Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Cottage Chair Makeover

Hello Cottage Friends,

I've been hearing rumblings that summer is over, but I'm not buying it. Not yet.

In fact, I'm kind of rebelling against that idea.





Case in point: my Summer Cottage Chair Makeover.

I've mentioned here at A Joyful Cottage that I gather with a group of crafty ladies at my church once a month.  





When we meet I always grab this chair because it's the most comfortable seat for me.  Lately I've been having some lower back issues, and this chair really helps me while I'm sewing.  Knowing this, my church gave it to me so I'd have a comfortable chair at home.  Very sweet, right?

The chair is very sturdy and serviceable, and with a little updating I knew it would work well in my studio.




On hand I had some ivory craft paint, and a yard of striped cotton upholstery fabric that I found at a thrift store eons ago.  




I took the chair apart, sanded the wood a bit and painted it, then stapled the new fabric onto the seat and back.  You may not be able to tell from the photos, but the paint has a whitewashed effect.




I made a panel to cover the staples on the back and add a little flair. The three buttons came from my button jar.

This makeover was completed in an afternoon.




I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  It will be nice to have a cheery pattern in my studio this winter, not to mention a comfortable chair for my back.

All I need now is to find a chair to replace this one at our church.  

Wish me luck.



I party with:
DIY Sunday Showcase
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Do Tell Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage



Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Laundry Room

Neightbor's Clothesline

Laundry rooms were a lot simpler when  I was a girl on the farm.

My mom used a wringer washer on the back porch for washing and a clothesline for drying.  In the winter she dried the wet clothes on chairs near the floor registers.  When my dad installed a propane gas dryer in the farmhouse "back room", clothes drying in inclement weather became less intrusive. Everyone was happy about that.


Today's laundry rooms are about as different from my mom's back room as lye soap is from HE detergent.  





I looked at several views of this room before I spotted the actual washer and dryer.



Aha!  There they are.

On the other end of the spectrum, consider the laundry area in our previous home.



Full-size units were stacked in a small corner of the mudroom to save space.  Honestly, I don't think my clothes would have gotten any cleaner in a laundry room ten times this size.  Although having room to roller skate while watching the clothes tumble may have made laundry day more exciting.




This is the laundry room in our rental apartment.  Uninspiring, but it beats going to the laundromat.




In our new cottage plan the laundry is adjacent and open to the bathroom.



Here's a sketch looking head on.  There's a window on the wall to the right of the dryer.





This is my inspiration photo.  The laundry area is compact and pretty, with a countertop for folding, storage above and a charming window.  

We're partying in the Laundry Room at Every Room In The House the month of August.  Come and be inspired by the laundry rooms linked there. And, please, share your laundry room, too.  We'd love to see it!



Sharing here, too:
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage