DIY paper drawer liners

It’s been WAY too long since I’ve posted. The Generes household has been busy:

1. We moved from San Diego, California to Dallas, Texas!

2. We had a baby! Genevieve was born August 22.


3. We bought a house (more to come on this in future posts)!

I’m slowly starting to decorate our new house. It’s basically like starting from scratch—yay!—because we sold a lot of our stuff before moving and we have more space here than we did in our San Diego condo.

You may remember that I designed Genevieve’s nursery when we were still living in Switzerland. I’ve had to make a few modifications to the original plan, and I have been REALLY slow in doing projects (life with a newborn) for her room. My first completed project: lining her dresser drawers.

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A small balcony makeover

It’s the new year. Time for fresh starts, room refreshes and completing projects.

Scott and I were immediately drawn to the potential of the outdoor space when we bought our condo in late 2011. We imagined enjoying sunny days and cool nights relaxing, dining and entertaining in this space.

Outdoor space

I backburnered this project for most of 2012 as I got things inside wallpapered, painted, and furnished and prepared for our October wedding. Poor Scott just wanted to sit outside with his beer and his dog and breathe in the ocean air. So for his Christmas 2012/birthday 2013 (his is February 4) present, I committed to cozying up the balcony for him. And here’s how the small balcony makeover turned out.

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Another chair makeover–this time with tufting

The same day I bought the cane-back chair with the hole, I found this little gem for $17.50. It was in perfect shape but needed to be painted and reupholstered (it had a chartreuse velvet fabric on it before–even on the arms of the chair).
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After removing the seat and yanking the fabric from the arms with a screwdriver and pliers (it had been stapled down), I followed the same process to paint the chair that I used on the cane-back chair but did this one in Krylon’s ivory gloss paint. I cut new foam for this chair as well and covered the seat cushion in a Sultana jute burlap but before securing the fabric on the back of the seat frame with staples, I recovered the old buttons and used the original holes to tuft the recovered seat.

The pillow is actually an old throw cushion covered in a tea towel and secured with Stitch Witchery.

Cheap chair makeover

Overall shot of chair back
I picked up this gem at a Salvation Army for $7.50. I naturally gravitate toward anything with caning, and although this chair had a rather large hole through the back, I figured I could fix it–or enlist an expert to do it.

But I do know my limits. There are some projects I won’t tackle, not many, but some. I decided to leave the recaning of this thrift-store find to the pros at Woodmasters Workshop, but I asked them not to stain the caning so I could paint it.

I removed the seat cushion and sanded the entire chair but didn’t touch the fragile caning. Then I primed it with Kilz interior oil primer and let it dry for 24 hours.

I moved the chair out of direct sun light, which can cause spray paint to bubble and sprayed four sweeping light coats of Krylon’s gloss spray paint in cherry red, allowing about 45 minutes of dry time between each coat and sanding any drip marks away gently with a 220-grit sandpaper block. I sealed the chair with Minwax’s water-based polycrylic protective gloss finish.
Chair complete
The original foam was extremely rigid and not comfortable at all. I bought new foam, used the old foam as a template and cut it out with that handy Japanese flush cut saw I used on our wall. An electric knife would work too, but I like the control this saw offers. I recovered the seat in three-quarters of a yard of Braemore Silsila Curry fabric.
Chair head on

Decorating a dorm room

I was interviewed by Family Circle magazine about the best way to decorate a dorm room to make it feel more spacious and stylish. You can read the entire Campus Living article–and get all of my easy tips–in the August issue (on newsstands now), but here’s a sneak peak of some of the ideas:


Photos: Desk and chair, courtesy of Ikea. Bed frame, courtesy of Overstock. Navy pillow, yellow pillow, zebra pillow, scallop-design pillow and yellow-and-white pillow. White comforter. Stripe pouf. Temporary wallpaper.

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