Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Perfect Chair Make Over

Loved this chair I spotted in the Horchow magazine....
Not so much the price tag that went along with it!

Using two different fabric patterns adds interest....

Stripes and prints CAN work well together!

So I was on the hunt for the PERFECT chair.
A trip to HomeGoods and there it was, just waiting for me.
Well, not so perfect
But I could look past the fabric.
I would change that.

I picked out a wonderful tapestry print for the back of the chair and an olive green faux leather embossed fabric for the seat.


I also added the tapestry print to the back side of the chair.

I made a bolster pillow with some coordinating fabrics and trim.

The PERFECT chair now sits next to the fireplace.
My patience paid off.
I got the look I wanted,
for not the high price tag in the magazine!

This week I'll be linking up to the following sites....

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Chico's Knockoff

Every wardrobe has to have a bit of leopard in it,
 Don't cha Think?

Last Winter I tore this page out of a magazine.
I went to the Chico's web site and HERE it was.

I loved the jacket, not the price tag of $139.00.

By the condition of the picture,
can't you tell I had thrown it in a file?

It got me thinking...
How about if I sewed a cute leopard jacket
just like the one at Chico's????

I found some Leopard Faux fur fabric at Joann's for 40% off.
Buttons were Half off and I had a coupon for the black satin lining.
Final Price  $22.00!

I paired the jacket up with a black turtleneck and black pants,
just like the stylish photo in the magazine!

Have you ever tried to hold on to a camera,
while smiling and  trying to look stylish
 as you take a photo of yourself?

Boy. it's difficult!

It's been awhile since I sewed something for myself.
It was a fun project and I am happy with how it came out.

If you like the look and can't sew a stitch don't worry.
Take a look HERE, there are lots of styles of Leopard jackets.

This week I'll be linking up to the following sites....

Monday, January 9, 2012

Boys Bathroom Makeover

The boys bathroom makeover is complete!
My husband , with a little assistance from me
 did the entire remodel. 

I must admit I'm a bit embarrassed.
These is the only BEFORE photos I have.

Are you the kind of blogger who runs around picking up any mess
before taking the photo for your blog?

I never want anything to look out of place.
Not very realistic when there are two boys sharing a bathroom!

So PLEASE excuse the mess....

Who says girls are messy!

Bye Bye mirror.
A framed mirror replaced this dated one.

Everything was  replaced except for the vanity.
The vanity got a painted face lift.

Notice the crack on the floor?

Dated brass light fixtures are gone...

So the tiling began...

We purchased a wet saw off Craigs List for a good price.
That really helped cutting all the tile.

I wanted to add  bead board to the lower half of the wall.
My husband says that all my "good ideas"
 cause him a lot more work!

Ready to see the completed project?

We used a 12x12 tile on the floor
that was installed on the diagonal.

The shower was fully tiled.

We added a decorative tile in lay.

My good friend Sharon sprayed the vanity for me.
She does beautiful work .
You can see some of her creations HERE.
It looks brand new.

New hardware and a granite top completed the look.

The new light fixture and mirror gave it an updated look.

The mirror was not black when I purchased it.
It was gold.

It was painted with the same paint as the vanity.
The detail was highlighted.
Now both pieces match perfectly!

 We added crown molding, which is always a challenge to do!
The paint color on the wall is Sherwin Williams "Lenox Tan" and the cieiling is Sherwin Williams "Shaker Beige ".

The Bead Board wall got a coat of white paint.
Tall base board moldings were added for extra detail.

The bead board was topped with two different sizes of moldings.
How to finish off the moldings in the corners was a challenge,
but I think it came out well.

Even our two Siamese cats got a new home.
The litter box was placed the closet. 
We added a swinging pet door for the cats to go in and out.

I wanted to make a window treatment that wasn't "frilly"
 and it had to be functional.
I decided to make a roman shade that could be lowered for privacy.

I added a small cornice at the top of the window treatment.

The last thing to finish was finding some art work.
I knew I wanted to do a few frames.
but what to put in them?

I find it had to find things for a room used by boys.

This is what I came up with....

B for Brandon and A for Austin...
The letters were metal. 
I purchased them at Hobby Lobby. 
 They didn't fit the frames,
so made color copies of the letters
 then re sized them using Microsoft Publisher. 
 I mounted the copies on some foam core board.


The frames were all different colors. 
I decided to paint them with the same spray paint,
then highlighted them with a gold color paint.

I found this metal lock at Hobby Lobby. 
It was Red, but I painted it and wiped off some of the paint
 leaving red highlights.
Onto a piece of foam core I mounted a piece of scrap book paper that had a script design.
The door lock plate was placed in the center of the frame.


The letters were sized smaller than the opening of the frame.
They where attached directly to the wall.
Once attached to the wall, the frame was hung.

This  remodel was a BIG undertaking.
I'm glad it's done.
Next project to start....
The master bathroom!

Now for the good news...
Later in the week,
I'll share with you the completed master bedroom re-do.
It's about time!!!
Can't wait to share with you.  It is my dream bedroom.

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