Whether you need some inconspicuous extra seating or just a place to put your feet up, this DIY upholstered ottoman is the project for you!
This chair doesn't just get one funky makeover... it gets two!! Check out the after-after below and let us know which version is your fave!
What do you get when you take a plain IKEA chair and attack it with a Sharpie? Something totally awesome.
I never get tired of upholstery projects, and I hope you feel the same way because I have a doozy of a slipcover/upholstery makeover for you today. When you click through, you'll see that the finished project is much more minimal and modern than what you see in the photo above. It honestly looks like a brand new couch.
Floor poufs are hot decor items that typically carry hefty price tags. What if I told you that you could make one for about $10? You'd flip, right?? Well, get ready...
We've got some modern makeover madness for you today! Here are 7 awesome furniture face lifts to inspire your own creativity. Enjoy!
I'm what you might call a pillow freak. I have an entire board dedicated to modern cushions on Pinterest. It's called "Pillow Power" because I'm a weirdo. So, spying not one but three awesome pillows that I can make myself, makes me very, very happy!
The "before" looks familiar, yes? A discarded bench, sad and lonely without a seat to call its own. Before you pass a similar one by, check out this creative makeover!
Gardens are one of the most creative things to do, whether it's blending the colors of annuals in your pots for just that perfect contrast, or developing the perfect layout for your garden path. Gardening is all about creating. So we thought we would finish out the week with a fun creative project that gets those artistic juices flowing.
Okay, would-be gardeners, let's talk soil. So many garden failures can be attributed to bad soil. It's like the wild west outlaw that comes in and steals all the good things from your plants. Good soil, on the other hand is like that wholesome wild west sherif who nurtures and cares for your plants. The white hat guy. Good vs. bad, get it?!
Anyway, the keys to good soil are: nutrients, aeration, and volume.
Nutrients come in many ways, fertilizers are a synthetic nutrient additive, you can also add nutrients by composting. The more organic material you have in your soil, the more nutrients you'll have. Nutrients give good soil it's rich dark color, so if your soil is very sandy, or very red, or black from clay. You'll want to add organic compounds to your soil. For many this is as easy as dumping your grass clippings into your garden plot and tilling them in. These will break down and add nutrients, you can also add fireplace ash and all the leftover veggies from the kitchen, like onion peels, and apple cores. Even your egg shells work great.
Aeration can only be described as the looseness or texture of the soil. How easily does it break apart, or how easily can you dig in it. Plants have to work their roots into the ground in order to access the nutrients you've placed there for them. The easier you can make it for your plants to put down roots the quicker and easier they'll grow. You can help your soil out by adding peat moss, pecan shells, or peanut husks, or even a little sand. For those really clay based soils which will often be red or black in color and have a very dense consistency, like clay. Break up the soil, then add one of the above mentioned items, till it in, and then repeat every couple of months until you start seeing a nice texture in your soils.
Lastly volume, many gardeners don't deal with volume because often times its not an issue. Volume is how much soil you need. So many times we are just treating the top 6-8 inches of our gardens. This isn't enough, our plants need room to grow, and if we don't give it to them they won't really reach down into the soil and make the most of what's there. So my recommendation is 2 cubic feet per plant. Now some plants can be grown closer together than a foot, but that just means that their root structure goes down not out. So provide a good 12-18 inches of soil depth for your plants. Believe me you'll see the difference in your first year.
From the Farm,
When I was a kid my grandpa was the gardener, and I would toddle around with him looking at the plants, smelling the plants, and picking the plants...even when I wasn't supposed to. I never knew how much he taught me until I started my own garden. So, here are a few tips from grandpa through me.
For a garden, the two most important elements are soil and location. You've heard it said by stereotypical developers that it's all about" Location, Location, Location." In this case, that's very true. The success or failure of your little green friends is quite heavily dependent upon where they sit.
Shannon's friend gave her an antique, Queen Anne style sofa. The fabric was faded, its decorative legs were scratched and its seat was sagging. A lesser intrepid soul might have opted to pass on a makeover, but Shannon decided to invest the cash it would
This little vintage ottoman had great bones and a charming profile, but its beige-y blahness just wasn't cutting it. That's nothing a fab shower curtain couldn't fix, though! Yes, I said "shower curtain". Read on!
Becca says she can't sew, which is why she was putting off her ottoman makeover. You see, it needed a skirt that would need to be sewed, and she didn't want it to look homemade. To 'skirt' (pardon the pun) sewing issue, she bought a drop cloth (for $11) and used its finished edge(s) to make the skirt, thereby achieving a professional edge. Smart, right? But that's not