October 2012 | Vintage, Paint and more...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Girly Girl Ruffled Spread

Good day everyone.
I have had many comments on the
Girly Girl Bedroom
(found here)
So, I though I would tell you how to make the
Anthropoligy inspired bedspread.
I saw this on Pinterest -
pinned from Anthropologie
although it was totally white.
Now, white in a seven year olds room
does not mix that well.
So, I decided to make it in pink.
It was not that difficult to make
very time consuming
it did tax my brain to do the math to figure out
all the dimensions.
( Math never was my forte.)
Tutorial for ruffled bedspread:
I bought 5 yards of pink cotton quilting fabric
that was 44" wide.
A twin comforter measures
66" x 86".
I wanted to sew my ruffles on a base to make a duvet
( I later changed my mind about the duvet part)
I could not find a pink fabric that I wanted to use
that was not our of my budget.
So, I decided to use a sheet.
I have used sheets in my household sewing for years.
There is nothing better for a lot of the
projects I do.
Lots of yardage, small cost, easy care and last forever.
But, I could not find a sheet the color I wanted.
Therefore, I bought a white twin sheet at Walmart
for $5
and dyed it pink.
Thus, I had my base and no cutting as it was the right size.
Next I cut 17 ruffles from the pink cotton fabric.
These ruffles were 7" x 99".
I wanted 6" wide ruffles and I cut my ruffles
1 1/2 times the length of the fabric I am sewing them on.
This makes just the right gathering on the ruffle that I like.
And here is a pile of 17 ruffles.
I then proceeded to serge both sides of each ruffle.
This is not difficult but takes a while.
And the pile of serged ruffles.
Now the fun part.
I hemed one side of each ruffle 1/4".
The other side I left unhemmed and ran a basting stitch down the lenght of it
to gather it with.
( If you have a ruffler for your machine - you will want to use it.
I do not and there is no budget for one at this time.)
I then pulled the threads by hand and gathered the ruffles the old fashioned way.
I don't mind doing it this way
as I watch TV while I do it.
Next, I laid the twin sheet on the bed
and proceeded to pin the ruffle to the sheet.
I let the ruffle overhang the sheet about 1/2 inch.
I didn't want the edge of the sheet showing.
Then stitch along the top of the ruffle about 1/4" from the edge.
There is a lot of fabric to handle here and can be a little
challenging at times.
I just took my time and made sure everything was pinned
very well.
Continue to pin each ruffle in place.
I made sure the hem portion of each ruffle
overlapped the seam line on the previous ruffle.
It takes a while to sew 17 of these ruffles on this sheet but
it's not really a difficult project.
When you get to the top you have the hemmed portion of the sheet
so you don't have to do anything with it.
I hemmed the sides with a 1/2" hem.
I then decided on to make it into a duvet but
to leave it as a bedspread.
With all the ruffles and the sheet it is a fairly heavy coverlet
I did not want any more puffiness added to it.
This is the finished result -
a ruffled dress for the bed.
I think it turned out awesome.
I love it and so does our resident princess.
What has inspired you lately?
Thanks for stopping by.
Lovin' my life in Carolina,
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Miss A's Bookcase

Good day everyone.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
We are enjoying a rather strange day here at the beach.
We are getting the tropical rain storm and winds
from Hurricane Sandy
on the East
then we are getting the cold front from
the West.
So, all this makes for a rather dreary, rainy,
blustery, windy
A perfect wet fall day.
But, we are much better off that what is in store for our
Northern counterparts.
Prayerfully, this storm will stay out at sea.
Today I am going to share a small little project with you.
I shared Miss A's room with you last week.
It was all done except for two projects -
which were the bookcase and the vanity chair.
So, I finally did that ugly bookcase you see in this photo.
Nothing exciting - just an plain ole' ordinary brown bookcase.
You see these everywhere.
Papa picked this one up at a thrift store for $15 last year.
It's been sitting around waiting for a job and a makeover.
And here she is all whited up.
Nothing special - just a little bit of paint to make it fit in
to the decor nicely.
Since this bookcase had a real sheeny, shiny surface
Papa went ahead and sanded it down for me.
Then I painted it with three coats of
DIY chalkpaint
(the recipe I use is found here )
After I let it set for 24 hours
I waxed it with one coat of
Johnson's Minwax clear paste wax.
Then after another 24 hours
I buffed it out to a nice little sheen.
It's exactly what this room needed
adds to the decor much better
than an ugly old brown bookcase.
Miss A is quite happy with it and said
"That's really cute, Grandma - I love it"
What more could I ask from a 7 year old?
Well, that's it from the beach today....
Not too exciting but, lots of the times the finishing touches
are not so exciting
do pull everything together.
So, what have you been up to lately?
Anything exciting or just some finishing up?
Have a great day
if you live along the East coast
try to stay dry
and, definitely
stay safe.
Lovin' my life in Carolina
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Friday, October 19, 2012

DIY Farmhouse Burlap Wreath

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I have been lusting after those beautiful Farmhouse burlap wreaths  I have seen all over Pinterest.  You know the ones that are full of so much texture and just so vintage and "farmhousie"  looking.  Well, I finally decided to make one for myself instead of enjoying them through pictures.

Vintage, Paint and more... diy burlap wreath from a foam wreath form, burlap and hot glue

Isn't it gorgeous?  And, so simple to make.  I did it in one evening while also watching some TV.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Girly Girl Bedroom

Good day everyone.
  So happy you found me here at the new site.... Today I'm going to show you what I've been working on for the last 6 months...Yep - it's taken me 6 months to do this makeover-  Unbelievable.

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Blog Look

Welcome to Vintage, Paint and More....
this is the new name
and the new look of
the previous blog I wrote
Retired in Carolina.
I felt I needed to change things around a little.
So it could be more
descriptive of what I actually write about.
Thank you for your patience
this last month
as I was working out the changes.
There may be a few little tweeks in the future
and maybe
some small changes.
I promise - you'll like them.
I am loving this new look
will be adding new posts
the projects I have been currently
working on.
Thank you for continuing to
follow me
here and on Pinterest.