I haven't posted an upholstery update in a few weeks. I did miss one class due to a babysitter snafu, so Chris went by himself and I worked briefly at home.
Chris built up the back of his piece so that it no longer had a dip in the middle and would now have a square back:
and he covered the arms with cotton, foam and muslin:
At home my tufting supplies finally arrived and I finished tufting the seat.
At the next class I worked on fixing the fabric down to the underside of the seat.
First I half tacked and then I did the final stapleing, by the end of class the seat was almost done:
Chris worked on padding the back of his piece and covering it with muslin:
At last nights class things really started to come together. I started and almost completed the back. First using the old back I cut foam and cardboard to the correct size , then I made the tufting holes, and finally I tufted the back:
Then I tacked and stapled fabric to the back, followed by a layer of cotton and a layer of cardboard.
Finally, I attached the back and started to tack it down:
Chris was very exited and a little nervous because he finally got to work with fabric. He started by covering the seat and then he cut the pieces for the back and the arms.
We have one class left... do you think we will finish??? What should our next date night adventure be? I'm voting for rock climbing lessons, but I told Chris it's his pick!
I finally got the new lights in the kitchen. Previously we had a plethora of different sized can lights, there were 4" by the cabinets and 6" in the middle of the kitchen. There were two 4" above the kitchen table and one 4" above the sink. While I do appreciate can lights I prefer them smaller, so most were replaced with 3" halogen spots. I also replaced the lighting above the table and the sink with pendant lights to give some more overall room lighting. I found these amazing pendants on Etsy from LampGoods:
The globes are all from vintage light fixtures and have been put on simple and clean pendants with wire. I love the way the different glass patterns radiate the light around the room. I am almost done patching the ceiling and then on to painting!
I know it has been awhile since I blogged, I guess I just needed some downtime. I have been working on a lot of projects and after the 4 days of rain we had a lovely spring day here today. I even started to do my garden cleanup.
As for the kitchen, it has been moving along quite nicely. We finally got the washer and dryer to the basement and got in the cabinets. We did have one measuring snafu where we forgot to account for the crown molding when purchasing the upper cabinets, so we got them all up then realized that there would only be 13" of space between the top of the counter and the bottom of the cabinet. Not enough space for the appliances that are going to live in this area! So back I went to get smaller cabinets.
Laying in bed, not able to make my brain stop, that night I came up with a great idea for the 39" cabinets that were too big. I decided to use them to make a folding (for clothes) table for over the washer and dryer.
The next day I headed to the hardware store and my favorite Hillside employee Tom helped me find the perfect small casters. I attached 4 casters to the bottom of each cabinet and voila... rolling bookcases (with cabinet doors where desired). I flanked the washer and dryer with the cabinets, and as my front loading machines are not on pedestals the cabinets were the perfect height to start off and the casters added about an inch and a half. The cabinets also happened to each be 30" wide, a little wider than the depth of the washer and dryer. I really just love when things work out. I measured the width of the washer + dryer + two 12" deep cabinets and guess what... it was 80 inches. I ask you what comes 30" by 80" in a standard size??? Any guesses???
A DOOR! Then I happened to look in an area of our basement where the previous owner left all the old screens and a folding door, not perfect, but it was the right size and available so I made it work.
I needed a little cleaning and a brace in the middle. Then I removed the knobs and started to upholster it!
Using my handy staple gun and 1/2" staples, I pulled the batting tight and stapled it to the door.
Starting in the center of one side I started to staple the fabric, working out to each edge. I also made sure to pull the fabric tight on the opposite sides so as not to have any wrinkles or loose areas.
The corners were a bit tricky, you just have to get the fabric in the right place and then staple. After I finished stapling I trimmed all the extra fabric and batting. Then I decided to back it with burlap.
With the door still on the floor I laid one edge of the burlap on the edge of the door, overlapping by about an inch and a half. then I put a few staples in to secure it in place.
I then took it down stairs lined it up on top of the cabinets, and attached it with screws going up into the door from the top of the cabinet.
Now I have plenty of storage for laundry supplies and the table top is at the perfect height, I don't even have to bend over to fold. I fold and sort all the laundry then challenge the children to take their piles up and put them away (let's see who can do it first!). They don't mind the two flights of stairs! Now i just need the rest of the room to match my sunny new folding table, but that is a project for next fall.
After almost 3 years I finally replaced the front hall light fixture.
I found the new one from Anne's Antique Lights Etsy Shop. I love ETSY!
Here are some things that have inspired me lately and that I love:
I love the Nancy Cozione Curtain Cocktail table in the center. I neeeeed it for my living room!
This kitchen has the perfect amount of white.
I love the grey strip in the middle of these custom drapes from Silk Trading co.
Happy Wednesday Dreaming!
The weather today was delightful. No rain and about 45 degrees, we even saw some sun. For me the first sign of spring was hanging the clothes out on the line to dry today.
My favorite thing about not being in NYC is being able to dry my clothes outside. Last year I looked and looked for a clothesline that didn't look horrible and I couldn't find it. I didn't want any permanent posts or holes filled with cement in the back yard, I wanted something virtually undetectable when there wasn't wet laundry hanging. Needless to say I couldn't find it, so I headed down to my local hardware store and made my own!
I purchased 3 large screw eyes, 4 carabiners, 2 wall anchors for brick, and a package of clothesline. I screwed one screw eye into a tree in the far corner of the yard and anchored two into the side of the house. Then I clipped on the carabiners and tied the clothesline in two separate sections, so I can have one or both clothes lines up at once. I tied them tight enough to be almost straight, but able to clip and unclip from the screw eyes. On lovely days I hook up my lines and hang out the clothes. When the clothes are dry I take them down and then the line, all that is left is three unobtrusive screw eyes. The best part was that it only cost about $20 in supplies and 30 minutes to set up!
I live outside of Boston with my husband, two children, and dog. For the past 8 years I have been working with clients to help them make their home dreams a reality. From helping to build homes from the ground up to helping round out already finished spaces, I listen to my clinets and let their vision guide our process. I have always been a creative person planning spaces and working to make them function better. After completing the Residential Interiors program at Boston Architectural College I learned how to combine my love for funcion and flow with my eye for color, scale, and balance. As a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, I understand project planning and budget management. My experience working with clients, contractors, and architects helps to coordinate and streamline the home building and renovation process, helping my clients to have the home they dream of with less of the stress that comes with building and decision making.