Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Repurposed Shoe Box- Fabric Covered Storage Box

I always seem to have a lot of small toiletry items that I need but I don’t use every day. It works better for me if I can keep those corralled rather than scattered all about my bathroom closet. A fabric covered shoe box serves the purpose very well.

fabric covered shoe box

I had previously purchased a couple from Tuesday Morning that my daughter uses for storage. One of the ones that I purchased is pictured below.

blue fabric covered box

I’ve always hesitated to throw away a sturdy shoebox with an attached lid!

shoe box with attached lid

When I ran across this one in my closet I suddenly had a bright idea!

shoe box and fabric scraps

I was able to find some fabric scraps leftover from my duvet cover. Ideally, I would like to have covered the box in one big piece of fabric but I had to use what I had. I ended up covering the box with one piece and the lid with another but you can’t even tell by looking at it. I used Elmer’s glue and covered the box like wrapping a present.  I did use a few paper clips to hold the edges until they dried. It was a quick and simple project.

converted shoebox

I attached a little ribbon to use for the tie.

fabric covered box 1

I love it when a plan comes together!

The fabric is Summerlin by Robert Allen.

I hope your fall is off to a great start!

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I’ll be linking to Tips, Tidbits and Tutorials at Stone Gable, to Grace at Home at Imparting Grace to the Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush, and to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bamboo Blind Deal Alert

I ran into Lowe’s yesterday to pick up a couple of items. As is usually the case, one item that I needed was at the front of the store and the other item that I needed was at the very back corner of the store. On my stroll to the back of the store I completely accidentally passed through the window covering department. Some bamboo blinds just happened to catch me eye. Then a yellow clearance sticker really caught my eye.

blind price tag

What??? Was $58 and now $11.60!! If my calculations serve me correctly that is 80% off!!! It just so happens that I could use a blind but not one that is 48 inches wide. I decided to take a chance. Our front door at our summer cottage usually stays uncovered but sometimes I would prefer to have a little more privacy.

front door without blinds 

It’s hard for an amateur photographer to take a picture of the door because the camera goes toward the light but I think you get the idea. The window is about 28 inches wide so my blind needed to be 30 inches. Thus I needed to cut 9 inches off each side. I decided to take another risk. I put a bungy cord around the blind to hold it together and took it to my chop saw. It worked very well. It is slightly rough in a few spots but good enough for me.

cut  bamboo blind

Most of the roughness in the photo above brushed off. I proceeded to install the cut blind.

open bamboo blind

When left open it still lets in plenty of light. It is a little too fat rolled up to install completely above the windows.

closed bamboo blind

The color blends well with the color of the floor. If you need a blind, get to Lowe’s ASAP. And, I have a new self-imposed rule. I am no longer shopping with a cart when I go to Lowe’s since I always find stuff that I “need” to fill it up!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Towel Bar from Recycled Piano Parts

I needed a towel bar in my laundry room at our summer cottage and I found the perfect “object” to adapt.

towel bar 1

Obviously it is made from a part of my grandmother’s piano but can you tell what the part was?

towel bar 2

I’m sure that you have guessed by now that it was one of the pedals!

piano pedal towel bar

I left it attached to the original hardware and just used screws to mount it to the wall. It swings out to hang the towel.

piano pedal

I gave it a good cleaning with steel wool and mounted it. Quick and easy!

towel bar 2

I still have enough piano parts for several more projects. If you missed the others you can see headboard #1 here and headboard #2 here and my little entry table here.

I’ll be linking to Tips, Tidbits, and Tutorials at Stone Gable. Click over to see some great inspiration!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Another Headboard from Recycled Piano Wood

Since I wanted to keep my son’s room at home intact so that he would have a place to stay when he comes home, I needed an inexpensive headboard for his apartment bed. Last summer, he and I disassembled my grandmother’s old upright piano and I have been recycling the parts (except for the very heavy metal soundboard that he and a friend cashed in at the scrap metal yard!) Sorry, I don’t have good pictures again but as I stated in my last post, after hauling the goods up to the third floor I was too tired to fetch my good camera!

piano headboard 2

I can’t remember exactly where this piece of paneled wood was located inside the piano but it was just like it looks now. I simply wiped it down to get the dust off and purchased one 1 by 4 piece of lumber and had it cut in half which gave me two legs three feet long. I used wood screws to attach the legs to the back. It could not have been easier. It was the perfect length for a queen size bed. I didn’t even have to get out the saw!

paneled wood from piano

This is what it looked like before. I left the hole in the upper left corner and it is now the lower right corner of the headboard. The hole sits just below the top of the mattress. I did use just a little bit of Citrus Paint Stripper to remove the shiny part from around the outside edge. The other small screw holes were left for the added character.

piano headboard 1

I love it when a plan comes together! If you missed my other posts of the recycled piano parts so far you can click here to see the headboard I made for my daughter and here to see the little entry table that I built from piano parts.  I’ll be posting another very quick and easy recycle for my next post!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Making a Slipcover for Grandma’s Sofa

Several weeks ago I took on a quick project of updating my grandmother’s sofa so that it could be used in my son’s apartment.

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Sorry for the grainy picture, but after hauling all of his belongings up to the third floor my energy was spent and I didn’t want to look for my good camera! I know that it takes away from the “big reveal” to show the “after” pictures first, but my “before” pictures are often so unappealing that I’m afraid no one will read the post if I don’t give you a taste of the reveal first. Let’s take a look at the sofa before the slipcover.

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Some time ago I upholstered this sofa in this beautiful fabric and my mother had it in her living room for a number of years. In the last couple of years my mom decided to eliminate one of her two sofas so she gave this one back to me since I had invested the work in it. It is still in excellent condition. Not having a use for it, I was going to get rid of it, one way or another. When my son saw it sitting in the garage, he asked what I was doing with it. When I told him, he protested saying that he likes that sofa and that I should not get rid of it! A few months ago, when he got a permanent job and started looking for an apartment, he asked me to do something “non-permanent” to the sofa. He said that he likes it just like it is but that it doesn’t look very masculine so I needed to do something. I lucked up by finding a bolt of 10 yards of navy fabric at my local Walmart for a whopping $2 per yard!!! I had them measure to make sure that it was indeed 10 yards. It was just a little short so I took it and got to work. It took every bit of fabric!

jess sofa 3

Whenever I am making a slipcover, I lay out the cut pieces of fabric and do lots of pinning before I sew then make adjustments as needed.

jess sofa 1

Because the navy was so plain, I added a band of natural linen around the bottom and made a couple of throw pillows of the same linen fabric. He and I are both pleased with the outcome.

Next post, I will show you what we did for his headboard.

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