I am trying to get more photos in advance so that I can post them and keep everyone updated on the projects I am currently working on. I just started a new “real” job so I may have less time to do things as often. However, in more awesome news, I have been waiting to do anything too drastic to the kitchen until we officially owned our house. The papers went through on Tuesday and we are officially homeowners!! So you know what that means….Kitchen Makeover!!! Say WHAAAA???!!! Don’t worry I’ll get good “Before” shots so you can get the full majesty of the kitchen as it is now! Anyway, there are some of my newly purchased items and some of the stuff I have been working on.
This is the part I dislike about the chair. That bar across the back and the thick outline of the wood is no bueno! I am going to try to see what I can do to work around that. We will see how it turns out.
I also stumbled upon a little end table that has no partner but is still so cute. It is in really nice condition and the paint is okay but petty outdated. I am going to make a vintage french country piece out of this! I may love it enough to keep it because I can already see the finished product in my head!
Keep checking in to see updates on these pieces. If anyone is looking for a custom item and they see something they like on here, hit me up on Etsy and I can give you a custom color or style! I love doing custom pieces for people so don’t be shy!
The weird part about these chairs is that some parts of the chair a clearly plastic, like the top part shown here. While other parts are wood, like the legs, base and back of the chair. This is the amazing upholstery that I had to remove. The checked pattern had a t-shirt and a towel as padding underneath it.
This seat was covered in several towels and what I assume to be a cut up piece of a car seat cover. I was slightly grossed out taking the material off because of the puffs of dust and who knows what else that would come out with every nail and staple.
Don’t mind my car, the backgrounds always get a little interesting when you take your pictures in the garage. I will keep posting the progress of the chairs, and they will be up for sale soon!
AAAAhhh the bathrooms! What can you say about an outdated bathroom. Your options are to either spend your entire savings in renovations or deal with what you have and make it as cute as possible. In my case I have chosen the latter. And if you don’t know me you can know with certainty from now on, the cheap way will always be the route I choose.
Here are some photos that we took when we first moved in. These few shots don’t do justice to the glory that is the peach colored wainscoting, purple/blue-ish white color on the walls and those lovely fixtures!
The vanity is literally falling apart.
Since we don’t have the money to redo the vanity at this point I decided to just give it a little face lift. I took the handles off, scuffed up the finish a little with some sand paper and used a white wash paint.
I pretty much took an old rag, dipped it in water and then paint and smeared in on all the visible wood surfaces. It actually didn’t take that long to do and I was really pleased with the way it turned out. I think just the bit of paint made the whole vanity look so much better!
I also painted the walls, ceiling and wainscoting with a clean cream color. It was called “Parmesan” which I think is funny and awesome. But it made the entire bathroom look so fresh and clean. I also re-finished some fixtures from the other bathroom in the house and used them in this bathroom.
The other little gem i have in this bathroom is the vintage gold frame I found at a garage sale. I just stuck it up on the wall until I get some more decor, but it is so fabulous! The woman I bought it from said they were her great-grandmothers from the 1800’s. Why she sold them I will never know, but her loss is my bathrooms gain!
So far I am pleased with the way this room is shaping up. When we do replace the vanity I will thoroughly document the whole thing and post all the new decor!
Well, the transformation continues within our house. All these past two weeks I have dedicated my miniature amounts of spare time to revitalizing the french doors that lead from our living room, into an addition on our house. Here is the “Before”:
The people we bought the house from are actually my brother and his wife, They Have two adorable kids, who I miss terribly because they moved to Colorado where my sister and her husband live. Well, I didn’t have the heart to wash off the little hand-prints they left on the window panes of the door! It just made me miss them, so I left the little, beautiful smudges! It also took me a while (and lots of pics) before I could paint over the little growth chart on the wall in my nephews room. (Don’t mind our groceries and cholula!)
The doors themselves are amazing! They are heavy solid pine. I had never given them much thought until we took them down to start the project, and I realized how high quality they were. They only real trouble I encountered in the whole process, was that when the doors were stained, the stain turned into a gummy-like substance that had adhered itself in gloops and thin smears in the corners and edged of each pane of glass. I ended up have to razor blade each pane to remove the amber colored stain from the glass, before and after the painting process.
Because I had to be on my hands and knees using a very fine water color brush to paint the doors, I didn’t have much patience or energy to take many photos during the painting process. Especially because I often did most of my painting before I went to bed hahaha.
You can sort of see what I mean about the gloopy stain in this picture.
This was taken just after being hung again, so there is still smudges of paint and such. But, I love the way that the simple white paint turned out on the doors! It makes them look brand new! It also give the living room a clean fresh feeling. I LOVE them! It is just one more thing that makes the house feel homey!
My sister and her family along with my brother are coming in may, and I can’t wait to show them how the house has transformed!