One Room Challenge – Week 5 – Sewing/Craft room

Yikes, only one week left and I’m scrambling a little.  So to recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge, where bloggers link up and share the challenge of completing their one room transformations in a mere six weeks. A big thank you to the creator and organizer of the ORC, Linda at Calling It Home and her partner, House Beautiful and of course, you for following us all along. If you haven’t already be sure to check out the 20 featured designers  and my fellow linkers  as they share their inspirations, challenges and next week, the final reveals!

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For all my inspiration and how I got this far, you can read the previous weeks’ posts by clicking the links below.

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3 

Week 4

Thankfully, I got quite a bit accomplished this week. The biggest job was getting the bookcase painted and wallpapered. Which I completed late last weekend and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. This is how it looked when I started.

Before: bookcase

I first painted it with Benjamin Moore’s Grey 2121-10, which matched the Ikea’s Alex drawer unit I’m using in the room, perfectly.

2121-10 Gray

Then I used Hygge & West’s Quilt wallpaper in Cayenne for the back of the bookshelf.

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And it now looks like this! It still needs to be styled but isn’t she pretty?

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For the DIYers, here’s what I did:

  1. removed the shelves;
  2. lightly sanded the entire bookcase and shelves;
  3. wiped it with a damp cloth to get the dust off, and then let it dry.
  4. I used Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint for furniture and trim in a pearl finish and gave it two thin coats with a sponge roller. I did use a good quality brush for the corners. Let it dry well between coats and I gave it a good two days before I put anything on the shelves.
  5. The wallpaper had to be pasted, which I prefer as it doesn’t get gluey water everywhere and that was the best scenario as the back of the shelf is just a thick cardboard. It was tricky to wallpaper as it wasn’t completely flat and it has creases in it. But I did the best I could, and I think it turned out really well.

I’m hoping the paint holds up okay, since I didn’t use a primer. Time will tell. The finish looks really good in person, so I’m crossing my fingers.

My fabric samples/remnants are all nicely hung up in the closet, so now I can actually see what I have. I really love this idea. The really big pieces that weren’t on a roll, have been placed in a large wicker basket I have.

Ikea’s Alex rolling drawers have been filled with wrapping paper, ribbon, sewing and craft accessories. I love that it’s on wheels so that it can be moved around the room as needed.

But my most favourite thing in the room is the drapery.

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Honestly, I can’t believe how beautiful the fabric looks against the turquoise walls. To think, they started off as a Pottery Barn duvet cover. I spent some time taking it all apart and measuring twice or maybe three times 😉 It ended up working perfectly for the length I needed. I also had some black out lining from some old curtains that I sewed into the panels, to give them some weight. Black out wasn’t really needed for this room, but I love that it allows the panels to drape better.

I kept them really simple, as I was doing them myself, and just hemmed them, so they are really just a big rectangle. I already had the drapery rod and the rings so I just hung the panels from the rings, just at the edge of the window moulding, as I didn’t want them to block any light from coming into the room. And in my humble opinion, they totally make the room.

So here’s my list of what has been done and what still needs to be done:

  • Paint room √
  • Put together office chair √
  • Assemble drawer unit √
  • Pick up light fixture √
  • Put up light fixture
  • Spray paint interior of wall sconces √
  • Put up wall sconces
  • Paint bookcase grey √
  • Wallpaper the back of the bookcase √
  • Paint the bulletin board √
  • Cover the bulletin board with fabric
  • Source wall clock √
  • Storage solution for fabric remnants √
  • Put away all craft/sewing/wrapping accessories √
  • Make drapery panels √
  • Hang drapery panels √
  • Accessorize room
  • Hang art
  • Have room photographed

I’m currently working on the bulletin board which is shaping up nicely. I did a blogging no no and forgot to take a before pic, but trust me this bulletin board frame was a dark brown when I started. I originally was going to paint it black to go with the Ikea Ranarp sconces but then I changed my mind and did it in the same grey as the Alex unit and bookcase.  The plan is to cover the cork with a chevron patterned fabric in turquoise and ivory and trim it out in a matching ribbon.

Bulletin board DIY

After this I need to finish with the organization solutions and of course, style the shelves, put up the light fixtures (I can’t wait to see that done), hang the art and do a little clean up before it’s photographed next week.

We’ve been a little sidetracked this week, as we are trying to keep our cottage safe from the flooding Ottawa River. With all the rain we’ve gotten and the ice/snow melt on the river, it’s been a challenging spring. Three out of four of our sub-pumps have failed so it’s been a lot of back and forth for my husband to check on things. Our beach is completely submerged and the water is almost at the top of our stone wall (which is about 4-5′ high). As it stands now, he’s got a new pump working and is hoping to get the basement dry before Friday’s next deluge. Another 50-70 mm of rain is expected in the next few days…argh…

Lisa

One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Sewing/Craft room

So, it’s already Week 2 of the ORC and to recap, I’m a guest participant in the One Room Challenge , which was started a few years ago by Linda at Calling It Home. Bloggers link up and share their one room transformations that they are attempting to do in a mere six weeks. You can follow along the featured designers here and my fellow linkers here, as they share their inspirations, challenges and of course, the results.

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For last week’s post click the link below.

Week 1

I’m sharing my mood board for my sewing/craft room this week and a few other updates as well. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of what I’ve been up to this week.

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Sources:  Fabric | Pottery Barn; Light fixture | Dainolite/Marchand Electric; Paint | Benjamin Moore – HC-146 Wedgewood Gray; Wallpaper | Quilt – Hygge & West; Drawer unit | Ikea; Clock | All Modern; Chair | Ikea; Fabric | Tonic Living; Sconce | Ikea

So this is a little design lesson in my choice of fabric and the inspiration it provided for the room.  Starting with the paisley fabric, which by the way was actually a duvet cover I found in the clearance section of Toronto’s Pottery Barn last fall.  It was exactly what I was looking for, a fabric with a fun pattern that had the orangey, rusts in it to coordinate with the existing orangey wood tables that I had.

Because I wanted a warm/cool mix in the room, it was easy for me to pull the turquoise out of the fabric to use as a wall colour.

The turquoise office chair was a totally serendipitious find at Ikea yesterday. It was labeled “last chance” on Ikea’s display wall and when I went to the furniture pick up aisle, it was the last one! And it is exactly one shade darker than the wall colour. Totally meant to be!

The Ikea drawer unit in grey repeats the grey in the fabric and the light fixtures in black complement the fabric and a little bit of black in every room is a must! The Quilt wallpaper in cayenne from Hygge & West is the perfect graphic print to contrast the paisley fabric. You’ll just have to keep visiting to see where it will be used. The last little pop of pattern is a cheery little turquoise and white chevron fabric from Tonic Living to add a dash of colour in an unexpected place….teaser 🙂

I love the gold wall clock that I’ve shown here, but unfortunately it’s out of stock at All Modern, until June….sob. So if anyone knows of a similar one, please let me know. And why did I choose gold for the clock, well it repeats the bit of gold in the two light fixtures and the golden yellow in the drapery fabric. See there is a reason why every item is selected.

I also picked up a few storage items at Ikea yesterday, which I’ll share next week. And my luck was still holding, when my painter called on Monday to say that because of a delayed job, he was available to start this week. Woot! So this is happening now!

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Till next week!

Lisa

Reveal of my wicker chair makeover

Hope you are all enjoying some warmer weather now. It appears Spring is finally here. I’m gearing up to put away all the winter clothes, I hope I don’t jinx it!

So I’m here to share my wicker chairs’ makeover (click here to read my previous post).  For a quick refresher, they started out looking like this:

Sun room with black wicker chairs

And now they look like this.

Wicker chair cushion makeover

On a side note, that cute little beach print is from Minted, and I just framed it with an Ikea Ribba frame in high gloss grey, that I already had.  The floor lamp is also from Ikea, many, many, years.

Wicker chair cushion makeover

Wicker chair cushion makeover

The adorable terrarium is from my son’s wedding, last Fall. It’s such a great keepsake and it’s sitting on a sturdy metal side table that was from Pier 1.

Wicker chair cushion makeover

I sewed up the matching throw cushions with the left overs from the piping material. They were cut on the diagonal to make the piping so I decided to make that a feature on the pillow, hence the diagonal line.  I then found it a little boring, so I added in the mother of pearl buttons to finish them off.

Wicker chair cushion makeover

A much more fresher look than the black and red, don’t you think?

Lisa

Updating some wicker chairs

Sorry for the long absence, like everyone else, life gets so busy.  We were lucky to get away again this winter, this time for a Caribbean cruise and then just like that we were right back in it. Add to that my hubby’s minor knee surgery and you can imagine why I haven’t been blogging.

I made an impulse fabric buy recently, as Tonic Living had a remnant sale and I am a SUCKER for pretty fabric.  They had a remnant of the fabric that I used to make throw cushions on my family room sofa, so I decided I should pick it up….I could make some more cushions or perhaps it would find a home somewhere else.

Isn’t it a pretty fabric?

Clarice Dove fabric

Clarice Dove

Even a few years on I still love my throw pillows.

Family room

Once I received the remnant, all 1.5 yards of it, I had the brain storm that I could use it to recover my wicker chair seats in the sun room, as it is right off the family room. I have been wanting to recover those seats as the covers that came with the chairs were never “me”.  Sorry for the crappy before pic, as usual I forgot to take a before photo before I trotted them off to Wayne to be recovered. I guess I was a little anxious.  Anyways, there really are two of them in here….trust me, the cats each have one 🙂

Sun room with black wicker chairs

I’m just not really a red person and I definitely wasn’t keen on that generic upholstery.  Anyways, I went off to my drapery/cushion maker, Wayne, and he informed me, as I had suspected, that I didn’t have quite enough fabric for the two chairs. So I decided to do a contrasting piping that would free up enough fabric to squeak out two cushions.

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I decided to pull out the turquoise for the piping and found some fabric that had the texture and colour that I needed.

The cushions are now completed and look fabulous, Wayne did a great job as usual.  I am going to make up two small throw cushions to add to the back of the chairs and once they are done I’ll be showcasing the after pictures here.  Here’s just a little teaser.

Wicker cushion

 

Have a wonderful weekend, and please….tell Mother Nature that we have had enough snow! Bring on spring!

Lisa

Wayfair feature on contemporary kitchen valances

Welcome back from a beautiful sunny and warm Family Day, for those of you in Ontario, at least.  We had a busy weekend celebrating our childrens’ 25th birthday with lots of family to help us. Then we headed off to a Senator’s hockey game, sadly they lost but like true fans, we still enjoyed the game.

I just have a quick post today about kitchen valances. I was asked by Wayfair a few weeks ago to give their consumers a bit of advice on how to choose kitchen valances for a contemporary kitchen.  The link is live today, so if you’re in the market for some kitchen valances to soften your kitchen, you can read about all the different styles and how to choose the best one for your home.

Click on their logo below to be directed to the article.

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And here’s an adorable little video showing the different styles of valances.

Source:Wayfair.com

Lisa