Oct 10, 2012

Out with the old . . .

My New (vintage) Bedroom

I've been bored of my bedroom for a while now. My pillows were king size, too big for my queen bed. My old bedding was a little dark with tones of army green, rust, and wheat.

I do like the way the pillows are firm and stand up against my headboard but they needed a makeover. Stay tuned for a really boring tutorial of how I changed them:

Out with the Old, in with the Older

The pillows were custom made for a model home in my area. I had to cut the back off and slip out the pillow form which turned out to be a king bed pillow.

I wasn't really scientific with my method. I just placed the pillow case I wanted to use on the pillow to measure and started to cut, making sure to cut more filling that outside fabric.

A serger would have been perfect for this last part but I just have a regular sewing machine. First, I used a straight stich with a 1/4" seam allowance.

 I used a zigzag on the smallest stitch setting, right along the edge. The pillow was a little bulky so I had to push it along.

  But, it worked.

Now, my bed looks a lot brighter and fresher. And, my pillows aren't knocking my lamp over any more. :)

I'm also working on a gallery wall in my bedroom. It has two original oil paintings and a plastic flower that I found at thrift shops, a cute butterfly print, a yarn pear tree, vintage sheet in an embroidery hoop and my first attempt at watercolor, the Newport Beach LDS Temple.

I sprayed the two frames a pretty light turquoise blue. I want to do some more sheets in hoops along the bottom. Any other advice? It's really a work in progress. Oh, and they are more symmetrical in real life, I was just standing at a weird angle.

My next bedroom project is a duvet cover made from 2 floral vintage sheets. I just can't decide which two I want.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I'm going to Bloggy Boot Camp Las Vegas on Saturday so I'm hoping I can get lots of tips for improving the blog. As always, feel free to email me/comment with any suggestions. I aim to please :)


Amanda Drietz said...

Very pretty!! Looks very relaxing:)

Old Fashioned Gal said...

Love it! I especially love your wall gallery.
My mother frequented the Atlanta LDS temple when she was alive. I have a few photos from her trips. Seeing your photo of the Newport Beach temple has given me some inspiration. Thank you! :)
God Bless!

Cerise said...

Beautiful new pillows and I love your gallery wall!

jill said...

Nice tutorial, thanks. You had me smiling, as I am going in the opposite direction, leaving the light, pastel colors behind and going darker. I had not planned a makeover of my bedroom with sheets, but maybe I will.

Thanks for all your inspiring posts and hard work. I think this is only the second time in two years I have commented...but I do stalk;-)

blessings, jill
have fun at camp!

Tammy Chrzan said...

You did a great job, your room looks fantastic!

vintage grey said...

So sweet and creative! xo Heather

retrorevival.biz said...

Oooh, your changes are so pretty and fresh, Heather! And I'm drooling over your gallery wall!


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