Monday, July 16, 2012

Restaging In the Basement! Use What You Got Challenge!




The other morning I went down in the basement to start the big project of painting the new patio door that was installed in March!

This is a big project....
We love the door and it needs to be done "just right"...with white enamel paint....


which is why we have been putting it off!



On my way to get the masking tape and start masking....
The bench along the wall caught my eye!


I thought to myself..."Self...do you realize that bench has been in the same spot for more that a year?"  

Then I thought to myself...."Self....do you realize you still have about 4 yards of that blue and white fabric sitting in the closet?"

And so it began....
the "restaging" of the lower level family room for the summer!!

Read on to see how I AVOIDED painting the patio door and accomplished another Use What I've Got Challenge 2012!



The couch in the main floor family room already got this treatment!










Last summer I made small couch cushions out of the blue and white fabric.


But remember....I had LOTS more of that fabric...





So....I made gigantic pillow shams for the big couch cushions on the back of the couch!


But....NOW the little red pillows looked really out of place....and not at all summery!









 They got covered with a little remnant of white fabric with a rope design that was in the "fabric stash"!






















I was ON A ROLL.....remember it was all about moving the bench with the box cushions!!!
Bummer....I needed to wait until Mr. S. was around to help move that heavy sucker!!!

Now....Mr. S. is not a big fan of furniture moving!!!!  In fact he gets this "LOOK" on his face whenever I ask...Maybe it is because when he asks..."Where is this going?"  My answer is "I won't know til we try it!!!!"

But....he was game....and only grunted and complained a couple of times....
Mr. S:  "Are you sure this is gonna fit under here?"
Me: "Yeah it has been here before, don't you remember?"
Mr. S: "No...but we are going to have to move the bookshelf so I can get the chest in! "
Me: "I know...just go to work and I will do it!"
Mr. S.: "Are you sure?  It is pretty heavy!"
Me: "Yeah but not as heavy as the sighing you are doing!!!"
Mr. S: "FINE!  I am leaving then!"
 So all the stuff on the bookcase needed removing and I huffed and puffed and got the chest in!!!!

TOLD YA it would fit!!!











It almost looks like a built in window seat with the cushions and a couple of pillows...

You can't see out the window....but the view isn't too bad either!















The rest of the room was a gigantic mess.....the way it always is when you rearrange....
I won't bore you with the details.....but after about 2 more hours....the room looked like this!


This post is getting awfully long...but I will bore you with some  "Use what I've Got" details.

The red ottoman was totally out of place in the new room....but we really like to put our feet up on this, so I didn't want to move it out of the room!
I found a blue and beige patterned tablecloth in the closet....


 
 I like the tablecloth and didn't want to cut it up....and I think I might want to actually recover the ottoman if I ever find the perfect fabric....

So I just used that masking tape I was supposed to be using to get the patio door prepped for painting.....and taped the tablecloth around the ottoman....
It'll do for now!!!!




I wanted a "beachy" look for the mantel...

We had a rope hammock in the closet that we weren't using to lay around in....

"Who has time to "lay around"?

I think it kind of looks like fisherman's netting....











So....to make a long story even longer....I hope this gives you the inspiration to take a look around your house and find a way to freshen things up without spending any money...
OR
At least it will give you an idea of how YOU TOO can find a way to avoid a job you don't want to do!!!

Oh....and I DID start the painting job.....and it IS as big a pain as I thought it was going to be! 


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33 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, that looks amazing. It really does look built in. Beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

NanaDiana said...

It looks really nice, Mary! That bench surely does look like a built in. Great job and I know it was a BIG job, too- xo Diana

RJ said...

Oh that turned out so cute...I Love it...

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Debra Ann Elliott said...

Great blog! Stopping by from Flock Together Tuesday

the cape on the corner said...

oh, i LOVE how it looks now! that bench as a window seat is perfect, and definitely lends itself to a nice conversation set up that way, with the other chair and the sofa. fabulous job!

Emily Sung said...

Love the new looks! Stopping by from the Flock Together Hop! New follower!

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Mom of A and a said...

Hi, coming via the Flock together bloghop! Just love what you have done to the room!! Do stop by my place when you have the time!

Renee C. said...

I love the bench with the pillows under the window. What a perfect reading nook! :D

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Camille Griffiths said...

It turned out amazing!

Elise @ The Jersey Flower said...

This is such a cool blog! I love DIY projects. I found you from the Welcome Wednesday blog hop :) following! Hopefully you can help me make my college dorm wonderful.

Elise
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MyTwoCents said...

Love how the window seat and couch match, brings the whole room together. Great job.

Sarah Evans said...

Hey - visiting via the Welcome Wednesday Hop :)

This looks great and I love the whole use what you've got idea!

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Erika Marsh said...

These kind of room make overs that cost nothing are the BEST kind! :) It really gets you motivated to be creative. It turned out great! Please come share this at our link party - "Home is Where the Heart is" Homesteading and Homemaking http://www.homesteadsimple.com/home-is-where-the-heart-is-link-it-up-wednesdays-2/ Please feel free to link any other posts you'd like to share!

Maria Kitching said...

Great work. Seen you on yesterday on tuesday's crafty soiree
Maria Crafty Chic

Marcia@Frugalhomekeeping said...

What a great redo with so many good ideas! Thanks :)

♥ Shar said...
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♥ Shar said...

Great job!

The room looks so COZY and beautiful!

xoxo
Shar

Connie said...

I am so impressed with your creative ideas. LOve the window seat and everything.

Trish Hughes said...

what great ideas, thanks so much for all of them. Now I can't wait to play around in my own house!!!

Buffi Neal said...

Wow! that looks so great! I would love to do that in my living room some day :-)
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Our Pinteresting Family said...

Looks fantastic! I love how you made those larger pillows. Megan

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

What a great transformation!! Perfect! Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-6.html Wishing you a grand rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Mrs. Handyverger said...

Love it! I had to laugh at how you covered the ottoman - sounds like something I would do. :) What a great update. :)

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Dani - Diane - ATA Girls said...

Good job --but I noticed you didn't get the door done! LOL Isn't that always the way it happens - Great idea for the ottoman - wonder if that will work for chairs...hmmmm.
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R @ Rebecca's Roundup said...

What a perfect little spot for that bench. I love windowseats. And I love that blue fabric. Visiting from Delightful order :)

Christine said...

Mary, I totally ENJOYED reading your post from A to Z!!! LOVE how one thing lead to a totally different thing and then back to the original hehe The outcome is GREAT!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality :)

Hani@Craftionary said...

Love your room. Looks so very warm and ready to hit the fall season. :)
Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party and have a nice weekend!

Julia Gibson said...

The room is beautiful! Love the idea of the hammock on the mantle! You've got me looking around my dining room to see what I can get into today. LOL.

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cathy@my1929charmer said...

Your room looks great, and I also like the hammock on the mantle. Don't worry about painting the doors, they'll be there waiting for you! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best - you help to make it a great par.tay!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Isn't it amazing how much one can accomplish when avoiding a bigger project?! The transformation looks great. Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday.

Cecilia said...

lol, sounds a lot like me...BTW have you ever heard of Super Sliders? They go under the feet of furniture and it makes them easy to slide into place - by yourself!! I just love them ( and so does my husband!). You can find them at Wal-Mart and home improvement stores. Be sure to get the large ones!
Your room looks great! Love how you used what you had.