I’ve been dreaming of redoing our bathroom since we moved in to the house file years ago. I’ve got Pinterest boards dedicated to it. Currently our bathroom is what I’d call a glorified attic, meaning it has no walls, no ceiling, no floors, no electrical and some random plumbing thrown in. As time continues to pass as we save up to conquer our bathroom remodel, I’m always picking up on different bathroom ideas and trends. I’m on the hunt to figure out what I want out of the bathroom, the style I’d like, and what would be cool to incorporate into the space. Recently, I’ve noticed an influx of the use of decorative patterned tile, which I’m totally loving. Check out below for some of my favorite patterned bathroom floor tile designs.
This post is a bit of a blast from the past, but totally worth sharing. About a year ago I was shopping at the ReBuilding Center, which is one of my favorite stores for finding salvaged materials. On this trip I was looking for old cabinet doors I could convert to chalkboards, but I also came across a matched set of vintage/reproduction lighting that I couldn’t pass up. Lighting is one of my true weaknesses (along with cabinets with tiny drawers). I’d been looking to replace my unfortunate “boob lights” that lived on my living room ceiling and these were a perfect upgrade. Today I’m sharing a few before and after photos of our living room lighting update with my salvaged lighting find.
In a previous post: Grey Tufted Headboard Roundup for under $500, I mentioned that before Tim and I got married, we promised ourselves that after our wedding our first priority would be updating our master bedroom. As a newly married couple we wanted our master bedroom to be a reflection of our current style and have a look that felt more put together then what we were currently living with. After the wedding and honeymoon were over, I set out to develop a direction for the bedroom. Today I’ll be sharing the current bedroom design and layout. Check out where we are starting, what we’re working with and get ready to follow along as we launch into our bedroom makeover.
As you may recall from my previous post: Build a Cabinet from Reclaimed Materials: Step 1, I had uncovered a set of drawers and doors from a local salvage store that had inspired me to build my first-ever piece of furniture, a vintage inspired cabinet. I was way excited when I took those drawers and doors home. So excited in fact, that I actually didn’t even go straight home. I went over to my mom’s house to show her and my dad what I had purchased. My dad is an extremely handy guy and my mom has always had a strong appreciation for tools. I knew he would know what to do next and she would have what I needed to do it.
I can always tell Spring is upon us when the grass starts growing out of control. I love all the green, but I can’t tell you how much I dread mowing the lawn. This year (insert gasp here), we hired a yard service. I’ve been mowing our lawn for all 9 of the years that Tim and I have been living together (He’s not much of a yard guy) and I can’t tell you how over it I am. Last year our grass was terrible and our house was probably the embarrassment of the neighborhood. I was spending so much time wedding planning and Cooper training that the lawn fell the to wayside. I was so happy when the grass died last summer and I didn’t have to worry about mowing it any longer. And now it’s that time of year again when it’s all coming back. Today I’m sharing my Spring yard maintenance and the progress I’ve made so far this year on getting my yard back in shape.
I just finished recovering my estate-sale find Mission-style wood rocker. For my first upholstery job of this kind, the chair turned out fantastic. Looking back on it, however, there are definitely a few items I wish I’d done or that I would suggest for other do-it-yourselfers out there before you dive into a project like this. From my experience, below are my top 10 tips to consider before you reupholster a chair of your own:
I hate stripping hardware with a passion. It’s messy, the chemicals are awful and often really smelly. Plus, you have to use precautions to protect your skin, including gloves, goggles, a mask and protective clothing. I feel like I entering a science lab whenever I need to strip a bit of paint. Luckily, my stripping woes are over and I’ve finally learned how to strip hardware without paint stripper.
I have to admit, this isn’t my original idea. I was watching Rehab Addict on HGTV and came across this tip. Instead of using a chemical paint stripper, she used an old crock pot to soak her hardware. I just had to try it.
My dad, luckily for me, has 3 crockpots and offered to let me use one to try the stripping technique. If you don’t have the opportunity to get one from a relative, you can always find one at a thrift shop on the cheap. Nicole Kurtis from Rehab Addict said to not plan on using the crock pot again for cooking, as the hardware can stain the pot and, I assume, leach into the sides. Luckily I don’t like to cook, so this wouldn’t be a problem.
I was at the Rebuilding Center the week after Christmas last year. The Rebuilding Center is this great place in Portland that sells salvaged building materials, including wood, cabinets, lighting, you name it. The inventory changes constantly so there are always cool things to check out whenever you go. I don’t think I was looking for anything in particular that day, I just like to wonder around, see what I uncover and maybe find a hidden treasure or two. On this day I came across a vintage set of cabinet doors complete with the original hardware in place. Someone was even kind enough and put the original screws in a baggy taped to the door. I thought, these definitely need a home. That’s when the inspiration hit to build a cabinet from reclaimed materials.
I stepped out with Cooper for a walk the other day, but didn’t get very far. Across the street, my neighbor had set out an old chifferobe dresser on the corner. Around here, that means it’s free for the taking! I went over with Coop and inspected the dresser. It had an adorable style with a terrible scratched paint job, a very vibrant green spray paint over white. I thought, I can make this beautiful again! Today I present my first dresser makeover. Be sure to check out the before and after’s below.
On my previous post, Reupholstering a Mission Rocker Par 1, I shared my estate sale find, a Mission-style rocker that was in dire need of new upholstery. In the first post I shared how I dismantled the old fabric, installed new spring bars and hand tied the new springs. With the new springs in place, I was now ready to jump into the next phases of my Mission Rocker Reupholstery: covering the springs, adding foam and batting, and finally reupholstering with new vinyl.