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Ambassador Gold

July 30, 2012

After the Goodwill Gods blessed me with a $15 Campaign dresser, I decided to test my luck at another thrift store (Saver's). And, spoiler alert, I struck gold!

While browsing the various aisles of chotchkies and other miscellaneous knick knacks, I saw a simple white dinner plate with a thin line of gold banding around the edges on top of a stack of similar plates that had silver banding instead of gold.



I liked the plate but wanted more than one so I continued to browse around until I stumbled upon a stack of 7 more of the same gold banded plates hidden behind some other stacked dinnerware. I set the 8th one on top of the other 7 and continued to browse around the rest of the store while I tried to Google the information that was on the bottom of the plate.

Goodwill Gods

July 27, 2012

I'm pretty sure the Goodwill Gods were looking out for me on Wednesday night because guess what I found?



A REAL, VINTAGE CAMPAIGN DRESSER! FOR $15! 1-5! $15!



DIY Campaign Style Desk

July 26, 2012

Last April, my mom surprised me with World Market's Josephine Desk for my birthday (thanks, Mom!):




I love the desk as-is but lately I've been thinking about adding a little something to it to make it more unique. I love the look of campaign desks but hate how much they cost and trying to find a vintage one on my city's Craigslist is like trying to find a needle in a haystack - impossible.

It Dries Darker

July 25, 2012

Is what I kept telling myself as I was rolling on my first coat of Benjamin Moore's "Old Navy" paint:



I had it color matched to Valspar's Signature line of paints at Lowe's because the Ace Hardware that sells Benjamin Moore's line of paint was closed and I was too impatient to wait until the next day to get the paint. Could that be the problem? The color matching, not my impatience ;)

Console Table Makeover

July 24, 2012

Some time back in 2010, I bought a zebra console table from HomeGoods for something like $120.



I liked it at the time and it went with the whole black and white thing I had going on at the time but as my style evolved, I started to like it less and less.

Lions, and Bars, and Pulls, oh my!

July 23, 2012

On Friday I revealed the refinished mid-century modern dresser that I turned into an entertainment center:





I had mentioned how I liked the look of the hardware-less drawers but after looking around for some hardware for another project (details coming soon!), I stumbled upon some drawer pulls that I thought might look nice on the dresser.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Turned Entertainment Center

July 20, 2012

A HUGE thank you goes to AKA Design for featuring my entertainment center in her August 2nd link party! Welcome new readers :D

It's the moment you've all been waiting for!

If you've been following along, you'll know that over Father's Day weekend, I bought a mid-century modern dresser off of Craigslist, sanded it down and stained it dark walnut, painted the top white and sealed the whole thing with spray lacquer. If you haven't been following along, or if you're new to my blog, those links will get you up to speed :)

After the dresser was completely sealed and cured, all we needed to do was drill some holes in the back panel so we could pull all of our electronics' cords through them:




Once the holes were drilled (we used a hole saw drill attachment), we unplugged all of the electronics that were in/on our Torsby sideboard that had been acting as our stand-in entertainment center for the past month and a half.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover - Part 2

July 19, 2012

Yesterday I showed you how I refinished the mid-century modern dresser I got off of Craigslist by staining the body of the dresser and all of the drawer fronts dark walnut.





If you recall, I couldn't stain the top of the dresser because it's made of laminate and laminated wood won't accept stain:



So because of that, I'm going to show you how I painted the top of the dresser by following the steps at the bottom of Young House Love's refinishing a veneer dresser tutorial.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

July 18, 2012

On Tuesday, I introduced you to my new-to-me mid-century modern dresser that I got off of Craigslist:



Even though I was in love with the piece, I wasn't in love with the color. The guy I bought it from told me the drawers were made of veneer and the stain was gunstock walnut. The finish was OK and the piece itself was in great condition with only a few minor scratches here and there. After a couple of days and a few debates on whether or not I should keep the piece as-is or refinish it, I decided to refinish it.

Craigslist For The Win!

July 17, 2012

Before we moved into the new house, I had planned on using our Torsby sideboard as an entertainment center. I loved the one we had:



But when we took it apart to get our mounted TV out to safely pack it for the move, we noticed how hot it got inside the unit and worried that the heat might eventually affect our TV.

Team Shelves or Team Hutch?

July 16, 2012

In my old condo's dining room, I had a set of 3 built-in shelves that I used to display my collection of white ceramics and other miscellaneous decorative objects and books.




I loved the chunky wood shelves and I had a lot of fun decorating them for the holidays.

Wood Slice Salad Plates

July 11, 2012

Ever since West Elm launched their line of David Stark's dinnerware, I've been stalking the Wood Slices collection (specifically the salad plates).


[ Images via West Elm ]

Too cheap to pay full price, I waited until they went on sale and then I waited some more. Did I really need new salad plates? No. Did I want them? Yes. I wanted them more than FUN. wants to carry you home, toniiiiiiiiiight.

So what did I do? I bought two sets of 4 during West Elm's 4th of July free shipping sale and they arrived yesterday!



We haven't built our dining room table yet so I can't show you a proper tablescape (yet) but I did set up a little display on a jute doormat (cause I'm classy like that).



I love them so much I'm not even sure if I want to use them haha Have you ever coveted dinnerware or set up a place setting on a doormat? Please tell me I'm not the only one...

Curtain Conundrum

July 9, 2012

Three days after we moved into our new house, we had white wood blinds installed on every window except for the sliding glass doors because the options that we could choose from were limited.

One of the options was vertical blinds and I don't know about you but to me, they're outdated and old looking and I knew I could come up with a better solution. Another option was fabric panels that would slide open and closed on a track and, while that was a better option than the vertical blinds, I still wasn't sold so the doors sat naked for the past month while I tried to come up with a solution that wouldn't break the bank.

I ended up going with my original plan of treating the doors like a giant window and started searching for some curtains that were 108" - 118" long but that turned into a bigger issue than I thought it would be. I know IKEA sells 118" long curtains but the styles are limited:

Also, the closest IKEA to me is 2 hours away one way so I only make a trip up there every few months when I have a long list of things to buy. Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells longer length curtains but every style I liked was $80+ per panel and even with a 20% off coupon, it was more than I wanted to spend. Unfortunately me and my sewing machine don't get along at all so sewing my own curtains was out of the question haha


Powder Room Plans

July 6, 2012

Aside from adding some soap, a hand towel, a candle, and some toilet paper, we haven't done anything to our powder room since we moved in a month ago.



Because the room is tiny (AKA super hard to photograph), I thought it would be a good place to start decorating/experimenting since there isn't much to mess up and since it's not going to cost and arm and a leg to do.

One Monthiversary

July 2, 2012

Yesterday marked our one monthiversary of moving into our new house! I can't believe it's been a month already! Not gonna lie, I still feel like I'm living in someone else's house and like the owner's are going to come home any day now to kick us out. I know that's weird but I also know that the feeling will go away eventually and the place will feel more like home soon :)

I haven't done a lot since we moved in but I have:

•  Hung an "EAT" sign above the cabinets in our kitchen



•  Hung a "vintage" clock in the kitchen



In the next month I hope to:
  • Hang some drapes above our sliding glass doors
  • Refinish the 1960's mid-century modern dresser I bought on Craigslist Father's Day weekend
  • Turn said dresser into an entertainment center for our living room
  • Blog about our 30% finished master bedroom
  • Add a board and batten treatment to the bottom 1/3 of our powder room
  • Paint, wallpaper, or stencil the top 2/3's of our powder room
  • DIY some floating shelves to hang above the toilet in our powder room
  • DIY an 8' long dining table
  • Hang some string lights on our covered patio beams
  • Hang some artwork throughout the house (possibly start a gallery wall?)
  • Start making this house feel more like a home!

Whew! Wish me luck :D