This is exactly the kind of project that I love. I had to do some research before tackling this one, but after reading all kinds of advice I gave it a try, and I have put together a little tutorial so you can do it to! (For a full video tutorial you can visit my profile on Instagram and see it under saved stories.) The full project took about 3 hours (as a first timer).
This rocker was a gift to my Aunt and Uncle for their wedding in 1974. How awesome is that? The finish shows a little bit of wear, but I love it and definitely wouldn’t cover up that beautiful wood with paint. It could eventually be re-stained, but that really isn’t necessary at this point.
- Utility Knife
- Jute Webbing
- Upholstery Stretcher
- 1″ Polyfoam
- Nail Head Trim
First I needed to remove the caning. This was the hardest part of the project. I used a hammer and chisel, knife, and utility knife. The key is to remove the spline (use your knife on each side of it to separate it from the chair). Since this seat was replaced with a fabric seat it isn’t necessary to remove all material from the groove, but I got as much as I could. I worked my way around the chair with a chisel and hammer, which did the trick. If you want to recane the chair you will need to clean out this groove really well.
Once the caning has been removed it is time to make a new seat. While a wood base could be used, jute webbing will give a softer feel. Attaching the jute webbing is simple with the correct tools. Fold over the edge of the webbing and staple on the first side. Use an upholstery stretcher to pull the webbing tight to the other side and staple in place. Fold the end over and staple again.
I used 2 pieces of webbing each way, weaved together. You can use more for a larger seat if necessary, but it must be weaved together and pulled tight with a stretcher.
Once the webbing was been attached, I covered the seat in burlap to make a smooth seat to set the foam on. This will prevent the foam from sinking into any of the gaps in webbing.
*This is the part where I get distracted and forget to take pictures.* Next, I attached the foam to the burlap with spray glue and covered in fabric. The fabric can be stapled around with a rough edge because it will be covered in fabric and nail head trim.
To make the fabric edging I took the same fabric and folded in thirds. Then I sewed down the middle.
I made my fabric piece about an inch wide, but it could be smaller if you prefer. I wanted to be sure to cover the rough edges. The fabric or ribbon is put directly on to the rough edge (being sure to cover any staples) and attached with the nail head trim.
I got Ryan’s help for the last part and we folded the corners to make it square. After working all the way around the chair (with the seam in the back corner), we were all finished.
Do you have a chair that needs a new seat? Maybe you will find a good project this spring when the sales start. I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Let me know what projects you have coming up, I would love to see them!
Micah has a pretty awesome room. It is nice a big room (12 ft x 15 ft) with a cute little dormer. You can see the roof line, but it is still fairly tall (7ft). It is a little bit strange because it was added on above the garage after the house was built and you have to go through a bathroom to get to it. In the future, we will try to change the bathroom layout and add a hallway, but for now it works. Micah’s room also leads to the playroom. While the layout is strange, it is a really cute room with in-floor heat just like the rest of the house. Micah has been in this room for about a year now.
We are only using about half of the room as it is, but we would like to update it and utilize the space better. We are also looking to switch Micah to a toddler bed in the near future and we want it to be a safe room to roam if he gets up during the night. Currently, behind his cube storage there is some exposed plumbing. Since Micah is either contained in his crib or in the room with us, it hasn’t been an issue yet. It does need to be dealt with soon though.
The biggest issue with using this room as a bedroom is the lack of closet. Micah has a small dresser, but as he and his clothes get bigger we are running out of space. He has limited toy storage with the cube shelf. Since the playroom is just past his room he doesn’t need a lot of toy storage, but we definitely need a place for some bedtime books. With that in mind, I have put together a rough plan of a built in closet.
There will be a tall cabinet near the door that will have shelves for folded clothes and other storage. There will be a large 2 part cabinet with hanging space and above that cabinet will be some open shelving. The unit will be about 21 inches deep and will fit a full sized hanger. This meets all of our storage needs. I plan to build this closet myself because I could not find any cabinets or closet organizers that met our needs at this size. I’m hoping with some framing, plywood, and doors we can make this closet look really nice.
We also want to update the flooring with the same laminate that we used in the playroom. We will also update the lighting, add trim, and maybe add some beams to the ceiling. After we get that to-do list done, I want to build him a fun toddler bed. If you check out my pinterest board, you can see all of my inspiration for this room. Follow along on Instagram Stories too, because that’s where I update things day to day! I am very excited for this project!
Last year I picked up a sideboard/buffet at an estate sale. It has beautiful details and is in great shape. It was made by Ethan Allen and I don’t know what the original cost was, but I think the $50 I paid was a pretty great deal.
Who doesn’t need extra storage in their kitchen? This sideboard has 2 cabinets with shelves and 1 cabinet of drawers. Our crockpots, dutch oven, food saver, waffle maker, etc all have a home now. Besides, for this house, coffee = life, so we needed a place to keep our coffee supplies and this is right outside our bedroom door. Perfection.
Our kitchen has dark cabinets and an issue with lighting at the moment. Putting in light countertops has helped, but we needed to lighten and brighten the room, especially in the dark corner the sideboard is in. We started this project by putting in 2 barn lights (from Home Depot) and painting the kitchen antique white, a couple of shades lighter than the original wall color. Would you believe those lights were less than $23 each?! They are currently $32, which I still think is a deal.
While I’m not a fan of open shelving as a main storage space, but if it serves as a functional and decorative accent, I am a huge fan. We decided to add some shelves above the sideboard for a place to store our coffee and supplies as well as some kitchen accents. I used a custom mix of stains to match the other trim and cabinets in the house. The brackets are also from Home Depot and are set right at the edge of the shelves to show off the details (and hit studs for support).
The sideboard itself was so dark that it didn’t show off the pretty details in the woodwork. The top has a beautiful glossy finish though and I wanted to keep that for the surface. I painted the rest of the sideboard with Rust-oleum Chalked matte paint in serenity blue. I used the Rust-oleum matte clear topcoat after several coats of the chalk paint. I am happy with the finish, but probably wouldn’t use chalk paint again on a project like this. I will detail more about that in it’s own post another day.
The matte finish is beautiful and the details really show through now. I am in love with the dark on light look. Now that everything is all tied together and has a little bit of a farmhouse feel, I’m ready to DIY the rest of the house to match.
The best part is definitely a new beautiful home for our coffee station. (Our coffee maker is a Hamilton Beach Brew Station and I highly recommend it!)
The whole kitchen is really coming together now. We have put in new quartz counters and decorated with blue and cream. It feels more like home every day. This week marks 3 years in our house. It has taken quite a bit to make it our own (and we aren’t done) but the work is all worth it.
Stay tuned for more DIY projects and our homesteading journey. Don’t forget to follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more!
Several years ago, I inherited 2 recliners from my grandparent’s old cottage. These chairs have lived a long life and are showing it a bit. They are comfortable though and I want to incorporate them into our playroom. You probably saw them in our playroom reveal.
I made a slip cover for one to put in Harrison’s nursery 4 years ago. If you have been following for a while now, you might remember it. It has been featured in Harrison’s monthly photos and several more snapshots shared on Facebook and Instagram.
This slip cover was one of my first ever sewing projects and I didn’t know how well it would go. I didn’t want to risk wasting several yards of expensive fabric, so I went the route of using a drop cloth fabric instead. I built the cover in 5 parts – the foot stool, 2 arms, the seat, and the back.
It took a lot of time (which I am short on at the moment), but it turned out really well! The back was the hardest part because it is curved and I could not recreate the button pattern to hold it in place. The cover has lasted 4 years, but now it is time for something new.
Since we are using both chairs in the playroom and only 1 has a cover, I have removed it. Now I have 3 options. I can leave them as is, recover both, or try fabric paint. I don’t know much about the paint option, but it seems to be a growing trend. If it doesn’t work out, I can always cover them anyways. I’m leaning towards painting them charcoal grey. Am I crazy?
This is where I ask for your help and opinions. Have you tried or seen fabric paint? Will it make the chairs stiff and uncomfortable? Will it hold up? Tell me more! If I decided to make new covers, it will be WAY in the future. I’ve got sewing projects for the kids, the camper, and myself that need to be done first. I will use a more expensive, fancy fabric though and it could be really nice. I’m hopeful about the fabric paint, but I will not do it if the quality will suffer. Thank you in advance for all of your help and opinions!
Well, 2017 got away from me, but we got so much done around here. We expanded our homestead by adding a garden and greenhouse. We updated the kids bedrooms, added a playroom, and decorated the house with all kinds of farmhouse goodies. Our home and land is a work in progress though.
As much as I love to look at home decorating blogs, the houses always look so perfectly done and decorated. Here I am, with a house that needs a lot of work before it can be considered “done”. (A little bit of real life for you.) This year we will hopefully get some big projects done, or at least in the planning stage until the budget comes around. I want the entire house to look as good as Harrison’s room and the playroom.
Most of our projects are on our list because the functionality isn’t working for our family. I’m going to give you a look into a few of these projects that we hope to get started in 2018.
1. Kitchen Sideboard/Buffet
We recently installed new lights in a very dark part of our kitchen. They will be on their own switch and will add much needed light. We also painted the kitchen a light antique white above the backsplash. We still need to paint the rest of the kitchen to lighten it up. You can see around these lights what the new color will be. We will also be adding 2 open shelves below the lights and I plan to use a little chalk paint to update the sideboard. This is our first project to complete in 2018 and we have already started.
2. Siding and windows
As stated above, our kitchen lacks natural light. The windows are the root of the issue. The space is OK, but there is so much vinyl blocking light. We plan to replace these with windows of the same size that can let in more light. As a bonus, our upstairs windows are the same and have a broken pane, so we can use the kitchen windows as replacements.
I also really want the replace the vinyl siding on the kitchen and guest bedroom portions of the house with faux stone. This is an expensive project, but it will make a big difference in the look of the house. Doing this when we replace the windows will be perfect timing. The “tower” will look even more elegant.
3. Master bathroom
I would really love a bathtub in our master bathroom. If we switch the toilet water closet and the shower we can have a tub. I can also fulfill my dream of a beautiful barn door on the new water closet. We will also be replacing the floors and vanity, but this project will have to wait until we can save up some cash. We have done absolutely nothing in this bathroom and it desperately needs an update.
4. Mud room
We desperately need a drop zone for winter clothes and muddy boots. We have the space for it in the garage, but it needs to be built in and insulated. I am very excited for the extra storage and the mess free floors in the rest of the house.
5. Windows in the chicken coop
Our chickens are lazy layers in the winter. Part of the issue is a lack of light on the cold days when they won’t come out into their run. We definitely need to add windows to the doors and sides of the coops.
Our landscaping has gotten out of control. A lot of it is overgrown and full of weeds. We even have a Japanese Barberry plant, which is invasive. It doesn’t help that the house sat vacant for a while. We just haven’t been able to catch up. Every year I work a bit, but it needs a full on overhaul at this point. This is my biggest summer time goal.
The list goes on and on, but for now I’m going to set my goals to these 6 projects.
Harrison’s room is finally done! If you remember, he decided he would sleep better in his room if it was green and had trains. While I realize he really just loves to snuggle in our bed and was avoiding going to his own room, I thought it was probably time for a big kid room anyways. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the before pictures here. Now for the big reveal!
We already had many of the aspects of this room, including the Jenny Lind bed, ombre dresser, bookshelf, and desk. I added in many of the travel themed accessories though. I had so much fun making this “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” meets “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” bedroom. It would really make a fun nursery too, but I really see this as the room that will grow with Harrison. Before I get into the little details, check out some of these fun products for yourself (not sponsored).
- Globe with Silver Stand – Hobby Lobby
- Wood Airplane Prop – Amazon
- Galvanized Metal Container with Wood Handles – Hobby Lobby
- Mini Aircraft Model 3 Pack – Amazon
- Red Bi-Plane – Hobby Lobby
- Railroad Crossing Sign – Hobby Lobby
- Bronze Cage Uplight – Hobby Lobby
The train book shelf is definitely Harrison’s favorite part. I will go into further details on it’s own post. It was really easy to build and a couple of stencils from the Cricut made it special for him. My favorite part is the large map (that I found on sale at our local book sale). I added a couple of 1x2s with a dark stain, which saves so much in comparison to having it framed.
I added a few quotes from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” throughout the room. Sappy Mom moment: I really think Harrison has big things in store for him and I think these quotes suit him. He’s a creative kid and I hope this room inspires him.
This room has some really special, vintage aspects too. My Dad gave Harrison this blanket with vintage cars on it. It was his as a kid and Harrison loves it. Laid on this Jenny Lind bed and with a homemade sock monkey from my Grandma and it fits in just right. The desk in the corner was my Dad’s too. I love sentimental things. I also love homemade things, like the train and this flag banner made from some fabric scraps.
Harrison loves his new room, and will hopefully sleep in it! He has been doing really well lately and only comes down early morning to snuggle. Harrison is a real sweet heart and I won’t turn down the snuggles anytime soon. It’s true, the days are long but the years are short.
This year I had the idea to make a doll house. I finished Christmas shopping early for the boys this year, but I have a beautiful little goddaughter who I thought would love a girly little doll house. I started looking at ideas on Pinterest and decided that as long as I gave myself enough time, this is definitely a project I could take on.
Didn’t it turn out cute?! I may need one for the boys now, and maybe even one for myself. This project is great because the structure is very simple to make with the right tools and the details are so fun to make. I will post separately about the furniture and accessories, but let’s start with the structure.
This doll house is made of 1×10 pine, but a 1×8 would work too. The house is built on a 1:12 scale and would work with most doll house accessories. The structure is made up of 2 boards cut at 20″ (sides), and 3 boards cut at 24″ (floors). The bottom floor is set about 2″ off the floor. The 2nd shelf is set at 9″ and the last is just at the top. The roof is cut at a 45 degree angle and each side is 12″ long. It makes the perfect attic space with room for a rooftop deck.
You can also use a simple store bought cube shelf if you don’t have the tools to make the structure. If you have a chop saw and drill though, building this simple shelf should be no problem. If you want to add windows, drilling a hole and cutting with a jig saw is all it takes. I put the shelf together with screws and covered them with wood filler. The outside is painted a light lilac color and the floors are stained (any color you prefer will work).
Like I mentioned, the accessories are the best part. I added some shutters and window boxes using popsicle sticks. The window trim is from a Hobby Lobby , and the basswood economy bag came in handy for a lot of accessories. The popsicles and trim were easy to cut with a side cutters.
Each side and the roof deck have white picket fence, also from Hobby Lobby. Every doll house needs a white picket fence! The basswood and wood fence pieces often go on sale, so wait for a good deal, or use the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon in store (on their website main page).
My favorite part though, is the cedar shake roof. I had left over shims from our previous house projects and the thin ends work perfect for doll house shingles. You can even cut them with an exacto knife. I glued them on with wood glue overlapping 50%. The color variation is fun and you can make them any variety of size you would like. Capped off with a piece of corner trim, it is so cute.
The back of the doll house is also pretty. I originally planned to use some thin paneling, but Ryan found an extra piece of bead board in the garage and I couldn’t resist. It is the perfect finish for this cute little doll house.
That’s all it takes to make this super cute house, and it is really affordable too. Stay tuned for all of the furniture and accessory details, coming soon!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
When you have a little blue truck, you have to take advantage and use it in photo shoots! We got an early snow this year and I just had to take advantage. This is a 1964 Ford F100 long box. It fills Ryan’s need for a manual truck and my need for a photography backdrop. We got a really great deal on it (it wasn’t currently running). Ryan fixed it up and got it back on the road. It has been a really fun project.
We always take our own Christmas photos with a DSLR (I have an older Canon Rebel) and tripod as soon as we get a good snow. It isn’t always easy to get the kids to look and smile, but this year they did awesome. I think as long as it is exciting they will take good pictures, but that gives you about a 5 minute window. Getting the dogs to look too was an extra challenge, but it only took 1 minute to get this photo. We would love to have some professional photography done, but it never seems to be in the budget around the holidays. These turned out great though, and I couldn’t be happier.
I dressed the truck up with a Christmas tree, some Christmas themed pillows, and a little bit of plaid (that is actually a SmartBottoms nursing scarf). The kids were in a great mood and happy to be playing in the truck.
Ryan and I were able to get a couple of photos together too, something we haven’t done in a very long time. We need more photos displayed in our house and I think these might just have to be some of them.
Are you a Christmas photo family? Do you send out cards or e-cards? We send out some photo cards, but I love to share here too. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Christmas fun!
Kids are funny. Sometimes when they are in trouble or being rude they come up with the most hilarious things. No one prepared me for the straight faced, trying not to laugh, moments that come along with kids. Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact with your spouse, or you will both lose it.
Micah spends all day mispronouncing “Truck”, “Fork”, and “Frog” (they all sound the same, and very inappropriate) and he pronounces bulldozer as “Booty”.
Harrison and Micah were going back and forth today.
Harrison: You can’t say f**k. It’s truck.
And on and on. Try not to laugh at your kids during that one!
Harrison has a sense of humor and he doesn’t even really know it. He’s a silly kid. First of all, the poor boy thinks Disney = School because that is the only time he has been on a bus. We’ve explained it to him several times, but he still doesn’t quite get it. He’s a pretty smart kid, so I think he is just in denial.
Harrison: I’m so excited to start going to school to see the storm troopers!
Mom: You mean Disney?
Harrison: Yeah, school. Where the buses are.
Harrison: Remember the time we went to school and there were palm trees?
Mom: Harrison, that was Disney. School will be much different.
Harrison: Can I ride an airplane to get to school?
Mom: Did you see Santa?
Harrison: Yeah. I told him I what I wanted, but he just gave me this monster truck and escaped me, again!
Harrison has struggled with sleep lately and always ends up in our bed. We bring him right back upstairs, but he had a different idea.
Harrison: I could sleep better in my room if it was green and had a train.
Mom: *Paints room and builds train book shelves that same day*
Harrison: I can’t sleep in my room.
Mom: Why not?
Harrison: It’s too different.
And last night, getting ready for bed:
Dad: Tell mama “It’s been real.”
Harrison: (Grumpy) Mama, it’s been pretend. *Leaves room*
It’s that time of year again! We’ve pulled out all of the Christmas boxes from the basement and added to it from Black Friday sales. I’m excited to show off our Christmas decor! You have probably already seen the playroom decor and the kitchen wreaths, but here is a look at the rest of the house.
We went a little crazy with our tree this year. We always get a real tree because you just can’t beat that fresh pine scent and the natural look. We had a little argument about how big our tree was last year. Was it 10′ or 12′? We settled on a nice skinny 11′ (compared to the others) and it has pretty much eaten our living room right up. Ryan says, “I guess we are more of a 10′ tree kind of family.”
The tree in our living room is always the traditional colors of red, green, silver, and gold. We have some sentimental ornaments, including Harrison’s hat and bracelet from the hospital, Micah’s ultrasound and hospital bracelet, and yearly family photos.
We also have an all white tree in the loft. This is the tree for the fun blue and purple decor. It’s just a fun artificial tree that have wanted for a long time. The ornaments are all shatterproof and the kids can touch them if they want. It just brings a little life to a usually un-decorated space.
Back in the living room, I made some simple pillow covers to match the holiday. I got this fleece fabric from Joann’s and it is soft and cozy. They are just envelope pillow covers that can be removed when the season is done. With just 3 lines of sewing these are one of the easiest projects there is.
The mantle has a little bit of old mixed with a little bit of new. I love large our mantle is, but is gets a little bit difficult to decorate without some large scale items.
I found the silver trees at Hobby Lobby along with the grey and white box, which is even more gorgeous in person. They fit in nicely with the birch trees and white pine branches from the backyard.
The snowflake garland was put together with the extra red bead garland from the playroom and some silver glitter snowflakes. I put ornament hooks on the snowflakes and pinched them around the garland. It’s easy and pretty, exactly my kind of decor.
I also found these cute white houses for sale at Shopko on Black Friday. I love them so much. They are so simple and beautiful, but they also light up.
The piano has just a few decorations. The candle set is from Kohls (last year). It was part of a pair but….kids. I also found this cute barn advent calendar (Tractor Supply) which is a new addition. Harrison loves checking to see what candy or activity he gets for the day. The tree could easily be replaced with a great big wreath, but it just isn’t in the budget this year. Maybe next year!
Lastly, the coat rack! This is just an extra little space I love to decorate with the changing seasons. I kept it fun with blue and silver this year. The jar on the end is full of jingle bells and the other decor is from Hobby Lobby.
I plan to have a beautiful table centerpiece as well, but I will wait until closer to Christmas. We use the table every day and it just isn’t practical to have it all decorated for a month with the kids. When I have it all finished, I will post a little update. Until then, make sure you are following along on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!