Sunday, January 4, 2009

Have a Seat


Some friends of ours were looking to get rid of 6 ugly old dining chairs (see above). It seems like we can never have enough seating, so I took them with plans of a makeover. Shortly thereafter my office chair literally broke in half (no doubt due to my burly 6'4", 250 lbs husband beefcake). I am currently using one of these as my office chair now.
after:
okay now for the ironic twist...The chairs don't fit our dining room table. They can't scoot under. We can use them, just not with this table. Anyway, I am debating between painting our current dining chairs bluish gray or black. Which do you think?
my dining room:


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Non-melting Snowman

Whenever my little boy makes a real snowman, he is absolutely crushed when it melts. Since he enjoyed making a fall scarecrow so much, we used some fabric remnants to make a snowman. We used little seed beads for the eyes. Plus, everything looks better in an urn! I spray painted the urn black because the rusty look was too dull.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Time Warp

When we moved in, our guest bathroom was like a time capsule from the 1970's. I should have taken a before picture, but I am sure you can imagine: avocado green tub, wood-look sink, 3 different shades of green tiling. I avoided going in there until some renovating was done. My husband did all the grunt work, and I did the decor end--- all on the cheap. I didn't like the look of the globes of the light fixture my husband chose. To soften the look I glued small lampshades to replace the globes. With a little bead fringe, it really transforms the look. I bought just a regular beveled mirror, and my husband converted it into a medicine cabinet by building a box behind it, and attaching hinges from the inside. I also had my hubby add chair railing and trim for architectural interest. Best of all, no more avocado green!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ready for Autumn



There aren't any real pumpkins available right now where we live. I was hesitant to purchase a fake one instead, since every year our real ones are massacred by neighborhood hooligans. I wasn't sure that they would be able to distinguish between the two and they might obliterate the pricey fake. So I printed out some vintage pictures in a frame for now. What do you think? Weird?
My 3 year old helped me make the scarecrow. There are mums in the urn. You will have to trust me on that one because the scorching sun has removed all color off them for the moment.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I See a Silhouette-ah (Thunder bolt of Lightning)

I wanted to add something to flank my mirror in the dining room. I decided to make a silhouette of my 3 year old. I found step by step instructions from this blog. I didn't realize it could all be done via photoshop! No meticulous cutting required! Since we only have one child, I was going to do a silhouette of my son and our Yorkie. That plan changed when our little furball really looked like an indistinguishable furball. So instead, I just flipped the image of my son and had 2 of him.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On a "wallpaper" roll

I have been really slacking on posting so here are 2 posts in one day! Totally unheard of I know! Well, the nester's most recent post reminded me of a small project I did with wallpaper. I got a whole roll of this pretty topiary pattern at a do it yourself store called "Hood's." It was only a $1. Our garage isn't drywalled so it seems really dark on the inside. I thought I would brighten up the area by the door (which is also where I keep some gardening supplies).
Since I already did this(and neglected to take a before picture), I took a picture of the wall in another part of the garage so you could get an idea of the gloomy before....

and after....


I just remembered I also line my drawers with it.

Mistreatment

Hello! This is my late entry into the Nester's mistreatment extravaganza. We are refinishing our basement. My husband has this special cutout place in the wall where he wants to make a fancy door for all the media equipment. Well the door wasn't being built and installed fast enough so I mistreated it. I have 2 extra window panels and I tacked one here to cover the ugly cutout in the wall...


Behind the curtain, is the furnace room---soon to be media shelving cubby hole area.
and I used the other panel to cover an ugly table.