Sunday, November 6, 2011

fabulous fabric

My mum came to stay with us a couple of weeks ago all the way from Manchester (UK). It was so brilliant to see her and spend time just hanging out. She came bearing gifts - this beautiful quilt she made for us. I really really love it and it must have taken her ages. How lucky am I?

I love the bright colours against our plain neutral sofas. We spent a lot of time whilst she was here at various fabric stores like Jo-ann's - evidently fabric is much better value in the US so mum stocked up on pieces for upcoming projects.

Unlike my mum however, I am pretty much a sewing novice. To date, my projects had been limited to wood and repainting and a touch of reupholstering - I haven't sewn anything from scratch yet. But at least I'm one step closer - I now own a sewing machine, gulp.

It's a very basic model which is perfect for me and the too long curtains in the bedroom have now finally been properly hemmed and look far neater than my previous hand stitch *pats myself on back*

I want to make covers for some sofa toss pillows and I've pinned a whole load of fabrics I love on pinterest but there are too many, how do I choose?!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

the $12 console table and that ooooops paint

So I found a nice little project to use that bargain ooops paint on - a bargain console table in salvation army for $12.50.
The lid is hinged and lifts open and has storage but we're just going to use it as a table in our bedroom I think (currently zero furniture other than our bed and nightstands).
The lid was marked so I power sanded that and then sanded the legs by hand. A couple of coats of primer, 2 coats of the semi-gloss ooooops paint and some pure white inside and it was done. SO good to have a simple project to do, especially after those chairs - I was done in a afternoon practically. YEY.
I like the thin rim of white showing around the lid - what do you think?