Showing posts with label CDLV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CDLV. Show all posts

Friday, July 25, 2014

Green Kitchen Cabinets

I know you're thinking about this, maybe scratching your chin, wondering where in the world this came from ... and I'll tell you - it's something I've been working on for a while, so yes, it does sorta come out of left field, but I felt now was a good as time as any to break the seal on this baby and start talking about kitchens again.

Plus, not for nothin', I'm kinda shifty like that.
Ooo ... a puppy, no look over there something shiny!
Squirrel!
 
But I digress.
 

We've been "working" on our kitchen for a long time. Too long. It's stalled and stalled, for one reason or another, and I'm at the point now where I'm either going to finish it - or burn the place down. And since they don't let you blog from jail (do they?) I guess the latter isn't gonna work!

Ok, so here we go. Kitchen cabinets. Green. Yes? Oh just you wait!

Design by Martha Mulholland
 
When I saw this kitchen, I knew, instantly that it was the kitchen for CDLV. It felt all at once comfortable and appropriate, beautiful and utilitarian, gracious and industrial. A prissy kitchen, you know the kind, just wasn't going to work in the bastardized craftsman meets dutch colonial house that we loving call Casa de la Vanderdogan. It needed to be earthy, it needed to look old but function as new. It needed to "flow" with the rest of the house, but not feel decorated as much as designed. When we move, the people who luckily get to call CDLV whatever they're gonna name it, should walk into that kitchen and feel "at home". For me, this kitchen does that ... and then some!
 
The color is Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray, part of their Historic Color Collection. Now, I know you're thinking Artie said this was green, and it looks green, but it's called Amherst Gray? So, I did what I know you're about to do!
 
Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray


Alright, so it's clearly a gray green. A bit sagey, a bit olivey, a lot greigy ... a gray by any other name (GREEN!). I hopped down to Benjies and picked up a sample, took it home and tested it out. It was nice. But not quite the green I had in mind. So, I took it with me to Home Depot, initially to have them play with the tint. That's when I found this:

Witch Hazel by Behr
 
This was just a tad bit lighter, and a tinge more green. Exactly what I thought I was looking for. So I took it home and tested it out. NEAR PERFECTION! I find that the coloring of the cabinetry in the photo, which is what I was drawn to immediately, is much closer in ACTUAL color to Witch Hazel. Of course, I did what anyone would do, and googled Witch Hazel to see if anyone may have been crazy enough to use this on kitchen cabinets ... and guess what!
 
Design by Lauren Leiss
 
Blogger, Designer, Fabric-tress Lauren Leiss used it in her old kitchen prior to their new move. Again coloring changes from photo to photo - the joys of photoshop, right? In this photo, the same kitchen - different little artist, shows what I think is a much "truer" photo of the color:
 
 


Are you seeing the difference? Everything about that image up top looks yellow, doesn't it? The beadboard, the green of the cabinets, the ironstone ... this I think is closer to the real deal.  So, I got to thinking about the colors. Here I have BM Amherst Gray and Behr Witch Hazel. Both are great, but neither is perfect. What if I mixed them together!?

VOILA!
Problem Solved!
I'm calling it CDLV Green. You can name paint when you have it custom color matched. Did you know that? Oh yeah! Name away! And the good thing is - you can go to your local Home Depot and ask them for CDLV Green (I know you want to) and they'll pull it up out of the throws of their fancy schmancy computer system - and you can have your own CDLV Green Kitchen Cabinets!
 
So, now I've got the color - it's just a matter of doing the work! Which not only includes painting, (why would it!?!?) I have to take the doors off the hinges, add some molding detail, patch holes from the old hardware, sand, paint, sand, paint, seal, add new hardware (already picked that out too!) and then plop those babies back into place, hoping that I did it all the way I was supposed to, and it all fits as it once did. Yeah, easy peezy!
 
So that's what I'm doing this weekend. What are your plans?

 

 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pergola Party

Pergola in the Garden at CDLV
 
A few weeks ago, Scott and I invited some new friends to CDLV for a casual backyard dinner. Nothing fancy, just friends, drinks, and some food on the grill. Everyone had a great time, and three days later, our mailbox was flooded with beautifully handwritten thank you notes.  I commented to Scott, you know, it's amazing to think that just 7-years ago, a place where people can now dine and have deep and thoughtful conversation looked like this:
 


I hope you enjoy your weekend, I think you can guess where we will be spending ours.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Suzani in the Bedroom

You might remember that I'm working on the master bedroom at CDLV right now, and it hasn't been the easiest room in the house to complete. First, the room is relatively large given the overall square footage of our house, and the age; but the windows are positioned awkwardly and placing furniture, art, and the rest of the necessities a bedroom requires has given me a headache.

I have, however, finalized my bedding choices with the help of my dear friend Deserae, who has a lovely blog you should definitely be reading: Peeking thru the Sunflowers. Deserae and I are both night owls, and spend hours sending inspiration pictures back and forth via email. A couple of weeks ago, I sent Deserae this photo, which I've shared on the blog a million times:

M. Elle Design
 
The bedroom is the beautiful master retreat of the designer Mary Lynn Turner's vacation home along the Big Wood River in Ketchum, Idaho. Yes, Idaho! You might remember this room as part of the feature spread in the Elle Décor cover story way back in December of 2010. I fell in love with this room when I saw it then, and I still love it now. Simple, elegant, sophisticated, and soothing - this bedroom is my idea of perfection. Emulating it for CDLV would be a challenge, however.
 
Thankfully, Deserae and I got a few of our good ideas together, and came up with a way to bring a little of this Idaho retreat to my little house in Western New York.
 
First, the walls stay their current Martha Stewart Living, Monks Cloth. A richly decadent gray/brown that is strikingly similar to the stained shiplap seen in the room above. Next, we infuse the room with cream linens, both at the window and above the bed in a tester canopy I had my slipcover maker create with this bedroom in mind:
 
  Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey
 
HGTV has really slim pickings for its viewers who love interior design. Gone are the days of Candice Olson, Sarah Richardson, Design Star, Genevieve Gorder, and Vern Yip. Now, it's all real estate all the time. Shows like House Hunters International, Property Virgins, and Property Brothers are running the network. But once upon a time, they created a competition series called Showhouse Showdown. The premise: a new development with similar dwellings, two designers, a crazy budget, and a community vote for who did the best job. The second episode gave two DC designers a $75,000 budget (each) to create 5 rooms in brand new Virginia townhouses. Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, created this bedroom wrapped in Schumaker's Chenonceau wallpaper for the master retreat.
 
While I love this room, CDLV doesn't have the space for this set up, nor would Scott, heretoforward referred to as buzzkill, allow me to paper the walls. So, Deserae and I discussed the options and came up with the great idea of covering a window along the longest wall of our bedroom with a canopy like the one Shazalynn designed here. It allowed me to have the best furniture configuration, a much larger dresser for a nightstand, and the symmetry I was missing in order to create anything like either one of these inspiration spaces.
 
But the real reason all of the progress on the Master Suite at CDLV is on hold, is due to the extended shipping time on this guy:
 
 
 
I ordered this large Samarkand suzani, for the foot of the bed, a shameless copy of the design idea of Mary Lynn Turner and her Idaho bedroom. Though it's not as subdued in color as the one she probably paid thousands for, this $150 suzani is certain to do the trick at CDLV and not break the budget.
 
Because it's coming all the way from Uzbekistan, the shipping options are fixed, and I'll be waiting until August to see this fella. A wait I'm sure will be worth the time.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A CDLV Before and After

Remember when our sunroom used to look like this? 


I have to confess that it didn't look like this for long. I really only had it this way long enough for the magazine article, and then it went back to looking like Scott's office. Just about everything in there was sold, including the little blue chest, the leather chair, the sofa, and the ottoman and the basket that was on top of it ... I think that floor lamp is gone too. It wasn't that I didn't like the room this way - I just wanted something different. Not a big surprise right? 

So after a long time of collecting, and waiting until I had the money to have everything slipcovered or made, here's what the sunroom looks like now:


So, not a huge change, right? Or maybe it is? The curtains are the same, made from a Ralph Lauren suiting plaid, the wall color hasn't changed (MSL Ash Bark) the main rug, one we picked up in Turkey is still there, but I took up the cowhide - mostly because I was sick of tripping over it! 

The main change is in the furniture. The camel back sofa was upholstered in a beautiful natural cotton, and I had my slipcover maker make a cushion in both the cotton and an espresso velvet. Two pillows in the same natural cotton were a must have - but I splurged on a beautiful mossy green silk from Brunschwig & Fils and then had some Samuel & Son's trim attached to both the front and the back in those rusty reds that are found in the living room and dining room. The bolster pillows may look familiar. They were in the dining room once upon a time.

The sofa had three cushions when I bought it. so I had them replaced with one single cushion, which I find to be much more comfortable. This is the room we watch television in, so we need a cozy lounging sofa, this fits that bill for sure! 

The ottoman is an old one ... and isn't ugly under this beautiful slipcover, it just didn't work for my vision. So when I found this fabric (Ralph Lauren) which had that natural cotton base, and rusty red and green window plaid, I knew it had to be used in the sunroom and on that ottoman. I've left it without a tray or basket, or bowl, or anything because of two things: 

1. I'm trying to cut back on clutter. EMPHASIS ON TRYING! 
2. We use it for propping up our feet. If I'm lazily watching television, the last thing I want to do before and after is rearrange artful clutter. 

Moving on, that chair is new. I got a smoking good deal on it, and because it's so deep, it makes a wonderful little television watching chair. Next to it I brought in a directoire table in brass that I used to have in the living room, and atop it a beautiful copper bowl I was gifted by a sweet, sweet, friend - is filled with tangerines. 


 Isn't the pattern on this magnificent? 

Next to the sofa, an old tool box painted green acts as a library table. 


This is where some of my design books are for ease of reading when I'm not in the television mood but still want to spend time in the room. Again, I"m trying not to clutter it all up ... but I'm a more is more kinda guy! 

For drinks or the occasional bowl of popcorn there's a blue and white garden stool next to the sofa, in front of the library table that does a great job of being useful and beautiful. 

As I finish up in here - I'll do a new tour of the room with close ups on the special finishes that I chose in the slipcovers and give some stories behind the accessories. But since I've not been a very good blogger lately, I wanted to post a quick little something from CDLV to let you know that I haven't forgotten about you - and please, don't forget about me! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

CDLV Garden Progress, Take Two

I know I said that I would be back sooner than this, but you have to understand the amount of work putting on a new roof puts on someone like me. You see, we live in a fairly decent size house, with a high-pitched roof, which makes the install of a completely new roof quite difficult and therefore much more expensive than I'm even willing to say. Thank goodness this is not a yearly repair. I, of course, asked how I could get a discount from the original price he quoted me, and he told me that if I picked up the shingles, it'd save me $1,000. I jumped on it, after all, don't you know what I could do with $1,000?! After long days of picking up two layers of shingles (those things are heavy) there was just not a shred of get-up-and-go left in my body.

Today, however, I'm back on top, and thought I'd give you a little tour of the garden, fresh after a heavy rain.


That's right. Rain! Thank goodness! I just planted a ton of pots last weekend and they needed some liquid attention! I also bought this awesome armillary built right here in Western New York while I was at the Lewiston Garden Fest. My friend and client Judy also bought some things from this guy - you'll see those when I get around to photographing my latest project with her, later.


For those of you who don't remember, or who are new to the CDLV garden; I live in an old neighborhood of homes built on fairly narrow lots. My backyard is about 90' long, and 14' wide. So, I thought that the best way to make it feel larger was to make it into separate spaces. Near the house we have the round garden, now filled with gravel, which includes a fountain and a shade garden built up with natural slate stones from the Niagara Gorge. Then there's the long garden, where all of my sun plants thrive, and then at the very back next to the garage; the pergola. This tiny little garden is off the garage and creates the entrance to the pergola, so I figured the armillary would fit here perfectly!

This garden is filled with perennials, and the annuals are planted in giant pots. Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan, Snake Root, Coral Bells, Day Lilies, Climbing Hydrangea,  Jacobs Ladder, and Azalea make up the bed, and in the pots: ivy, purple potato vine, dragon wing begonia, petunia, and "spider plant" or cleome. Love this stuff!


For whatever reason, maybe all the rain, my astilbe are all FINALLY blooming this year! This white one is beautiful against the green of the hydrangea leaf and those bright red Asiatic lilies.


I just had to show you this photo. My coneflower are coming up quite nicely, I love them at this point. It's like a little piece of art!


The dragon wing begonia are spread throughout the garden in pots and in hanging baskets. This pot, near the back porch, has English ivy, dragon wing begonia, and white fuchsia
.

In another pot, the dragon wing begonia is planted with your standard variety of begonia and English ivy, then set in a bed of creeping jenny. Love that stuff ... you see it in lots of places in the garden at CDLV. It's a fun shade of green and a such a light creeper that it doesn't choke anything else out.


Even Mr. Earl got a few dragon wing begonias in the chimney liner behind him. Those purple sweet potato vines are really starting to leaf out! It'll really be beautiful as it starts to "fall" down along side of those super white calla lilies you can see just the left.


From the pergola, you can see where the small garden where the new armillary went wraps around (the ginger ale coral bells and creeping jenny) and where the long garden wraps back along the fence. The peninsula where the birch trees are planted section off the round from the grass.


Does anyone know what this is? I don't think it's a weed. I planted so many things in my rock garden, and I didn't mark one of them! I'm assuming it's a variety of rock cress, but I just love the blooms ... such a pretty purple.


Right off the back porch, before you get into the round garden, is Scott's lily garden. Remember in Progress Post One, just below this one, I showed you these guys closed up but about to burst? Well, here they are! They smell so sweet! It's the perfect little perfume from the back porch in the morning on my way out the door.


The sun garden, where Mr. Earl resides. The flower immediately in your face here, lower left, is white phlox. I love it, but it blooms so late it just looks weedy now. That humongous grass to the right of Earl was a gift about two years ago from my friend Melisa. I love it ... but it probably needs to be thinned out. It gets to be about 9' tall!


The purple snake root, planted behind the ginger ale coral bells in the armillary garden are looking beautiful and standing tall!


And all of the stella doro lilies are blooming and looking beautiful and bright. I forgot how many of these guys I had planted at CDLV. They're such a wonderful garden staple in our zone (5), they are always blooming, and the color goes with anything.


And lastly, the rock garden, with that plant I had questions about. In the background you can see my beautiful wine barrel ring orb is still in the garden. And the pinks and light purples in the rock shade garden are starting to perk up and show off. And of course, my favorite ... begonias ... are planted here too. These do so well no matter where I plant them they're a must-have.

I know it was all wet, and it's not all blooming ... but it's coming along. I hope you enjoyed your little walk through the CDLV garden ... I'll have more progress, including the new roofs and porch paint, soon. Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, June 17, 2013

CDLV Garden Progress

Ok, so I had to do something to get the heat off that terrible sofa idea. My gosh, I didn't know you all loved the existing sofa so much. I love it too! I don't know what I was thinking ... chock it up to a temporary moment of insanity. Everything is back to normal.

In the garden however, things are growing ... but no blooms yet. Figured I'd show you a few things that are just about to open up ...


Adjacent to the circle garden, just off the back porch is Scott's lily garden. Here he's got every friggen' lily known to mankind planted. Ok, so that's a gross exaggeration ... but you get where I'm going with that, yes? My favorite are the tiger lilies, which are very tall and open up to be quite colorful. I'll show you when they open up ... but I think they're beautifully architectural just like they're shown here. Don't you?


In the center peninsula, I had to pull out just about all of the sun-loving plants since the trees have gotten so big. So, I replaced them with hydrangeas, and in the center, asiatic lilies that are so beautiful in pink and white. Can't wait to see them bloom!


I've since pulled the weed collar that was surrounding Earl, but I thought it made a pretty fun photo. As if having this big ole' head in the garden wasn't quirky enough, having a Shakespearean type collar of green just made me smile. The "pots" are chimney liners that we picked up from Buffalo Re-Use. I'm a fan of the look of terracotta in the garden. In fact, I only have concrete and terracotta planters. I always looked for height and couldn't find it, until of course, I saw these and repurposed them.


The roses have really started going bonkers! I'm so happy I cut them back to almost nothing. They seem to be pretty happy about it, too!


The climbing hydrangea is really starting to go bonkers. I didn't realize that it would look like this when blooming, I thought they flowers would be more like bush hydrangea, but I'm so happy with this firework like burst. So interesting.

I plan on getting out in the garden on Sunday and really busting out a lot of work. The roof progress (if you're following along on instagram) is supposed to finish up next weekend, so while they're up there getting their hands dirty - I'll be getting mine dirty in the garden ... and painting the porch! I'll share it with ya on Monday.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Change on the Horizon ...

I don't know if anyone who knows me personally reads the blog but, if you do, you already know that I said I wasn't spending another dime on my living room or dining room (or foyer or sunroom) until I finished my blah and uninspiring upstairs spaces. Still, somehow, perhaps because they're the rooms that are "finished" and therefore easiest to change, I always find myself hemorrhaging shelling out cash that benefits the living or dining rooms.

When I got home today, I took this snapshot of my living room ... and the box in the foyer that I apparently decided that I didn't care if you saw ... let's play where's Waldo, shall we? Scott's I'm sorry flowers are there, too! That's a story for another day ...


I pined over that gorgeous antique French sofa covered in the most beautiful vintage rust colored velvet ... and saved and saved and saved until I could afford it. Then I had pillows made from fabrics that seemed inexpensive until it all added up ... then went and spent a fortune on chairs, only to spend another small fortune having them slipcovered in the lemon grass waxed linen by Kravet. I love the room, it's fresh and colorful, and still tugs at that little old man inside of me. It also "fits" my house, far more than white slipcovers ever did ... although I tried, and tried, and tried! Oy, the money I've wasted!

Anyway, recently the sofa has been throwing me off. Perhaps because it's summer and I walk in and want something that's lighter, a little more fresh than the rust ... which is perfect in the fall and winter ... something more neutral perhaps. So, I came up with an idea. Actually, I was inspired by this room, and decided to just shamelessly copy on a much less expensive scale emulate this sofa:

photo via Architectural Digest

Trey Laird's townhome in New York City decorated by the amazing Jeffrey Bilhuber showcases a custom sofa with cushions covered in Scalamandre's Tigre Stripe Velvet. That fabric is delicious! (No, I didn't taste it ... I'm channeling my inner Martyn Lawrence Bullard) And expensive! But the room is so inspiring and totally my what else could you possibly fit in there, it's so cluttered aesthetic! So I'm going with a much less expensive option from Calico Corners, called Jamil.

You've heard me talk about it before, I'm sure. In fact I did a whole post comparing it the the Scalamandre print here. I think it'll give me exactly what I'm looking for ... and I can feel good about changing out the cushions seasonally because I didn't spend all that money!

My sofa, which is a sort of manipulated chesterfield, is going to be slipcovered in a canvas twill neutral that's a little vanilla in tone. It has just the right bit of yellow to it that it won't stick out like a sore thumb. The chairs are staying the same, but the stripe silk pillows will also take a break, and the sofa will get some neutral and fun pieced together ikat pillows.

I'm buying the fabric Monday, and Michelle Hook, my amazing slipcover maker is coming over sometime next week to make the pattern for the sofa and talk about ideas in covering it. I'm ok with the slipcover taking this piece to new heights. Something that isn't fitted, or stops at the upholstery ... we're going to explore pleats, taking the hem to the floor, ties and tabs, maybe some scalloped edging ... who knows what we'll come up with. But it'll be a little less fall and winter when we're done, and give the CDLV living room a refreshing dose of spring and summer.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spring CDLV Garden


Recently, Scott and I were asked to have the garden photographed for a local newspaper as part of a piece the reporter was doing for the Lifestyle Section regarding the many garden walks that take place in Western New York. I was quite hesitant because nothing in our yard blooms this time of year. Luckily, the alium and wild columbine came out to play just in time for me to snap this picture of the corner of the round garden.

When I started gardening back here 5-years ago, I never knew that it would turn out to be such a big garden, and also so much work. Just to get this photo, for example, I had to put down 28 bags of mulch, cut back all of the tulips (117) and daffodils (98) that were spent, and plant the chimney pots with pansy ... oh AND, dig out all of the area around the fountain to add the pea gravel path!

I'm tired, and sore, and it's still not the best representation of the CDLV garden. In a few days though, with all the groundwork (no pun intended) finished, the ornamental dogwood tree and peonies will bloom; and that round garden will be a burst of color and blooms. Which had me thinking ... perhaps now that I'm spending time out there, I should update all of you with the progress! What do you think? Good idea?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A High End DIY Project: Part Three

Alright, so part three, are you ready for it? Did you miss part one, or part two? Well, go play catch up and I'll be right here when you get back. Seriously, I will! And grab something to drink and eat too, this is a long one!

Ok, so firstly, let me go ahead and put out there that I am not the authority on headboard building, nor am I really all that handy. I'm sure, that there will be those of you who are handy, or who are the authority on headboard building who will look at this post and shrug your shoulders, point your finger, and say: "You should have ..." and you're likely very right. But, what's done is done, and it's beautiful ... in my opinion.

Now, part one talked about the inspiration. Obviously, you all know what I was attempting to recreate on a much smaller budget. Part two talked about the shopping, and I have to say I was quite impressed with the ease of finding all the things to make this piece a reality. Now you get to see how I put it all together ... in my dining room, which normally looks like this:


But for this little DIY project, it turned into my workshop! Now tools. I needed a drill, some screws, a palm sander (to clean up the rough edges), a hand saw, and a miter box, and wood glue. I also had paint, painters caulk, and a paint brush since I was going to paint the piece once it was constructed, and a drop cloth to keep my seagrass clean.


I started with the pre-cut piece of plywood. It was 4' x 5' for my queen size bed. Knowing that I would need to have legs for the headboard, and because I wanted it to be tall, I built a frame of 2x3 studs to make the whole thing sturdy, the right height: 6', and wider than just a simple piece of plywood.


First I layed out the studs, spread a line (or three) of wood glue atop them, and then put the plywood on top.


Then once everything was in place, I put a screw through the plywood and into the stud every 12" along the edge where the stud made the frame. The screw was going to be covered up later ... so screwing it to the face of the board is fine.


The finished edge of the piece was important, because it's something you can see when you walk into the room. So, I used 1x3 premium pine to cover up the ugly side(s) of the framing. Using clamps, woodglue, and nails, the whole thing went together pretty easily.


The corners of the 1x3 were mitered because of the look from the side. After all, I was trying to cover up an unfinished edge, and not mitering the corners would have given me one more. So, after some time with the hand saw and my mitering box, I was all good to go.


Next, before I put the moulding on the front edge, I had to pick my paint color. I had lots of different samples ... and after some testing and mixing I found the right shade. Then it was time to pull out the handsaw and the miter box again, and get the mitered corners on the pre-primed MDF moulding that I picked up in Part two.


I again, like the sides with the 1x3 pieces, used finish nails and wood glue, and then closed up the gaps (yes, there were gaps!!) with painters caulk. With that done ... all that was left to do was paint:


And voila. Finished. Eh, not so fast!


Now the part that I dreaded and where I'm going to chime in and tell you what you can do to make this SO MUCH easier on yourself! I upholstered the piece after I had put the moulding on. So unless you're a master upholsterer or have a very good staple gun, you can do what I should have done, save yourself the heartache later, and put the moulding on last. You'll need to measure exactly where the moulding lands and upholster only the interior measurement of that ... but it will be cleaner than what I achieved.

But since I didn't do it that way ... here's how I did it:



First, I grabbed my staple gun, foam, batting, fabric, spray adhesive, Liquid Stitch, trim tape, iron, starch, and ironing board, plus that wheel of nailheads from part two. Then I layed out my foam, which I adhered to the plywood with spray adhesive on the plywood and back of the foam.


Once that was down, I covered the whole thing with the batting I scored a great deal on from my slipcover maker, and an old sheet that I had laying around. It was clean, promise!


Stapled all the way around the edge and cleaned off the excess. Then it was time to press out the folds from the crafting bolt at JoAnns. Burlap is a stubborn fabric. I'm just saying. Put your iron on it's highest setting and be prepared to iron for a while.


Once you're done, all that's left is to put it on just like you did the batting and staple away, trimming the edges when it's all down.


I used two pieces of burlap because of the weave being so open. And, I found that using a cerrated edge kitchen kinfe to cut away the excess fabric was much easier than using scissors.


Then came time to put the trim on. That called for my handy dandy Liquid Stitch. I love this stuff, and it's really easy to use. It dries clear, and holds tight pretty quickly after putting it on. I know that some people use hot-glue, but I don't like the lump you get under the fabric. You just put the Liquid Stitch on the back of the trim tape and follow along the edge of your moulding gluing the tape to the burlap.


Sidenote: If you do it the way I should have done it, after you put the trim tape on, you'd put your pre-painted moulding on the piece.


Once I cussed a view hundred cuss words, and then cried ... just a little, I was happy with the way that the trim tape looked and I put the nailheads on. Again, I used the nailhead strip from part two, and not individual nailheads. It was much easier, and it took far less time.


At this point the only thing left to do was attach the bedframe (a simply metal hollywood frame) to the legs created by the 2x3's with screws and start working on the slipcover. I was going to have the slipcover made by the fantastic slipcover maker who does all of my slips for home and clients. But since this is a DIY post, I figured I'd suffer through and stay true to the Do It Yourself layout. It hasn't been easy ... but it's nearly finished though, and as soon as it's done ... I'll give you all a peek at the finale!