Three home updates

June 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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My Mom is back home in South Carolina now and we are missing her already. Before she left, I took advantage of her mad seamstress skills and we sewed some curtains for the closet in the guest room. The previous owners had removed whatever doors used to be there (there is bi-fold door hardware in there) and left behind a double curtain rod over the closet. The guest room doubles as my craft (hoard) room, and the closet could use some organization. Here’s what we had:

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As many guest rooms are, this is kind of a cast-off room and that bedding used to be in our master bedroom in the old house. New bedding is in the future at some point. I’m thinking all white bedding with black and white pillows/accents.

Several months ago when I was in Ikea I fell in love with this fabric and randomly bought a couple of yards. Even though I know it does NOT go with the current bedding, I wanted to make the closet curtains out of it. My Mom whipped up some simple curtain panels in a jiffy and we used some curtain rings with clips that I already had to hang them on the existing rods.

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Cute, right? I could change out the double curtain rod, but I probably won’t. I have since hung a bunch of blue, green, and silver Mardi Gras beads from the second rod. Just because.

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Now I don’t have to organize the closet, because if you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist!

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While Mom worked away on the curtain panels, I removed all of the seats from our dining room chairs.

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Mom helped me re-cover these chairs about 15 years ago. They are from Scan Design and originally had black linen seats. We used a soft blue brocade type fabric to re-cover them the first time.

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After suffering through two babies, toddlers, and little kids (the same 2), these chair seats had seen better days.

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I have no clue what that stain is. I don’t want to know. And yes, I had spot cleaned it to no avail.

When I removed the seat covers I numbered them along with the chairs just in case the screw holes were somehow not uniform among the chairs.

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We have eight chairs and use four of them in the dining room and four of them at the breakfast bar. I worked on four chairs at a time so that the ones at the breakfast bar could continuously be used.

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Mom helped me pick out the fabric. I knew I wanted something graphic, and my general color scheme is cooler with greys, blues, and greens. After looking at everything at Jo-Ann’s, this one was the winner:

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Mom helped me cut out all the fabric for the seat covers, but I ended up finishing them after she left. Re-covering seat cushions like these is the easiest thing ever. All you need is a screwdriver, a staple gun and scissors. All done:

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I think they help to brighten up the breakfast bar area by adding some interest that draws your eye. The previous blue seat cushions just disappeared and added to the cave-like feeling of this area. Since it is right above the step-down to the den it has very low ceilings…much lower than in the kitchen.

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I think they also work really well in the dining room. They play nicely with my gray walls and allow my blue/green accents to stand out.

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There are other black and white items in the room as well, like the storage box and soft woven basket to the left above.

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I like them!

The final little project was completed by the boys and our neighbor Cole.

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Here is the situation I was hoping to address:

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This is the door to the pool at the foot of the stairs below the kitchen. It functions as sort of a mud room, obviously. However, I am the only one who ever puts shoes on the shelf. And those white Kino’s are mine, so I am also guilty of leaving my shoes right where I took them off.

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That little wire shoe shelf worked ok in our old house (not really, but our old house was beyond redemption in many ways), but it was doing nothing in this space. But now…

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I think it’s about a million times better. The woven baskets and the dipped basket are all from Target and were all on clearance. The shoe shelf was also on the clearance end-cap as a “repackaged” item, but there was nothing wrong with it as far as I could tell. Am I the only one with a Target clearance “problem”? I mean, if you love it and it’s on clearance, then you have to buy it, right?

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The black and white ties into the rug in the den (Ikea) and my new breakfast bar chair seats.

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Chewie gave the updated “mudroom” his sniff of approval.

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Please ignore the mess in the den and on my stairs (and in my kitchen and in my dining room and in my guest room). I am not a home décor blogger and do not know how to do it right.