You know when you see something on craigslist and your heart skips a beat and you want it so bad that you can't type fast enough because you think that everyone else in the world wants it too and someone is going to beat you to it? Well, that's how I felt when I saw this Victorian sofa! Yes, I know she's grungy looking but all I saw was potential! Those curves and the wood details had me mesmerized. It took a few days for the seller to get back to me, which was torture, but it all melted away when she finally pinged me back. Here is her mugshot from the seller....
Once I had her home, it took me a few days to gain the courage to start taking her apart. Partly because she was really stinky and dirty and I didn't know what I would find, but mostly because I knew the hard work and pain that was ahead of me. I had already purchased a French antique hemp sheet specifically for this sofa and, since she had arrived, I had no more excuses. Time to get down and dirty!
With my flat-head screwdriver and plyers in hand, I started to rip away the fabric. As I peeled away the layers of fabric, cotton batting and horse hair I was overwhelmed by plumes of dust and stink. I knew right away that everything would have to go! Astonishingly, I filled our big trash can to the top and an additional 2 huge garbage bags plum full.
It took a few days of chipping away at the body to get it completely stripped and free of tacks. I was pleasantly surprised when I found square-head nails holding the frame in place! I am guessing it to be from the 1890's. Here she is! At this stage, she is bare, cleaned and ready for paint! I love me some chippy painted goodness, so I went with my favorite go-to paint, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I used 1 part Linen and 1 part Ironstone.
;If you're wondering about the seat, here it is! After taking off all the fabric, stuffing and burlap; I laid her outside in the sun for a few days to air out. Storage and age had not been kind to this sweet old lady and she suffered from a bit of an old musty smell. Lucky for me, her springs were all intact and tight so I didn't have to do any repairs there.
After her paint job I replaced the back with new burlap. Then it was time to bring her inside and do the fun part, or so I thought. Putting her back together was probably the most painstaking and painful part of her makeover. Lets just say that after way too many jabs, stabs, burns (hot glue gun), a stiff back and sore knees, this gal was exhausted and in a lot of pain! I am so glad that she is finally done! But I digress! Lets get back to the process, shall we?
I bought my foam, batting and burlap from JoAnn's. They have everything you need for a project like this and always have great coupons! For the back, I used 1/2" foam which I stapled into place.
And then put batting over the top.
My French sheet had a gorgeous monogram that I wanted centered on the front back of the sofa. Because of where the monogram was located on the sheet, I didn't have enough fabric to cover the length of the back. To remedy this problem, I had to hand sew enough fabric on each side to cover the entire couch, ouch! My poor fingers were so numb afterwards! let's just say hemp sheet is some tough fabric to wrestle a needle through!
After I had the new fabric in place on the front backside, I called it a night and my pup George did the cutest pose! Don't you think he matches it perfectly?
After a good nights rest, I was eager to get back to it and get this baby done! I was planning on covering the back of the sofa as well but I didn't have enough fabric, so I left it deconstructed and I must say I'm loving it. Yay for happy accidents!
Here's the seat covered in new burlap. Most antique sofas have an edge roll. I had never done one before so I winged it and here is my first attempt. Not too pretty but it serves its purpose, I guess?
I traced out my foam and then cut it with a knife. Perfect fit!
After the foam and batting was in place, I stapled my fabric on as tight as I could get it. With all the hard work behind me just one last step, gimp!
Are you anxious to see her yet? Ok, you've waited long enough......
So, what do ya think? She is my biggest upholstery project to date and probably my favorite! I hope you enjoyed the post and that you will look twice before passing by a neglected piece of furniture!
It's been almost a year since I've painted a piece to sell. It was partly due to my dwindling stash but mostly due to the flooding rush of painted furniture popping up all over craigslist and facebook selling sites. Because of this I've seen prices for antique furniture go up and prices for painted pieces go down. So, I decided to step back for a while and focus more on projects around the house. I'm still not completely back into it but I've had this desk sitting in my studio/garage gathering dust for over 2 years. She was in a state of disrepair when I first laid eyes on her on the sidewalk in front of my local antique store. But all I could see was how much potential she had!
I wish I had a before picture to show you but I always forget! Just trust me when I say she was in a bad state! She was wobbly with lots of chipping, warped veneer. When I first brought her home I went to work taking off all the peeling veneer. A hot iron on a damp towel works great at loosening the glue so you can scrape it up. After that I lost interest and she has sat half done for 2 years until now! Hubby made her sturdy for me and then it was time for paint!
Sometimes it's a struggle for me to decide on a paint color but with this piece it was easy! I knew she would wear Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint color Farmhouse White beautifully. I left some of the imperfections which I think just adds to the patina and character of a piece. My goal is never to make it look brand new but to enhance it and give it a new life!
I distressed the edges and even got some chipping, which I love! To finish her off and add durability to the paint I gave her 2 coats of water based polycrylic. My favorite brand to use is minwax.
So, what do you guys think? I would love to hear!
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Before I tackled this room I spent a lot of time on Pinterest pinning pictures of pretty rooms that I liked. There is so much inspiration on Pinterest and whenever I feel stuck or I'm in a decorating slump its my go to, to recharge my decorating battery ;) Once I had a vision in mind I cleared the room and couldn't wait to get started!
First thing I did was take up the laminate floors to expose the original 100 year old wood floors. They got a fresh coat of white paint as well as the doors and woodwork. Since I wanted to paint the walls white as well I decided to go with a warmer shade to avoid it looking too cold and stark. I believe in mixing different shades of white throughout a room to make it feel warm and welcome. I chose Antique White by Clark and Kensington.
Once the room and floors were all painted I still didn't have any furniture for the room. Just a queen bed frame. I belong to a local antique and vintage buy and sell Facebook page and as I was scrolling one day I came across this French provincial bedside table and matching headboard up for sale for $80! I couldn't type SOLD! fast enough. A quick little paint job and it is now the perfect addition to this room and adds that French touch that I love so much!
This sweet bedding is from the Shabby Chic line at Target. I am in love with the linen blend and sweet crocheted details.
I found the crystal chandelier on Amazon and that sweet vintage sconce on Etsy. I already had this floor length mirror that I just propped up against the wall facing the bed.
This piece had been in my studio holding my paints since I didn't have a space for it in the house. Well, when I needed a piece to grace this wall I immediately knew this piece would be perfect! I love the unique shape, the pretty details and of course the magic of milk paint to give you that chippy paint look! I filled the shelves with an array of vintage finds I have collected over the years and a sweet photo of my Grandmother as a girl.
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I thought I'd quickly share my updated living room with you guys! I've been loving the blues but I've been craving a change.
I absolutely love to collect French antique hemp sheets. The patina, feel and texture of them is just so addicting and I love the character they add to a room. Another plus is that they are very durable and hold up to regular washing very well. That's why I use one to throw over my couch and I have 2 chairs upholstered with them as well.
I especially love ones with the monograms! Just look at that beauty and the old rust stains! (insert heart eyes.)
We have the Ikea ektorp couch and the back cushions were starting to get lumpy and losing their shape. Not only that, they were hard and always felt they took over most of the couch leaving you this tiny space to sit on. Till we can afford a new down filled couch I decided to remove the back cushions completely and replace them with throw pillows. I raided my pile of antique sheets to make pillow covers. I made a total of 7 pillows varying in size from 20"x20" to 18"x18." What a difference! Why didn't I think of doing this sooner? Much more comfortable and now there's room for both me and the hubby and George, our 4 legged baby :)
My go to for purchasing antique French sheets is Etsy. There are tons to choose from! Only downside is they ship from France so its usually a 2 week wait but it's a small price to pay for these beauties!
I'm absolutely loving the new look and I'm always amazed at what a huge difference something simple as changing out pillows can make. And as you can see someone else approves of the new look as well!
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I'm so excited to finally share this room with you! It has been one of the rooms in my house that has given me the most grief. It serves as our front entry but is also long and narrow with tons of big windows and little wall space. I never quite knew how to fill all the empty space and how to marry the front entry with the rest of the space. I felt stuck and I was never truly happy with it. Well, one night as I was perusing Pinterest I was instantly inspired when I stumbled across beautiful photos of sunrooms. I realized I had never really thought of this space as a sunroom and now I finally had a vision for this space and it was all I needed to get going.
After getting the hubby onboard I started removing the old bead board and trim while he went to Home Depot. He picked out the 1/4" pine bead board with the wider spaces between which I really loved! While he hung the bead board I went paint shopping. I wanted a light gray with some blue. (or so I thought!) I pretty much knew as soon as I painted it on that I didn't like it. But, I convinced myself that it would work out and I would end up loving it. So, I continued to paint and it actually started growing on me.
After the walls were done it was time for new floors, yay! I could not wait to say bye, bye to those laminate floors. I knew I wanted white painted floors so we decided to use 4" pine planks as our floors. Once we got our pattern down and the floor in place we started nailing each plank down. Once that was all done I gave the floors a thorough vacuuming and put down 2 coats of primer. The next day I vacuumed again and did 2 coats of porch and floor paint, vacuuming between each coat. To protect the newly painted floors I sealed them with 2 coats of heavy traffic polyurethane specifically for floors.
After everything was done I was so excited to decorate! But, as I started putting things back I just wasn't loving the color. It seemed to clash with everything in the room. I really didn't want to repaint but I realized that I wasn't going to ever be happy with this space until I repainted. I decided to go with the same color I used in my living room, white opal by Clark and Kensington. It took me about a week to finish painting and I am so happy I did!
I am really enjoying this space and loving the new look! And I can finally call it a sunroom!
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After almost 15 years of marriage my husband has learned that I have very particular taste. I know what I like and he knows I have a deep love for flowers. So, when Valentine's Day rolls around he knows the best gift he can give me is a trip to my local florist to pick out my own flowers.
After a homemade yummy breakfast we got dressed and took our sweet yellow lab George for his morning walkies. On our way back I got to stop in at the florist! I enjoy walking through looking at everything they have to offer and pick out my own bunch of flowers. I gravitated towards the prettiest blush and soft pink roses.
Of course, as soon as I got home I had to arrange them and take a few photos! I also brought out my pretty cabbages and roses pillows!
And here is my furry little valentine, George.
I hope you enjoyed this post and wishing you all a very happy Valentine's Day with your loved ones.
I recently found a French bergere chair on Offerup. I think I paid $60 for it. I loved the style and shape of it and I knew exactly how I wanted to finish it. I love antique French sheets and I had just enough left over from a previous project for this chair.
First things first. I removed all the old fabric. This is where a flat head screwdriver and pliers will be your best friend. It is a tedious and sometimes painful task but the end result will make it all worth while. Make sure to not damage the original fabric as that will be your template for cutting the new fabric.
After I removed all the fabric I was ready to paint the frame. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint in the color Linen. It chipped beautifully but I didn't want it to chip any further so I sealed it with polycrylic. Here it is all stripped and painted.
Next step was cutting the new fabric. The original batting was in great condition with no smells so I left it. I took the old fabric pieces which I used as my template and cut my new pieces. (Make sure to label each piece so you know how to put it back). I then grabbed my staple gun and went to work stapling the new fabric on.
I am not a very skilled sewer. I can do the basics and that's about it. I have been wanting to start sewing again and when my husband gifted me with a sewing machine for Christmas, I was thrilled! This chair was my first ever attempt at a seat cushion. I kind of just jumped in and went for it! I cut my pieces which included the top, bottom and sides. I made my own piping by sewing 2" strips of fabric over cording. I then sewed all the pieces together and made the back open and close with velcro. It is by no means perfect but I just love it. Mainly because I did it myself! So Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can do it! Finally, to cover my staples and give the chair that finished look, I added gimp with some fabric glue.
Here's the before....
And here's the after....
I hope you enjoyed the post and are inspired to tackle your own chair makeover.
Whew! I finally managed to get my Christmas home tour posted! I'm really excited about this one as I went a little different this year, bringing out many of my old decorations that I haven't used in a while and mixing them in with the newer items I've purchased. Since our house is on the small side we decided to put our tree in the entryway in front of a window. I'm really loving it there and how you can see it from the street, so festive! I kept the decor pretty simple in the rest of the entry by hanging up a plaid blanket scarf and the cutest knit mittens from my mini market basket. On the other side of the entry I placed a few faux wrapped gifts and the Norfolk pine tree my sweet husband gifted to me in rememberance of our 3 beautiful labs we lost this year.
I just love this view! I purchased these faux bayleaf garland pieces about 12 years ago from Pottery Barn. I just attached each piece with floral tape, wound clear string lights around the entire garland, swagged it and nailed it to the wall. It was so easy and makes such a festive statement! A great example of how to use something you already have in a totally new way!
If you follow me on Instagram you will notice this is a new piece. I swapped out my old hutch for this pine hutch I found on Craigslist for a steal! It wasn't a pretty pine wood so I gave it a makeover with some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in the color Farmhouse White. It flows so beautifully with the rest of my home now! As for the Christmas decor I just added some fresh greenery, gold candles and pinecones to the top. A beautiful square boxwood wreath to the front and 2 antique grain sack stockings hung from the drawer pulls.
I love the warmth and glow of lit candles! I scattered several glass votives and pretty ornaments on my coffee table including this beautiful glass angel. One of my favorite little displays this Christmas! Fyi, everything here are things I've had for many years, just using them in different ways which has been so fun and money saving!
The antique pine table is another new addition to the family. I have wanted one for many, many years and my dream finally came true! It's so fun to decorate and now is big enough to fit more than 4 people! Here I just added some fresh greenery, candles in glass vases with fake snow and scattered some fake cranberries and pinecones.
Here is a night shot of the Christmas tree!
Our bedroom got a little Christmas cheer as well with a pom pom wreath and monogrammed stockings at the end of the bed.
I hope you enjoyed the tour! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by!
With the crisp cold mornings of Fall and the changing leaves I am excited to share how I am bringing the changing season into my home decor and outdoor spaces. I have stuck to my neutral palette but brought in lots of texture! First up, my entryway; so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
Here in the living room I added the cutest pumpkin pillow I found at target. That beautiful braided pillow I found at bed bath and beyond. I love the texture it adds to the couch. It was a bit of a splurge but I absolutely love it, so it was totally worth it!
My kitchen table, which is also our dining table, is all decked out for Fall. I love using natural elements like apples, pears and pumpkins. I also use real florals that dry beautifully like baby's breath, hydrangeas and silver dollar eucalyptus.
One of the best parts of living on the river is the amazing view! Here I set up a few Fall touches to our fire pit area.
If you're like me, you like to create little seating areas throughout your garden. Here I created a little secret garden nook all set up for a sweet tea party.
You can't enjoy the Fall season without a great dessert and one of my absolute favorite's is apple crumble with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! It's a hit in my household and it is so easy to make! There are quite a few variations for apple crumble but this recipe is my absolute favorite and the only one I use. Recipe below....
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups golden brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
4 pounds large Granny Smith apples (about 6 apples), peeled, halved, cored and each half cut into 6 slices
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream
Mix oats, 1 cup sugar, and flour in bowl. Add butter, rub in with fingertips until topping comes together in moist clumps.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Spray 13x9x2 inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray. Mix apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and 1/2 cup brown sugar in bowl. Transfer to dish. Sprinkle topping on top.
Bake until apples are tender and topping is brown and crisp, about 55 minutes. Let cool slightly. Spoon warm crumble into bowls. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Makes 10 - 12 servings.
Happy fall y'all!
My intention when I started this blog was to blog at least once a week. Little did I realize that life and work tends to get in the way and take up a lot of my time. Any time I did have to myself has now been hijacked by our new little furry family member, George. Not that I mind too much! I mean, just look at this sweet face! He is a silly, energetic, playful yellow lab that has stolen our hearts and the bliss we once knew as "sleeping in". Anyway, as he has gotten a little older and pretty much potty trained I have been able to sneak some time in today and share my little office makeover with you!
Our home office is a little room off of our living room and sunroom/entryway. The only window in the room looks out to the entryway so it tends to be a little dark without a light on. It's not ideal and if I had an unlimited budget I would bash down a few walls and relocate the window. But, with a small budget, I was determined to make the most of this space. With a little creativity, I now have a space I love!
First things first, the paint! Light and bright is my mantra and so I chose transparent by Valspar with the help and input of my hubby. He comes in handy with making decisions and I value his input. Sometimes I just have to roll my eyes but for the most part he has a good sense of style! Most of our home still has the original 100 year old hardwood floors, except for the kitchen and entryway. So, when we first moved in, we sanded down all the floors and painted them a bluish gray with porch and floor paint but never sealed them. I quickly grew tired of the color and the floors not holding up to dirt and cleaning. Frustrated, we just covered them all up with new laminate wood floors. I liked it for a while but I still missed the patina and character of the old floors. Fast forward to when we did the makeover on our laundry room last year. We pulled up the laminate and painted the floors again (better process this time) which caused a domino affect throughout the rest of the house.
This time around I primed the floor first with Kilz. I rolled on 2 coats and let it dry. I then rolled on 2 coats of porch and floor paint in the basic white from Home Depot. After letting it dry overnight I rolled on 2 coats of heavy duty varathane polyurethane in gloss. After letting it dry overnight it was time to put the room back together, my favorite part! Hubby put up some new trim and I gave them a couple coats of new white paint. It is amazing how painting the floors white really made the room so much brighter!
I just love this antique crib I found on Offerup. The chippy paint and wear and tear is just so charming and really adds to the character of this piece. I managed to score a free crib mattress on craigslist. (Don't worry, it was one that was covered in a waterproof lining so no pee stains or smells!) The top mattress that resembles an antique French mattress is from Pier 1. The cool office sign you can buy here. My love affair for vintage fabrics and grain sacks runs deep and I love displaying them all over my house.
That antique cupboard was a once in a lifetime find on Craigslist. When I spotted it, I knew I had to have it and by the next day I did! She was painted in a kind of yellow paint so I gave her a little makeover with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Linen. It fits this corner perfectly and does a great job keeping our office supplies and my crafts organized and easy to reach. The cute basket light you can buy here. I made a ruffled cord cover out of left over linen I had. So much prettier than an ugly plastic cord don't you think? Most of the doors in the house are also original but were missing some of their knobs. I managed to score a few of these beautiful vintage glass knobs that fit all our doors beautifully.
The chalkboard was another DIY hubby and I did together. I wanted a large one to make a statement on this empty wall. We used a sheet of plywood which I spray painted with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. We then made a trip to my hubby's favorite place, BMC Lumber and picked out this decorative 5 1/2" trim to use as our chalkboards frame. Once it was all put together I painted the frame with Miss Mustard seed milk paint in Luckett's Green. The vintage suitcases in the corner were a find at my local antique store. I just love their look and they make great extra storage. I use them to house my paper crafts.
I loved this little desk when I spotted it on Offerup last year. It is the perfect size for this space under the window and it wears the paint color Ironstone very well. To hide the printer I made these little curtains from linen fabric I bought at Joann Fabrics. The sweet little floral pillow is from an etsy shop and is made from Cabbages and Roses fabric. You can shop for similar items here.
All in all, I'm very happy with the turnout of this space. It's a fun little space that I feel is great for getting my creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that you feel inspired to create your own creative space.