How To Thursday - Revamping The Window Seat

Who likes Spring Cleaning? Truth be told, I like how it feels after, it's the doing part I am not a fan of. Since I had Monday off I decided to tackle the bedroom. As my reward for scrubbing wood floors, getting soaked while washing blinds and eliminating black city dirt from screens I "shopped my house" and redecorated the window seat. So here is my "How To Thursday" on "Designing with what you have" and making your own cushion for a cozy window seat!

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It all started with the spring cleaning which became a little boring!

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Than started the "I need to make this fun so let's revamp the window seat!
First I fished trough the closet and pulled out the tone on tone polka dot sheers I had up last summer than I layered them with Pale Turquoise Panels I "borrowed" from the guest room.

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Next up the actual seat cover.
When I first moved in I measured out the window seat and divided that in half. There are 2 storage areas underneath and I didn't always want to move the entire cushion to get in. I purchased a dense foam, one that would hold up even when sitting on and enough batting to make it feel cushy! The batting clings onto itself when wrapped multiple times so there is no need for stitches.

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Next up, what to use for a new cover?
I remember I had an old IKEA duvet cover I was no longer using and because it was only $19 I was not upset about cutting it up. I cut all 3 sides (top and 2 sides leaving the bottom intact which had no seam) so now I was left with one big piece of fabric. I than wrapped it around each cushion and cut to size. Next I covered it as if I was wrapping a present. Using a needle and thread I tacked it down along the middle and the sides while wrapped around the cushion.
Now I know this is not fancy and if I had more time I would have pulled out the sewing machine but for me this was good enough. Plus all seams are hidden in the back and on the sides!

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Next I wanted to finish it off with some accent pillows.
A few months back I purchased this pillow from Target though not sure where I would use it and it works perfectly here. I plan to load up on the pillows as I find them. This "new look" didn't cost me anything as I had everything in the apartment and it made the spring cleaning so much more fun!

(images from Jace Interiors)


luvtodecorate said...

That really made a huge impact to that space! Really great stuff you did there!!

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

This is so cool Julie! And entire make over for zero $$. You truly are an inspiration of creativity! It turned out fabulous!

Lauren @studio1270 said...

Wow, that turned out really great Julie! I love the idea of shopping your home.

fresh365 said...

Beautiful! I have had an obsession with windows seats for some reason since I was little. Someday I will have one as a perfect little reading and sunshine nook!

Creative Artwork by Denise said...

Ahhh - a girl after my own heart! Bored easily - and then on to new and better things!! I love how this came together! Great job!

Liz Noonan said...

I like your style lady! good job.

The Hip Hostess said...

You really cozied up the look in this area. So inviting...Makes you want to curl up with a good book.
Oh, I long for a window seat. Nice job, I love that you used what you had on hand.

Caitlin @ Sacramento Street said...

Bravo! This looks fabulous. I loved seeing the process. BTW, I'm the same way...I like the end result more than the doing but it seems to always be worth it in the end.

Thanks for all of the comment and twitter support while I was away. I really appreciate it! xoxo

Yelena said...

that looks amazing! :)
lovee it :)

Jessica Nichols said...

These are some of my favorite kinds of projects to read about on blogs! It looks great and it is so inspiring.

Sarah Klassen said...

It turned out lovely! What a nice spot :)