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Easy DIY Nightstand Upgrade

by Faith Provencher
Easy DIY Nightstand Upgrade
Photo: Faith Towers

I've wanted to upgrade my nightstands for a long time. I love the raised pattern on the drawer fronts, but the pale blue doesn't work well with the existing colors in the room. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of white chalk paint and add some leather pulls to lend a more sophisticated vibe. Click through to check out the final look, as well as a tutorial.   

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A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

by Jennifer Farley

A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in. 

When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.   

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How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

by Holly Wade

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

As the warm weather continues to emerge, I'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and enjoying our front porch. Last summer, we purchased inexpensive metal chairs, but since metal is not very comfortable to sit on, I finally got around to making a set of leave printed chair cushions. The best part is you can sew outdoor chair cushions in 30 minutes or less with a few specific materials and this envelope style pillow case. 

 How long it takes you will depend on your skill level, but as someone who is not an expert, I can assure you this should not take more than 30 minutes to make, so it's a perfect "quick" project or a perfect project for beginners. This envelope style pillow case is very simple to make because it does not require zippers or stuffing, and you can easily remove the covers for washing anytime. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

The key materials I suggest for this project are outdoor fabric (more durable, thick) and densified polyester pad in your desired size. I used a brand called NuFoam in size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick and simply trimmed it to my desired size because they did not sell the exact size. I found this to be the best material because it's very light, washable and water will run right through it (as opposed to solid foam). 

I ended up with size 15 x 16 cushions, so make sure you adjust your sizes accordingly. The materials below are per cushion. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

Materials:

  • NuFoam densified polyester pad, size 15 x 17, 2 inches thick
  • 1 yard outdoor fabric
  • Scissors/rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

Step

First, cut the pad to the size of the chair. In my case, I cut about 1 inch off to create a 15 x 16 pad. Because the pads have layers, it's easiest to cut only a little bit at a time. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

Step

Then cut one piece of fabric that is about 2 inches wider around than the pad (17 x 18 inches in this case), one piece that is 18 x 10 inches and one more that is 18 x 12 inches. These two pieces will create an envelope flap, so one should be slightly larger than the other.

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

Step

On the larger flap (18 x 12), pin a thin seam along the 18-inch side and sew. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

Step

Pin all of the pieces together with patterned sides facing in and the sewn edge as the inner-most piece. This will be the one you see when the pillowcase is complete (see above).

Step

Sew a thin seam all the way around the pillowcase without stopping, back stitching at each end. Trim loose threads. 

How to Sew Outdoor Chair Cushions in 30 Minutes or Less

Step

Turn the pillowcase right side out and insert the foam piece. Place the cushion envelope-side down on a chair and lounge comfortably! 

When it's time to wash them, simply remove the foam piece and wash all pieces. They're super easy to make and take care of, and they're just as stylish as store-bought cushions!

 

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Before and After: A Lesson On Open Concept Layouts

by Faith Provencher
Before and After: A Lesson On Open Concept Layouts
Photo: Vintage Revivals

Sometimes large open spaces are harder to decorate than smaller ones. It's sort of like someone asking you what your favorite food is... the sheer number of options is intimidating! All kidding aside though, it can be tricky to decide where to put what and how to fill up the space. Read on to find out how the problem was tackled in this living space.   

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The Best Laundry Room Ideas

Curbly Staff

Laundry room ideas - makeover photo - before

I don't know about you, but my laundry room is a black hole in which I spend as little time as possible.  It's dark, tiny, and dank... in other words, the complete opposite of all these awesome laundry room makeovers.  If you're in a similar boat and looking for some serious inspiration, check out these laundry room ideas.

 

Scandinavian inspired laundry room

Erin's white-washed wood paneling is a Scandinavian-inspired laundry room retreat! And check out that DIY...

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