Something From Nothing and a little bit of Everything!

The art of turning "good junk" into "great design"

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
William Morris, Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Door Character

So these doors were feeling kind of  boring to me. Don't ask why... I just would like to add some character to the doors. First I thought I will paint the whole door black but then the lyrics from the song " I saw a red door and I wanted to paint it black" came into my mind. Kind of drastic and I think I  would seriously regret it when or if we were to sell this house.

So the hinges and door knobs can't be hard to change right.....

 SO the right way to do this would be to take the door off and then take the hinges off and then the door knob. Well what can I say? It would be too much damn work to take off all these doors! And plus taking off my front door? I don't think so. 
So I decided to instead tape off around the hinges and door knob. And then spray paint them. Yes I did it. And it turned out to be just as much work as it would have been to take all the doors off :( I really don't suggest you do it this way. The cons are
Fumes in your house from the spray paint
The spray paint runs like crazy no matter what you do
You have to basically paint your doors again cause spray paint gets everywhere.
Just don't do it the lazy way. 

But it does look amazing! Much better than the brass colour.

It was a nice simple way to add some character too my front door. Also I was thinking about doing the frame of the windows black. I am still undecided. Maybe a project for another day :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Wonderful Uses for Paper

So I have been working on my general decor in my living room upstairs. I painted it a while ago this Granite Grey colour and I love it. I was feeling like I didn't have any colour other than white, beige, and grey. So I wanted to move into the yellow grey colour scheme. But in the middle of winter it is next to impossible to find decor options in yellow. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. So I went to Michaels and got some yellowish scrapbook paper.

I used scrapbook paper but you could also use fabric or wall paper. I found it was a very cheap easy craft to do to add a punch of colour in my living area.

So I took some books that I am not interested in reading again. But I didn't want to ruin the book cover in case I want to donate them one day or more unlikely read them again. 

So I cut the paper to be bigger than the book and then folded the paper over the cover of the book. 


And that's it! Nice little detail that literally cost me 3 dollars and I still had some left over. So I decided  since it was so easy to cover the books that I could surely cover some of my candles!

These are just some small little things you can do to change things up in your home and not spend a lot of money or time. It's also great if you just aren't sure about an accent colour and you just want to try it out and see how it looks. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Old Chair New Look

So this is my old chair. We have been through a lot together. First I found this gem in a Thrift store and it had no seat. It was just the back legs and arms. So my handy uncle Jeff cut a piece of plywood to make a new bottom to the seat. Then I bought some foam for a comfortable seat and recovered it in this brown and white hexagon shaped pattern. Now you are up to speed. It is the original stain. 
Now when I bought the original fabric (above) it really worked for the downstairs where it was. But now I have moved this number to be upstairs in my living room which is more of blues, greys, beige, yellow and white. So the browns just aren't cutting it anymore.

Now living near a big city you would think I would have no problem finding the perfect upholstery fabric to cover this new chair. Well you my friend would be dead wrong. I looked everywhere to try and find something that had a perfect amount of grey and and yellow in it and came up with nothing. I looked everywhere to try and find the fabric I had envisioned in my head. Until one day I learned of a website called Online Fabric Store. Now don't everyone get excited if you live in Canada! Cause in my excitement  I may have overlooked many of the shipping requirements and needless to say it cost me a fortune. But what is done is done. So basically if you are looking for cheap and cool fabric to recover something and you live in Canada I cant help you, sorry. But if you want to empty every nickle in your pocket I know a place. (I'm just a little bitter)

This is my cool and very expensive fabric I bought online from the US and got hammered with shipping and freight cost. Was it worth it, maybe...

Anyways out with the old and in with the new! It is so easy to recover a chair when the bottom comes right out. All you have to do is cut your new fabric bigger than your seat giving you lots of extra material just in case. Then you literally just start stapling with a staple gun. Now how I did it is put a staple in the middle of a side and then staple the opposite side and pull at the same time. Depending on the fabric you don't want to pull too hard or too little. Just make sure it is tight but not stretching too much. Then just keep going around and leave the corners until last. What I used on the corners is called "hotel corner" Wikihow explains how to do it nicely. 

And there you have it folks an old chair breaths new life once again!