Category: Remodeling


Living Room

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I’ve re-arranged my living room, and now need a new coffee table. I don’t have a sofa in there. I have two recliners facing a chair and a half. We don’t use the living room as a living room. We rather optimistically refer to it as “the library.” (I always say that with a Martha Stewart plummy accent.)  I have my desk in there and it’s where I work. Luke does his homework and we play board games or just sit and talk or read in there too. So which coffee table do you think? The first one is a MCM reproduction and the second is a MCM original. I’m inclined more toward the second because it’s teak and really nice. I think it’s bigger too. The price for either is about the same about $200. Sorry for the crappy picture, but the coffee table would go more or less where the ottoman is now. I’m moving the ottoman to the den. It’s just too heavy when I’ve already got two recliners and a chair and a half.

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Foyer Light Fixture

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As you know, I’m a Craigslist devotee. I’m slowly revamping my house, and I came across an awesome light fixture. The previous owner of this house had no respect for its Mediterranean bones. For instance, she put this ugly light fixture in the foyer. I think she was going for a Hollywood Regency look. But the fixture is cheap, and the beads on it are even plastic. And it’s a horrible pewter color. Just no. Well, I was perusing Craigslist the other day and came across this beauty:

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The fixture is vintage, and has a definite Spanish Mediterranean feel. It’s very likely that there was a similar fixture in the foyer originally. I plan to put a sunburst medallion on the ceiling, and paint it a pretty yellow gold color, like a sunset.

Help Me Find This Bookcase

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I love this bookcase like damn and whoa. It’s perfect for Luke’s room. Problem is, I can’t find the darned thing, or even anything similar. His room is really tiny and the bookcase with drawers would be perfect beside his bed. And he really, really needs drawers beside his bed. Otherwise I find Legos and other teeny tiny toys IN his bed. Have you seen anything similar? I don’t care about the color as I can always paint it. Apparently the original is some custom interior design deal that probably cost more than my house. I’ve thought about making them, but I’m not good enough to build drawers, so I need to find something like it. Any ideas?

Scarf Storage

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So last year I had the joy of finally getting my linen closet organized. It was absolutely thrilling. (Yes, I know I need a life). This year I’ve decided to organize my scarf storage. Odd as it might seem for someone who is not into clothes, but I absolutely LOVE scarves. I’ve got a ton of them. I used them hang them on the back of my closet door in my old house. They were like art and made me happy happy. We have those yucky bifold doors in this house, so now they’re crammed in drawers. I forget to use them because I can’t see them anymore.

I’ve been pinning some ideas in Pinterest that I like. As always it has to be relatively easy and most importantly, CHEAP. I really like this one. They used these cheap rods you can get at Ikea and simply tied the scarves to it. I don’t want it out in my room and my closet is too small. So I’ve got to find somewhere to hang them.

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I like this one too, but with the scarves all balled up they’ll wrinkle (which is one of the things I hate about having them in drawers). It’s more flexible and I can literally configure the cups around a wall in my closet. So I dunno. Anyone have any ideas?

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Kid’s Room

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Look what I did with $16 worth of Ikea spice racks! Way cool, huh?

3E83Kf3Hd5G75E35Jad52e1f7456ec3731958Just had to share with y’all this chest of drawers I found on Craigslist for $35! Solid fiddleback and birdseye maple. Just stunning. All I had to do was buff it down with a little lemon oil and wipe down the insides with grapefruit essential oil (it’s antiviral and antibacterial). Here’s what’s absolutely crazy, it’s a dead ringer for the maple bedroom suite I got for $100 at Goodwill more than twenty years ago. I’ve stripped and refinished all the pieces except the bed, and it’s gorgeous. Some of y’all might remember the fabulous dresser I posted several years ago.

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I love thrifting I really do. For one thing it appeals to my pocketbook, but I also like the idea of making use of something old instead of trashing things. This furniture is solid as a rock and will still be in good shape by the time Luke and Kell are ready for their own homes.

More About My Kitchen

After much debate we’ve decided how to remodel our kitchen. We will do it in stages starting with installing a new hardwood floor. After that we will put in an IKEA pantry consisting of three parts; a base with a countertop and a bar sink. A tall pull out pantry and two glass upper cabinets. Our kitchen is 25 feet long, a true galley. Having an extra sink at this end will allow us to set up a “beverage center” with a coffee pot and microwave right next to the small breakfast nook. We’ll be keeping our old cabinet carcasses, just replacing the doors and eliminating the bulkhead. We also intend to get rid of the wall betwwen the kitchen and dining room. We will install another pantry cabinet next to the oven. We have already bought a new refrigerator and a dishwasher. I have my fantasy of buying one of those huge Viking flamethrower ovens but that really doesn’t suit our ifestyle or budget. We are trying to keep our budget beloe $1k for each appliance. We seriously scored at the Sears Scratch and Dent store and got a Samsung French door refrigerator for $900! Hope to do similar on an oven.

This is the second time we’ve redone a kitchen in stages. It really works for us and helps avoid a buttload of debt. Ideally it will look very much like the endwall shown in the last photo. Not as wide, of course as we’re using only one base cabinet, but that’s what we’re going for.

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New Sofa!

Remember I told y’all I was getting my sofa redone? I’ve been putting it of forever, but finally I did it, and they did a TREMENDOUS job. I was very fortunate that one of Whit’s co-workers told us about this no name fabric store off I85. Can you believe this fabric was only $6.99 a yard!? The upholstery job was spendy, they had to make new cushions and repair a lot of springs, but as I reminded my husband the couch itself was free and very high end. It’s fifty years old and this type of craftsmanship would easily cost $5k today. We spent $130 on fabric and about $750 on the work. That included pick up, delivery, repairs and Scotchguarding. (Yeah I know a can of Scotchguard doesn’t cost much, but I didn’t want to spray it in my house.) if you need upholstery work I highly recommend New Century Upholstery in Chamblee.

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Been really thinking about decorating a lot lately. Luke has just about outgrown the bunkbed in his room, and since moving it to Kell’s room is out of the question, we’ll move Luke instead! I’m painting the room a pale yellow, and it’s going to have a nautical theme. I’m using this tutorial to make rugby striped curtains like the $90 a panel ones in Pottery Barn. Also going to make a Mariner’s Compass quilt for his bed. I’ve always wanted to do a Mariner’s Compass. As you can see, it’s a piecing challenge. I love hand-piecing.

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Kell’s room will be blue, with an aeronautical theme. I’m making this quilt for him.

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Now if only I could lone myself to get all this done.

The Living Room

This room, from Candice Olsen, is actually the design inspiration for TWO rooms in my house. I plan to do the wall of blue curtains behind my bed. That will be so pretty and will help with warmth and noise reduction. I love the bookcase wall as well. We don’t have a TV in our living room, it’s going to be my office and a library. Those stainless steel trunk/chest of drawers are from Restoration Hardware and cost more than my mortgage so you know they won’t be happening no matter how hard I beg. I do like the idea of a chest in a wall of bookcases to break things up, and you can never have too much storage. My mind is whirling, but at least I have this fab picture for inspiration.

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