Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ten minutes to a room you'll love...

with fabric! The Nester is having a party that I almost completely missed. ME, miss a party? No way Joe-se.

So thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show you all a few more of the quick, cheap updates I've made to our office.

Earlier this week, I showed you the difference fabric made to the bookcase: STILL can't find more of that fabric. Grrrr....I know they can order more, but I don't have the number for it? What do I do?? Anyway, I have used fabric a few other places in this room too. Ya'll know my hatred for cords. I mean....uck, splooey, spit, scrunched-up-disgusted-face, HATE THEM.

I fell in love with this desk years ago (I miss you Bombay Company! Sniff.) and love it, but it also shows everything, including the nasty cords:That box is one everyone needs -- I throw every single random thing in that when people come over. And it serves as my foot rest. :) So I got $5 of fabric, squeezed my bootay back in the corner and hot glued the fabric to the back:
Awwwwwww yeah baby. Buh bye cords:
A few weeks ago I spoke to a local Moms Time Out group. (Hellooooo ladies!) They were so fun and were way too kind and sent me gift cards to two of my favorite places -- Hob Lob and Joann's. They know me, they do. So I got this little storage chest/ottoman at the Lob but hated the fabric.

I mean, grody:
Well, I guess if you had it in the right room...it might be OK...

Nope. GRODY.

So I covered it with my gorg floral fabric, OH that's right, IT'S GONE. I covered it with my cheap olive fabric I found: The goldfish are the added bonus you get when you bribe your two-year-old with them so you can finish this ten minute project. (This one really does take ten minutes!)

Viola! Perfect as a side table, ottoman, and to house big toy trucks:

Won't it look awesome with that floral fabric? Sniff.

Finally, what do you do when you repaint the whole room and the cushion you bought to match the old room doesn't work anymore?:

Huh. In the picture it matches perfect. Imagine that. Anyway...you buy fabric and wrap it around the cushion till you get it sewn!:
There you go, each project took less than ten minutes, and what a difference they have made! This weekend I'll show you the entire room...I'm waiting on one more project to dry. :)

OK, so if you asked me a question last weekend, here I go with some of the answers:

Sav: YES, shelving sounds like a great option! If you have a more modern space, try the floating shelves. If it's more traditional, try the molding shelves. Try layering some framed pics on all of them, it will be a nice distraction from the TV! (Just don't make it too busy.)

Jen: Ohhh, that fabric for my roman shades was from the shop I work for. We have two shops as well as the decorating end of it, and the owner gets A-mazing fabric "short ends" that are a steal. I found the fabric in one of the fabric books once and it was something like $160 a yard or something crazy like that. I can't even remember the brand of fabric now! Sorry!!

Anonymous: You are freakin' kidding me with this, because your exact question is my next project!! Shannon over at Bless our Nest posted the same project she did just as I was thinking about doing it -- she hung the fabric very high and it looks great. YES, I would do it, even with a shorter shower, go for it. I bet hubby will be wrong-O! :) I hope to finish mine this weekend.

Knittingknirvana: Good question! First of all, you have to live in your house while you are in it. Your husband's comment is not the first time I've heard it. But you can't live in your home like you're about to sell it...unless you are about to sell it!! It will take two gallons of paint and a few hours to cover up chocolate walls when you do move someday. I disagree with that notion about resale anyway. Someone may walk in and fall in LOVE with your chocolate bathroom!! My husband loves what I do 99 percent of the time. If he doesn't like it, I don't do it, because it's so rare that he has the opposite view as me. :) I think it would be hard if you both have strong opinions -- just tell him I'm the tie-breaker!!

I'll answer the rest soon, have a great weekend!

45 comments:

  1. I've never left a comment before, BUT I just saw that fabric at Joann's yesterday and could get the number for you? I love all your fun ideas!

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  2. Gotta laugh about the goldfish! Love the fabric on the desk, hides perfectly!

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  3. That is so clever about the fabric in the back of your desk!
    Also, all of the other fabric touches look very nice. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  4. Oh c'mon, you know you just wanted to be fashionably late :).

    I love your fabric solutions! I especially love the cord cover. Genius I tell you.

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  6. I love all your ten minute projects. The fabric behind the desk to hide all the wire stuff was great as well as all the others. Anyway, I just love fabric. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Yes! The fabric covering the computer cords is ingenious. I just found a new desk that I love at Target but was wasnt loving the idea of the cords hanging down and visible. My problems are now solved! The hubs will be thrilled ;)
    The new green storage chest is very cute too.

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  8. I never would have thought to use the fabric behind the desk...what a great idea!

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  9. pretty neat stuff there- you always do such good work!

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  10. Fabric behind the desk?? Fabulous!! Okay, so tell me what you do about phone cords!! I HATE the phone cords everywhere in my kitchen.

    The office looks great, and the ottoman, too!

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  11. What a great idea to cover all of the cords in the corner of your desk with fabric. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration!
    Blessings
    Roxanne

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  12. Great transformation ideas! I love the fabric panel that covers the cord!

    So great!

    Jen

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  13. thanks for the advice. love the blog.. i think i need to learn to hide cords... seems like i have extention cords everywhere... hmmm.. project anyone?

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  14. genius! i never would have thought to use such a cheap, quick, easy & totally effective way to hide cords. i'm definitely stealing this idea. thanks!!

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  15. Great ideas, Sarah! Thanks!

    -Dawn
    www.lifeateventuallycottage.blogspot.com

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  16. Great idea, I can always count on you for those! Love the fabric covering the cords.

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  17. I love the fabric panel to hide those cords! So clever! Your blog is full of great things like this and I always enjoy reading your posts!

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  18. I absolutely love how you used the fabric to hide the cords!! I have been after my hubby for such a long time to do something with all these cords under our computer desk! I may have to steal your idea!! Thanks so much for the ideas!

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  19. You rock girl!!

    I had this great idea....you can move in with me and be my roomate and I will give you total creative control over decorating my house. Sound good?? LOL

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  20. Lovin' it! Thanks for posting such great ideas.

    So, when you covered the ottomon with the olive fabric, did you remove the old fabric, or did you just staple over the old stuff? Or hot glue?

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  21. Love all of your 10 minute projects!! All the fabrics you pick out are so pretty.

    Thanks for the shout out. :) I can't wait to see your curtain!

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  22. I have never left a comment. But, I love your blog and all your ideas. You are so inspiring!!!

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  23. You never fail me! My mind is now boiling over with visions of fabric and glue! I NEED to de-clutter my spare bedroom, buuuuttttttt... I'd rather glue! :) Hooray for cheap, easy projects!!!!
    ~Jill

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  24. Great projects as always! Fabric makes such a huge difference!

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  25. Love your cord covering solution. We have way too many cords showing around here and I need to get busy with some solutions. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Please tell Knittingnirvana (or however it's spelled), that I had my master bath painted chocolate brown, and have never looked back. I'll post photos if she wants to see. It looks SOOOOOOOO much that builder's beige that was making me want to puke E-VER-Y SINGLE DAY!

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  27. Thanks for answering my question! *sigh* I'll have to love that fabric form afar! MY bath is Choc brown too and I love it! It's so rich looking!

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  28. My cheapo cord-hiding solution is duct tape. I just tape the cords to the backs of table legs, bookcases, etc. Fabric is a MUCH prettier solution!

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  29. So, I am happily reading along and then all of a sudden you are talking to ME! Very good points! Thank you!!

    I'll be informing my husband tonight that it is 2 to 1, oh no wait Tardevil makes it 3 to 1.

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  30. So, I am happily reading along and then all of a sudden you are talking to ME! Very good points! Thank you!!

    I'll be informing my husband tonight that it is 2 to 1, oh no wait Tardevil makes it 3 to 1.

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  31. I like how you hid the cords!

    You are so busy and productive. You must take vitamins! Is that your secret?

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  32. Love the fabric to hid the cords! I hate hate hate cords!

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  33. All your fabric is great! I love putting fabric in rooms. Instant art and color.

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  34. Great idea to glue fabric to the back of the desk! My computer cords drive me crazy.

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  35. Everything looks great! I like your style...

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  36. I love everything! What a great idea for hiding cords!

    And thanks for the bookshelf backed with fabric idea. I'm going to be attempting it on my own very soon! Wish me luck!

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  37. I especially love that you use the word Grody. I thought only me and my Aunt Shelly said that! You are awesome!

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  38. Love the creative concealment for the cords! Awesome! When I finally get a grown up computer desk I am going to remember that little tip!

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  39. You are a genius! I ~LoVe~ the idea to drape fabric to hide cords. I am SO doing that!
    Thanks so much!
    Rebekah

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  40. The fabric covering the cords is genius!

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  41. *Love* the idea of fabric behind the desk!! I may steal this for my son's bookcase!

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