When we first looked at buying this house, I asked “where will the 12′ dinning table fit?”. But you win some, you lose some with purchasing your first house, and we decided that the house was worth not having space for that mammoth table that I can’t wait to build…one day;)
But I still wanted to max out our little 7′ x 9′ dinning room. The biggest goal was to fit as many people around the table as possible while still feeling comfortable for just the two of us (now three) on an every day basis.
Two very long upholstered benches, a custom sized table, and a few chairs is how we got to our current record: seven adults for a thanksgiving dinner. That’s not bad for this tiny room!
This arrangement did not leave room for a standard high chair, so we got a clip on high chair, and we LOVE it. We take it everywhere with us, restaurants, friend houses, picnics. Clamp it on and its’ set. Because it fastens directly to the table top, there is less space for him to drop food and toys. (he still throws them though, it can’t solve that!)
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Wow, so much has happened since my last post: We had a baby boy! Mommy life has been lots of early morning snuggles, cute little babbles as he is finding his voice, and the constant challenge of capturing a smile on camera! I think he enjoys watching us try so hard;)
Another thing that comes with mommy life is more laundry, and lots of it! I needed a way to keep the space in front of my washing machine a little more tidy.
Have you seen those adorable vintage laundry sorting carts? I saw this one at World Market:
I liked it… but I wanted to tweak it to make it work better for our space. For starters I really only needed two separate bins: Lights and Darks. I don’t get fancier then that when it comes to laundry.
The other thing I wanted to tweak was to add a way to attach a laundry basket, so that when you are folding, the basket does not take up any space on the folding counter. So here is my version of the laundry cart:
I used black pipe, Pine wood, and little wheels to make this cart.
Here’s a closer look of the little “hooks” for the laundry basket:
For the hooks: I used 3/4″ pipe, so I got a reducing “T” from 3/4″ to 1/2″, then used a 1/2″ elbow fitting, and couplings to fit it all together. I also added square end caps, which are probably not necessary, but I liked the finished look.
I wanted the folding counter height to be around elbow height on me, so I went with 29″ long pipe for the longest length, then all the other fittings and the wheels added the rest of the height that I needed.
To make each leg the same length, you may need to fine tune the pipe fittings by tightening or loosening the pipe to match. Don’t worry if some of the legs have looser fittings, they won’t move once you secure the flanges in place.
I finished the wood with a Dark walnut Danish Oil. First sanding all the way up to 220 grit sand paper, then one coat of the oil.
I love the functionality this cart brings to our laundry room! Now to just make something to do the washing and the folding…
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It’s baby room decorating time! We are getting so close to meeting this little one, and I am in that full on “nesting phase” people always talk about. I have a strong urge to organize most rooms of the house, and to spray everything with a can of Lysol… Sound about right?
When I began to come up with a design plan for this nursery, I wrote a list of the “non-changeable” items of the room. These included the wall color (because I had just painted it and I still liked the color surprise: grey and cream!) and the crib (it was given to us and it felt like too much work to paint all the little slats)
Some other things that were given to use was a dresser/side table, and a glider rocker. Now these items I was free to alter any way I wanted. I began with the typical Wing Back Glider rocking chair:
My main goal was to keep the comfort of the glider rocker, but make it look like, well, not a glider rocker. I began poking around Pintrest for some inspiration (how most projects begin) and all the tutorials I found were pretty heavy on the sewing skills required. I am not a seamstress. I’ve tried to learn, and it just doesn’t seem to click with me. So I came up with a no-sew plan for this glider rocker. I picked out a slip cover from IKEA that I like and I decided that I would make the chair fit the slip cover, instead of making a slip cover to fit the chair…what could possibly go wrong?!
Once I had both the chair and the slip cover in the work shop, it was a constant time of trial and error to fit the chair to the slip cover. I would put the slip cover on, then remove some of the frame of the chair. I did this over and over until it “fit”.
At this point I had only removed parts of the chair, it now needed LOTS of altering to fill out the slip cover.
The first thing to add was the length to the arms and the shape of the base needed to be boxier. I did this by using 1×4″s and 1 1/4″ wood screws. I measured the length of the slip cover arms, and cut the wood to fit.
Now it was time to move on to the padding. I had a big bag of random sizes and thicknesses’ of foam leftover from previous projects. I started by stapling foam and bating to the arms and worked my way towards the center of the chair.
I ended up using all new foam for the back rest because I needed to it lay flatter than the original back cushion did.
I was able to use the original seat cushion by cutting it to fit the slip cover. Just trace the slip cover onto the foam, and use a utility knife/scissors/jig saw to cut it.
Once I had the chair comfortable again with all the new foam, I covered everything in bating to keep it secure and smooth out all the cracks. Another bonus of the bating is that it keeps all the foam/stuffing in place for when you want to remove the slip cover to throw it in the washing machine…. because word on the street is that babies are a little messy.
Then the final fitting and adjustments were made to fill out any corners and make it look fuller. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not a perfect fit of a slip cover, but its supper comfortable and was the look I was going for while still being able to glide! I am looking forward to spending lots of time in this chair rocking our little one:)