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No-Sew Simple Cushion Re-Cover {DIY}

We have a great little seating area on our deck for lounging out on those summer nights when the mood strikes us right =)  We created this outdoor space last year as an alternative to the big bulky patio table that we never used, and took up way too much space on our tiny deck.  I love the look of our outdoor space with all the big comfy cushions to lounge out on…however, what I didn’t anticipate was how little time the cushion covers would last due to fading and staining from unpredictable New England weather.  As much as I tried to keep the cushions looking good, rain and sitting all day in the sun eventually got the best of them!  This is what the cushions looked like at the end of last summer:

After just one season, they were nothing but warn and faded with ugly mold spots from rain, yuck!  I cringed at the idea of having to buy all new cushion covers.  It just seemed so unreasonable after I had just purchased them last year, and they certainly weren’t cheap either!  So I came up with a quick and inexpensive solution for giving the cushions and entire outdoor space a new look!

Here’s how the space looked after my simple no sew cushion cover transformation!

Quick & Simple No Sew Cushion Re-Cover {DIY}

If you can wrap a present, you can tackle this project!  Get the look of a fresh, updated space at a fraction of the cost!


your old cushions

fabric of  your choice, yardage will vary depending on your cushions (my project used approx. 3.5 yards)

Permanent Fabric glue(I used Fabric Fusion)


Lay your old cushion cover on top of your new fabric.  Cut the new fabric to size leaving approx. 2″ overhang around the old cushion cover.  This method may vary for different projects. Since my cushions were going outside and the bottom wouldn’t be visible I chose to save fabric by not covering the entire bottom.  If you want to cover your entire cushion, simply wrap the new fabric around the entire cushion and cut it to size (still leaving an overhang of approx. 2″ around).

Apply a line of fabric glue along the edge of the new fabric, then fold it over and adhere it to the bottom side of the old cushion.  This process is a lot like wrapping a present!

*If you are re-covering your entire cushion, you will still do this step, but the opposite side of the new fabric cover will be much longer so that you can bring it over and adhere it all the way across the bottom side after this step.

Now apply the fabric glue the exact same way but to the other side of the fabric, fold it over and adhere to the old cushion.  Next, adhere glue to the top portion of your new fabric, then fold it over and adhere to the old cover.  The only section of the new cover left to adhere should be the area near the old cover’s zipper.

*If you are re-covering the entire cushion, you will need to adhere the top portion of the fabric to the old cover first.  Next, you will bring the long section of new fabric all the way across the bottom of the old cover.  Then much like wrapping a present, fold under the edge of the fabric, then adhere it to the opposite edge of the cover.

Now we need to adhere the new fabric to the section of the old cover where the zipper is, still keeping the old cover’s zipper accessible.  If you have a clean fabric edge (image below illustrates this), you can simply trim it and line it up with the zipper, then apply the glue and adhere to the old cushion.  Or you can fold the new fabric under, apply the glue, then adhere it to the old cover.

*If you are re-covering the entire cushion, you will need to adhere both sides (top and bottom) of the new fabric to the old cover.  Fold under the sides of your fabric to make sure the edges are clean.

All sides of the new fabric should now be secured to the old cushion.  Your no-sew cushion cover is complete!

Here’s one of my old cushion covers next to a freshly re-covered one, what a difference!


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The Bright Painted Furniture Movement {Inspiration}

I’ve shared a few posts lately about brightly painted furniture, like the trash-to-treasure nightstands and little lime table.  Bright, vibrant colors have it going on right now, from jewelry, to clothes, to furniture… Adding one simple piece of brightly painted furniture to a room can bring it from simple & understated to frisky & fun instantly.  And the best part about this trend?  It’s the PERFECT opportunity to transform and revive any old piece of furniture, so you’ll save $$ too!  Normally, when I paint furniture I like to look for pieces with great detail and character, but the process is a bit different for me when I’m painting something a vibrant color. Since bright colors have a voice all on their own, it’s okay to use more old & boring simple pieces of furniture.  So dust off that old, forgotten about table in the attic and give it a fresh coat of FUN!

The Bright Painted Furniture Movement {Inspiration}


Turqouise floral print side chair (Style Key West)

Little Yellow Side Table (Style Key West)

Yellow painted Victorian table (TatorTotsJello)

Lime green side table with seagrass inlay (BelleMaison)


Coral Painted Island (NineMSN)

Orange Cane Arm Chair (Houzz)

Blue Dining Table (tumblr)

Traditional Periwinkle Table (centsational girl)

Coral Painted Mirror (lilhoot)

Aqua Dresser (Natty by Design)

Lime Kitchen Island (we heart it)

Coral Entry Table (the sweet beast)

Baby’s Yellow Dresser (houzz)

Red Retro Desk (pink wall paper)

Go paint something!


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The Helpless Louis XVI Chair Rehab {before & after}

I picked up a sad, helpless looking Louis XVI chair at a flea market a couple weeks ago for $20 (gotta love flea market finds ;))  As I’ve said before, the worse-off a piece starts, the better I feel about giving it a transformation…and it’s safe to say that this chair started out pretty bad.  I’d been eyeing Louis XVI chairs at places like Restoration Hardware and Home Decorators Collection for a while, so I knew exactly what I wanted.  I just love the rustic charm and simplicity of this style chair.  I was looking for a chair to sit along side of my newly revived dining room buffet, so I chose a color palette of gray and white to use on the chair.  Here’s how the chair started out:

Yes, this chair left much to be desired.  So I got work stripping off the fabric and cleaning off years of dirt and debris.  Of course, I always try to keep the original pieces of fabric in good condition so that I can re-use them as templates for cutting my new fabric. Then I gave the chair a fresh coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in “Old White”.

Ahhhh, don’t you just love the difference a simple, fresh coat of paint can make!  There’s one of the original fabric “templates” sitting under the chair!  After the new paint was set and dry, I begin cutting out the new fabric for the chair.  I chose a fabulous gray chenille fabric that I purchased from a local textile mill =)

Here’s a close up of the front of the chair after I applied the new fabric.  I used nail head trim stripping to secure the fabric to the chair, and then upholstery tacks on any spots that wouldn’t be seen.

I love using chenille fabric because it has somewhat of a warn, vintage feel, which is great for using on revived antique chairs.  Chenille’s like a fine wine in my opinion, it only gets better with age!

Here’s a peak at the back of the chair, stunning, isn’t it?!

And now, without further ado, here’s the final before & after transformation of the Louis XVI Chair!

Here’s the chair in it’s new home next to my chalk painted buffet…

I am in love with the final product!  This chair came out so much better than I could have imagined, and I saved hundreds by creating this myself!

What do you think of the Louis XVI chair transformation?

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The “Pallet-rondack” Settee {your pick}

Good morning,  I hope your Thursday’s off to a good start!  It’s a beautiful day here in little RI and I know just what I’ll be doing tonight, watching the lovely sunset from my deck with a Skinny Watermelon Smash in hand…ahhh the simple things :)  Or maybe I’ll create a new, fun skinny cocktail to share with you all, that sounds even better; stay tuned ;)

Any who, I’m always talking about “up-cycling”, you know this.  One of my favorite things to up-cycle are shipping pallets.  There are so many amazing ways to use old shipping pallets, which bring us to today’s “Your Pick”.  David, from Florida, has sent in his incredible creation using disassembled old shipping pallets.  He explains that his wife wanted a double adirondack seat,  so he set out to create one for her!  GO, DAVID!!  Here’s David’s “pallet-rondack” settee, made out of our favorite up-cycled friend; shipping pallets!

David shares the story of his pallet Adirondack creation:

“A while back my wife asked if I could make a coffee table for her. I suggested using recycled pallets and she agreed. Fast forward through one coffee table, one deck table, a patio bench, two Adirondack-styled chairs…

I have scoured the Internet looking for free plans (money is T-I-G-H-T!) and combined one that the chair design with one that featured a table connecting two chairs. The table, built with a lower shelf also serves as an umbrella holder. I successfully made one for a friend of mine and I just completed a second one for sale (Yay!).

I believe it took wood from about 4 standard sized pallets to make the settee and a combined time of maybe 17-20 hours to deconstruct the pallets, cut the pieces, sand everything and assemble. My friends finished it with a cedar-colored stain and found a great umbrella at a resale shop.”

 Great job, David!

Share your thoughts and rate David’s creation below!

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Fresh Picked Friday {Vol. 8}

It’s time for Fresh Picked Friday again!  Man, was I ready for the weekend…it’s just a big tease breaking up your week with a holiday in the middle!  I hope you all had a great 4th of July, and continue to enjoy whatever festivities this weekend brings; I know I will ;)

Fresh Picked Friday {7/6/12}

skinny & refreshing summer cocktail (the cuke)

coastal/rustic charm at it’s best (revived farmhouse living room)

under-rated design element (vintage tin tiles)

imagine tiling an accent wall in these bad boys?!

Using tin tiles in shabby chic decor

crave-worthy side dish (sweet potato corn cakes)

Sweet Potato Corn Cakes

 incredible skin care discovery (Kiehl’s facial fuel)

**YES, this lotion is marketed for men, but I use it religiously!  This stuff is amazing, and I have super sensitive skin, so this is BIG.  This lotion contains SPF 15 and it’s light and refreshing to apply–perfect for the summer!  No, I was not paid to say this ;)**

go-to-shoe (Sperry Topsider for J.Crew in Cerise)

Sperry Top-Sider® Authentic Original 2-eye boat shoes in twill

not your elementary school backpack (Urban Outfitters Kimchi blue backpack)

“If you can dream it, you can do it”-Walt Disney




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The Little Lime Table Transformation {your pick}

I’ve always loved using bright paint colors on furniture, it gives otherwise plain and simple pieces a reason to take center stage.  When done right, a brightly painted piece of furniture can really turn into the focal point of a room.  We see a lot of this trend in coastal/ island style decor, so it’s no wonder that these bright colors tend to bring us to our happy place {well they bring me there anyway ;)}  Today’s “your pick”, sent to us from Kristie, is a perfect example of just that.  This simple, old hand-me-down cabinet was almost written off before Kristie decided to revive it with a fresh coat of lime green paint and some new hardware.

Well done, Kristie! You transformed this cabinet from a dud into a head turner, don’t you just love when that happens?

If you enjoyed Kristie’s lime green table transformation you’ll probably enjoy this Buttercup Plant Stand too!

Rate Kristie’s transformation and share your comments below!

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Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

One of my favorite things about dining out (aside from filling my belly with lots of yummy things ;)) is taking in the ambiance and collecting tons and tons of design inspiration.  Great restaurants shell out the big bucks for top interior designers, so you better believe I’m taking some serious mental notes while I dine!  I’ve seen some truly beautiful things…but since my budget doesn’t allow me to spend anywhere near what these places spend, my mind is always swirling with ideas on how I can recreate them for a fraction of the cost…So, I’ve had wine on my mind lately, as you may have observed from my posts on How to Cut a Wine Bottle and Up-cycled Wine Bottle Inspiration, which brings me to my latest creation…I’ve had this piece of wood for a while now (it’s an old drawer front I found on the beach), that I’d been looking for the perfect use for–so, feeling inspired by a recent visit to a favorite restaurant, I decided to turn the piece of wood into a hanging wine glass shelf for my dining room.  Since pre made wine glass racks are too wide, I was forced to make one.  The process turned out to be VERY simple, here’s the finished product-the Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

 Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack {DIY}

Cut 4 small strips of wood for each holder.  Two of the strips of wood should be thicker (approx. 1/4″, thick enough for the base of a wine glass) and two thinner strips of wood to mount on the thicker piece (approx. 1/8″)  The number of holders you will have depends on how long your shelf is. Also, the length of the strips depends on how deep your shelf is, my shelf was thin so the strips were only 5″ long (enough to hang one glass on each in most cases)

Using a staple wood glue first, then a staple gun, attach the strips of wood (the thinner piece overlapping the thicker piece) onto your shelf.  Use a wine glass to make sure that you space the hangers appropriately.  * Make sure to leave a space for mounting your shelf brackets, I chose to mount my brackets on the far outside ends of my shelf so I left approx. 4″ on both sides.

Repeat the same process across the bottom of your shelf until you reach the desired number of hangers…

 Mount your shelf brackets in the space you originally allotted for them.  I choose to use basic, industrial shelf brackets (purchased at Home Depot), I spray painted them hammered nickle to give them a more rustic, industrial look.

Mount your shelf to the wall and enjoy your Reclaimed Wine Glass Rack!






DIY Wheeling Storage Crate {your pick}

Remember Colleen?  She sent in the fabulous Urban Chic Polka Dot Table…well we are in for another treat!  Today Colleen shares a simple & clever DIY using an old crate she picked up at a local flea market.  Simply clean the crate and attach wheels for your very own wheeling vintage storage crate–instant, rustic chic organization.  Don’t ya just love these up-cycled creations?!

Colleen (of Farmhill Furniture & Salvage) shares the story of how she remedied growing paper clutter, and turned a mess into a rustic chic mobile file organizer…

Colleen writes, “…basically just make sure the crate is good, sturdy and clean. Grab your tools and supplies supplies and tools, small wheels or casters and screws that FIT the holes in your wheels and a screwdriver…

…I got my wheels at a local flea market but a salvage yard or a hardware store will have them too…

…the wheels went in with great ease, especially since the crate is older.  I eyeballed lining up the wheels but you could make chalk marks and measure (with a ruler) if you want to. It was easy and fun!”

  Share your thoughts and rate Colleen’s Wheeling Storage Crate below!

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The Lavish White “faux” Hydrangea Wreath {DIY}

A new season is upon us, and so is my need for a new front door wreath.  As I sat and pondered over what type of wreath to make for the warm weather days ahead, I had two things in mind…I wanted it to look cheery, simple & fresh.  Oh, and one of my all time favorite flowers is the hydrangea.  Then it came to me,  a wreath of nothing but simple, white hydrangeas…and to keep it “up-cycled” I will make it using coffee filters!  Coffee filters a great for crafts, especially making different types of paper flowers.  The paper flower technique I used in my Lavish White Hydrangea Wreath is definitely one of my favorites, check out the making of this fabulous “faux” hydrangea wreath below.

Making the Lavish White Paper Hydrangea Wreath

Gather up a woven branch wreath (I found mine at the Dollar Store), a stack of coffee filters (you will need at least 60), and approx. 20-30 wire tie wraps (twisty ties)

Stack three coffee filters on top of each other, begin to fold them in an accordion fashion, they will look like this when you are finished folding…

Use the twisty tie to cinch the folded coffee filters in the center. Twist to secure, and be sure to leave enough stack on the end of the twisty tie to secure your flower to the wreath

Pull up the coffee filter on both sides of the twisty tie.  These will become the pedals on the flower.  Arrange the pedals into the shape of a flower.  The finished flower will look something like this…

Continue making the paper hydrangea flowers,  you will need approx. 20 of them, depending on the size of your wreath.  Attach the flowers to your wreath using the twisty ties you left on them.

Enjoy your lavish new White Paper Hydrangea Wreath!

If you enjoyed this coffee filter wreath project, be sure to check out the Pink Dot Valentines Wreath too!


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The DIY Earring Frame

If your like me, you’re constantly rummaging through piles of jewelry to find just the right earrings for the night while thinking– there HAS to be a better solution!!  Of course it can’t be just any old jewelry organizing solution… it has a fabulous one, and preferably up-cycled.  So I set out to create a solution for beautifully arranging my earrings.  I went to work on a vintage wood frame until I got it just right ;).  Here’s the end result, my DIY Earring Frame...

Select an old frame to use for your project.  I found a great vintage wood frame with burlap inlay, fabulous!

Using a staple gun, attach string to the inside of the frame, staple it to the back.

This step is optional.  I used a hot glue gun to better secure the string to the staple.

This step is also optional.  I chose to paint the outside of my frame using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

This earring frame turned out to be such a simple and BEAUTIFUL solution for my earrings, and up-cycled too!  I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out =)