The first thing I did was empty a small laundry bin that was filled with fabric. I decided I didn't want more than half of it any more and put it on the donate pile. Probably about 6 or 7 pieces were donated, the rest I relocated.
At the same time, I decided to look through my stash for some fabric to make some new cushion covers for the living room. I just feel like brightening the place up a little for the summer months. I found a few fabrics that could possibly work, and tried them in situ to help me narrow it down to one or two choices, setting them aside for when I can find the time to make them.
In the process of looking for fabric, I came across some of the fabric that I used to cover the top of the ottoman in our bedroom. There was a piece that was exactly the right size to fit the stool under the dressing table to make it match the ottoman. It's a vintage Sanderson floral fabric, that has a beautiful cabbage roses print.
Although I liked the fabric that was already covering the small stool/ottoman, I wanted the room to be more co-ordinated, so I decided to re-upholster it in the matching fabric. Here's what it looked like before.
As you can see it's a lovely vintage floral fabric, but this was my first DIY upholstery project and the finish wasn't great, as I put too much wadding under the fabric. Once I'd pulled it out, the original wool wadding was still there, so I just used that on its own and it looks much better.
I re-used the same lace to finish off around the edge, as it was a good colour match for this fabric too. I'm very happy with the results and the fact that I now have a lovely co-ordinated bedroom.
My next DIY job, when I get the chance, is to make the new cushion covers for the living room. I'll keep you posted on progress.