Do you just love your sofa but wish you could give it a little makeover? Perhaps the cushions are worn and flat or the fabric is outdated? Or! What if you have just changed your decor style? Changing my decor style is exactly what happened. My last upholsterer informed me that my “before” sofa below is very well made. It has a hardwood frame, hand tied springs, and was made with foam and feather cushions. BUT . . . . . . I just wanted a new look. Research and Design Begins I wanted an English armed sofa. However, searching for a quality sofa similar to this one I had turned out to be a searching for a needle in a hay stack! I research so many sofas, their sizes, and cushion spring construction but couldn’t find a sofa with the same quality, and a sofa that fit my budget! And, to top it off, all the sofas I looked at were either too long (84-86″) or the size of “Love Seats” which I didn’t want. I need the same 72″ sofa (not common, I know) but I have a relatively small formal living room, so 72″ is a perfect fit for how I wanted to design the room around the fireplace. It’s time to re-design my sofa! So I gave up . . . until one day I walked into one of my favorite pre-owned home furniture store and stumbled upon a master upholsterer with furniture design and reconstructed… read more
My love of chalk painted started when I stumbled upon a home decor boutique in Monument, CO. The store displayed their decor items on furniture that had been treated to look “worn” and had that “chipped paint” look I liked. The shop owner showed me the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan that was used to create these timeless pieces. Then, he showed me the classroom where he offered Chalk Paint classes. Of course, I took the classes and I was hooked. This was the answer I had been looking for for many years. I had many pieces of furniture I had collected from garage sales and thrift stores that just needed to be refinished and brought back to life. My first project, my dining room Louis chairs that I have for over 10 years. I used layers upon layers of paint to emulate old world French furniture. I utilized the techniques I had learned from class and discovered a few techniques of my own. The Interior Door Project A Wish Come True I searched through many resources to find the right interior doors. But it took longer than I expected. Of course, if the budget had been unlimited, it would have been a “bit” easier and faster to accomplish. But I wasn’t part of unlimited budget decor club so I needed to search for ideas that were within my realm of spending. However, when it came right down to it, I kept saving the exact same dark distressed door, over… read more
Let the Demo Begin! I decided to save a “little” money and demo the floors myself. I pulled out every staple from the linoleum! They say you can hammer them into the sub floor, but I wanted a solid smooth base. Linoleum Floors – no so easy to remove! I didn’t think that the old linoleum floors were going to give me such trouble. I definitely need a breaker bar in some areas. Boy were my hands sore! Wow! What a difference a 10 days makes. We love the new look of the “wood” tiles. The heating system is simply a wonderful thing. It makes the tiles and the room warm. Perfect for cold Colorado winter days!
Broken Sprocket Leads to Garage Remodel Its funny… how a broken metal sprocket leads to a huge project! LOL! I was heading out to buy some more chalk paint and run some errands. As I was heading into the garage I pushed the button for the garage door to open and I hear a loud cranking noice I hadn’t heard before. As I took one step into the garage, there was a loud crunch and snap noice, the drive change sprocket had broken and came hurdling at my head! Turns out this is just what the doctor ordered. A perfect excuse for my husband to order a new garage door opener and begin his Harley Davidson garage remodel! The New Garage Door – Wireless I was right, the garage door is now considered “dead” to my husband. It was the perfect storm to buy a side mount garage motor he has been wanting for a few years now. The installation of the new Lift Master 8500W motor gave us much more space above the garage and it’s so quiet, too! The coolest thing about the new garage door opener is that you can open and close the garage from anywhere you have an Internet connection! Better Garage Organization Turns Into Cabinet Set From COSTCO Now that the wireless garage door opener is installed, we were also thinking about better storage and other places in the garage that needed improvements. Bruce began contemplating cabinets, a work bench, area for the bikes,… read more
Halloween always sneaks up on me every year. Probably because I don’t want Summer to end. Yet, the air begins to get cooler and the leaves start to change fast. I wasn’t going to put up decorations these year because we’ve been so busy. However, my little friend Finn gave me grief about not being in the Halloween spirit.