A Quick Chair Reupholstery DIY | Weekending

While this weekend has been fairly quiet, I did get one project DONE!

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

I’ve had a little desk chair for 3 years that I’ve been meaning to reupholster but never got around to.  Also, I’ve never reupholstered anything before.  But, this looked simple enough seeing as it’s just the seat that has fabric.  It turned out to be a little harder than I thought, but completely doable.  The best part- it didn’t cost a penny!

So, this little chair started out looking like this:

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

Side note:  This will also be a post full of not so great photography.  Once I got in the right mind to do this.  I couldn’t be bothered with stopping and taking millions of pictures!

I’m not sure how old the fabric is on it, but I know that there was virtually NO padding.  An hour sitting in this and it hurt.

First thing’s first.  Flip the chair over and remove the seat from the frame.  I got lucky; it only had 3 out of 4 screws.

DIY Upholstery

Next, use what ever tools you can get your hands on to remove the old fabric from the seat.  I had a flat head screw driver, a paint can opener, and a pair of needle nose pliers.

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

I got a nasty surprise in the form of mustard yellow velour fabric under this… and under that, an old green damask print.  Finally under that was the original.  I have no idea how old this chair is, but I know it probably hasn’t had the fabric changed in like 30 years.

I left the original silky striped fabric in place.  Mostly because this appears to be the only layer that was professionally done, and the staples were rusted and I could not remove them.

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

Here’s where I got creative.  If you don’t have any foam, go buy a couple inch thick piece from the craft store.  I had the remains of a king size mattress topper, which was also used in creating the cushions for the breakfast nook.  I just laid the seat (now basically a piece of plywood with old fabric on it) on the foam and used a utility knife to cut around it.  I cut 3 sides just about exact, but made the front a little longer, so it would curve around the wood where my knees would hit.

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

I stapled the longer side on first, and then pulled it tight and stapled along the top, (back side) as close to the edge as I could get.  Just to hold the foam in place.  So when the seat is in position, the edge with the foam will be the front.

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

Adding the fabric was the most difficult part.  I stapled the left side first, and left a lot of space to figure out how to tightly wrap the fabric on the next side (with the foam edging) and make a clean corner.  After two sides were in place, I went back and stapled the corner in between.  You may be able to notice there are about 12 staples in that corner.  Whoever gets this chair after me will have fun.  With two sides done, it was easier to pull the fabric taut to staple the right side and back.

My biggest tip:  if your corner starts puckering.  Staple the sh*t out of it.  Actually that goes for the sides too…

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

Next, flip her over and reattach with same three screws!  I really need to find a fourth one to work…

Basic Chair Cushion Reupholstery DIY

And that’s it!  This whole thing can be done in about an hour.  Or less, if you know what you’re doing.  But I ran out of staples, then got sidetracked by the pool.  It got done, though, and I love it!  I’m thinking about painting the frame, but I’m not sure what color yet.  White would match my table and bench in the breakfast nook, which this chair sometimes is.  The cushion fabric is also left over from the pillows on the bench.  But, that’s a lot of white in that little area!

So, if you guys have any suggestions on color, let me know!

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Couponing | Create a Coupon Binder

How to make a Coupon Binder

You may have noticed under my navigation bar, there’s a spot for “Coupons” that (until today) links to nothing.  That’s because I threw it in there knowing that I would start couponing again when we moved to Vero!  I figured I would start things off in this little subcategory, showing ya’ll how I organize my physical coupons.  These include those ones store coupons that print out with your receipt, printable coupons online, the coupons in the Sunday paper, and the ones you get in any number of other fashions.  I’ve been hoarding coupons for about a month now, and I know how out of control (thus useless) they can get!

There are a number of ways to organize these little monsters, and I’ve tried a bunch.  Even clipping and sorting.  My favorite by far is the Coupon binder-  I can file things just how I want, and keep everything in one place.

First off, gather up your supplies – here’s what I include in mine…

1. Coupons! I have seriously just stuffed every sort of coupon into a folder for a month or more, which was doing me NO good.
2. 2- or 3- Inch Binder. (affiliate) You’ll need a super thick one fairly quickly.
3. Cover Sheet. I have multiple binders for things because I’m neurotic. I just printed up a quick black and white sheet to slip in the front of the binder.
4. Plastic sheet protectors. (affiliate) These make it easy to slip whole inserts (from the Sunday paper) and pages into.

5.  Plastic Trading Card Sleeves(affiliate)  Great for single coupons, and ones that are printed out from CVS.
6 & 7.  Sharpie & Pen.  You’ll need these.
8.  Info sheets.  There are multiple places online to find good info for couponing (and coupons!)  Years ago I found a price list for different products and what you could be paying for them if you’re extreme couponing.  While my list is from 2012 and I’m not an extreme couponer, I use these as a guide.  You’ll also want to print out the coupon policies for any stores that you plan on couponing at.  Right now I just have Publix and CVS policies (which have changed since I started), but I think I’ll also throw Target into the mix!
9.  Post-It Notes.  They’re not pictured, but the little 2 inch by 1 inch ones are perfect as tabs on the side.  AND they stick better than the divider tab things that you can purchase for a lot more money.
Now that you’ve got all your stuff together, it’s time to start going through those coupons.  Am I the only one that hoards Bed Bath & Beyond coupons?  I throw them all into a plastic sheet protector to grab a handful when I need.  I do the same with any store-specific coupons that come in flyers (like Publix.)
Coupon binder organization
Any smaller-sized or single coupons that I get (like the bunches I got when I changed my address),  slip into the trading card sleeves. I try to make it so I can see the expiration and deal amount at a glance.  I throw a post-it down the side of each of these sleeves so I can get to it quickly when I need.

Now all that are left are the inserts (Red Plum, Smart Source, and P&G Saver) from the paper and online (printable) coupons!

For the inserts, I open the front page and lay flat.  Along the spine, there is the date that the inserts were included in the paper.  I write that on the front cover, somewhere noticeable, but making sure the marker doesn’t bleed through to any barcodes or whatever on the back side.

Where to find publication date on coupon inserts

Because I still don’t feel too inclined to flip through every single insert when I’m planning my shopping list, I create a little Table of Contents, if you will, for the insert.  Be aware- these can be time consuming; it’s best to do this every week.

I don’t go through all the pages and write out what each coupon is, not when the interwebz does it for me.  I found a site called Coupon Previews, that someone lists all the deets for current and upcoming coupons on.  They’re all in alphabetical order, however since inserts vary by region, the ones listed may not be included in your particular one.  90% of the time, the list on here and the ones available in my inserts match up pretty close.  So I copy the list on Coupon Previews and paste it into a Google Sheets file.  Then I go through and enter the page number into the column beside the details.  This is a little extra step, but it makes it so I can just look through the index page I’ve created and see what coupons are included, what the deal is, when they expire, and where to flip in the insert.

As with the store coupons, I go through and sticky tab all of the pages with the name of the insert and the date it was found.  This is especially helpful if you peruse the message boards on We Use Coupons or A Full Cup, because a lot of times the users will break down just where they found their coupons and how they managed to save so much money.

Aaaand voila!

Coupon Binder Organization

Do ya’ll use coupons? What are some of your favorite tips and tricks?!

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How to Choose a Paint Color using Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer

You know what?  I have a very vivid imagination, at least when it comes to writing, reading, and thinking up creepy scenarios in my head in which I get kidnapped.  But seeing in my mind’s eye how a paint color will actually look in a room, not so much.  Couple that with also being terrified of picking the wrong color for our currently purple guest room and not wanting to spend any more money on more paint, I decided to try my hand at Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Color Visualizer.  Remember, that the colors will not be exactly as they are on the computer, but it gives you a pretty good indication as to how a totally new color will look.

how to choose a paint color using Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer

First, narrow your color choices down.  Keep in mind that there are millions of colors to pick from when it comes to paint color.  I actually had a color wheel available to me to use- I believe you can pick one up at your local Sherwin-Williams and return it when you’re done.  I used mine to match up to some colors used in the quilt on the bed.

Peruse Pinterest.  While I’m still narrowing down colors, I like to search pinterest for rooms that have used the same color paint(s) I’m looking at.  Sometimes just seeing a picture of it how I’m going to use it alone is enough to sway me not to use it on my walls.

Follow Rt 1 US 1’s board Guest Room on Pinterest.

Take high-quality pictures.  It’s so easy to grab the ol’ iPhone and snap a few pictures (in fact, I’m pretty sure this program may be an app.)  But the better the pictures, the easier it is to “paint” the walls.  Take pictures in natural light without a flash, using a tripod if you need.  Be sure to take a bunch, and at multiple angles.  Edit them as necessary and save to your computer- if they look dim, brighten them.   I don’t change their size until after I’ve painted/ resaved.  These are what I worked with.  You can see why a paint job is in the works!

Bright Violet Walls in Guest Room

Bright Violet Walls in Guest Room

Bright Violet Walls in Guest Room

Head over to Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer.  Now would be a great time to mention that this is in no way a sponsored post.  I’ve just found this little program very easy and beneficial to use, and want to share it with ya’ll.  Follow the prompts to upload a picture and select whether it’s an interior or exterior shot.

Try not to play.  Well, you can.  But I’ve found this is the easiest way for me to get sidetracked / give up.  Color search by name of the paint or SW number (on your color wheel!)

“Paint” your walls.  Click and drag any color to the area you want painted.  An outline will appear showing you where exactly the paint will go.  It’ll take multiple clicks and drags to completely fill your wall.  You can use the paint brush or the surface tool to outline an area as well.  You probably don’t need it to be exact, but I’m neurotic, so the more en point for me, the better!  Once you paint it just right, it is very easy to change out the color.

Use two screens.  I know I said it above, that these colors won’t be exactly how they go on the wall.  However, if you can use two monitors to look at the “painted” pictures- or look at them at work and at home- it’s crazy to see just how much the colors change depending on your screen!  So definitely don’t go of just the program itself!

Test a patch of wall.  After you’ve narrowed down your choices, played with the color visualizer and think that you know what you want.  Go to Sherwin-Williams (or whatever brand you’re using) and get a sample. My quart sample was only $7.49, tax and all.  Which is way cheaper (and less time-consuming) than painting twice.  Since these amazing purple walls tend to throw the color “off” (I’m still not sure the moulding and doors are white, but a lighter lavender color), and I painted a piece of poster board and have been moving that from room to room during the days and nights, to see how the color looks.

Here is what I came up with!  PS- This is our guest room, dubbed the “Governor’s Suite!”  The furniture is from Ashley Homestore, and the tops of the nightstand and dresser are marble.

Which do ya’ll like the best?!

The giveaway for Melissa Rivers’ The Book of Joan is still going on through 9/2/15 at midnight!  Check out this post for my review and to enter!!

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Another Long Weekending

It seems I’m always late.  Or always having a long weekend here lately.  I took Monday off and ran down to Vero with Scott on Sunday!  Then, the weekend after next, we’re headed to the Breakers in Palm Beach for a conference (for him).  I have a few receptions to attend, but otherwise my butt will be planted on the beach, with margarita in hand!

Lots are going on with the home “stuff,” too!  I can’t wait to share!!