• Family, Kids, Pets

    Easy Drop Cloth Dog Bed (Washable Too!)

    I’ve been kind of slacking when it comes to blogging and social media lately. To be honest, I’ve just felt overwhelmed with school and extracurricular activities starting for the kids. Plus, we decided to add a puppy to our family and that has been keeping us hopping. Trying to work in the time to get projects finished (or even started) has been difficult. Luckily, I found some time to whip up this easy drop cloth dog bed that is also washable!

    Easy Drop Cloth Dog Bed

    That cutie up above is our sweet little golden retriever pup, Harper. I knew when we brought her home that in addition to her crate, I wanted a special place for her to lounge and nap when we were just hanging out. Dog beds from pet stores seem to be ridiculously over priced and there aren’t really many neutral options, which is what we wanted. So I decided to make this one from a couple of cheap pillows and some drop cloth, which brought the total cost of this puppy bed to around $13.

    Drop Cloth Pillows

    To start, I removed the drop cloth from the package and ran it through the washer and dryer. (I like to bleach my drop clothes to neutralize the small colored threads in them and washing the fabric helps to soften it some.)

    Wash Bleach Drop Cloth

    While I waited for the dryer to finish, I hand stitched the two pillows together, overlapping the corners just a bit and also stitching in the middle to really secure them together.

    Sew Two Pillows Together

    Once the drop cloth was dry, I cut it in half length wise and ironed it. Next, I placed the joined pillows together on top and wrapped the fabric around to figure out the approximate size the cover would need to be. I wanted an envelope closure (here’s a really good tutorial), so that the pillows could easily be removed and the fabric washed if it got dirty. After I lined everything up, I trimmed off more excess fabric.

    Large Pillow Cover

    Then it was time to sew. Since one edge was already finished, I only had to hem one side.

    Sewing Pillow Cover

    After that, I turned the fabric inside out, lined everything up, and stitched along the top and bottom seams.

    Measuring Pillow Size

    Finally, I inserted the pillows and the bed was finished!

    Washable Drop Cloth Dog Bed

    Harper loves her new bed! I’ve found her lounging on top and chewing on a toy a couple of times and she has even fallen asleep there several times.

    Large Puppy Bed

    Now if we could just get this potty training thing figured out!

    Cute Puppy Dog Drop Cloth Bed

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  • Family, Kids, Pets

    18 Amazing Back to School Ideas

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    Back to School Vignette from Farmhouse Chic Blog

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    Ruler Succulent Planter
    from Elizabeth Joan Designs

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    Crayon Wreath Teacher Gift from Eye Candy Creative Studio

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    DIY Bulletin Board+ Accessories from Houseologie

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    DIY School Locker Chalkboard Initial from Eye Candy Creative Studio

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    5 Ways to Connect with your Tween/Teen Boys from I’m not a Trophy Wife

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    How I Got Rid Of Flashcard Clutter from Casa Watkins

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  • Family, Kids, Pets,  Home Decor

    DIY Upholstered Bed Fame: Part 1

    If you have read our blog in the past several months, then you probably have been tracking the progress of my oldest son’s Vintage Airplane themed room. But what you didn’t know; is that I have simultaneously been working on my younger son’s Vintage Car themed bedroom. Today I will be sharing the first of many posts for this room, a DIY Upholstered Bed Fame.

    Well, let’s get right down to it.

    Bed Frame Supplies

    Drill
    Screws
    Tape Measure
    Circular Saw
    3 ½ yards of quilt batting from the roll – cut in half width wise to have a total of 7 yard total.
    3 ½ yards of fabric – cut in half width wise and sewed together to make a long strip
    Plywood – cut to 38″x74″
    Rectangular frame – (2) plywood cut to 38″x14″, (2) plywood cut to 74×14″
    Support board- (1) 2×4 cut to 4’3″, (2) 2×2 cut to 7″- attached 2x2s to 2×4 with screws (see picture 6)
    Box Spring support rails – (2) 2x2s cut to 6′, (2) 2x2s cut to 1′

    First, my handy husband used a circular saw to cut each wood piece indicated in the supplies section. This frame is for a standard twin size bed measuring 38×74.

    Building a Bed Frame

    Next, he built the outside of the bed frame by lining the frame boards up in a rectangular shape and drilling screws in for attachment.

    Plywood Bed Frame

    Then, the rails were added to the inner part of the frame 6″ from the bottom. We used a level to make sure our son wouldn’t be sleeping on a slope. These will hold up the main plywood piece that the box spring fits on.

    Built bed frame

    After that, the plywood board was carefully placed and attached to the side support rails.

    Assembling a DIY Bed Frame

    Then, to the give the main plywood piece some additional support, he adhered the support-board to the bottom center of the large board. We made a mark for the center, then attached the board with two screws equal distance from the center.

    Upholstered Bed Frame DIY

    Here is what the bottom looked like after the support board was attached.

    DIY Plywood Bed Frame

    To give this fame a little softness, we wrapped the entire outer portion of the rectangle with quilt batting and used the staple gun to secure it. First we tucked and stapled the batting to the top. Then we did the same to the bottom.

    padded twin bed frame

    Finally to finish off the look of this bed, we used the same method as we did for the quilt batting to add the fabric. I picked up my fabric at Walmart for $1 per yard. Score! This is how it looked with just what box spring in it.

    DIY Upholstered Bed Frame

    If you like what you see, come back soon and check out part two of this post to see the final results! Headboard and all!

    *Update: Final Results have been posted! Come check out how the bed turned out!*

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  • Family, Kids, Pets,  Home Decor

    Painted Grain Sack Stripe Bar Stool

    We’ve had quite a few projects that we’ve done in the past which started out as side of the road finds. So, when Emily brought me an ugly old stool, I could have just told her to take it back to where it came from, but we could both see that it had potential. And after a little brainstorming, I decided to gussy it up as a painted grain sack stripe bar stool.

    Painted Grain Sack Stripe Bar Stool

    As you can see below, this little seat was pretty freaky looking. I’m not quite sure what the previous owner had planned for it, but it had obviously gone terribly wrong, hence it’s curbside location.

    Old Stool Before Restore

    So, I grabbed some paint and got to work. For the legs, rungs and stripes, I used the color Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore and the top got a couple of coats of Super White.

    Stonington Gray Stool Paint

    To make the stripes, I used Frog Tape. I started with the middle stripe, sort of eyeballing the width that I wanted, and taped it off. (TIP: To get uber clean lines, run a damp paper towel over the edges of the tape before painting. Remove the tape after painting, but before the paint dries.) Once the middle stripe was dry, I spaced and taped the outer stripes and painted those as well.

    Grain Sack Stripes Applied

    Behold: The power of paint! Doesn’t it look a million times better??

    Grain Sack Striped Stool

    Since we do not have any sort of bar type counters in our kitchen, I needed to figure out another use for this cute stool. I contemplated using it as a plant stand or cutting the legs some to create a small end table, but then another need came to mind. If you’ve been following along on Instagram (Erin’s Instagram/Emily’s Instagram), you’ve probably met our sweet kitty Rowan. He has been a wonderful addition to our family, but he has gained a few habits that I’m not totally crazy about.

    Kitty Cat Perch Furniture Stool

    Like most cats, he loves to be up high so that he can see out of the windows and watch the birds and squirrels and one of his favorite places to do this is on our breakfast nook table. Eww. To say that I’m not a fan of his table preferences is an understatement. So I decided to add this stool to the corner of our breakfast nook and try to train him to use it instead of the table for his aviary observances. And it worked! His table time has been dramatically cut down and he loves to sit (and sleep!) on his little perch.

    Cat Window Seat Stool

    Doesn’t he look cute up there on his little stool? This was such a fun before and after transformation because it was quick, drastic and helpful for our kitty situation. Plus, having some cat furniture in the house that isn’t a complete eyesore is always a win. What do you think? Do you have any furniture transformations that also function as something for your pets? Let us know in the comments below!