|My feature wall in the living room|
Do It Yourself Chic
A few asked me how i made the adhesive paste. There were a number of 'recipes' online but i just tried to make do with what was easily found. I experimented and i guess it works just fine. The fabric at my mom's place still sticks like magic. And its been slightly more than 2 years. Here is how i made the paste:
1. one part corn starch flour/tapioca flour (i tried both and it works the same) mixed with one part water at room temperature.
2. boil 4 parts water separately, and turn off the heat upon boiling
3. add in the flour/water mixture and stir.
What you should get is a thick gooey mixture. Most of the sites will recommend adding in glycerin which apparently they could easily buy from pharmacy (so many things they could get easily trust me) but really, i couldnt find any in Singapore. Im not sure but i assume its to keep the mixture stay that way longer before it goes 'bad'. So in my case since i didnt add it in, i made sure the mixture is made just before i embark on a 'project'. I will also make it in small quantities because i know my project would normally last for only a while before i have to stop and work on it again another day. It cant be used again say next 2 days because if i leave the mixture around, i do notice the consistency becomes runny and it doesnt really work well as an adhesive paste, especially not on the thicker fabric.
Im so in love with starch now because of the fact that it can make fabric stick so strongly yet it can be removed so easily-just wet/soak it and the fabric can be used for other purposes. Most importantly, you can work on even the cheapest form of fabric and the look can still be pretty. Recently, i saw some abandoned lace from my mom's pile of remnant fabric and came up with an idea of decorating my Billy bookcase from Ikea. The lace was beautifully 'vintage' looking as it was already stained over age. I made some starch mixture and pasted it along the shelves. I think it really made a difference to the boring bookcase. So sweet! :)
|Slipcover making in the process|
And before i go, here are some gorgeous photos of spaces that made me a bit dizzy-they are so lovely! Its from a book, 'The Feminine Home' by decorative Artist Jo-Anne Coletti, and founder of Vintage Rose Collections. Im saving up for this book i hope its still around when i finally save up. :)