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How to Make a DIY Starbucks Latte Halloween Costume

3 Sep

I live by the motto that it’s never too early to start thinking about a Halloween costume. Even if you don’t share my passion for the one day of the year when dressing up like a weirdo is totally celebrated, you can’t deny that stores have started stocking black and orange decorations. And costume catalogs are probably flooding your mailbox as we speak. So, I figured it was about time I shared a how-to on Sophia’s costume from last year: A Starbucks grande iced pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream!

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I already had an old slip and headband so the costume cost us less than $10 in felt and hot glue! When we were searching for ideas last year, we found lots of cute pictures (this blog post was our big inspiration) but there was no resource that really explained how to create the Starbucks logo and how to use felt to create the foam/whipped cream. But now, thanks to this blog post, there is!

You’ll need a tan dress (I had an old slip that fit Sophia loosely but these cheapies from Amazon are a great option), a plain headband, 2 one-foot square pieces of dark green felt, white felt (enough to make at least six 9-inch circles and eight 3.5-inch circles), felt glue, a black Sharpie (to write the “order” on the back of the “cup”), a hot glue gun, and whatever you want to wear underneath.

Search for the Starbucks logo online and make an enlarged print about 7 inches in diameter. To make the traceable template, you’ll need to cut it out. This will be super annoying and time-consuming and you’ll get carpal tunnel but just think about how awesome your costume is going to be and deal with it. Plus…good news! Since it’s symmetrical, you can cut half of it and just flip it over when tracing. (Be sure to have a bowl of mini pumpkins nearby to help you get in the holiday spirit!)

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Use a black Sharpie to trace around the design.

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Then flip your template over to trace the other side.

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Next step: Stop and marvel at how good it’s looking!

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Then — yup, you guessed it — just when you’re starting to get feeling back in your hand, more cutting! Once you’ve got it all cut out, glue down each part of the design with felt glue. (Felt glue is easier and less messy than hot glue so it’s best to use felt glue for this step.)

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Soon it’ll look like this and all will be right with the world. (Don’t forget the nose, mouth and the little triangle in the middle of the crown.)

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Then cut out the circle and you’re ready to glue the logo on the front of the dress. Just make sure you put it down low enough so you have plenty of room for the foam/whipped cream across the top.

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To make the whipped cream you’ll need 5 or 6 white felt circles that are about 9 inches in diameter. If you want the foam to go across the back, you’ll need more. We decided against it because we wanted more room for the “drink order” on the back. (More on that later.)  They don’t need to be perfect circles so don’t worry your pretty little head about making it precise.  (The little ones pictured here are for the headband.)

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To make the whipped cream, fold your felt in an accordion fold vertically along the dotted lines below. Add small horizontal lines of hot glue (it adheres faster than the felt glue) across the center to glue each section together. Then fold it along the middle and you’ve got a big, fluffy, frothy glob of whipped cream / foam! Use a thin line of hot glue along the center back of the felt to attached it to the dress.

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To make the frothy headband, grab two of the smaller circles and glue them together with the headband running through the middle of it. This will be your base to build the straw and foam onto. Lots of tutorials suggested a paper towel roll with green paint but I had some extra green felt so I tried gluing it into a tube shape and it worked! Just use paper clips to hold it together while the glue sets. Once your straw is dry, cut 4 slits in the bottom of it and glue the tabs onto the circles on your headband. Again, use paper clips to keep it in place while it dries.

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After the straw was glued in place, I added some more white felt over the green on the base to cover it up. Then I made the whipped cream with the small circles using the same method as I used on the dress.

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Perfect!

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To really make it look like a Starbucks cup, I wrote the “drink order” on the back with a black Sharpie. The order boxes from top to bottom are: Decaf, Shots, Syrup, Milk, Custom, and Drink. We customized Sophia’s with an X in the decaf box (to make it a decaf – duh), with a WC in the custom box (to add whipped cream) and PSL in the drink box (to make it a pumpkin spice latte). We also wrote her name but since they ALWAYS get it wrong at Starbucks, I wrote Sophie instead of Sophia. Check with your local barista to make sure your costume matches your real order!

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I hope you liked this Starbucks latte costume tutorial. I’ll be back soon with some details on how we put together Lily’s rainbow unicorn / pegasus / pegi-corn (?) costume together.

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I’ve already ordered gold and rust fabric to make my costume for this Halloween. Any guesses what I’m going to be?

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. If the thought of a Pumpkin Spice Latte is making you hungry, check out my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling!

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A New Old Desk by “Sophia at Home”

15 Sep

Hi! I’m Sophia, Sue’s nine year old daughter. Today, I’m going to show you how super easy it is to redo a desk for your room in just one weekend.  Welcome to Sophia at Home!

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Step 1: Ask mom for a desk for your room for the millionth time.

Step 2: Rearrange the furniture in your room for a few minutes with your mom to see if a desk will even fit. Mom gets that look in her eyes that she gets when she’s got a good idea. You can practically see the lightbulb above her head!

Step 3: Say thanks as Mom and Dad present you with a dirty old wood desk that’s been hiding in the attic for years.

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It’s pretty gross looking but you love it anyway. (You decide not to mention that the little cube is never going to work as a chair. One thing at a time. One thing at a time.)

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Step 4: Have your assistants bring it outside to the deck and gather all the supplies you’ll need: sanding block, paper towels, painters tape, primer, paint, paint brush, foam roller, paint pan, screwdriver (to open paint cans), and a hammer (to close them). Make sure you’re using Benjamin Moore paints. Duh.

Step 5: Start by sanding the top and sides of the top. (You’re only painting the top panel and leaving the legs au natural ’cause you’re cool like that.) Towel all the dust off after. Note that you should be wearing “work” clothes but that’s no reason to not have on chic protective eyewear.)

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Step 6: Tape around the edge with painters’ tape. (Multi-colored manicure optional.)

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Step 7: Paint the top with primer. Make sure you paint with the grain of the wood!

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Step 8: Get bored and take a break while your assistant finishes up.

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Step 9: Let your primer dry and call it a day.

Step 10: Get back to work in the morning. Roll on Benjamin Moore’s Mountainview (aka mint). Luckily your mom had some leftover from painting the inside of the kitchen cabinet. This is what your mom likes to call a “no cost DIY”. Note: jammies make for great “work clothes” in a pinch.

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Step 11: Let it dry and then have your assistants carry it back to your room. Thank mom profusely and then tell her about the chair problem. (Make sure you break it to her nice and easy.)

Step 12: Watch the lightbulb go off over mom’s head again as she remembers an old chair she originally planned on painting for the den for this project. It’s currently collecting dust in the garage. (Mom gets so excited about having a solution that she forgets to take a before shot of the chair but luckily she has this one from when she bought it. It’s the little black one on the left which she picked up for $2.99!)

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 Step 13: Marvel as mom takes the chair apart and proceeds to paint the legs with gold spray paint and the seat and back in paint that match your ‘new old’ desk.

Step 14: Bask in the glory of your awesome new cost-nothing desk!

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The old-school keyboard tray is now a drawer for my school supplies, jewelry, and other important kid stuff,

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Because this is a combo desk/vanity, earrings have the same prominent placement as pencils.

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Isn’t the chair unrecognizable? I love it!

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Thanks for letting me crash the blog, mom!

Bye!
XO

Sue SOPHIA at Home

How a Crafting Fail Turned into Something Useful

14 Jan

Last weekend when the girls were begging me to take them to Michael’s to pick up some crafting goodies, I decided we should challenge ourselves to use some of things we already had at home. I took to the attic and found boxes of sticker mosaics they had never finished, bags of beads just begging to be strung, and an old Martha by Mail beading kit.

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I’ve had it for at least 10 years. No joke, I moved this from our NYC apartment, to our townhouse in Union, and then to our house in Westfield. I think I may have attempted it once years ago but it was way too much of a pain in the a$$. Not to be one to give up (even if it takes me 10 years!), I decided to attempt this simple fish. (Please note: this is a kids’ beading kit. But by Martha standards, I think that means that most grown adults will still have trouble doing it.)

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My kids have made a bunch of these kinds of crafts before but none of us had ever attempted anything with beads this small. Well, let me tell you, they suck. I got through the second step and decided to bail. Yup, that’s right. I quit in front of my kids.

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But all was not lost because I figured I could use the beads and wire to make something I’ve needed for a long time: wine charms. Those are the little rings of beads that you can link onto a wine glass stem so I don’t mix up my reisling (yum!) with someone else’s chardonnay (no thank you).

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Once Sophia saw what I was up to and how easy it was (just twist the end in a loop, stick on some beads and make a hook on the other end), she jumped in and helped me.

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Surely, they are very “homemade” looking but I guess that just means that everytime I use them, I’ll remember making them with Sophia. (She even thinks we can hang them on juice box straws for kids’ parties!)

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I even used one of the little bead boxes from the kit to keep them in.

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So Martha Stewart, it’s not what you planned but I think it came out a little more perfect than you could ever imagine.

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. I mean, what was I going to do with that little beaded fish anyway?

The $1.41 DIY project

14 Sep

I recently stopped by my favorite thrift store, Unique to drop off some donations and take a look around. You’ll remember I told you about Unique before–it’s the place I found these chairs and Lily’s headboard. Let’s see what they’ve got, okay?

Though this gem (pun intended) caught my eye….

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…and this kitchen crock had my name written all over it…

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…I left with just a little metal tray for $1.41 and went straight home to get my DIY on.  (Tools: some leftover spray paint, a Twisted Tea to wet my whistle while I worked, and some fine grit–#220–sandpaper. Not pictured because I forgot: painter’s tape.)

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Step 1: Sand the tray lightly.

Step 2: Paint the tray black.

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Step 3: Tape stripes on the tray. (My design was loosely based on Erin Gates new collection with Jill Rosenwald. In fact, I was looking for a long tray like this specifically because I loved hers so much!)

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Step 4: Keep taping and wrap the ends with newspaper.

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Step 5: Spray it white.

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Step 6: Peel the tape back and watch the magic. Oooh! Aaaah!tray-158

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Step 7: Enjoy!

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Does it look a little like a football? I think so. It certainly wasn’t intentional but I’m going with it since it’s living in Pablo’s den.  (And it’s the closest he’s going to get to some football themed paraphernalia in there!)

And get this: I really wanted a small tray in hopes that it would become his new catchall for his keys, phone and wallet when he gets home. Before now, he dumped them on the top edge of the piano and though it shouldn’t bother me, I always wanted to get him a little place to put everything. And–surprise, surprise–without me suggesting it, he started putting his stuff on the tray. Not sure why that makes me so happy but it does.

Ahh…the small pleasures of organizing.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. LOTS more den updates coming soon! See my instagram for clues!

Instant Gratification: Two Quickies for the Pinterest Challenge

25 Feb

Do you ever feel like you have so many projects going on and they’re all just halfway done? Case in point: The ladies each got new beds last week. Well, I should say new mattresses. (Sophia got a full and Lily got rid of her toddler bed and upgraded to Sophia’s old twin.) So of course that means changing lots of things in both of their rooms.  (Looks like I’ll probably get around to trying a DIY headboard sometime soon!) I’m also knee-deep in party planning for Sophia’s 8th birthday in less than 2 weeks. And since I’m insane, I just decided to paint the kitchen ceiling. (Test swatches went up last night!) You know…because there is not enough going on in the rest of the house. Right?

But until I get to all the big changes, I decided to try two super quick, super easy DIY projects for the Pinterest Challenge. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about…click here. And watch the adorable video. You’ll thank me.) Don’t feel like clicking over? Here’s the Cliffnotes version: Young House Love and Bower Power urge readers to stop pinning and start doing. That means, pick a project you pinned on Pinterest and do it!

FIRST UP: LILY’S 2-MINUTE PRINTABLE

Moving Lily’s bed meant all of her art was out of whack so as I moved most of the frames to the other side of the room, I remembered a pin I had just seen for a free printable from On To Baby.

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It took me about a minute to design the printable for Lily’s room (just pick a color and input a name) and print it. And maybe a minute to put it into a red Ikea frame I had on hand. Boom. Two minute project. 100% done!

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In a room that’s filled with reminders of everything I still need to do, this freebie (not including the cost of the frame, of course) gives me a little feeling of satisfaction. And Lily loves it! (More pics of Lily’s room before this switch can be seen here and here.)

NEXT: SOPHIA’S GOLD FRAMES

Onto Sophia’s room. I had seen this gold painted frame awhile back from Bryn Alexandra and thought it was genius. It’s another cheapie from Ikea but it’s been glammed up in gold spray paint.

The two huge black frames on Sophia’s picture wall had been bugging me for awhile. They just felt so heavy for such a feminine room. They were always meant to be temporary but alas, two years later, they’re still there.

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So, I took them down and got to work out in the yard with a piece of cardboard under the frames. (Yes, it was freezing and not the best conditions to paint in but mama can’t wait til spring.) I had just bought a new can of Krylon Metallic paint from Michael’s so I decided to give that a try. As soon as I started painting, I was in love! This spray paint is so much better than the Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic that I had used before for the letters in my foyer. Check out the comparison.

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I was so thrilled that I repainted them immediately. Check out the difference!

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But wait! Let’s get back to Sophia’s room. A couple of quick coats (ok…maybe three coats) of that glorious Krylon Metallic on each side and they were ready to put back in the room. I did a little rearranging too and…ta da! Instant Gratification.

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For more pictures of Sophia’s room before this switch, click here and here.

Make sure you click over to Young House Love,  Bower Power, The Remodeled Life,  and Decor and the Dog on Wednesday to see all the other projects completed in the Pinterest challenge. I know I’ll be checking them out. You know…cause I need another project!

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. I just want to give a shout out to Emily from one of my favorite blogs, Emily A. Clark, who featured my pink chair dye job on her Saturday 6 last weekend. Her readers were so kind to click over to my blog and I had my best day ever. Thanks Emily!!

If you’re unfamiliar with Emily’s blog, please check it out! She’s a super mom (with 5 kids!) who creates beautiful rooms. My favorite is her stunning office that she put in the home’s dining room. Those bookshelves are perfection!

You, Too, Can Have a Hot Pink Chair

4 Feb

As my readers know, one of my favorite things in my house is my hot pink chair. It took me a few hours and several boxes of RIT dye to change a white velvet slipcover from this old (ie: no longer available) PB Teen chair into the fuchsia beauty it is now. You can read all the details about the DIY dye job here.

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I have a feeling other people like pink chairs too because the DIY pink chair post has become one of my most read.

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And now I’m a trend setter because OBVIOUSLY this new pinky from Cost Plus World Market is inspired by my chair.

I’m kidding, of course. But seriously, go buy it! It’s gorgeous, has a rich color, has the same pretty legs as mine, and it’s tufted. Oh…and it’s only $229.99. So, now you get to have it without drowning in dye like I almost did. You’re welcome.

XO

Sue at Home

Making a Dance Bag

12 Dec

It was only a week into the girls’ new dance classes when they started asking for dance bags like all the other kids had. (Why does every activity just mean more and more and more money??)

Since we’re making a big effort to cut back on unnecessary expenditures (that’s a nice way of saying “we cheap”), I really didn’t want to spend $30 a piece on two cheaply made bags with pictures of ballet slippers on them. So, we decided to go the custom route. And who better to customize them than my little dancers themselves?

Michael’s is our go-to store for anything crafty so Lily and I stopped over there on a Mommy/Lily day (that’s what she calls the days that I don’t work!) and picked up a 3 pack of cotton tote bags ($9.99 – 40% coupon = $2 per bag) and some pink flocked iron-on letters (about $5 for the pack – and we still have some left over).  We already had the fabric markers.

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I asked the girls where they wanted their names on the bags and then I ironed them on. (Sophia’s also says “dance” on one side.) In hindsight, I should have skipped this step. They wrote their names like 50 times on their bags so the iron-ons were really unnecessary. I think the “child of the 80s” in me just got a little too excited when she saw them in the store! Regardless, it was super easy to do. Ya know, once I took my ironing board out of the attic and figured out how to use the iron again!

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Next step was letting the girls get their art on! I was very proud of myself that I didn’t micromanage them because they each made a bag that was truly “them”.

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I found some puffy paints in one of my craft bins so they got to use a little of those, too. I think their bags came out great. And they certainly won’t mix them up with anyone else in their classes!

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In Sophia’s classic “more-is-more style” (I can’t imagine where she got that from!), she chose to color the handles and both sides of the bag.

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I loved saving  a bunch of money but the best part is seeing how proud the girls are of their works of art!

XO

Sue at Home

Holiday Card Display

10 Dec

If your house is anything like mine, the holiday cards have started arriving and you’re trying to figure out where to put all of them. Last year, I created a simple and free (use-what-ya-got) display. Before I tell you how I did it, let’s marvel at how different the living room looks with the old white slipcover on the chair. Doesn’t it look so much better with the dyed hot pink one?

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Step 1: Grab a vase and fill it with something that’ll weigh it down. (Water works.)

Step 2: Grab some branches from your yard and put them in the vase.

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Step 3: As the cards arrive, punch a small hole in the corner.

Step 4: Tie a little ribbon onto the card to make a loop.

Step 5: Hang!

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To make it easy to keep up with, just put your hole punch and ribbon in an easily accessible spot like your kitchen junk drawer.  (The card in front was ours last year. You can read more about it here.)

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Question…do you keep your holiday cards after the holiday season? I do! Nothing fancy, they just sit in a box in the attic. I know it might seem hoarder-ish but they really don’t take up a lot of space.  I loved the Christmas card book idea that Chelsea from Two Twenty One shared on I Heart Organizing the other day.  Check out the how-to and printables here.

XO

Sue at Home

I Have a Hot Pink Chair!

26 Sep

I have been wanting a hot pink couch or chair for like ever. Remember when I showed you all those dreamy pink pics and told you I was thinking about dying an old slipcover I wasn’t using? Well, I did it!

Here’s the best part: this renovation cost less than $10. That’s right! Ten buckaroos! How, you ask? Well, I already had the chair and a pale pink slipcover. The chair is from PB Teen but unfortunately for you, they don’t make it anymore which I think is a crime to humanity because it’s comfortable, cute and cheap and for quite a while, they were offering slipcovers in different fabrics and patterns. When I got the chair, I picked up three velvet covers: white, bubblegum pink, and pale blue. (What? I figured the chair could be used in other rooms so I wanted to have options! That’s normal to buy three, right? ) Of course, I’ve only ever used the white one.

I decided to use RIT dye in fuschia. The directions called for 1 package of dye for every pound of fabric so I went for three since my slipcover was nearly 3 pounds. I couldn’t find a bucket big enough so grabbed this color-coordinated (!!) storage bin at Home Depot and got to work. First step, fill the bucket with 9 gallons of hot water:

Then I mixed 3 packages of dry dye with 6 cups of hot water and stirred it very well until all the dye dissolved. (Note: it did not stain my measuring cup. Bonus!)

Then I added the mix to the dye bath and stirred. (Please note that I did all this on my deck and I was wearing rubber gloves. They are not kidding about the staining possibilities so take all the warnings seriously! If you don’t believe me, come and ask the few pink dots on my kitchen countertop.)

Before adding the slipcover, I pre-wet the fabric in hot water so the color would penetrate the fabric evenly. (Having the lid to the storage bin was helpful for this step because it gave me something to carry the wet fabric on.)

And then in it went! Next up, I stirred and stirred and stirred for about 25 minutes. If you’ve never pushed a sopping wet pile of velvet around with a paint stick before, I can tell you that you will use muscles you didn’t even know you had. Ouch!

Next up, I rinsed it in the utility sink (which is now pink) in my laundry room. First in warm water, then cooler until it ran clear. This was another special type of muscle torture that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy! Then the scariest part of all – into my beautiful new-ish washer it went! (Don’t worry. The washer came out unscathed.)

I gave it an air-only dry in the dryer and ta-dah! Here is the finished product!

My wise husband (who so kindly signed off on this project before I did it and then called it “awesome” because he knew how excited I was about it) was the one to point out the patterned pillow was a little too much. So, I stole the Je T’aime pillow (similar here) that used to live on our bed. Much better, don’t you think?

I love how the pink looks against the dark teal walls.

The color came out so even. I’m actually mad at myself for being so scared to do this for so long!

I love the way it pops in the room.

Maybe now guests will sit in the chair. They were always kind of scared of it when it was white.

Oh happy day! I have a hot pink chair!

XO

Sue at Home

Disclaimer: Please do not dye anything hot pink in your home without running it by your significant other. I’ve learned that though there are many people who like the looks of hot pink furniture, there are not a lot of people brave enough to go for it. And there are many, many more people who are terrified of it. Thankfully, my husband is comfortable enough in his sexuality to not be so concerned about a little pink in his house. (Though maybe he should because I could possibly love this chair more than I love him. Kidding, honey!)

House Tour: Lily’s Room (Part 2)

19 Sep

I’ve already introduced you to Lily’s room, the space that underwent the biggest change in our house since we moved in. Before we take a look at the details that make up the room, let’s look again at that shocking before and after. Yikesy!

  

Paint – Benjamin Moore Shell Pink (trim is Cloud White)

Pom pomsParty Poms on Etsy

Custom “Lily” artMadeByGirl

Poster frameIkea

Toddler bed – it was a gift but you can find a similar one here

Duvet cover and striped pillow – Ikea (no longer available)

Polka Dot sheets and pillow – Pottery Barn Kids (no longer available)

RugIkea

Rocking chair – another gift (similar here)

I love how the pom poms look from below.

Elephant taxidermySquackdoodle on Etsy

TableIkea

Mickey Mouse chair – Toys R Us (similar here)

Lamp – Target (no longer available)

Heart mirror – Ikea (no longer available)

Reversible tissue box coverHead to Toe 2009 on Etsy

Ceiling medallionHome Depot

Light fixtureIkea (hung using this)

Curtains – Pottery Barn Teen (no longer available) Stay tuned for a curtain DIY. I need something more opaque and longer so I can move the rod higher up on the wall.

Dollhouse – Land of Nod (no longer available)

Dresser painted with the room’s wall and trim colors from Ikea (no longer available but similar here) with Ikea knobs (no longer available)

Laundry basket – Target (similar here)

Frames with Lily’s paintings – Ikea

Striped fabric – Ikea (no longer available)

Remember that hole in the wall that I showed you? To cover it up, I measured a piece of cardboard and cut it to fit in the hole. Then I just wrapped some fabric around it and taped it in the back. It’s a temporary fix but it’s working for now!

Bin – Lands’ End (similar here)

We repurposed the hooks that were hanging in Sophia’s room when we moved in.

Lily’s hair clips hang on a simple red ribbon.

Jacket by Crewcuts (no longer available) and purse from The Children’s Place.

Bins for books – Target (similar here)

Garbage can – Ikea

FramesIkea

Lily’s birth announcementTinyprints

Custom “I Love” art – made for Lily by her Aunt Paola

XO

Sue at Home

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