Archives for the month of: March, 2013

Estate Sale finds

Found a few adorable pins today at an Estate Sale. I also picked up a few frames to restore…post coming soon!

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It’s almost spring, and my very first tulips are starting to emerge from the ground, so it’s time to tackle my backyard project.  I have a fenced-in yard with a parking space off the alley that juts into the yard.  And, opposite this parking space, I have a square, gravel-filled section inside the yard that I dream of making into a lovely patio/garden area with a fire pit, benches, a grill, etc. It has exactly none of those things currently and looks so very odd – just a patch of gravel in the back corner of the lot:

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I am starting to work on some ideas, and I always use the “Wishlist” on various shopping sites to act as my inspiration boards. I suppose I could just use Pinterest, but I’ve been using the Wishlists since before Pinterest. [Insert something about old habits or old dogs.]

Well, here are a few of my favorite Wishlist items from Overstock.com. I won’t be able to afford all of these items, specifically, BUT I will be keeping an eye out for bargains and DIY versions. I am hoping to get this garden project started quickly and underway in the next month! Progress photos to come 🙂

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Well, a very nice man bought the record console via Craigslist yesterday. Goodbye, beautiful.Image

That means I am now ready for my next project: the total stripping and re-staining of this mid century desk. It’s in great shape, but the varnish is peeling and the stain needs to be evened out. Project post to follow.

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Apartment Therapy Bedroom Retreat contest

My bedroom is featured in Apartment Therapy’s Bedroom Retreat Contest!! How fun! Vote for me?

Apparently I have a thing for vintage record player cabinets. This is my second record cabinet makeover in recent days (see the first), and I am as much in love with this one as the last. I found this Mid Century style record console that had been gutted on Craigslist and picked it up immediately.

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It is solid wood, and was in fairly good condition. Except it was FILTHY. Truly one of the more disgusting pieces I have found. Exhibit A:

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So, I busted out the DL hand cleaner (aka the best furniture cleaner in existence) and spent a solid two hours scrubbing and sanding. I have found that when I am planning to paint a piece, I will typically use the DL and then spend as much time sanding, first with 120-grit to really get the finish off, then with 320 to smooth the edges.

I removed the hardware, pulled the doors out and primed the piece with Gripper primer in grey, then I began to paint.  I wanted to minimize brush strokes for a smooth finish, so I used a small, dense foam roller brush and satin finish paint in Martha Stewart’s “Wrought Iron” (which is the same color I used on the last record cabinet. I am clearly obsessed with this deep grey-blue).  Then, after I had painted three coats in the Wrought Iron, I taped the legs and painted just the feet in a metallic gold paint (Martha Stewart specialty finishes – Vintage Gold). I was inspired by several Mid Century pieces that have metal sheathings on the feet:

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Back to the console…I finished the feet and then used the gold with a tiny brush to highlight the vertical lines in the front of the piece. And, I’m pretty happy with it! I put this baby up for sale on Etsy, as there is sadly no room for it in my house. Check it out: https://www.etsy.com/listing/126303051/mid-century-record-console-media-cabinet

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My favorite interior design blog Apartment Therapy is currently having a “My Bedroom Retreat” contest where folks can upload pictures of their bedrooms and compete for some prizes. Well, this was great motivation for me to get my curtains hung and take some decent pictures of my room.  I love how the room has turned out – I realize it’s extremely girly, but I’m fairly certain that this early-2o’s unmarried time is the only time I will ever be able to get away with such a feminine space. So I just went for it.  I was aiming for feminine without being childishly girly. How’d I do?

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Source list:

Paint color: Behr Spring Stream

Curtains: Pottery Barn

Curtain rod: Country Curtains

Chandelier: Pottery Barn

Carriage lanterns: Wayfair

Bed: family heirloom

Quilt: Lands End

Pillows: Hand made by me (with much help from my mother)

Queen Anne chair: Junk store find that I painted.

Vanity, Dresser and Desk: Antique store

Vanity stool: Amazon

Desk chair: Antique store

Mirror: TJ Maxx Home Goods

Bench: Antique store

Glass lamps: TJ Maxx Home Goods

Glass bedside lamp: family heirloom

Bedside table: Antique, painted it myself

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My dear friend Sarah and I joke sometimes about the healthy muffins we make. The joke usually happens when we are at a coffee shop lusting after the real muffins that we want to eat, but should not eat. Then we go home and make our healthy version of muffins, which (and here come the joke), we wouldn’t dare give to any other person, for fear they would spit them out immediately and run from our general vicinity.

All joking aside, healthy muffins and yummy muffins do not HAVE to be opposites, and here is my current formula that isn’t TERRIBLE. (I won’t lie to you, it’s not the most wonderful muffin in the world, either) It’s basically a modified version of the All Bran Muffin recipe:

2 1/2 c. All Bran cereal
1 1/2 c. 1% milk
2 egg whites
2/3 c. applesauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. sugar (can be left out, if you’re a nihilist)
1 1/2 c. flour (white or wheat)

Mix the All Bran and milk and let sit for 10 minutes, then add the other ingredients. Bake @ 400 for about 12-15 minutes. And voila! Muffins with very little sugar and fat! Makes 12.