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  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Sew Bar Stool Slipcovers Tutorial

    To fulfill my dream of renovating my kitchen on a budget, I tried my hand at making custom slipcovers for my new-to-me bar stools for the breakfast bar we are creating.  I didn’t buy a pattern to  make these.  Instead, I used my handy measuring tape and dove right in and figured things out as I went along. Each chair took approximately 2 infant nap times to cut out, sew, and staple – nap times are how I count time in my life now, apparently.  Overall, I’m pleased with the results and am happy to share my process with you.  This tutorial will show you how to recover a bar stool that has a…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Projects

    Mint and Grey Nursery Reveal

    I’m happy to announce that on September 1st, at 9:24AM, my son Jacob was born, weighing in at 7 pounds 6 ounces.  This is why it has been so quiet on this blog for the past few weeks – juggling a newborn as a first time mom definitely has its challenges!  He is just over two weeks old now, so we are starting to settle into a routine. Obligatory newborn photos below! Welcome home, Baby Jacob! ❤️ A photo posted by @pangepange on Sep 4, 2016 at 8:53am PDT My husband and I decided to turn the smallest bedroom of our three bedroom bungalow into Jacob’s nursery.  This room was originally my…

  • Before and After,  Projects

    Light & Bright Closet Makeover

    My master bedroom closet is definitely not a Pinterest dream closet; for starters, it’s only 3 feet wide, which is smaller than what most pre-fab closet systems are designed for.  I had a standard clothing bar and a single shelf.  On top of that, the door swings out in such a way that the ceiling light in the middle of the room is blocked by the open door.  Together, this makes for a tiny black hole that clothes get lost in.  What to do?! I knew I would need to do something to make my clothes more readily accessible.  I wanted to actually see what was inside.  With a few supplies from the hardware store, I was able…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Home Decor,  Tutorials

    Painting Laminate Furniture: No Sanding Required

    I received this desk with fantastic bones from my friend Lea who was paring back her space.  Isn’t the shape of the desk great?  I love that it has two rollers; one is a full desk drawer with lots of dividers to keep everything neat and tidy, and one  is a roll-away tray, probably meant for a computer keyboard.  I love using a keyboard tray for scrapbooking. You can start work on a page, have lots of mess on your work surface, then simply push in the tray to keep your workspace tidy yet be ready to roll it out at a moment’s notice to get right back to it. While I loved the shape of…

  • Before and After,  Home Decor,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Grid-Based Art Collage

    I fell in love with this periodic table shower curtain after spotting it on the TV show The Big Bang Theory. I purchased it for my bathroom, but none of my decor matched: I had the bright colours of the shower curtain, a black and silver shelf, and most notably, a gigantic print that the previous tenant left behind in my apartment that was just not my style. Changing the print would be easy enough, but 40×30 inch prints can be expensive. Time for some DIY magic: I created this grid-based collage to significantly bring down the cost of this bathroom transformation. I created a collage using official and fan-made…