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A New Old Desk by “Sophia at Home”

15 Sep

Hi! I’m Sophia, Sue’s nine year old daughter. Today, I’m going to show you how super easy it is to redo a desk for your room in just one weekend.  Welcome to Sophia at Home!

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Step 1: Ask mom for a desk for your room for the millionth time.

Step 2: Rearrange the furniture in your room for a few minutes with your mom to see if a desk will even fit. Mom gets that look in her eyes that she gets when she’s got a good idea. You can practically see the lightbulb above her head!

Step 3: Say thanks as Mom and Dad present you with a dirty old wood desk that’s been hiding in the attic for years.

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It’s pretty gross looking but you love it anyway. (You decide not to mention that the little cube is never going to work as a chair. One thing at a time. One thing at a time.)

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Step 4: Have your assistants bring it outside to the deck and gather all the supplies you’ll need: sanding block, paper towels, painters tape, primer, paint, paint brush, foam roller, paint pan, screwdriver (to open paint cans), and a hammer (to close them). Make sure you’re using Benjamin Moore paints. Duh.

Step 5: Start by sanding the top and sides of the top. (You’re only painting the top panel and leaving the legs au natural ’cause you’re cool like that.) Towel all the dust off after. Note that you should be wearing “work” clothes but that’s no reason to not have on chic protective eyewear.)

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Step 6: Tape around the edge with painters’ tape. (Multi-colored manicure optional.)

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Step 7: Paint the top with primer. Make sure you paint with the grain of the wood!

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Step 8: Get bored and take a break while your assistant finishes up.

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Step 9: Let your primer dry and call it a day.

Step 10: Get back to work in the morning. Roll on Benjamin Moore’s Mountainview (aka mint). Luckily your mom had some leftover from painting the inside of the kitchen cabinet. This is what your mom likes to call a “no cost DIY”. Note: jammies make for great “work clothes” in a pinch.

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Step 11: Let it dry and then have your assistants carry it back to your room. Thank mom profusely and then tell her about the chair problem. (Make sure you break it to her nice and easy.)

Step 12: Watch the lightbulb go off over mom’s head again as she remembers an old chair she originally planned on painting for the den for this project. It’s currently collecting dust in the garage. (Mom gets so excited about having a solution that she forgets to take a before shot of the chair but luckily she has this one from when she bought it. It’s the little black one on the left which she picked up for $2.99!)

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 Step 13: Marvel as mom takes the chair apart and proceeds to paint the legs with gold spray paint and the seat and back in paint that match your ‘new old’ desk.

Step 14: Bask in the glory of your awesome new cost-nothing desk!

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The old-school keyboard tray is now a drawer for my school supplies, jewelry, and other important kid stuff,

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Because this is a combo desk/vanity, earrings have the same prominent placement as pencils.

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Isn’t the chair unrecognizable? I love it!

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Thanks for letting me crash the blog, mom!

Bye!
XO

Sue SOPHIA at Home

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House Update: New Batik Pillows and West Elm Lamp

20 May

Ah, how I love a batik pillow! Remember back when I told you about those Amber Interiors ones that I was dying over? And remember how they were crazy expensive?

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Well, my Etsy substitutes from OrientalTribe11 arrived and They. Are. Perfect!

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They took a little while to get here–I mean, they were coming from Thailand after all–but they are as beautiful as I imagined. I was a little afraid how the navy and white batik would work with my teal walls but I think it’s divine. And obviously, I love the neon pink and orange accents. (Apologies for the couch that looks like a saggy elephant’s ass. I promise that what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for in comfort.)

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They’re made really well. I’ve had them for awhile now and I’m so happy with how they look. Check out the detail:

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The room looks so much better with some more streamlined pillows. Remember the hot mess of pillows I had before?

pillows collage textSidebar: And see the change in that doorway to the right? I painted the hideous wood paneling in the playroom (including that stairwell that leads to it) so I’ll be telling you all about that change soon. (And yes, that means that I totally broke my resolution!)

And looky here, another change!

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Did you spot it in the foyer behind the couch?

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We got a new lamp from West Elm and I am loving it!

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It’s the Geodesic Table Lamp and I love the openess of the brassy base. Plus that tan lampshade is so warm and sophisticated. I feel like it’s the look I was hoping for when I got the Nate Berkus for Target one, but this one…well, you get what you pay for. (No knock to Nate of course, his is still damn good for a $50 lamp!)

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It’s coming together one little bit at a time.

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. I feel like whenever I show the living room, the paint color never reads right on camera. So, here’s a swatch of the real color: Benjamin Moore Teal.

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Hallway Gallery and Runner

12 May

When you last met my hallway…what? You’ve never met my hallway? Oh the shame. Let’s get better aquainted.

Back in 2010 when we moved in, our hallway had brown wall-to-wall carpet (yikes) and poorly textured creamy walls.

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It only took about a month before we ripped out the carpet and had the wood floors underneath refinished. We went with a dark stain downstairs but we kept the hall pale to go with the floors in the bedrooms. Check out 2 year old Lily showing off the pretty hardwood back before I fixed the stair risers. (Doesn’t she kind of look like a ghost? Boo!)

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A few months after that, Pablo attempted to skim coat the walls (I’ll give him an A for effort) and we painted the walls in Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray with Cloud White trim.

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That was three years ago and everyday since then I’ve had the intention of hanging some extended family pics up there. And now it’s done! Well, not done. More like a decent start. (You’ll also notice I’ve sort of learned how to use my camera too.)

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I shopped for the runner for a loooooong time. That problem with my expensive taste and limited budget got in the way but eventually I fell for a pretty kelly green wool flat weave rug in a Jaipur catalog my mom had borrowed from a local decorator. I was contemplating getting one (and even paying the expensive-for-me $200+ price) when this beauty popped up on One Kings Lane for only $149. I had to go for it. Lucky for you OKL has it right now, too (for a few bucks more).

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The next step was the frames and since you know me, you can imagine I tried to go inexpensive with some of the offerings at Target, Kohls and Ikea. But they all just looked too cheap to me so I ended up getting most of them at Pottery Barn. (I can’t say enough nice things about their gallery frames. Just go buy them and thank me later.)

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As for the pictures themselves, the focus is on extended family: the girls’ cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. (I felt I had thoroughly covered the 4 of the us in our dining room photo wall so it was time to spread the love.) You’ll notice most of them are super casual.

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The walls look a little sparse for now but the goal is to fill it up top to bottom. Something more like this.

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It’s coming together but don’t look up! If you do you’ll see cracked and peeling paint and one of the noisiest flourescent lights in history.

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Take a closer look at that texture.

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We’re bringing some pros in soon to fix it up and I’ve got plans to replace the light, too. I’ll keep you posted.

And the view from the bedrooms needs a little love too. See that space above the stairs? hallway 056

 I’d love to put something inspirational there so we see if right before we head out for the day. Ya know, something like this:

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OR

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Maybe we could even jump and smack it like the Notre Dame football team does with their motivational sign…?

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So it’s still a work in progress but I’m happy with the changes we’ve made. It sure is nice to see Mimi, Papa, Uncle Steve, Auntie, Jonathan, Bobe, Grandpa Steve, Uncle Francis, Aunt Nicole, Baylee, Arianna, Carter, Aunt Paola, Aunt Alex, Eliseo, and Weli everday.

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XO

Sue at Home

Black Window Trim

18 Nov

Are you ready to see my den go through a pretty update? Good. Me too. Reminder: we had a pretty new Suzani-covered ottoman, some painted thrift store dining chairs and a new credenza.

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But the windows? Not so pretty.

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I had considered some kind of window treatment and I never knew what to do so I hit Pinterest for some inspiration. All I needed was to search for “sunroom” to figure it out.

via Pinterest (anyone know the actual source?)

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That’s right, folks. We’re painting our gross dirty-looking white-washed window trim black. First, we started out by removing the screens and the crossbars and giving the windows a good scrub from the inside and outside. (I highly recommend an indoor assistant when you’re windexing outside!)

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(Gratuitous photo of Pablo’s guns.)

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I knew the cleaning would help but it was surprised by what a huge difference it made to take off the screen and crossbars so we immediately made a decision to keep the crossbars off after we were done. (The screens will stay off til next spring.) Before we get into the painting, I just wanted to review my favorite painting tools: HANDy Paint Pail with liners, and the Shortcut paintbrush. Just get ’em and thank me later.

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When I got home, I removed all of the window locks and taped off the cranks. The table in my den looked like this hot mess.

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And my grody white-washed windows looked like this.

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Next, I pulled the moulding around the windows off  which left this pretty sight.

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After a  thorough cleaning I was ready to paint. Even just the primer was a very welcome fix!

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In fact, I seriously considered just skipping the black and leaving it all crisp and white. (Doesn’t primer look great sometimes?)

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But I stayed on task and started to add my black paint.

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Another coat and I was ready to put the mouldings and locks back on. Ta da! I love the big impact it makes. What do you think?

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I also popped up to the attic and found an unused Jamie Young lamp that we’ve had for years. (I picked up the shade at Target on clearance for $11.) Pablo loves it and I think it really completes the room.

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And since we’re talking about the den, I thought I’d give you a little bit of an update on the TV placement. I had told you back in this post that it was going to be mounted on the wall above the piano or over the credenza but I pointed out that the wiring would make the credenza option tough. A few of you recommended switching the piano and credenza and though we had ruled that out for various reasons, we decided to give it a try one last time.  Try to visualize this TV on the wall instead of just sitting on the credenza. What do you think? I feel like the credenza looks a little wimpy in that space.

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And I’m not crazy about the piano under that opening either.

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But the bigger problem with this switch is the piano is a lot deeper than the credenza and it kinda wrecks the pass-through to the deck. Here’s a shot with the credenza in place and keep in mind that the piano is about 10 inches deeper so it really juts out into the room. So that rules out moving the piano over there.

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But how about hanging the TV above the credenza? Hmmm…that’s not so great either. If we hang the TV there, you’ll see the side of the hanging mechanism and arm when you walk into the room. Not pretty.

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So, we’re back to the drawing board with the TV. The plan is to hang it above the piano. If it’s there, we can see the TV without making it the focal point of the room. It’s not perfect, I know, but it’ll function. And I’m busy planning a gallery wall above the credenza. Hey, maybe I’ll actually tackle that mantle soon, too!

Just to keep it real folks, here’s what the room looked the other night while the girls zoned out to the TV and Pablo played the piano. I know I’ve got a great looking family but can we discuss that gorgeous black trim on the windows?

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Sue at Home

The $1.41 DIY project

14 Sep

I recently stopped by my favorite thrift store, Unique to drop off some donations and take a look around. You’ll remember I told you about Unique before–it’s the place I found these chairs and Lily’s headboard. Let’s see what they’ve got, okay?

Though this gem (pun intended) caught my eye….

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…and this kitchen crock had my name written all over it…

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…I left with just a little metal tray for $1.41 and went straight home to get my DIY on.  (Tools: some leftover spray paint, a Twisted Tea to wet my whistle while I worked, and some fine grit–#220–sandpaper. Not pictured because I forgot: painter’s tape.)

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Step 1: Sand the tray lightly.

Step 2: Paint the tray black.

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Step 3: Tape stripes on the tray. (My design was loosely based on Erin Gates new collection with Jill Rosenwald. In fact, I was looking for a long tray like this specifically because I loved hers so much!)

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Step 4: Keep taping and wrap the ends with newspaper.

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Step 5: Spray it white.

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Step 6: Peel the tape back and watch the magic. Oooh! Aaaah!tray-158

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Step 7: Enjoy!

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Does it look a little like a football? I think so. It certainly wasn’t intentional but I’m going with it since it’s living in Pablo’s den.  (And it’s the closest he’s going to get to some football themed paraphernalia in there!)

And get this: I really wanted a small tray in hopes that it would become his new catchall for his keys, phone and wallet when he gets home. Before now, he dumped them on the top edge of the piano and though it shouldn’t bother me, I always wanted to get him a little place to put everything. And–surprise, surprise–without me suggesting it, he started putting his stuff on the tray. Not sure why that makes me so happy but it does.

Ahh…the small pleasures of organizing.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. LOTS more den updates coming soon! See my instagram for clues!

Suzani Ottoman Goodness

5 Sep

Meet our ottoman.

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It came to us at a price of zero dollars which is my favorite kind of price. (We were lucky enough to snatch it up when my parents moved on to bigger and better things.) But unfortunately, I wasn’t that into the washed red cotton skirted slipcover that came with it so it sat naked (slipcoverless) in our den for longer then I care to admit.

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I considered a million different options of how to cover it. A slipcover? DIY upholstery? Professional upholstery? And most importantly, what fabric?

Perhaps a suzani?

I had fallen in love with vintage suzani textiles ever since I stayed at the Colony Palms hotel in Palm Springs. “Delicious” designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard (of Million Dollar Decorators fame) plastered the hotel with suzanis–as headboards, in picture frames, as throw pillows and just draped all over everything. (Images via colonypalmshotel.com.)

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Pretty fabulous, right?

Then I spotted this image over a year ago on a blog and saved it on Pinterest with the text: “I’m thinking the mid-century man cave needs a little boho printed love. Maybe cover the ottoman in a Suzani?” (Just goes to show how long brewing a makeover can be!) Note: I pinned it from another site who used it without crediting it (booo!) so I just did a little Pin-research to find the original source. It was done by a writer named Kevin Austin from Style at Home. It was originally a coffee table!

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But the problem is that this crazy idea of mine was going to go into our den, a.k.a. The Mid Century Man Cave, a.k.a. Pablo’s room. As I’ve mentioned before, he’s generally very agreeable about all my design choices (see proof in I Have a Hot Pink Chair!), but this is “his” sanctuary and he wasn’t fully convinced about how the suzani would work with our Ikea black and white striped rug. Until we saw this:

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It’s the home of Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors featured in HGTV magazine. (I seem to be talking about Amber ALL the time lately, like here and here. Is this becoming a serious design crush? I would say so.)

Alas! This was the visual help I needed to convince Pablo but then came the next hurdle…how does one buy a suzani?

I considered lots of different sites and did a bunch of research and ended up finding a REALLY AFFORDABLE one on eBay. I snagged it for only $45 plus $30 shipping. (What? Do you have a cheaper shipping method from Uzbekistan? Yeah, I didn’t think so.) And considering that I looked at some that were well into the hundreds, I think $75 is a fair price to pay for something hand embroidered.

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Looks pretty similar to this one on Wisteria for $900, dontcha think? (It’s no longer available. Does that mean some moron actually bought it?)

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A few weeks later, we found this little bundle of joy on our doorstep.

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It was sewn closed and dotted with some kind of brown doody-looking substance that had hardened to seal it up.

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But inside it’s unique wrapping (and two protective layers of plastic bags), there it was in all it’s hand-sewn gloriousness.

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Look at the detail from the back. It’s stunning!

See that seam going across the upper left corner? That’s because several women in the family will stitch different sections and then they’re joined together later. Don’t worry. You can barely tell from the other side. (But ironically, you can see the seam in the $900 Wisteria one shown above!)

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But I was a little sad to see that if I centered the red medallion on the ottoman, I would lose all of that beautiful detail at the edges. So, I considered covering it off-center, like this pic below so I could get at least two of the edges on it. (I now know that was dumb and would have been sacrilegious to my beautiful suzani. Don’t worry. I saw the ere of my ways.) After considering a DIY (I mean, I even had out the staple gun and some scissors), I chickened out and decided to have a pro do it. And I am so glad I did.

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Garwood Interiors knew just what to do to center the medallion and preserve the edges of the suzani. Isn’t it a beaut? (And soooooooo much better than what me and my staple gun would have done!) And he only charged $150. I don’t really know if that’s a lot or a little for work like this but it felt totally worth it to me.

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And now she’s sitting in the man cave (the most well lit one in the world) with her new friend the vintage credenza (but that’s another happy story for another day).

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I like how the brown embroidery around the red medallion, ties into the brown couch that–until now–had nothing to do with anything else in there.

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I know I owe you a lot more pictures of the room. It’s one of the places that I’ve barely shared with you (aside from a peek during the blackout after Sandy when we were dancing in the dark and when we looked at my spray painted chairs) but I promise that some “in progress” pics are coming very soon.

Thanks to my parents (who are celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary today! Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!) for giving us the ottoman. And thanks to you for reading this way-too-long post!

XO

Sue at Home

A New Headboard for Lily

4 Aug

Ever since Lily inherited Sophia’s old twin mattress and box spring, she’s been headboard-less. Sure, the bed is nice and comfy without one but it just made everything look very incomplete.

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So, when Lil and I spotted this in-decent-shape twin wicker headboard for only $6.99 at my favorite thrift store, Unique, we just had to snatch it up! (Of course, if you follow me on Instagram, this is old news to you.)

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Then I followed a simple three step process to refurb old wicker:

1) Wash, 2) Dry and 3) Paint.

1) Wash: A little googling told me that I should give this grimmy thing a scrub down so I used a stiff brush, some dish soap, and the hose and gave it a good wash.

2) Dry: Then I left it out in the sun for a couple warm, clear days so that it could fully dry off.

3) Paint: A few cans of Krylon gloss paint in Banner Red and it was fully coated and looking good.  (Why yes, that is the same spray paint I used on the den chairs. Thanks for noticing!)

And ta-da! Lily has a headboard!

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Not bad for about 22 bucks ($6.99 for the headboard and 3 cans of spray paint at $4.99 each). It looks so nice, Pooh had to jump in there.

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Now, I just need to figure out some kind of bed/headboard for Sophia’s room and ours! I’m thinking about something like this for Soph’s. What do you think?

To see the rest of Lily’s room, check out these posts:

House Tour: Lily’s Room Part 1 (the one where I introduce the room and show before and afters)

House Tour: Lily’s Room Part 2 (the full resource list. Disclosure: needs to be updated)

Instant Gratification: Two Quickies for the Pinterest Challenge (the one where I hang some new art)

A Name Plaque for Lily or How My 4 Year Old Taught Me a Lesson (the one where Lily makes some art)

XO

Sue at Home

Sophia’s Room Update

13 Jul

It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated you on Sophia’s room and it’s recently had a few significant changes. Here’s a recap on what the room looked like when we first saw the house and a view of what it looked like last summer.

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A few months ago, it became obvious that Lily was ready to transition from a toddler bed to a twin so we moved Sophia’s mattress into Lily’s room. Instead of replacing Sophia’s with another twin, we traded up to a full mattress and box spring figuring the room could serve as a makeshift guest room when needed. Reminder: we don’t have a guest room. (I know a full is tight for two people but a queen would have been way too big for the room. Plus, we don’t want anyone to get too comfy in there, if you know what I mean.)  Since then, we’ve had lots of guests stay in there while Soph enjoys a sleepover in Lily’s room. And speaking of sleepovers, Lily has taken to sleeping in Sophia’s room every weekend since the full bed went in.

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Sidenote: The pic above was taken one weekend morning after such a night. The light was so beautiful that I went to get my camera. Of course, the girls resisted at first (calling me Momarazzi like to do) but I persisted. I told them that I would LOVE to have a picture of my childhood bedroom but we just didn’t take that many pictures back in the 70s. I mean, do these kids have any idea how lucky they are that I’m documenting every moment of their lives? (I know. LOL.)

I haven’t shared any other pictures of the room since then because it just didn’t feel finished without a headboard. It was crammed into a corner and even though the white duvet cover that she inherited from us (we used to have a queen) is super soft and cozy, it’s kinda just a big white rectangle.

A couple nights ago as I was tucking Sophia in, we laid in her bed and talked about how to fix up her room. She still needs her ceiling painted (her suggestion: chevron!) and of course that headboard still needs to be built. But one request I could handle right away–to rearrange her furniture. I wasn’t working last Friday so while she was at camp, I moved everything around and spruced it up. (It kinda reminded me of that old TLC show While You Were Out. Damn, I loved that show.) Needless to say, there was a lot of screaming when she saw it. Good screaming, that is. What do you think?

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I haven’t decided if I’ll leave the shelves like that or if I’ll create more of a gallery wall with the art. Thoughts?

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I told her that since her dresser is the thing that people will see when they walk into the room, she needs to work really hard to keep it neat. It tends to be a dumping ground but she’s promised to at least try.

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I indulged her desire for chevron with a new book bin from Home Goods. (There might be a sham or two from PB Teen coming soon, too.)

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Another little update the room got was a quicky paint touchup that I’ve needed to do for…oh, I don’t know…about 7 years. You see, when Sophia was a baby and this dresser doubled as her changing table, the belt buckle on my jeans used to hit right in the front while I was changing her diaper and it chipped the paint off. (Let that level of procratination sink in for a second. This has needed to be done since my 8 year old was in diapers.)

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It’s been one of those things that I always looked at and thought, “I really should get around to fixing that”. Well, I finally did it and it took 15 minutes. All it needed was a quick sanding with fine grit sandpaper (#220), a wipe down, and then two coats of leftover trim paint. The ease of this project makes me really mad at myself for procrastinating for so long. But at least it’s done now. Voila!

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Alas, we still need a headboard but we’ll get there soon enough.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. In other bedroom makeover room, Lily and I picked up this headboard for her twin bed at my favorite thrift shop and we’re planning a spray paint makeover soon.

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Of course, if you follow me on Instagram (@sue_erneta), you already know this. And if you don’t follow me on Instagram…why don’t you?

Landscape Before and After Update

28 Jun

It’s been a year since we had our brand new shrubs installed so I figured it was a good time for an update, especially since it’s all looking so damn good. Before we look at the leafy prettyness, let’s see how far we’ve come. Here’s the half overgrown, half dead landscaping that we inherited on closing day.

December 2010

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Then we ripped everything out.

May 2012

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And then in June of last year, we had lots of beauties installed. (Read all about it here.) And as you can see, it was a huge improvement from the overgrown stuff we had before. To think, I was so thrilled with that one blue hydrangea blossom!

June 2012

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This spring, I took a few pictures as the shrubs began to wake up from the winter freeze.

April 2013

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And finally, let’s take a look at how the whole thing is filling in. (Note: there are pink rose bushes in the middle of each side but some recent storms knocked most of the petals off. I hope we get more soon!)

June 2013

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This was the first year (of many, I hope!) that I got to enjoy all the splendor of my weeping cherry in it’s pinktastic glory. (This pic was taken a couple months ago. )

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During the spring months, I had a couple pots of ranunculus on the front steps and I was thrilled with them! They just kept blooming and blooming…until one day they just didn’t bloom anymore. It was a quick and sudden death but they were so beautiful up to that point, I would certainly get them again next spring.

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You got a sneak peak at the current landscape when I shared Lily’s party with you. It all began with a couple potted hibiscus plants.

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I didn’t think they’d last very long but they’re still blooming and it’s like a rainbow of colors around here.

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The best part of the rainbow is the amazing blue hydrangeas. I’m so thrilled with how they’re blooming. They just keep getting bigger and brighter every day.

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And it would be wrong if I didn’t mention that beautiful lawn. It’s like Pablo’s third child. He takes of care of it obsessively.

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I’ll give you an update on the backyard soon but just so you can get an idea of how well his efforts have paid off, check out this comparison on the backyard during our first spring here and the backyard this month.

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More on that green carpet goodness soon!

XO

Sue at Home

Spray Painted Thrift Shop Chairs

14 May

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we? Back in January I took place in the Young House Love Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge – with great success if I might say so myself.

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I spent my $20 on four busted looking chairs and I had some pretty grand plans for them. Ya know – something like this where mismatched chairs become a cohesive set thanks to some spray paint and some love.

But as I said back then, I was going to have to wait because freezing cold temperatures don’t work with spray painting.  So at the first signs of spring, I took to the driveway with my chairs, some sandpaper and lots and lots of spray paint.

You may have noticed that one of the chairs was replaced from the original post. I just found one to be too wimpy. (Keep your eyes peeled – it happens again! Still, the total spent on chairs was under $30.)

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Step one was to give each chair a light sanding with fine grade (220) sandpaper. I was using a spray primer first so I didn’t make myself crazy with this step. Just a little roughing up.

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Next, I built myself a little area to paint with cardboard boxes and some duct tape. Obviously, I completely underestimated how much the fine mist of paint would travel and my driveway ended getting a little redish but it actually washed right off. (Note that I started with them upside-down first so I had less chance of getting any sticky marks on the parts that show by doing it the other way around.)

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As for my spray paint, I went with a three product method: Krylon Primer in Gray, Krylon Gloss in Banner Red, and Krylon Crystal Clear protective coat. I’m a Krylon addict ever since it performed so well in my gold spray paint test.

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It took a lot more coats than I anticipated but finally, it started to look red. I think during the process, I wiped out all the Banner Red in the tri-state area. I’m kidding of course but I did have to try 5 or 6  local stores to track down all the paint I needed. After I was done, I think I used a total of 3 cans of primer, 9 cans of color and 3 cans of top coat for the four chairs. I used every Michael’s coupon I could get my hands on and I bought a bunch at my local hardware store so I saved when I could but it definitely ended up costing more for the paint then I ever imagined. Lucky for me, the chairs were cheap!

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Here’s a look at three chairs: 1 primed, 1 with a couple coats of color, and 1 all done. Yay for the all done!

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Now, before I show you how cute the finished chairs look in our den, let’s take a peek at the sad spot that so badly needed them.  Poor little Docksta!

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And now…

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Now it’s a happy place!

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The chairs fit perfectly around the table and add some much needed color to the room. Check out how much better my view is from the kitchen “window”.

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I didn’t sand them like crazy so they’re not perfect but I do like the slight glossyness of the finish.

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Now that the weather is nicer and this room is no longer freezing, I’m thrilled to get to sit here for lots of lunches and dinners.

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Photo bomb!

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And I think the red works so well with lots of other things in the room.  (I know this picture doesn’t show much. I promise to take more pictures of this room soon. Really! I promise!)

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One thing I will point out is the little vintage Piano Teacher sign I got on Ebay. It was a birthday gift for Pablo. This room is the closest thing he has to a “man cave” so I wanted to add something personal. And since playing the piano is one of his loves, I figured it was fitting. It’s small but we both love it.

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So, what do you think? I’m really happy with how they came out. They’ve got a lot more personality than something store bought and they’re a LOT cheaper!

XO

Sue at Home

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