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Chair Recovery

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Guess what I did this weekend? Recovered my dining room chairs!
We picked them up at a thrift store about 6 months ago with every intention of recovering them nigh immediately… but, as my kindergarten progress report noted, I work at my own pace.

I’m not blame throwing or anything here, but things move a lot more slowly since Chris is just as opinionated as I am about Every. Single. Thing. WEEKS were spent going back and forth on the font for our wedding invitations, and each step taken in the house is even more of a struggle. FINALLY we agreed on a fabric and I think they look pret-ty good, if I do say so myself. If you’re interested, the winning fabric was Etsuko Furuya’s Echino – Bird and Flower in khaki.

So yes, chairs recovered. I no longer have to awkwardly explain the weird, faded out pastel jungle tapestry that we replaced. Maybe next year the chairs will even be refinished!

What was green is now red

Sunday, June 8th, 2008


All the recent storms have really caused havoc with our basement. The dehumidifier is working overtime but there’s no stopping the water that seeps up from the cracks in the floor. As soon as I wipe it away, a fresh line of water oozes through. Whatever. You win nature. We cannot tame you.
Our dehumidifier is fantastic though. I don’t know how we managed without it (probably by not having a leaky dank basement). Having the magical power to glean water from the air is quite the power to possess when you have to turn off the water for a few days. But then that is a story that I’ve taken oaths never to retell.

The storms have also done a real number on our exterior paint. Just one more reason to make repainting a priority. BUT if it hadn’t been for terrible paint jobs and high winds, then we may never have realized our front porch’s full potential. Under the layers and layers of various shades of green latex paint we had a red porch and didn’t even know it! Break out the pressure washers!

So far we’ve gone through two pressure washers. We started out with a 1200 PSI unit which kind of tickled a little. We then upgraded to 1500 PSI, which worked considerably better.. but still, I don’t want to be standing out there for a month cleaning one square at a time. This next weekend we’ll be breakin’ out the big guns with the most powerful pressure washer Home Depot’s rental department has to offer! The kind that can take off a finger!


DesignSponge DIY Contest

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Today, from 9am to 1pm, Design*Sponge will be posting the finalists of the D*S DIY Contest. I’m waiting with baited breath for each new installment.
Next week? Instructions and tutorials. Yes!

Vote for your favorite project here.

Could Kate’s foam and wallpaper fireplace be a temporary solution for my own horribly ugly fireplace? hmmmmm….