Throw Pillows & Bedroom ‘Before’

As we finish one DIY project for Kaleigh’s room, another is about to begin. So I thought it would be fun to give you a ‘before’ with all the pillow forms in place . The next time you see them they will be covered in the fabric Kaleigh has selected, which I showed you here.

Here is how we marked the pillow forms so I know what to cover each one with.

Can you tell this is a working list in progress?

Let’s start with the bed.

If you use the legend above you will see the three Euro pillows are slated to be beige burlap…

The two 16x16s in front of them will be in the gold fabric that is on the pine chest…

And then the long narrow 19×9 will be covered in the turquoise fabric.

Can you see the graduated colour of the turquoise? I think this will be really effective on the long narrow pillow.

You can see the pillows on the pine chest are also tagged. Here is a full shot of that area.

The pillows tagged in bright pink are slated to be covered in black burlap…

And the middle one in the turquoise fabric. They are stacked the way K thinks she wants them to be, but we’ll see how that goes once everything is finished. The poster, ‘A Fire Inside’ is Kaleigh’s long-time favorite band, AFI, and she wants this hung above the pine chest.

Are you keeping track of how many pillows have to be covered so far? If you counted 9, you’re right. There will be 14 in total, and here’s where the other five are.

These are going to be covered, three in the turquoise and two in the gold fabric, and placed alternatingly on the sofa.

This star might be sprayed out as well, but Kaleigh’s not sure what colour yet.

She’s thinking of hanging it in her ensuite, but she might opt to have it in her main space instead. So the colour decision will have to wait until the rest of the projects are completed for her room.

And then there’s the TV stand… and no, this isn’t it!

We have found the perfect piece and will be re-purposing it to hold the TV and conceal the PVR. It will be a major project for me, and a whole new blog post… or two! We’re really excited about this project and I can’t wait to let you in on the story behind it! Kaleigh will be working with me, so this will truly be a labour of love times two!

And on this wall we’re thinking of stacking the bulletin boards…

But we won’t know for sure until everything else is in place… well everything other than the TV stand. And we don’t know if we’ll be doing something fun and funky with the bulletin boards or not. Kaleigh already knows what she’s putting on them, and she assures me they’ll be fully covered!

So here is one more look into the room as it waits for each project to be completed…

We’ll be keeping an eye out for artwork and other things to complete the look, but next up are the pillows, all 14 of them, for re-covering! Am I crazy, or would you take on 14 pillows at once, too?

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

Function as a Feature: DIY Your Own Coat Rack!

What do you do when your search for a unique off-the-shelf item turns up empty?

I was working on a space that required a coat rack for its open concept entry, also the client seating area. As I began the sourcing process, it didn’t take long before I realized this item would be difficult to find, at least to find one ‘off-the-shelf’ that met all the criteria: a wall-mount; the right length; priced within budget; and unique, with visual character.

So you can imagine, how excited I was when I discovered a metal wall-mount shelf, technically a baker’s rack, and wondered if the slatted shelf would work in place of an actual rod for the hangers. A quick demo had me thinking this might just work.

As it turned out, when I held the unit against the wall the depth of the shelf was not quite enough for a hanger to fully clear the wall. However, the scroll detail on the sides of the rack opened up a whole new possibility for creative success. I could envision a rod resting in the scrolls, but would this really work? And how could I mount the rack so that the rod was far enough away from the wall to accommodate the hangers, and at the same time maintain its visual integrity?

Off to see Dad, my resourceful project partner.

After taking into consideration the criteria I mentioned earlier, Dad came up with a mounting solution that not only worked, but that was nearly invisible to the eye, and stayed within the budget!

DIY Coat Rack

If you look closely you will see shorter vertical pieces behind the frame the scroll is fastened to. These are pieces of box steel, 1″ in diameter that have been attached to the original frame. The box steel managed to bring the whole unit away from the wall just enough for the hangers to clear. The steel pieces were spray painted to match, and the ends were capped off with standard chair leg caps. A piece of clear Plexiglas was cut to fit on the rack and provide a solid shelf, as well as protection for coats hung below. And the rod, a piece of doweling stained to compliment, was secured into place with screws to keep it from sliding out of the scroll. The screws were camouflaged with wooden buttons stained to match the doweling.

DIY Coat Rack

So what do you think? What would you do if you couldn’t find what you’re looking for? I’m dying to know!

Oh, BTW, the rock mat is also a little DIY. I took two prefabricated stone mats, and placed them on a rubber-backed runner with the rubberized side up, and the carpet side down. This way the carpet protected the floor, and the rubber back acted like a vapor barrier between any drips from wet coats and the hardwood beneath. Isn’t it fun to stretch function in this way?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

Take Your Coat Off and Stay A While

Not long ago we had company joining us for a weekend, and with the anticipation of their arrival came the ‘extra’ tidying, tweaking, and putting things in order to welcome them. Our home is compact and its space maximized to the limit, so I decided we needed hooks where our guests could hang their jackets. With a bare wall in the foyer crying out for some attention, I had the perfect spot. Now all I had to do was find the perfect hooks…

This turned out to be easier said than done – yes, there are hooks in all shapes and sizes, but nothing leapt out at me as unique or different; none were really ‘perfect’. Not until I popped into Nancy’s Fashion & Furnishings – a very tiny boutique right here in Ladysmith. Who would have known? Voila! Tucked here and there throughout the store were the perfect decorative hooks, and even better, in a few different shapes and sizes!

Here’s what I chose in the end.

Next… the search for a piece of reclaimed wood to mount them on. And this proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. So, off to see my Dad. He has a little shop with all kinds of odds ‘n ends, and not only is he awesome, he’s also a great project partner. Next question, would he take on this project with me?

The answer. Dad not only took on the project with me, he actually did the project for me! He tore the spruce plank to the thickness needed, set to work lightly distressing it, and then did some stain samples for the colour. I chose red mahogany in the end, because I wanted the hooks to stand out, but I also wanted the look to work with the hall table.

Here is the finished masterpiece!

I would love to do a full-scale make-over in the foyer, but this is a rental home, so I shall save that for another time. In the mean time… welcome to our home. Take your coat off and stay a while!

Thanks for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!