Showing posts with label Fabric. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fabric. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Master Bedroom Bedding

A couple months ago, we got new master bedroom bedding, including a new comforter.  This is my first real down comforter, and I love it so far.  I chose a white comforter to brighten the space even more.

White Comforter in Master Bedroom
I really love the texture on the cover.  Easy way to hide wrinkles!

White Comforter
The bedroom space is lacking in any real decorating.  I’m still unsure how I want to decorate the room. I do know I want the space to be bright, relaxing and airy.

Master Bedroom
We hung up some some framed art we had in the laundry room of our old house.  I still don’t like it for the space, but it is better than nothing on any walls.

Master Bedroom
Do you have a space in your house to can’t figure out how to decorate?

As Always,

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DIY Light Box

I have wanted to make my own light box or light tent for a while now.  Since they are so expensive to buy, I wanted to try to make my own inexpensive version of a light tent.

Make a DIY Light Box or Light Tent -

I finally found a light box tutorial that would work for me.  Be sure to check out Cara’s blog to find out how she made hers.  I used Cara’s light box for inspiration and also used the instructions she linked to in her light box post.

DIY Light Box. Light Tent
Here is what I used:

Light Box Supplies
-1 Cardboard box, I used an unused wardrobe box I had left over from the move.  it is 24” x 24” x 34”.

-Scissors and exacto knife

-Tape (masking tape and I also used white duck tape)

-Glue stick

-White Bristol board or poster board, I used 3 sheets to cover the inside of the box and one sheet to place as the backdrop.

Sheet to cover light box
-Fabric, I used a bed sheet from Wal-Mart, on sale for about $8.00

Clip light

Clamp light for Light Box
-Lights, definitely the most expensive part of the light box.  I had trouble finding the lights I wanted.  I originally wanted 3 smaller reflector lights, similar to the large reflector light I ended up purchasing.  But unfortunately, Home Depot was sold out.  They only had one large clamp light (300 watt max) left, which I snagged.  Then, I also purchased 2 small clip lights (60 watt max).

Light bulb 60w

Light bulb 150w
-Light bulbs, also can be expensive.  I used two 60 watt, daylight (6500K) compact florescent light bulbs in the clip lights.  I used one 150 watt, daylight (6500K) compact florescent bulb in the large clamp light.

Here is how I made my light box:

I measured 2” from all edges, marked with a pencil and cut large holes in the four sides of the box, leaving the 2 inches along the edges of the box intact.  I didn’t cut anything on the bottom and I cut off the flaps of cardboard that make the top.

Light box construction
Next, I lined the inside with 2” strips of white Bristol board, gluing them to the inside of the cardboard box.

Light box construction, taping fabric
After I finished lining with the Bristol board, I started to attach the fabric.  I ironed the bed sheet to get most of the wrinkles out.  I tacked the fabric to the box using masking tape then I used white duck tape to fully secure it.

Light box construction 3
I left the top until last.  I attached the fabric the same way as on the sides.

White Duck Tape
The duck tape worked really well to attach the fabric.  Plus the white duck tape covered up the cardboard box so no writing was showing and the whole box was white.

Use Duck Tape to hold down material

Light Box Completed
Next, I needed to install the lighting.  Tricky.  I used a coffee table we had stashed downstairs to place my light box on to make it easier to take pictures.  I’d like to have something more permanent, but for now my steamer is holding up 2 lights and the kids’ chair is holding up the other light on the opposite side.

Since the large clamp light doesn’t have an on/off switch, I plugged all the lights into a power bar.  This way, I only need to turn on the power bar and all 3 lights come on.

DIY Light Box

Light Box Completed 2

DIY Light Tent

I used the metal piece that came with the wardrobe box to place across the top of the box so the large clamp light could lean on it and not touch the fabric.

Light box inside

So far the light box is working GREAT, last night I was able to take some photos for my shop.  I never would have been able to do that before!  I was always waiting for the perfect sunlight during the day, which really limited when I could take photos.  Now I have a lot more freedom!


Here is how my light box looks currently.

I clipped both the bottom lights to the table below the light box, and they are working well there.  I added a 4th light, which has also helped to decrease shadows.

As Always,

I shared this post at A Bowl Full of Lemons, Clean and Scentsible, Morganize with Me, Satori Design for Living

Monday, February 3, 2014

DIY Drop Cloth Tack Board

When we got our new office furniture a while ago, I wasn’t happy with the tack board that came with it.  The tack board was to be installed underneath the upper shelving, but I hated the pattern on the fabric covering the tack board.  I decided I needed to do something about it.

Office Before

Tack Board before

I cut a piece of canvas drop cloth to cover the tack board with a couple inches extra on the sides to fold over.

9 x 12 Canvas Drop Cloth

Cut Dropcloth

Hot Glue Gun

Using my hot glue gun I folded over the fabric and glued it on the back of the tack board.

Glue down cloth

Make relief cuts in cloth

I found it easier to make relief cuts in the corner because the canvas cloth is so bulky to work with.

Make relief cuts in cloth and glue down

Then I continued until all the sides were glued down.

Back glued down

Next, I stuck on strips of Velcro which would secure it to the office furniture.  And with Velcro, I would be able to take the tack board down in case I ever want to recover it again.

velcro back of tackboard in 6 places

Drop Cloth Tack Board

Office Tackboard After

Office Tackboard After 2

Much better than that crazy patterned fabric.  Since the office furniture is a dark black/brown color, the light colored drop cloth brightens it up a little.  Check out another project I completed using drop cloth.

As Always,

I shared this post at A Bowl Full of LemonsClean and Scentsible, Morganize with Me, Satori Design for Living

Monday, October 28, 2013

Recovering a Footstool

Recovering a Footstool with Dropcloth from
I made this footstool in high school during shop class.  Yep, I used a lathe and everything, but don’t ask me to repeat the process.  I really don’t remember what I learned from that class or any class from high school for that matter!

I have wanted to recover this footstool for a while now as it doesn't really match anything.  Originally, I covered the cushion in a light green fabric.

Footstool before from
I decided to give recovering with canvas drop cloth a try. I turned the footstool over and cut a piece of drop cloth to cover.  After making sure it fit, I quickly made a seam on the edge to prevent fraying.

Cut dropcloth to fit from
Using a staple gun I secured the drop cloth to the bottom of the footstool.

Staple gun from
Now, I know this doesn't look pretty but who really sees the bottom side anyway?

Staple to bottom of footstool from
Just pull the fabric and staple when smooth.  I find it works better to place a staple in the middle and work your way out to the edges with your staple gun.

Bottom of footstool after from
And now the finished top…

Top of footstool after from
Quick and cheap fix.  If I want to change the fabric, it will be easy just to take out the staples and repeat the process with a new patterned fabric.

Footstool After from
As Always,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Slipcovers…

Our old sofa and loveseat found a home in the office/bonus room of our new house.  This old furniture had seen better days.  We purchased it many years ago and was one of the first big purchases my husband and I made together.  It was time to give the poor things an update. 

Here is what our old sofa and loveseat looked like…

Couch Before from

Loveseat Before

I cheated.  I did not make time to sew slipcovers.  I ordered some from (I have not been compensated or paid for this post, I'm just sharing a home solution that has worked for my house).

Upstairs slipcovers

Tuck Once Grips

I also got some “tuck once grips”.  Which are basically 3-sided plastic chunks to stick at the back of the seat cushions and around the sides.  I dislike having to re-tuck and rearrange slipcovers.  Since the kids were going to be using this room, I didn’t want to spend time daily re-tucking or fixing slipcovers or worse... I didn't want the slipcovers to get a loose edge caught on a toy and rip.

Here is the After…

Couch After

Loveseat After

I also decided to try out their futon and lift chair covers.  We have a futon in the basement that is in the kid’s play area.  We also have a lift chair stored in the basement for a family member when they come to visit.

Downstairs slipcovers

Since the futon is located where the kids play, I wanted to protect it and make it easier to clean.

Futon Before

The lift chair is bright red and sticks out like a sore thumb among our other furniture downstairs.  So to make both the futon and chair fit in, I decided to choose a dark brown fabric for both.

Downstairs Chair Before

Here is the After…

Futon After

Downstairs Chair After

So much better!  I’m glad I found a solution that works for us.  I’ve had the slipcovers for a few months now, and they are in great shape and fit well.  I took these pictures right after I took the slipcovers out of their boxes.  The wrinkles in the fabric have fallen out and are no longer there today.

Tell me about your slipcovering stories (homemade or purchased).  I’d love to see pics!

As Always,