Posted on June 22, 2013
One of the most useful things we purchased when we had our Little Miss was a “nappy caddy” which holds nappies, cream, nappy bags and other bits and pieces. We can carry it around the house and change our little wriggle monster where ever she is. However, as you can imagine, this item is not super stylish and not the type of thing I like to have on display. So…I needed a storage solution and preferably one that was quick, easy and cheap. A $15 storage ottoman from Officeworks seemed to fit the bill. However, it needed a bit of a style up. Here is how I did it…
How to cover a faux leather ottoman with fabric
* Plain storage ottoman
* Fabric – enough to cover the ottoman. A strong cotton canvas or other upholstery fabric is best.
* Fabric scissors
* Staple gun & staples. I used this battery operated Bosch staple gun, however a heavy duty tacker gun (similar to this one from Bunnings) is likely to also do the trick, depending on your strength and the materials the ottoman is made of)
* Cotton tape – at least 2.5cm wide (optional)
* Glue gun (optional)
* Scotchgard, or similar spray fabric protector (optional)
1. Cut fabric for the lid. Place the ottoman lid on the fabric and cut around with a generous margin that will allow you to wrap the fabric around each edge and attach it to the inside. Tip: place the fabric so the “good side” is showing so that you can see approximately what print will show on the ottoman’s lid. Make sure you turn the fabric over before you start to “wrap” the lid so that the good side of the fabric ends up on the outside!
2. Attach fabric on two opposite sides of the lid. Wrap the fabric around one edge of the lid (see notated photo below for what I am calling “the edge”). Using the staple gun, attach the fabric to the inside of that edge. Repeat for the opposite edge.
3. Attach fabric on the remaining opposite edges. Fold the fabric as if you are wrapping a gift and wrap the fabric around the edge. Attach fabric to the inside of the edge using the staple gun. Repeat on opposite edge. Your lid will now be covered.
4. Cut out a strip of fabric to cover the base of the ottoman. Your next strip of fabric will need to be wide enough to cover the side of the ottoman and, ideally, it will be long enough to wrap around the ottoman once with a bit of an overlap to make a neat join. However, if your piece of fabric is not long enough simply follow the instructions in step 6 and use overlapping pieces of fabric.
5. Wrap and staple. Wrap the fabric around the ottoman and attach it to the inside of the ottoman using the staple gun. as you wrap. Tip: For a neater join, start the fabric halfway across the side of the ottoman, rather than at a corner.
6. Create a neat join. Continue to wrap and attach the fabric to the inside of the ottoman until your fabric wraps all the way around and overlaps the beginning of the fabric. To create a neat join, simply fold over the edge of the remaining fabric and attach with the staple.
7. Grab a friend. If your ottoman has a softish base, like mine, for this next part I advise asking a friend for help. However, if the ottoman’s base is sturdy you should be able to continue without help.
8. Attach the fabric to the base of the ottoman. Turn your ottoman upside down. Once again wrap the fabric over the lip of the side and hold tight while a friend aims the staple gun and attached the fabric (thanks husband and brother-in-law for helping me out so I could take a picture!) You will now have a covered ottoman.
8. Optional – cover the staples with some cotton tape. To keep the join between the stapled fabric and the ottoman neat I decided to glue some simple cotton tape over the join and staples. Completely optional and, obviously, once the lid is closed you can not even see it! Glue down the cotton tape along the join using a glue gun. Tip: Start the cotton tape in the middle of the side of the ottoman for a neater join.
9. Optional – Create a neat join. To create a neat join cut the cotton tape in an arrow shape, as shown below. Fold the arrow shape under itself and glue down.
10. Optional – protect the fabric. Spray your ottoman with Scotchgard or similar spray fabric protector. I recommend two coats. Tip: spray protectors have a horrible odour so its best to spray outdoors.
11. Admire your newly covered ottoman!
The details – project:
* Ottoman – Storage ottoman, white ($15), Officeworks
* Fabric – we used the gorgeous dot fabric from Edit (look out for their pop up store at Shop 1, 92 Queen Street Woollahra) in cotton canvas, however any cotton canvas or upholstery fabric would work well.
* Staple gun – a variety of staple guns are available from most hardware stores, in Australia your best bet is Bunnings.
* Glue gun and stick glue – similar available from Spotlight.
* Spray fabric protector – Scotchgard, available from most hardware stores.
The details – photos:
* Nappy caddy – b.Box Essential Nappy Caddy ($69.95), available from Baby Village.
* Chevron mat – bath mat, West Elm (used as a door mat at our back door).
* Armchairs – Oz Design Furniture.
* Throw rug – chunky tassel throw in Blue Fin, West Elm.
* Silver flats – Belle by Sigerson Morrison, purchased at Quincy.
* White tray – rattan square tray from The Design Hunter, customised by catherineandgrace.
* Magazines – Autumn and Winter 2013 issue of fete magazine, Fete Press.
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Posted on May 25, 2013
Our family’s art budget is virtually non-existent and certainly comes after anything and everything for Little Miss, the mortgage, food…and my shoe fund! However, unless you are going for the full minimalist look (which takes enormous effort and dedication and certainly benefits from a complete lack of children in the house) a well styled home requires well dressed walls. So, how to do so without breaking the bank?
Sleep on it…literally! One of my favourite, if a bit unusual, pieces of “art” are decorative pillow cases. Printed tea towels work well too, as do greeting cards and even pieces of fabric.
To set up a little gallery wall near Little Miss’ teepee I purchased some simple frames from West Elm and DigiDirect (ranging in cost from around $20 to $70) and collated some relatively inexpensive items to use as art. To keep the gallery wall cohesive I opted for pieces with a consistent colour theme – in this case shades of blue. This did mean searching through the many thousands of photos of Little Miss to find some appropriate ones, but worth it in the end as these adorable shots of her trying banana bread for the first time work perfectly with the rest of the pieces.
* Top left – three 4 x 6 photos of Little Miss trying banana bread. Cost – less than $1
* Top right – Little Miss’s first ever finger painting. Cost – about $10 for paint (with plenty left over)
* Large frame – West Elm standard pillow case. Cost – $34.95
* Bottom left – illustration from a 2013 paper calendar. Calendars are particularly useful for inexpensive art. Each year, as you clink your champagne glasses and welcome in a new year, the prices of that year’s calendars suddenly drop. Most paper calendars have a print or illustration at the top with the month set out with one square per day on the bottom. Provided the print or illustration does not contain, or can be cut to remove, the month name or any advertising, each calendar will provide at least 12 prints that can be framed as art. As it is May, I found this illustrated calendar significantly reduced and whilst each of the illustrations are adorable (and may well be used elsewhere in the house), I particularly liked the one chosen as the little girl depicted has strawberry blond hair…just like Little Miss. Cost – less than $4 for the whole calendar!
* Bottom middle – photo of Little Miss and her dad at swimming. Cost – less than $1
* Bottom right – greeting card purchased at The Design Hunter in Bronte. Cost – $7
Costs exclude the cost of the frame.
A few more ideas…
– another West Elm pillowslip –
– fabric stretched over canvas –
Here I have used fabric from Edit – check out their pop up store at Shop 1, 92 Queen Street Woollahra from 21 May 2013 for seriously lustworthy prints, available in a variety of fabric types. Canvases of various sizes are available from Eckersley’s Art & Craft and Riot Art & Crafts. Art and craft stores will sometimes stretch your fabric over the canvas for a fee, however if you take your time and have a good quality staple gun (and some one to help you) it is possible to obtain a quality result with a DIY.
– finger paintings –
Children’s art is very much of personal taste. That is, if it not by your child you are unlikely to want it in your house (grandparents and very good friends excluded!). However, if it is something your child has created, I for one, can’t get enough, provided it is displayed correctly. Add their paintings to a gallery wall (as above) or give your child a canvas to paint on. Another alternative is to display their art in various sizes in clear acrylic frames – giving their little creation a bit of polish. Colour control is key and, as my mother keeps reminding me, it is essential to “stop the finger painting before it becomes a brown swirl”!
– frame a favourite piece of music –
The song from the first dance at your wedding or the one that always gets you and the girls on the dance floor.
If it has visual interest or sentimental value and can be framed or mounted try it as art to brighten up those walls.
Posted on May 5, 2013
My little daughter has tiny feet and decided at 8 months that she was ready to walk around pushing her push walker. This has created a small problem when outdoors – shoes! The shoes that fit her are designed for newborns so they have absolutely no grip on the sole as they are essentially for decoration. So…I decided to give these little baby shoes some gripping power.
* A pen
* Grip mat (used to line kitchen drawers) – available at most supermarkets in the home wares aisle, or Howards Storage World for around $8.00
* Craft glue – to begin with I used Tarzans Grip and later I used ordinary craft glue and both worked perfectly well.
* A cute pair of shoes that fit your little one (soft soled shoes are best for tiny feet)
1. Trace the shape of the sole onto the grip mat. The shape made will be roughly the shape of the sole and can be fixed up later when cutting it out.
2. Cut out the grip mat. Fix up the shape.
3. Glue the grip mat onto the sole of the shoes. I used a cotton bud to help spread the glue on the grip mat then flipped the grip mat over and pressed it onto the sole of the shoe. I then flipped the shoe over and pushed the shoe down hard against the table I was working on (with a piece of newspaper to prevent glue from sticking to the table).
4. Wait for the glue to dry & admire you little one wandering around. I left the shoes sole side up while drying to they would not stick to the newspaper.
Now…for the rest of Little Miss’ shoe collection!
xx catherine and grace
* Sole attached – (used to line kitchen drawers), available at most supermarkets in the home wares aisle, or Howards Storage World
* Silver sneakers – Cotton On Kids