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This weekend I spruced up our lampshade that sits on the bar in the breakfast nook. This was a quick and easy project that started after I repainted our kitchen walls (yes, the same walls I painted less than two years ago…more on that later).

I LOVE how it turned out. Chevron, of course, in navy this time and it pops off of the green curtains so perfectly! The grey walls make a world of difference to me as well. Here is how I did this project that took about 30 minutes…

When we moved the furniture back in and started hanging things on the wall again, I realized the lampshade was blending into the cork mirror way too much for my taste and it needed a quick little update.

These are the supplies you’ll need: lampshade, fabric (I cut off part of a large piece of fabric I already had, I think it was about 1/2 yard), scissors and hot glue gun. I used the Premier Prints ZigZag Twill Blue off of Fabric.com. It was only $7.48/yard but less than that for this project since I only needed half of that amount – score!

For me, the first step was to remove the old fabric that I had used. While I do love this fabric, it was a little too blah for a small corner that needed some pep and pizzazz. The navy chevron is much better!

To start, cut the fabric into four section for each of the four sides of the shade. If you try to just roll the shade on the fabric, it won’t be straight so it is better to use four sections and glue each individually.

You’ll end up with four sections just like this. Two for the large sides and two for the small sides.

I worked with the two large side pieces first. I placed the shade on the big piece and cut off any massive excess so there wouldn’t be an extra-large seam glued on the inside of the shade.

To make a nice edge without any sewing, I folded a small seam and glued it using a thin bead of hot glue. I folded it again so that the inside of the first fold was tucked under again and all you could see was the first, nice seam. This was then folded over the lip of the shade and glued on the inside with again, a thin bead of hot glue.

Once one side was glued, I moved to the other side and followed the same instructions: fold, glue, fold, glue, fold and glue. The only problem with this side of the lamp are the metal spokes where the lightbulb goes.

All you have to do is cut a little ‘v’ in the fabric to fold on either side of the metal piece and it will fit perfectly without flapping up and over the side of the shade.

The corners are a little trickier but by folding and tucking them into the corner, you should be able to get the look you want. For me, there is no right or wrong, it just has to look right to you. None of my corners are the same (oh, the horror!) but I think it looks just fine!

For the side pieces, I wanted a clean look so I glued the edges down and made a nice seam on all sides. This big piece attached to the side of the shade with hot glue. The bonus of this technique is that it covers up the edges from the large side pieces that had already been attached.

And when you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful and ‘new’ lampshade! I love how this looks and finally stands out from the cork mirror behind it.

The angled chevron works for me against these traditional, big patterned drapes. I love the contrast between the two of them!

Here is a final look at the before and after of our kitchen lampshade. Let me know if you try something similar – I would love to see a picture!

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I know I’ve said it before but Tonic Living is one of my most favorite websites for fabric. They have a never-ending supply of inspiration and pure beauty! I love browsing their new arrivals and drooling over some old favorites. (and no, I’m not paid to say this – I wish! – I just really love their site)

This navy chevron? No words. I think you all already know how I feel about chevron, especially if you follow me on Pinterest, but the thick navy with the smaller multi-stripe grey? Absolute perfection. I want to use this and need to find a place for it in my house, ASAP!

Orange. My love. If you are new to my blog, you should know right now that orange and I are BFFs. As a very proud Oklahoma State alum, I wear/live my orange with loud pride! I love wearing it and love having it in my home. This year is a perfect year to be an OSU fan – orange is everywhere for home and fashion! This greek key print does not disappoint, especially in my favorite and most beautiful orange.

This links pattern is very cool. They have it in several colors but I think I like this taupe-tan the best. It could very well be a possible candidate for some chairs in our house. I’m still debating but I love the neutral color and very fun pattern that is different than anything else I have in the house.

Have you found some fabric you love lately? Let me know your favorite resource as well – I’m always looking for something new!

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I finally finished another project for our dining room! Each time I mark another item off of my to-do list for this room, I get so excited about being that much closer to a finished, complete room. Hopefully soon I will be able to show you the true before and after pictures of the whole room!

There are many tutorials on how to re-upholster a chair seat, but this is how I do it. I hope you find it informative and easy to follow!

Remember the fabric I showed you? I love it and am so happy with how much better it makes our chairs look. The best part of this project is that it is cheap and easy so when I’m tired of this fabric, I can easily change it out. I ordered 2.5 yards for this project, but only needed 1.25. I love having leftover fabric to use when I want!

Here are the supplies I used: a flathead screwdriver to take the seat off of the chair, a compressor with staple gun attached (thanks mom!), extra staples, batting and fabric (not pictured). If you don’t have an air compressor, a regular staple gun will work just fine! The ones attached to an air compressor just make it faster and easier to do this project.

To begin, remove the seats from the chairs using a screwdriver.

A little background on our dining room table and chairs: the leather on these seats is original to this set and while beautiful in its own right, blends into the wood and I needed a little more pizzazz for our dining room. When my parents gave me this dining room set, the only conditions were that I couldn’t paint the wood and I couldn’t remove the leather. It was my great-great uncle’s and was given to my parents as a wedding gift. When we moved to this house, my mom used it as the perfect opportunity to give it to us so she could get a larger table and more chairs for their house. We were happy to help her!

Next, cut out a square of fabric and batting making sure there is enough on each side to wrap around and staple to the back of the seat.

Starting on one side, staple the batting and fabric to the back of the seat. It is easiest to do one staple per side so if the fabric isn’t sitting right for you, you only have to take one staple out as opposed to five or six. As you move around the seat, make sure the batting and fabric are pulled tight but not stretching the fabric too thin. You don’t want the fabric to gape and move but don’t want it to look like it might rip apart from being too tight.

The corners are a little tricky at first, but if you play around with the fabric enough, you can get them to lay the way you want. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this, it just depends on how you want it to look. I used two small folds to get the fabric to lay as flat as possible and put a staple in the corner where all of the folds met.

Here is a look at the original chair and the updated chair. It only took several minutes to do each chair and seeing these two next to each other made me very happy with the decision to give them a little update.

I love how these turned out! The extra color and pattern helps pep up the first room you see in our house. All it took was about 30 minutes to complete this project. No paint, no sanding, no nothing – easy peasy and a perfect weeknight project to keep me motivated on my quest to get this room finished!

Isn’t it crazy to see how this room and the chairs used to look? Very blah and beige. Obviously knocking down the wall and putting wood floors down helped but a lighter color paint and adding color to the chair seats helps so much!

This room is really coming together – finally! I love how light and bright and fun it feels.

Still left on the to-do list? Re-upholster Conner’s grandmother’s chairs, find something to hang on the wall above the buffet, move the chandelier (the light box is not centered on the ceiling so we need to get an electrician out to fix this – why you would install something off-center I’ll never know) and paint/accessorize my grandmother’s curio cabinet that she gave us. Do you have the problem of a never-ending to-do list? Every time I finish one project, three more are added!

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Now that we are moving forward with our renovations, I am in full-blown decorator mode! Since we will have wood floors in our dining room, I want a rug to pull the room together and ground it. I also want to recover the chairs from Conner’s grandmother and reupholster the seats of our dining room chairs.

So I look at this picture and think, how can it all come together? I know once the floors are a dark wood, the ceiling is white and the walls are a pale grey it will look so much better. I also know that once we install moldings and put casings around the doorways, it will be so much more architecturally interesting. But what about the rest? We need to find and decide on some color and fun! My mind is going a mile a minute thinking up ideas for this space. Stay tuned!

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Well whoopsy-daisies! Earlier today this post published but I hadn’t included any words. I had planned on writing them later in the day yesterday but then we had family and friends over for dinner and never got a chance. Hello Monday! Lets do this again, shall we?

This is the buffet in our dining room. The walls still need to be painted, artwork needs to be hung and Memaw’s chairs need to be recovered. Whew! What a list. The easiest thing to do though to make it look a little better? Cover those lampshades. The shade on the left got discolored in our old house because it was up against a window and the sun changed its color. Awesome!

I had about an hour to spare before our company came over and I wasn’t interested in any of the teams that were playing on TV, so I crafted! That’s normal, right? 🙂 I had this fabric leftover from the cedar chest makeover in our bedroom – it was just enough and worked perfectly!

I started by cutting the piece of fabric into two long strips, making sure they were wide enough to cover and wrap both sides of the shade. Once that was done, I used a hot glue gun to make a strip of glue along the seam of the shade. I didn’t want to use a ton of glue since this is something I can change very easily when I get sick of the pattern/color!

I rolled the shade in the fabric and cut off the excess on the end. The only other glue I used on the outside of the shade was to hold the second side down on top of the seam. Does that make sense? I don’t know how to write it any other way, so hopefully you get the idea. Glue, roll, glue again.

I then folded the sides and glued the seam down on the inside of the shade. I did the same thing here and used the hot glue as sparingly as possible. I didn’t want it to be seen and/or hard to get the fabric off!

The only problem spot during the whole project was the top of the shade. The chrome ‘spokes’ made it harder to continue the folding and gluing that was happening with the excess fabric. To help, I simply cut a little slit in the fabric and folded it around each metal piece. While it was annoying at first, it actually made it easier to work with the fabric when it was in smaller sections!

Here is the finished product! I am so happy with it plus the fact that it only took about 20 minutes was a huge bonus. I’m still gathering supplies to make my art for this area so for now, the grey ‘chipper’ pattern really brightens up this buffet.

While the sun-washed shade isn’t still completely gone, at least it isn’t as noticeable now! It was a very easy project and makes me want to cover other shades in our house. What about you? Have you ever done this? Using trim just around the edges is another way to spice up a plain shade – maybe I’ll try that next!

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I am so excited about this makeover – it is a piece we received from Conner’s grandma! In addition to the bar cart we got from Memaw, we also received this side table that was used in her formal living room. Years and years of family traditions happened in that room and it is an honor to have a piece from that special room.

This is the table. It sat next to the two chairs Conner’s family always sat in at Christmas. The chairs are low so the table is low as well. After looking over it, I realized this would be a perfect bench/footstool! I really liked the shape of it and knew the top would be great covered with foam and fabric.

I keep seeing pictures of console tables with stools layered underneath and I love that look! This table gave me the perfect opportunity to recreate that image but it would need a little update to really make it what I wanted it to be.

I started by turning the table upside down and spray painting the bottom with several coats of pure white paint. What I wasn’t expecting was the brass trim on the bottom to come off – whoopsies! There were only two small staples holding the brass piece on the table and I guess the weight of the spray paint made it pop right off.

After putting on another coat of paint so the newly uncovered bottom would be white as well, it was time to upholster the top. I really wanted to try and tuft it (there are some amazing tutorials online!) but after looking at how the legs were attached and their position, it was going to be a nightmare to start with this table as my first tufting experience. So, I went with the ol’ foam, batting and fabric with no tufted buttons.

The foam I got from Hancock’s was 2″x22″x22″ but the top of my table was 20.5″ so I laid the table upside-down on top of the foam, drew an outline with my marker, then cut off the excess. Once it was cut, clearly not in a straight line!, I laid out a piece of batting, followed by the foam, then upside-down table and stapled it all together. I definitely wanted to do the fabric separately so I could make sure it was as straight and tight as possible.

Once the foam and batting were attached, I started stapling on the fabric. Going one side at a time, I pulled as tight as possible and stapled at random. The corners were done as best and carefully as possible, tucking and folding to make it look as nice as possible. I think this step is up to each person – you have to decide what type of fold you like best and just go with it! Hopefully you can recreate the same fold on each corner – always my biggest challenge!

Side note: My mom has been kind enough to let me borrow her air-compressor with staple gun for the past 6 months and man, has it come in handy or what?! Thanks, mom!

Here is a top view of the fabric after I stapled it onto the table. It has some really weird shadow – sorry about that! I really love the colors in this fabric and the pattern. I purchased it from my new favorite online resource – Tonic Living. It was only $9.95/yd, heck of a deal!

This was a pretty easy and quick project, always my favorite! Here is another shot of the sofa table with side table before…

And the after! Love it!! I’m happy I picked a fabric with some really good color to it. I’m always drawn to my favorite color palatte of grey, tan and white so bringing in other colors makes the living room a little brighter!

Here’s a little cost breakdown for this super quick DIY project: table – Free, fabric – $9.95, foam – $14.99, batting – Free (already had it on hand). Total cost – only $24.94! Now that I’m looking at this – I need to really do something about those cords from the lamp. Anyone know the best way to tack them down to the legs on the table?

Linking up to:
Tip Junkie handmade projects

Home Stores A2Z Tutorials & Tips Tuesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage’s Transformation Thursdays

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Fabric Sale!

If you’re anything like me, you have a list of projects you would like to start and/or finish this weekend. Do those listed projects include fabric? You need to see this!

I got this email from Premier Prints, one of my favorite online resources for fabric, and wanted to share it with you. Most of their fabrics are only $9.99/yard so an extra $1.50 off each yard is a fabulous deal! Let me know if you order any fabric, I think I might have to stock up on some myself.

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