into a lovely armless chair.
Creating new projects as well as taking unwanted & underappreciated items & upcycling them into something you love.
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Hey old chair, we've got you covered!
As a yard sale find, this "chair" began its life as part of a sectional sofa. The rest was hauled off to the dump. By salvaging this segment, we were able to convert this ugly throw away
into a lovely armless chair.
Try this unique yet simple way to display Christmas cards & photos. Use stray bits of wire to wrap around the tops of little houshold treasures to reinvent their use.
Using a length of wire & needle nose pliers, wrap & twist the wire around the top of each base. Curl a double loop at the top to place photo/card.
We are giving these kitschy, discarded porcelain cats a new identity as vintage Halloween decor. Upcycle your own thrift store find by letting your imagination & piece be your guide. From ugly strays to yays!
Why don't today's fitted sheets stay in place? I have fitted sheets from 1976 that still have their elasticity. Today's manufacturers charge a pretty penny for high thread count sheets, but I wake up in the morning wrapped up like I went to a toga party!! What is the deal?
The poor grade of elastic used in today's bedding is sub-par compared to American manufactured goods made back in the day. FYI - using bleach deteriorates the integrity of the rubber in the elastic.
Do I eat this week or buy another set of sheets? Never fear, food will be on the table and you will no longer "wear" your sheets while sleeping.
I suggest you or a trusted seamstress add a fresh stretch of elastic around the perimeter of your beloved fitted sheets. Sweet sleep with your newly fitted sheets!
I like to paint . . . A LOT, but the opportunity rarely presents itself on a regular basis. My blog partner brought me a blank, framed canvas a few weeks ago. I finally took a weekend off & did a few things I wanted to do.
This was a pre-made, framed print - it had been purchased at a Blockbuster years ago. We taped it off & painted the canvas white with a primer.
A lamp & pillow were the color/style inspiration, but that was about it. I was given free reign to create my own design. So here I am wondering how to get this started. Her son wanted a large piece of artwork and I have never, ever tried anything like this. The print was destined for Goodwill if it didn't get a makeover, so I had nothing to lose.
It wasn't as hard as I thought. I liked the freedom & loose style. It pushed me further and challenged me to try new things. For example, I didn't have a spray bottle with water, so I gave the painting a misting of Febreze. It mottled the paint & gave it an unexpected texture.
Ah, an old dog can learn new tricks. I am by no means an expert at any of this, but I can say trying is half the battle. It's not what ya know but what ya do. I got so inspired I even went out & bought new brushes. There's nothing like a natural bristle that will get the stroke on . . . Oh Yeah!
Everyone wants to learn how to make parsons' chair slipcovers. Styles vary but basics are easy to adjust .
Our YouTube video will give you a guideline for creating your own slipcover. All chairs & all people are different, allow these instructions to serve as a model for your own interpretation and other styles of chairs that may feel neglected -- Momma, you'll be "sew" happy!
See this & other helpful videos on How to Love Your Home's YouTube channel.Parsons Chair Slipcover Simply Sewn
In this DIY, it is specific to creating cording. The French, flat flange is made with the same method, excluding the cording inside the fold. You adjust the size of the flange according to your desired look. When sewing the flat flange, you will be sewing the fold opposite the instructions for the cord. That would be; using the measuring line on your sewing machine to create the depth of your flange.
The fabric being cut on the bias, gives the cording flexibility to curve around corners. If you cut it straight, your cord will be rigid and have trouble taking the corners smoothly.
I like to use my hands as measuring tools, #1 you don’t have to keep track of a ruler or yardstick, it is always at hand (ha ha)- #2 you don’t have to manipulate something around the fabric and #3 historically; that is how the world came up with many of the measurements that we use today….I love the history lesson.
Three fingers, index finger to middle finger is about 3” ( give or take, on the average woman) it is a good guide and that is how wide I cut my cording. FYI: the average length between the tip of your bent elbow to the tip of your middle finger is about 18”, so it is easy to eye basic measurements using your arm…double it and you have a yard.
The photos show you how to connect cording strips together, so you have a smooth, continuous strip of fabric to cover your cord. Most fabric stores sell different widths of cording to put inside your fabric. I pooh-pooh that idea. I go to the hardware store or general merchandise store to get this…clothes line, twine, cotton rope…it depends on how thick I want it, but I never buy it by the yard. It is just too expensive. I don’t use the heavy fiber rope. It is too hard to cut and connect because it is so stiff Cotton clothes line or rope really works best. If laundered, it can snap back into place when stretched over the piece of furniture.
Using a zipper foot, have your stitches line up with the edge of the cord inside the fabric that is folded over. For the French, flat flange use a regular foot. I don’t pin this because the fabric, being cut on the bias, stretches as you sew. It really is a good thing, as you will see when we attach it to our slipcover. I usually leave about 3” of fabric at the beginning of my cording strip, so if I need to connect it with the other end, I can have that piece to cross over the other end of fabric and cord. You shall see.
Another trick, is to never cut the end of the cord before applying it to the slipcover. I have been in a pickle over not appropriately projecting the cording length and this gives me the opportunity to add more fabric if necessary. It is much easier to do this than to connect that cord on the inside, because the stretching that takes place during the whole project can separate and be unsightly. Always come in with a little extra effort before you begin your project, instead of having to trouble shoot a problem afterwards . . . preventive sewing medicine.
This post is a we did in April of 2012. It has always been one of our favorites. We hope you can make one of your own. See the links at the end of the post for some other create Easter egg projects. Won't they look great in your paper mache' bowl?
You will need:
Shredded Paper (I shredded my own from about 30 pages from an old book - brown paper sacks work great too! Be creative, don't spend a lot of money)
Plastic bowl (I got mine for a $1 at Dollar City - I didn't have anything with a good, round shape - you could use any plastic tub you already have)
Plastic to cover the bowl
Rubber band to hold plastic in place over the bowl
Tacky, white or clear glue - mixed half & half with water
Paint brush - wide
Cover your bowl with plastic wrap (I cut a trash bag piece to fit) & apply a rubber band to hold tightly in place
Dip your strips of paper into the glue/water mixture and place onto the plastic covered bowl. Cover the bottom and sides completely. I placed 5-7 strips at a time. Once I got the first layer on I brushed it with the glue mixture. You will need to apply multiple layers to make it thick enough to stand on it's own.
Press strips loosely on outside of nest to create a more "nest-like' look. I brushed the glue mixture in just a couple spots to hold the strips onto the paper mache' bowl.
I pulled the plastic away from the bowl after 30 minutes. I was afraid it would stick too much and damage the paper nest. Having air flow both inside and out, drying time is cut in half...about 6 hours. If you are in a rush blow dry it on a cool setting to give it a good kick start in the drying process.
Add candy and enjoy your Easter project!
Creative Easter Egg Ideas!
Natural Dye Easter Eggs
Subway Art Easter Eggs
Natural Print Easter Eggs
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Personal Project Planning - The Year of Doing
Personal Project Planning - #18 Cover Mismatched Fabric Boxes
Personal Project Planning - #19 Finish Painting That Vintage Bed
Personal Project Planning . . . #9 - Mother Nature Stalls Progress
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Personal Project Planning: Architectural Challenge
I vowed to myself and to the rest of the world that I would complete more personal projects this year. Many on the list are outdoor related. The unfortunate thing for me is that Mother Nature has had a different plan. Her attempt at weekly rains, some of them with absolute fury, has all but squashed outdoor/spring accomplishments. Between the cold season and rainy spring, I did get one big item on my "to do" list done. Attaching the screens and shutters on my back deck. I am so glad I did. The weather has been beastly and it really helped protect my furniture from the elements.
I need a few more to find to fill a couple spots, but over all, this porch project is pointed in the right directions. I have gaps between doors & screens, but I never intended for it to be completely enclosed...it is a porch and the airflow is very important. I will check #9 off my list!
Being practical is important when you don't have a great deal of living space, so function out-weighs fancy! I use the space for building furniture & cornices and such. I mix my concrete there along with having my breakfast al fresco. The photo shows you the enclosed area. I still have work to do on the upholstered chairs and table on the opposite side of the space. Looks like I need to reorganize the mustard colored, glass pane cabinet with all my gardening bits & pieces. That darned snow ball effect . . . one thing leads to another!
This list is not going to complete itself, so I just keep pecking at it, bit by bit. Life does get in the way of my progress. I try not to pressure myself too much, there is supposed to be a little pleasure in the journey too!
We are all worthy of feeling satisfied about where we are in our homes. Our approach to the adventure is as important as the results. The journey of finding our design ideals shifts with seasons & people passing through our lives. We are more likely to enjoy the creative process when things are made easy and How To Love Your Home's passion for finding & sharing tools, tips, & triumphs is here for simplifying the journey to a commonsense approach to homemaking & design!