5.01.2014

One Room Challenge: Week Five -Upstairs Landing

Welcome back to the One Room Challenge, week five.  I miraculously got a lot done this week. So let's get to it.



My 14 foot runner arrived from Turkey. It was a ebay purchase and I'm very pleased, I spent $453, including shipping. It's from the 50's and has some nice color combos.

I set out to deal with miss tushy laroo. Remember I wanted to beef up the cushion, make a new box cushion cover and get a throw for the back.  

I hit up Discount Fabrics in the city and got some really beautiful wools. 


I revamped the seat cushion by taking the cushion core out of its cover and wrapping the innards in some nice thick cotton batting. It then went back into its original case.

It took me about 5 hours over two days to sew the new box cushion.

I actually find sewing quite relaxing. Weirdo that I am, I like to listen to the local police scanner when I'm working. I don't know why I am fascinated by this, but I am so we can just leave it at that :)

So five hours and many, many crazy antics and arrests later, this is what I accomplished.

I also started to edge the green wool with a blanket stitch.  My original choice for the stitch was yellow but this blue wool I had on hand from my recent pom pom project had a better scale for the blanket. This is going to drape over the back of the chair and hopefully disguise what's going on back there. BTW, there are a thousand youtube videos on how to make a whip stitch if you are so inclined.

Also on the to-do list this week was to rehab this street find lamp that's been sitting in Ethan's closet. It's got a great shape and will clean up nicely.


 First I primed with B-I-N  1-2-3, in a spray can, o so easy.


I gave it a few light coats a few minutes apart with this flat black enamel. 
 
Seeing that this thing had been on the street and all, I rewired the whole thing with some nice covered chord that is now available at my local hardware store and replaced the socket with a pull chain. I just love a pull chain.

I chose to go with flat paint on this because I feel it is more modern and unexpected that way. I ordered a drum shade in gloss black with a gold interior ( I thought matte black fabric might be too goth). I'm really curious to see the juxtaposition of these two blacks and I have my fingers crossed that it arrives on time as it should have been here by now ;( 

So with one week to go, I have still quite a lot to do but mainly I need to restyle the bookcases and perhaps shuffle around some art. Look here for weeks one, two, three, and four.

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9 comments:

Kathleen said...

That rug is quite the score! I'm very jealous. Everything looks great so far, I really like the flat black lamp bases too. Good luck in the final week!

Caroline Nolazco said...

I love the rug and the lamp! The flat paint looks so great. I didn't even know that you could listen to the scanner on your phone- totally thought that was Pandora and a new band I didnt know about lol. Have you memorized what certain codes are so you know whats going on?!

aquahaus said...

What!!! I didn't even know you could listen to that!?! I am very excited to see what is up with that chair. And the rug is worth every penny. Gorgeous.

Mari said...

Wow! You are so talented! I love it all & the rug is stunning!

C a i t l i n said...

Geek that I am, I do know some of the codes. Some are kind of obvious because of the conversation around them. What's interesting is that there is zero editorializing and drama by the dispatcher or police -they will use the same matter of fact tone whether they are reporting a guy walking down Haight Street carrying a machete or if there is a shopping cart and garbage blocking a bus stop. Super funny about the new band ;)

C a i t l i n said...

Yup, kind of crazy, although I have noticed that sometimes the Captain will ask officers to contact him on his cell phone, I think to keep more sensitive things private since the local news stations are also listening. That chair is not looking so promising, I must admit. It might be a rhut rho moment.

C a i t l i n said...

Thanks Mari :)

C a i t l i n said...

Thanks Kathleen. I'm getting nervous about that shade arriving…

Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

I just have to tell you that I am a big fan of the projects you have got going on here. Awesome piping skills. And I love the edge stitch on the felt. That is something I have been wanting to try myself on a project. Love the fabrics!

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