Call it laziness, call it procrastination, call it…being a busy mom. Our master bedroom that I set out to redo last fall is finally finished! I’ve been sharing projects from the remodel along the way, and today I am finally ready to show you the whole thing, along with how-to’s, tips, and tricks for saving money on your own decorating projects. Here’s a quick tour around the room, and then I’ll get into some of the details. Oh, and here’s a quick “before” shot, just for reference. It wasn’t terrible, but it was starting to feel a little dark and heavy for me, and I was ready for a refreshing… Keep Reading
Last year at about this time in the spring, I started getting the itch to redo something bigger than just a piece of furniture or a room. I set my sights on a vintage camper. I wanted to do a Shasta or Airstream, but soon realized that those are in short supply and high demand. If you’ve ever studied economics, or simply been to a garage sale, you know that low supply + high demand = high prices (and vice versa). But just when I began to despair of unfulfilled inspiration, we found this little Apache Mesa from 1976. It’s a hard-sided pop up, which fit most of our needs,… Keep Reading
Happy Saturday, everyone! This weekend I am guest posting over at Remodelaholic.com, with a great little DIY project that will make you think twice before passing up a tired old piece of furniture on the side of the road. So grab a cup of coffee, and head on over to see my salvaged metal bar cart project, and be sure to check out the rest of their site while you’re there for all kinds of DIY inspiration!
Our new/old Apache camper made her maiden voyage last weekend. We considered smashing a bottle of champagne on her stern, but were afraid it would shatter. (The camper, not the champagne bottle!) She did great and proved to be very comfortable. Prior to the trip, we replaced tires, packed ball bearings, and replaced the window curtains. I’ll leave the mechanical stuff to someone else, but I do want to show how I replaced the curtains, in case anyone out there is considering a similar project. Before When I removed the old, shrunken, moth-nibbled orange curtains, I found they were attached by means of little plastic tabs on a ribbon that… Keep Reading
When I found this cart for sale on Craigslist, it was quite sad looking. Hospital cream color, rust peeking through, neglected, unappreciated. But not for long! It was begging for a makeover, and I was looking for a project. With a couple coats of spray paint, some cork and jute, and a lot of TLC, it was ready for its night on the town. Here’s how I did it. 1. Every makeover starts with a good wash-up. First I scraped off the parts where paint was flaking, then scrubbed everything with steel wool, then a scrubby sponge, a sander, then good old fashioned soap and water. This was physically the… Keep Reading
When I cautiously informed my husband that I wanted my next project to be remodeling a vintage camper (there’s a whole trend on this, called “Glamping”), I expected his answer to be not just “no,” but, um, “really really no.” Nothing could have prepared me, in that instant that my request hung in the air between us, for what he actually said, which was… “OK.” Before he could come to his senses, I started combing Craigslist for a cool old Shasta or Airstream camper that wouldn’t need much “real” work, but just some fun redecorating. Turns out those are hard to come by, at least at my price point. (Except… Keep Reading
I know chairs don’t have feelings, but when I see one fallen from its former glory, sitting forlornly in the back room of a thrift store with a $5 tag on it, I just can’t help but feel sorry for it. Some people bring home stray pets. I bring home stray furniture. This one just needed a good home and a bit of grooming. If you want to rescue your own chair, here are step by step instructions. 1. Take “before” pictures. Believe me, when you’re done you’ll wish you had documentation of where you started. 2. Take it apart, gently. In this case, I separated what was left of… Keep Reading
I just couldn’t pass them up. I was on my way into one of my favorite thrift stores, and these chairs were sitting on their front sidewalk, just begging for some attention. That day I was trying to exert some self-control, so I walked away. Well, I thought about them for days. Yes, these are the things I think about, usually while packing lunches and digging for lost sweaters. My happy place is not so much a place as it is a good challenging project. I couldn’t forget about them, and so I went back and snatched them up before someone else recognized their inner beauty. Imagine my surprise when… Keep Reading