It’s a Pouf

While I was trying to figure out how to make the cushions for my nursery chair I made this pouf to use as an ottoman with it.

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I knew that I wanted an easy to make, comfy, lightweight fabric pouf that could be moved around. After surfing around the internet I finally settled on the Living with Punks tutorial. I liked that it was simple and I could easily tweak it to work with the height and size of my chair. I pretty much just followed the tutorial but here’s the basics of what I did.

To start with I drew a circle on a piece of paper to use as a pattern for the top and bottom. Originally I was going for 16″ across but it ended up being closer to 17″. I used this pattern and cut out two circles from an thick outdoor canvas.

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Then I cut out a long strip about 54.5″ long. I just used scissors to cut along the pattern since I didn’t want the pattern to go off at a weird angle. I also cut it about 14″ tall so that it would be a good height for the chair.

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Just like in the tutorial I made a little strap to carry it by. I pretty much just eyeballed cutting the fabric for it out and it ended up being about 4″ x 10″ before I serged it together.

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I centered the strap on the side fabric and pinned it down with a little slack so that I could easily get my hand underneath it.

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Then I just sewed down both ends securely.

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After the handle was attached I sewed the short side of the long strip to make it a tube. I left a few inches open so that I could stuff the pouf later.

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Then I sewed on the circles, turned the fabric right side out and stuffed the heck out of it. I ended up using three 12 oz bags of fiber fill, some left over foam chunks from the chair cushions and about a yard of thin cotton batting to get it as firm as I could. If you were just using fiber fill you might need somewhere between four and six 12 oz bags.

Once it was happy with the filling I hand stitched up the open seam and it was done.

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It ended up a little lumpy and mounded but it’s pretty comfy. I’m happy with the fabric choice and the way the pouf turned out. I know in the end it was cheaper and goes with the rest of the room better than if I had bought something pre-made.

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Plus I really like how it looks next to the finished chair.

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Slowly but surely things are starting to come together in the nursery!

DIY Poang Chair Cushions

Here’s the warning: This is a wordy and picture heavy post. I attempted to create a full tutorial with this but to be honest this was a very time consuming (30-35 hours of work) and trial and error type of process. I also attempted to keep this post as short as possible so if something’s confusing please ask and I will try to explain. If you are interested in making your own the very bottom of the post is where all the dimensions I used are. Please use those at your own risk and double check everything before you jump in. If you’re just here for the pictures feel free to scroll quickly towards the bottom. Other than that enjoy :)

A while back I found How Joyful’s nursery Ikea Poang chair recover and fell in love. Although there aren’t detailed instructions I used this as my inspiration. Between the photos in the post and some help from my very smart mom I was able to come up with something pretty similar to this.

Photo From: How Joyful Blog

Photo From: How Joyful Blog

I loved that the cover was custom and looked so much more comfortable than the ones that you can purchase from Ikea. When I started looking for chairs for our nursery I had such a hard time finding one that didn’t seem huge, expensive or like it only belonged in a nursery. Since our nursery is pretty small I really wanted a simple chair with a small footprint. I finally decided to go for it and I bought just the Ikea Poang frame in brown black.

Poang

After a lot of hours of work and probably just as many hours trying to figure out dimensions and  how to sew it all I’m finally down with my very own cushions.

Although it may look like it I actually didn’t use the same fabric as the other chair above. I purchased mine from the home decor bolts at Joann’s. I didn’t intentionally choose a chevron print (even though I obviously like them). I chose what was as much of a grey-brown as possible so that it wouldn’t clash with the wall paint. This was pretty much my only/best option and I’m pretty happy with it.

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Now on to the how I did it.

Materials:

3″ Foam (~1.5 yards)
Batting (~2.25 yards)
1″ Foam (just for head rest ~8″)
White Fabric or Muslin (3.5 yards)
Home Decor Fabric (4.5 yards of 45″ wide)*
4 – 22″ Zippers
4 Snaps
Corresponding thread

I purchased pretty much everything from Joann’s if you’re curious.

I started out by cutting the 3″ thick foam to size for the seat. I put that in place and then started measuring what I wanted for the rest of the cushion pieces.

Nursery Poang Chair Cushion 1

Unfortunately I didn’t have any better tools so I used a serrated kitchen knife to cut the foam to size. It made the cuts pretty rough but it’s not noticeable in the finished cushions.

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I worked piece by piece from the bottom up measuring and re-measuring what I wanted the next cushion to be before cutting it. Even with all the measuring I still managed to make the back cushion higher than I was intending. It extends well above the back of the seat. This actually worked out ok since my husband is tall and wanted the back taller anyway so I just went with it.

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After testing out the chair with the foam I thought the top piece (or headrest) was lacking. I ended up buying another piece of 1″ foam to lay on top of the 3″ foam. So the final total thickness of the head rest is 4″. It made a huge difference in the comfort of the chair I definitely suggest it.

Once all the foam was cut I started cutting out and assembling a lining for the cushions. I wanted each cushion to be covered in batting to smooth them out as well as encased in a lining so the final fabric can easily be removed and laundered when needed. I cut out a white muslin as the outer fabric and two layers of batting the same size as each piece. To keep the batting from moving around I sewed it onto each piece of the muslin lining before assembling them into the covers.

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I started by sewing four rectangles end to end to create the gusset. Then I put it around the foam to double check the sizing.

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Once I was happy, I sewed on one square for the bottom and then sewed on another square halfway for the top. I tried sewing more than this to begin with but the foam was impossible to stuff into the cover if it was more than halfway sewn shut with the machine.

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Then I just pinned the opening closed and hand sewed the open edges with a whip stitch. It’s not the most decorative stitch but since it’s not visible in the end I just did what was sturdy and simple.

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Once all the lining covers were complete I put all the cushions back into the frame to see how they all looked together.

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The don’t fit against the frame extremely well but I was hoping that once the final cover connected them all together that they would fit much better.

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With the lining covers completed I moved onto the final covers. I cut the fabric the same sizes that I did with the lining and they worked out well.

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I knew that serging the pieces together would be really difficult so I just serged around all the raw edges to keep them from fraying.

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For the bottom cushion I made two flaps to hold the seat cushion back against the frame.

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For all the cushions I sewed a centered zipper into the piece that is the back or bottom of the cushion so that the covers could be easily removable and washable.

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Then just like with the lining I sewed the edges or gussets into a circle and then sewed on the top and bottom squares of the cushion. For the bottom cushion I sewed the flaps into the seams on either side of the zippered edge while sewing the gussets together.

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For the back cushions I sewed small flaps into the seams so that I could connect the back cushions to each other and then to flap that would go over the back of the chair frame.

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Here is the back of the middle cushion with all the flaps sewn on.

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The bottom back cushion only had a flap on the top back seam.

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Here’s all of the cushions stacked up with the flaps all sewn on.

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You may notice that there is a second set of flaps on the bottom of the chair. I originally thought I needed to strap the bottom of the back cushion down but once it was all together I removed these flaps since they seemed unnecessary.

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With all the cushions stacked up I remeasured them to determine how long and wide I needed the flap that would go across the back of the chair and hold all the cushions together and on the chair.

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Once I liked how everything was set up I removed the foam from the covers and sewed the flaps between the cushions together. The seam between the bottom and middle is sewn so the raw edges are in between the cushions since it wasn’t totally hidden by the back flap. The seam between the top and middle cushion are facing out since they are covered by the back flap.

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I used the rest of the flaps to sew on the main back flap. Since the chair frame has some thickness my back flap ended up being larger than the cushion flaps. I ended up making a pleat in the center of the top and a small tuck on each of the sides just above the hem of the back flap. I think the extra tucks/pleats helped to give the little bit of extra fabric needed to make the back flap fit perfectly around the frame. I also tried my hardest to sew as close to the cushion so that none of the small flap would be visible in the final cushions.

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You can see the top pleat in this photo.

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It’s actually pretty difficult to see any of the extra fabric from the flaps once it was all together.

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Here’s the bottom flaps after I sewed on some snaps to hold them on.

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And just because I’m proud of how it turned out here’s a few more pictures.

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In case you are wondering; yes it is really comfortable. I think I have sighed every time I sat down.

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If you’ve made it this far congratulations that was seriously a ton of photos and words. I thought I would also throw in all the dimensions that I ended up using. I would trust these at your own risk. It’s probably best to work with measuring and remeasuring like I did testing each piece out along the way.

Foam:

Seat: 21.5″ wide x 21″ deep
Lower Back: 13″ high x 21.5″ wide
Middle Back: 7.75″ high x 21.5″ wide
Top Back: 7″ high x 21.5″ wide (1 from 3″ foam and 1 from 1″ foam)

Lining Fabrics:
Seam allowance used is .5″, I added 1.5″ on each side for seam allowances and extra.

Seat:
2@ 22.5 x 23
2@ 22.5 x 4.5
2@ 23 x 4.5

Lower Back:
2@23 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 23

Middle Back:
2@ 23 x 4.5
2@ 23 x 9.25
2@ 9.25 x 4.5

Top Back (Foam is extra 1″ thick):
2@ 23 x 8.5
2@ 23 x 5.5
2@ 8.5 x 5.5

Final Covers:
Seam allowance used is .5″, I added 1.5″ on each side for seam allowances and extra.

Seat:
2@ 22.5 x 23
2@ 22.5 x 4.5
1@ 23 x 4.5
2@ 2.75 x 23

Seat Strap:
4@ 2.5 x 7.5

Lower Back:
1@23 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 4.5
2@ 14.5 x 23
2@ 2.75 x 23

Lower Back Flaps:
1@ 1.25 x 22.5

Middle Back:
1@ 23 x 4.5
2@ 23 x 9.25
2@ 9.25 x 4.5
2@ 2.75 x 23

Middle Back Flaps:
2@ 1.25 x 22.5
2@ 8.75 x 1.25

Top Back (Foam is extra 1″ thick):
2@ 23 x 8.5
1@ 23 x 5.5
2@ 8.5 x 5.5
2@ 3.25 x 23

Top Back Flaps:
2@ 1.25 x 22.5
2@ 8 x 1.25

Full Back Flap:
1@ 18.75 x 24.5 (with 1″ hem and .75″ seam allowance which is how much the flaps hung out)

*Since my fabric had a directional pattern and was only 45″ wide I used pretty much all of the fabric and didn’t have anything left. I even had to cut the backs of the two top cushions going the wrong direction to save on some fabric. You may want to buy some extra if you’re attempting this and have a directional pattern as well.

Adding Legs to the Expedit

It didn’t take us very long to move everything out of sewing room so that it could become the nursery. At the same time we started bringing in some of the items that we already had and that we’d purchased from Ikea. Chris was so excited to start putting things together that he wanted to do something. That something was adding some legs to our Ikea Expedit (Kallax) shelves that we already had.

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My first idea with these shelves was to just sit them under the window for more storage. Then I realized that the heat register was right under the window so that wouldn’t work. I needed some way to get the shelves up off the floor. After a little internet searching I found that a number of people have added the Ikea Capita legs to these shelves. I bought the shortest legs they had which are supposed to be 4 3/8″ tall but I think with the brackets they are a little taller than that.

Expedit Shelf Legs 1

These legs come with a bracket/plate and a set of screws so they are pretty easy to install. Chris just grabbed an electric screw driver, predrilled the holes and then screwed them down with no problem.

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The brackets do have a little bent edge which fit well over the edge of the shelves where the sides are a little raised.

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I have to say I was a little concerned with just drilling into these shelves since I know they are basically hollow or pressed fiber filled. I thought there wouldn’t be enough for the screw to grab onto. But once the legs were all screwed down I was surprised by how strong and sturdy they are.

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It didn’t take Chris long at all to get all 6 legs on.

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The shelves ended up sitting a little taller than I originally wanted but it worked out ok since they are pretty much even with the windowsill now.

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Also while I was at Ikea I picked up a few new boxes to go in the shelves for storage.

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Not much to it but there’s the first “project” completed for the nursery.

Nursery To Do List

There’s a lot of diy projects that I’ve been thinking about and I would like to do in the nursery. I didn’t include a lot of explanation on this list but I’ll explain more of the whys and whats when I post how each of these things turn out. As usual this list is probably a little ambitious and it’s probably going to change as we work on it but here’s the starting point.

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(1) Put legs on Expedit (Kallax) shelving. Update: Finished. More on that here.

Expedit Shelves

(2) Sew cushions for Poang chair frame. Update: These are finished. Check it out here.

(3) Sew throw pillow covers for chair

(4) Sew pouf to use as ottoman. Update: This is completed! Check it out here

Poang

(5) Sew Crib skirt

Sundvik Crib

(6) Sew Curtains

(7) Make fabric flag garland for wall

(8) Add monogram or letters above crib (if we ever decide on a name)

(9) Make a mobile for above crib or dresser

(10) Repaint baby dresser and change out hardware

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(11) Paint Dresser and add rail for changing pad

(12) Make art for above dressers

Hemnes Dresser

(13) Make clothes hamper of some kind

(14) Fill shelves w/ decor and art

Nursery Shelves

That’s it for now. We’ve got less than 5 months to go so we better get started! Don’t forget to check out the mood board for more information.

Woodland Animals Nursery Mood Board

I have been collecting fabrics and furniture for the nursery and I finally think I’ve got a more complete picture of what I’d like to do. I gathered some snapshots of what I’ve got so far so here it is.

Nursery Mood Board 1

Most of these things I already have or is something I’m working on fixing up. The room is already painted and I picked up all the fabrics shown a little while ago. I wasn’t planning on going with a real “theme” in the nursery but once I found the fabrics it sort of happened.

(1) The walls are already painted Zinc and the ceiling is Sunken Pool. More info on that here. I’m thinking about adding some of the lighter flagstone grey in when we repaint some dressers.

(2) I have already purchased this Sundvik crib from Ikea.

(3) Also from ikea I picked up the black brown Poang chair frame. I didn’t buy a cushion since I wanted to make my own. The grey chevron next to the chair is the cushion fabric and the green is for an ottoman/pouf.

(4) I’m planning on using the Raskog cart from Ikea as an end table and it’s already in the room as well.

(5) These are actually shapes from the Silhouette Online Store. I’m thinking about using them in some kind of art or decor.

(6) We already have an extra Hemnes dresser in black-brown that isn’t really being used. I’m planning to repaint it to white and grey. We also has a baby dresser that my grandfather built back when my uncle was born that needs a similar makeover.

(7) This is the Ekarp lamp base and the Umfors shade from Ikea. I’ve already purchased two table lamp bases with the 9″ shade and one floor lamp base with the 13″ shade.

(8) I’m re-purposing this Expedit (now called Kallax) shelving unit that I had in the sewing room for more storage in the nursery.

(9) These are snapshots off the cotton fabrics I’ve picked up to use in a bunch of sewing projects like pillow cases, crib skirt and curtains. The colors aren’t perfectly true to life but they’re close.

Well that’s pretty much where I’m going. So now onto the projects!

Changes are Happening

Two weekends ago we moved everything from my sewing room up to one of the rooms upstairs.

Sewing Room

Sewing Room

Why you might ask? Well, we needed to clear everything out to make room for a nursery!

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Nursery 1

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I am currently 20 weeks (5 months) pregnant with a little baby boy. There’s a lot that I want to do in this room before baby comes and I’m excited to get started and share everything along the way.

Bar Stools Remixed

Sometime before Thanksgiving (yes I realize that was a long time ago now) I got it in my head that I wanted to recover the seats on our kitchen bar stools. There was really nothing wrong with the seats just that they were bland and I was ready for a change. Back when I bought the fabrics for the kitchen window valance I actually bought fabric with the intention of recovering the bar stools.

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Recovering the seats was a lot easier than I expected. The seat was attached with 4 screws which I removed using a normal screw driver.

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I set out my piece of fabric right side down on the floor. Then I centered the seat on top of the wrong side of the fabric. I think for this set I cut half a yard in half at the fold which is basically a fat quarter if you’ve used one before.

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All I did from there was worked in a circle pulling, tucking and stapling the fabric around the curve as I went. I tired as much as I could to make tucks that wouldn’t show on the top.

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Here’s what the seat looked like when I was done.

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Then I just trimmed the extra fabric in the center and screwed the seat back on the stool.

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It took me less that a half hour, a yard of fabric and some staples to jazz up these seats.

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Anyone have some projects that you’ve been putting off that where must faster than expected?

Ravellinic Games Medals

The winter games are now officially over. I know that I’m not alone when I say that my views of the games was well, “meh”. I heard a statistic on the radio about halfway through that said nearly 75% of Americans were already ready for the games to be over.

Whatever the reason for the disinterest in the games I did in fact finish two projects for the Ravellinic Games which I wrote about at the beginning on the games. You can check out that post here.

The first project was really a work in progress. I wanted to finish this pair of socks before I allowed myself to move on to another project.

Purple Knit Socks 1

For more information on this pair of socks including the pattern you can check out my Ravelry project page.

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The second project that I did was a sparkly infinity scarf. Out of the two this was definitely my most frustrating project. I started out with a completely different pattern. Lets just say it didn’t go very well. I finally frogged it and tried to come up with several other ideas until I finally gave up and tried one more pattern.

White Sparkly Scarf 1

For more information on this scarf check out my Ravelry project page.

White Sparkly Scarf 2

I have to say I was hoping to finish a few more projects but that’s okay. I’m glad to be starting another pair of socks. I think I’ll stick to socks for a while.

Winter 2014 Ravellenic Games

Unless you have been living under a rock or perhaps you really hate sports (either way I don’t judge) you know that today is the official opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. I enjoy watching random sports as the much as the next person but what I really love about the Olympic Games is the knitting!

I’m sure most of you are thinking what does knitting have to do with the Olympics? Well actually February 7th also marks the opening of the winter 2014 Ravellenic Games.

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A few years back I heard about this phenomenon. I finally joined in during the 2012 games and I loved it so much I had to come back for more.

Since I’m guessing that most of my readers have no idea what this is I’ll give you the quick break down. Starting with the opening ceremonies of the actual Olympics all through the closing ceremonies you knit or crochet like crazy. The goal is to challenge yourself in any way you like. Then when you finish a project you can enter it in to various “events”. There may not be any fancy gold medals in this “olympic” games but it’s still pretty fun to join in with yarn lovers all over the world to create so many fantastic projects. For me it’s a great chance to work on some projects that I just haven’t been motivated to finish.

If you happen to be a fellow yarn lover it’s not too late to join. Hop on over to the Ravelry site, join the group and you can find out all the details there.

Now I’m off to knit up a storm!

Guest Bathroom Round Up

After I finished up the canvas art I really didn’t have much left to do on the guest bathroom. All it needed was some cleaning up and  putting things away. Of course this took me a ridiculous amount of time to finish. Finally the weekend before Thanksgiving I finished up just in time for our guests to arrive.

So here’s how it all turned out:

The first part of the process was painting the room.

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I finally upgraded from the old towels I’ve had since college and bought a few new ones that matched the grey and teal color scheme.

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I love the way the shower curtain turned out and the cute birdy art is great as well.

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I also picked up a few full size towels to match the hand towels.

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Since I thought it would be nice to have a few more places to hang towels, especially when we have guests, we hung a few hooks on the wall behind the door in the sink area.

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Other than that there isn’t much to it. I did clean out some used candle holders to use for cotton products and even found some cute wire baskets for extra hand towels and wash cloths.

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It doesn’t yet feel completely finished but it is back to being clean and usable after it’s been quite messy since I started painting months ago.