for. Unless we find dining chairs, then I could get 4 of those also.

So as we were checking out. I saw the chairs in the back and asked how much each one was. I was thinking also $30 or $40. BUT! He said all of his chairs were $15 each. I excused myself and went over to them.

We got 4.

They don’t have any cushion or upholstery (post coming later) so we are going to get fabric soon.

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The small pumpkin is for the cat.

I ended up with exactly what Robert and I agreed on me being allowed to get. Though really, I would have gotten more if I saw more things I liked.

While we were there I saw a twin mahogany headboard and footboard for $125. Which I wanted to replace the brass one I had previously. (Free with the bed.)

 

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Not very pretty since everything else I have is mahogany. But I had actually seen the exact same one (actually there were 2) at a thrift store where I live for $50. So the next day I went over and promptly bought it.

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I think it looks beautiful. Full twin bed post coming later.

I love everything. All of it for $250 including the upholstery fabric and supplies. 🙂

 

Jessica Rabbit Halloween Costume

I started with this red dress for $5.

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Then I purchased the sequin fabric and thread on sale for about $25.

So total cost of the dress was $30 minus lots of labor.

I had to drape the fabric on the dress and sew it to the dress so I had to hand stitch it all rather than the much faster way of using a sewing machine.

I draped it with muslin type fabric and cut it on the dress form then used it as my pattern.

 

Then I started hand sewing.

I also dyed my hair. Which was actually really scary since the color was so bright.

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Here is the finished product!

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Handmade and hand stitched. And permanently dyed hair.

And of course I had to have Roger Rabbit accompany me.

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Roger’s outfit was also hand made. Overalls were dyed red, bow tie and ears were made and gloves, shoes and shirt were bought. And I also did his face make up complete with whiskers, a red nose, and a kiss from Jessica.

Reupholstering a $4 Footstool

I love sitting with my feet up so I wanted an ottoman or footstool for my new chair. And then my second new chair (post coming soon). I couldn’t find any I liked and I thought I would have to search for a while to find what I wanted.

Turns out I found the footstool along with a second new chair and wedding dress the next day (no, I am not engaged. It fit like a glove and was $15 so I got it. Retail $700.).

The legs are cabriole which I like but the top was ugly green-ish and stained and lumpy. BUT it was only $4. And the batting I also found there was $1.

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Ugly right?

I recently cut up my comforter and I had fabric left over so I used that.

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See how I cut up my comforter here.

I did the same thing with the ottoman as I did with my vanity chair and reupholstered it.

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Turns out there was another layer which happened to be the  exact same as one my mom used to own.

 

And here is the finished product!

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A vast improvement.

I put it with my second new chair.

Super happy to put my feet up.