Monday, June 4, 2012

mr. tiny paw

So tired after being at the dog park today

new living room

 I hosted a brunch for my mom at my place this past weekend and decided to spruce up my place a bit for all the guests.  So, along with repainting my pink dresser blue (more details in post below), I rearranged my furniture, re-covered the lampshades on the blue dresser, and bought the white bench you see in the photo below.  I think the room looks a bit less cluttered now - I tried to edit the number of tchotchkes in the room, though there are admittedly still quite a few - and overall, I'm totally thrilled with how it turned out.  Here are a few shots:

First, from the sun room:

Liking those big white pillows on the couch, and the gallery wall is looking sweet, too. 
Slightly fewer knickknacks on the coffee table. 

New lamp next to the yellow chairs is awesome: lucite and brass; ebay find (close up below).

These lampshades were originally white, and then I covered them with a blue-green fabric. Got a few yards of this orange fabric from Joann fabrics (total was about $20; so cheap) and they're looking incredible now. 

Last, I got this idea to spray paint mason jars gold (actually, metallic brass) from an engagement party I saw on Design Sponge, and I think they just look so super cool.  I made a few floral arrangements for mom's brunch and they looked so pretty and fun.

growing up

Lately I've been feeling like my taste has been mellowing a little bit; I used to go for the brightest colors and patterns I could find, and really liked being kinda off the wall when selecting things for my place.  But over the past few months I've been toning things down a little.  Granted, I still have  pretty eclectic taste, but I find myself leaning more to the colors and shapes of mid century aesthetics more than the (potentially) more flamboyant look of Hollywood Regency decor.  So I decided to take a first step toward this new, more edited, me, and last weekend I painted my infamous pink dresser blue.  And I can't emphasize how happy I am that I did.  The pink dresser was never really the right pink: it was always too bright (I had originally wanted it to be more coral, but screwed up when I chose the color and by the time I was done, was too exhausted to go back and re-paint).  So finally I stripped the dresser down to the wood (which was a bitch of a job, lemme tell you...there were quite a few layers of old paint under that pink) and FOAM ROLLED it a high gloss peacock blue.  Let me also tell you that the foam roller is my new love in life.  I had painted the dresser pink with a brush, originally, and it was a pain in the ass that took forever.  Foam rolling took no time at all, and the finish is absolutely flawless and beautiful.  I am f---ing loving the results.  

Here's the dresser in its first stages of being stripped:

Disgusting.  And yes, I did the entire project in my living room (used a bunch of drop cloths, but still screwed up the varnish on my hardwood floor a little bit.  Oops.  I am lazy).

And here, you can maybe see all the goop and gunk coming off the drawers.


I stripped those bitches to within an inch of their life.  Took them all the way down to the natural wood (and actually considered just leaving the whole dresser natural wood and staining it, but the top of the dresser is a weird formica and it wouldn't have matched).  


And voila!  After two coats of high gloss blue paint, there you have it!  I also resurrected those white lamps from my storage unit and recovered the lampshades, but that's for a later post.  Don't you just love it?!  I think the brass hardware contrasts so well with the blue. 

A shot of the newly-rearranged living room (more on this in my next post).

And, just to prove that I have skills in the kitchen, too, I made this strawberry cake using a recipe from my friend Tim's blog ( for a party after finishing the dresser.  And it was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself!

small project: new lampshades

I haven't really changed many of the light fixtures in my place since I moved in (with the exception of my dining room chandelier), and just last week I was looking at the hanging pendant lights in my sun room and thinking to myself, 'it's really time for a change.'  The shades in their original condition were fine, I guess, but I didn't like the little swirly design on them (would have preferred them if they were plain) and they were just kind of blah, I guess.  So I got the idea to cover them with some nice paper from Paper Source (my favorite place!) and I'm loving the result.  They really look so cool and kind of mid century-esque now.  

Here they are before (so boring!):

And here they are now!  Way more fun and cool!

All in all, a satisfying project!