Quick Bookcase Styling

I was going through my picture folders on my laptop today and realized I had alot of projects I never posted about! And here I was thinking I didn’t really have much to write about lately! So, I thought the first one I would share was my new bookcase and it’s styling.

I got a new bookcase a couple of months ago — I can’t believe I forgot about it! It’s a 5-shelf cheapo one from Walmart. I definitely should have gotten one at Target and paid the few extra dollars, because THIS THING. I have my scissors sharpener between it and the wall at the moment because it is LEANING. But, it does still look cute. I spray painted the inside gold and the outside light blue. The gold is scratched in places because I didn’t seal it and I’m lazy, and the blue is kinda sorta covered with green tape in a few places because I…..yeah…..I’m not getting into that. BUT. I will be repainting the outside eventually. If I can move it without it breaking. 🙂

Here it is before I styled it, with everything just kind of….everywhere:

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This box is from Marshalls. Oh my goodness, it really does pay to go out of your city to another Marshalls! While my mom and I were visiting my brother about a half hour or so from home, I went into the Marshalls and found this little gem. I love the fact that it’s something I would totally put on a box like this if I made it myself! It holds product manuals and other things, I’m honestly not sure, as the box dictates. IMG_1514

After taking everything else off the bookcase, I relocated a few things to my little blue cabinet, and gave my green paper organizer a new home right on top. I realize it’s an expanding file, but it really does hold all of my different craft papers. IMG_1515

And here is the finished product. See how I hid the paper and cabinet behind my mirror? And oh, how I wish my newest addition was in the photo! I picked up a bright pink ‘N’ at Michael’s on clearance! It lives on the top shelf 🙂 IMG_1516Thanks so much for reading!

-N

 

Oversized Pillowcase Tutorial

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Hello! Today, I am finally sharing with you my oversized pillowcase tutorial. I say finally because I somehow kept overlooking it when I was working on photos. Totally went over my head. Up until I made this pillowcase, I have had a plain white lace trimmed sham on my pillow. And since I have this new bed set, it looks very strange. The sheets and pillowcases are a pale yellow, but the white sham makes them look dirty!

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So, I set about to fix the problem. The bed set came with the standard two pillow shams.

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Oh yeah, and here’s another view of the white sham:

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On to the new case! I picked apart the seams on the sides and bottom of one sham. This took FOREVER, it seemed. I had to rip through two sets of stitches, which I wasn’t expecting. The last sham I took apart had one set of stitches and I was done!

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Then, I laid it on top of the old sham to figure out how much of the second sham I would need. Just as I thought, I only needed one more panel!

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I marked the section from the side with the interfacing since it was see-through, and for obvious reasons I couldn’t just unpick the stitches from this side. More seam ripping!

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The section is free! I opened it up and smoothed it a little. A very little….Then I pinned it along the green edge of the other sham and stitched it together!

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I matched up the edges as best as I could, and pinned the WHOLE thing together, RST.

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Since I left the original opening alone, it ended up in almost the exact same location as on the old pillowcase. All I had to do after stitching was turn it and iron it! I shoved my pillow back in and I was finished! Super easy, right?

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Thanks for reading as always!

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