Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A totally new look that didn’t break the bank

The purchase of a $5 piece of fabric was the impetus to make this change to my bedroom. I liked the natural colours in the stripes and used it to recover my headboard.

The headboard is made from two canvases. In the past when I recovered them, I did each one individually, but this time the fabric was wide enough to cover both so they look like one.

$6 for the canoe paddles, which I added my children’s birth dates to. Stuff gathered from around the house, a newly covered ottoman and a couple of cushions later, and my room is now ready for fall nesting.

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It is a bit of a tight fit, but I’m not ready to give up my king size bed, ever :)

Because I kept the wall colours neutral, making a change to this room is easy. Here are some other looks achieved by changing the bedding and accessories.

Canvas frame headboard www.junkinjunky.blogspot.com
Canvas frame headboard www.junkinjunky.blogspot.com

Canvas frame headboard www.junkinjunky.blogspot.com
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Monday, 29 August 2011

Framed monogram

Another project completed for my bedroom update.

I used an old frame that used to be a clock, some burlap and a letter. I gave them a few quick coats of white spray paint and put it together. I sanded it to expose the darker colour underneath in spots.
I’ve recovered my headboard and am getting closer to the reveal :)

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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Pleats and ruffles

Another change is coming to my bedroom. Because the wall colours are neutral, I have been able to modify the look easily.

A friend made me a pleater tool quite a while ago, and I’m just now getting to use it. That along with the easy method of making ruffles, made this ottoman update easy, although it was time consuming.


I used a drop cloth and only barely bleached it as I wanted to keep the natural colour.

This is my first time making pleats and thanks to the pleater tool it was easy.


I was originally going to add a contrasting trim where the pleats join the cover, but trim is expensive and I’m cheap poor :) Turns out I like the ruffles.


I’ve been really busy lately. I golfed this week, for the first time in 20 years! I’ve also been working my entertainment business on the weekends, so there is little time for junking or crafting.

Hopefully I can get to some of the updates to my bedroom this week. Stay tuned :)

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Sac de Moulin cushion

Since I made a stencil for the Ballard Designs knock off cube, it was easy to make a cushion using the same design.


Now they are a pair :)

DSCN2469I used two different sources for the burlap, so the shades are a little off, but you would have to inspect closely to tell in person.

There were a ton of people that asked me to send them my svg’s for the rustic herb crates as well as the Paris Flower Market. I hope that if you make something from the files, that you will share it with me :)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

My recent thrifty finds

I haven’t shown you my thrifty finds recently. So here we go…

I bought this for $50 with the intention of restaining the top and painting the bottom, to match my coffee table, but it’s just going to be too much work. I’m reselling it if anyone local is interested.


Two of these lampshades for $6 each, with the price tags still on them. I thought they were a nice change from my drum shades. The lining is made of gold fabric, quite pretty with the light on.


This Bombay Co mantle clock is in perfect condition and only $10.


Have you found any good “junk” lately?

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Framed brooch

After a long search, I finally found a brooch at the thrift store. Popped it into a simple frame and now have to find somewhere to hang it.


It was a really nice day today, one of those days that you are thankful for.

I worked at an event doing facepainting and my daughter came to work with me. You know 13 year olds, it’s not easy to get to spend time with them, so I will take it any way I can.


This little girl was so precious. After I finished painting her face and showed her how she looked in the mirror, she was in awe and I think a little shocked; so sweet.


Ruffled cushion and some new fabric

I put the ruffle instructions to use this morning and quickly whipped up this cushion cover.  It worked like a charm.


While out at the thrift store the other day, I found 4 metres of this heavy weight cotton fabric, for $5!  I haven’t figured out what I will make with it yet, but it looks perfect with my zebra stripe fabric that I bought from Tonic Living a while back.


Thursday, 18 August 2011

The easiest way EVER to make ruffles

I’ve wanted to make something with ruffles for ever, but the methods I had tried were labourious and frustrating.

While on Pinterest (instead of doing what I should have been doing), I found a link to an incredible blog that shows us just how easy it is to make ruffles.


I used a piece of drop cloth for this example.

Set your stitch length to it’s longest setting, in my case it’s 4

Set your tension to it’s lowest setting


I’m sorry, I only have two hands so couldn’t show you this part, but you just hold the thread where it comes off of the spool. The tighter you hold the thread the tighter the ruffles, the looser you hold the thread the looser the ruffles.

Here it is as I sewed (notice paint on hands? I was multi-tasking lol)


I also tried it on a wider piece of fabric and it worked just as well.


If your tension happens to slip, don’t worry, you can move the ruffles along the threads. Just don’t pull too tightly.

I hope that this helps you too. Now I can’t wait to do something with ruffles :)

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Flip Flop refashion

While out junkin the other day, I found four pair of Havaianas’ for $3 a pair. They are comfy, but I wanted less of the flip/flop happening.   I used the tutorial found at make it and love it. I left mine fairly simple as I’m not much into bling. You have got to try this, especially while flip flops can be found so cheap at this time of year.

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Monday, 15 August 2011

Another savings bank

A friend asked me to make a savings bank for her daughter after seeing the one I made for my daughter.  I searched every thrift store I could find for a similar shadow box, but to no avail.

This is what I was able to come up with. It’s not a shadow box, but it is perfect as a bank.


It started out with hideous faux leather, which I promptly removed. Then I removed the latch and hinges at the back.


Fortunately I was able to use the pieces as a template for the new cover, making it easy for me.

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I choose this paper as I thought it went well with the latch and hinges. I glued it on and used an emery board to lightly sand the edges. Total cost $2.25.

I didn’t drill a hole for the coins since it has a latch. She can place photos of items she is saving for and the clear window at the front will remind her of all the money she has been able to save (hopefully).



P.S. That’s the top of my coffee table that I made over. Love the colour of American walnut.

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