I apologize for missing FFF last night! My site was down, which you might have noticed if you were trying to link up. So, we’ll suspend our furniture link party until after the holidays. Just save up those furniture projects for a couple of weeks.
A few months ago, I bought a caned French daybed from a used furniture shop. I think I paid $175 for it and it was in amazing condition with a full down cushion! The upholstery wasn’t bad at all, but it was a yellowish-gold with a metallic shimmer to it, which isn’t really my thing. The cane was all intact and the finish was nice, so I knew I wanted to leave those alone. I did, however, want to reupholster it.
I presented a few fabric options and was planning on going with the plain hemp fabric, but then did a “room reset” and changed my mind. The buffalo check was now perfect to go with the new leather sofa and new plan for the family room.
We moved the daybed to the basement to make way for the Christmas tree, so it was the perfect time to get the upholstery work done. I wasn’t planning on working on it until after Christmas, but it got bumped to the top of the list when the sofa delivery was delayed a few weeks. We needed a place to sit until then…especially since we’re hosting Christmas this year.
I’ve never done upholstery or slipcovers in a check pattern, so I had to learn along the way, but I’m really pleased with how the pattern lines up. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.
I used a smaller coordinating check fabric to make the piping. (Actually, my mom made it during one of our “work nights.”)
I love how the buffalo check plays against the dark wood and the caning and it looks great against the new heathered jute rug.
The daybed looks so pretty when it’s all fluffed, but since the pillows and cushions are all down/feather blends, anyone who sits in it leaves a nice imprint of their rear and it immediately looks slouchy and messy. So, this is better used as an “occasional” sofa and sometimes as pillow-war ammo and for fort-building.
A few people have asked about the source of the buffalo check and, unfortunately, I think it’s discontinued. My aunt, who is a talented designer, gave it to me out of her stash. I am trying to find something similar, though, and haven’t found one that’s quite the right blue. This one from Calico Corners is very promising, but I haven’t ordered a swatch, yet. The thing I really like about the fabric from my aunt is that it has a nice texture to it, so it’s not flat, cheap-looking fabric. I wish I could find more of the exact thing! I’ll let you know if I find a good substitute.
I’m also sorry to say that I didn’t make a tutorial on this one. I had to sort of figure out the upholstery as I went along and I messed up in a few places, but it all worked out and the mistakes I made are hidden by the cushion. And I can live with that. I’m not a person who gets all twitchy knowing that something isn’t right under the cushion that I’m currently making an imprint in. I have a few more upholstery and slipcover projects on my list, so I’ll make some photo and video tutorials when I work on those.
Lastly, I wanted to show my new hair color and efforts at makeup. (This picture isn’t touched up, FYI, and doesn’t have any filters, so that is my real eye color.)
I only have my hair colored 2-3 times a year and that seems to be enough to keep it looking nice. We don’t do an all-over color, so it looks natural as it grows out. My stylist, Mary, does highlights and low lights to give the color some umph and dimension. Naturally, my hair is a very ashy blonde and it tends to wash me out, but it makes a good base color for the highlights and low lights.
I wanted to go darker, but I do like the chunky highlights around my face, so Mary did the coolest trick. She colored my hair, so that when I part it one way it’s darker and the other way, it shows more highlights. I’ll have to show a side-by-side, so you can see what I mean. She cut my hair, so it would part well on both sides also. I’m wearing it parted on the “wrong side” most of the time, since it hides my cowlick and sweeps across my forehead better.
If you’re local and want to have Mary do your hair, you can find her at Serenity Salon & Spa in Gettysburg, PA. Just tell her you read about her on Marian’s blog and she’ll give you 10% off your first visit. (I didn’t receive anything to share this, by the way. She is a great stylist and an entrepreneur I want to support.)
As far as makeup, I’ve been really been trying step up my game. I had to take makeup classes as a part of my theatre degree, but knowing how to put on fake beards and make it look like I have a fresh black eye doesn’t help me out much when it comes to every day makeup! I’m dealing with fine lines and blemishes all at one time, so it’s a real challenge! My skin actually looks better in this picture, even though it’s not touched up, because the photo is slightly overexposed.
I’m still trying different products and I’m figuring out what I like, but I’ll let you know when I find the magic combination. I am wearing makeup every day and that really does make a difference in how I feel about myself and it’s nice to be ready to pick up a sick kid from school or sign for a package without having to slap something on, so I don’t look like I just rolled out of bed.
I usually get some spending money for Christmas and I think most of it will go towards clothes and makeup. If anyone has any miracle products to share, please feel free!
Oh, and an update about my fitness journey is coming soon…