Archive for August, 2011

August 17, 2011

Foot-stool Makeover

I’ve always loved the idea of taking something old and giving it new life.  When I was in college I would spend hours in Value World (a thrift shop in Ypsilanti) with my room-mate Katie, looking through the racks for the perfect item of clothing that I could take home, give it a nip and tuck and create something brand new.  One of my favorite finds was a men’s suit vest that I took in on the sides. That vest spent many hours on various dance floors around Eastern Michigan’s campus (and it’s waiting patiently in my dresser drawer for the day when I can squeeze into it again).  Another favorite was an AMAZING vintage mustard yellow leather jacket that I would give my left foot to have back; I’m pretty sure I left it at a party… Pretty sure.

Since we’re trying to re-do parts of our house on a budget, I’ve decided to apply this vintage re-invention idea to my house.  I’ve been checking out clearance shelves at places like Hobby Lobby and Home Goods, and I’ve found a few good bargains!  One being this cute little foot-stool at Hobby Lobby for $3.00!!  It’s a very plain stool with very little personality.  But with a little foam and fabric, it’s unrecognizable and, if I do say so myself, ADORABLE!!!

Katie would be so proud!  🙂

   

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August 3, 2011

Message Board

My little family and I live in a small brick house that was built in 1868 (above a window in our attic, the date 1868 is written in the mortar, so we assume that’s when it was built).  We instantly fell in love with the charm and character.  And this being our first home, we had no idea what home-ownership entailed; let alone what owning an OLD house entailed.  There’s chipping paint, knob and tube electrical, walls that are like cement and impossible to nail into, the list of cons goes on and on.  But there’s also the nine inch moldings, the original pine flooring, nooks and crannies full of old coins or pictures, the list of pros goes on and on.  Basically what I’m trying to say is we have kind of a love/hate relationship with our house.  After living here for almost four years, we’ve decided to go room by room and making each one more functional and ORGANIZED.  My ultimate goal is to decrease our belongings by half and make sure that everything has a place.  My first project on an incredibly long list is a message board in the kitchen.  My husband and I each have individual calendars but we don’t have a central calendar that keeps the whole family’s schedule together.  So with the goal of re-purposing wasted space and making the family a little more organized, I re-vamped a small corner of my kitchen.  The space before was basically a crap-collector.  Various hooks and nails welcomed random aprons, step-stools, etc.

For about a month, I kept my eye out for pieces that could be put together to create a message board.  I wanted this to be a cheap project, so I only bought things on sale.  Speaking of cheap, I think this entire project cost maybe $60 at the most.  Anywho, while the hubs was at work one day, I decided to rip all the hooks, wallpaper and boards off the wall, which created a huge mess and caused a lot of eye-rolling from said husband.  The plan was to patch and paint the section of wall, but after seeing the condition of the wall I decided (okay, my husband decided) to just nail up a piece of wainscoting; which looked beautiful!

I painted the wainscoting and spray painted the message board pieces a robin’s egg blue.

After a day of painting and hammering, I gotta say, I love the finished product! Not only did it give wasted space a purpose and help to organize my family, it also made my kitchen look nicer!  And when you’ve got a love/hate relationship with your house, it’s nice to add another thing to the “love” column.