birthday weekend

Here’s some highlights from my birthday weekend.

Finally made this (gluten-free) recipe from pinterest.

Got some gifts from my wish list! This framed butterfly.

An owl cookie jar to add to my owl collection obsession.

These 2 adorable laptop bags — perfect for my new MacBook — from here and here.

Spent Saturday on the lake — swimming and skiing. I’m terrified of losing my precious iPhone to the lake, so I don’t have any pics of our actual activities. Just me trying to snap a self portrait without the guys noticing and a shot of the gorgeous sunset.

And of course, what kind of weekend would it be without our furry babies? Bindhi somehow made her way up to the top of the super tall medicine cabinet and sacked out for the day. Pepper obviously needed some lap dog snuggle time with T.

I feel very blessed. All 25 years of me.

reupholstered footstool

I’ve been looking for a footstool or ottoman for my office. Mainly to set my tiny printer on so it won’t have to sit on the floor, but I also want the option to kick my feet up if I’m sitting on the futon. I found the perfect ottoman at a flea market that I was eyeing for weeks. I knew I loved it but couldn’t think of a use for it. When it suddenly hit me that it would be perfect for the office I went to buy it and it was gone. Lesson learned — you have to commit when it’s a flea market or thrift store find. You can never count on it being there later.

Fast forward a few more weeks and I was at the thrift store with a friend when I saw this.

It was super sturdy and a good price. All it needed was some reupholstering. Deal. I wasn’t going to let this one slip past me, too.

I still had some fabric left from the mod podge trays so I crossed my fingers it would be enough for the footstool. Amazingly, I had JUST enough. 1/8th of an inch less and it wouldn’t have worked.

Reupholstering a footstool is easy and surprisingly fast. Besides the footstool and fabric you’ll need a staple gun with staples and a hammer. That’s it.

Step 1: Turn the footstool upside down and onto the unprinted side of the fabric.

Step 2: Starting on one of the long sides, pull the fabric up to the bottom of the stool and staple. If your arms are like mine and not quite strong enough to get the staple in all the way, use a hammer to finish securing each one. Keeping the fabric tight, repeat this on the other long side.

Step 3: Starting at a corner of one of the short sides, fold and pull the fabric up like you’re wrapping a present. I had to do 2 small folds to get this to stay tight enough and not bulge at the corner. Staple in place. Repeat on the other corner of this side. NOTE: At this point you may need to remove the legs (these just twisted off) so they won’t be in your way.

Step 4: Once the corners of the short side are done, pull the fabric between the corners tight and staple in place. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other short side.

Step 5: Trim any excess fabric, put the legs back on if you took them off, and set the footstool upright. Voila.

You’re done! I can’t get enough of dramatic before & afters, especially when they don’t take a lot of time.

As much as I love how this looks, I’m still considering refinishing the legs a darker stain color. What do you think?

cloth mod podged trays

What do you do when you find 2 plain minty-green cafeteria trays for almost nothing at the thrift store?

Buy them! And then hope you can come up with a good makeover.

Luckily for me, we have a Hobby Lobby in our tiny town. When I saw this fabric, I knew it would be perfect for the trays.

I’ve personally never used Mod Podge before but I’ve seen SO many projects that have used it. It was so easy to work with — I just put down a layer on top of the trays and pressed the fabric down onto it. Then turned the trays over and did the same on the back so it would wrap around the edges.

Here’s the final product!

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