Friday, March 18, 2011

early morning.

my dad sends a "TGIF" text to me and my brothers every friday morning, and today, i'm really feeling it. it's been a long week! amongst working for clients everyday, i've done a LOT of painting in our house. i've painted the kitchen and living room ceilings white, the walls in the kitchen and the living room, primed our bookshelves, painted the back of the door, and a new chair that i bought. i've also sold several pieces of furniture, and am getting prepped to (probably) reupholster our sofa. if you guys have any tips for cheap but sturdy fabric for furniture (all i need is a simple white), please let me know! i have to buy 18 yards of it, and i'd really like to keep the cost down.

anyway, just thought i'd share a couple of photos i took this morning in the early light of the "new" space:

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(every thing is topsy turvy in here)

15 comments:

  1. Kristen, yesterday I was in Pottery Barn and they had the Cameron white drapery panels on sale for under $20. I bought two because I always need white sturdy fabric.

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  2. ohhh thank you! if i need 18 yards, how many should i buy??? i have no idea how drapery panels would transfer into standard yardage...

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  3. White Cotton Duck---inexpensive, washes up well and very sturdy!

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  4. I've been thinking of buying a bunch of the Aina fabric from Ikea. I'm pretty sure it's upholstery weight linen, and it's 5.99 a yard. Can't beat that ..

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  5. If you use the PB panels read a few reviews first. People have commented on shrinkage but they are very nice and quite thick. Someone mentioned checking the panels for defects asap. One 108 panel is about 3 yards of fabric. Good luck, hope this helps.

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  6. How about drop cloths? They're easily bleachable to make them a little whiter, and Ive never found another heavy-weight fabric so cheap.

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  7. I've seen people use outdoor Sunbrella brand fabric as upholstery. It holds up well and is water/stain resistant. No clue how expensive it is, but could be a good option (especially if you're going with white... my oyster white sofa is in trouble after almost six years).

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  8. I enjoy your blog and your painting talents thrill me! Please keep it up!

    Duck from any upholstery shop is generally under $10/yard--it's fantastically sturdy and often soft. Think of a tough pair of khaki pants. If you wanted to go super sturdy, you could do indoor/outdoor fabric, too.

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  9. thanks guys! yeah, i heard that kmart has white duck fabric for only 5/yard...i might be goin' with that!

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  10. that yellow chair is FABULOUS!!!!!

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  11. The yellow on the chair is awesome! I can't wait to see what you are doing with the room.. I think I like the color on the walls, but I totally trust that you are going to thrill us with the change!

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  12. Last time I was in IKEA they had their MINNA fabric on sale for $3.99/yd. I don't know if it comes in white, but it's a good deal. When I redid my grey sofa, I had a 40% off coupon at Hancock's. I bought apparel weight twill ($3.00/yd.) and fusible interfacing for areas I was worried would be too thin, like the back. I thought I'd need 16 yards, but only ended up using around 9. Luckily, they took back my second uncut bolt :)

    Good luck!!!

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  13. thanks you guys!!

    rachael - wow that's good advice. where do you get hancocks coupons? i need to look into all these things. i am not 100% that i am reupholstering the sofa, but that's what i'm leaning towards! ahhh, decisions decisions. i'm slow at making them, when theyre expensive! :)

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  14. Love that yellow chair against the dark wall!
    For fabric, I have my sofa in a white cotton twill slipcover....it's been quite indestructible for us. You can find it pretty inexpensively at any fabric store.....even online.

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  15. Hey I have missed you for the past couple of days. Just getting in on this conversation. Another option is drop cloths from Lowes or Home Depot. They may not be pure white but I know a lot of people who have used them as curtains or to cover chairs in a dining room. Just a thought.

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