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A few coats of paint, and bam!, the nook is done!  Easy peasy.

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I can say that because I didn’t participate in any of the construction, painting, or clean up.  But I did sew those curtains (here).

Let’s get a little closer.

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There was only one little snafu in the whole project that included having to match the wall paint color. The gentlemen at Snow’s Hardware in Harwich Port were awesome and patient and helped us make a match. They deserve a huge thank you. Note to readers: never ever pick a custom paint color.

Now let’s take a walk down memory lane one more time. And if you are craving more details you check out these posts: here, here, and here.

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As you may have noticed, the chairs that we refinished (here) didn’t make it into the kitchen. They are currently with the other round table in the ‘light room’ (here).  We ended up painting two of the hand-me-down chairs from our neighbors to match the bench and the table from the Mill Store.

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Now I just need to surrender some of my couch pillows to add to the bench for comfort and to fill in some of the white.

This past weekend was a rainy weekend on the Cape and I somehow found the motivation to spend half the day sewing away to get our kitchen curtains done. Most of the day was really spent measuring, cutting, and ironing.  The sewing part was easy.  And then there was the long drive in rainy day mall traffic to get to Home Depot for some window hardware.  But it got us out of the house.  And for once, I finished a project in a day!

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I already shared the fabric from OnlineFabricStore here. Luckily they sent me just a little extra fabric which made this whole project possible!

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I cut the fabric to size and then folded over the edges, ironed, and then folded the fabric again.  Since the fabric is a thick linen-like fabric it wasn’t so easy to get a straight line so I used a metal yard stick to help during the ironing process for a precise seam. I repeated this process for three of the sides leaving the top of the curtain unfinished.

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Then I did the same thing with the curtain lining fabric that I bought from Joann Fabric.  Only, they shorted me an inch on the two yards I purchased when I really needed two yards plus one inch.  Bummer. But not the end of the world.

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When I finished the three edges of the curtains I pinned them together finished sides touching.  You can see that the lining ended up a little short but because of the window frames I knew this would not be visible from outside.

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The next step was to sew the tops of the curtain together and then turn them right side out. I left the three finished sides loose so it would fall like a slip under a skirt. I feared that sewing the backing to the curtains would make them pucker in places.

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The hardest part was figuring out how to hand the finished curtains.  I decided that I did not was to sew a pocket for the curtain rod.  So I tacked pockets at the ends for the rods.

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The heavier fabric wanted to pull the longer of the two curtains forward on the rod but a center support for the rod allowed me to anchor the middle of the curtain to stop it from drooping.

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Overall, I am happy with the finished product.  I had doubts about the wild print at first but it’s growing on me.  The kitchen is much darker with the curtains but it should help keep out the morning sun on those hot summer days. I’ll have to take some better photos with my camera and not my camera phone.

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Oh, and did you notice the bench? It is installed! I’ll be back with an update on that soon!

 

It’s all about the Cape house these summer days. And lots of flowers.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend!

After fretting over a gazillion fabric samples, some of which were seen here, I went with an entirely different pattern for the Cape pillows. I found this Braemore Silsilia Indian Sea fabric at the OnlineFabricStore here and fell in love!

It’s even prettier in person and had me doing a fabric dance all over the house. Which I acknowledge is really weird.

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Once I saw the fabric at the house I realized that the blues were even more compatible with the kitchen wall color.  So, instead of making the pillows I wrote about earlier I decided to keep the fabric to make valances in the kitchen. Thanks to the generous cut from the OnlineFabricStore, the slightly over sized two yards give me just enough coverage for the double kitchen window. Phew.

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After reserving enough fabric for the kitchen windows, I had enough fabric left to cover one, not four, of the couch pillows.

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So, I resorted back to an oldie but goodie print. Do you recognize it?  It is the Waverly fabric used on the guest room headboard here. I had bought more fabric to make matching curtains but decided it was an aqua overload.  Best to use it up this century.

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I also used up the rest of the fabric from our bathroom valance at home here. I was going to use this print for the pillows in the Captain Quarters but then used a different orange print here so I just made one for the couch.

How did I make the pillow covers?

Step 1:  I measured the pillows using a fabric measuring tape and then cut fabric squares that were about 2 inches bigger.

Step 2: I sewed three sides of the squares with the pretty side in and then a little more on the fourth side leaving enough to squeeze the pillow into the case.  Then I trimmed up any excess including clipping off the corners so it wouldn’t be too bulky.

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Step 3:  After turning the pillow cover right side out, I stuffed the pillow into its new case. The covers on the pillows do zip off but the inserts are just a mess of stuffing so I figured I would never get the shape right if I took them off.

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Step 4: Next I pinned the pillows closed.  I first pinned the edge close to the opening and then stuck my finger between the pins to push back the pillow and add a second row of pins to create an unstuffed edge so that the pillow could fit into the machine.

I though about sewing the pillows by hand but I had so many to make that I resorted to using the machine.  I noticed that our existing starfish pillows from Pottery Barn are sewn like this also.

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Step 5:  This is where I wish I had three hands.  Using the sewing machine I sewed as straight of a line as I could to close the opening at the edge of the fabric.  In some instances I did have to go back for a second pass. I found that I needed two hands on the pillow at all time and that any adjustments had to be made while the needle was in the fabric or the pillow would pop out.

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I am happy enough with the outcome.  The fun thing about covering the pillows I already had versus buying new covers was that it was so inexpensive that I won’t feel guilty if I want to swap out the covers in a few years.

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This was also very good practice for the upcoming curtain project. It’s been awhile since I’ve busted out the sewing machine so it was good to get my confidence back and some practice in.

Since I posted earlier in the week on the Captains Quarters, I thought it made sense to provide an update on the Crews Quarters as well.   20140712_183256

I had purchased new yellow sheets for the guest room last year.  And it took me a year to get them washed up and on the beds.

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My motivation came from this new Safavieh rug.  It’s a little smaller than I would have liked for the space but  the next size up did not work.  And if I went even bigger (which would have covered most of the floor) it would have been more than I wanted to spend.

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I really love how you can see the shiny floor now.

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The pillows were stolen from our bench at home on the porch (see them here).

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Overall, I am happy with how the yellow and navy look in the room. HHH (Headless Husband Howard) misses the rainbow stripes though.

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The last thing the room needs is some curtain or door to hide the exposed shelving.

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If you have any ideas please let me know!

Our master bedroom on the Cape has been a little scant in the decorating department. I struggled to find affordable lamps that ‘fit’ the space. It seemed that every colorful lamp I found was way too tall. And I struggled with color. I knew our master bedroom was looking rather bland with all of the tan and white but felt that bright colored lamps would limit our art and bedding options in the future.  So in the end I settled on some off-white lamps.

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Then I added in some color by making new pillow covers for some pillows that used to be in my parents house.  Thanks Mom!

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I found this fabric at the OnlineFabricStore here and it was really affordable ($7.45 a yard) and durable.

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A funny thing about these pillows is that after making them I found similar ones at Pottery Barn for much more!

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I swear I made these myself. And I’ve got the mess to prove it.

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The orange adds a summery feel to the room and plays well with the way-to-small aqua rug. This rug was an oldie from Crate and Barrel that reminds me of my former life in a Boston apartment. Maybe some day we’ll replace it.  Maybe not.

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With the exception of some art work to add to the oars (a fabulous housewarming gift from my sister – thanks again Annie!) the master bedroom is feeling pretty much finished for now. I could go on accessorizing with baskets on the nightstand shelves and knickknacks here and there but I remind myself that this is our vacation home where it’s best left simple and uncluttered.

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I’ve been adding to some to the Cape House photos on the main page as we continue to update the house so be sure to check those out too!

I don’t have much to say about the kitchen bench project that these photos don’t say. If you missed the first few posts you can catch up here and here.

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But I can add a pillow on top.

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The next step for the bench project is replacing the temporary plywood top with a real bench seat so I won’t have to sit on a beach towel anymore.  We are getting very close!

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