A Very Detailed Kitchen Renovation Progress Report


So the last time, we mentioned anything about the kitchen were in these two posts referencing the wood tile floor and where the hell we've been for almost the last Read more

Shopping for Home Decor: Finding That Statement Piece


Hello all. I hope everyone is having a fabulous day! I'm not. The weather is terrible here in Maryland. It is barely 50 degrees, cloudy, windy and rainy. The Read more

Ikat! And other Tribal Prints: Fabric Inspiration


Hello Lovelies! Happy Thursday! Question? Is it super cold where you all live? It has been cold and windy every other day in Maryland. Not very spring like at Read more

Revisiting The Old Living Room vs. The New Family Room


Hello, Kah here! It's been a long year and a half! Glad to be back. You may have noticed that we started blogging again.Correction, Milla started blogging again. This Read more

DIY

Nighttime Nail Art Boredom

Posted on by Kahli Posted in DIY, Inspiration | 3 Comments

It seems that I may have my priorities mixed up tonight because instead of working on finishing up my chair I decided that painting my nails was more important. I purchased two nail art pens in black and white by Sally Hansen from Target today for $7 each. And used O.P.I in black/onyx for the solid black on three nails. Always use a clear base coat on all nails so that the colors won’t stain and follow up with a top coat after you’re done with your designs for protection.

I’ve never painted any designs on my nails so I don’t really have a concrete tutorial. I just played around with the pen until I ended up with a design I liked. Of course I wanted to incorporate stripes.

black white nail art
Breeze was rather impressed by my nail art or maybe he was just upset that I turned on the light and interrupted his sleep, either way I had his attention.

black white nail artblack white nail art
Just a note, the color comes out of the pen in thin and runny coats at times so be careful when applying it to the nail. The white seemed to crackle a little bit for me too but it didn’t bother me that much, I like the crackle effect.

I’ve seen a lot of lovely nail designs that could serve as inspiration for interiors. Like this combination of stripes and floral could be pulled of wonderfully.

stripes floral nail art

Credit: Unknown Read more

Black & White Striped Chair Progress and Bedroom Inspiration

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Color Palette Inspiration, DIY, Inspiration, Upholstery Projects | 5 Comments

Hello, lovely people! Hope everyone is having a great day today. I’m still battling with a cold, it’s been going on for almost two weeks now and just when I start to feel better…I wake up with the symptoms again. Somehow, I’ve found the strength to complete most of the chair. I only have to upholster the back! Yay! I actually stayed up til 5am to work on it because I couldn’t sleep. Surprisingly, I made it into work today. Here’s how it’s looking so far. Isn’t it pretty?

black white striped chaiir

I think the bold black and white stripes look great against the soft gray wall and next to the teal dresser. And yes I just realized the hardware on the dresser is crooked. I’ll be sure to fix that when my bedroom is complete. I believe the stripes are straight enough considering how late it was when I working on it. Breeze came out a few times to check on me and also eat some cotton batting. Does anyone know if that will hurt him? He loves to eat unnatural things like carpet, cotton, toilet tissue, rubber bands. The vet said he was healthy though.

Now that I’ve decided to incorporate black into my bedroom, I began browsing the internet for inspiration for bedroom with black and teal.

black & teal bedroomCredit

I love those zebra print stools! If the size of my bedroom wasn’t the equivalent of a closet. I would definitely consider putting one at the foot of my bed. Read more

Double Take: Yellow Side Chair

Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 45 Comments

Hello to all our lovely visitors. Thanks for stopping by every day. We really appreciate it.  We appreciate it so much that we would like to give a few shout outs to those who stop by often, leave great comments and also have great blogs:

Redlilocks of Swoon Worthy

Katie of Craptastic Katie

Katie of  Wildwood Creek

Suzy of Saved by Suzy

Sherry of  The Charm of Home 

Vicky of Decor Harmony

Cassie of Primitive and Proper

SJ of Homemaker on a Dime 

Honey of 2805

Jill of Junky Vagabond

Deborah of Upcycling My Life 

Liz of The Brambleberry Cottage

And of course some show these ladies some love as well:  My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia     Ivy and Elephants   Lolly Jane (Their twins too. Yay!)   Everything Under the Moon

Okay so as promised, that beautiful $5 side chair received a makeover today. Many of you voted for yellow and that’s what we did. Here is the before picture below:

Side Chair - The Before

Isn’t the back detail and those legs gorgeous? The glossy wood finish…not so much. It looks so much better now.

Read more

Gallery Wall Inspiration: 12 Foot Long Headache

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Decor Inspiration, DIY, Inspiration, Thrift Shopping | 9 Comments

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so ready for the weekend. This week just flew by in a blink! For the past few days we’ve been working on a gallery wall for a super long wall in our living room. If you read the title of this post you would know that the wall is about 12 feet long. There is a “mantle” attached to the wall as well that is probably over 9 feet.  Here’s a picture:

Gallery Wall Long Mantle

This picture doesn’t even really show just how long this wall really is! We believe that a gallery is the best choice and we’ve always wanted one in the apartment and this wall appears to be the best location for one. Here is a roundup of some gallery walls we love found via pinterest or the web.

Gallery Wall Gold FramesCredit

What I love the most about this gallery wall is the arrangement. The collection of gold frames vary in size and that metallic “B” is a great standout. This is probably the photo that we’ll take the most inspiration from since we also want our frames to be gold. Read more

Double Take: Gray Sideboard Before & After

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 65 Comments

Good morning all you lovely people, I promised to share the completion of the under $100 gray sideboard about a whole week ago! Wow how time flies! I finally got around to polishing the other hardware with Rub N Buff in Gold, which I purchased from Michael’s. That stuff is great! We had a really busy weekend with three hair makeovers and of course Sunday football. Great ending to a busy weekend with a Baltimore Ravens win! Here’s the before picture again if you need a reminder of how it looked:
Modern Sideboard in Hallway

And here’s the lovely after painted in Wet Pavement by Valspar. It’s definitely our go-to gray until we finish the quart at least. The original finish wasn’t too bad but we wanted the entryway to still appear “open”.

Gray Sideboard

Isn’t it lovely! I’m not really sure what Breeze is doing in this picture, other than trying to be a model. I must say he is working it! Read more

Double Take: White Mid-Century Desk and Yellow Chair (Before & After)

Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 48 Comments

Yesterday Kah showcased a sneak peak of a desk we scored off of Craigslist for $10. Yes $10! I’ve paid more for useless items which is why we’re so excited. The lovely couple just wanted to get rid of it so they sold it for as less as possible. God Bless them! You guys have no idea how long we’ve been looking for a desk for the lonely corner in our living room. There were a few things that were holding us back for a while:

1. Must be reasonably priced and thrifted. Thrifted because we planned to paint and reasonably priced for the same reason. Who wants to pay a lot of money for something they will makeover?

2. Fit with the existing furniture in our living room. Most of the pieces have a mid-century feel to them so that is what we were looking for.

3. Size. The corner isn’t small but it isn’t big either. The depth is what really matter here. The corner’s depth is a pedestrian 19”. My bedroom nightstands stick out further than that. Most desks were at least 20″-24″ in depth. However, we didn’t let that deter us.

4. It must be cute. Curves or clean line. It didn’t matter. We all love something that we can’t stop gawking at, right?

Well, let me show you the before of our Mid-century Desk.  It’s quite a looker even it’s original state.

See? Great hardware and great lines all for 10 bucks! I can’t get over that *Giggles* Well this beauty received a fresh coat of white as to not visually shrink the already small corner. The exact measurements of this desk are W: 48″ H: “30 and D: 18”. Can you say perfect? Check it out below:

Read more

When your day doesn’t go as planned…(Makeover Sneak Peaks)

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Furniture, Painting Projects, Thrift Shopping | 2 Comments

You all are probably wondering why it has been three days since we’ve updated the blog. We’ve had a hell of a last few days that took up a lot of time. Friday, the morning began with our car not starting. The battery was shot because I left the interior light on or so I thought. Milla’s boss came to pick her up for work because she loves her or because she would die without her at work. I called roadside assistance to give me a jump and all as was well for the rest of Friday. Fast forward to Saturday night as we prepare to live it up at multiple Halloween Parties, the car again decided to be a pain in the rear and not start. Why? You guessed it, the battery again, but this time I didn’t leave any lights on. Thankfully our cousin came to pick us up and we enjoyed ourselves until 5 in the morning.

Later in the morning we had the car battery jumped again and took it to Advanced Auto Parts for a new battery install. Yay! The installation took about 5 minutes and we were off to enjoy a day of football with my brother. The day ended well when we scored on a 10 dollar mid century style desk on Craigslist.

Monday morning I drove Milla to work and then stopped at Lowes to pick up some supplies to paint the desk. When I came out of Lowes the car would not start! It’s one thing being stuck at your house with a car that won’t start, you can pass the time watching tv and completing diy projects, but it sucked sitting in a public parking lot. It sucked even more as I waited in the car for over 2 1/2 hours for a tow truck. There’s a good ending to this story however, the tow truck guy fixed the car by noticing a sensor connection loose on the battery. The bad news is that I didn’t get the chance to finish the three projects I wanted to work on.

I have three sneak peeks for you all though!

You may remember this sideboard from a few posts ago. Well I finally got around to painting it. I haven’t finished polishing the hardware however. Read more

Double Take: The Tale of a Gray Nightstand (Before & After)

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 17 Comments

The weather has been on a consistent cold front lately so I’ve been forced to work inside more. That means more hand painting instead of the ease and quickness of spray painting. I bought a pair of nightstands for $25 a piece a few months ago and I hastily painted them white. However, I’ve been on an all things gray kick lately and I decided that they need to be gray.

It actually stayed white for a few months, but I just wasn’t feeling it anymore and the hardware could use an update too. I spent a day stripping the white paint from the nightstand with Klean-strip Varnish and Paint remover and it went well for the most part. Read more

Double Take: Junior Rolltop Desk Before & After

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 55 Comments

Happy Thursday everyone! The weather is beautiful here today in Baltimore, MD compared to the rainy mess yesterday. Since it was raining outside, I was forced to work inside.  We purchased a vintage junior rolltop on Craigslist over the summer to use in a 4 year-old boy’s bedroom. My first intention was to strip, sand, and stain it to replace the previous orange-y finish.

Junior Vintage Rolltop Desk

The top and the desk area fared well but the lower sides turned out to be of a lesser quality wood. In other words it was fake! Read more

Double Take: Before and After Stenciled Dresser

Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 54 Comments

Hello all, thanks for stopping by as always. So I’m doing this post because Kah “kindly” pointed out that my name has been missing from the last few posts. The change in seasons and temperature affected me more than I thought I would. One day it was 80 degrees the next day it was 50 degrees and raining so I kept getting sick. My body and immune system was confused!

Anyway as some of you may know we’ve been working on a girl’s room, but we’ve also been working on a little boy’s room at the same time. We purchased this dresser and nightstand set for $30. You can see it here below:

Laminate Dresser

It was brown, ugly, and laminate, but otherwise it was in pretty good shape. The style of this dresser is shall I say…plain. It has no ornate details or fancy handles. However, it was perfect for a boy. So first we painted it Gloss Navy Blue by Rustoleum and we hated it. It was dark and it did not photograph well.

Read more