A couple years ago my sweet mother-in-law passed along this set of four chairs.
Here's one of them in the cover she put on herself a good while back.
It was time for a bit of a change, especially when it needn't cost much change. ;) I found this fabric on Clearance at Hobby Lobby for $10 a yard. I love this fabric - it has kind of a sweet, traditional, almost vintage feel that seems work naturally with the look of the chair.
Only needed one yard for the four chairs. Also needed a heavy duty staple gun, kindly lent by Sister and Andy.
Taking off the old upholstery was as simple as turning the chair over and taking out the screws holding it down. Then I just pulled up the fabric (with my hands but pliers would be helpful). Then I used the old piece of upholstery as a template for cutting the new.
The batting was still in good enough shape, but you could easily add or replace a layer of cotton or poly batting if needed.
Here it is stapled all around. Be sure to pull it snugly about the sides.
Then fitted back on the chairs, with screws back in.
I was so surprised with how easy this project was. Why, oh why, didn't I do this long ago?
My sweetheart even pronounced that it's my best DIY project to date... not sure what that says about my previous efforts, but I'll take the compliment!
Nice and neat, with some attention to taking heavier things off of lower shelves and making things look as pleasing as possible, of course.
These are the things I'm getting rid of.
First a couple random plates that were inhibiting neat plate stacks.
And some compote bowls that never get used...at least I think I'm ready to get rid of them!
Also my last 5 wedding glasses. I can't remember if I started out with 8...or 12, but they've broken really easily and I don't really need to keep around 5 random glasses that I'm likely to shatter at any moment. Replacing them with - wait for it - Mason Jars. Pretty classy, right? But ever since using them from the twin's party, I've been pretty smitten.
So there's my little update - off to tackle another space and toss another bag!
Tomorrow I not only get to have the day out with my mom and sister - BIG FUN - I also get to go to IKEA - for the first time ever! Just opened this month an hour away.
Not that I really have a clue about what I should or could be looking for at IKEA.
I'm not sure I'm hip enough for IKEA.
Though if this little cabinet number is a taste of more to come, I think we'll get along well enough.
Also found this Ikea image via Pinterest.
How cute are these little shoe cupboards?!
But I don't think I'll be doing any major purchasing
... maybe a little something like this,
Or maybe some of this fun organizing type stuff?
Eh, probably I'll mostly be going for the IKEA experience - I hear it's something else. Do you have any favorite IKEA buys??
Mainly it will just be a superb treat to be out with my mom and Sister and have ourselves some girl fun - So Excited! and many kisses of gratitude to my sweetheart...who will so kindly take care of our little people.
So imagine how tickled I was to find that this favorite brand of hand soap now comes in pink "grapefruit" scent.
Isn't the bottle so lovely?
I've written about thisexceptionally prettily bottled soap before. My Target sells the whole line and often there's $1 off coupons available, making it a sweet gift for a friend's or your own kitchen or bath for $3.
It lasts a good while, smells so delish and looks lovely to boot.
And you may have read that I didn't quite complete the challenge.
However, the challenge did get me focused and actively doing something about the messy, disorderly, unlovely, no-good-dirty parts of my home. And I learned Two Things that I hope will make me more successful this time around. Thing #1 is to Break Down Bigger Tasks Into Small 20 Minute or so Tasks. I did this with somethings - like when I listed a particular drawer "Cup Drawer" in the kitchen instead of just listing "Kitchen Cabinets". And those were the fun days. But I got into trouble when I listed things like "Twin's Closet" and "Pantry" - got completely bogged down when faced with those tasks. So this time I'm breaking it down, keeping it simple, minimal.
And if I feel like I can breeze through Two Days on my list instead of just One because they're "so easy", well then, I will just get to feel like a bonefide-ahead-of-the game-Superwoman!
The other change is that I'm going for a 20 Day instead of 40 Day Challenge, because I apparently have a short attention span and 40 days was just far too many days for me to keep up my focus, momentum and enthusiasm. So, I'm opting to celebrate having completed a 20 day challenge in 20 days and then start up a fresh spankin' new 20 Day Challenge directly after, rather than hang my head in shame on day 60 of my 40 Day Challenge. ;)
Pretty much I'm trying to make this a fail-proof deal. ;)
So, without further ado, my List of 20 spaces to clean, organize, declutter - and toss out the bag!
1. Cup and Plate Cupboard
2. Bowl Cupboard
3. Tupperware Drawer
4. Pots and Pans
5. Top of Toy Shelf
6. Middle of Toy Shelf
7. Sunroom Cabinet
8. Top of Sunroom Cabinet
9. Shelf above Cabinet
10. Top Half Linen Closet
11. Bottom Half Linen Closet
12. Sock Drawer
13. Pajama Drawer
14. Shelf in Twin's Closet
15. Shelf in Elias' Closet
16. Make-up Drawer
17. Toothpaste & Hair Drawer
18. Under My Bathroom Sink
19. Top of Refrigerator
20. Under Kitchen Sink
Now get out your list making pencils and paper and join in the lovely, orderly fun!
Challenge starts Monday!
P.S. For some lovely, orderly inspirationSister did a Superb poston shelf organization and the beauty of "white space" this week.