Beach House Lust – I want to build a little artist’s cabin in the wooded area of my backyard, and loved the ones featured in this article!
100 Abandoned Houses – Some of my fondest childhood memories are of exploring abandoned houses. It always fascinated me to see what the families who once lived there left behind. Oh, how I would love to wander through these houses!
A Glass House -Beautiful pictures of a beautiful home!
The Waiting Nail -This is so cool! Me wanty!
Friends Forever…or at Least Until Your Kid Shits on my Carpet -I literally laughed my ass off while reading this post! Ok, well maybe not literally, but you know what I mean. 😀
Make It! Hardware Store Décor -Purchase the PDF plans to make cool stuff. My favourites are the light fixture and the desk.
Jewelry Storage Ideas -Great ideas to store your sparkly stuff.
Office Update – Check out this great office space.
Refreshing Vintage Wood -Another useful post by my favourite blogger.
Tina Sparkles Q & A and Little Green Dresses Giveaway -An interesting interview and a chance to win what looks like a fantastic book for those who love fashion and eco-friendliness.
One of the biggest challenges of moving into a larger home has been acquiring enough furniture to furbish each of our children’s rooms. Luckily I’ve found lots of great deals at thrift stores and yard sales, but most of the pieces have needed to be refinished in one way or another. I’ve spent my entire summer stripping, sanding, priming, painting, re-upholstering, and there’s no end in sight. I’ve been trying to do a little on each kid’s room rather than completely finishing one before moving on to the next. It’s good because none of the kids feel left out, but not so great because I’ve yet to feel a sense of accomplishment at a completed job, and the work just seems to drag on and on.
Thankfully, a few rooms are actually nearing completion, Hayden’s room being one of them.
Hayden and I decided on a monochromatic colour scheme in blue, and painted her walls with Martha Stewart’s Hydrangea Blue.
Here are some of the thrifty finds that I’ve used in Hayden’s room.
Vintage armoire, re-painted white.
This had two mirrored doors, but because the mirror is so old, one just spontaneously smashed one day. I wanted to have new mirrors cut, but Hayden says that they kind of freak her out when she wakes up in the middle of the night, so instead, we’re going to replace the mirror with a printed blue fabric, similar in tone to the seat cover of the chair that goes with her vanity table.
Cost: $40 + $25 for fabric
Mirror, vanity table & chair.
I found this chair on the side of the road, and gave it a fresh coat of paint, and reupholstered the seat with a remnant purchased from Value Village. The vanity table is made from a wooden bracket purchased at The Home Depot for $10, and the top of an old half-moon table that my mom gave to me years ago, and the mirror is a thrift store find.
Cost: $3 for fabric remnant, $6 for mirror, $10 for bracket
Vintage armchair, reupholstered in dark blue dot fabric.
I am extremely fortunate to have a mother who’s a professional upholsterer, and this chair is just one of the many pieces she’s reupholstered for me over the years. The fabric was on clearance, and if I recall correctly, only cost me around $50! Also visible in this shot is the brand new blue rug. The purchase of this rug was made necessary after the guests at Hayden’s birthday party decided to have a blindfolded group makeover and ruined her white rug. The new rug was only $49, and should hopefully hide any future make-up mishaps.
Cost: $16 for the chair, $50 for upholstery fabric, rug $49
Dollarama frame gallery wall.
These frames cost $1 each, and I affixed them to the wall with strips of adhesive backed hook and loop fastener, also available at the Dollarama. Now Hayden just needs to fill the frames with actual pictures, instead of the stock photo of a lily that came with the frame.
Cost: $6 for frames, $3 for Velcro
Still on the list to complete the room:
-sand wood filler on vanity top and touch-up with white paint
-replace mirrors in armoire with fabric
-re-paint bookshelf and wallpaper the back of it
This is the headboard I’m planning on making for Hayden. Did I mention that I moonlighted as an upholsterer for a short time?
Watch for a full reveal of Hayden’s room……eventually.