My work space – the before and the first after

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I was fiddling around with a new blog page just for room renovation posts, and realized my favorite room makeover of all time is totally missing!  For the past year this room has been my haven of peace and quiet, my place to splash paint and litter fabric scraps to my little heart’s content, to squirrel away more crafty junk than my Mister should ever know exists in my possession, and my mommy version of playing princess. Oh yes. I’m a firm believer in doing dress rehearsals for dreams and goals. In a perfect world, I would have a cheerful little shop on a sunny side street just bursting with random bits of interesting things, and pretty this and thats to wear, and piles of books to pour over, and cozy nooks to sit and read (or write blogs if you were into that sort of thing), and generally just the … Continue reading

Slip-covering a wing back chair

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There are some projects that are just fun, and then there are some that are just necessary. I would place slip cover sewing into any category other than fun. Slip covering a chair that has curves, like a wing back chair, well, now we are talking a tedious test of patience like no other. Perhaps I exaggerate, but only ever so slightly. Next time I decide to invest in three enormously curvy pieces of furniture to slipcover, someone might recommend I try learning on, oh, a square box first. This is experiment number one. For this chair I chose a cream colored home decor weight fabric with a very light plaid print on it. I chose this because, for one, it was a cheap buy at my local salvage shop. And for two, I must have thought that slip covering would just be too boring if I actually picked a … Continue reading

A sunny sunroom makeover

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Question of the day…is “sunroom” supposed to be spelled as one word? Or two? Spell check says it is two, Wikipedia says it is one. Far be it from me to defy spell check since I can hardly spell my name without it, but I’m going with one word…it looks better. Know what else looks better? Sunrooms with white benches and bright cushions and jolly looking plants with lots of sunshine bouncing around. This space was pretty much a blank slate to start with, I didn’t do much of anything to the bones of the room. We had plumbing run out here to put the washer and dryer in half the room, and the other half was left for other purposes. For the last year it’s purpose was junk pile-up room, and I’ll spare you the pictures of that. It was not pretty. After pinterest browsing and picture shopping, I … Continue reading

Chalk paint talk and dresser painting

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You know what will guarantee a remodel to take way longer than it should? Take a guess.  Budget? Labor? Earthquakes? Bug infestations? All very valid guesses. The answer is furniture. I would recommend to all persons anxious to spend staggering amounts of time working on a house, to not complicate matters by investing in copious amounts of homeless furniture that also needs to be re-done. Not that I would know. Because I totally follow my own advise. Always. See this dresser for instance, it’s not technically an investment because I got it for free. Poor little dear. I can’t say no to free furniture. It’s like turning away a puppy. Who has the heart to do that?? ( I can say that because my kids aren’t old enough to read this blog or kidnap stray animals. I reserve the right to change my opinions on puppies at a later date.) … Continue reading

Yellow, the other Spring color

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I’ve been splashing bits of green all over my house to encourage the arrival of Spring as enthusiastically as possible. Yellow is just as good as green in my opinion. It’s bright, it’s sunny, and it looks happy. I may have a lot of black and white going on in this house, but don’t let that fool you. I’m all for an explosion of colors and patterns when it comes to accents! I bought these particularly dowdy looking stools the other day at a resale store. Besides the tragic upholstery job some poor soul had attempted, the fabric was simply horrid. Approximately twenty minutes later, their situation was much improved with new lively yellow seats…and I didn’t even have to spray paint them! What a shocker. I have this awkward little half wall separating my kitchen and dining room where they are currently residing. I’ve made peace with my dislike … Continue reading

Transform a room with paint and polyurethane

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This might be my favorite room in the whole house. Never mind it needs furniture still. Never mind I say that with every section I get done. I can’t help it. I just love white paint, and sunlight bouncing off walls, and shiny clean floors, and pretty ceilings. It just sort of shocks your eyeballs when your eyes are used to seeing this room… …And then one day you see this room instead. Nothing special to see here, just some paint and polyurethane. And elbow grease. Lots of elbow grease. Worth it? Oh, I think so! The furniture isn’t all necessarily staying. I just threw some pieces in here to get an idea of how much room I had to work with. I’m still searching high and low for a bed that will fit this room. I spent all day Saturday searching every thrift store, garage sale and antique store in … Continue reading

Adventures in refinishing a wood floor

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As I mentioned in my last post, I had a date this weekend with my hallway floor. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it, but as it turns out, refinishing a floor isn’t half as painful as I imagined! Of course, I did manage to break just about every rule there is for refinishing floors…big surprise there. If this house has taught me anything, it’s that there is more than one way to skin a cat (not that you would actually want to skin a cat. eew!).  I had thought that the varnish had just worn off this floor over time, but a closer inspection proved otherwise. There is tons of tack marks, nails along the perimeter, a tuft of red carpet here and there, and scatter marks from a drum sander. They must have had carpet down at some point, and then removed it and sanded the floor. That’s … Continue reading

A Step in the Right Direction – The Great Staircase Transformation

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The next time I open my big mouth and say that some such painting project will be quick and easy…someone, please, be a dear and kick me. Why I thought painting a million billion skinny spindles and keeping my kids dirty feet off stairs long enough for paint to dry was going to be easy or fast is quite beyond me. Although the actual work time was a tad disappointing (hmmm or down right depressing as the case may be), the outcome was anything but that! They turned out exactly how I wanted! I’m pretty much in love in with them. If you happened to read my original post about these stairs, you might have noticed I actually didn’t stick to my plan for this project. I was going to do something on the risers, like wood appliques or something along those lines to fancy them up a tad. I … Continue reading

All the details of the guest room makeover

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Since I got a little carried away yesterday showing room make over pictures and telling you stories about my recent mail…I thought I might better share the finer details that actually concern this lovely little room. So, here’s the facts. This is my guest room, the girls’ art spot, and home to various amounts of storage. The real deal is that this room is currently being used by the mister and myself because the master bedroom is…um…shall we say, in a small state of disaster. I do enjoy being my own guest though, this room is quite cozy. If you remember back before I started this room, I had a pretty clear plan on what I wanted to do with it. I actually stuck to my plan almost exactly. The budget for this room was extremely minimal so here are some of the ways I cut costs. I bought a … Continue reading

Guest Room Overhaul

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(Barrel side tables) I had the most extraordinary thing happen a few weeks back. The sort of thing that I really didn’t think happened anymore. I got a letter in the mail from the lady who grew up in this house. Her dad built it, and her family is the only one who ever lived in it, before us. She wrote the most charming letter telling me a little history of the house…how there used to be a farm down the road close enough to hear the cows lowing… (Painted dresser) (Old window turned mirror) …How the road out front used to be a dirt road, and originally the house was painted pink so it wouldn’t looks so bad from the dust from the road. (I shudder to think my “pink” problems could have been soooo much worse than I ever knew!) She told me how she remembered helping, as … Continue reading