In any case, these pillows (an example of a one-evening project) are one step in the ongoing project that is our basement. We knew when we moved in that this basement would be a project eventually, but we are now most of the way through a saga that started innocently enough with renting a steam cleaner for the carpet, included spending a Friday night spontaneously ripping out carpet (after said steam-cleaning dredged up all kinds of gross old cat pee smells), and will end (for now) with five out-of-town guests staying in our house in a little over a week.
|New rug, old pillows. Sorry the new painted floor is not visible in this pic. Same old baby.|
|Bought on clearance at Cost Plus, I don't know, 8 years ago?|
I got to dig through the outdoor clearance section as well as the home decor 50% off racks at Fabric Depot, the best fabric store ever, until I found the combination that I wanted. I was pleased to find three fabrics that coordinated with each other AND the rug, all on sale for at least 50% off (including the rug, thanks Tuesday Morning!)
|The fabrics (on the completed pillows, as you can see)|
|Little Sister woke up from her nap before I finished cutting the fabric, so|
she was eager to help/hinder the process.
In addition to recovering the saggy throw pillows that we have, I also decided to turn our poor man's sofa with a chaise into a poor man's sectional by making my old body pillow into a backrest for the chaise section. This pillow was not-so-affectionately nicknamed "the surrogate" by the hubby because I used it to make myself comfortable while sleeping when pregnant. We kept it around as floor padding when The Boy transitioned to a big-boy-bed, and even though it has spent the last few months tucked underneath his bed since the falling-out risk has all but disappeared, he was very nervous when he saw me taking it to the basement. "What if I have a hard fall?" he asked me. Well, I'm sure he'll live to tell about it.
|Little Sister was also reluctant to give up the old body pillow.|
Now what you've all been waiting for...the transformation!
Our same old basement with the new pillows/backrest:
|Ta da! I think the new pillows lighten things up.|
So all in all, I'm pleased with the way it turned out--and I'll post more about our basement transformation as it progresses!