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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Painted Mason Jars

What you will need:

Spray paint- color of your choice $25
(I prefer Rustoleum products- they have primer and paint in one- which covers great)
Mason Jars $10
(any glass jars or bottles will work)
Here are some of the finished products

I purchased a whole case of mason jars and then I also went around the house to see what else I could paint.
My vision for these painted jars and bottles was to add color and decor to my kitchen.

Close up shot

You can see, that I didn't paint all of the mason jars- some I filled with vase filler and others with wine corks.

This large glass container is actually a beverage dispenser that I rarely use- So I filled it will tulle and added it in also.
To create different heights/levels I used plastic drinking cups.
Some I cut down and others I used whole.

Close up shot

This large red bottle is actually a wine bottle- so you can see you can use anything!
You can take of the labels if you want to- but kept them on- I was so eager to get started that I just sprayed right over everything, haha.
Each side isn't fully complete yet- I have started saving other bottles and jars that I come across, that I eventally add in too.
I am extremely happy with how this has turned out- it has added so much to our kitchen.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Before & After: Kitchen Remodel

I am a little over due on posting about this kitchen remodel. I completed it last summer before Brayden was born. The whole process took about five months total.
There were many meetings in the beginning that involved planning and deciding the right layout- I took both the husbands and the wife's ideas into consideration- talked to them about how the space was to be used and what was going to be stored throughout.
Here is what the kitchen looked like before.
Before: Floor Plan

Not a very dual friendly space at all.


Before: Small hallway and back door
Before- Laundry Room

My Purposed Floor Plan

Open concept with a functioning work triangle.
My client's goal was to bring the outdoors in- so you will see that done with the large windows, light and bright color.

With all the cabinets and the walls removed- the place is starting to take shape.

The large window, and full length glass back door- now let in some much more light.


The serene wall color- really helps reflect light, to make the space feel even larger.

My clients took and inventory of their entire kitchen- there is literally a space for everything- which truly makes this a custom kitchen.
Even the three horse statues- which are housed above the stand mixer cabinet and blender (notice on the right side of the room).

(Please mind the clutter- They were having a party the day of this photo)

After: Laundry Room
After: Tile Detail

This is a movable island- which works perfectly for meal prep and also another handy countertop for any crafting that might go on. Then it fits back nicely tucked away along the wall.

These clients were a joy to work for- it was fun working with an artist mind also.
My client is to owe for the backsplash design and all the color choices also.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

DIY: Seat Cushions

Now that our chairs are complete-
they needed some comfortable cushions.
What you will need:

Sewing machine
(for two seat cushions- I needed 1 yard total)
Paper- for template
(I used a mattress topper for my foam- twin size)
Buttons- optional
Step One:
Trace the seat of the chair
Cut the pattern out
Step Two:
Use it to cut the fabric and foam

I used two pieces of foam per cushion (to make it thicker)
Step Three:
Turn iron on
Next, I cut about a 10" long x 1" wide strip of fabric
This is to make the ties
Iron down each side of the strip like this

Fold in half and iron again

Now you are ready to sew along the edge

 Cut the strip in half and now you have two ties
(repeat all of step three three more times (to make two cushions)-
you need a total of four ties per cushion)
 Step Four:
(I didn't take a photo of this next step- so this one will have to do)

I cut the bottom piece of fabric in half
hemmed the edges of the fabric with the iron and then sewed them
(repeat to second piece of fabric)
This will create an envelope- like opening
Step Five:
Line each piece of fabric up- patten facing inside

Insert two ties, on both the left and right sides
(It's good to measure out where on the chair back they will be tired)

Step Six:
Cut a 1"wide x 5" long piece of fabric
(you will need a total of four of these)
Iron each edge- like in step three
Sew bottom edge to bottom flap- repeat to second piece
Cut a slit- towards the top, wide enough for the button to fit through. 
Sew on buttons
Step Seven:
Insert two foam pieces
Close with each button
(This envelope style will work great when I want to take the fabric off to wash them.)
Now you are ready to tie them on your chairs!
 Repeat all the steps for as many cushions you are making.

These were my very first cushions- I am proud of how they came out. But I am of course, not claiming to be an expert-- hahah
It is all about trail and error after all, right?!
Good luck on your next project.
I will keep you posted on mine.