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This is what I get for not being an architect…

Or maybe it’s what I get for not taking measurements. Anyway…

When Chris and I bought our condo the dining room measurements were listed as 8’x8′ on MLS Trend. When we got our condo appraised, the floorplan drawn up in the paperwork also noted the dining room as 8’x8′. When I bought a 16′ piece of wood from Home Depot and had it cut in 2 for the dining room bench, I assumed both pieces were 8′. So when I bought four 8′ pieces of wood for the bench back this week, I assumed they would fit.

Well it turns out our dining room is actually 7’10” x 7’10”.

The wood is still 8′.

Uh oh.

So after 3 trips to Lowe’s in 2 hours Wednesday night, the bench back is secured and upholstered..and standing on its side behind the dining room bench.On the bright side, the bench is reupholstered in this beautiful, more appropriate, more luxurious fabric. The brown pleather was nice in theory, but it was purchased before we painted the room. The red washed out the brown and it just looked cheap. I stapled the new fabric right over the pleather plus another layer of batting, so it’s plusher than ever.The Instructional:

I laid down the fabric first, smoothing out all wrinkles. The batting went over that and the wood over that. I utilized Chris to make sure the wood went down in its place in 1 try, as to not snag or fluster the batting. I didn’t think of how I would secure the 4 long pieces until I got home with the wood and realized I would need to lay a thin 1 inch piece perpendicular. This photo shows the 2″ pieces that I purchased as the bench sides, but they were too thick. So began my 1st of 3 journeys to Lowe’s.I purchased three 1″ thick pieces of wood to secure the four 8′ pieces. To ensure a tight fit for the fabric, I stapled the batting and fabric around all 4 sides before screwing on the 3 smaller pieces.Since this couldn’t safely rest on top of the bench, I had to head back out to Lowe’s for a picture hanging kit (This was actually the 3rd trip as the 2nd trip I forgot my wallet…where is my head these days?). I partially hammered the rings in until they were tight enough to screw in (a screwdriver can’t be used with these). After tying the wire through 3 rings it was ready to hang.The kit also included U-brackets to hang the wire upon. Each of these can hold 75 lbs. I used 2, 1 for every 4 feet.Re-upholstering the bench was a breeze. I pulled the bench a foot away from the wall, turned it on its side and laid the batting on top of the pleather.I repeated this step with the fabric and turned the bench on its other side to staple the bottom.Since the back was way too heavy and Chris wasn’t home, it took me about an hour of maneuvering and pivoting until I realized the back was too long. My shoulder muscles ache today just from getting it over the bench to its upright position.Being the optimists that we are, we didn’t let this snafu hinder us from enjoying Chris’ birthday dinner in our dining room. Truffle fries, grilled sausage with carmelized onions, and filet mignon à la Daddy Mims. Delicious!Excuse the lighting..Ambiance isn’t captured well on film.

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Quick barstool update

These barstools were given to us by our dear friends G & L. They were too tall for our counters and a little plain for our decor, but fancy barstools can cost anywhere from $40 to $120 a piece. So  I used what I know. L’s dad was kind enough to chop off 5 inches (the man has every tool imaginable), making them the perfect height for our breakfast buffet (I like ample room to cross my legs). Main problem solved. Secondly, I wanted to add a seat cushion to dress them up a tad.

This is a fairly simple project:

First I laid the stools on top of batting and cut around. Make sure to leave enough room to staple.

Staple around perimeter before laying on top of fabric.Repeat stapling on fabric.

The fabric adds just the little bit of pizzazz I was looking for without detracting from the more focal furniture pieces in the room. I used the same blue micro suede on a floor pillow that rests a mere feet away (not pictured here). It ties the pieces together to avoid the random look that few people are fond of.

I love this cherry wood barstool found at CSN Stores for $78. We still have the red oak stain that we used on our coffee table, therefore the stools may get a little more dramatic in the near future.

If you have a bar in your home, you can save money on barstools by purchasing them used on craigslist or at a thrift store. With a little help from a staple gun and a trip to JoAnn’s, they’ll be brand new for much less.

VIP spot

While writing the last post, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t posted the dining room with all its updates yet. My corbels haven’t arrived yet and I’m still sifting through old photos for the right and left walls. As such, the walls are still bare, but look at what a difference table dressings and accent pillows make!

I experimented with drapes over the entrance, both in my head and dining room. I got funny looks when I told people my idea, and therefore second, third, even fourth-guessed myself. But I stuck with my gut and headed over to Boscov’s (the only affordable drapery!). My 9 foot ceilings require 9 foot drapes that will be seen from both sides. Luckily, I came across 18 foot scarves ($20) that I considered hanging as you would a scarf over a window. But my attempts to get it stay wrapped failed and the scarf pretty much fell over the rod like this, with 9 feet on each side.

This look is 2 different scarves, 1 in bronze-ish red, and 1 in gold. I planned on leaving it only to 1 side like this as to not overwhelm the room. But I love it so much I am going to repeat the look on the other side. I will also install metal drawbacks instead of the current tasseled string so that it doesn’t taper quite as much toward the bottom.

I’ve complained about the price of pillows before, so I usually buy anything that are priced reasonably and fall into the right color scheme (which is hard to come by). The floral one is actually a seat cushion that I cut the tie strings off of. They were $1 at Walmart! I wish I had use for more of them! The rosy textured pillows came in a pair for $12 from Home Goods. The taupe pillow that doesn’t photograph well is from Ikea and was sold as just the pillow case, $7. The pillow form was sold seperately for $2. I’m always shopping for more pillows but I’m happy with the progress so far.

The red place mats are also from Walmart, $4 for the set. I went a little fancy on the napkins after receiving a promotional email from Pier 1. I’m a big believer in individuality. I use wine markers even if there are only 2 of us and 1 of us is drinking from a margarita glass. So of course I’m going to let everyone get their own special napkin ring!

The room is undoubtably premature for dinner parties. The table is deserving of a pretty centerpiece other than this top of the line martini shaker.

But for now, it’s nice to look at on my way out the door.

Master Suite Makeover Part 2

I completed most of the groundwork for my mom’s bedroom this past weekend. Headboard, check. Rearrange furniture, check. Acquire seating at a bargain price, check. Paint, che…let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But the colors are picked out and purchased.

The border came down with no problem at all (not photographed yet). The right wall behind the bed will be the taupe color shown in the photos above and below. The rest of the room will be a darker shade of purple.

The colors look a little skewed here, but the headboard and new wall color on the left are almost identical shades of purple. To dress the bed up a little, I plan on replacing the current matching bed skirt with a purple tailored skirt. Some bigger, more prominent pillows in coordinating colors will also be added. In place of the purple afghan will be a darker, plusher throw blanket to add contrast. (The left nightstand is spaced unevenly from the bed because of a vent, but I’ve got a plan for that).

These photos were taken prematurely. The room is still very much “in progress,” but after only a few hours spent over 1 weekend, the heavy labor is done. Only one wall remains to be painted, artwork to be found, lamps be purchased, and new window treatments to be hung. “Final touches,” as I call them.

 

While I originally planned on 2 accent chairs near the window, this chaise jumped out at me at Home Goods. Originally priced at $300 (which is already 20%-60% lower than department and specialty stores), it was marked down to $200. The color will look beautiful in the bedroom and along with a storage chest at the foot of the bed, will provide a perfect seating area for my mom and her sisters.

I’m still thinking about this armoire. The only thing I know is that it is not staying there. With the addition of the chaise that will go under either window, the armoire will be returned to caddy corner or placed against the right wall. Ideally though, I would love for the chaise to go under the right window. If only I could find a new place for that cumbersome armoire.

Stay tuned for a Headboard How-to as well as the “After” photos of the Master Bedroom Makeover.

Just a little rant

I want to take a moment to express the shock I am suffering from the prices of window treatments and decorative accents. I’ve never dressed a window before. Our last place together was a tiny little studio and was very temporary so drapes were not needed. My place before that was college housing…No explanation needed.

So I’ve tossed around the idea of buying fabric and creating my custom window treatments, but after all the “couture” I’ve added to the condo thus far, I thought it would be nice to run out real quick, pick up some curtains, and voila! our living room is dressed. Imagine my surprise when, whilst perusing JCPenney’s home section, I come across this beautiful display that would work in both my bedroom and living room, for upwards of $265, ON SALE.

So fine, this is a Cindy Crawford design and “versatile” per their website: JCPenney “Create your own look”, but I have 3 rooms that need dressing, 2 of much importance (I’m not as invested in the office just yet). But of course, I didn’t just give up. I figured, I’ll find some panels in these colors, and create my own version of the look. Afterall, most of these panels don’t even have pockets for the drapery rod. It is literally a hemmed piece of fabric. A long, beautiful, shiny, hemmed piece of fabric, but fabric nonetheless. In my search, the least expensive I have come across thus far is $10 per panel. Not even Home Goods could help a girl out! This look calls for 5 blue panels, 3 tan panels, and at least 2 sheer panels. That’s still $100. I get that window treatments are important and can make or break a room. But it’s fabric! Why is it this expensive??

I have been experiencing the same problem with throw pillows. I have a large tan couch that needs some pops of color. I plan on at least 4 accent pillows, preferably closer to 6, in addition to a throw blanket. At $20 a pop, this is getting outrageous! Why are small, slightly altered pieces of fabric so inflated in price?!

This is about 3 sq. feet of fabric. 1 yard. for $19.99 at Target. If I bought 1 yard of fabric at Joann’s, put 10 minutes of labor into making this pillow, I would have to charge $20 to turn a profit. But this fabric is being manufactured in bulk and I highly doubt it is being sewn by hand and taking anywhere close to 10 minutes per pillow. Highway robbery!

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