New Headboard Upholstery

Well, it started out as redoing the guest room. It became a dumping ground for all the mismatched furniture and belongings. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. Some people choose to redo the guest room before the master bedroom. It wasn’t the case here. It ended up with any and everything that was replaced from other rooms.

So goes the headboard…….

It was a “lovely” red velvet castoff from the 60’s? It came with the second husband. I always teased him about his Bordello headboard, as that is what I imagined when a bachelor has a Red Velvet tufted headboard! He tried to hide it with some animal hide, but it was lurking under there just the same!

I didn’t get a good before photo (when I decided to reupholster I got it done!) it had also had a temporary makeover after we got married. In a striped fabric, then again when it was cast off into the guest room of our current house when I built our current headboard 10 years ago.

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So first I ripped the layers I added off.

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Be forwarned that when you decide to reupholster something it takes the longest to strip the old off and all those staples!

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So here she is all naked. I added longer legs so she shows when she is behind the bed. For some reason, I think maybe newer mattresses and box springs are thicker that they were back then? It seems that older headboards are short and don’t show up much.

So I had to add more to the back and extra foam the same thickness as the original. I wanted to make her taller. It was in great shape so I was able to use it over again.  As a side note the addition will be behind the mattress so really won’t show so no need to tuft or worry about the look of the new foam here.

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The foam already had the holes cut for the tufting. These are the size of a quarter, so they will have very deep tufting.

I chose a drop cloth and washed it several times with bleach and fabric softener drying it on High. This made it a nice soft piece of large cheap fabric in a neutral tone. This made the perfect backdrop for the guest room makeover. I spread it out and placed the funky Red Velvet piece I removed on top and cut it out with a little extra around the edges for good measure. You will use extra fabric when tufting and it is better to trim later than discover you are short on one side after you have worked so hard placing the buttons and arranging the fabric.

The buttons for the tufting were in great shape to reuse. I simply cut small circles from the new fabric.

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Then using the hot glue gun, attacked the new fabric to the buttons.

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Apply a little hot glue to the button top and around the back then scrunch the fabric around.

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Once the buttons where all done, I spread the cut fabric onto the top of the headboard foam. Working from the center top I worked the points on the buttons through the fabric and back.

It is important to start in the center and work down then from side to side. These are deep tufts and the fabric needed to be “folded” into the holes to create the deep tufts. Take your time here, you want this to look good.

Once all the button tufts were in place it is time to staple around the edges. Here you will have to fold again that extra fabric from the tufts around to the back. Staple as you go.

You can staple some backing material to the back or leave it open if you wish. If you want to save some money use and old sheet. Cut and fold under then staple around the back.

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Here it is. This awful photo is the only one I could find right after I finished stapling the back. You can see the new foam line but this is hidden behind the new mattress.

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It is a far cry from the “Bordello” headboard I started with. Now we have started with  the guest room overhaul.

Hugs,

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The Quilted Chair


Sorry I’ve gone missing in action. With spring here the increased amount of work took over my life. I hope to have more fun stuff to share soon!

So I bought this stinky, ugly, dirty chair at Goodwill. I think the clerk thought I was crazy. I asked her to hold it for me while I shopped around some more.

the look on her face was interesting to say the least.

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Can you see the dirt? It was nasty. It was also solid, and had gone bones.

So, she came home with me.

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Needless to say she lived in the garage until I had time to devote to her!

Then one day while on hold for a phone call for 1 hour 18 minutes, I started to rip her apart. I started with the trim, then disassembled her in the order she was put together.

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So off came the dust cover. Everything looks solid in the spring department. I also sanded the wood. It is that red Mohogany that is awful to paint strip and cover.

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Trying to to get it apart with ripping it up to bad.

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The structure is in good shape. The batting is pretty nasty, so it will need replaced.

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Here it is with the new cotton. I reused the horsehair and woven seat insert. I sanded, painted with a primer to block the red, then painted with a mix of milk paint layered in colors.

I got her all stripped, cleaned, and painted. The all new batting, and padding. I had several things in my upholstery stash. There was one piece that really seemed to work for this chair. It was an older quilt the had a huge hole in it. Perfect. A “cutter” quilt.

So I got started cutting out and matching up the pattern in the quilt, all the time working around a couple of holes.

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This shows just how dirty and nasty this chair was!

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So after cutting then a covered the chair in it’s new clothes.

She turned out pretty cute!

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Her backside is awesome too!

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She is for sale. And I will post where she will be located soon.

Thanks for checking in,

Hugs,

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Mid Century Bath Update #4

So we have sped along.

Tile floor grouted.

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Accent wall all painted and light fixture hung.

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Shower tiled, and quarter round edges done. Waiting for it to set, then grout.

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Vanity installed.

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Toilet installed.

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We are on the home stretch. Ready very soon for the reveal.

until then, stay warm and dry.

Hugs,

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Upper Cabinet Installation

So we left off with the walls being done at this point. Click here to see the wall post. So since the cabinet maker had the shells of the uppers done, and I had finished painting the uppers will get installed before the lowers.

I guess I should give you a little back story.  This part of a kitchen remodel is “compromise” yes that is the name of the game. You have a mental photo or dream in your head for the space. But in all actuality it will look very close but you will have to compromise at some point in the details. This might be due to budget, or unforeseen problem your space will throw at you. This could be a major wiring in the way, to support beams, and sometimes just a few inches can make or break an idea or plan.

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So far I’ve had two compromises. The first was the old panty area, which now will hold the supersized refridgerator.  Then due to this it would have been major problem to remove the soffits, so they remained and we even have to change them up and extend them.

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Here the soffit is already altered. The corner cabinet, and vintage inspired curved shelves were on my list! The other side was to either have a matching curved shelf or not one at all and the wall completely tiled.

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Then I lost my open shelf and wall concept above the range and to the sides. To the right one open shelf was to house the microwave, since things shifted to the left and right something in the center had to go, and it was the microwave shelf. Now the range hood is to be built in and become a focal point structure. Which is now looking pretty slim of becoming a reality.

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So the new cabinet has bead board  in the back. This is due to the fact it will have glass doors and contain dishes.

So we are on a roll. No shelves and have install the doors. But it’s looking more like a kitchen everyday.

The next step the kitchen sink!

Hugs,

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New Kitchen Island

So we started the island if you remember from this post here.

So now that the floor is done on the part where the new island will be we can install and finish it.

It looked like this as we placed it in the house.

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Ran the wire up into it and secured it in place. Then connect it all together and put on the backing bead board. You can see it doesn’t line up with the green tape on the floor. The front has a toe kick that needs to be brought out to make it a solid piece. This will give it the illusion of a piece of furniture, or in this case the old general store counter appearance we are looking for. This was achieved by using 2×4 spacer pieces and one long 2×4 the length of the counter. The trim will hide all of this work.

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Here you can see the trim along the floor. I pre-painted it so it will just need to be touched up once it was nailed into place. You can see the poplar strips added to give it the antique look.

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This is the other end with the opening for the built in microwave. you can see the wires there for the dedicated line for it. The microwave was suppose to be on a special shelf between the range and fridge, but due to having to allow extra space for the custom corner cabinet we lost space and had to move it. I’m not a big fan on them on the counter. This made sense and would allow a opening for it.

I wanted the doors to be different on this piece than the bead board doors I selected on the cabinets. The pieces had a raised Shaker style doors, so I had a recessed area to work with. I got the brilliant idea to use old ceiling tin on them. I looked and found some online, but they were what I thought pretty expensive. So I figured why not use the fake plastic stuff. A trip to Home Depot, provided me with just what I was looking for.

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It is PVC and looks like tin ceiling tile, but is made to be used as back splash and has grooves to overlap and pieces to finish off the edges. You can order online if they don’t have the color you want in stock and delivered to your local store. It will be in the kitchen decor/remodel department.  I wanted my doors to match pattern wise so had to use a full sheet for each of the 3 door on the island. It seems a little expensive, but not when compared to original antique pieces if you can find them to fit your cabinets. I think they could be primed and painted too?

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I measure the door inserts and marked the panels.

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I then simply cut them with my kitchen scissors. They fit tightly into the insert area. I used liquid nails and put 5 dots on the door area, staying away from the immediate edge so it wouldn’t squeeze out the sides and show. I  then pressed the PVC  Tin Tile piece into the area and rubbed well. I let lay flat for a day and dry.

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I attached the new hinges and hung them. I had selected the hardware for the new cabinets and couldn’t find anything I liked better so did use the same hardware on the island.

30mm Victorian Glass Knob, and Martha Stewart 3" Bracket Bin Pull in Iron.

30mm Victorian Glass Knob, and Martha Stewart 3″ Bracket Bin Pull in Iron.

The glass knobs are just under $3.99 each. I did get the iron bin pulls for $1.98, they sell now for $4.97.

They didn’t show very well on the black painted island so I took a silver paint pen and rubbed it on them, quickly followed by rubbing with a rag to spread it and get it into grooves.

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The top is going to be butcher block. I found one at IKEA that is perfect. They sell counters that are a narrower width, but also a piece that is a wider width. Problem is the nearest IKEA is about 3 1/2 hours from us so we need to wait until someone is going that direction that can haul it! So until that happened we made do.

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This is before the hardware and distressing. I sanded, then stained, and waxed to give it and old used feel. If I would have know about milk paint then, it would of been milk painted with some chipping goodness! However it turned out good, and even people who love antiques think I “found” my old store counter and converted it! We finally got the top, the cabinet maker cut it down to fit. It was wired with an outlet at both ends and one inside on a separate circuit for the microwave. I tested several stains and found one that matched the Red Oak that is on the floor on 2 sides of it. And used a natural Bees Wax to seal it. It gets a good cleaning sanding and re-waxing about every 6 months.

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While on my trip to see my son, (here) I purchased a few things at IKEA. I installed them on the island to give it more of that general store look and also some practical storage solutions too.

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And a view of the microwave end too.

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Here you can see the distressing also. Just were it would be worn perhaps from customers rubbing against it while talking to the shop owner, or from being moved or cleaned over the years. I love it. It is functional and looks great too. Plus I like the fact I can say “yeah I built it” ( insert big smile).

If you have hung on long enough to read this whole post thank you! Sorry about the quality of the photos. There was no lighting installed in here when most of these were taken. Also before my new camera purchase. (Yeah)

So more to come, the lower cabinets are next, and another great repurpose project too.

Hugs,

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Update on Kitchen #2

So here we are, cabinets torn out, ginormous (is that even a word?) island removed. Now that leaves us with a floor that is uneven. It seems when they updated the kitchen the last time in the 1990’s they added plywood to cover the original floor around the new island
The house is a 1978 Ranch. We have found archeological evidence of some updating about every 10 years. So it looks like we are going to peel a few decades away from our girl, and give her a brand new kitchen. This will be her first completely new kitchen, since the disco era! Here are some flashbacks for you of some kitchens from that time period.

Check this one out, harvest gold, dark cabinets. They look so cheap.

Check this one out, harvest gold, dark cabinets. They look so cheap.

Again dark cabinets, harvest gold, and lots of harvest gold vinyl floors!

Again dark cabinets, harvest gold, and lots of harvest gold vinyl floors!

Diggin' this one. It has wallpaper, and Tupperware, bonus a matching washer and dryer. Plus that lovely light fixture.

Diggin’ this one. It has wallpaper, and Tupperware, bonus a matching washer and dryer. Plus that lovely light fixture.

Three Harvest Gold Disco kitchens, circa 1978. Just to give you an idea of what her original look might have been.
She had some small cosmetic work done, such as paint, floors, and track lighting installed when I got her.

I know I want to do a lot of this remodel myself, but I cannot do this alone. The kitchen is odd and small and requires custom made cabinets to pull it off. I have collected magazine clipping for 30 years of kitchens that I liked. I one day a few years back sat down with a pile of magazine pages and finally cut out the inspirations that I loved and pasted them to a vision board. (I might note this was before Pinterest) Boy hasn’t that made that rather old fashioned!

I knew just who to call. My dear friend Frank. I’ve seen his work before and we get along great, plus I can describe most things to him and he gets it. So he looks and measures and asks and sketches. Then goes home on his computer and does some magic and returns with some graphics of what the 2 walls will look like. We fine tune it and both go to work doing our parts. Mine being some demo, and finding a new sink, and islan.
I first start by tearing out the uneven plywood floor, and pantry.

Ripping out 3 layers to the original 1978 vinyl.

Ripping out 3 layers to the original 1978 vinyl.

Wow, so many different layers! But I got them all up.

Here is the pantry. Door is removed inside is already started. Marks and plans underway!

Here is the pantry. Door is removed inside is already started. Marks and plans underway!

If you look real close you can see where the cut in on the drywall for the new opening. But all work comes to a halt! We found 220 wiring above there. This means that this part cannot come out without a lot of added expense. So plans will change.
However we have the floor all leveled off now and back to 1978. I posted this photo on Facebook, some how it made me want to put on a pair on hip huggin bell bottoms!

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And the wires from the old island take up temporary residence on the toaster island!

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This is post sure has a lot of Harvest Gold in it! Stay tuned we have more exciting things to come….

Hugs

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