That Time I Painted Upholstery…

We’ve had these set of three chairs that we snagged for free from the very nice people at our bank, of all places, for months. Two of them are meant for Brian’s office, but the third…the third one is all mine (rubs hands together maniacally). The chairs are in great shape, they just have a very 60’s, masculine vibe to them. I’ve used the third chair in almost all the rooms in our house, most currently in our bedroom. We have a weird little nook in our bedroom with Brian’s dresser and one of these chairs fits there nicely too. It really comes in handy when you want to sit and tie your shoes or set the laundry basket in for a couple days…or weeks.

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As most of you know, I’ve been working on our master bedroom and trying to make it feel a little more ‘polished’ and little less ‘hot mess’. Currently this chair is just too brown and orange for my needs. I want to lighten it up a bit and make it feel more rustic/shabby chic and less 60’s office waiting room.

I started by spray painting the wood frame an ivory color. I planned on removing the cushions and covering them in a nice gray, velvet….that was the plan. The bottom cushion cooperated nicely and was super easy to remove with a few screws. The back cushion was not going to come off easily I realized after removing half of the studs. My fear was that I would tear it up too much to be able to re-attach it. I had this problem with the last chairs I re-upholstered. I never could get the backs back on them, so they stayed off. Luckily those chairs didn’t really need the back cushion, but this chair does. It just wouldn’t be comfortable without it.

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Cut to me watching 37-ish tutorials on YouTube about how to paint upholstery. I know…I was skeptical to say the least, but after watching video after video, I felt somewhat confident that I could do it. Worse case scenario, it doesn’t work and I rip out the back cushion and try to recover it.

I bought some acrylic paint (some video tutorials used latex), and some fabric medium. The directions were pretty simple: combine one part paint, one part fabric medium, and one part water. I did about 1/4 cup of each since the area I had to paint was actually pretty small. I chose a medium gray color for my paint because the cushions were pretty dark. I didn’t want to choose a color that was too light and have to paint 10 coats.

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The first coat was scary. I really started to second guess my choices at this point. The paint is pretty runny and it looks a lot like a stain more than a coat of paint. Also it is really important to let your fabric have a full 24 hours to dry in between coats. Another tip that I found weird, but necessary, was to sand the fabric in between coats with a fine sand paper. It sounds crazy, but it really helped the fabric to soften up and feel less stiff.

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Luckily after three coats things started to look a lot better. The pattern of the fabric still shows through, so if you don’t like the pattern on your upholstery, this is not a good option for you. Also, the upholstery is NOT as soft as it was originally. Even with sanding between coats, it ends up feeling more like a canvas drop cloth. Still comfortable to touch, just a little more stiff.

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After I reattached my cushion, I decided that the ivory paint was too basic and boring.  I just wasn’t feeling it. So I grabbed some gray stain and dry-brushed it all over the wood frame. Then I grabbed a sanding block and roughed up the paint around the edges and the spindles. I love that rustic, well-loved look on this chair.

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I haven’t antiqued much furniture, but I feel like it really works on this chair. I kind of want to find more furniture try it on…(more maniacal hand rubbing).

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Also, I saw this pillow at the back of the store all the way from the entrance. It was practically screaming at me to take it home with that bold navy and white print. Then I got closer and noticed the blush pink tassels and it immediately went into my cart. And yes, that store was TJ Maxx.

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I have to say, painting upholstery was not something I ever thought I would try, but I’m pretty happy with the outcome. Would I paint a comfy chair that I love to relax in or cozy up and watch a movie in?…Probably not. But it works for a chair we sit in occasionally for a short periods of time. I feel like it adds just enough farmhouse/shabby chic-ness to the bedroom and is a nice contrast to the dark walls and wood trim.

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A Tale of Two Night Stands

I remember finding our night stands on Craigslist when I was pregnant with Hollis. In fact, we picked them up in Springfield, MO on the way home from our babymoon. And the previous owners who we bought them from, were a lovely young couple that we ended up chatting with in their living room for like half an hour. It was love at first sight, they were the perfect height and they had a huge drawer to hold all of our crap. They also had a very mid-century modern vibe that we liked. The only thing we didn’t love was that they had a thin, pale wood veneer that we weren’t crazy about. We easily fixed that with a few coats of charcoal gray spray paint. Of course this was all before I started blogging, so I have no before photos!

Since purchasing these beloved night stands, we have moved to the farm and purchased a new bed. Luckily our nightstands are still the perfect size and height, but the dark gray paint is starting to chip and look worn. And since painting our master bedroom a dark navy (which I still LOVE), the dark gray night stands just sort of disappear into the darkness of the walls.

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I knew I wanted to lighten them up and I wanted to add a little modern farmhouse feel to them while I was at it. The furniture in our bedroom is pretty modern, but since the rest of our house is a little more rustic, I wanted to blend the two together so it makes a little more sense. I had some leftover peel and stick tile from Hollis’ ceiling and thought it would add the perfect amount of ‘rustic’ to the night stands. It also adds a little more durability to the top, I mean it’s made to walk on so it should hold up well, right?! We’ll see.

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I bought some drawer pulls too, but haven’t attached them yet. My only worry about adding the peel and stick tiles to the drawer front, is that it may start to peel away on the sides where we pull the drawers back to open them. I’m going to give them a little time to see if we really need the drawer pulls or not, I really like the look without them, but time will tell if they are practical or not.

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I was a little worried Brian wouldn’t like them, because I made these over while he was away on a business trip…I always seem to make over furniture while he is gone! I think it’s a subconscious thing to keep him from telling me my ideas are totally nuts…Luckily he really liked this makeover (wipes beads of sweat off forehead).

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I just love how they turned out! They pop off that dark wall so much better now and they just feel clean and fresh….almost like brand new night stands.

 

Pillowfort at Target

Have you all checked out the new kid’s line Pillowfort at Target? I’m in love. Cute stuff for boys, girls and tons of gender neutral stuff too. The prices are actually pretty reasonable, I picked up a new comforter set for Hollis for $40 + 10% off + free shipping. I want it all, but I’ve narrowed down a few of my faves!

 

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So cute right?! I didn’t even pin pics of all the adorable bedding, so many great sheets, blankets, and comforters!

Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won’t Die

I’ve been holding on to this old, cheap, laminate armoire that I’ve had since I was about 15. It’s moved from place to place with me and I always seem to find a place and use for it. When we moved to the farmhouse, I had nowhere to put it and it has been sitting in the shed for a year now, probably making a really nice home for spiders and other creepy crawly things. I had every intention of throwing it away, when I discovered yet another use for it in the new guest room.

I have a linen closet, but it is in the bathroom downstairs. It’s a great closet, but all of the bedrooms are upstairs and it would be so much handier if the sheets and extra blankets could also reside upstairs. Unfortunately all of the closets upstairs are already spoken for. If only I had an extra piece of furniture that could double as a tiny closet…..oh, wait I do!

This armoire had doors on it, but I got so excited about this project that I went ahead and removed them before I got any pics. I would have liked to keep the doors, but after years of moving this little guy around, the doors weren’t quite hanging right anymore and one would not stay shut. It would just randomly swing open by itself and scare the bejeezus out of me.

Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.com I wiped the whole thing down with a water and vinegar mixture to remove all of the dirt and grime and also any musty smells from sitting in storage for a year.  After wiping everything down, I used Rustoleum Spray Primer and gave it a good coat. I hate priming, but using a spray primer makes the whole process quick and painless. Laminate furniture like this, really needs a good primer for the paint to stick to.

Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comI decided on a fun, coral color for this piece. I love coral. I really wanted to paint a whole room this color, but the hubby wasn’t too crazy about the idea, so I compromised and used it for this instead. I like how it pops in the green guest room. It took about three good coats to get everything covered well.

Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comHollis decided to add her own artistic twist and put a footprint on one of my shelves while it was drying. She’s lucky it is such a sweet little footprint. Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comUpcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.com Upcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.comUpcycle: The Armoire That Just Won't Die // thegoldbrickroad.com The drawer on the bottom holds our extra sheets and pillow cases. I love that guests can easily see and access extra blankets as they need. If I ever find a nicer armoire for a good deal, I will probably replace this one. For now though, I’m really liking this one and being able to give it purpose for a little bit longer. I feel like I definitely got my $40 worth that I paid 18 years ago!

Toddler Room Update

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Hollis’ room so I thought I’d give a little update. Her room is constantly evolving and changing depending on her current needs. The biggest change being that we have taken down her crib (sob!) and put up her toddler bed. She has been sleeping in it for a while now and is doing really well sleeping through the night….just not sleeping through the night in her own room. She likes her toddler bed, but it allows a little too much freedom and she climbs out and wanders. I’m super paranoid about her wandering down the stairs in the middle of the night or getting into something she’s not supposed to, so for now we’ve moved her bed into our room where I can keep tabs on her until she gets used to staying put.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I also ended up getting her some new bedding for her big girl bed that she will use eventually and for now is an extra bed for when we have guests. I had my heart set on a nice white fluffy bedspread, but I just couldn’t find one that I really liked. I found this black and floral number at Target and liked how it brought out the black detail on the curtains and felt a little more cool and not so cutesy.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I also repurposed some furniture for her room. I love repurposing furniture, it’s such an easy way to save a little money and to customize a piece. The nightstand in her room is an old side table that Brian and I have had in every place we’ve lived together. It’s been many different colors and used for many different things. Most recently, I took it from orange to white and gold to match her room.

The dresser in her room was one of my first projects for her nursery in our old house. I painted it white and mint with some gold hardware to go in her mint green nursery, but I love that it still works in her new room too. Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I picked up this little shelf at a flea market for a whopping $5 and thought I could use it in her room for books or toys. It was a nice sturdy shelf, but the finish was pretty worn and ugly.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I covered it with a good primer and gave it a fresh coat of paint. I added a back to it, because I kept picturing tiny toys falling behind it. I just used a piece of foam core board which I cut down to size, then sprayed it with adhesive and attached a fun fabric to it. After that I just attached the whole thing with some tiny nails.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I like how it turned out, but the shelves on it are actually quite short. It makes it hard to put very many books or toys on it. So I’ve moved it to the closet which was needing something for shoe storage. The shelves are just the right height for little shoes and there is room to grow for bigger shoes too. It really fits in there perfectly, happy accident!

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Well now you are up-to-date….I’m sure it will change again in a few weeks. Toddlers, am I right?!

And just for fun, here is another look from where it all started. Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com

 

Mini Mod Furniture

Now that my little one is not so much of a baby anymore (sob!) I’m realizing that she is in need of furniture that is scaled to her size. I’ve been on the hunt for furniture for her room and playroom. If she had her way, we would have all Disney princess themed furnishings. Don’t get me wrong, I love myself some Disney princesses (Ariel, I’m lookin’ at you girl), but I do not want Anna and Elsa plastered all over my house.

Luckily these days there is some seriously chic children’s furniture out there. The kiddos furniture can be just as stylish as the rest of your house. I’ve compiled a list of my favorites out there right now. Some of these are a little out of my price range, BUT a girl can dream right?

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Modern Kid’s Table & Chair Sets

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I really want the ghost chair in MY size. I think if I saw the tike-sized one in person, my heart might explode with happiness! Of course if you don’t want to spend a lot on tiny furniture, Target and Ikea have some great options that are a little more purse-friendly. I know they grow out these things so quickly, but it’s nice to see designers catering to little ones!

Ikea is coming! Ikea is coming!

I know, I know.  Ikea is not new by any means, but it is one of my favorite stores. I’ve driven many, many miles to get to one of their stores.  So, it’s just my luck that we get an Ikea in Kansas City as soon as we move to the middle of nowhere Kansas. BUT it gives me yet another reason to visit my family in KC! I will take the 3 1/2 hour drive over the 10 hour drive we previously had endure to get to the nearest Ikea.

The new store is set to open this week in Merriam, KS (although it keeps getting pushed back) just a few blocks from our old house. Really, our moving away is probably for the best…at least as far as my bank account is concerned. I will probably avoid it for a couple of months until some of the newness wears off. That place is going to be a zoo for a loooong time. Luckily we took a trip to Minneapolis this weekend for a friend’s wedding and I was able to pop into the Ikea there to get my fix to tide me over for a while.

Well…I thought it would tide me over, but in reality, I was just making a mental list of things I want to get later when the store near us opens. If our car wasn’t already full of luggage, I probably would’ve come home with a few more things.  Here are a few things I picked up on our trip and few things I’m patiently waiting to get. ikea homeIkea PS 2014 storage combination, LACK side table, PREMIÄR wall map, BESTÅ BURS console, RANARP work lamp, IKEA PS cabinet, VILMAR chair

I’m loving the Ikea PS storage units, they come in many different configurations and I LOVE the natural/mint green combo. We picked up the LACK side table for Hollis to use as a play table. It’s the perfect height for her to stand and play with her toys. I’d like to add some stools or chairs for her later on so she can eat a snack or color at it. We are looking for tv consoles right now and I love these two options. The Ikea PS cabinet has the ability to lock the doors which would be great for keeping out curious babies. I’m also daydreaming about my someday office and I NEED that VILMAR chair and RANARP work lamp.

textilesNÄVVIVA and KNAPPSÄV cushions, Ikea PS 2014 rug, and LJUDA striped place mat.

My favorite part of Ikea is the textiles. I am a textile junkie and they have some really fun prints for super cheap so I can afford to switch my place mats, tablecloths, pillows, etc. often. I grabbed some pillows for Hollis’ new room (which is slowly coming along). I can’t wait to go back for bedding and maybe a new rug…or two.

ikea kidsEKORRE rocking moose, MATA 4-piece dinnerware set, SMASKA 3pc flatware, SKYLTA children’s market, DUKTIG play kitchen, LÅTSAS 11pc shopping basket, MULA 24pc building block set

Another thing I’m super excited about is the kid’s stuff! Our daughter is at the age where she is really getting into toys and I want to encourage her playing and learning. One week she is obsessed with dolls, the next it’s trains, it gets expensive keeping up with her phases. Ikea has a lot of cute, affordable toys that are also pleasing to my eyes as well as hers. I really like that they are not noisy and full of buttons, they are good for helping kids  use their imaginations. They also have a lot of great toy storage options to keep all the clutter at bay.