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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?

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