Teen Bedroom Redo

November 9, 2018 at 10:10 pm (Home Changes and Additions, Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, I’ve mentioned that this new-to-us old house is in pretty ugly shape and that we have been redoing all the rooms bit by bit. One of the rooms that hadn’t gotten any love since we moved in was Jordin’s room. Check out these dingy, bland, old lady looking photos:

We hadn’t even hung anything on the walls because we knew we wanted to paint. Poor girl! Plus, the rooms all need to have more outlets put in (how is one outlet nearly enough?!) and overhead lights with switches added (hello?!). Needless to say, she was not thrilled in her set up. But, enter her 16th birthday, and we had the perfect excuse to make ourselves get the room beautified and surprise her with completely glammed out digs. Annnd… after:

Ta da! Total teen girl. Her jaw dropped. Win!

This was the mint turquoise color she had picked for her bedroom at our previous house and she was really wanting it again. It is super pretty, and not quite as bright in person. She also loves pink and peach. I added some navy to calm and tie the colors in and some gold hints for glam factor. Sounds busy. Totally goes.

Some old, some new, plenty of Hobby Lobby help. She wanted a little girly and a little rustic. She also wanted “fairy lights” so fairy lights she got.

We can’t change the brown furniture (it was her grandmas), and new carpet isn’t going to happen just yet, so working with what you’ve got sometimes has to just work… but…

Truly I love how it turned out. Dont tell her but Santa is thinking about a rug and a chandelier, along with new knobs for the drawers. 😍

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Where Have You Been, Girl?!

September 24, 2018 at 1:03 pm (Our New House, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all! Yes, yes. It’s been forever. BUT, I am back. And with lots to share.

One more kiddo and a new (to us) house have kept us very, very busy. But this new house has also given us a TON of new projects to show you while we go. So, I’m back and full of fun stuff to document.

The house. If you have been following along here for very long, you know I love me some old houses. And old projects. And old antiques. Everything with a story. Let me tell you, this house had lots of stories. Built in 1860, and sadly remodeled in the 70’s, we have our hands full, both with old stories and new ideas.

So, here she is. All potential and boring right now.

Pretty cool, right?! And a ton of work, a few headaches, blood, sweat, tears… and love. I’m excited to be getting all creative again. As the new little one allows, of course. 😂

As many of you know, this space was created years ago when I got my first house to document and share all of my remodeling and decorating ideas, trials, errors, and adventures. This is where a plan to keep most of my focus now that I am back with plenty to keep sharing. But, I also plan to share some family, kids, health, and even personal stuff. Let me know if there’s something you would like to see!

And finally, I haven’t shared about myself in a very long time. So, my name is Jessica. I am a social worker with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. I love to be outdoors, camp, and travel, decorate, refinish and repurpose furniture, and and hunt for bargains and hidden gems. I live in Iowa with my significant other, Jason, my 15 year old step-daughter, Jordin, my 5 year old son, Brantley, and my 4 month old son, Barrett. Oh, and our little growing crew of pets. Every farm needs chickens and goats, right? We not only love making our new old house a home, but we also love trying out new things along the way. I hope we can inspire you!

Glad you are here! It should be fun, and a little new, so stick around!

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Chair Project

July 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi there!  Recently I found an old, scuffy, beat up antique oak chair at a garage sale.  $5 later and I had another project to start in on.  Before:

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The oak finished was pretty spotted and scratched and the leather seat was so old that it was rotting.  I started by gently scraping any paint splatters off of the oak.  I also pried the old leather seat and padding off.  I used a stain refresher to touch up the oak stain.  I didn’t think that painting this one would do, and it wasn’t bad enough that it needed to be stripped and completely restained. Fortunately, this method seems to have refreshed the old chair fairly nicely.  It still has a bit of antique charm in the uneven coloring, but I think I like it.   I then cut new batting to make a cushion and then stapled down the cute flower-y print.  I then used black upholstery tacks to add black trimming around the cushion.  Here we go:

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I think it turned out very well!  🙂

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Nightstand Redo

July 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I found this ugly little nightstand/size table at a yard sale. You can’t beat $2, plus although it was rough and ugly, I thought it had cute potential. Here is the before:

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And here is the updated and no longer ugly after:

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I sanded it down and taped off the top from the bottom. I painted the bottom of the table in a satin cream color. I then painted the top in a black chalkboard paint. To finish it off I roughed up the edges to give it a worn look. I put the same handle back on rather than replacing this one because I thought it matched the style well. Overall I think it turned out adorably. What do you think? 🙂

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Toy Box

April 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm (Projects, Shop Items) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A project done!  The abused vintage toy box started out like this:

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The white is actually wood filler, added by me.  But, you get the picture.  It was old, and rough, and needed lots of wood filler and love.  I sanded and filled and sanded some more.  Finally I chose turquoise paint and white for the inside.  Not as creative as I originally sought out to be, but it turned out fun so I left it there.  I antiqued the edges a bit and roughed up the “wear spots”.  I like how it turned out simple and fun!

After:

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What do you think?  I think it turned out super adorable.  I was going to replace the handles, but the old ones are vintage ceramic and actually cleaned up nicely.  I’m even tempted to keep this one!  Why keep a toy box? … more news to come! 😉

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Desk Chair Redo

October 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I was in an office chair conundrum at the new house.  The office is large enough to hold the futon, DVD rack, desk, book shelf, and even file cabinet.  But, its just not very comfortable.  I loved using the comfy and gorgeous blue wingback chair in my last home office, but in this office there just isn’t enough space for a nice layout with the chair.  So, the blue wingback moved to our bedroom.  More pictures of that to come.  Then there was no office chair.  What to do?

During a recent (and quick) trip down to the creepy basement to store a few boxes I noticed a computer chair with wheels! It was ugly.  No other way to put it.  But, it was sturdy and heavy duty, and in good shape other than the abused crudiness of it.

The before:

First step? Remove the ugly arms.  Then it was some paint and fabric…

 

Not too bad, eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what do you think?  I think for being a completely free project it turned out super cute and will work for us for a while, while we have zero money. Oh, and don’t worry about the BRIGHT red walls.  Come winter they will no longer be so obnoxious.  It is especially strong paired with a big red filing cabinet and on the other wall is a red futon and ottoman! lol.

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My Own Chair Love

June 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s a chair that I inherited and eventually redid.  I love these basic old wood chairs, but the white chipping paint and scratches on this one were in need of some help.

First I sanded the chair down until it was nice and smooth using a palm sander.  I then made sure to clean and dry the chair very well.  I first painted the bottom portion of the legs black.  Once that was very dry I taped off each leg at the same place and proceeded to paint the rest of the chair with a fun silver spray paint.  The final step was an idea I wanted to try, which proved to be the most work of all.  I used black nail head trim nails to form a pattern around the seat.  I measure where I wanted the nails to go and made small marks with a pencil.  Eventually, this step proved to be useless and I was off of my marks anyways.  Ah well, trial and error with a new project.  I also learned that tapping these nails in with a hammer scratched and smashed the nails, as they have a black finish on them.  I found that covering the nail with a small piece of cardboard from the packaging after it was in place, and giving it one good tap with the hammer was the most effect and precise way to apply these.  My pattern still ended up a little bit off, but overall I like the idea and would love to try it on one of my chairs for the shop now that I have my technique down.  I lastly tied on a pink and purple vintage scarf to tie the chair into the bedroom (which you will all see eventually!) So, here she is…

What do you think?

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Mason Chair

August 12, 2009 at 8:06 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tony knows me well.  The other day he sent me a message and said he had a surprise for me that I was really going to love.  Aw. Yup, he was right.  He pulled in the driveway with a chair in the back of his truck!  Tony is in the Masonic Lodge and they are updating and selling off some of their old chairs.  So, he nabbed one.  He picked the oldest (see, he does know me well!).  It even has straps underneath holding old straw stuffing in! 

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The leather seat is in bad shape, so we plan to refurbish it.  I would love to find some old, worn looking leather for the replacement (if you know where I can accomplish this please let me know!).  We would really like to keep the nostalgia of the chair, so are trying to keep it similar to its original look.  Currently Tony has set up camp for the new chair at the head of the table 🙂

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Now, where to find pre-worn leather pieces!??

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Chair Love Inspiration

July 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am in the process of working on a few chair projects for the shop.  So, this week’s chair love is a compilation of some funky chair makeover inspiration! 

“Tie Chair Ala Alabama Chanin,”  by smoothepebble.  I just love these woven tie chairs, especially the ones with the dangling ends!

“Painted Chair,” by kimhas6cats.  So bright!

“Design Sponge Table Chair Redo,” by thirtyeight20.  Awesome fabric choice, and, I love love that ghost table!

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 “Fav Chair,” by k*8.  Again, great fabric gives this old chair a new life.

“Repurposed Chairs Make Laundry Bench,” by jgrnly.  I have an idea for a bench of chairs, but a bit fancier…

“Chair Project 1, ” by Le Silly.  Collage on a chair can be really funky and unique.

Well, for now I hope this gives everyone some inspiration… I definitely have my wheels turning!

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Junking!

June 29, 2009 at 7:36 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I had just the best weekend ever!  Tony and I decided to go to the flea market that isn’t far from us.  Not only is this always a fun trip for me, but on the way there Tony decided to take country back roads.  What a great idea!  We just happened upon the first antique and junk yard I have ever seen near us!  My squealing had him pulling over immediately.  And of course I didn’t have a camera! 

Let me tell you all, this place was amazing!  There were three barns filled to the brim with old wooden chairs!  I mean stacked and tossed and piled all the way to the roof tops!  It was just incredible.  There was a huge field of every type of amazing junk you could think of.  And, when we asked about a few things the lady was so sweet and her prices were perfect!  Now I have a few more projects to work on.

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Everything here cost me a few dollars!  The old gas can is for we borrow Tony’s dad’s lawn mower.  The little orange lantern will be painted and set on the front porch with a candle.  Doesn’t that look just like the $80 one they have at Pier 1 (for $1!)!?  And the elephant- he is my favorite- was an old lamp base!  But, with a coat of white paint he will be a plant stand for the back yard. 

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These little guys were another awesome find.  They are Acro window tacks from the 40’s.  I have special plans for them and a nail head chair or bench with a bit of a number theme…

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And, of course we couldn’t come home without a search for some dice!  We found these at the flea market when we finally made it there. 

Overall, an awesome day and a couple of dollars got us some awesome stuff!  Next time I promise I am taking my camera!  Oh, and stay tuned, because there are already many more projects in the works!

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