Oh it's sooooo nice to be back!!
Well, it turns out that April has been rather a mischievous technology friend to me and for the last few weeks I've been nursing a computer that completely crashed. Then in addition, a misdiagnosis by the pubescent-looking technology wizard at the local Best Buy
(Am I the only one who ages 20 years just sitting at the counter of the local Geek Squad?)
left me without any ability to write or access my photos on either my laptop or desktop
let's just say I've been getting another lesson on "letting go" lately.
The good news is that in the DIY department I've been quite the busy bee.
I've finished painting our bedroom furniture, which includes two bedside tables and our dresser. Since this is a "friendly budget" make-over I'm making do with what I've already got, although I'm not generally a fan of an entire room of painted furniture, it's a vast improvement.
Here's a few photos of some of the progress.
Dark blah looking dresser:
After: New (gray) paint and hardware
And here's a Before photo of our bedside tables.
Nothing wrong with them
other than they needed some sanding and re-staining or a new paint job.
As you can see I decided to lighten the tables to fit my Modern Cottage vibe in here and I went with a two-tone paint finish.
I also added a sisal rug from my favorite Newport Beach consignment store for some warmth.
I wasn't sure about replacing these knobs, I thought about crystal ones but once I hung the botanicals over each one I decided to keep the old knobs. I didn't want to get too feminine in here.
This weekend I also finished my new headboard and I love how it turned out, but of course it didn't go as planned.
It's a long story but after leaving a decorater fabric store full of pricy fabrics that I didn't really love--I found a wholesale fabric store with gazillions of bolts to choose from. And such good prices.
I left with these fabrics feeling absolutely giddy that I paid almost the same price for all three-- that I was going to pay for one yard at the expensive place. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do with them but I did change my mind on my original plans for my headboard; instead of using a linen type fabric ---I decided to go with this warm, taupe velvety fabric (on the bolt).
In person it's soooo lush and I thought it would be so comfy to sit against when we're reading in bed.
Are you ready to learn from my mistakes?
Whenever you go to a wholesale fabric store and find that 'perfect' remnant that's the last one of its kind, leaning against the wall calling your name.....please have the salesperson unroll it so that you can see if there are any flaws.
Unfortunately--I added another week onto my headboard project after I found a light, sunbleached line going down the middle of this gorgeous fabric.
So what to do?
Well, after revisiting the fabric store and confirming that yes, I got the LAST piece of this fabric I switched plans. Back to the linen look fabric.
But with one change. Ever since the hubby told me he 'hated' the tufted look for our headboard I had decided on a straight, simple one. But I also wanted to add a little pizazz to it too. Especially since I was using such a common fabric.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do until I was thumbing through a magazine and boom.
That was it.
So are you ready for a sneak peek?
...Here it is.....my Monogrammed Headboard!
I still need to mount it on the legs (which are actually 2x4 pieces cut to size so they attach to our bed).
But I'm pretty excited to see how it looks against my plank wall.
I've also been transforming "My Ugly TV Wall."
Here's what it looked like after I painted the walls and added new baseboards.
Still very bland and sad looking...right?
And here's how it looks right now...
This weeked I finished putting up a shelf over the TV and started adding some accessories. I'll show more next time.
Thank you so much for stopping in, I'm always so happy to hear from you.
Peace and love to you from my sunny window in So Cal.
I'm partying with these friends: