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For our living room, I had a couple of projects in mind for two pieces of furniture. The first was a storage ottoman that Conner’s parents were no longer using in their new house.

They have had this ottoman but didn’t need it – their loss is our gain! It was a perfect size for our living room as our old coffee table was too big and too harsh for the space. (that coffee table is now the TV stand in Conner’s living room) The fabric didn’t mesh with our style for the living room so a simple recover was all this piece would need.

It is in amazing shape and I love that it is on wheels and also opens so we can store our blankets in it! Convenience and function – two amazing qualities.
I found this fabric in a local fabric store and fell in love. I saw it in the Ballard’s catalog a couple of months ago but it is even better in person…and cheaper!! Ballard’s wants $24/yard. I think the fabric store I purchased this from was only $18/yard. I didn’t need more than a couple of yards so this was a pretty cheap ottoman for us!

You can’t see the old fabric through the new fabric, so the new was just stapled on top of the old! I would like to thank my mom for letting me borrow her compressed staple gun and my friend Kelli who helped me attach the new fabric – you guys are great!

This is another angle of the ottoman. I’m thrilled with how it turned out and how simple it was to do! I didn’t want the fuss of the skirt, so because I avoided that step and the step of taking off the old fabric, it was a very quick project. (Yup, Carl again. He loves to help take pictures!) Thanks for letting us have this, Debbie and Jeff! We love it!

Here is the other project we tackled in the living room – the La-Z-Boy chair and ottoman my parents bought me in high school. It was my ‘study chair’ that is super comfy but not our taste anymore. This was purchased during my country blue and yellow phase…yup, we all went through that, right? It was time for an adult makeover!

Enter my mom with her compressed staple gun, Conner with his staple removing skills and me with my assistant, I’ll do whatever you need me to help do, skills. 🙂 Conner and my mom removed all of the staples (I wasn’t very good so I think I made sandwiches…and got them water…and picked up staples off of the ground…and entertained the dogs so they wouldn’t get in the way) and then we started piecing the new fabric to each part of the chair. The arms were so hard! The curve of them – yeah, that was fun. I wish I had an informative, wordy, amazing step-by-step instruction manual for you but I don’t. My mom watched some You Tube instruction videos, I read several blogs that had featured these kinds of projects, and we just went on a wing and a prayer.

I love how it turned out!! I got the faux leather fabric online and am pleased with the color and texture of it! This is my new spot for watching TV and reading all of your blogs! Conner and I are on the hunt for new legs. Since the chair and ottoman had skirts on them, the legs didn’t matter. Now that they are shown – they totally matter!

This was a process of trial and error – we had to take several pieces off and start again – but I think it was great to say that we (mostly mom, Conner and the seamstress who finished the cushions for us) did this ourselves! Thanks mom! I love our ‘new’ chair!!

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I love the website Design Sponge. You all have to check it out, if you have yet to do so. They have some incredible projects and tons of inspiration!

Recently, they featured this mirror makeover. The lady who did this, Elizabeth, has some amazing vision and talent! Please go visit her site here: ECAB. I can’t wait to run out and purchase the spray paint she used (Krylon “Looking Glass”) and give a makeover to some candlesticks I purchased this week. I was at a thrift store and they had five different candlesticks of all sizes and shapes for 50 cents each – um, yes please! It was too good of a deal and now I know what I will be doing to them. Thanks Elizabeth!

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Is this…and it is miserable. I will never, ever become a professional painter. This kitchen makeover is taking forever and ever and ever! I am not a patient person either so it is very frustrating to me that it is taking this long. Work really gets in the way of progress. 🙂

We are so close to finishing though and I can’t wait to see the results! The things that won’t be finished until Christmas are the new built-in microwave/oven, new counter tops and new sink but the lighting, paint, hardware and construction we’ve already done look amazing! I can’t wait to finish and show you the results. Stay tuned!

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