September 22, 2011 by siera104
I decied to tackle painting my living room, attached dining room, and hallway. I knew I really like the color Buckskin Pony, a warm mustard-brown. The color name is pretty amusing since I always wanted a buckskin pony. I didn’t want everything to be that color so I also chose the dark color on the same card, for the dining room.
Check out that 90's wall border, don't ya just love pastel
Before painting I needed to smooth the walls. The dust from sanding the wall was EVERYWHERE.
It took over 24 hours to prep the space, then another 12 to paint, then another few hours to clean everything and put it back in place. Below you can see the shade of paint differ from the dining room on the right from the living room.
I had some pictures in the hallway but I found some very affordabe gold frames, and gold framed mirrors and made a gallery in my hallway. The “Behind every clever girl is a guy with a beard and glasses” print is from Egg-a-go-go on Etsy.
I am very proud of my handy work.
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March 7, 2009 by siera104
I have been doing some upholstery projects lately, see! Here’s the Before and After.
I really love this couch and love seat; it was my grandmother’s she got in in the early nineties, I guess. Then it was passed down to my mom, so my brother sister and I slobbered all over the couches and gave them a good bit of ware. Mom covered the seat cushions and arms with some gray-ish striped material. When I finally got the love seat and couch, it was worse for the wear, but still pretty comfortable. I really didn’t like the back pillows; they always looked very sloppy no matter how you tried to arrange them.
I knew I wanted to re-upholster the couches in a navy blue color (dark, minimal dirt to show).
One day I was at Surplus City and found THE FABRIC I was looking for, a modern navy blue fabric with an olive and lighter blue wave pattern. The only downfall was there was only 4 yard of 54 inch wide fabric. My challenge was to make this fabric stretch to cover a couch and a love seat. If any of you have looked at yardage estimates for upholstering couches like mine, 16 yards are needed. Fortunately the local JoAnne Fabrics Store had a blue color fabric to compliment the wave pattern; I also got a wood grain fabric in the same blue color. The trim is from Surplus City for $0.69 a yard (I used 36 yards to trim everything).
Since I did not like the old cushions Surplus City had 24x24x4 High Density foam for $13 apiece. I found 3 fit nicely on the couch and 2 fit well on the love seat… yeah!
My attack plan was to make the back cushions with the modern fabric and the rest of the couch would be covered in the plain. I used cording around all of the seams to show some contrast on the couch and to give it a bit of definition.
Before I could upholster the seat cushions I removed 2 upholstery jobs my mother did (I forgot about this white-ish lining she covered some holes with. Then I removed the original cover, and then I vacuumed and beat the cushion so it wasn’t so icky.
I made some sleeves for the side of the couch and stapled them on. For the bottom of the couch I originally wanted to put a very long and wide bullion fringe around the bottom to avoid upholstering the thing. Too bad that plan wasn’t followed through. I never found any affordable bullion fringe that I liked, they were too short (it needed to be at least 8 inches), or the wrong color I wanted the blue, but I would have settled on olive. None the less I got sick of the old couch showing through for a month, so I used the rest of the fabric to make skirts for the couches. I just stapled them on the couches. Voilà!
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