It’s been awhile since I’ve done a “Pinterest Made Me Do It” post. I’ve had this one on my mind for awhile, but I just never sat down to do it. Well, no more. I’m calling this baby done.
So, it all started with this photo:
via Pinterest via Babble via Dot Com for Moms
Isn’t that photo cool? Well, I had an idea what they did (went to Staples for an Engineer print), but when I went to the site to check the specifics I realized the site was down. Bummer. Well, I got to thinking about it and just decided to make my own in Photoshop. So today, I have a Photoshop tutorial for making a circle photo print. If you don’t have Photoshop, I’m sure you can do it in other software programs. This is just a starting off point for you.
I like the ruggedness of the inspiration photo, but I have a whole session of Greyson’s firefighter costume and I’ve only printed one! So, a firefighter photo was the way to go.
You now have the image open and a blank document open:
I ran out of time, but on Wednesday I’ll show you where I put it.
The title should really read NO Progress in the Bathroom. Or almost no progress in the bathroom. Or barely any progress in the bathroom. You get my drift.
Last time I did a bathroom update it was 11/15 and we still had quite the list to get done before our “finish” date of 12/11. Well, since then we have put the floor transition in. Yep, it was a big deal..not. I actually even took pictures, but they are of a pretty boring little project that anyone could do so I will spare you.
Other than that, we did carry the drawers and cabinets down to the garage to begin the sanding process. I consider that an accomplishment since they sat in our hallway for three weeks’.
Let’s take another peek at the list:
-Update Can Lights
-Decide on what to do about bathtub and do it
-Decide what to do with tile around bathtub and do it
Put water shutoffs on sinks
-Put new return in
-Finish cabinets (sand, de-gloss, and paint)
-Finish lining cabinets
-Finish baseboards (sand, de-gloss, paint and install)
-Caulk around tub
-Put floor transition in (carpet in hallway to tile)
I did look at updating the can lights and the options for that. I’m not sold yet, so I need to take a trip to Home Depot and just decide. Oh, and I did buy a few rugs and towels during a CyberMonday sale. I’m not sure if I will keep them or not, but I can’t decide that until they actually get here. =)
So, yep that’s about it. The plan is to get the bathroom built-ins, vanity, etc., sanded and de-glossed this weekend. Wish us luck. See you Monday!
Longtime, no see, right? Well, first we had Thanksgiving and then we had another Thanksgiving. Then, we had a family shopping trip out of town and then a Chiefs game out of town. Then, Monday, we had Luke’s birthday. So, it has been a bit crazy around here to say the least. But, I do have an update for you.
I shared our “completed” dining room back in May. When we finished with all the hard stuff, I decorated with what we had on hand. Ever since, I’ve been keeping my eye out for a rug and other little decor items. Well, the decor items are still a bit light. I don’t know what it is, but I never fall in love with little decor pieces. I have a hard time pulling the trigger on cute little stuff. I feel like I should love it but, when I decorate, I know I need some of that stuff and I don’t have much of it. Hmm, not sure how to fix that problem. But, I did fall in love with a rug. I got it from Target at a really great price. It looks like they no longer have the 7×9 (which I got) but they do have a smaller size. So, with the rug and a few other small changes, over the last few months, its definitely becoming more collected and us-feeling.
Let’s go back down memory lane.
Now (excuse the light difference…this room gets amazing light but it’s a bit hard to make it consistent):
Isn’t that rug amazing? I tried really hard not to love it in the dining room, because I really wanted to put it in the living room after I saw it. It’s a chunky weave and so soft! Luke thought I was a bit crazy the first few days we had it. I would just ooohh and aaaahh over it.
I also added the turtle shell and a small table (both from Target) that I picked up on clearance over the last few months. I brought in my succulents from the back porch and that was it. It’s definitely feeling more put together. Ok, I’ll stop talking and let you enjoy the eye candy. =)
I’ve been holding onto a secret. A few months’ ago, Jenna Sue (a blog that I love…go check it out) reviewed a custom slipcover for her Ikea sectional. As a part of the review, Comfort Works decided to give one of her reader’s a $150 credit for their own custom slipcover. I bet you know where I’m heading with this. Well, I won! Seriously, I did a happy dance and then repeated it for the next day or so. =) You see, we have this living room which is the unfortunate owner of a beige microfiber couch. The color is not something that works well for us with the direction we want to take the room. But, more than that, the couch has been professionally cleaned and still sports disgusting spots in many places. It has just seen better days. Between a cat, a husband, and a kid…you get my drift.
I’m not showing you the stains, but here is the sad couch (which looks much better in this picture than it does in person).
So, I was put in contact with Rachel at Comfort Works to start my custom sofa cover. The first thing she did was ask me to go ahead and pick some fabric samples. I knew I wanted gray and I was pleasantly surprised to see how many gray swatches they had.
Once I received the swatches, I had quite the time trying to figure out which one I liked best. I liked the weight and feel on all of them, but ended up liking the Kino Charcoal color the best.
From there, the process was measurements. I sent them pictures of my sofa (which is not an Ikea sofa) and then they sent me a drawn figure with exactly which measurements they wanted. This part of the process was a bit more stressful for me. Since my sofa is not an Ikea sofa, I needed to provide them with exact measurements of everything. I didn’t count but I’m going to estimate about 35 different measurements were needed (that included the frame and cushions). I was scared to death of making a mistake.
I used their guide for measuring and then sent the measurements off. Rachel double-checked with me a few times on a few different measurements. I was off on one or two, but they caught it. After getting the measurements down, we talked about tufting the couch cushions. I love tufts and I was totally game with doing that. So, on to the really hard part…waiting for it to arrive.
It arrived in a cute bag. I pulled it out and started putting it on the sofa. I got it completely on the sofa (by myself) in about ten minutes. I tweaked it a bit here and there until I felt like I got the fit perfect.
Then, I realized that I didn’t have the tufting kit. It was mailed in a separate package and it didn’t arrive till the next day. When it came, this is what it looked like:
How cute is all of that? I’m a sucker for good packaging and I thought Comfort Works did a great job with this part. I love those little scissors.
Once I saw the button size, I freaked out a bit. I had originally thought I would do three buttons across each cushion, but when I got the buttons I thought they were too big for that. So, then I freaked out because I thought the buttons might be too small for just one button on each cushion. I took a step back for a day and decided that one button would look really good.
Luke and I measured out the placement of the buttons and then went to work. If you want to see the process of this you can watch the video that we made and Comfort Works edited for us:
So, our new sofa looks like:
We are incredibly happy with the slipcover. It doesn’t look like a slipcover. It looks like a new couch and everyone who comes over can’t believe that it’s a slipcover. The fabric, seams and zippers are all immaculate. I was worried a bit about the piping, but it’s gorgeous. Seriously, I’m in love. I would definitely go this route again.
As far as the tufting goes, I loved being able to have that option. I love how the packaging came and that I had everything needed to do the tufting. My one recommendation would be to have “sample” button sizes that can be sent (like the fabric samples). I think having two or three options for button sizing would be amazing. Other than that, I’m extremely pleased.
I thought I would share one more picture (we put up our Christmas tree, so I had to do a bit of rearranging in our living room):
Disclosure: I was provided the entire slipcover by Comfort Works to review. I was not compensated and I was not told how to review it. My thoughts and opinions are completely my own.
Can we all agree that the holiday season is super busy? Man, I feel way behind on blogging, projects, work, house, etc. It seems like the only thing I’m not behind on is shopping. I always have time for that. =) I wanted to share some finds that I love and prices that I love them at.
Oh, and I actually bought one of these items. I can’t wait to get the room cleaned and show it to you. Soon, I promise.