DIY Foot Stool

Make a foot stool from a side table - thefrontpoarch.comA few years ago my mom came across and old side table that at one time had a penny finish on the top. It had since be removed, and the surface was in rough shape. The table had a home in my brother’s college apartment but when he graduated and moved on, the table made it back to my mom. I’m not one to let free furniture go so I brought it to my house where it sat for a few weeks.

Foot Stool 2Instead of trying to refinish the top, I opted to transform the table into a foot stool for the red smoking chair in my reading nook. Here’s the before and after!Foot Stool Before & After from

To transform a side table of your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • old side table (mine was about 24″ tall)
  • 4″ foam, large enough to cover your table
  • fabric of your choice
  • paint of your choice
  • spray adhesive
  • serrated knife or electric knife
  • scissors
  • staple gun

The first step is to remove the legs, this makes it easier to paint and since my table was already the height I wanted, I trimmed the legs down about 3″. The legs on my table were a bit stubborn but nothing a little WD-40 and elbow (or finger) grease wouldn’t take care of.Foot Stool 3

You’ll then want to paint your legs and any part of your table that might be visible. Now it’s time to attach your foam to the top of your table. I just happened to have this photo adhesive on hand and it did the trick. Generally, you spray a layer on each surface and wait a few minutes for the glue to get tacky, then adhere them together.

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Foot Stool 6Next, using your serrated knife, begin to trim the foam to the size of your table. For me, this meant trimming the corners off to make the square foam into a circle.

*Disclaimer* Be VERY careful when cutting the foam! It can be a bit tricky to get the cut started but do NOT try to use your fingers to help the blade along.

Foot Stool 7Use your scissors to soften the corners of the foam all the way and trim off any excess foam in order to complete your shape.

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Similar to Reupholstering Dining Room Chairs make a sandwich, starting with your fabric, print side down, then the foam and the table top (the latter 2 should be attached). Start by stapling 2 points, here, 1 on the left and right side.Foot Stool 9Staple the 2 opposite points, top and bottom and then turn it over to make sure that your fabric tension is correct. Lookin’ good!

Foot Stool 11Continue stapling all the way around, being sure to pull the extra fabric down into pleats.

Foot Stool 10Enlist your handy husband to reattach the legs. . . .

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. . . . and trim the excess fabric from the bottom.Foot Stool 12Turn that sucker over and prop you feet up, you just made an awesome foot stool!

Put your Feet up & Relax! -

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Have you ever repurposed a side table for another fabulous use?DIY Foot Stool from


Austin, TX Getaway

This weekend we traded in our projects for an anniversary getaway.

Austin Texas TripWe visited the state capitol of Austin, TX, and I took Phillip on his first tour of the capitol building. As luck would have it, the capitol was celebrating its 125th anniversary, so they were giving away free Bluebell on the south lawn!

Texas CapitolWe also ate until our hearts content, Round Rock Donuts, brewery tour at Thirsty Planet and AMAZING German food at Eve’s Cafe in Lampasas on the way home.

Food in Austin, TXAnd of course, what would be a trip to the Austin area without a trip to Ikea?? Here’s a little cart dancing for your pleasure.


What did you do last weekend?

How to make a camera bag. . . .from a camera bag. . . .

I mentioned earlier this week that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect camera bag for my recently acquired Sony Nex-5 and today I’m back with the perfect custom solution that you can make out of any bag!

DIY Camera Bag

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bag or purse large enough to hold your camera and needed accessories
  • Batting
  • Fabric of choice
  • Coordinating thread
  • Velcro
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron & ironing board

Make your own camer bag - thefrontpoarch.comLet’s start with the bag, my bag just happens to be a vintage camera bag that I acquired from my photo-loving Grandad. (Thus the title of this post.) Like most bags, it didn’t have quite enough padding so the first step is adding enough cushion to protect your camera.

Start by measuring the length and width of the bottom and both sides of your bag. Mine was 3″ wide by 26″ long. I added 1″ to the width and 6″ to the length (3 per side) and cut the needed dimensions from my fabric. With right sides together, pin your sleeve with the pins running perpendicular to the long edge.

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Next, stitch along the long edge. . . .

Camera Bag Tutorial 5. . . . and turn the sleeve right side out.

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You then want to cut strips of batting to stuff into your sleeve. The thinnest batting I could find was 1″ and I wanted something a little thinner so I tore the batting in half to make 2 1/2″ layers.

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Next it’s time to cut strips of the batting. Since my sleeve was 3″ wide I cut strips that were 2 3/4″ so they would fit snuggly inside.

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Next, on one end only, create a finished edge by rolling the unfinished edge inward. Press the new seam.Camera Bag Tutorial 8

Double stitch your finished edge and attached a piece of velcro. It doesn’t matter which side of the velcro you attach to the sleeve, I chose the ‘hook’ side.

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Now it’s time to fit your sleeve to your bag and make measurements for the second unfinished edge.

As you can see, I had to trim several inches off of my sleeve. Trim your fabric and batting to fit making sure to cut the batting about 1″ shorter than your fabric so you’ll have enough fabric to turn under. Repeat the finished edge process on this end, double stitching the fold and attaching the velcro.

Camera Bag Tutorial 11Now for the back piece. I cut a rectangle that was slightly wider that the back of my bag and double the length. Here it is folded over.

Camera Bag Tutorial 12Then, cut a piece of batting that is exactly the size of the back of you bag.

Camera Bag Tutorial 13Insert the batting inbetween the folded fabric, like a pocket and stitch around the 3 open edges.

Camera Bag Tutorial 16Now you’re ready to assemble! I put the back piece in first with just a small piece of velcro at the top with the idea that the sleeve would mostly hold that piece in place.

How to make a camera bag from a purse - thefrontpoarch.comTo attach the sleeve, cut a piece of ‘loop’ velcro, line it up with the hook piece on the fabric. Attach the adhesive side to the bag and let it set overnight.

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Attach the other end of the sleeve and you’re done!

I made another shorter sleeve to serve as a divider between my camera and extra lens.DIY Camer Bag from thefrontpoarch.comEnjoy your new custom bag!DIY Camera Bag

DIY Geometric Wall

AKA The Rock Wall

Last week I shared with you my freshly painted hallway and as promised I’m back with the tutorial!

Hallway Reveal 14As I mentioned in the reveal, the old hallway was Boring with a capitol B! I wouldn’t describe myself is wacky and I lean heavily toward a  traditional, mid-century style with a few modern twists. However one day I was going down the hall and I thought to myself, ‘I wonder what would happen if I got a paint pen and just drew all over the walls.’

And then I scrapped the idea. Too out of my comfort zone.

Then I dreamed of large white and gray stripes. . . .

. . . .no, I really want to draw on the wall.

No, it won’t look very good and I’ll end up hating it and starting over.

Polka dots! What about polka dots?? No, I’ll hate that more.

So I took the plunge, ordered this paint pen and set to work. If you want to make a ‘rock wall’ of you own you don’t necessarily need a paint pen, I used a small paint brush for touch up and that worked as well if not better than the pen. I also chose this pen because it’s refillable which meant that I could use paint I already had on had.

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First things first, you need a  blank canvas.

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Ahh. . . much better.

Start by drawing a single shape of your choosing, my first shaped was probably 3″ x 2″. From there, draw lines off of the first shape to create other shapes. This part can be as big as your imagination so dream big! I chose to keep mine shapes pretty simple but it’s totally up to you.

Hallway Tutorial 4You’ll be surprised at how quickly a few lines can fill a space.

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To create uniform look I would suggest connecting the points of each shape. I chose instead to try and NOT connect to the points which gave me a more abstract look. Make sense?

Remember this a wacky process so the messier and more irregular the better!Hallway Tutorial 3

*Warning* if you try to paint an entire wall in one day you will loose your mind!

I found that I worked better when I painted shapes across rather than up or down so I worked in strips, starting at eye level. . . .
Hallway Tutorial 6. . . . .and then worked my way down.

Hallway Tutorial 2The edges can be a bit tricky, my advice is just to get as close as possible and then switch to your paint brush to finish the rest.
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After a few weeks, I had finally painted everything up to eye level and the I stepped back and thought, I really like this! (You could easily complete this project in a few days but my work schedule was super crazy so that’s why it took me several weeks.)I was originally going to go all the way to the ceiling but then I remembered some extra paint I had in the garage and the rest is history!

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Hallway Reveal 3Have you ever chosen something wacky for your home and ended up love it?


Hallway Reveal

You know how sometimes you start a project with every intention of finishing in a reasonable amount of time . . . and then inevitably life gets in the way?

Yeah. Me too.

I started painting my hallway. . . 6 weeks ago.


Here’s the before. Dark, dingy, and beige.

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6 weeks, 3 layers of paint and many, many change-of-plans later, here’s the after.Hallway Reveal 14Breath taking isn’t it?

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I think I’m in love.

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Don’t worry, a tutorial is coming your way next week! (And you know, maybe some pictures for those frames. . . .maybe.)

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Let’s this day be known as the day that we’ve officially painted every wall in the house!