I’ve shown a couple of the projects in my back room/studio/closet/office (I have trouble labeling this room) before… The scarf wall, and my simple closet updates. However, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a look at the whole room. I happened to clean up all of my half finished projects today so it was the perfect time to show it off. Lets start with my favorite wall which is what you see when you walk in the door:
I had these lovely Epipremnum aureums (Golden Pothos) in hanging pots but nowhere nice to hang them. The hook in the ceiling is too dated for my taste.
Rope, copper pipe, copper end caps, copper brackets, thin hemp rope to bind the ends of the large rope (that’s whats pictured but I ended up using heavy duty black thread for color contrast), screws and anchors for the ceiling, hooks to hang the pots from (or you could slide the hanging pot right onto the pipe), and the planted hanging pots you want to hang. Everything I used is from Home Depot, except the hooks and pots which are from IKEA.
When Matt and I moved into this house our first priority was the bathroom. It was atrocious, not just ugly but also so disgusting. The pink carpet had gotten so filthy it always felt kinda damp. Anyway we got on fixing it up so fast I can’t find a before picture. Here it is with demo already in progress:
Brown tub and toilet, light oak accents, lime green plastic tiles, pink carpet and lavender walls…
I’ve been terrible about posting here lately. Sometimes the longer I stay away the harder it is to start posting again. At times like these I find the best way to reawaken the sleeping writer is to do a very silly post. Easy to write, easy to read, and then the whole process stops feeling foreign and I can once again dazzle you with more in-depth posts! So…
When I was little, I really wanted a kitten, unfortunately my mother did not. I begged for one, I tried bargaining for one, I hatched plans to catch strays and hide them under my bed. My ideal cat would have been a white Persian, the fluffier the better, which would follow me around during the day and sleep in my bed at night. Among my cat stuffed animals, I also had two old books filled with cat pictures which I poured over for years. These are all from Walter Chandoha’s Book of Kittens and Cats:
As I got older I didn’t obsess over my desire for a cat anymore. I still liked them, I still would like have liked to own one, but I didn’t think about it very often. Once I got into high school I stopped thinking about owning a cat altogether. Until about a year ago when my husband called me from work, and told me to come down and see him. When I got there he had an adorable black and white kitty with a red bow tied around his neck. There had been an adoption event at the shelter in Madison and he brought the kitten back to his work and let him play in the warehouse until I got there. I brought him home and he is just as wonderful as I always figured a cat would be.
I have found some awesome stuff in the last couple weeks, but I haven’t posted about it! Below is a quick wrap-up of some of my great finds.
A vintage wind-up alarm clock, I love the face plate on this. It doesn’t run, the main wind-up mechanism is stuck but the alarm works. It’s so pretty I don’t really care, I just set it to a time I like and display it anyway.
Then there is this awesome oddity, a rather detailed house shaped picture frame.
It was $3.99, and it took forever to purchase because the woman in front of me was returning some things… to Goodwill… like 6 bucks worth of junk… to a thrift store. It took about 15 minutes and a manager had to come over and check back in a candle, a candle stick, two place mats and a little purple vase. I am of the opinion that if you buy something at a thrift store, it’s yours. Most second-hand stores don’t even take returns and the ones that do never take returns on the things that would be worth it like furniture and electronics. Back to the frame though, super cool very kitschy.
Moving on here are two chairs that Matt really wanted.
The first green one is a rocker and is in the living room now, it was marked $30 but Matt talked the manager of the Savers up the street down to $12. The second is a Goodwill find and it is super comfortable, doesn’t roll all that well though. Although it seemed to be popular, I sat in it while I contemplated buying it and people kept coming up and touching it.
I saw this lamp from across the store and knew I was definitely going to buy it. I want a new shade though, I think a nice drum shape would be best.
Lastly is a server I bought today for $25. It is very large and a bit dinged up but it is perfect for the kitchen.
I know it’s a not in mint condition but when the guy from the store brought it outside for me he drug it along the asphalt which resulted in this:
He spoke no English, and I don’t think I would have complained anyway but come on I did just buy this. I think thrift stores are generally rather rough with the merchandise I suppose they figure if it’s a got a big gouge in the top people will still buy it so why be careful.
I love the hardware and I think it looks great in my kitchen plus Todd seems to like it so I’ve got that going for me.
Here is the hideous before shot of our fireplace. It was filthy and dated looking. I hate the black and gold color combo on the insert.
To bring it into this decade we decided to paint it silver. We bought a couple of cans of Rustoleum’s Hammered Silver spray paint. The hardest part of this project was getting the insert off the fireplace and then cleaning it. While Matt took the insert outside to clean and prep it, I was busy patching the walls to prepare them for paint. Todd decided he would help out our living room project by climbing into the now exposed firebox and covering himself in soot. I stuck this mirror in front of the opening just to keep him out, but I like the look.
I think if you have a non-working fireplace in need of a makeover this would be a cool option. Here is Todd trying to get past the mirror or maybe checking to see how his soot dye job looks.
Before we could put the insert back I needed to clean up the bricks. I spent around 4 hours with an old toothbrush scrubbing the mortar, but the results were worth it. The light in these pictures makes it look like the mortar in the after photo is much darker but it’s just the lighting… I swear.
Back to the insert Matt tried to tape off the glass doors but the tape didn’t want to stick and he lost patience for it. After the paint dried he just scraped it off with a plastic razor blade. So here is the result.
The hammered metal paint gives it some nice texture and keeps it from looking too cheap. I really like the lack of black and gold. I don’t know what to do about the knobs though, hence the almost done. I don’t want them to be silver too, I want them to be eye-catching, but I’m not sure how to do that without just buying new ones.
The rest of the living room is chugging along here is a another preview shot.
I don’t know if those frames are staying on the mantel or if I will keep the blue and white damask fabric in them… and the curtain pole still needs to be cut down a few inches and stained. I have got to stop writing and get back to work looking at this picture is making me realize how much there is left to do!
My aunt had this lovely machine dropped on her doorstep as a poorly thought out prank. So she didn’t want it and very sweetly gave it to me… she even brought it over to my house! Anyway I’ve identified it as a 1948 Singer 15-90. It’s in need of some lovin’ and plenty of CLR, but I can’t wait to take it apart and get it working again. I also want to re-finish the cabinet, but I think I might be getting ahead of myself… my kitchen is still not setup. Here are a couple of glamour shots of the machine, the first (and possibly cutest) is Todd inside the table when I turned my back for a minute.
I found some sweet stuff at the thrift store up the street from my parent’s house the other day, all sewing stuff you might notice… I cracked the box with my sewing machine in it, can’t stop myself from some starting some kind of project.
Gorgeous printed cotton, 3 yards for only 2.25
Almost 4 yards of this off white lace for only .99
Plus this sweet shirt for 2.99, it needs some help to remove the granny-ness but I love the crocheting (apparently so does Todd)
I don’t think I’ll keep the under shirt attached, or the buttons… or the color.