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Something A Little Shuttering

Jennifer —  September 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

Thanks for listening to my recent life posts, but today I am ready to post a good DIY post.  For all of you that are wanting to do something to the exterior of your home I have got just the post for you.  We decided to change-up many things about the exterior of the home we renovated.  Here is the before pic just for fun.

Caudill House Before

Here is what we have done so far:

One of the last things that we wanted to do was add some chunkier shutters.  The original shutters were green vinyl.  Shutters have no function in this home, but they just add am element of texture to the exterior.  They break up the khaki siding in a pleasant way.  It completely transformed the first house we renovated.  I wanted navy blue to be the accent color so I went on a mission to find navy shutters and the cheapest that I could find were these from Lowes.  I liked them, but they were a little skinnier than the size of shutter I had in my head. I also could not order the exact dimension I needed for the windows. Yes, I could find a company that could do such a thing but I would also have to add another $30-$50 per shutter.  No thanks.  We made these stock shutters fit by allowing a little overage so I thought I would try them out.  The cost of the Lowes shutters were reasonable at $150, but after you add tax and supplies need to install them it would add up to about $175.  If they fit, ordering and installing could be worth my time.  I decided the next time that I went to the house I would see if I was okay with the width.  Unfortunately, I was not.  The former shutters were bigger and these new shutters would not cover the holes in the siding.  I knew my only option was to make my own.  Ordering custom shutters would have been a $300 adventure and that was not in the budget. Here is a picture of the window (before the new windows) without a shutter:

Caudill Exterior Before

Here are the new windows with the new shutters:

 caudill exterior 3

Here is what I used to build the shutters:

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Seven Step Rescue

Jennifer —  September 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

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Our To-Do List

Jennifer —  April 10, 2013 — 2 Comments

When we first began the laundry room renovation we knew that part of the laundry room would house the office. Lee wanted a large marker board so he could brainstorm, put to-do lists, and organize his life. We made this massive version of a marker board.

DIY XL Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

It worked well, but when we decided to rearrange the laundry room, and add a double desk, the large marker board did not work any longer. You can see here the desk took its place.

Laundry room desk

We thought about leaving the marker board on the wall, but Lee likes to stand by the marker board and didn”t want the desk to get in the way.

To be honest, I don”t use the marker board as much as he does, so I was not going to suggest replacing it unless he asked. Just when I thought the marker board was history, Lee asked me “where is the marker board going to go?” I smirked and he suggested, what if we make one like your mirror you made for the bedroom. I thought it was a great idea and this is what we came up with:

Laundry Room 5, iloverehabs.com

I actually like this version because it makes sense in our space. I actually use the marker board for to-do lists, notes to myself, verses I am memorizing, quotes that inspire, and notes to my hubby. We don”t have kids and don”t have a play room, but this could end up in a play room someday. If you are a homeschooling mom you could make a bigger version for your school room. It is really simple to make, so here is how.

Materials:

  • Shower Board.  (Its is found in the wood/trim section of Lowes or Home Depot.  It is used for shower surrounds and it has great marker board potential)

  • Piece of Plywood (to back the shower board)

  • Wood for the Frame.  (We used 1 X 6 pine)

  • Fasteners.  We used our Kreg Jig but you could just use

    wood glue and then install flat brackets on the back

  • Screws

  • Liquid Nails

  • Paint or stain.

We had everything but the wood and shower board for this project.  The total cost was around $30.

Here is what you do:

Step 1:

Determine the size of your marker board. One of our friends was borrowing our table saw so we couldn”t cut the plywood and shower board ourselves.  We needed to know the dimensions so that Lowes could cut it for us.

Step 2:

Buy and Cut the wood.

Step 3:

Adhere the shower board to the Plywood.  You could skip this step but the shower board is not very sturdy on its own.  We wanted sturdy writing surface…for what I am not sure.

Framed Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

Step 4:

Apply the glue to the plywood.

Framed Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

 

Then place the shower board on top of the plywood.

Framed Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

I am not sure if this was necessary but it sure beats holding the shower board myself  for the suggested 30 minutes.  The towels are so the shower board would not get scratched.  At least our weights are getting used in some way.

Step 5:

We cut our pieces for the frame and then used the Kreg Jig to drill holes.

Framed Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

 

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Framed Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

 

Step 6:

We screwed the pieces together to make the frame.  The frame was 4 inches wider and taller than the shower board and plywood.

Framed Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

Step 7:

We painted the frame

Step 8:

We attached the shower board/plywood to the back of the frame by just screwing it in from the back.  Here is a side shot.  It”s not a great angle, because you can”t really see that the plywood is 4 inches from the edge of the painted frame.  In the room you can”t see the plywood unless you lift the framed marker board from the wall.

Framed Markerboard, iloverehabs.com

Step 9:

We leaned our new marker board against the wall.  We did not attach it to the wall, but if I had kids, then I would absolutely secure that thing to the wall.

Step 10:

Put our first to-do list on our marker board.

 Laundry Room Retro

 

It seems like I have had much to do on my to-do list lately.  What about you?

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

Polka Dot Inspired Baby Mobile

Jennifer —  February 6, 2013 — 2 Comments
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A year ago I attempted to make a mobile for a friend.  I liked it, but I also realized that it was my first attempt and I wanted to try again to make it better.

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When I did Canyon”s moodboard,  told her that I would make a mobile to work with the room. Here is the moodboard for a little reminder.

iloverehabs.com, boys nursery ideas

The inspiration for the moodboard was the changing pad that she picked out. I loved the polka dots so I thought I would attempt a circular “polka dottish Mobile” Here is what I came up with.

Circle Mobile,iloverehabs

My friend lives a few hours away and I couldn”t attend her shower so I had to construct it at my house and send it with another friend making the trip. That is why my final picture has the mobile hanging in my kitchen.

I was really amazed how easy this was. I learned a lot and would change-up the order of how I did it. I want to share with you how to do it from what I learned so the pictures might be a little off. Here is what you will need:

Materials:

  • Window Interior Trim (I found a ton of these at a restore all for a dollar)  You could use two dowel rods tied or notched together)  Whatever you choose, make sure its is thick enough for an eye hook to screw into the beam.
  • Yarn or fabric
  • Cardstock
  • String the color of the paper.  (or you could use clear string if you were doing multiple colors)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Circle Cutter (found at

    scrapbook section at Michaels)  I got the largest one.  It was $16.00 but Micheal gives you a coupon every time your buy something.  I had one for 40% off one item so it cost me $10 with tax

  • Hack Saw (optional)  This is if you need to cut the dowel or cross trim down.
  • Eye Hooks
  • S Hook
  • Hook for hanging

Total Cost to make:  a little under $20 if you have to buy everything.  I had the yarn, string and paper (from my Christmas bunting) so it cost me about $15.

Here is how I did it:

1.)  Cut Window trim/wood dowels to the size you want and make sure both pieces are the same size. Here is the piece looked like before I cut it.

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs

 

2.)  Secure the dowel rod/cross beam together.  Mine was notched already so I secured it with a small screw.  You could notch yours with a hack saw or just tie it together with yarn.

 Circle Mobile, iloverehabs

3.)  Attach your cross beam with four eye hooks on the top part of each beam.

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs

4.)  Wrap your cross beam in yarn or fabric.  I did not do this first. The reason why is because I didn”t think I need to do this at all.  I attached all the circles and it was completely finished and I

didn”t like all the string showing tied at the top, so I wrapped it with all the paper circles attached.  I have one word for you….. BRUTAL. It took me so long to wrap the cross beam around the strands!  The yarn is perfect for hiding the string tied at the top.  When you tie the string on it will fit neatly between the yarn and not be seen.  To cover the ends of the beam I glued a few small strands to the end and then wrapped the excess in when I wrapped the beam.

Circle Mobile 2

You can see how the string is hidden in the end product…

Circle Mobile

Note:  If I do this again I might try screwing in tiny eye hooks to the bottom of the beam to tie the strands to.  Before I start the tieing process I will spray paint the entire thing.  I did like the look of the yarn though.

5.)  Determine how full and how long you want your mobile.  I wanted the mobile to be long enough to have a presence but also be out or a reach for a kid standing up in a crib.  (If they are standing up in the crib, that means the crib bed is lowered.  Newborns are who sleeps in the crib when its at its highest point.  I have never met a Newborn that stood so….I determined the length by using the ceiling height and the crib at its lowest point.  I decided the mobile needed to be 8 circles long.  The good news is that if the measurement is wrong…mom can just snip off the bottom layer if needed.

6.)  Set up a temporary hanging system to work on the mobile.   I just used string and tied a not at the end.  I used the center part of the celing fan.  (Dont use the blade….it will break it or bend it)  Remember I hadn”t wrapped the yarn at this point.  I wished I would have, but that is why its not wrapped in this picture.

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs

6.)  I began to sew the circles in the same way I sewed my Christmas bunting.  Make sure you start with excess to tie the strand to the beam.

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs.com

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Circle Mobile, iloverehabs.com

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Circle Mobile, iloverehabs

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Circle Mobile

 

7.)  I attached the circles by tying them to the top beam.  I tied a granny not and wrapped it around a few times for good measure.

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs.com

 

Note:  for balance reasons I did one strand on each side and would add each strand in that way.

8.)  I put four strands on each part of the beam.

9.)  I cut off the termporary string and tied a peice of yarn to each eye hook (on the end of each beam).  I wrapped it around a few times just for security.  My mobile was not heavy, but if yours is heavy you might want to tie three pieces of yarn and braid it.

10.)  I tied all the strings to a S Hook.  (If you notice I needed a break from standing on a chair so I moved the mobile to my gooseneck lamp.

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs.com

11.)  I pulled the strings together and tied another piece of yarn around it and wrapped it a few inches.  I did this to help me keep the strings the same length.  It is hard to tie strings to an s hook and tie them in a way that its the exact same length on each side.  I learned that lesson from this mobile that is a little unbalanced. Here is the what it looked like before I pulled the strings together:

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs

 

You want to start wrapping at the point that the strings meet.  You might need two sets of hands.  I held it and Lee tied a piece of yarn at that point and started wrapping.  After a few wraps, I took over.  I wrapped it all the way to the s hook and then I even wrapped around the bottom of the S hook so that the strings could not slip off. Confused?  The picture will explain:

Circle Mobile, iloverehabs

 

Do you see how the bottom half of the S Hook is wrapped?

11.) Attach a ceiling hook per the instructions and hang your mobile.  I didn”t want to put a hole in my ceiling so I just hooked it to a large S hook on my curtain rod.

circle Mobile, iloverehabs

 

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Circle Mobile, iloverehabs.com

 

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Circle Mobile, iloverehabs.com

I can”t wait to make another.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

 

A Little Bit Shady

Jennifer —  January 9, 2013 — 2 Comments

Lee and I are moving along with the house we are renovating and I have more posts to share soon, but I wanted to share a little project that I did over Christmas break.  I have been wanting a roman shade for my kitchen window.  Five years ago I bought some plain white roman shades for my living room bay window.  These were a temporary privacy fix until I found something else in the living room.  I don”t have a picture but you can see here that I have changed then out for bamboo shades.

iloverehabs, striped curtains bay window

The smaller window”s shades moved to the guest bedroom for a short season and the large roman shade moved to the laundry room as seen here.

Laundry Room

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Peg Board Christmas Tree

Jennifer —  November 28, 2012 — 6 Comments

  Make sure you come back here tomorrow.  I have a big announcement for you.  It”s a surprise but here are some hints…advent calendar…christmas giveaways….fun things for you…

As we have approached the Christmas season, I have had many friends tell me that they won”t have a Christmas tree.  My heart instantly drops.  Most have said that they don”t have room for a tree. I have one friend who is in transition, just moved and is finding a place to live.  She doesn”t want to buy a tree, decorate it and then take it down possibly before Christmas.  I get to work with tons of college students for my full-time job.  Most college students have three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break with no time and no room for a tree. I remember getting so excited to come home to my Christmas tree at home, only to get to enjoy it for a week.  I decided to come up with an “alternative” tree for those who cannot have a tree.  This is a tree for those who have no room to store a tree after Christmas.  The lights and colors are what dazzle me about a tree and I have decided that no person should miss this…even if they don”t have room.  I came up with this little cutie:

 Peg Board Tree Final iloverehabs.com

Here is what you need:

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The Change Up

Jennifer —  November 5, 2012 — 3 Comments

Did you notice my website is different?  Hold on tight because I am trying to mix in a blog re-design alongside my job, living life and doing projects.  Hopefully it won”t hinder you from your ability to read the blog but just wanted to give you a heads up.  Thanks for being patient.  I am upholding my DIY mantra and doing it myself.  Yep, I don”t know what I am doing so if there is something quirky contact me.  I am learning alot so if you have a WordPress Blog and want to know how to do something email me.  I wish more bloggers would be more open on how they do things on their blog.  If you have any knowledge to send my way…I welcome it with all my heart.

About a month ago I posted this preview to what I was doing in my laundry room.

LAundry Room Decor

I posted here about how the large foam letter F ended up hanging over Lucy.

Laundry Room

The next space to tackle was this space over my laundry area.  I actually liked the look of this area but I never really used anthing as it was set.  The iron”s home is usually in the laundry cart I built, and the mirrors were something I pulled out of a closet to fill the space.  There is no good reason to have mirrors there.  We never used them and they didn”t really reflect anything cool. The large tub of cleaning rags was a good idea but never really happened.  Its just easier to keep the rags under the kitchen sink or with the cleaning supplies. The Ikea lamp was never used.

Laundry Room

I decided to clear it all up and start over.  I was going to use most of the storage items in uses here, but just repurpose it to be more user friendly.  My first task at hand was to fill the space.  I decided to join the thousands of bloggers out there that have tried the staples engineer prints.  The large art for cheap is what sealded the deal.  I had three printed in the medium size and mounted it on a foam board.  There is no need to give a “how to” because this blog, i think, was the original post on  “how to”.  It was her genius idea so she needs the credit, so go over and check it out.  Here is how my version of this project turned out.

engineer prints staples, iloverehabs.com

When I come home I walk through the door to the laundry room.  These pictures are the first thing I see and they make me smile, which is

always a good thing.

The lesson learned in all of this is to not be afraid to “re-mix” your space if its not usable.  The lesson I should have learned a few years ago is its probably a good idea to wait to see how you will use the space before decorating.  I finally started to pay attention to what consistantly ended up on those shelves and I am going to figure out storage for those things.

It Monday and I am on the road again.  The Hubs is at home without me.  He does have Piper dog to keep him company.   I might post a few fun pics tomorrow to show what I get to do when I travel for my real job.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

 

Modge Podge Bins

Jennifer —  April 6, 2012 — 8 Comments

When I rehabbed my hallway I needed some large storage for blankets and other odds and ends.  Large baskets are pricey plus with my bamboo shade I wanted to not be overwhelmed with wicker.  So, I decided to modge podge two large plastic bins.

Here is how it turned out:

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Hack the Lack Part 2

Jennifer —  March 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

This is part 2 of a two-part series.  If you haven’t checked out part 1 you might be a little lost.  The good news is that you can check it out here.

A few weeks ago I posted part one of my Lack Coffee Table Overhaul.  Here is how I did it and here is a picture of where I left off:

 I left the ottoman this way for a couple of weeks. The next step was to purchase a piece of nice plywood to cut for the bottom shelf so that it could sit on the metal rungs that formerly held the old bottom shelf.

The problem is that the nice plywood (the smooth and thick kind that won’t bend in the middle) is 26-36 dollars.  I know I am super cheap but that price is for a large 4X8 ft peace and I don’t need that much.  I am basically paying that much for half of the piece of wood.  Yes, I know I am cheap and yes, I could probably use the extra for another project but I don’t have one in mind.   It would end up cluttering the garage and it would probably be there for a while.  That is why I left the ottoman at part 1.  It was serving its purpose well.  Then, last week the Hubs brought home this:

The Hubs works for a contracting company here in town and these were the extra trim pieces for custom kitchen cabinets from a remodel.  The cabinetry company didn’t want them and they were headed to the dumpster.  The hubs swooped in and saved them.  He had no idea how I would use them but he knew that I would.  Isn’t he great?  The only way to make these work was to build  a slatted shelf.  I hesitated because that seemed rustic to me.  I love me some rustic, and rustic modern speaks my language, but its not the vibe of my current living room.   In the name of “free” I  figured that since its mostly covered by the top and would be filled with stuff, you wouldn’t even notice.    I could modernize it a little with paint.

Here is how I did it:

  1. I made a rectangle base.  I attached it using wood glue and flat brackets.  One of these days I am going to break down and get a Kreg  jig.
  2. I cut the slats to size.
  3. I primed and painted each slat.  I did this because I knew there would be a tiny 1/64 inch space between each slat.  This would make it impossible to paint, yet I anticipated that you could see the unfinished wood.   To avoid this, I had to paint the slats before I constructed it.
  4. Using a brad nailer, I attached the slats.
  5. I flipped the shelf over and used a chisel to chisel out a place for the metal rungs to rest.  This is how the shelf stays on without sliding off.  Before I moved on, I checked to see if it worked and it did!
  6. Using Durham’s Water Putty I filled the holes on the top and sides.
  7. I used 60 grit paper to sand the entire thing and then finished it off with 150 grit paper.
  8. I primed 2 coats
  9. I painted 2 coats.  I used Glidden Parchment White.  Thankfully, younghouselove had to match Ikea’s white for one of their projects and they had done the research of what matched Ikea white.  It worked for them and it worked for me.
  10. I laid the wood shelf on the rungs and here it is!

Now this busy side table is clutter free again…

Because all the stuff went here:

I am not done, I need to get a basket for remotes and playing cards.  Yep, we play cards here.

Just A Fun Reminder of the Before:

To This:

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Living Room Final 6

Total Cost of the Ottoman:

  • 2 yards of fabric – FM fabrics (3.99 a yard) – I used a gift card ($0)
  • Two packs flat brackets – Lowes – $3.50 total
  • Lack Coffee Table – $19.00.  I had this coffee table so free for the overhaul.
  • Slats for shelf – leftover construction wood – Free
  • Primer – HAd it leftover from my bookcases.
  • 1 quart Glidden Parchment White (semi-Gloss) - Home Depot – $12.00
  • Wood Glue – Had it
  • Brad Nails – Had it
  • Hammer and Chisel – Had it
  • Batting:  Had it leftover from another project
  • Foam – Two Target twin-sized foam mattress topper, On sale for $9.99 a pop – $20.00
  • Grey underside fabric – Free- It was leftover from my guest bedroom headboard
  • wood for the top and braces underneath - Free – Had it in the woodpile
  • wood for the side edging – 2 1X2 from Lowes – $4.00
  • Buttons – Wal-Mart – 5 boxes – $10.00
  • Hot glue, staples, staple gun, fishing twine, upholstery needle – Had it

Total Cost: $50.00

Since all I used was the Lack Table’s legs, you don’t have a lack coffee table you could do the entire process and purchase legs at Lowes, or chop the legs off of an old table and install them like I did this bench. For the metal rugs you could use of those reversible screws like this one.  You would prep the shelf and lay it just as I did.

Is everyone having a great monday?  See ya tomorrow for more Rehab Life!

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

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Hack the Lack Part 1

Hack The Lack Part 1

Jennifer —  March 5, 2012 — 6 Comments

As I was putting the pieces together in my living room I started to notice that my Lack Coffee table was serving a great purpose but it didn’t look proportionally right.  I also longed to have a comfy place to prop up my feet when I watch t.v.  So, I decided to hack the lack.  I figured I could use the legs and the mounting hardware.  I wouldn’t use the top or bottom shelf in this project, but I figured I could find something around the house for those things.  Here is how I changed this:

To This:  (p.s. – I haven’t finished yet, I still have to put on the bottom)

1.)  I took a piece of plywood I had in my garage and cut it to the dimensions that I wanted.

2.)  I purchased some 1X2 at Lowes for $1.67 a pop and used it to border the edge of the plywood.  I did this to reinforce the plywood but also to make an upholstered edge so it would look more polished

3.)  I added some 1X3 we had leftover from a recent outdoor project.  These also gave more reinforcement to the sturdy 3/4 inch plywood.  Since it was so big I decided to make it a little more sturdy. ( I added one in the middle too but its not pictured here.  You will see it a few pics down)

4.)  I measured the plywood and found the center.  From these measurements, I figured out where I wanted the buttons.  I didn’t get a picture of this but I did in the same way I did my headboard.

5.)  I made marks and drilled holes for the buttons.  I used a 1/2 inch spade drill bit.

6.)  I didn’t like my button placement so I changed it up and had to drill more holes.  The new pattern used some of the previously drilled holes so to help my while I tufted, I covered up the holes that were not supposed to be used with some duck tape. (do you like by OU duck tape?)

7.)  Next, I attached the foam to the top of the plywood.  I used two twin sized foam mattress toppers from Target.  In my store they were $9.99 a pop.  Maybe they were on sale because they are $14.99 online.  I also used  a $5.00 coupon. The total came to about $15.00.   To make a smooth top to your ottoman place the patterned side down.  I attached them with some liquid nails.  I know that might be a little much.  I am sure that spray adhesive will work but I didn’t have any.  I had some liquid nails so that is what I used. A little trick for you:  I chose the width of my ottoman to be the same width as the foam.  That meant I didn’t have to cut up the foam that much…just wack off the end, with an electric turkey carver of course. Whoever got me that electric knife over 6 years ago for a wedding gift probably had no idea I would use it more for DIY projects than Thanksgiving day turkey carving.

8.)  I covered the side edges with some thick batting I had leftover from this slipcover project.  There is always a reason I keep scraps.

9.)  Next, I covered the entire thing with quilt batting and stapled it on the underside.

10.) Using scissors, I punctured holes through the batting and foam where the buttons would go. I just opened the scissors and stuck on end through the hole on the bottom.  I twisted to form a hole. This is where the duck tape came in handy. It kept me from punching the wrong holes in the foam. The foam covered my the holes that I didn’t use really well.

11.) I  washed and ironed my fabric  I purchased the same fabric that I used to make these new living room curtains.  I used scraps to make the curtains and I was a little nervous my favorite fabric store wouldn’t have it anymore but after some digging I found it.  I purchased 2 yards a $3.99 a pop.  Yeah Clearance aisle!  (which those of you who know this store know that I had to work for that 3.99 a yard fabric.  They just have bolts and bolts on top of each other in the clearance aisle.  I was sweating moving them all around.

12.)  The next step was to make my buttons.  To do this, I purchased 5 button kits at Wal-mart.  I needed 18 buttons so I had to purchase 5 kits that had 4 buttons.  Each one was $1.97.  I made all my buttons while watching t.v. with the Hubs.  Here is a tip:  if you are using the Wal-Mart buttons, follow the instructions for covering but put a dab of hot glue in the button before you put the back on.  Then use the tools to get it started but I use two screw drivers (one in each hand) to finish it off.  Just press all the way around.  It dents the back of the button but who cares, its sturdy and it wont be seen.  I have done this on both the headboard  in my master and guest bedroom and pulled my hardest to tuft them.  Two years later…they are still intact.

13.)  Next, I laid the fabric over the foam covered top and tufted the ottoman.  I wanted the buttons to sink in a little so I decided to attach the buttons BEFORE I stapled the fabric to the bottom.  I used fishing twine to attach the buttons and an upholstery needle I had.  An upholstery needle is key because its larger and sturdier.  Since I had made holes in the wood and the foam, it makes navigating the needle easier but sometimes it takes patience.  My trick:  use a wooden kabob skewer to help know where the needle goes.

14.)  After making 5-6 loops through each button  I tied it off.  To tie it off I use scrap fabric and made little rolls.  I tied the extra string around it and knotted it.  Then, I wrapped the extra string around it and stapled the fabric down.  The bulk of it goes in the hole but if its thick enough it gets stuck and holds.  Hopefully you can see better by the picture.  Stapling the fabric down helps me make the button be taught and it also flattens the fabric for the next step.

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15.)  I stapled the fabric around the edges of the underside.  (see pic above)

16.)  Now its time to cover the ugly.  I used some leftover fabric from my guest bedroom headboard to cover the bottom.  I just laid it on there and stapled it, folding the edges under on each side.

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17.) I took the legs off the Lack table and cut about four inches off the bottom.  I wanted to leave the top of the legs so I could use the hardware to attach the legs.

18.)  I attached the existing hardware to my new ottoman top.  To do so I had to:

  • Mark where the hardware would go
  • Cut away the fabric
  • Drill a pilot hole in the middle so the threaded screw could go all the way into the hardware and ottoman top easily.  (The Lack leg hardware actually is made to fit in a hole pre-made by Ikea. They do this to make the leg and top look seamless.  I thought about drilling a hole out of the underside of the ottoman to make it work exactly but I realized that the edge I made with the 1X2 hid the fact that the metal mounting hardware was shown at the top of the leg so I didn’t worry about it.  This pic shows my attempt to make the hole before I realized I didn’t need to or have a drill bit wide enough.  The hardware just rest right on top of the wood.  Notice the hole in the middle for the threaded screw to go beyond the hardware.

19.)  The last thing I did was screw in the existing hardware and screw on the legs

and that is how I got it to this stage:

Now, I am still working on part two.  I need a bottom shelf for magazines and storage.  I strategically cut the Lack legs so I could keep the metal things that the old shelf rested on.  Now, I just need to cut some wood and paint a lower shelf.  I will update you when I do that.  I am also thinking about putting casters on the bottom.

I have finished, check out the finished product here!

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

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