Friday, April 26, 2013

My Office

Well I barely made into the finals of the Sewing contest! Yea! So here's my project for the finals! Please click here to vote!

This room was originally used as a sewing room before we had kids, then it was a nursery for my first baby, then a toddlers bedroom, then a storage room for my work stuff. Now that my new work studio is done, I needed to find a new purpose for this room. My sister in law suggested making it an office. I loved the idea...somewhere to put all the papers, bills, books, craft supplies, etc.

Chair---BEFORE- I picked up this chair from the free pile behind my favorite thrift store in Heber, Ut.  The ottoman I had kicking around. I just picked up the floor lamp from the SLC flea Market last weekend! Camille gave me the black lamp shade--which was a little too fancy for the room, so I slipcovered that too.

AFTER---gray houndstooth on chair. I wanted to keep the detail on the inside back, so I highlighted it with piping.

I debated forever on the pillow!!!! I ended up making it reversible with my two favorite options. Pieced on the front with mustard piping, and chevron on back.

I got my curtain fabric from

I went with a self lined 5.5" skirt with kick pleats on corners. I liked the shorter skirt on this chair.

I went with a black fabric with white chenille textured pull out the black in the curtains.

I picked up some accessories at the local thrift stores. I love all the industrial stuff.

I slipcovered the chevron lampshade on the desk. I picked up both set of bookshelves from the thrift store as well as the mirror.

I got the desk off, I like rustic mixed with industrial. I wanted to bring some dark wood into the space.

close up of piping detail and pieced pillow.

I got my rug from Rugs USA

Don't forget to vote! There are gift cards for fabric and patterns for the prizes.....and I would love to WIN! Thanks

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Sewing Contest week #3

Well the sewing contest continues!

I made it to week #3! Yea! This week the project is supposed to be something for me (Womens Clothing or accessories). Click here to vote!

Here's my project!
Newsboy Hat

I was inspired to make this hat after I tried to crochet a hat at a church activity. It was taking forever and my hand hurt from holding the crochet hook....and it looked REALLY bad! I thought I could make a hat out of fabric and sew it in 1/4 of the time. I started drafting the pattern, and through trial and error, I was able to get it right. The hat consists of 6 triangle pieces, brim, and band. I lined it, so no seams show. All the seams are topstitched, and there's elastic at the back for a better fit (which is enclosed between the lining and outside fabric). This hat can be fully reversible.

CLick here to vote!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Drop Cloth Chair

My client wanted to redo her chenille chair because the nap was wearing off and looked worn. She chose to use drop cloth.


 Chair--AFTER--still love those english rolled arms, they are my favorite.

All the other pieces in her room had exposed legs, so we decided to mix it up and put a skirt on the chair.

Side note--

A few weeks ago we headed to Moab for spring break and camped for 3 nights, and hiked in Arches National Park. Our boys are growing one needed to be carried for the first time EVER!!!!

This past weekend, I headed to Los Angeles with my sister and Camille. We had a girls weekend and went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. It was super cool! Tons of stuff and tons of people. We spent the weekend shopping, riding bikes, laughing, eating ding dongs in bed, hot tubbing, running (if a 1 mile run counts), and hanging out on the beach.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Sewing Contest Week #2---Orange Zebra Chair

WEEK #2 of sewing contest (For the Home). Click here to vote for your 2 favorite projects!

My client got this hand me down chair from her husbands aunt. It's been sitting in the corner of her basement.

Chair--BEFORE--a bit dated and stained.

Chair--AFTER-- She picked this great orange zebra fabric and some turquoise fabric for pillows.

We thought it would be best to keep the legs showing...since the fabric felt more modern and funky. She may paint the legs turquoise. I loved that they had the little brass caps on them.

 The chair didn't allow for tuck-ins inside the I decided to run piping down that seam to finish it off.

Since my client was worried about the slipcover shifting and showing underneath--especially since we weren't doing a skirt. I did a 1.5" casing around the base and cinched it tight with a cord and tied it around the back leg. This way it won't go anywhere, which is good because the original fabric is slippery.


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Work Studio

This project was inspired by the show, "Love it or List it". I was watching one of the episodes and my mind started thinking of what I could do to my house to make it function better. I had this idea a few years build a new garage and convert the existing garage into a bigger front room/ kitchen area, but I could never justify the cost ($25,000). 

BUT...... I could justify it if it was for a new work room. A work room that could pay for itself.  I was super excited about the idea (1st weekend in November). I called Heber at work that night and pitched the idea of not having to carry furniture down to my work room in the basement, and not using a spare bedroom upstairs to hold chairs until I was ready to work on them, and not taking up his parking space with more furniture in the garage. 

All he said was...."sure sounds good, let's do it." We both didn't know what we were in for....3 months of remodeling in the dead of winter, and NUMEROUS trips to Home Depot and unexpected costs, and frustrations.

Side of house---BEFORE---Fence and Willow tree needed to be removed as well as a section of concrete driveway.

Our neighbor has a dump truck and a back hoe, so he came and helped out.

This was a few days before Thanksgiving---the weather was still great and we were able to prep the area for the cement pad for the new garage that we were having built by A-Shed. We figured we'd pay someone else to build the new garage while we worked on converting the old garage. 

The boys were all a huge help taking down the tree. We planted this tree when I was pregnant with my first baby---it has grown huge over the past 12 years and shaded the garden area too much. SO I didn't feel too bad taking it out, the space will be more useful as a garage.

Two weeks after Thanksgiving the cement pad was poured. We had also started to make progress on the conversion. I removed the garage door, and we removed all the sheetrock inside to prep for framing, electrical and duct work to be done.

New 19' x 26'garage built by A-shed on Dec. 18th. They installed the garage door the next day. This went up in a day! Fully built, shingled, and painted in 6 or 7 hours by 5 or 6 guys! Completely worth the money ($15, 700 which included gutters, electrical, all materials, garage door, and openers).

Inside of old garage---tons of potential. 10' ceilings, 2 large windows, lots of natural light, and I can load furniture from the driveway.

I was pretty proud of myself--I figured out how to disassemble this whole door and removed it mostly on my own---and I sold it for $125 on

My dad came to help frame the new walls inside the concrete stem walls and frame in the french doors.

AFTER---French doors with new stucco. We had them re-stucco the whole side of the house so it would not look patched.

These were some pretty cold the teens. Luckily Heber's buddy lent us a huge propane heater that blew tons of warm air to keep the space somewhat heated while my dad and Heber worked.

The french doors were framed in and set on Dec. 18th--the same day the new garage was built. It was an exciting day for me!

New walls were framed on the three exterior sides...leaving us with double thick walls for tons of insulation. We installed R-30 unfaced with R-13 faced to fill the 12" thick walls. This was after we hired an electrician to run all the new outlets and cut four can lights and get wires ready for a chandelier to be hung in the center of the room over my cutting table.

At this point we also extended the duct work from the home through the attic space and did 3 registers and 1 return. Heber's buddy from the fire station helped him draw up what we would need and gave him a hand for a day and got it done.

We also decided to hire out the sheetrock and tape and mud. Worth the $ of not having to borrow a trailer and load all the sheetrock and try to keep it dry on the drive home on slushy roads, and then try to install it ourselves. We paid $1100 for the materials and labor. Materials alone were going to cost us $500---so I figured for $600 more Heber could have a few weeks off.

Now onto the stairs....small concrete steps that go into the kitchen from the work room.

My dad drew up some plans to make a larger/ safer landing and stairs. He even stopped at Home Depot on the way out and picked up what we needed, to save us a trip to Home Depot.

We framed around the concrete steps.....kind of like a slipcover over the stairs.

I was planning on painting the steps and doors a mossy green, so we were able to use MDF as the top step and real wood tread for the second stair.

Stairs and door painted. I primed with Gripper brand primer, and then painted 2 coats of green, and about 4 coats of polyeurthene. Before this... we painted the walls gray (Woodsmoke by Gliden).

Next Heber installed all the outlets (electricians just did the rough install), and our friend Jared helped hang the Chandelier that I bought off for $50.

Oh and then we had to do some self- leveling....11 bags @$30/ bag. It's not perfect, but it was the best we could do with the sloping garage floor. Originally is sloped 4" from one end to the other. We were able to raise it to be only a 2" difference. Self leveling is only supposed to be used up to 1".

Then we laid the grey 12mm laminate floor. Heber and I finished 2/3rds of it and then he had to go back to work. I was anxious to see the whole thing done---So my 12 yr old son helped me lay the last 1/3 of it...chop saw and all!  I was pretty proud of myself and him! 

At this point, I was starting to see the end that was in sight. We bought 3" pine boards and stained them with Walnut stain and used them as baseboards. I like the rustic look. We removed the white door, and had a sliding barn door installed---so I can close off the work room from the kitchen when I want to.

This is my curtain blue and white linen. 

Front room BEFORE barn door install

Front room AFTER Barn door install. We got the barn door hardware from Kong Sheds. We also paid for them to install....well worth the $120.

Yes, that is a large scratch in the door---it's character right? I like character and rustic things. Kong Sheds did an AWESOME job!

I got the door from ReStore for $50 (I talked them down from $100) and managed to fit it in the back of  my friends SUV.
M'am that's not going to fit...."Really?....I've got 4" to spare!"

Barn door goes into my new work studio!

My running partner cringes at my white baskets under my cutting table...but until I find some cool large wood or metal crates....they are going to have to work.

New Work Studio--AFTER

Found my mossy green fish and tackel box at DI---I keep all my buttons, needles, and trinkets in it.

Found this dresser at Savers for $10!!! I did nothing to it...LOVE IT! I fit it in the trunk of my husbands Hyundai Sonata and tied it in with some piping. "M'am that's not going to fit!"...."Can you just help me lift it in?"
Heber's Sonata....I started my business in this car 12 years ago...I usually know what's going to fit. (Don't worry this chair was mine...not a clients). Now I have a 5x8 enclosed trailer and an SUV. Gotta start somewhere, right?

Found this great hutch on for $175---love the dark wood. It stores a bunch of my thread, zippers, and fabric

Loved the Hardware.

We stained pine boards with "Dark Walnut" stain from Minwax....Easiest trim job ever! Staining is tons faster than painting.

LONG STORY SHORT------Here's the Main before and after pic

Before---2 car garage

AFTER--- 500 sq. ft work studio (sewing room)

AFTER----Outside of house--

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