DIY: Upholstering a Free Bench

I could have also named this post, “A Temporary Fix” because while this DIY is fine in the “how to” upholster something, the final product was just kind of… eh. Anyways, I was bored on Saturday so I threw this project together. I had picked up an old free bench months ago when Lindsey and I were doing some antiquing. We ripped the old and gross fabric off of it and threw it in the back of my car.

Pretty much immediately, I regretted it. So it lived in my garage for months and I was thinking about putting it out for the garbage truck to pick up.

I didn’t need the bench and it was in pretty yucky condition with bits of old fluff stuck to it. However, as I mentioned. I was bored. So, I grabbed an old floor scraper and scraped off the old fluff.

Then, I cut some foam down to the same size as the top of the bench.

I threw some of my velvet upholstery options on the floor from my sewing bin (I picked these up probably 20+ years ago when I was out hitting yard sales with a friend):

I picked the green, so I stuck it on top the bench and foam and got out my handy staple gun…

And BAM, I have a new footrest for my hanging chair.

As I mentioned, I don’t love it. In fact, I’m not really loving my sunroom at all right now. After making it absolutely perfect last spring (you can see it here), in the fall I stole my white sunroom couch and randomly decided to redecorate the den (here’s that post). And the problem is, I LOVE my new den. Which means I need to run out and buy another couch and ottoman for my sunroom. But, #quarentine. So, I decided to make do with that I had around my house.

Once life goes back to normal(ish), we will have to take a trip to Ikea and grab another $399 slipcovered EKTORP couch. Same goes for Homegoods – once they open, I can grab a replacement ottoman. However, for now we are still hunkered down so this bench will work. And then, I’ll add it to my donation pile so someone else can thrift and enjoy it!

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Losing My Mind & Gaining a Roof

Actual photo of the hole in Jack’s ceiling. I photoshopped on googly eyes for funsies.

You know how when you put a household task off, and put it off some more… it just goes away? Oh. Yeah, that doesn’t work for me either. Which is why when the ceiling in Jack’s room started leaking again, I figured I should probably do something about it. This wasn’t the first time it leaked, but it was the first time the leak morphed into a scary mouth not unlike the Harry Potter Sorting Hat.

While keeping a bath towel folded up on Jack’s dresser to catch raindrops seemed like a pretty great long-term plan, I decided to give my dad a call to see if he had a ‘roof guy’ and… of course he had a roof guy. So, just two days later, I poked my head out the door when my dog started barking his head off during my conference call to find a strange man climbing a ladder to my roof.

Not too long after, I decided to record a couple videos. Because I’m totally going to want to look back on this in a few years and laugh. Actually, it’s been a few days and I’m still laughing at the absurdity of it.

Click the little arrow on the right to enjoy all three videos:

So, there you go. Because obviously the perfect time to have a nice man rip off your old roof and replace it with a new one is when you are quarantining at home, working from home, and online schooling with your kid. Obviously.

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Craft Review: Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit

I had a poll up on my Instagram and Facebook asking what kind of blog posts you all would like to see from me, and one of the topics that came up a few times is that you’d like some product reviews. Well, with Jack being at home so much it kinda makes sense to do a few craft/game reviews! The first one is for the Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit.

I purchased a shrink-wrapped Mosaic Stone Kit when I was out thrifting at some point. I have no idea how much I paid for it, or exactly when I thrifted it. But it has been living in my ‘craft corner’ for quite a while. Over the weekend, I was digging through some potential projects and Jack and I decided to give it a try.

The kit was pretty simple and contained all the ingredients… you never know when you thrift something! All you have to do is mix the concrete, use the stained glass pieces to make your original design, and let it dry for a day or so.

I found two similar kits on Amazon with Prime shipping:

There were warnings on our kit about inhaling the dust when mixing, so I took it outside and mixed it with water into an old tupperware. I didn’t have Jack help with this, due to the dust. But once I brought it back inside he helped pour the wet concrete into the mold.

Then, Jack used the stained glass pieces to create his design – first on the countertop before transferring it into the concrete. He smushed each piece into the wet concrete and we put the wet mold out of the way for a full day.

After about 24 hours, I popped the stone out of the mold and let it sit upside-down until the entire stepping stone was completely dry.

We are SO HAPPY with the finished design. The cement somehow has a sparkly/shimmery finish and the design turned out beautifully. I added it to our front walkway and when I do leave the house, it’s makes me smile.

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