Monday, October 27, 2014

New Curtains for the Mud Room.....kinda

Some time ago, I picked up this shower curtain at a consignment shop for a whopping $7.00.  It was in like new condition.  It hung in the guest bath for a while, but I didn't like it so much, so it came down, and the old one went back up.

I folded this curtain and stuck it in the guest bedroom closet, and didn't think any more about it.  One day last week, I was straightening closets, and ran across it.  So I decided I would use it to make curtains for the mud room.  The windows in there are long and narrow, so cutting the curtain in half would be the perfect width for them.  I had used burlap over the windows during the summer, and quite frankly, they looked shabby and cheap!!

Here is how I made the new curtains.  First, I folded it in half longwise  and ironed it so I would have a good crisp line to cut on.  Next I cut it in half and ironed the 2 panels.  Next I used stitch witchery to hem the sides where the cut was made. It only took a few minutes from start to finish and now I have new curtains for the mud room.

The mud room is next to the laundry room which has a door that leads outside to the back of the house.  I used the drop cloth I had left from the chair repair here to make a curtain for the door. That was a very simple project as well.  I just cut straight across the dropcloth so it would have a straight bottom. I had to hang it with the cut on the side though to get the length I wanted.  I turned down the top for a valance, and clipped to the rod on the door.  The color of the dropcloth matches the curtains I made for the mudroom windows.  So for a total of $0, I have new curtains in 2 rooms.  Can't beat that!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Vignettes

I have a few fall vignettes I haven't shown yet, so here goes.  I think this will finish up my inside d├ęcor until December, except for the addition of a few turkeys in November.

 This is currently on top of the pie safe.  The gold teapot belonged to my MIL.

I made the polka dot runner last year from fabric found in the clearance bin at WalMart, and painted the tote and added the graphic.

 The bottom half of my Mother's hoosier sits in the mudroom, and needed a touch of fall also.

 I lightened up this wall grouping in the family room by switching from green candles to white, and from greenery in the basket, to dried hydrangeas.  I like the lighter look.

The bookcase that sits in the dining room got decorated for fall.

Happy Fall Y'all!!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Repairing an Old Chair on the Cheap

I have two of these wicker/rattan (not sure which) chairs that I purchased on one of my very first trips to a consignment shop. I got them for $10.00 each, and we have now been using them for about 12 years, maybe a little longer.  They are on the screened porch year round, and the seat bottom on one of the chairs had weakened and broken through.  At first I thought we would need to throw it away.

The chair itself is still sturdy and they are so comfortable and I really wanted to figure a way to fix it.  That turned out to be much simpler than I had imagined.

1 4x5 dropcloth
Elmers Glue All glue (for metal, wood, fabric)
screwdriver (I used small electric)

There were only two screws to remove to release the form the seat is attached to.

After removing the screws, I lifted out the seat bottom, and laid it on my unfolded dropcloth.

After removing the old material,  I cut around the outside of the form, adding about 2 inches all the way around to allow for folding over and gluing. You don't have to cut perfectly.  The edges of the dropcloth are not going to show once you are through.  You can see staples on the old cover, but the form is metal, so I had to resort to glue to attach the new seat.

Here is the new seat glued to the metal form.

Place the covered form in the chair, replace the two screws, and you are done.

I would estimate this repair at $2.00 or less.  I only used a small portion of the dropcloth, and a small amount of glue.

I'm glad I thought of a way to repair the chair rather than throwing it away.  I think we will get several more years use out of the chairs.

I have plenty of dropcloth for other projects, or for the other chair when it needs repaired.  I am pleased with this simple, inexpensive fix.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Making a Fall Arrangement Using a Toolbox Tray

I found this old toolbox tray a couple of years ago as we were straightening up the basement.  I sat it with "my" stuff, knowing I could use it.  What better to do than fill it full of Fall flowers, scarecrows and pumpkins?  So I got busy and.....

gathered some supplies from my stash of stuff.

I lined the tray with burlap ribbon and started layering items in.

Now it brightens this cabinet in the breakfast nook.

What fun to think of new uses for old mundane items, like tool trays.

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