Archive for ‘DIY’

July 26, 2011

project reupholster chair: accomplished

by kmcopeland

So I finally conquered the chair project I’ve had on my to-do list for about 3 months now! We found this chair for 100 kronors (about 15 bucks) at a yard sale and loved the shape. And, come on, it was 15 bucks.  The plaid fabric just didn’t scream “Katie” to me, so I decided to tackle a recovering project. I have no problem finding fabric I like  – finding fabric that I can also afford, on the other hand…not so easy. So, I decided to make my own fabric inspired by this Quadrille fabric that I love.

I went to IKEA and bought three meters of their basic white fabric, then went to the local hobby shop to buy some fabric dye. Here’s how I made her pretty:

I took off the old reupholstery jobs (two layers) and got down to the original fabric. We debated taking this off as well but thought it could be a can of worms, so opted to just leave it. I used the pieces of the old covers as templates to cut out the new pieces from the fabric.

I mixed the fabric paint with water to make it easier to work with and got paintin’. I waited 24 hours for the paint to dry and then ironed it to set the color. I wasn’t going to include this ironing picture because everyone pretty much knows how to do that, but the Swede is terribly proud of this iron, so I promised him it would be in this post.

I fitted the new fabric to the chair so it would be perfectly snug and then sewed everything together. Last step was nailing it in place and, voila, a brand new chair! Here it is one more time:

I am 95% satisfied with the results. The 5% dissatisfaction can be attributed to: a) wishing I would have done smaller brush strokes and had more zig zags, and; b) the small wrinkles that I can’t get out of the back because the chair has what can best be described as a pot belly – it’s fatter down towards the seat. If anyone has some suggestions for how to fix that, I’m all ears!

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July 20, 2011

take off your coat & stay awhile

by kmcopeland

I have wanted wallpaper in my house for the last five years – ever since I visited Sweden one Christmas and flipped through an issue of Sköna Hem that had a story on its comeback in the world of home decor. I have finally decided that I am brave enough to do it. Wallpaper in the entryway is happening, my friends. Here are a few of the pictures that have inspired me to take the plunge:

via Sköna HemBolaget

via Alvhem Mäkleri

via Alvhem Mäklericoco + kelley

via Alvhem Mäkleri


via Bolaget


via Bolaget

April 19, 2011

help with kitchen [part 1]

by kmcopeland

I need your help. As you know, we recently bought a flat here in Malmö. We move in just two short weeks, and one of my first projects is going to be the kitchen. This is what it currently looks like:

I know that it’s not terrible. It has that pretty Scandinavian thing going for it with the white floors and butcher block countertop. But I don’t love the colors. I don’t hate them, but it’s such an easy thing to change in order to make the space more “us,” you know?  Plus, you can’t tell from the photos, but it’s a narrow galley kitchen with just that one window that faces the courtyard. Long story short, it doesn’t get tons of sun so I want to use colors to make it very bright and cheerful. So, I am considering two options:

column 1: desire to inspire, emmas designblogg, Design*Sponge/column 2: housetohome, Emma Lee Photography, Bloggers Abode

column 1: House & Home, Martha Stewart, Pernila Head via Apartment Therapy, Hus & Hem/column 2: Bolaget, Paul Raeside via Apartment Therapy, Coastal Living

I like gray because it is clean without being sterile. It is also such an easy neutral to work with, so I could easily change out accessories to fit my mood. Blue, though, is a cheerful, happy color that would make me smile every morning (and, for some reason, I’ve been all about blue lately). I think both colors would brighten up the room tremendously and make it feel much more open.

I really like the idea of leaving the cabinet frames white and just painting the doors the color of choice.

Or maybe just painting the bottom cabinets a color and leaving the top ones white?

Or maybe just having stark white cabinets with color on the walls or backsplash?

See, I told you I need help. Please??

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