Monday, August 29, 2011

Coffee Sack Ottoman How To

Hey there, Happy Monday to you.  First, I'd like to say that I hope any of our readers who were/are in Hurricane Irene areas are all doing okay.  You've all been in my thoughts and prayers....

Remember all those coffee sacks I picked up at the farm supply store?  Well, I decided to use some of them to make a slipcover for an ottoman I built and I am so stinkin' happy with the results!
I love this thing!  And considering I didn't really have a plan and just kinda created as I went along, I'm so happy that the end result was the way I saw it in my head and not a big pile of junk.
I wanted to make it as inexpensively as possible so the only thing I bought was two 2 x 4's for the frame and 4 castors.  I started out by making the frame with the 2 x 4's.  This is the frame I came up with.
I ran out of 2 x 4's during the process, so, I used some scrap wood we had in our shed.  My frame measurements were 24" width and length, and 18" high.  After finishing the frame, I needed to find something to attach to the sides.  I didn't want to buy anything, so again, I used something we already had, which happened to be these wood strips that I had purchased for my Father's Day gift for my hubby.  Plywood would work just as well.  The goal here was to spend as little as possible to make this and use things I already had.

I attached those all around the frame with a nail gun leaving about an inch space between each one.  There was no reason for that, I was just trying to make sure I had plenty to cover the entire frame.
Next up was the top.  Since this was an ottoman, the top needed to be strong enough to sit on and those lattice strips aren't strong enough to hold a person, so, I used some thick maple scraps I had laying around from making bread boards.  I attached those with a nail gun, as well.  I'm actually starting to be able to use the nail gun by myself without being terrified uncomfortable.
I really wanted to put castor wheels on this because, well, I love castors and being able to easily move a piece of heavy furniture around if I need to is a bonus.  So, I headed to Lowe's and found these.
I really liked the copper/bronze look and thought they would pair nicely with the coffee sack that I was planning to use.  And they only cost 5.69 for a pair. 
After attaching the castors, I brought it inside to finish.  I wanted the ottoman to have some cushion to it, so, I wrapped it in medium loft batting.
Next I measured out the sides and top and cut the appropriate pieces from the coffee sacks.  For the top, I used canvas drop cloth instead of burlap coffee sack.  Burlap isn't soft and I wanted the top to be comfy in case we wanted to rest our feet and legs up there.

After measuring and cutting all the fabric for each section, I placed the fabric on the ottoman, inside out and pinned.  Then I removed it and sewed and then gave it a good ironing.  Sorry, I didn't get a photo of the sewing part, I was trying to get it done before it was time to start dinner.  

And that's it!  I can't tell you how excited I was when I slipped the slipcover over the frame and it fit!!  I'm still new to sewing my own slipcovers. :)  I chose to make a loose slipcover, instead of actually attaching the fabric to the frame with a staple gun, because I preferred the loose casual slipcover look for this project better.  I am LOVING this ottoman!  And the castors peeking out from the bottom are a fun addition.
I'm not the best at tutorials, but I hope these instructions are clear enough should you want to make one for yourself.  :)  And if I just confused you, you can always contact me with questions and I will help as best I can! 
I am huntin' for some pretty fabrics for fall to change out the pillows on the couch for the fall season.  I can't wait!
Hope you have a great day!

P.S.  More mini bread boards sets are listed in my Etsy Shop!  And I've designed and made a new large one.  I'll be sharing that with you later this week.  It is the perfect companion to the mini sets!  Take care and be safe! :)

Linking up with TLC today!  Come join the fun!  It's a party!
The Lettered Cottage

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall Sneak Peek

Hey there!  I just couldn't hold out any longer.  I'm so anxious for fall decorating that I decided to spruce up a little corner in the den for the upcoming change in season.  I was inspired by this gorgeous, dark green throw at Ikea.  The rich dark color is perfect for fall and the cozy blanket invites you to snuggle up with it and watch a good movie with someone you love.  I just had to have it!  I thought it would be perfect with our white arm chair in the den.
The dark green color is scrumptious, and the perfect back drop to the new pillow I made from the coffee sack jackpot I got the other day.
I picked up 14 burlap coffee sacks at my local farm supply store this past weekend for around 15 bucks!!  Got all kinds of projects planned for those.  So, if you are looking for some, check out your local farm stores.
I think this might be my new favorite corner in the house!
And I love this pillow and olive throw together with the crisp white chair so much!  I'm gonna have to make more of them!  The pillows aren't the most comfortable thing to lean on so we just throw them in the floor when we sit in the chair.  But they sure are pretty to look at, aren't they?
I can't wait for fall!  The gorgeous array of deep rich colors, the piles of pretty leaves, cooler nights, Halloween, football, yummy comfort food, the scent of pumpkin spice scented candles burning all around the house and cuddling up with your family.  That's what fall is to me.  What about you?
Happy almost weekend!  :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Guest Bathroom Project Inspiration

Howdy!  Hubby came home the other day with a couple of vintage music magazines and I LOVE them.  Everyone in our family is a huge music fan so these were pretty special.
Check out the date......1936 and 37!  How cool is that?   And they are full of all kinds of wonderful vintage ads.
 And sheet music, of course.
I thought they were so interesting and unique but I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with them, until I saw this.
We have a guest bathroom off of our kitchen in the laundry room that is very neglected as far as decorating goes.  I saw this pic in my recent issue of Pottery Barn and was instantly inspired to do my own version with the pages from these beautiful vintage music magazines and since it's a tiny bathroom, they will work perfectly.  I've got some really neat things in mind and I'm excited to give our overlooked guest bathroom a little TLC.  Oh, I love a project!

Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Console Table Handcrafted By Dad, A Craft Project & Bread Boards

Hi there!  How was your weekend?  I finished up working on a table that my dad made for me before he passed away.  I painted it white and put it in my dining room.  After he finished building it, he had a little gold tab engraved and attached it underneath the top.  It says, "Handcrafted by Dad".  :)  Here's a look.......
 I'm so happy with it!  
I wanted to put something fun and different on it and since I've seen lots of projects lately involving spray painting glass jars, I decided to do a version for myself.

I had an old set of glass milk bottles that were just hiding away in a cabinet.  They were beautiful but the glass was so old that they were pretty scuffed and etched so I thought they would be the perfects candidates for painting.

I bought some foam stickers from a craft store and stuck those on the bottles.  I used numbers with special meaning, sentimental letters and did one that said milk, just for fun.   I primed them first with Valspar white primer before recoating with Valspar white spray paint and a clear glossy sealer.  The other color is also by Valspar and is called soft grey.  Here's what they looked like when I was finished.
I LOVE the way the spray paint made the letters on the milk bottles stand out.
Hope everyone has a great Monday!

P.S.  I have listed 8 sets of mini bread boards in my Etsy Shop and 8 burlap bread board bags.  :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Desk for Master Bedroom and a Vintage Mirror

Hello!  My hubby came home the other day with a beautiful vintage mirror and an old black desk with wonderful old wooden castors.  Here's a look at them....aren't they lovely?  So much character....
Turns out it was perfect timing.  Originally, I had planned to put our computer and all the equipment that goes with it in our living room on the new desk I built, however, we ran into cable issues and putting a computer in there wasn't going to work.
But, I didn't want to move the new desk out of it's perfect little place in the corner of the living room, so, I painted the old black desk white and put it in our master bedroom.   I sure hope that makes sense to someone other than me! :)

Here's the old desk after I painted it white and the beautiful mirror....
Worked out perfectly and we already had this old chippy aqua chair that we picked up at a flea market.  I just think the mirror is so beautiful.  I love the little flowers etched into the glass around the edge.  I tied a piece of rope to the back of the mirror to the wire that was already there and then attached an oil rubbed bronze hook that I picked up at Lowe's for a couple of bucks and voila, a pretty piece of wall art!
It amazes me how well my hubby knows me and what I will love when he's out pickin'.  He brings home the best things and the excitement he has when he's unloading his truck just makes me smile and warms my heart.  Love this man so much......
*sigh*   Anyway...... :)
Love this room!
The other side of the room is where I'm putting the table I worked on last weekend.  We are currently looking for some fun things to put on it other than my sewing machine.   Several months ago, hubby came home with TWO of these.

At the time, I didn't know where I would put them and we are short on storage space, so he sold them!  Sure wish I had one of them now!  Oh well..... :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homemade Brioche and Fig Jam

Hey there!  How is everyone?  Our summer vacation has come to an end which means the kids are back in school.  For me, that means a bit of adjusting and a little sadness.  I really miss my kids during the day when they head back to school.  We spend so much time together during the summer and I enjoy it so much that I really dislike the beginning of another school year.

So today, I decided to do something that always makes me happy because it brings up such special memories with my youngest, who loves to be in the kitchen with me.  When he was younger, he loved to help me bake bread and we had so much fun together in the kitchen. 

Brioche is a favorite of my kids and a bread that is hard to find where I live so several years ago, I learned how to bake it myself with a lot of practice.  I follow Ina Garten's recipe for brioche rolls and just make loaves out of it and let me tell ya, if you have a stand mixer, it isn't hard at all.  It also freezes perfectly so I put a loaf in the freezer for later.

You throw the ingredients into your mixer the night before and after the dough is all kneaded and gooey, put it into a large buttered bowl and stick it in the refrigerator for the night.  The next day, let that sit at room temperature for an hour.  Divide in half, shape each half into a 6" x 8" rectangle and roll up.  Place each one seam side up in two greased loaf pans.
Let them rise for a few hours till doubled in volume.
Then brush with an egg wash, which is one egg and 1 tablespoon of milk mixed together.  It will make the top of the bread golden and beautiful.
My bread was perfectly risen but when I went to brush on the egg wash, I guess I wasn't gentle enough with the pastry brush cause it deflated the bread a bit.  So after it baked, I had flat top bread.  :)  But, it's all good, it still tastes the same.
I took this outside this afternoon for a quiet little snack by myself on this cute little rattan tray with matching cloche.  If you haven't tried this fig jam, you definitely should.  It's so good!  And it went perfectly with the warm brioche.  My kids will be so excited to see this yummy treat when they get home from school today and I will be so happy to see their smiling faces! 

Have a great day!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekend Project and Yes, More Bread Boards

Happy Monday everyone!  I worked on a fun little project this weekend.  Last weekend when we scored the gorgeous sideboard for our dining room, we also picked up this cute table.
I am a sucker for tables and can hardly ever turn my back on them.  It needed a few minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint, as well as, a fresh coat of polyurethane on the top.  Here's how it looks now.
 I love it!  Don't worry, it isn't staying in the dining room.  It will be the perfect sewing table for making my burlap bread board bags.  Currently, I sew on the floor.  Not much fun but my sewing machine was my grandmothers and doesn't have a very long cord so I can't use the dining room table.  I'm moving it into a little corner in our bedroom where I work on projects.  Stay tuned for that project reveal soon!

I also worked on a table my dad built for me that I hadn't had a chance to work on yet.  It is going in my dining room.  It's one of my favorite pieces that he built for me because he had his name engraved underneath it.  Stay tuned for that one, too.

And last but not least....I've got more sets of bread boards listed in my Etsy shop!

Have a great day friends! :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Burlap Bread Board Bags

Hi!  Happy day to you!  Finished up with a burlap drawstring bag for my bread boards and I have to say that I think it's the cutest little thing!  Get ready for a lot of photos! ;)
I really wanted something lovely to keep my special boards in and at the same time, I wanted to make the bag pretty special, too.
The bag is made from 100% burlap and the drawstring is natural hemp twine.  I stenciled the initials of my Etsy shop, Vintage Home Designs, on my bag, but for anyone who wants this bag and purchases it from my shop, I will put any initials or numbers you would like, with a limit of four.  I thought it would also be special to put your child's birth month, or you and your sweetie's anniversary month.   Or, if they are a gift, you could request the initials of the person you are buying it for.  Wouldn't that make the recipient feel pretty special!
I can only do up to 4 letters or numbers.  This bag will be listed in my Etsy shop for $10 + 4.95 shipping.   I will be setting it up as a custom pre order listing so convo me on Etsy to let me know what monogram or numbers you would like after you purchase the bag.
They look great sitting in the kitchen or you could hang them from a hook or put on a pretty shelf in the dining room.  I love their rustic feel and anyone who reads my blog knows that I LOVE that, and hope you will, too. :)
And for those of you who have purchased walnut boards, they will fit perfectly in these bags, as well!  We are desperately huntin' for some rough walnut so I can start making those boards for you again.
 The bag measures 9 1/2" x 14 1/2".   If you're interested, hop on over to my Etsy shop!

Have a great weekend!