Monday, April 30, 2012

Outdoor Rug-Sometimes You Need a Plan B!


A fair amount of my projects are instigated by ideas that I've seen on other people's blogs.  Home bloggers are the best!  Every day I never fail to find new inspiration.  


Last week I saw this amazing outdoor rug that Kristin stenciled. 





Isn't that the most awesome outdoor rug you've ever seen (that didn't cost an arm and a leg!)?  So, of course, I wanted my own awesome outdoor rug!  I purchased the same rug from Home Depot that Kristin did.  The size and price were great...$18 for a 6x8.  It's not the best quality rug ever, but I think outdoor rugs are mostly disposable after one season anyway.  And, I've never seen an uglier outdoor rug than this one in it's original state.  But it didn't stay that way for long!


Kristin's blue was beautiful, but you know I'm more of a green person and thought that the green would blend better with my things I already had for my patio.  I also had a stencil that I planned to use, just because it's what I had on hand. 



I spent over an hour stenciling one evening and only got three sections done.  The next morning I was not happy with it at all.  I didn't like the color or the pattern once it dried.  I think it was too detailed of a pattern to show up well.  Time to come up with plan B!




I knew I needed to cover up what I had already done, but wanted something that would be much quicker and easier than my initial attempt.  So, stripes it was!  I wanted 5 wide stripes, so I marked off about 14.5" spaces and taped the stripes.  I was a little worried about the edges because the tape did not stick well to the rug at all.  But, I worked to keep the roller straight over the tape and not work the paint under the tape.  When I peeled the tape off the edges were fine.  By the way, your paint will most likely bleed through this rug, so put a liner under it.




I did spray a little primer over my green pattern, but it still was not covering up very well.  Oh well, I just turned that corner to the side where it will be mostly covered up.  




I pretty much didn't do anything the way Kristin recommended.  She suggests acrylic paint but I knew I would go through a lot of paint so I used leftover latex that I already had and just rolled it on.  My black paint was very watered down and went on much more smoothly than the white, and didn't feel as stiff as the white when dry.  I used a whole quart on the 2 white stripes, and could have used more.  Next time I would have added much more water to the white, maybe even as much as 1/2 water 1/2 paint.  


Here's a peek:




Someone had dusty feet while photographing this!






I'm working on a few other projects for the patio that I'll show you soon, 
so this is all you get for now!


Please visit Kristin's blog, the HUNTED INTERIOR,  for a fantastic tutorial for painting an outdoor rug.  Her photography is gorgeous, her projects are amazing, and her taste is impeccable!  Her blog is one of my favorites right now.  I know you'll love it too!






Friday, April 27, 2012

Jen's Picks {3-Rugs}


I'm in the middle of a project right now, and I have rugs on the brain!  
Hence, my category for today.  Here are some of my faves: 
(There's a lot...I got a little rug-happy.)


Pier 1

West Elm

Pottery Barn

 
Overstock

West Elm

raw hide company

Rugs USA

West Elm

Rugs USA

Pottery Barn

Overstock
Rugs USA
Pier 1
Rugs USA

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!  
I get to spend some one-on-one time with my favorite girl. 
See you on Monday.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

DIY Gone Wrong


Remember my cute new monogrammed kitchen towels I showed you a while back?




Well, they finally needed a wash.  Here's what came out of the dryer.  




Who new you had to be careful washing ribbon from Hobby Lobby?  Or did I get a dud roll?


At least it came off cleanly.  I thought about ripping the ribbon off and sewing something new on, but decided I didn't want to mess with it and maybe it would keep coming off if I washed them again.  This is after 2 washes.  I'm hoping after one more all of the dots will be gone and I'll just have a lovely solid black ribbon.  




I'm actually glad that this happened.  I was about to add some of that same cute ribbon to accent a dress of my daughter's.  I'm definitely re-thinking that project now!


You win some, you lose some.  


What's your best (worst?) DIY disaster?



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to Reupholster a Chair...with a Hot Glue Gun! {Way Back Wednesdays}


Back in November I showed you my daughter's completed new room and mentioned that I would tell you how I did a "cheater" job to reupholster her chair.  

  
Well, 6 months later, here you go!  The chair was in fairly good shape except for a few spots on the arms.  When we chose the red color scheme for her room, I thought this chair would work in there but wanted to jazz it up a bit...it was a bit of a wall flower.  


I gathered scraps of leftover fabric and played around with which pieces I wanted to use where until I was happy with the layout.



I started with the back panel and cut my fabric with a bit extra around the edges.  I left probably 8-12" on the sides and bottom, and just about 2" or so along the top edge.  I simply folded the top edge and creased it with my fingers, and then applied hot glue under the fold and tucked it right up close under the cording.  Believe it or not, hot glue does a really good job of bonding fabric!


I left more fabric around the sides and bottom because I was able to just tuck those sections way in towards the back (between the back and the side wing) and they stayed nicely.  It was helpful to use an old butter knife to force the fabric to slide under some of the tight edges like this one.  I didn't want the fabric to pull out when someone sat in the chair, and with the extra bulk I could stuff it way back and it stayed put nicely.
  

To cover the arms, I did the same thing, folding under every side that would show, hot gluing carefully right along each edge, and tucking under cording as close as possible.  Once I reached the back cushion and bottom seat edge of the arm, I tucked the excess fabric tightly into those crevices. 


I didn't have a picture of this part, but those yellow pieces that she has her finger on were attached with little upholstery tacks on the underneath side.  I pried them off with a screwdriver, but left them attached along their bottom side (so that curved section folded down like a flap).  Then I made a clean fold along the bottom edge and wrapped the fabric around to the back and glued along the edges. I folded the "flap" back up and pushed the tacks back into place.  The pieces were a bit loose so I went back with more hot glue and pressed on the pieces firmly until it dried.  Perfect.


 Back and arms...everything between the back cushion and side wings and arms and the bottom of the arms is just extra fabric tucked in tightly.  So far I've never had to tuck anything back in, it's stayed nice and snug.


The chevron strip was more of the same, cut approximately to size and then folded and glued around all of the edges.  I went back several inches underneath the cushion and glued the rest right along the cording.  For the skirt, I roughly doubled the measurement around the chair and hemmed it along the bottom side.  Then I sectioned it off, stapling first of all on the corners and the middle of each side.  


Then I used the loose fabric between staples and eye-balled some pleats, once again right up under the cording.  There was a hard surface under this section of the chair, so I did use the staple gun wherever I could get it to go in well. 


To cover the raw skirt edge I glued on some fringe and ribbon, and a thin strip of black and white ribbon balanced out the other side of the cording.


Ta-Da!  Wall flower to Flower Power!


I think this method really is a good alternative if you have a chair that is in fairly good condition, but just needs a little pepping up.  Although it currently has clothes strewn across it, the little one does enjoy sitting here to read from time to time, and I think it's an extra piece of art in the corner!


What do you think?  Would you try the hot-glue upholstery method?


Linking up with
Working With What You Have link up at emilyaclark.com




Monday, April 23, 2012

Around Here



Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  Our weather has been glorious and although there's not much going on in the way of projects around here, I did get a few things accomplished.




I used this


to change this


to this.


(10 year old set that was looking a little tired...good as new now thanks to a scrub down with a wire brush and 8 cans of paint!)


This got a little touch-up too.


I picked up this set several years ago on clearance.  It was brown and made out of some pvc-type material that is weatherproof.  Two years ago I used the Krylon Fusion for plastic paint and sprayed it black.  It's held up fairly well and I just needed to go over a few spots that receive the most wear and tear.


We spent Saturday afternoon at the track.





They were happy to win some ribbons and I was not happy to get a sunburn. :(


The next few weeks are getting crazy busy as school winds down, end of the year activities ramp up, and we have a birthday girl to celebrate soon!



Friday, April 20, 2012

Jen's Picks {2-Etsy Pillows}

I have not spent a lot of time on Etsy in the past, but I was so happy at the huge selection of decorative pillows offered.  If you're not familiar with Etsy, it is a site for small business owners to showcase their vintage or hand-made items.

Here are my favorites while browsing...

Duralee Kalah

Monogrammed Huge Pom Pillow
(Go see Linda's shop...she just opened it today!)


Colorful Zig Zag Stripe


Burlap Ampersand


Richloom "Rhiannon" Suzani

Robert Allen Bamboo Lattice


Natural linen with green bird


Trina Turk Peacock

Bird Cage & Butterfly



P. Kaufmann


Personalized Name & Date Burlap


Monogrammed Zebra


Tooth Fairy Pillow


Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon