Spiffing Up

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Every once in a while it is nice to spiff-up in small ways around the house. I should have thought to take before pictures but oh well.Our kitchen table is 10 feet long and at least 20 years old. Long ago the girls spilled nail polish remover (of course) on the table and not wanting to strip and refinish I just bought some plether yardage and covered the table. Every year or so we put on a new cover. It works great for us. My daughter Chelsey has been visiting and she offered to put a new face on the table last week. I like how the sun is streaming in the windows on the table in this shot.
I have an old old vintage cutting table in my sewing room that had a oil cloth top. And so while she was at it I asked her to redo my cutting table, too. Here is the after shot. The before top was sliced from over zealous rotary cutting.
This is the work in progress shot. You can see the discards from the kitchen table and the cutting table on the floor.And now it is all done and I'm ready to go. Thanks Chelsey. It really is nice to have new covers on the tables.I love slippers. And even in the summertime I like to putter around in slippers but most slippers are too hot for August. I found these cotton waffle cloth slippers in a drug store for under $5.00. But they were plain and the Velcro kept coming open so I decided to spiff them up, too.I fussy cut hexagons from my Sugar Flower fabric. And I made some machine sewing tacking so the flap wouldn't come open anymore. I used gray thread so you could see the stitching. It was a trick to machine tack.I folded the edges under and pressed the hexagons. I pinned them in place sort of in the middle of the slipper over the Velcro flap. And then I hand stitched in place. They are so much cuter now. Perfect for around the house on a hot summer day.

-nanette

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34 comments

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

What great updates you've made. I love change and like to be able to redo things (especially when it doesn't cost too much). The slippers turned out really cute too!

Annette said...

Cute slippers! And I like how your daughter recovered the tables. I've used that on my kitchen table like a heavy cloth but never thought to tack it down. Great idea!

Jan said...

The slippers are adorable! Love the table covers too :) Chelsea did good!

Julie said...

Great idea for the tables. Where do you buy the covering stuff? Hope you have nice day. Julie

rachel griffith said...

love all your spiffing up.
{especially those slippers.}
:)

Kaaren said...

Spiffy slippers, Nanette. Almost too nice to wear now.

Love your vintage cutting table, especially the color. I'm sure it would have lots of stories to tell. (wink)

Thimbleanna said...

Ahhhh, isn't is wonderful to get just a few "new" things in the house? Love the table covering idea and those new slippers are adorable!

Kim said...

Your table top looks wonderful with it's new covering. I love the color too and the one in your sewing room is so cute.

What a great idea for your slippers too. Very cute with the hexagons on them. Very stylish.

Rumi said...

I wear something on my feet year round too; not much of a barefoot kind of gal I guess. Amazing how a little ingenuity can transform even the most mundane things into real beauties!

Sherri said...

The tables look wonderful...and the shoes are terrific...what great ideas!

dotti white said...

All of the projects are wonderful to look at! I love to make old things new again, too. The slippers are so adorable. I asked you in my last comment about where I could find some flower sugar? Do you have any ideas? Have an awesome day!

Stephanie said...

Clever and cute shoes.

Fiesta said...

good ideas for the tables Nanette. And you know everyone is going to want your slippers.

Jackie said...

It does feel nice to get some things done around the house. It looks like you had your fill! I am like you always scuffing around in slippers. Love them!

Karen said...

Hey N, recovering your table...great idea and way faster than stripping and refinishing;) I love your slipper idea...at that price you could customize a pair for every outfit...lol;)

Rae Ann said...

How lovely that your daughter offered to recover your tables. Mine wouldn't think of doing something that required work. Your slippers are cute, you come up with the best ideas.

Living on the Spit said...

I am a big fan of repurposed things and ways on making older things new again! This was just great for this reason.

The slippers are awesome and what a great idea, but I am not surprised that you came up with it!!! I am a slipper and flip flop kinda girl all year long.

madrekarin said...

Cute slippers. Almost makes me want to get some, but I just don't like the way they feel on my feet. Strange, I know.
L.O.V.E. your table make-overs!!

pratima said...

Very pretty slippers. Those flowers are gorgeous!
The tables look really nice after the makeovers :)

Sandi said...

Clever slipper idea, Nanette. Really like the tabletop covers. I need to do some "sprucin' up" and that covered table thing intrigues me.

Joy said...

How clever you are!!! I really love your snazzy slippers!! So cute :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Barbara said...

Love what you did to the slippers, now I am going hunting for a similar pair, grin. I love wearing them around the house but never thought about sewing them closed, and the fussy cut flower just adds that right touch.

Judi said...

Nanette: You never cease to amaze me. You're always full of great ideas and then implement them almost immediately. I'm impressed. My husband did the same thing with super glue on our brand new dining room table and then tried to remove the glue with nail polish remover! Arghhh! I guess, we'll have to try and cover that mess up the way you did. :) Buy em books, & buy em books and all they do is chew on the covers! Husbands and children are not that different! Hugs and thanks for sharing

Dawn said...

Love all your spiffing...especially the slippers!! You are amazingly clever! Hugs!

be*mused jan said...

Spiffy indeed. Love the slippers!

Nan said...

Love the look of the dining table and the cutting table. Everything deserves to be spiffed up, doesn't it? I love doing that around the house - it puts a smile on my face!
Your slippers are just too cute.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wow, you have a talented group of children, they each have their own special talents, love your slippers, they look so cute! Spiffing up just makes one feel soooo good!!

Lurline said...

You are a Clever Little Duck! Love your re-vamped tables, too!
Hugs - Lurline♥

The Quilt Buddy said...

Who knew that hexagons could be so adorable! I am sure that your feet appreciate them.

Nedra said...

Ok- The hexagons on the slippers is just too cute. How do you come up with all these ideas? How nice that your daughter will help you with all the projects. Your tables look great.

Jill said...

I really like that sugar flower fabric you've been tantalizing us with!!! The slippers are adorable!Blessings on your day!

Lori Holt said...

Hi Nanette-
Are you going to wear your adorable "spiffed up" slippers to Material Girls today?
x Lori

Pat said...

Love the new look for your slippers and covering the tables that way is a super idea!

Ginger Patches said...

Love what you did with your slippers!! I just found a little bit of the Flower Sugar online today and I want more, I seriously love it!! Where did you find yours? It doesn't seem like too many people are carrying it.