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Upholstery and Mold

Here's a step by step for re-upholstery thanks to my partnership with Fabric.com

Obviously this tutorial wont be identical for every project but it's a general idea of the steps to take.  Plus I encountered mold which was an unexpected bonus.

So, here we go.  Let's start with the before shot:  

My $11 thrift store chairs.

My $11 thrift store chairs.

First step was to figure out how to take the chair apart so I could remove the old upholstery.

First I removed the base.

First I removed the base.

The back of the chair was attached inside the base.

The back of the chair was attached inside the base.

Now that the chair was taken apart I could see how the upholstery was attached.

Now that the chair was taken apart I could see how the upholstery was attached.

I used an knife to cut the fabric off of the chair which was stapled down.

I used an knife to cut the fabric off of the chair which was stapled down.

The next step was to use a seam ripper to separate the pieces of the fabric so I could have a simple pattern to trace onto the new fabric.

The next step was to use a seam ripper to separate the pieces of the fabric so I could have a simple pattern to trace onto the new fabric.

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I chose this fabric by Justina Blackeney from  Fabric.com  called  Geo Jacquard Mango . I ended up using the backside unexpectedly because I thought it worked better for this project.

I chose this fabric by Justina Blackeney from Fabric.com called Geo Jacquard Mango. I ended up using the backside unexpectedly because I thought it worked better for this project.

And this fabric, also by Justina, from  Fabric.com  called  Dabito Jacquard Moroccan

And this fabric, also by Justina, from Fabric.com called Dabito Jacquard Moroccan

Once all the pieces were cut and sewn back together the fabric slipped back over the base and I used a staple gun to reattach.

Once all the pieces were cut and sewn back together the fabric slipped back over the base and I used a staple gun to reattach.

Now here's where the not so fun or easy part began:  MOLD

After removing the backs, I discovered 3 of the 4 chairs had mold on them, mostly on the wood. The areas of fabric that had mold I cut and removed entirely. Here's what I did to remove it from the wood and just a disclaimer, I am not an expert, I just googled what to do and hoped for the best!

After removing the backs, I discovered 3 of the 4 chairs had mold on them, mostly on the wood. The areas of fabric that had mold I cut and removed entirely. Here's what I did to remove it from the wood and just a disclaimer, I am not an expert, I just googled what to do and hoped for the best!

I used bleach and vinegar. Also you should wear protective gloves and a mask during this process... First I sprayed the mold with bleach and used a damp rag to remove all the loose mold. It's best to wipe it down after spraying because if you wipe it off when it's dry the spores are more likely to fly around in the air. Then I sprayed again with a mixture of bleach and vinegar and used an electric sander to sand down the wood while it was damp until enough layers were removed and the mold looked like it was gone.

I used bleach and vinegar. Also you should wear protective gloves and a mask during this process... First I sprayed the mold with bleach and used a damp rag to remove all the loose mold. It's best to wipe it down after spraying because if you wipe it off when it's dry the spores are more likely to fly around in the air. Then I sprayed again with a mixture of bleach and vinegar and used an electric sander to sand down the wood while it was damp until enough layers were removed and the mold looked like it was gone.

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Here's after many rounds of spraying with the bleach vinegar mixture and sanding several times. There were still some dark spots but after some research felt confident that it was just stained from the mold. Just to be safe I lightly sprayed with the bleach and vinegar mixture again and let them sit outside to fully dry.

Here's after many rounds of spraying with the bleach vinegar mixture and sanding several times. There were still some dark spots but after some research felt confident that it was just stained from the mold. Just to be safe I lightly sprayed with the bleach and vinegar mixture again and let them sit outside to fully dry.

So, after that fiasco I was finally able to put the whole chair back together and voila! Just like new.

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Peel and stick wallpaper: How To

I know wallpaper can be intimidating, but like most things you've just got to take the risk.  I've used pre-glued, not pre-glued and as of late, peel and stick.  All of them are fairly simple but probably the easiest and most forgiving (and reusable! although I haven't attempted to re-use yet) is peel and stick.

Here is a step by step process using paper from my partnership EazyWallz, you can find the exact paper I chose HERE.  Our mural came in 5 strips and it was custom cut to fit the wall.

This type of wallpaper can easily be hung by one person but since our ceilings are so tall and we had to use a ladder it was much easier with two people for the top portion of the mural, once we reached the height that didn't require a ladder I was able to apply it alone. 

First:  peel back about 4-5 inches of the backing across the top.  Press that strip onto the wall.

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Next:  slowly and evenly pull the backing away, as you do this press the paper on to the wall.  If you notice wrinkles or bubbles you can easily peel it off the wall and readjust.  

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That's it!  A couple tips though... After you have applied the first strip of the mural to the wall make sure when you start the second piece that everything lines up pattern wise.  If you notice that the pieces are starting to overlap as you place the second strip at all you cannot just stretch the paper to correct because by the time you reach the end of the mural the whole thing will be askew, so peel it off and start over. Also, although you can remove the paper and re-apply you need to be very careful because the paper loves to stick to itself, it will come apart but it's no fun.

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So there you go, give it a try!  Here's a code for 20% off!  LIZINSTA20 at EazyWallz

The Perfect Rug

Finding the right rug for our living room has always been a challenge for a few reasons:

1.  The room is large.. large enough to have two seating areas and every time I put a rectangular rug in front of the couch it severely divided up the space and made it feel less open.

2.  We have wild dogs that run like maniacs across the floor and I was sick of de-crumpling the rug every day.  

3.  The living room already has A LOT going on and as much as I love a busy space, every rug seemed to busy and distracting.

So, my 'crisis' was ended after discovering the perfect rug from ARMADILLO & CO.  It's perfection in our busy living room because the natural color blends nicely with the floors adding great texture without being too busy and the round shape keeps the flow moving in the room.  Plus it's thick and has a nice grip on the bottom that makes it impossible for the boys to move it around!  

Thanks to Armadillo for creating the perfect rug for our home.  I wholeheartedly appreciate a company with good values, that support Fair Trade practices and use natural and sustainable fibres.  Plus their rugs are designed in Australia and we all know I have a sweet spot for that place!

Black Geometric Wall

I know everyone is curious about the black wall... What's it made of?  How is it attached to the wall?  So here's everything you need to know to make your own and how ours came about...

Our living room is a busy space with all the artwork and the infamous couch and I really wanted the black wall to be simple so it wouldn’t compete with the gallery wall but I didn’t want it to be boring and plain either.  I’m not exactly sure where the idea came from but I knew that texture would be a good solution.

Bo's contribution to the black wall pattern.

Bo's contribution to the black wall pattern.

We had a thin sheet of plywood laying around so I traced a ton of triangles and Tim helped cut them out with a miter saw.  Of course our dog Bo played a part in this too.  I had several triangles laid out on the ground trying to determine a pattern and just after I snapped a picture Bo came running through and scattered the edge of the layout which turned out to look pretty interesting so I ran with it and used his thoughtful design on the wall.  I used matte black spray paint on the top of the triangles and left the edges raw (the black wall is painted with Behr Broadway in a semi-gloss) then used a nail gun to attach them to the wall.  TaDa!