Shannon Berrey

Sorry to keep 'dragon' this on...

Friday, April 06, 2012


But seeing this bench only continues my hanky-panky with Mr.Chiang Mai Dragon.

'Good stuff' is right.

*I have Caitlin to thank for keeping this reptilian romance hot and heavy* 

{because this is a family blog, I'm going to resist explaining what the addition of the nailhead trim is doing up in here}  

How to cute your cubes

Friday, January 06, 2012

I showed you the upholstered ottomans in Maris' room yesterday. I wanted to show you their transformation. This is how they looked when I bought them at Homegoods:


They were covered in a small peachy-pinky check fabric. I knew that I would be giving them a make-over when I bought them. At $60 for the pair, I didn't mind.  

I thought it would be fun to paint them. Using primer, I brushed on a thin coat. 

There was still quite a bit of the print coming through the primer so I applied a second coat. After it dried, it was really rough to the touch so I lightly sanded everything with 220 sandpaper. HUGE difference. Then I applied an off-white latex house paint. But this time, I used a 4" foam roller-- because I am impatient and this application is much faster than using a brush.

{via simpleorganizedliving}

I sanded and then applied another coat. Then I sanded and added another coat--like 5 times.

It feels a little like pleather at this point. Very smooth. I had these out on the floor and would paint, walk away, let it dry, sand, come back and do it again. After doing this for 2 days and realizing at 9pm that I had a party the next day and I wanted these done...I realized that I was only 1/2 way through because I now needed to paint on a design. It hit me that I probably had fabric that would work in my stash and that I could actually reupholster them WAY faster than continuing the painting process. It's called the creative process, people. don't judge.

Sure enough, I had some blue chevron fabric and thus we rerouted to Plan B.

I laid the fabric-right side down-on top of the cube.

When cutting my fabric, I allowed for a couple of extra inches to be stapled to the bottom.  

The chevrons showing through made it easy to keep it nice and straight. On each corner, I took up the excess, starting at the top.

I pinned it straight down to the bottom. You want it to be good and snug for a professional finish.  

I felt through the fabric to determine where the top of the original seam started.


I placed a mark with the pencil. This was the place that my stitching would start. 

Then I cut off the excess triangle shaped fabric { I was in a hurry and was using dull scissors--thus ridiculous looking *straight* cuts} Then starting at the top pencil mark, I sewed 4 seams following the pins. I removed the pins, turned the fabric right side out and slipped it over the cube.

I removed the feet by taking out the screws.

I pulled the new slipcover snuggly over the cube and stapled the excess fabric all around the bottom. Then I put the feet back on.



Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I have been anxiously waiting and am so excited that Caitlin Wilson's textile line has finally launched!

She has fantastic pillows and fabrics by the yard. Look at how beautifully all the pillows work together. 

You can browse all her goodies here.

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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