Posts Tagged ‘gray’


make me pretty – the big kitchen reveal

May 21, 2015

The kitchen is done! It has been done for a couple of weeks but I have been getting everything moved back in, putting on drawer pulls and assembling chairs and stools.

I still haven’t finished the island. It still needs some trim around the bottom and an antiquing glaze over the green paint – but we are almost there!

Just so you can recall how bad it was before:



And now the beautiful afters!

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make me pretty – kitchen looking like a kitchen again

April 10, 2015

Our kitchen is starting to come together and I am so excited. This will be the last post before the big reveal but I wanted to show you that we now have walls and a ceiling:

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And a floor with radiant heat underneath:

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We Even have cabinets!


We have gotten lots of things in giant boxes:

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And we have had the giant dumpsters of trash taken away:

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We have drank lots of the delicious beer our contractor brews:

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We got a sparkly countertop delivered:

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And sealed butcher block:

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It has been a bit of a marathon but we are almost done! Really, the dishwasher and cooktop are going in today! I still need to show you the custom island and my zinc covered countertop DIY but enough sneak peaks for today. We are all exhausted, especially our awesome contractor.

And this is what Ollie thinks about it all:

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make me pretty – basement cabinet dressed up for our living room

January 2, 2014

One of our good friends was getting ready to sell her house and had some furniture to get rid of. This adorable cabinet had been living in her basement storing paint and other home repair supplies. I decided to fix her up and put her in our living room. I made some shelves for the bottom to store toys and the top would be perfect for the pretty, breakable things I am too afraid to leave out around the kids.

I scraped the old paint off the glass doors and gave her a new paint job, inside and out. Then I cut some cardboard panels to fit between the top shelves on the back and covered them with fabric. This way when I get bored, which won’t take more than a couple years, I can pop them out and change the fabric. Or I could cover them with wall paper.








make me pretty, umm, i mean handsome!

February 11, 2011

Whenever I show my husband one of my completed furniture pieces he says “Oh, it’s for a girl.” Well, I guess most of them are. I mean, I am a girl – that’s one thing. And I am very inspired by fabric, which I think is mostly designed for girls. Also, lets face it, most guys don’t really care that much about furniture.

But for all of the guys out there who are into design and for all the ladies that just aren’t really into super girly things (which is actually me, too!) this one is for you!

This was a Craigslist find (thanks Jason!) that appears to be a handmade, solid wood table. I liked the simple, clean design with the little curves on the sides to add some interest. I thought this would be the perfect piece for this pretty, graphic, almost hand-drawn fabric I found at Ufab.

Here is the before:

And after:


make me pretty – the big reveal!

August 11, 2010

Yeah! I finally finished my first upholstery project! Before the big reveal let me tell you the lessons I learned this week:

1. Do not ever again start a new, big, labor intensive project when super pregnant!

2. When you are working in a space with hundreds of used staples littering the floor – wear shoes! I ended up with a pretty nice puncture wound to my heel. Umm, when was that last Tetnus shot?

3. Thank goodness I wanted this chair to look distressed and old because I couldn’t help but bang it up a little bit with all the stapling and hammering the staples in that didn’t go far enough in.

So, without further ado, here is the big before and after.

So this is how I did it. Although, this blog post should probably be titled “how not to re-upholster a chair” or “fake it till you make it” I am sure I didn’t do any of this the correct way and there are some things that I did really wrong but overall, for my first attempt, I am actually very pleased.

First, I sewed a new seat cushion cover. I used the old one as a pattern.

Then I stapled the new seat cover and arm cushion fabric on.

Next I sewed all the trim. There is a special foot you can get for your sewing machine to make this double welted trim. If you don’t have it you can use a zipper foot and do one side at a time but the two pieces of cord don’t really end up close enough together so I came up with a way to make it work, although I am sure any professional upholsterer would hang their head in shame over this one.

Once, I stapled the trim around the chair I used craft glue to close up the seam. I know this is so wrong but it worked pretty well.

There are some things I didn’t do so well – like how the seat cushion cover is kind of wonky around the back.

But I also surprised myself – look how well I lined up the fabric on this seam!

So that’s it. I am taking a long break from upholstery but it will be back someday. I already have another chair sitting in my garage waiting for me. But no more double welted trim, for real!


make me pretty – curvy little table

March 24, 2010

There were two things I wanted to try on this little table – a stencil and extreme distress. I wanted it to look old and worn out – like it had lived a life. Here is the before.

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So after the usual sanding and priming I painted the whole thing gray. Then I used a stencil from this awesome book, Stencil 101 Decor, to make a pattern with a pale lilac paint on the top of the table. I also painted the knob, and the inside of the drawer, the same purple color.

The purple turned out a little pink when it was over top of the gray, so I decided to paint the whole thing with a black leather glaze from sunny good time that I had scored for $2 at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store! I applied a thin coat and then wiped most of it off with an old towel. Then I went I crazy with the sand paper.

I know it is not my usual cheerful fabrics and light colors, but I am happy with the way it turned out. My next project will be super happy colorful so look for that next week!


make me pretty – our builder grade kitchen upgrade

March 11, 2010

When we first bought our house the kitchen was the thing I loved the most and the least about it. I loved that it was open – it had once been a galley kitchen but at some point someone knocked out a wall and now there is this really nice flow between the living room, dinning room and kitchen. The list of things I hated about it were a lot longer:

• Ugly brown cheap builder grade cabinets.

• Horrible linoleum floor.

• Cardboard-y wall board on the back spalsh.

So of course we want to gut the kitchen and start over. Some nice stainless steal appliances, concrete counter tops, and real wood cabinets. But that isn’t in the budget right now so what do we do? Just live with an ugly kitchen?

Hell no. I make it as pretty as I can as cheaply as I can and keep planning my dream kitchen in my head.

We pulled up the linoleum and found hard wood floors! I decided to paint them in a checker board pattern – one of the more tedious project I have taken on but I think it turned out really well.

We pulled down some cabinets, covered the wall board with grass cloth wall paper and put up open shelves. I found the brackets on clearance at Urban Outfitters for $5 each – score! I got the boards cut at Lowes and stained them ebony.

I painted the cabinets light gray and the walls dark gray. I decided to use yellow as my accent color and painted the back door a bright bold yellow.

I even sewed the curtain for the window (and I am not much of a sewer.) If you have a curtain that you like it is pretty easy to use it as a pattern and figure out how to make your own.

So there it is. It’s not perfect but it is so, so much better!


make me pretty – my own living room

March 3, 2010

My very first blog post was about my house – about wanting to re-paint my living room. After years of renting, and before that growing up in an all beige house, I was so excited to paint. Every room would be a different color! It would be great!

Four years later I am already tired of some of the colors. Granted, I am the girl who re-arranges the furniture every couple months. But I am now realizing I may not have picked colors I could live with. So I have been very busy working on my house. Not only the living room but the kitchen too!

I did some research before painting and discovered that people feel strongly about their shade of gray. I also learned that it is difficult to get the exact shade you want. So for the first time ever, I bought those little tester bottles of paint. Three shades of gray and thank goodness I did. I thought I wanted a pretty dark shade but it turned out I liked the light one I tested just because it was different than the other two.

So two long afternoons of Jasper having adventures with daddy, and the living room is finished. I love the color. It is light and modern feeling. And I am pretty sure I can live with it for a while.

So what I am trying to figure out now is what to do with the fireplace mantel. Should I just paint it bright white or should I be bold and paint it a color?

There is so much white tile that I think pop of color would be nice. What do you think? Please, please, please leave me comments with your opinion! Here are some images to inspire your creativity!

Picture form desiretoinspire.

Picture from design*sponge.

Picture from doorsixteen.


make me pretty – girly little rocking chair

February 9, 2010

I think most people would have walked past this little rocking chair at the thrift store but I was so excited to take it home and rip off that hideous fabric and start over!

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This project involved a little more sewing than I usually like to get involved with but I think it was worth it. I had two coordinating Amy Butler fabrics I was excited to use. I wanted the chair to be cute and girly but not super pink flowery. I picked a yellow paint to highlight the yellow in the fabric and got to work.

I know I probably should have taken a picture with some kind of cute teddy bear but we are Yo Gabba Gabba fans around here!

So tell me what you think. Is the yellow too crazy?

If you know a little princess this would be perfect for check it out on etsy.


make me pretty – a table with good lines

December 8, 2009

I have a team of people scouring the city looking for furniture for me to re-do. Not really, but I do have a couple of friends who will send me a text if they see something that is worth me looking at. That is how I got my hands on this table.

A little wobbly and scratched up but oh man, what a gorgeous shape!

I knew right away that I wanted to paint it a dark charcoal gray. I am on a gray kick – just finished painting my living room – and I could use the leftover paint on my front door! The other thing I had really been wanting to try is projecting an image onto a piece of furniture, tracing it on and then filling it in with paint. I have an old school overhead projector sitting in my garage (don’t ask me how I got it, it’s top secret) that would do the job.

I traced the image I wanted to use out of a clip art book of Japanese designs and got to work. Here is how it turned out.

You can find this table, and many other pieces, for sale at!