Bedroom Makeover Progress

Hi friends!  Happy Friday.  Today, I wanted to share with you some of our master bedroom progress.  If you want to get caught up, you can read about my plans here.

To say that things have moved slowly is an understatement. Slow and steady wins the race, right? First, we had to have the door leading outside from our master replaced and reframed.  That took about 2 weeks and went relatively smoothly. Then, I had this great idea to move the lighting for our chandelier so it was centered in the room.  That turned into me filling in our ugly can lighting and having sconces wired in.  I went with sconces because our bed is now larger, and I need smaller bedside tables that likely will not accommodate lamps.

What has this resulted in, you may ask?  Holes!  Lots and lots of holes.  Our home is old and has the original laven plaster on the ceilings.  This tends to crack over time.  So, in order to cure this, we are having a new layer of drywall “floated” on top of the exsiting plaster.  This is a process and we are sleeping on the couch until it is done 🙂

See the lovely cracks??

After that, all that is left is to paint and install the electrical.  I am super excited about the lighting. The chandelier is this one below I found on Craigslist and the scones are from Gabby Home. They were a bit of a splurge- don’t tell my husband.

Here is what has been completed thus far.  Our new upholstered bed arrived and so did the bedding.  I am in the process of sourcing throw pillows to give the bedding more interest and texture.

We also reupholstered our X benches in this fun abstract blue pattern.  I wrote a tutorial here about upholstering the Target X benches (similar here) to customize them. The best part is you can take it off and start over once you tire of the old fabric. Below is what the benches looked like before.

So that is it for now.  Hoping to complete lots more in the weeks ahead.  This weekend, I plan to sew a new trim onto our drapes for a quick update.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend friends!

xo.

 

A Furniture Makeover Using Oil-Based Paint from Ipaint!

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to share my latest furniture makeover with you.  There is nothing like a good furniture makeover when you are trying to get the look for less, right?

So, I have been wanting to makeover this Chinese Chippendale table for ages.  It has been sitting in my garage collecting dust.  My husband just loves that 🙂  It was purchased for a steal from the amazing Shavonda at SG Style, my local blogging buddy.  It had good bones, but the color was blah and it needed a serious paint job!  My procrastination ended when I was approached by Ipaint to try out one of their amazing paint products.  I leaped at the chance.

Here is the before:

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iPaint has been manufacturing high quality paint and coatings for over 55 years.  They stock the largest selection of quality coatings in any size, in any shine, in any color,  at the best price available, with free delivery and a written -warranty!   They have unique paint such as swimming Pool Paint, Boat Paint, Epoxy Paint, Concrete Coatings, and Garage Paint Deck Paint.  Huge businesses such as Disneyland and Google use their paint.  How cool is that?

I chose their Blue Water Marine Paint Mega Gloss Alkyd Enamel.   It is an amazing oil-based paint that is usually made for painting boats.  So, it is super strong and durable and UV resistant.

I could not be more pleased with the results.  The paint has depth, is durable, and is as shiny as glass.  I have always loved the look of oil-based paint, but it is near impossible to find here in California anymore.  I cannot say enough about how bright and shiny this paint looks.  My piece looks totally transformed!  The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I have to admit that painting with oil-based paint was everything I had heard it would be.  I sanded and primed my piece, but still had to apply three coats of the paint.  Every brush stroke will show if you are not careful, and clean up is a serious pain.  I had to use paint thinner to clean my paint brush (and my hands) every time!  It definitely requires patience.

However, it was totally worth it.  You simply can’t get these results with a water-based high gloss paint.  Here are the after photos.

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The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I can’t wait to use this paint again.  I think I may use it on my daughter’s desk because it is so durable.  Head on over to Ipaint to find the paint for your next project.

Until next time  . . .

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A Tale of Two Mirrors

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  We are on vacation this week, so I hope to relax and also catch up on some blogging posts I have been meaning to share with you.  For now, I want to show you a fun paint project I did that has made a big impact.

A ways back I scored a major find on Craigslist.  It was a vintage Henredon dresser and the price was right at only $200.

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What sweetened the deal even more was that it came with two beautiful faux bamboo mirrors.  It is so hard to find a set of matching vintage mirrors, so I could not believe my luck!  Here they are.

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I didn’t have room for them in our bedroom above the dresser, so I had long-term plans to paint them and use them in our dining room.  We recently painted out dining room a really deep purple, almost an eggplant color and I opted to paint them a very light shade of lavender.  Bold color choices, I know!

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All in all I am very pleased with the results.  The mirrors really complement the other pieces and accent colors I have going on in the dining room.  The room is starting to turn out pretty glamorous considering I found most of it on Craigslist!!  See you can have the look for less!

What do you think?  Have you ever sacrificed a vintage piece in order to make it your own or are you a purist who thinks it should be kept in its original condition?

Until next time.

xoxo,

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One Room Challenge Week 5: Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Hi everyone!!  If you are joining me from Linda at Calling it Home welcome!  To get you up to speed, I am making over my daughter’s nursery into a big girl room.  My color scheme is grey and pale pink. I am going for a soft and feminine feel.

This is Week 5 and man is the pressure on.  My week can be summarized by the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears. I spent the whole weekend doing DIY projects for the room. I wallpapered the MDF wood panels in between soccer games and managed to cut my finger pretty bad on the board (this is the blood).  The good news is all I have left to do it cut, paint and attach the trim and these will be done.

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Next, I tackled my semi-DIY cornice board.  You may recall that I ordered the cornice board custom from a company called Ready to Cover.  I spent the weekend upholstering it.  Why do such projects always seem so simple?  Just use a staple gun and cover the board, right?  Not so much.  This project took hours and my husband helped me with most of it.  Yes, we are still married (this is the sweat and the tears part.)

First, we had to cover it with batting to give it a padded look and mask the wood.  Then we upholstered it with the fabric.  The problem was I did not calculate the yardage I needed correctly.  I had a bunch of extra fabric from making the drapes, but I would have needed to order 3 more yards to get it to cover the length of the board without a seam.   So, in order to save money and time we made do with the remnant fabric and just have a slight seam on each side.

Now all that needs to be done is hanging it.  But this thing is HEAVY and after having my husband help me upholster it, I don’t think I can bear asking him to hang it.  Cue in the handy man.  He came over today to measure and get the hardware required to hang it.  Whew!  Marital crisis averted.

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Here is what I have done from my initial list.

  1. Paint room
  2. Wire and install light fixture
  3. Sew drapery
  4. Upholster and hang cornice board
  5. DIY mongolian fur stools
  6. DIY framed wallpaper panels
  7. Cover Ikea dresser with O’verlays
  8. Move out all of the one-eyed dolls, naked Barbie dolls and princess castles
  9. Style and photograph the room (hope there is time for this)

Not bad considering it has only been 5 weeks.  Participating in this challenge has definitely lit a fire underneath me an kept me accountable.  Oh, the pressure of a deadline.

Head over to Calling it Home to follow along with the participants and linking participants.  And don’t forget to check back next week for the final reveal.  In the meantime, you will find me wandering aimlessly around the Home Depot looking dazed and hopped up on Starbucks looking for supplies to finish up this project!

xoxo

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One Room Challenge 2016

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to announce that I am going to be participating in Linda at Calling It Home’s famous One Room Challenge (“ORC”) as a Guest Participant.

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If you are not familiar with ORC, it is where 20 designers are challenged to transform a room and document their process every week.  Anyone can take the challenge and link up their progress every week.  This year is even better as they are partnering with House Beautiful as a media partner.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

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If you are new here, you might not know that I have been talking about decorating my daughter’s big girl room for ages now.  I am using the ORC to light a fire under me to actually get something done.  I have followed along for years and always wanted to participate, so this is the year!

Here is the before photo (giant Elsa doll and all!)  I thought I would keep it real and the worse the before photo the better the after, right?  Obviously, storage is going to be a major component of this space.

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Here room gets terrible light and our home is very old so there is no overhead lighting, so new lighting fixtures are in order.  The only thing that is really staying is the bed!

Here is what I am dreaming up for this space.  The color scheme is going to be grey and pale pink.

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I plan to go with classic bedding, pale pink silk drapes and DIY faux fur stools.  There is so much to be done, but having to show my progress each week will keep me accountable!  Here is my project timeline:

Week 1: Paint

Week 2: Lighting

Week 3: DIY Stools and framed wallpaper.

Week 4: Drapes

Week 5:  Accessories and bedding.

I hope you follow along with me as I document my progress.  I will update you each Thursday, so mark you calendars!  I also hope you follow the amazing designers who are the official challengers.  Head on over to Calling it Home to follow along.

Until next week!

xoxo

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Got 20 Minutes? Try This DIY!

Hi friends!  I just had to pop in today and share this quick and easy DIY.

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So, I was in Target buying Qtips and of course I get lulled into the home decor section because why not??  Unfortunately, for my wallet Target was getting in Christmas items and had their fall decor on clearance for 50% off.  (I really need to use Amazon or Jet subscriptions for household items.  It would save me hundreds of dollars by avoiding Target!!)  I found these fun graphic art prints for only $12.00, but the frames were kind of blah.

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I thought they would look great above my television in my bedroom and the colors would work great!  When I got them home, I realized I had some gold Rub ‘N Buff from this project left over.  I thought it would be fun to tape off the corners and make a statement in gold.

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So, I marked off my corners with painters tape.  I used 2 3/4 inches all around as my measurement.  I made a pencil mark where the tape would need to end.  Finally, I rubbed a bit or Rub ‘N Buff on, waited a few minutes and buffed it out with a rag so it was all shiny!  If you have never used Rub ‘N Buff before I highly recommend it.  It is so easy to use and instantly adds a brass touch to whatever you are working on.  It also comes in a variety of finishes.

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Here is the frame before.  Nice, but nothing special.

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Here is the after.  I think it adds contrast and interest.  I think this would look really nice on black frames as well.

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So, if you have a few extra minutes this weekend, why not waken up some boring old frames.  It is an easy way to freshen up you existing decor for next to nothing!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I am going to work on getting my Christmas decor out-eek!  The life of a design blogger  . . .

xoxo

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Bathroom Renovation Update

Hello friends!  I wanted to update you on the progress of our bathroom renovation.  Last time I posted about it, this is what it looked like.  Eeek!!

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We are basically building the bathroom again right up from the sub-floor.  There was a ton of dry rot under the whirlpool tub in the bathroom, so the whole floor and wall had to be ripped up.  This was actually good because it gave us the option of not replacing the tub.  Here is my inspiration pic for what I hope it will look like.

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Instead of replacing the window on the bathroom wall and whirlpool tub, we decided to tile the shower from floor to ceiling.

There are so many options for tile, it can be overwhelming.  Our house is older and we wanted a classic looking bathroom.  So, for the shower, we went for basic white subway tile, but opted for the pattern above with dark grout, to add a graphic element.  I also really wanted a frameless shower door like the one below  and man are these pricey.  Also, we have to wait until all the tile is installed to measure for it and then it takes two weeks to get our custom door!

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As for the shower floor and bathroom floor we are going with Carerra marble similar to this.

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Having our contractor arrange the subway tile in the pattern above was definitely more labor intensive, but I think it will be totally worth it.  If time and money were no object, I considered having marble cut into a herringbone pattern like this.

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Gorgeous, right?  Those floors – swoon!!

I am hoping it all comes together.  IT is sometimes tough to visualize how it will look in the end.  Our contractor is starting the tile today.  I will keep you posted toward the end of the week with some pics!

What is your bathroom style?  Do you prefer classic or more modern?  I plan to style the bathroom with some more modern pieces, in order to balance out the traditional elements.

Until next time . . .

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DIY Lucite Curtain Rod and Greek Key Trim Curtains

I am so excited to share this DIY project with ya’ll!!  I will have a full tutorial up soon, but could not wait to show you the pictures.  I wrote about my love of lucite rods here.  However, they are ridiculously pricey.  So, taking the lead from fellow bloggers (the original was from Grace at A Storied Style), I DIY’d my own.  The brass standoffs are actually for ballet barres and the lucite is custom from a company called Nationwide Plastics out in Texas.  These pictures do not do justice to how lovely it looks in person!

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I also decided to DIY myself some greek key trim curtains.  Using inexpensive Ikea curtains and greek key fabric, I created a high-end look for sooo much less.

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What do you think?  I am so pleased with how they turned out!  I waited forever to do curtains on this big window because it was so big.

Stay tuned as I will have a full tutorial on how to DIY the curtain rod and the curtains!

xoxo,

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2015 One Room Challenge

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Hey y’all!  Happy Friday.  I wanted to pop in and let you know that the 2015 One Room Challenge started this week.  If you are not a design blog stalker like me, the One Room Challenge is where the best of the design blogosphere takes 6 weeks to transform a room.  There are also a fun list of linking participants who link up their spaces.

I highly recommend following along.  This is one of the rooms from last year’s challenge.

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Amazing right?  You should see the before.  If you want to see the creme de la creme of design bloggers, check out the One Room Challenge.  One of these years I am going to get it together and participate as a linking participant.

 Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a joy-filled Easter!

xoxo

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Tips for Restoring a Campaign Dresser

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.  I sure did!

I wanted to pop in today to follow-up on a post I did about my Campaign Dresser makeover.  I learned a few tips along the way that I wanted to pass along.

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So, when I found my dresser for only $50 on Craigslist, I was beyond ecstatic. She was a diamond in the rough.  I realized that two or three of the hardware brackets were missing, but figured it would be super easy to find replacements on Ebay or Etsy. WRONG!!

I searched and searched for the missing L brackets and could find nothing on Ebay, Etsy or Craigslist.  CRAP!  The signature of a campaign dresser is the hardware and having missing hardware was just not going to do.  I went on a wild goose chase to track down the hardware, so I want to let you know where all the possible sources are in the event you ever find yourself wanting to restore a similar piece.

EBAY and ETSY:  I recommend first doing a cursory search on Ebay and Etsy to see if you get lucky.  Exact matches are hard to find, but it is worth doing a quick search.

SALVAGE FROM ANOTHER PIECE:  You may want to consider looking for another piece of campaign furniture on Craigslist and using it just for the hardware.  While this may seem expensive, if you are looking for something like a pull, buying it new will cost you a pretty penny. It may be cost-effective in the long run

HOME DEPOT AND LOWE’S:  You could consider buying inexpensive brackets from a box store.  This is my least favorite option.  It just does not look as authentic.  You have to use bulky screws, whereas campaign hardware uses tiny brad nails.  See what I mean by looking at the picture below?

 

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CUSTOM ORDER THROUGH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER:  You can have an interior designer order them through the Decorative Hardware Studio, but it is very expensive.  About $25 per piece.  If you are replacing all the hardware, this really adds up.

BUY IT NEW ONLINE:  You can buy new brackets and hardware new at Vintage Hardware. They sell recessed pulls as well as L brackets and T brackets.  This is the route I went and I was very pleased.  While I only needed 4 pieces, I wanted mine to match exactly as far as the finish was concerned, so I ended up replacing them all.  If you have to do this, you could always make up for the cost, buy selling the existing hardware on Ebay or Etsy.

I was lucky that I did not have to buy new pulls.  Mine just required a good soak in some Brasso. I let them soak for about 20 minutes.  I have also heard you can use baking soda and lemon juice. Centsational Girl has an excellent post about polishing brass that you can read here.  Here is a before and after of the hardware:

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All shiny and new!  By the way, it is important to find out if you are dealing with real brass or brass plate before attempting to polish.  If you take a magnet to the hardware and it sticks, it is only brass plated.  If it falls off, you are dealing with real brass.

So, there you have it, all of the information you could ever need about campaign hardware.  If you ever need to replace or find pieces, I have done all of the legwork for you!

What are your tips for finding vintage hardware?  Do you go on wild goose chases too?

xoxo,

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