Good morning, all! I hope that all of you had a fantastic Independence Day (those of you in the U.S., that is)!! And I hope that you did take time to reflect on those brave men who fought for our independence and drafted one of the most beautiful documents ever written that gave us the freedoms that we now enjoy today. (Unlike the Domino’s Pizza guy, who told me, when I went to pick up my pizza, that July 4th was the day that we celebrate our independence from World War I. Seriously, what goes on in our schools today?!)
But that’s a completely different topic.
I love long weekends, but I’m so thankful we don’t have many of them, because I feel so completely unproductive!! I’m not one to just sit and relax, so I get a bit antsy. I’m ready to get back to work…and there’s plenty to be done!
The new flooring in John & Alice’s house is finished. Wow…that was a massive undertaking for those installers! I’ve already shown you the gorgeous vinyl “wood” plank flooring that was used in most of the house. But now, let me show you what we used in the bathrooms. FYI–These photos are the master bathroom, which will be the next room I work on after the master bedroom is finished.
Isn’t that tile pretty? But here’s the secret…it’s VINYL also!! It’s separate vinyl tiles, and they’re actually grouted! They install in a similar way to regular ceramic or porcelain tile, and they’re grouted just the same way. I’m telling you, vinyl flooring just may be my new favorite thing. The tile is gorgeous (and there are many different ones to choose from), and it’s not as cold on the feet as porcelain or ceramic.
Now I’m anxious to get started on the master bathroom!! But first, there are several projects that must be finished in the master bedroom. Here’s a peek:
First up, I needed some pillow shams to go with the white quilt that I bought for the bed at the bargain price of $29.99 at Marshall’s. Unfortunately, they didn’t have matching shams, so I bought some other white quilted shams that will blend just fine.
Then I bought some gorgeous medium brown linen, and I’m going to add a little detail around each sham, and I’ll also use this fabric for the bedskirt. This linen was my biggest fabric splurge for the room. It was $14.99/yard, and I used a coupon to get 40% off, but because of the quantity I needed, I spent more on it than any other fabric for the room. I think it’ll be worth it, though.
Next up, I’m going to make some little lumbar pillows to go in the two accent chairs that I’m refinishing and reupholstering for the room. The striped fabric was regularly $24.99/yard, but it was on sale for 50% off, and I only needed one yard. The other fabric is a cotton decorator fabric, regularly $9.99/yard, and I used a 40% off coupon. Not too bad, huh? I love sales and coupons!!
Next is this fabric that I absolutely fell in love with. It was the most expensive fabric of them all, at $39.99/yard. But it was on sale for 50% off, and I only needed 1/2 yard. If you’re working on budget, this is definitely the way to add more luxurious fabrics to your room–in small amounts that make a big impact.
The last sewing project will be with this natural cotton canvas, accented with this beautiful dark green and brown ribbon. Any guesses what this fabric is?
Oh, I’m sure you know (y’all are so smart!!)…it’s a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot. If you’re looking for a lot of yardage of a neutral fabric at a great price, this is the best way to go. One drop cloth that measures 9 feet by 6 feet costs just under $10. Add some accents (or don’t), use clip rings, and you’ve got some gorgeous (and insanely inexpensive) drapery panels.
Now with these, I’m actually going to line them with blackout lining and turn them into actual drapery panels, sewn the way I’d sew any other custom, lined drapery panels. But if you don’t require lined panels, it doesn’t get any easier…or cheaper…than drop cloths. I’ll also be using the canvas/ribbon combo in one other place in the room, but I’ll keep that to myself for now.
So anyway, all together, this is what my fabric/accent selections look like: