simple is beautiful

Quatrefoil Tray

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

With limited counter space in our bathroom and with a water efficient toilet, grrr, which has a small sloping surface, I needed a tray.  After looking and not finding the right size for the area, I decided to make one myself. 

For less than $6, I picked up more than enough wood to make my tray.

I cut pieces to fit the surface of the bowl then primed and painted the wood.

I used the template from Tatertots and Jello found here.  To get the size you need:

1.  copy the image and place it in a word document
2.  right click on the image to change the size
3.  print the image

Next I placed the template in the center of the bottom of the tray.  By the way, I didn't assemble the tray until after all painting was complete.  I took a pencil and traced around the design.
 pressing firmly.

This is what it looks like after this step.  I took a small paint brush and painted the quatrefoil with glossy white paint.  Next I hot glued the pieces into place.

Now we have a tray that is the perfect size for the back of the toilet.

The Ottoman-Finally

Friday, September 24, 2010

A while back I asked for your advice about recovering the ottoman.  Thank you for all of your input!  I finally found the fabric and recovered it yesterday.  Because the sofa is white, I wanted a fabric that would contrast with the white slipcover and stand up to big feet and snacks.  My 11 year, otherwise known as my go-to guy for design advice, suggested that I paint the legs black.  The product description said the legs were ebonized, but when it arrived they looked more red than anything.

I still need to work on the pillows, but I am so happy to complete this project.  Stay tuned for a post showing how I refurnished this room without spending a dime.  Gotta love that.

Have a great weekend!

Coffee Talk

Thursday, September 9, 2010

     My friend Emily is hosting a little coffee get together on her blog now through September 17th.  While I have a bazillion things that I really need to be doing today, I didn't want to miss the party.

    Emily wants to know:  
    What kind of statement does your coffee table make?  Do you use something besides an actual table?  How is it styled?

    If you follow my blog, then you know that the cottage and vine coffee table is up in the air right now, but like I said before, I don't want to miss the party so here goes.

    Because comfort is key in our home, we must have a place to prop our feet.  Ottomans work best for us.  This is an ottoman that I found here for a great price thinking that I would one day recover it.  Trays are a must if you use an ottoman as a coffee table - for drinks, books, and flowers.

    For more coffee table inspiration or to join the party go here.

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