DIY COUCH SLIPCOVER

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Ever since we moved to our new house 5 months ago, my husband and I decided to be really good in handling our finances. We want to pay off our house soon. That means less eating out and a very strict budgeting. We didn’t buy any furniture, instead, family and friends blessed us so much by giving us stuff for our house. My husband’s friend realtor gave  this to us and a bunch of other furniture that they hardly used. It was such an answered prayer because we were wanting to have more chairs/couch for our living room as we like having people over.

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Although this floral couch is not that bad at all with the color that we want for our living room, the print is just too busy for me. Our other couch and chair are blue and though they are not solid colors, they are not printed either. I wanted to have a more unified color so I’ve decided to make our own slipcover using canvas drop cloth.

I have discovered, through pinterest, that you can actually make a lot of stuff using canvas drop cloth. It is so much cheaper than buying yards of upholstery fabric, is durable and have that what they call rustic/vintage look. I bought mine at Home Depot (Everbuilt) because their 6×9 10oz at Lowe’s (Proline) has seam in the middle which will make you waste fabric and wont work if you need a bigger cut. Dropcloth at Home Depot, at least from my experience, don’t have seam in the middle and I kinda like the texture and color better. Also, it doesn’t fray as much.

When using canvas drop cloth, prewash is very important. You’ll know once you open the package. It’s so stiff, hard and smells like chemicals but after prewashing/bleaching it, it’s going to be softer and nice.

I soaked mine overnight in 3 cups of bleach and hot water in my machine. Then run in normal cycle the next day, washed it again in hot water but this time, just with the laundry soap. Then I washed it again twice without soap at all, just the hot water. I would’ve use a fabric softener but we didn’t have it so I just went with it. After washing, I put it in the dryer in high heat to preshrunk it. Then take it out of the dryer while still a little damp and iron it and you’re good to go!

I’ve read a lot of diy’s and how to’s for slipcovers but these 2 blogs are the best that I’ve found ( Miss Mustard Seed and  Cedar Hill Farmhouse). This project is overwhelming at first but you’ll get the hang of it. Of course, it wasn’t perfect but I love how it came out. The couch has 2 matching pillow so I made 2 colorful pillow covers for it.

2016-03-01 11.27.01Here’s my diy couch slipcover and pillow case 🙂  I have enough fabric canvas so I also made a slipcover for our ottoman.

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Looking at these in our living room makes all the hard work worth it! I’m still planning to make a slipcover for our chair, other couch and glider. I’m so excited and I know everything will look really nice when they’re finished!

How about you? Have you ever used a canvas drop cloth for house projects? Don’t hesitate to share. I’d appreciate new, fun and creative ideas.

Blessed day everyone!

Spinach and Chicken Sausage Pasta

2016-02-19 21.25.13In our house, we call it greek pasta because we dont know how we’re going to call it the shortest way. Spinach and chicken sausage pasta is just too long for us so we just named it “greek pasta”. But its not! Its really not a greek pasta. I just thought about greek pasta because of the feta cheese in the sausage, thats it!

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Having said that, we love this pasta dish! Its easy to make and doesnt require a lot of ingredients. It has been our go-to dish when we need to make something fast, easy and yummy! Adding goat cheese in it made it superbly delicious too! Even my toddler cant have enough of it every time I make it.

I hope your family enjoy this dish as much as mine does!

God bless you!

Ingredients

1 lb gluten free fusilli pasta (or whatever pasta you want to use)

1 pack of chicken sausage, 4 pcs (bought mine at Aldi’s)

3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil ( or more)

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tbsp dried basil

2 cups frozen or fresh spinach

Direction

  1. Boil your pasta according to the package instruction
  2. While the pasta is boiling, cook sausage in a small skillet according to package instruction.
  3. Seven minutes before taking the pasta out of the water, saute garlic with olive oil in medium heat in a large saucepan. Cook for 20 seconds then add dried basil and spinach. Let it cook for 5 minutes then lower heat to medium low.  Add the cooked sausage, sliced in small pieces and mix in the cooked pasta until well blended . Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve it with a generous amount of goat cheese. Enjoy!