APARTMENT THERAPY

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I’m so excited to announce that The Spiffy Company is being featured over at Apartment Therapy today! Be sure to check out the article about our living room renovation along with so many other great stories over at one of my favorite home design and renovation sources!!

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Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to follow along with our project & renovations on Instagram and Facebook!

 

A LINEN CLOSET MINI MAKEOVER

As the temperature outside slowly starts to rise, I find myself craving a good spring cleaning. The thought of it actually really excites me. I keep fantasizing about the day when I can open all of the windows as I twirl and sing around the house with my cleaning supplies like a scene straight out of a Swiffer commercial.  A definite sign of adulthood, methinks ;)

Anyway, since it’s still a bit too cold to make that dream come to life, I figured I could tackle a bit of organization and sprucing up in the meantime. In this old house, storage space isn’t exactly at a premium but we do have a pretty good size linen closet upstairs that stores all of our basic cleaning supplies, toiletries, linens, and other necessary bathroom accoutrement.

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Albeit a bit disorganized at the moment, the  linen closet gets the job done. But, as I wait for the big cleaning day to arrive, I figured I’d take an afternoon to get things organized with a bit of a linen closet mini makeover. Because, why should other rooms get all the love? Linen closets are people too.

a linen closet mini makeover

I took everything off of the shelves and gave the inside of the closet a scrub. I thought this would be a good time to give the closet walls a fresh coat of paint. I opted not to paint the wooden shelves, but with some leftover black paint in the basement, I thought this might be a good spot to go a little bold. I mean, if you can take a bit of a risk in a closet, then where can you?! ;)

Now, I wouldn’t necessarily suggest using black or other dark hues in every closet, especially if it’s poorly lit, but since this closet is pretty shallow, I thought the dark color might actually help to keep things feeling neatly organized.

a linen closet mini makeover

In fact, in this case, the black actually added some depth to the closet and made it feel bigger. See what I mean? It’s a nice little contrast from the rest of the light and airy upstairs hallway.

a linen closet mini makeover

I reloaded the shelves with my freshly organized baskets & other miscellaneous supplies and it immediately felt better. Sometimes, it’s just the little things.

Rather than making it more difficult to see or too dark, the black paint helped all of the baskets and labels pop out at me even more, even taunting me to go clean my bathroom. Challenge accepted, linen closet.

a linen closet mini makeover

Now, it certainly isn’t a glamorous update and by no means was it a must on my seemingly long to-do list, but it was a quick and easy mini makeover I could hammer out in an afternoon that spruced things up a bit and got me ready (and dare I say even more excited) for some much anticipated spring cleaning :)

a linen closet mini makeover

 Am I the only one who is dying to do some serious spring cleaning?? Maybe don’t answer that…

Have a great week!!

 

 

DIY TUFTED HEADBOARD

I’ve been wanting to create a headboard in our bedroom for a while now and with the cold weather around us lately (-12 degrees?! Is this real life!?) I finally got around to doing it. Months ago, we built a bed platform from the boards we ripped down when we raised the ceiling in the living room but other than painting that, our overall bed situation has been pretty sad.

DIY Tufted Headboard

I knew I wanted something soft and upholstered and that I didn’t want to shell out the cash for a store bought one (those puppies are expensive!) and since our bed is placed in front of a window and hanging it on the wall wasn’t an option, I thought I’d see if I could create my own DIY tufted headboard to my exact specifications.

I’m certainly no professional when it comes to upholstery work, in fact, I don’t have much experience in that arena at all, but I did find a few things to be helpful along the way that I thought I’d share with you all. There are a lot of great tutorials out there for these types of headboards (like Jenny’s and Sarah’s) which I used as a starting point and then sort of mixed and matched different things with my own ideas.

DIY Tufted Headboard

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 Piece of Plywood Cut to Size – I had the guys at Home Depot cut it down to my exact dimensions
  • 3 Yards of Fabric – I probably could have gotten away with 2.5 yards but I’d rather be safe than sorry ;)
  • Upholstery Foam – This is, honestly, the most expensive part of the project. Rather than spending the money on new upholstery foam, I used an old mattress pad that we have in storage and it worked perfectly. I suggest exploring your options here before shelling out the cash for the pricey stuff
  • Batting
  • Dritz Craft Cover Button Kit from Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • Staple Gun
  • Wide Head Nails
  • Small Washers
  • Spray Adhesive

I cut the upholstery foam/mattress pad to size using a serrated knife so that it covered the plywood entirely and attached it with some spray adhesive. Then, using a staple gun, I wrapped the batting around the foam and board and stapled it to the back. I suppose you could get away with skipping this step but I found it helpful to add just a bit more padding and to make sure all edges and corners were smooth.

Then, I used the same wrapping and stapling process with the of fabric, being sure to keep things tight and smooth but also allow for a bit of give for when the actual tufting process began.

Tufting is typically done using a heavy duty upholstery needle and threading the button through the fabric and out the back but I wanted to try out a different method that I thought would be faster and easier for me.

I thought by hammering a wide head nail and washer and through the headboard layers, I would be able to get the same effect in half the time. The wide head and washer are important here in order to avoid the nails popping through the fabric and making you very, very sad. I may or may not have learned this the hard way…

DIY Tufted Headboard

Once I mapped out where I waned by tufts to be and marked each spot on the fabric, I fit the washer around the nail to give it a larger circumference and provide enough hold around the fabric to stay tight and secure.

DIY Tufted Headboard

 Then, I carefully hammered the nails to create my tufts.

DIY Tufted Headboard

It’s also important that your nails are long enough to fit through all layers of the headboard. I even made sure that my nails came through the back and then I simply bent them with the hammer when I was finished to assure they stayed secure. Remember, you’re not even going to see the back of the headboard.

Here’s how it looked once all tufts were made. [Insert poorly lit iPhone images here…]

DIY Tufted Headboard

You can see here that I left the bottom potion of the board open, only covering it with fabric to avoid any exposed plywood, because this is where we would be attaching the headboard to the back of the bed platform.

Then I used the button kit to create the buttons with my fabric remnants and glued them into place using a hot glue gun.

Here it is once we attached it to the back of the bed.

DIY Tufted Headboard

 It’s funny what a difference it makes in the room, really pulling things together.

DIY Tufted Headboard

DIY Tufted Headboard

And it’s just so nice to rest me noggin’ on at night ;)

Now there are only a handful of other issues left to deal with in the bedroom. One, being the placement of the bed. The bed in front of the window isn’t ideal but was truly the only logical option for this bedroom but I do have some ideas to combat the issue and make it into more of a focal point and less of an oddity.

I think by flanking the window with curtains, I’ll be able to fill up the empty space because the bed and make the window feel more substantial without creating extra visual clutter. You can see below that I’ve been playing around with the idea in Photoshop to get a feel for what I want…

DIY Tufted Headboard

DIY tufted Headboard

I haven’t made any final decisions but I think it will make a huge difference. I’m still on the hunt for some new nightstands (I’d really love to find something reclaimed or vintage, the space is begging for some natural wood right now) but overall, things are finally starting to come together.

It’s hard to believe that the bedroom looked like this just before we got our hands on it…

a tour of the 2nd floor

 I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.

Happy Sunday, everyone! Stay warm!

 

LET’S PROCRASTINATE!

It’s been a while since I pushed my bad procrastination habits on you all, so I figured I should probably put a hold on all productivity in fear of accomplishing too much today. Ha!

So, if you’re like me and could use a quick break from your Tuesday afternoon… let’s procrastinate, shall we?

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|| I need to be friends with this little boy just so I can hang out in his room for a while. But, chances are he’s a little too cool for me…

|| Gwen is taking some bold risks in her new dining room and they are paying off BIG TIME…

|| This lake house renovation is coming together sooooo nicely. I cannot wait to see the end result…

|| 12 solutions to make household chores just a bit more bearable… YES PLEASE!

|| It’s amazing what a little white paint can do. This former country kitchen is now what dreams are made of…

IKEA Home Planner Printout|| While I do love a good white kitchen, it’ll be fun to see how these black kitchen plans pan out…

I usually like to limit my procrastination to Monday mornings, but it’s turning out to be one of those weeks that my days are all screwed. I spent most of the morning thinking it was Wednesday. That’s never a good sign…

Well, anyway… Happy Wednesday Tuesday, folks!