Archive for ‘Furniture’

June 21, 2015

All Grown Up

Our living room is looking all grown up lately. You may remember how excited I was to share the updated Mood Board I created back in September. Well, we received the new sectional in February and I am still so very excited. But before I share the most beautiful After pictures you have ever seen in your life, let’s take a look at how the living room looked Before.

Not too shabby, right? I was really happy with this space aside from the too small sofa that started to seem like it could only seat one person comfortably. And if I’m being honest, the rug was too small, as well. Ready for the After?

Oh yes.

The new sectional is from the Rowe Dorset collection. I replaced the too small area rug with carpet tiles, which increased the coverage area from 8’x10′ to 10’x14′. Similarly, our sofa size increased from 87″ to 104″. This really makes us feel like we’re actually using the whole living room, and not just a corner of it. Of course, it looks better, too.

Rowe Dorset Chaise Sectional

That chaise lounge? That’s my spot. Well, my spot that I share with the kitties.

The best picture of all.

March 30, 2013

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

With all the commotion over the slab leak, I completely forgot to share the result of my yellow chair redo. Here’s a reminder of the Before.

I bought the chairs back in 2010 from Craigslist. The yellow upholstery was existing, but the frame was some strange faux wood finish. You can read about that initial transformation here.

The repaint got me by for a good time, but I ultimately wanted something that would blend a bit more with its surroundings. I decided to paint the frame a dark brown, Sherwin Williams Black Bean. The chairs had already been claimed by Jin as a scratching post and I knew that wasn’t going to change once they were remade pretty. The texture of the yellow fabric hid the scratches well, so I stuck with a velvet and found a raw linen colored fabric to reupholster with.

You may be asking why I’ve put a ginormous pillow on my newly made-over chairs. Well. Something about the seat back didn’t quite do it for me. These pillows may be oversized, but I think they look pretty neat as they are.

To top it off, I had the very back of the chairs upholstered with an accent fabric.

I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

November 17, 2011

Reunited and it feels so good.

The 70s bed and 70s mattress have been reunited in the house on Penny Lane.


I’ve been working this week to make the space a bit more livable. Look for more pictures this weekend.

April 29, 2011

Kid Proof

April 24, 2011

Our Newest Addition

This time from a CraigsList ad out of Carrollton, Texas.

As far as I can tell, it is a mid century modern Lane piece. Lane is an American company that was influenced by Scandinavian designs in the 50s and 60s. Since they are not well-known designer pieces like Eames and Saarinen, Lane items often go overlooked. This is a benefit to me because that means I can actually afford them.

February 9, 2011

Vintage Cabinet

Years ago, my dad bought this vintage cabinet. I was still fairly young, in my tweens or so. I was too young to be able to appreciate interesting pieces, although I knew there was something different about it. Being fairly deep (the cabinet, not my dad) he used it to store his TV (back then TVs were deeper than a credit card, if you can believe it). As of late, my dad had expressed that the cabinet was just taking up room. He offered to loan the cabinet to me and I jumped at the chance.

It has now lived at the house on Penny Lane for a couple months. I regret not sharing it sooner as I really think it’s a beautiful piece. It sits in between the dining and living room, right in front of the patched up old opening to the kitchen. It currently has no other purpose than to look good, but I’m thinking of adding a shelf (it seems there are already supports for one inside) to enhance it’s utilitarian side.

I love the “cats” flash card that my sister-in-law found for me at a vintage store. I’d like to find more subtle cat references to sprinkle around the house. We’re known for having cats, even if it’s just two. I guess liking cats is unusual around here…

By the way, my dad is a deep guy. I just like jabbing at him. Maybe he’ll stop by an tell us the story of the cabinet. Although, I can’t promise it will be interesting (the story, not my dad).

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October 30, 2010

Paint it Yellow.

Way back when, I promised I would stain our Craigslist chairs over Labor Day weekend. Let’s just say I started to stain them Labor Day weekend, but it turned out like this:

Which is not so good.

So then I thought, maybe I’ll just paint the chairs the color of the stain. So I pulled out my Sherwin Williams fan deck, matched the stain to a paint color (which is nearly impossible, by the way) and headed off to the paint store. As soon as I returned, I realized I didn’t want to paint the chairs a dark bronze color.

I wanted to paint the chairs yellow!

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So I hemmed and hawed over a pile of yellow paint chips. It seems the perfect yellow is even harder to find than the perfect white. But finding the best yellow was a piece of cake compared to the prepping and priming of the chairs.

I started by sanding the glossy topcoat from my chairs, then I cleaned the dust up by a combination of a microfiber cloth and canned air. Finally, I taped off the fabric using painter tape. Which left me with this:

This doesn’t look like much, but it took me 2 months to accomplish. One coat of oil-based primer later,  and I had this pretty duo:

The next step was to paint the topcoat. Easy, right? Unless you’re me, anyway. I brushed on one coat of my first color choice, Quilt Gold, and could immediately tell that it was the wrong color choice. The next day I picked up another can of yellow paint, this time Bee, and it was perfect. Here, I’ll show you.

Now I just need the cats back on them so I can submit my own Pets on Furniture image.

September 7, 2010


Rob using our furniture!

Ok. So I really just like the picture.

September 3, 2010

Labor Day.

My labor day project: staining my craigslist chairs. Stay tuned!

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August 8, 2010

Our Sofa

I love our sofa.

IKEA Kramfors

For something we spent so little time researching, our sofa turned out to be a smart purchase. We bought it way back in 2008. Just a few months after we had been married. At that time, the seating in our living room consisted of a futon. It was a nice futon, we just wanted something a bit more grown up. So we saved up our money, and with the help of my dad, ordered the sofa before making the trip to Dallas to pick it up. We borrowed Rob’s dad’s truck to transport the much-larger-than-anticipated sofa back home. That was an exciting 4 hours.

The sofa in our townhouse with our much beloved Hank looking on.

Since then it has been eaten on, spilled on, slept on, and scratched on and for the most part, still looks new. It did, however, need some desperate cleaning and polishing. It had become a bit dried out over the years and the leather wipes I had been using weren’t going to cut it. For the past few months, everytime I went to the store, I had been keeping my eye out for some sort of leather upholstery cleaner, but could never find anything. Turns out, I was looking in the wrong place. The folks in Oklahoma must not own very much leather furniture, because all of the leather products were in the automotive section.

Last night I purchased “leather care gel: cleans, conditions & protects for that lasting luxurious look”. And, oh, does the sofa look and smell so good.

Polished right side, unpolished left side.

Jin approves.