Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cabinet Re-Do

I have been busy the last couple of weeks trying to finish up the multiple projects that I had going around the house. Yesterday I finished the first batch of kitchen cabinets! All of the cabinets looked like this BEFORE:

The stain was a little too 70's and I hated the handles with the strange center placement so I decided to give them a makeover and now they look like this!:

I am so happy with how they turned out!!! I used wood filler in the handle holes and then a combination of primers and paint which you can read about here.

The hinges are the same ones that were originally on the cabinets and the knobs are from home depot.

I couldn't get a good picture of them together, but I love the way the new cabinets look with the faux frosted glass scroll window I did a few weeks ago!

I have a lot of cabinets so I'm only about a quarter of the way done but I'm really happy with how they are turning out so it is definitely worth the time. Eventually I want to get a black countertop and some kind of black and white flooring but I'm not sure yet if it is going to fit in the budget.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Pocket Pillow Cases

Here is the tutorial for the pocket pillow cases that I made for Jer's school room! They are great because they have the tailored look of a permanently covered pillow but are just as easy to remove and throw in the washer as a regular pillowcase!

1. Measure the pillow you want to cover.

2. Next, you need to cut your fabric. For the width cut it 1" wider than your pillow. The length needs to be cut to twice the length of the pillow PLUS 5"

3. On each of the short sides, press a 1/2" hem (mine is wider than that because the fabric was already close to being the right length and I didn't feel like making an additional cut).

4. Sew the hems along the hem that you just made.

5. Fold one side over with the good sides facing each other.

6. Fold over the other side making sure that the two hemmed edges overlap by 3" The length should now measure 1/2" longer than your pillow. Iron the right and left folded sides, this makes it easier to make sure everything is square. Sew along the two unfinished edges (in this picture that would be the top and bottom).

7. You're done! Turn the pillow case right side out and stuff your pillow in one side...

8. ...and then the other.

9. Flatten out the flaps so that they overlap and you will be left with this barely noticeable seam on the back of your pillow.

This cute little boy wanted to get in the picture too. :)

From the front you can't even tell that it is a pillowcase! Super easy and functional too!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

School Room/Guest Room

Now that I am finished with Jeremy's bedroom it is time to get started on his School Room / the "Guest Room". This is what it looked like when we moved in:

It's still a work in progress but here is what it currently looks like:

You can see why the "Guest Room" is in quotation marks. Since this is also a school room there is only space for a futon. It's better than paying for a hotel though, right?

We got a table and chairs so Jer and I can sit next to each other while he is doing school work.

In this one you can see into Jer's bedroom a little bit. The fact that you have to go through this room to get into his bedroom would be the other reason that it isn't a true guest room. Our house is a little quirky like that. It's one of the things we love about it though. :)

Check back soon for a tutorial on how to make these pocket pillow cases! So far, they are the only thing I have made to accessorize this room. Hopefully I will have some new additions to show you soon. :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Outer Space Room Shopping List

Thank you all for your sweet comments about Jeremy's room! As promised, here is a list of where everything was purchased and how it was customized. If you use any of these ideas in one of your rooms, I'd love it if you would send me a link so I can check it out! :)

Stars - cut out of dark blue cardstock, using a star shaped cookie cutter as a stencil
Planets - circles cut out of cardboard and painted with acrylic paints
Name - $1 per letter at Michael's, painted red
Wall Color - Liberty Gray by Behr

Curtains $7/yd Hancock Fabrics

Table & Chairs $25 IKEA - spray painted with Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch in Apple Red Gloss

Sun Light $20 IKEA
Star Light $10 IKEA
Moon Light $10 IKEA

Comforter - $18 WALMART
Pillows - handmade
Picture Frames - $4/pk of 2 IKEA
Pictures - printed from online

Chair - $20 IKEA spray painted with Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch in Deep Blue Gloss

Planet Light $30 IKEA

Monday, March 1, 2010

Outer Space Bedroom

Jeremy's bedroom is finally finished! Seeing how excited he was about it made worth all of the hours I put into it. :) Here it was before:

And here it is now:

I hope you like the room as much as we do! Check back in tomorrow when I will go through step by step and explain how I did things and where everything was purchased.