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3.07.2017

Couch Makeover For The Home Office Part Two



Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

I'm back today with Part two of the home office couch makeover (read part one here).  I gotta be honest, I didn't think I was going to finish it so quickly.  I knew I could but I was hesitating so much because I was not looking forward to stapling a million staples with my hand held upholstery stapler.  Came Valentines day and my husband went all hero to the rescue on me.  He bought me a few tools that I've been in dire need of.  One of them was a pneumatic stapler with a 20 gallon air compressor among other tools and lovey dovey stuff like flowers etc... Yes he kinda, no, more like, he completely outdid himself.  I love that man!  Anyhow back to the couch.  And just a reminder or if you didn't see it before, here's the UGLY before that I shared back in January.

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric
What'd I tell you?  UGLY!

This baby went by smoothly.  The air stapler was a huge help.  I started the project in the very end of January.  I sanded the body and stained it but the stain was a little blotchy.  I knew if I was going to tackle this project it had to be done right because I don't plan on doing it again any time soon.  So I took a break and didn't touch it at all in the month of February.  A few days into March I was going to have a get together for some of our family members and my house was a finished and unfinished furniture projects mess.  I had not one but two finished dressers in the entryway/home office plus the couch on it's side and the cushions were on top of our dining table.  I knew I wanted to get everything out of the way before the get together and have additional seating in the home office where the guys always have their drinks and play Domino.  So I got my butt to work.






Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

I sanded the frame again and stained it one day and the very next day I did all the upholstery in a few hours.  I bought new 1 inch batting to add more cushion to the couch and then I did the fabric.  I wanted the ikat prints to be somewhat symmetrical so it took some measuring and centering before doing all the cutting but it wasn't  too hard.  Also I did not want to sew, so I folded all the corners as neatly as I could and pulled the fabric nice and taught until it looked good to me and stapled.  BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM......  The back is a whole different story that I don't want to go into today.  Lastly I sealed the frame with my favorite water based poly as usual.  Look at that wood grain, uh, la, la...

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

The next day was our get together and we had to attach the cushions back to the frame.  Holly crappola that was a pain in the tush!!!  It took us an hour and a half because the back cushions did not want to go back on.  A lot of sweating and swearing to get them back on but somehow we made it happen.   I'm just happy that I finished and it looks great!  I LOVE the fabric and my husband loves it too so I am a very happy camper.  You know what else my husband loves about this project, that it didn't cost a small fortune ;-)  

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

Oh yes and what do you think of one of my latest Goodwill finds?  This lamp!

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric mid century floor lamp

I bought this clear globe LED light bulb for it, that thing almost cost more than what I paid for the lamp itself.  I don't know about you but I think it looks pretty cool.   It opens up too for storage, it's pretty neat.  This room is still getting tweaked so once I'm done I'll share the whole space.  I think it's coming together really nice and we like it a lot better now than the first time around.  

Here a little before and after, what a difference some stain and fabric can do.      

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric



1.31.2017

Couch Makeover For The Home Office Part One

I started a new project for our home office.  I'm giving this big ugly couch a makeover.  We bought this piece for our home office sometime in the spring last year.  I didn't want to upholster it right away for a couple reasons.

upholstering a couch sofa

Reasons 
  1. I'm super indecisive about things, especially furniture in our home.  If it doesn't work in a few months it's out.  The couch has proven it's usefulness here, so we are keeping it!  
  2. I'm equally indecisive about colors, textures and finishes.  I mean with so many fabrics to choose from, someone out there should be able to relate.  
  3. Time!  Yes I work on many furniture pieces at a time but not for my own home. It usually takes years for me to complete a furniture project for our home.  I never have or make time for it.  I'm trying to change that!    
  4. Money, fabric is freaking expensive and when you need 6 yards for your own use, well that can hurt.  I'm not one splurge so much on myself.  
  5. Upholstery is intimidating for me.  I'm all about sanding, painting and staining but sewing is a whole different territory.

We repainted our home office again and it looks completely different than when I shared our first budget makeover here.  We bought a new-used desk, rearranged things, go rid of some pieces and added other key storage pieces and we needed extra seating so we got this couch.  Everything else started to look nice so the couuch just became an eyesore.  Yes an ugly, burgundy, dog hair magnet, eyesore.  We felt it was time to tackle it.  That meant it was time to finally choose a fabric.  I wanted the couch to be neutral because it's a big piece in the room and it's a big job for me so I didn't want a color I would grow tired of in a year or two.  I also wanted it to have a nice print just in case it gets stains which it will because we have children, a dog and wine spills happen, I mean spills, spills happen in many different forms of liquids.  

I narrowed down my fabric to neutrals, some type of pattern and it had to be budget friendly.  I thought about using a checkered, plaid fabric but the office already has a masculine appeal.  I wanted my husband to feel comfortable and this might sound crazy but I like to decorate keeping my husbands masculinity in mind.  He lives with 4 females (even my dog is a female) so I don't want to have rainbows and unicorns everywhere.  Plus I prefer neutrals anyway so it's a win win.  

upholstering a chair ikat fabric couch sofa

A few months ago I used a beautiful ikat fabric to upholster some chairs that I sold and ever since I've been wanting to find a place to use the same fabric for our house.  My husband also liked the fabric since it has a lot of black and neutrals.  Perfect!  This fabric was just under $20 at Joanns.  They were having a 50% off sale, then I went online to check for coupons and they had a one day 15% entire purchase, including sales, BINGO!!!!!  I picked up 6 yards which I think is too much, but better to be safe than sorry, right!           

upholstering a chair ikat fabric couch sofa


I already started to take the couch apart.  It's naked!  

upholstering a chair ikat fabric couch sofa

It took me a few hours to get every single last staple out.  Next, I have to sand down the frame to stain it, cut sew and staple a million times!  Yay, not so much, but when I'm done it's going to be worth it.  I can't wait to share with ya'll!    


12.02.2016

What have I been up to?

Hello, is anybody here? I've been absent from the blog for a couple months now and I wanted to check in and share some things. I'm going to start with a few of the furniture pieces that I have done lately. Then I thought I could talk about some of the changes we've made to our house in the last couple of months. How does that sound? Good? Okay let's do it!

Let me begin by saying that having an Etsy store has been helping me tremendously with selling furniture so I am very thankful for that. One of the pieces that I redid was this beautiful blue mid century modern dresser.


Mid Century Modern blue dresser

This is a vintage Basset dresser that I completely sanded, primed and painted with Sherwin Williams high gloss advanced formula paint. I added new glass hardware and spray painted the original bottom pulls in brass. It is quite a stunning piece!


Mid Century Modern blue dresser

Mid Century Modern blue dresser

It now lives with a young lady in Brooklyn NY, who fell in love with it and could not resist it's gorgeous new look.


Mid Century Modern blue dresser

Next up is this campaign dresser. This was definitely the most popular guy in my Etsy shop. I received so many emails for this piece and it too sold quickly. I have a few campaign pieces in stock ready for a makeover so it wont be long before I have another one available in my shop. If you are on the hunt for one keep an eye out on my shop, these things sell like hot cakes.

white campaign dresser

white campaign dresser

white campaign dresser

The last piece I'm going to share today is this sexy little black coffee table. It's painted in glossy black, new hardware from Anthropologie and lined drawer. This piece is still available in my shop! ** Hint, hint ;-)

Mid Century Modern Glossy black coffee table

Mid Century Modern Glossy black coffee table

Mid Century Modern Glossy black coffee table

 That's all for furniture today! I have a bunch of more pieces in my Etsy shop all painted by yours truly, so make sure you stop by and see whats new!

As for house projects, oh my! Where do I start? I would say none of the rooms look quite the same. Our Kitchen got new appliances, Yey!!! This new appliances led to some other changes like adding a wall of cabinets and open shelving. I'm not sharing the after pictures yet because I haven't styled them yet but here's a sneak peek of what's going on. It's like an early Christmas for me this year.


Frigidaire Stainless Steel refrigerator Appliances

Frigidaire Stainless Steel dishwasher Appliances

Kitchen redo

kitchen redo

Yes it's ugly and messy but I assure you when I post the reveal pictures you are going to love the changes. You probably noticed that the cabinet doors are missing. Yeah, well when I painted those suckers a few months ago they started bleeding so I put it off for a while but I finally sanded them back down, primed them with oil based primer this time and painted them. No more bleed through just bright white, beautiful cabinets now!

A few other projects we've tackled around here include finally painting the trim and doors in our hallway. Refinishing some furniture pieces, rearranging the living room furniture, still not sure of how I feel about the furniture in there but the layout is working. We cleared out our storage room and made a gym in there, we are painting it this weekend and I'll share that too. Also our entryway/home office is sporting new furniture pieces as well. So yes lots of changes but all for the better.

Home Gym

Hallway painted white trim grey doors

Hallway painted white trim grey doors

The trim got a fresh coat of primer and two coats of bright white making everything shiny and new again. I painted the doors with a medium grey color and I love the combo. These are just some of the pictures, but I will be sharing complete afters of every room when I get to that. Also the color on the gym is the one we will be painting over not the new color. That is Pantone's peacock, my daughters chose it when we first moved in because that was their bedroom before. It's a beautiful bold color but I want something more light and subdued to go with the rest of the house.

That is all for this little update of what's going on around here. I'll be back to share more updates soon! If you want to see progress on other spaces please visit the Our Home tab on the top bar. Thank you for stopping by :-)





8.15.2016

Mini Bathroom Makeover in the Making


Bathroom paint and knobs

Lately I've been very busy trying to fill up my online shop with new furniture pieces.  Working on furniture takes time, there are lots of steps involved.  Which means my house is being left in the back seat for a long time.  Last week I decided to take a break from painting furniture pieces to give my house a deep clean.  Wow did it need it!  I found our dining table hiding underneath paint cans and painting supplies.  We also had some impromptu house guest (perfect timing, feuf...)  The house is clean, the plants are happy and we were able to eat at the dining table a few times.  I say were because it only lasted that way a few days.  I got the sudden urge to spruce up the bathroom, so all of the bathroom stuff landed on our clean dining room table :-D  A clean dining table is always short lived here.


We can't afford a full reno in the bathroom yet.  It needs it but it is not in our priority list.  We saved up to put in new windows and a privacy fence in the side of the yard and those things were thankfully checked off our list this year.  The windows make such a big difference in our heating and cooling bills so we are very happy with them and they make our curb appeal look much better too.  See pictures here.  So does the fence.  Anyhow enough about that and back to the bathroom.

Before when we bought the house

I wanted to paint the sink cabinet, change out the old sink and faucet with a free one we got off good ole Craigslist .  We have beige fixtures in the bathroom, before we moved in one of the first things we did was to replace the beige toilet with a new water saving, white, elongated toilet.  We also painted the over the dark blue walls with a light, bright color called Irish mist.  The drop in sink and bathtub are still beige.  We are not switching the bathtub for now, that will be later with the full reno.  I also wanted to paint the doors, trim and finish the walls which we never did because they needed patching.  Simple right?
** Update- Free sink and faucet from Craigslist didn't work we had to purchase both pieces new!!!**

Before when we bought the house

New elongated, water, saving toilet (notice the green heater)

No, things are never as simple as I think they will be.  I started prepping the sink cabinet for paint and I called my husband and pointed out the fact that the baseboard heater is green and rusted.  I thought about painting it, but it would be messy.  I had to sand off the rust, prime with stop rust primer and then paint.  He said we should switch the cover out. I looked online and found some plastic covers you place on top but the reviews didn't convince me.  Plus the thought of putting something over them to hide the ugly doesn't help me because I know the ugly, rusted, dirty one is still under, and I wouldn't be able to sleep at night just thinking about it.  So we decided to just replace it with a new one.  The video on this old house made it look sooooo easy.  Long story short it wasn't as easy as we thought it would be but after much sweat,  a lot of cursing, fallen tiles and a few hours (yes hours) we got it done!

Before, nasty, green, rusted heater
Replace baseboard heater cover
After, pain the @$$ to install clean, new heater!
Replace baseboard heater cover
Full view!

We do not want to replace the tiles right now so we were lucky only one broke a little bit in the corner so I will be gluing them all back for now until we can afford a full renovation.  Replacing the heater set us back a day.  Next we wanted to replace the sink.  Well, it looks like that faucet has never once been shut off in it's entire life and the water shut off valve is stuck.  So back to home depot for more supplies.  New hoses, new shut off valves and drain pipe.  We got home, and realized we bought the wrong hoses, it was too late so we have to wait until later today to exchange them.

So in the middle of all this chaos, I decided it would be a good time to paint the ceiling, because you know all the other accumulated projects on the list wast enough.  Hubby took off the ugly light fixture so I could begin and it turns out we didn't have any rollers, like I though we did.  So nothing else got done.  Turns out we were very unprepared.  So I'm making a list, checking it twice (in my Santa Claus is coming to town singing voice).

So here we go....

List of things to buy
  • Rollers
  • Exchange hoses 
  • Paint trays
  • Liquid nails for the tiles
  • Toothpaste for brushing teeth :-D  
To do list
  • Sand cabinet doors and drawer fronts
  • Clean, de-dust, everything
  • Prime ceiling, caulk trim and piece of unfinished wall (I already patched it) then prime them
  • Prime cabinets and doors.  
  • Replace drop in sink and faucet
  • Glue fallen tiles and caulk between them and the heater.
  • Paint the cabinet in gorgeous green color, I'm so excited about adding color!!!!
  • Make holes for new cabinet hardware, I bought some really nice ones, I can't wait for that!
  • Shop for pretty shower curtain, and figure out window treatment.
  • Clean up the old light fixtures and vintage mirror, keeping those for now.  


It looks like we have our work cut out for us.  Now of to Home Depot.

Yes this post is full of ugly pictures but I'm hoping my next post will be full of gorgeous, after pictures!  So make sure to come back for the reveal!

If you want to see a mini, budget friendly, kitchen makeover see this post here!        



5.30.2016

Front Door Makeover With Modern Masters




I finally gave my front door a makeover with Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  I should probably warn you that this post is before and after picture heavy.  This project has been a long time coming.  We've been wanting to up the curb appeal of our home since day one and we have slowly been working on it.  When I say slowly, I mean turtle speed slow.  Last year we replanted some shrubs, added a little pine tree in the front, switched out the red mulch for brown mulch and called it a day.  This year we replaced all the windows, happy dance!

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
Actual 1st Before picture.  Note all the horrible dry trees and overgrown ugly shrubs
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
After we removed the uglies, transplanted the pretties, re-mulched and planted a pine tree.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
Much better, if I do say so myself!
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
Pretty mulch, cute shrubs, good enough to hold us off for a year!
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
One year later, after adding new windows!
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
NOW!
A little over a month ago, just as spring was ringing in (perfect timing), I was contacted by Modern Masters to see if I wanted to try out some of their paint products.  When I saw that they offered Never Fades Front Door paint I knew this would be a great opportunity to spruce up our front doors.  Painting the doors also gave us the push we needed to tackle some other outdoor projects that we hadn't gotten around to.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant

Our house has two front door entrances which is kinda weird and one was painted blue and the other one was left untouched in its' original pre-primed state.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
Before Door Number 1

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
Before Door Number 2

To get started on this project, I cleaned the doors with TSP, the blue door got a light sanding beforehand.  I bought a quart of Zinsser Bulls Eye and had it tinted grey for the white door.  The blue door did not need to be primed so I just went ahead and started painting it.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
One coat of grey primer, and edging the window of the door with paint
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
After 1st coat of paint on primed door
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
After 1st coat of paint on blue door

We chose the color "Elegant" which is a rich, black shade.  I shook the can really well and used a stirring stick to mix all the ingredients well.  The first thing I noticed upon opening the can of Front Door Paint was that the consistency of the paint was really thick.  I used a 2 inch angled brush and a 4 inch foam roller to apply the paint.  The paint went on smooth, and dried quickly.  One of my favorite things about this paint is that I was able to re-coat the doors after only one hour.  Which meant that I could finish this project in just a few hours and the doors were fully dry and ready to close within a couple of hours of finishing painting.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant

 My doors required 3 coats of paint for complete coverage.  I did end up applying a fourth coat of paint, only because I didn't stir the paint before the third coat so the sheen was uneven.

***Tip, always stir your paint while painting and between coats so that you get a nice uniform color and sheen***

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
After door number 1
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
After door number 2
Here is their How To Paint Your Front Door video!
               


If you prefer the reading version here is a link to the Step by Step Instructions.  Their website also has an app that you can download to help you pick out the perfect paint color for your front door and lots of other helpful information.  You can purchase the paint through their online store at shop.modernmasters.com, at Home Depot online store, Amazon or check their website under find a retailer.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant

When I was done painting the doors I knew it was time to finally switch out our old house numbers and mailbox.  We had purchased them months ago but just never got around to it.  The old mailbox was very rusted and small.  We updated our house numbers with some sleek, simple ones and a DIY project that I will share a how to on later.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant

We also changed the light fixtures by the garage.  I bought those over a year ago because I found them on clearance but never really got around to changing them until now.  Now that we have an idea of how we want the front of our house to look we are going to change the color of the light fixtures to match the one we will be getting for the other door.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant

We wanted to paint the garage door in the same color as the doors but I didn't think I had enough paint left.  I really think that it will tie things up pretty nicely.  So that is a project we will be doing in the future, along with some other ideas we have to spruce up the curb appeal.

Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant
Panoramic view of the front of the house
Front door makeover Lilly's Home Designs Modern Masters Black Elegant


This Front Door Makeover with Modern Masters really kicked up the curb appeal of our home a notch and gave us the motivation we needed to kick start on some other outdoor projects.  We have since done a few other improvements that I will be sharing soon!  We are so pleased with how the curb appeal of our house is looking!  Even a couple of our neighbors stopped by to say the house was looking gorgeous!  This really was a perfect Memorial Day weekend project!  Did anyone else work on improving the curb appeal or some other fun outdoor projects on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend?

Memorial Day Lilly's Home Designs

***Thanks to Modern Masters for providing me with the Front Door paint, so that I could share my completely honest review with my readers.  All thoughts and opinions stated in this post are 100% truthful and my own***

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