Posts Tagged ‘re-do’


make me pretty – chalk paint desk

November 10, 2014

My husband sweet talked the junk pick up guy out of this desk when they came to get some trash from our house. I painted it old white and then layered some gray and blue and white for the drawers. I happened to get to Hobby Lobby on a 1/2 price hardware day and got my pulls for a steal.







make me pretty – our mudroom

October 30, 2014

One of the many things that makes me super excited about our new house is finally having a mud room. With three kids, trying to manage the coats and shoes and backpacks is a major headache. I love having a  first stop room where all the junk can stay.

When we closed on the house, one of the first things we did was take down these mud room window treatments. I am almost as anxious to remove the horrible laminate floor but that will have to wait. I would love to put in slate tile but patience, I must have patience.

So here is phase 1 of the mud room re-do.

We start with the before:

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And after:


Our old friendly Ikea bench, and Ollies new favorite napping spot.

I used an old wood plank I found in the garage and some Ikea brackets to make a shelf and installed mis-matched hooks underneath for coats, bags, etc.


Our plants are very happy here!



I made a kid height coat check area. Do you think a cute, chalk board hook with their initials will encourage them to hang up their coats? Probably not but it’s worth a try!


I hung up some of my favorite art work.




And somehow found this street sign that not only has our previous street name but also the number of our  block at my favorite local junk shop – Class and Trash.



make me pretty – mid century chair

July 30, 2013

I have been a little bit distracted this summer. By this:


And this:


But I have been getting back to my furniture. I love the clean lines of this chair and I even decided not to paint the wood! Jasper helped me pick out the fabric. I re-stained the wood and painted the metal.


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If you like her, you can find her at Orange in Carytown!


make me pretty – the cubes

June 20, 2013

When one of my neighbors was getting ready to move she gave me these two white cube shaped end tables (Sorry I somehow lost the before picture). I knew I would do something with them but I wasn’t sure what. Every time I looked at them I saw those sharp pointy edges and couldn’t imagine having them in a house with kids. Then one day I was sitting on the front porch when I figured it out. I would use the cubes as bases to build an outdoor bench. Yeah!

So Jasper helped me paint the cubes green and we measured how much wood we would need to make the bench top. I ended up getting a bunch of 1 X 3’s because I didn’t want to have to cut anything. I sanded them, stained them and screwed them on to my cubes. I also added one board across the underneath the middle of the bench to add support. Then I covered the whole bench with an outdoor polyurethane.





This bench has been a great addition to our front porch. We have already entertained friends on it and when the weather is nice we are out on the porch more than we are in the living room!


make me pretty – my grandparent’s wardrobe

June 5, 2013

This wardrobe lived in the house my dad grew up in Pennsylvania. When it was time to sell the house and divide up the possessions, I knew this was the piece I wanted.

My house was built in the 20’s, with little built in storage, so this wardrobe would be perfect for my boys room. There was a mirror in each door but one was broken during the move and I decided it would probably be safer to find an alternative since it was going to be in a room with two little boys.

I got two pieces of plywood cut to fit the doors and covered them with some of my favorite Amy Butler fabric. I painted the wardrobe with chalk paint (I so did not feel like sanding and priming this thing!) and did a top coat of wax.

I am in love. I know I am breaking some rule about painting over old family heirloom wood furniture but I don’t care. This new version is so much better!






Here is a picture of the back of the door. I used these little brackets all around the edges to hold the fabric covered plywood in place.



make me pretty – bar cart

January 15, 2013

When I found this crazy, folding up bar cart, at the thrift store I knew I had to re-do it. I loved the shiny brass accents, the trays that came out and the odd little fold up shelves on the sides. But man, oh man, what a pain in the but. I had to take the whole thing apart to be able to  paint it without getting paint on any of the hardware.


I decided to paint the whole thing white. I used Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint – it was developed for trim and doors and has a really hard finish. I wanted the paint on the trays to not get chipped when they are pulled in and out. I cut some fabric for the bottom of each tray and then cut plexi-glass to fit on top. That way, when you get bored, you can pop out the fabric and replace it with different fabric or paper.







I have been admiring a lot of bar carts on Pinterest lately. Here are some of my favorites:






make me pretty – 70’s chair take two

October 6, 2012

When I get a set of chairs I know I should re-do them the same and keep them as a set. But that is so boring! So when I re-did this chair match, I bought enough fabric to do the set. Then I stumbled upon another super cute pattern that would work with the  chair too.

So we are going to play the really fun game: which re-do do you like best!

Here is the chair before:

And here is the first re-do:

And the latest re-do:

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So leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite!