Fabric Addict

Ibang level na ang ka-adikan ko sa tela. HELP ME!

Ever since I learned how to sew last month, I had been buying fabric non-stop. It’s a sickness, I tell you.

I finally convinced the husband to go to Divisoria with me. He had been concerned with the crowd and having no parking, but it turned out he was worried for nothing. There was a LOT of parking space due to the malls that have cropped up in the area, and surprisingly, not a lot of people as well. With my sister in tow, we made our way from the Tutuban mall to Ilaya St. where all the glorious and affordable fabric are.  Continue reading Fabric Addict

I’m Sew-Savvy

My sister and I had planned to go all the way to Divisoria today to look at fabrics. I wanted to buy materials that I needed for sewing as well. YES! I finally purchased a machine – just the low-end one with basic stitches – that can aid a novice like me without breaking the bank. This is a Singer Promise 1408 with 8 built-in stitches and automatic 4-step buttonhole.

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Giving an Old Bed a New Old Look

As soon as we made our final decision to stay put in Manila and move to a bigger and quieter space, I immediately thought of giving an old bed a new old look, shabby chic-style. We have one of those iron beds with wooden posts and it literally was the last remaining piece of bedroom furniture that I hadn’t restored yet. Thank heavens for my husband who indulges me!

Armed with an allen wrench, I set out to dismantle our bed and lift the really heavy queen-sized orthopedic mattress. I didn’t really lift it off so much as slide it to the side and push the other side to rest against the wall. I then took the bed pieces downstairs to the open garage and laid them on pieces of packing paper.

I had white spray paint and primer for both wood and metal waiting, as well as sand paper – all bought from Handyman at the Robinsons.  The only thing I had forgotten to buy was a mask. Continue reading Giving an Old Bed a New Old Look

Side Table Restoration

We salvaged some old side tables from the husband’s family home, and I took it upon myself to restore them as well. They’ve been placed alongside our bed for the past couple of years and, because of the dark brown finish, seem to disappear into the background. I’ve decided to paint them a shade of white again like this nursery dresser because white always looks good on a blue background. 🙂

Here are photos that I took during and after the side table restoration project:

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Nursery Dresser Restoration

It’s my Dad’s birthday today, and his and Mom’s 56th wedding anniversary! I know he is looking down at my Mom and our family from heaven. 🙂

As for me, well we had moved to a new house with more space for me to pursue my restoration hobby. It has been raining pretty hard these days and I didn’t have much work to do so I decided to get started on the restoration of this old nursery dresser that we got from hubby’s sister before she left for Canada. She also gave us this piece that I restored last December.

I, unfortunately, forgot to take a photo of the cabinet before I worked on it, so it would be difficult to show you exactly how run-down it looked. The veneer was basically peeling off in several areas and I just had something to cover the top part. I took out the drawers and placed all the pieces over manila paper and pieces of plastic on the floor.

hammer and chisel
hammer and chisel

The first thing I did was strip the veneer off the body of the dresser. There really was no way to salvage the veneer and I did hesitate to peel it off at first because this is my first peeling job 🙂 but I did find some good resources online. Because the piece was already a bit rundown, I didn’t have a hard time taking off the veneer save for some areas where it was really glued on. I read some tips to use a flat iron and a cloth but my flat iron is way too precious for me to use it on this restoration job. I just took a flat chisel and hammered my way inch by inch until I had everything peeled off. I only worked on it for about 1-2 hours a day and it took around 4 days for me to finish the peeling.

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Dining Seat Cover Makeover

I have long been obsessing over our dining seats. My sister, who previously owned the dining set, had custom-made skirts for the seats and while we still use those occasionally, I still prefer the simple look of the chairs, no frills and all.

However, the seats were plain unsightly – dirty and stained. I had originally contacted a few people who offer upholster services but then when I took a closer look at the seats, I realized I may be able to do it myself.

Yes, light bulb moment! My friend Google helped me out, as usual. I found great tips here. I was ready for my dining seat cover makeover.

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ala-Shabby Chic

We were sorting out stuff we kept in the storage room one afternoon and I saw this sad-looking magazine rack tucked away in the corner, barely visible under the pile of rags draped over it. I instantly knew what to do with it and vowed to find the time.

I did find the time, and I had all of two days to make-over the rack. This is what it looked like.

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It looked much worse than it does on the picture above because some of the parts were already broken off. I enlisted the help of the hubby and his carpentry skills put the thing back together. This was taken while I was assembling the parts back. Continue reading ala-Shabby Chic

Our DIY Wedding

My husband and I watched the movie “27 Dresses” and James Marsden’s character mentions that weddings are a billion dollar industry. That couldn’t be more true!

weddingThat was not the case for our DIY wedding though. I was leaving for Abu Dhabi to work and my then-fiance and I decided to tie the knot before I left instead of the planned one a year after. We weren’t sure when I can actually come home for it so it sounded like the best plan.

We had two weeks until the date, and didn’t even have a marriage certificate yet. By some Divine Intervention we were able to secure that, and a beautiful church (Mt. Carmel – which is usually booked for weddings!). We arrived just before 4pm at the Church and it had been raining but it stopped when we got there. My sisters-in-law surprised me with my very own bouquet (I had insisted that we didn’t need flowers, but I’m so glad they did that!). We had our immediate family with us and at 4pm on October 6, 2008, we were wed. and I decided to tie the knot before I left instead of the planned one a year after. We weren’t sure when I can actually come home for it so it sounded like the best plan. Continue reading Our DIY Wedding