DIY

Spray Paint: Pros and Cons

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I was finishing up a bench this morning, using one of my favorite tools: spray paint.  As I was working, I was going back over all of your emails that you’ve sent to me asking questions about spray paint, expressing your fear or relaying your love for the aerosol can. 

spray paint nozzle

In my humble opinion, these are the top ten pros and cons when it comes to the use of spray paint.

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Ottoman: Deconstructed & Re-Tufted

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

A few weeks ago, I picked up a mini ottoman at a thrift store for $5 dollars.  It was a beige patterned fabric that was ordinary, but nothing special.  I dreamed of a perch in my office for my feet and my morning coffee, so I set my sights on reupholstering it in a pale blue silky fabric. 

Here’s a peek at the end result:

ottoman final 

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DIY: Fabric Covered Mousepad

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Plain mousepads are boring!  There are plenty of pretty pads available out there for purchase, but I wanted to recycle my old one with the use of some fabric.  This is such a simple project !  I had a plain gray mousepad that I used to use in my old office, but with all of these new upgrades, the mouse pad could not be ignored.  So I recycled my old mousepad by adding a scrap of fabric I had leftover from a recent project.

Supplies:

  1. Any rubber backed mousepad
  2. Fusible web for bonding (called Stitch Witchery)
  3. Iron, ironing board, and moist washcloth
  4. Fabric of choice (avoid fabrics that are too sheer, have embroidery, or that resist fusible web due to their artificial fibers).

First, align your fabric pattern on your upside down mousepad, then trim about an inch of fabric all around.

Next, trim a piece of fusible web to the size of your mouse pad, and fold your fabric over the webbing.  Use your hot iron and a moist washcloth to bond the fabric to the pad.  Be careful not to melt your rubber backside by avoiding any direct contact between the back and your iron.

   

Once you’ve done all four sides, then trim the fabric on your corners, pinch the fabric down, and use more fusible web to bond the corners to the mouse pad.

 

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That’s all folks.  Simple, and a project you can accomplish in about 15 minutes.

For another tutorial on how to sew a mouse pad, see this post at Craft A Week.

Or try Ashley’s Modge Podge version at Make It And Love It.

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