Decorating can be difficult when you don’t have a large budget. Where do you start? How do you make all those pieces you’ve collected along the way work together? Here’s how I took a bunch of mismatched second-hand furniture and pulled the decor together to give myself a brand new, stylish dining room.
Here’s what it looked like when I purchased it. Rather tired and in need of updating at the very least, but with great possibilities.
Being I’m big on DIYing, I have a tendency to cross use my tools, as you might have already noticed if you’ve been following my articles. Below you’ll find a list of supplies I used including a tool intended for use by those who install drywall.
- Fabric and lining (How to figure yardage shared on next page.)
- Tape measure
- Fabric shears
- Cutting mat
- Straight edge (I use a drywall T-Square)
- Rotary cutter
- Sewing machine
- Measuring mat
Though this can be done without the rotary cutter and all that goes with it, it’s much easier with them. You can also get by without the cardboard measuring mat I have on the table under everything. However, it does protect your dining table if you don’t have a designated cutting table.
A while back in my article Making the Best of Under the Sink Space, I mentioned the idea of using press on floor tile on the floor of the sink cabinet. At the time I didn’t have any so I used what I had on hand, which was vinyl wallpaper. Recently I purchased a box of sticky tiles so today I’m sharing my tips on how to do this project with very little measuring involved.
First, gather your supplies:
Being a Seamstress, I often cross use my tools. For instance, when marking where the holes needed to be cut in the tile to go around the flexible conduit I used my sliding ruler, which is normally used to measure hems when sewing. I also used my quilters cutting mat to protect our dining table from being damaged while cutting the tiles.
Before you gather your supplies clean the floor of the base cabinet with warm soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean absorbent cloth. After gathering your supplies, check to make sure it’s completely dry. The tiles will not adhere properly to a damp surface.
- Enough press-on tiles for your cabinet base.
- Sewing slide ruler gauge or other small ruler.
- Ink pen.
- Inexpensive scissors.
- Utility knife.
- T-Square or straight edge guide for cutting.
- Cutting mat or something to protect the surface you’re cutting on.
When our son and grandson moved in with us I started working on turning our extra bedroom turned storage closet back into a bedroom for the little guy.
This room however, was filled with large shelving units loaded with things that at the moment had no where else to go. After scrambling to find places for every shelving unit, I realized I was still going to need some space in here for storage.
What you get for $1.99:
You get a bookcase that’s finish is out dated, stripped of it’s original legs and missing its sliding glass doors. Though I wasn’t concerned about the color of its finish, as I planned on staining it to match our kitchen cabinets, I did want to replace the missing legs and glass doors.
When I started to work on it not only the finish sanded off, but so did the grain. Unlike fake wood grain products today, this grain was painted on. Very well, I might add, as it fooled me. Granted, I didn’t look close when I saw the $1.99 price tag, but still, I would have expected myself to have noticed as I love real wood.
You can see where the fake grain was sanded off (by me) showing the basecoat. It was constructed of plywood so I figured it was worth coming up with another plan.