The past few weeks have been quite busy and I have fallen behind on my attempt to makeover Maplewood. However, I did have the opportunity to visit my sister in Brownsville, Texas for a week. Over the past few years, I have made repeated promises to my sister, Star, that I would come down to her house and help her with some projects. I finally did make good on that promise near the end of January.
My main reason for going down there was to see my little niece, Sapphire Loren! She is absolutely adorable and it was great to finally hold that little doll. My husband only stayed for a couple of days, but I stayed until the end of the week. While I was down there, I helped my sister paint her kitchen, make a bench seat, reupholster chairs we found at a flea market, and stage her formal living area.
My sister plans to add more sheer panels to the draperies, as well as get some artwork for her walls. I wish I had before pictures of the space. It is amazing how switching up a few things in a room can change its feel.
Interested in making a bench? It is super easy. We had plywood cut a little smaller than the dimension of the bay window. We used two inches of foam and two layers of batting for the seat. After we stapled the batting to the plywood, we did our layer of fabric. It was helpful to have two people for a large seat like this. I was hesitant to flip it over on its face and staple away because of the text on the fabric, but it seemed to work out well. :-)