Trash to Treasure Tuesday—The Ugly Seat Cushion Edition

Happy Trash to Treasure Tuesday everyone.

If there’s one thing to be found at just about every thrift store I’ve ever graced with my presence, it’s UGLY SEAT CUSHIONS.

Like this one.

Don’t get me wrong, she was a BEAUTY in her day.  I know that because, in a moment of insanity, I bought her and her twin.  New.  Gasp!

I was going to let you think I found this at the Goodwill, so you wouldn’t question my taste.  But we’ve all had moments of MADNESS, haven’t we?

Now for the treasure part.  I needed a new cushion for my Grandma’s Chair, as her skirt had started shedding.

Out came the drop cloth scraps.

I laid the cushion down on two layers of canvas, and traced around it with a pen.  Then I cut out the shape, allowing a 1/2 inch for seams.

long and crooked seam later,  I stuffed the ugly cushion inside and hand sewed the opening closed.

I added a little flourish with black fabric paint and a stencil.

I love the new look, although without the fringe, I can’t help but think my Grandma’s chair is now hanging out in the foyer in her undies.

The moral to this trashy story?

A little creativity, a little work, and NO money can fix a lot of purchasing goofs.  If you’d like another idea for an ugly seat, look here.

Link up those Trash to Treasure projects guys (that’s for you Rob) and girls.  Please remember our two simple rules:


Good morning friends!

Today I’m here to share my Valentine’s Day Mantle.

I’m not a big decorator for holidays that aren’t Christmas, but I do like to add a little touch here and there.

Yikes, photographing mantles with windows with ugly ceiling fan lights on is d-i-f-f-i-c-u-l-t.  I strongly dislike the dark days of winter.  I promise you my walls are not the pinky-orange color that they look like here.  Smile

Anyway, I took down most of the red from my Christmas mantle, added some texture with old spools, grapevine and a pine cone, and layered a small framed heart over the chalkboard.  I love me some layers, and the curvy frame (found at my precious Goodwill) lightens things up.  The larger “tree” is your basic green foam spray painted brown and wrapped with yarn.  The smaller one is just painted cuz I got really tired of wrapping and gluing yarn.  I figured you would understand.

Here’s a better pic with truer colors.  Those wood snowflake ornaments are a favorite.

Have a great Tuesday!

Coming soon: Inspiration boards for the makeovers of my three kids’ bedrooms and a bathroom.  As soon as I figure out how to make inspiration boards on-line.  Any suggestions for a good place to go for help?

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