DIY Project: Pine Chest Revealed!

If you read my post yesterday, you will know what the pine chest revealed is all about! But if you missed it, you can read about it here.

So to pick up where I left off…

This is the staple gun that I’m the proud new owner of. In the past I’ve borrowed my Dad’s, but hubby decided it was time we had one of our own so we can do more projects like this one 😉

It’s always a little stressful committing to that first staple…

But so far so good.

Lots of tugging and pulling going on, but only with the fabric! Seriously. Hubby is a great helper 🙂

And Kaleigh is a great sport!

She’s liking the progress so far.

Finally all the edges are stapled tight.

We had to check and double check to make sure there was no rippling on the front because of the lining in between. And we also had to make sure the pattern was going on straight.

Now the moment of truth…

Will the hardware fit properly? We opted to cover over the screws and then cut openings for them to poke through the fabric. So I was concerned the nut wouldn’t have enough room to really tighten up properly on each screw.

But everything worked perfectly.

Even the fabric is straight!

Here is another look at the ‘before’…

And here is the ‘after’…

We wanted to add nailhead trim in gold or burnished gold to the edge, but I wasn’t able to find any before this project got underway. We decided to carry on and will add the trim later… unless Kaleigh decides she likes the chest this way without it.

For now she says she likes it the way it is.

What do you think? Add the nailhead trim or leave it the way it is? To give you the full picture, Kaleigh plans to have a few throw pillows on top of the chest…

So what’s next? If you guessed throw pillows, you guessed right!

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DIY Project: Re-covering Lid of Pine Chest

Let the projects begin!

Do you remember the fabrics that Kaleigh picked for her room? If not here’s another look.

The gold has been selected to re-cover the lid of her pine chest and also a few throw pillows. But the pine chest is up first.

Here’s a look at it before the work begins.

This chest was made for Kaleigh by my parents. There is a bit of sentimental value to it because the pine is actually left over from the vaulted ceiling of the home we built on the Charlottes, and the fabric… well it’s left over from an antique chair my Mom refinished. Let’s just say the fabric is better suited for the antique chair 😉

Kaleigh originally used this chest for a toy box, but since she’s long outgrown toys, she stores her off-season shoes in it.

On to the project. I started on it yesterday by taking the lid off the chest.

For some reason I thought the lid was attached with a piano hinge, but this is what I discovered instead. And it was harder than I thought to loosen the hardware so I could remove the lid.

I’m going to re-cover over the existing fabric and was hoping to get away without a lining between it and the new fabric. But the white didn’t pop the way it should, so I have to line it 🙁

And working that out took up a bunch of time…

Because I wanted to sew the lining to the new fabric… even though I know this will make it tricky to install without any wrinkles or creases.

So there was a lot of measuring and ironing involved.

And this is where I got to last night. The sewing part is done… just ignore the light ripples. The piece does actually lay flat.

Today I’m hoping to finish re-covering the lid, and put the chest back together again.

So watch for the ‘after’ photos. They will be coming!

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Don Cherry In Décor

Who wore it better?

Don Cherry:

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Or the Occasional Chair:

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What do you think?

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When you think outside of the box your world doubles in size. There are so many things you can multi-purpose, or better yet, repurpose into something completely new. All you need is a little inspiration mixed with your own unique creativity, and voilà, you have your very own one-of-a-kind!

So, what would you do with this fabric? Would you wear it, or dress your home with it? Or both?

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KRAVET: Did you know…

Last night as part of the Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists & ReDesigners Group (VISSR) I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Kravet regional representative Brenda Marks.

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Brenda’s depth of knowledge was incredible! There was so much to take in all at once, that I’m still in processing mode. Seriously. But I thought I’d try to share a few of the highlights with you anyway.

We learned what the latest trends, fabric blends and patterns are, what’s hot on the horizon for 2012, and what has lived its life. And guess what. Like it or not, beige is here to stay. Imagine how blown away we were to hear that!

Brenda explained that statistically (proven by actual sales) most consumers want some form of beige. Remember, I said ‘most’, not ‘all’. Even though as professionals we head over to the ‘WOW’, edgy mix of colours, our clients for the most part don’t follow suit. And that’s why beige is here to stay – it sells!

The key to keeping beige current is in the selection of colours that go with it, and that’s where Kravet and fabric design comes in. For example, the pattern trend for 2011 is ikat in the same colour…

Like this blue and white ikat.

Bristow 5

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But the #1 seller is this ikat in gray-taupe-beige.

Bansuri 1611

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Can you see how the beige is accented with taupe in the ikat pattern, but the background is actually gray? It’s in this way, through the fabric design, that beige is kept current.

Tip: in case you’re wondering, ikat is pronounced ‘e-cot’. Brenda clarified this based on Kravet’s research of the correct pronunciation.

In spite of the beige persistence, colour is huge and is the #1 trend in motion. Have you seen Kravet’s home page on their website?

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Most of these pillows are shown in ‘Modern Colours’ from Kravet Couture, and it’s just a taste of what you’ll be seeing more of… but you won’t find these at the retail level. Kravet fabrics are supplied to you through your design professional. Watch for colour and pattern trends in 2012 – yes, that’s right, 2012 – to surface in bright, bold jewel tones, especially blue, and in variations of the suzani pattern, which are large round medallian-like patterns.

Tip: the incoming colour palette is referred to as the Floridian palette, and the large suzani patterns are intended for WOW impact on small-scale items like pillows, not large pieces like sofas.

Hot, hot trend alert #3 is wallpaper. Have you noticed that wallpaper is starting to pop up everywhere? Who would’ve guessed we’d see this trend again! But gone are the dreaded patterned papers of the past. If you haven’t seen or felt a Kravet wallcovering, you really must. These are just two examples taken from Kravet’s online samples. It really is worth seeing their selection for yourself.

 

And they’re not only beautiful to look at, but also to the touch. Thick, heavy-weight, and huge attention to detail. Some actually have the pattern stitched on. Kravat’s wallcoverings are truly an art form worthy of framing. In fact, if you aren’t quite sold on the returning trend of wallpaper why not warm up to it this way?

Tip: If you’re interested in a wallcovering, you can request a sample on-line for free. It will take about 3 days to arrive.

And just a few other things that we learned…

  1. Spa colours are no longer a trend; they outlasted the ‘trend’ by 3 years, and have now become a lifestyle colour palette.
  2. Chenile is the top upholstery cloth of choice; it is strong, and even tops velvet for preferred upholstery fabric.
  3. In spite of their opposite sheens, silk and linen can always be put together and will look fantastic every time.
  4. Best use for wallcoverings, but not limited to, are the foyer, powder room, and master bedroom; however, don’t do this all in one home or it will be too much.

Did you know that Canada’s very own Candice Olson teamed up with Kravet a few years ago, and together they bring us the Candice Olson for Kravet Collections?

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The collection is gorgeous, and of course, very ‘Candice’. There are so many beautiful options, it’s hard to pick a favorite, from either the fabrics or the wallcoverings.

But if I had to select one that I think really feels like Candice, it would be this wallcovering.

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It’s modern, classy, and has some shine. Candice always has sparkle and shine in her designs, and I can only imagine how fabulous a room would be with this on the walls. What do you think?

These are just some of the highlights from the world of Kravet. As I mentioned in the beginning, I’m still in processing mode! I really recommend you take a moment to go to their website and see all their amazing options for yourself. And if you’re interested, you can sign up to receive their blog, ‘Inspired Talk‘, or like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, You Tube, etc. The choice is yours!

How do you feel about bright, bold jewel tones? Do you have a favorite? Are you relieved or dismayed to learn that beige is here to stay… in one form or another? Do you like wallpaper? How about large patterns? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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