How to Spot Clean Upholstery Stains

Don’t be put off by stained upholstery, there are several ways you can spot clean it to look as good as new! Upholstery Stains We don’t have a lot of upholstered furniture. It may sound odd, but the majority of our pieces are just wood, or they are painted wood. In our house we have a sofa and a few chairs that are upholstered but that’s it. I don’t spend a lot of time messing with cleaning upholstery now that our kids are grown, but I did today. My recent re-decorating of our living room is about complete, as I found the finishing touches at the thrift store this week. These two fabulous side chairs were donated to the store, practically brand new. They have a bit of water damage on them, probably from one of our recent summer rainstorms. It looks like they were perhaps under a window that was left open during a storm. The water damage is mostly at the back of the chairs, and a little bit on the arm and back of the seat. You can see the slight stains in these photos. Sad for them, good for me because I scored these chairs for just $14.00 each! I was not concerned with the damage at all, water is just water and it does clean very easily. Here’s how to do it: How to Spot Clean Upholstery You will need the following supplies for cleaning water spots: Spray Bottle 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar (do not use other types of vinegar or they may make the…
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12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

Christmas is here! It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month away. Whether you use your Christmas stockings as decoration or you fill them with goodies, they are a staple in most holiday decor. Here are a few easy DIY Christmas stockings to hang on your mantle this year.  These fun stockings require minimal sewing, in fact you could probably even accomplish them without a sewing machine! Room for Tuesday used a pre-made stocking as the form for these stockings, making it so easy to achieve the perfect shape. Who says all stockings have to have traditional Christmas designs? Add an unexpected surprise to your mantle this year with these adorable ice cream stockings by My Poppet Makes. You could already have everything you need to create this stocking! Seeking Lavender Lane repurposed a dish towel to create a stocking perfect for her home decor. You know you have a sweater lying around somewhere that you just never wear.  Maybe it doesn’t fit, maybe it’s too itchy. An Extraordinary Day shares an excellent way to bring you neglected sweater back to life. Houseful of Handmade uses a drop cloth to create these personalized stockings. This would be a great way to create a uniform look while keeping each stocking unique. Although these stockings look more complicated than some, they are great for even the beginner crafter. Homemade Ginger uses a free (and super easy) pattern to create these colorful stockings. Here is another way to use that old sweater lying around your home. Sustain My Craft Habit chose to combine it with festive flannel for her holiday stockings. Every child…
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Geometric Wine Bar

  It’s that time again! This post is sponsored by General Finishes, any opinions given are completely my own. My husband and I have different ideas for using things around the house. He likes the very practical things, I tend to lean towards the extravagant. Despite our differences we both favor reusing what we have got. I couldn’t wait to make this into a Geometric Design project! For this month’s Fab Flipping Furniture Contest, I decided to repurpose this Mid-Century dresser that was lurking in our basement, left behind by its former owner. It had all the makings of a quality piece including dovetailed drawers and was solid maple under the worn veneer. It was previously a work bench and tool chest in our basement. My husband will be disappointed to find that he has to relocate his tools. He will get over it. He knows I have always wanted a basement Wine Bar. [bctt tweet=”My husband knows I have always wanted a Basement Wine Bar.”] The theme for this month was Geometric Design. The drawers on this dresser had some great graphic details, including decorative grooves in the top two drawers and diagonal veneer on the bottom drawers. General Finishes was our sponsor this month, and I chose their milk paint in Lamp Black and Antique White for this project. As you may have guessed, it took multiple coats and an entire roll of Frog Tape to complete this project. After a quick sanding, I gave the dresser a coat of primer, then two coats of the Antique White…
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How to Sew A Coffee Bean Bag Pillow

It’s hot outside today. Probably one of our last warm summer days. I feel like just relaxing in a comfy chair with a good book, perhaps even drinking some nice cold coffee. I happened to find a comfy chair just recently…… in the trash.       This little beauty was just waiting on the curb for me to pick it  up. It’s actually a rocking chair, made of solid oak. It weighs a ton, which could be why the former owner left it on the roadside. I hauled it home, and decided it was nearly perfect just as it was. Except for a couple of comfy cushions that is.   I spent my afternoon sewing these cushions out of a coffee bean burlap bag. I found it at a thrift store a while back, and loved it’s unique color and character. I love the green graphic with the blue chair.   The bag had markings on both sides, so I cut it into two pieces. One for the back cushion and one for the seat cushion. The bag was just big enough to make two cushions.   I used a piece of 4″ foam from Fairfield (I found it at Hancock Fabrics) for the seat, then sewed the burlap cover to fit. I used a simple straight stitch, with a small stitch length of 2-4 stitches. There are a few tricks to sewing with burlap. I recommend double stitching the seams so they don’t pull apart. Also, use a fairly small stitch per inch to really keep the fabric…
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DIY Chalkboard

Are you ready for the school season yet? I am not. I don’t want to let summer go. Not yet. The start of the school season means the end of summer, and I was just starting to enjoy it. However, you can’t bury your head in the sand forever, as much as I would like to. I have books to order, classes to schedule, ACT’s to register for, the list goes on and on. Today, I decided to have a bit of fun and make a little chalkboard for my school lists. This board started out as a cabinet door that I found at Habitat Restore. I think it was $1.00.             I had purchased a bunch of yard sticks to have on hand and decided this was the project to try them on. I love the old fashioned vintage charm the yard sticks bring. The chalk paint, I had on hand from another project, so I didn’t have to buy any of that either. The door was pretty smooth and didn’t require any additional preparation.   I gave it two coats of chalk paint, covering the whole surface and edges. I left the hinges on the door, they make great picture hangers.     After the paint had dried I cut the yard sticks up into pieces that fit along the edge of the wooden door. I didn’t miter the corners but went with an unfinished over lap on the edges. The yard sticks were stained with a color wash of craft paint and…
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Painting with a Centrifugue

Here is my how-to on painting with a centrifuge.  I hope you learn some  great tips and tricks from this tutorial! I finished my Unicorn Spit project a while back, I was excited today when Unicorn Spit shared it on their Face Book page. I had a good time working on this project, but there were a couple of details on painting with the Centrifigue that I left out in my original post. You can read more about it here. These were the colors I used, they are called Dragon’s Belly and Blue Thunder. Love those names!   I finished my table more than once. This photo is of my first attempt which I decided I didn’t really care for, so I flipped the table top over and painted it again. When it was all done, I finished the table top with a coat of Linseed Oil. You can also use hemp oil or Tongue Oil. I happened to have Linseed on hand, so that’s what I used to seal the stain.   This is my make-shift centrifuge. I drilled a hole in the middle of the table and put it on this contraption to paint it. It is comprised of a vice, a giant nail and a couple of washers. The milk crate is just to lift it up higher so it was easier to work with. I have the video ready, it basically shows how to spin the table top and use a steady hand with a paint brush to get the circular effect while the table top spins.  …
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Milk Crate Fabric Cube

Our family runs a very popular dairy house here in Wisconsin. As a result we have oodles of plastic milk crates laying around. We use them for lots of different things (I think we have had some of them since college!). The crates have been used to store shoes, books, tools, frisbees, sewing supplies etc. We have never used them to sit on, but there is a first time for everything. This is what the usually look like, just waiting to store more stuff. I like to put my gardening shoes in this one out on the porch, but no more! This is what it looks like today. Hard to tell it was once an ordinary milk crate. My husband helped me make this milk crate into a cube that I covered with fabric to use as a stool in our downstairs bathroom. It wasn’t a difficult project, so grab a crate and let’s get started!   For this project you will need: A sturdy plastic milk crate 6 pieces of medium density fiber board, cut into 12″ x 12″ squares 8 pieces of 2″ x 4″, cut into 10″ pieces A box of 3″ screws 4 medium size castors 1 yard 52″ wide home decor fabric 1 bag any size polyester quilt batting Staple gun and staples   Directions: Work with the cube right side up, fit the 2″ x 4″ pieces into each corner of the cube on the INSIDE of the plastic. Screw them in place by attaching the screws right through the plastic crate. You may…
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Painted Velvet Chairs, Easy Update with Spray Paint

My ugly velvet chairs got an upgrade this week! These spray painted velvet chairs turned out better than even I expected! This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.     We have had these old velvet chairs for several years. I have never really liked them, but they were free, compact in size and they seemed to fit in our small home rather easily. They are our favorite places to sit for watching TV, reading books and knitting. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them: they are clean with solid construction, no rips or tears. Nothing wrong, other than they have a rather dated look to the upholstry. If I had all the money in the world, I would probably not think twice about giving them away and buying something new. However, I do not have a budget for new furniture. Perhaps someday I will. But, not today. These chairs have been an eye sore in our living space for so long that I have spent lots of time trying to decide what to do with them. Slip covers would be hard to make for their awkward design. Re-upholstery is too expensive. So, I decided that Painted Velvet Chairs were the answer. I have read a number of blog posts on Painted Velvet Chairs. Many of them were very involved and complicated. The fabric had to be wet first. The paint had to be mixed with additives to get it to adhere to…
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DIY Trash Can Lamp

Recently, I made a Trash Can Lamp for my craft area. Although it was a bit harder than I expected, it was completely worth it.  Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to make this project easier for yourself!  I have had this trash can for over two years. I originally recall seeing them being sold at Target, but I happened to find this one at the thrift store.   The trash can was chrome and floral, two of my favorite things! What more could you ask for in a $2.00 trash can? Shortly after I brought it home, I discovered why it was discontinued from Target. The floral design was too large, and it didn’t hold trash very well. Items easily slipped through the sides and made a mess all over the floor. I used a trash can liner in it for a while, but I dislike seeing so much of the trash bag. This was a complete designer fail. Perhaps they never intended it to hold trash, but just look pretty in your office.  I have seen a number of stupendous trash can to lamp projects on the internet lately. They are all so beautiful! I love how simple they are. One day, the light bulb went on in my mind. Literally. I have been struggling with this project for several days. You have no idea how difficult it was to cut a hole in this trash can. I tried my husband’s high power drill with a 1 1/2″ attachment. I melted it. Sparks flew. It was glowing red…
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