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

Double Take: Antique Windsor Chair Makeover Before & After

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Only 2 more days until the weekend! I know I can’t wait. I find that Milla and I more productive on the weekends especially when we don’t have other people’s kids over. This weekend we have plans to put the finishing touches on the girl’s room and start the boy’s room since it is in the same apartment. We found this chair at the local Goodwill for $6 I think.
wood chair
This chair looks amazing in the picture as is. But there were some deep dents in the seat area that needed to be repaired and the natural wood tone didn’t go with the other intended items for the girl’s bedroom. So we painted it white and here is the after! Read more

Double Take: Before & After Nightstand

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A few months ago, I purchased this nightstand to put in the girl’s room that we’re designing. I really liked the shape, the chunky legs, and detailed drawer. But the nightstand needed a makeover to fit with the rest of the room.
Wood Nightstand
With both of us working full time jobs, it’s sometimes impossible to fit projects into our busy schedule. I’m not even sure how we’ve managed to complete anything! Anyway here’s the new nightstand. Read more

Double Take: Lace Lamp Makeover Before & Many Afters

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Happy Monday everyone! It feels like it has been days since we’ve updated and it doesn’t help that the weekend just flew by! The weather hasn’t been best in Baltimore for most of the week, but yesterday the rain held up and allowed us to fit a few projects into our busy weekend! Why were we so busy? We attended two birthday parties for our younger cousin and “godtwins” (easier than saying twin godchildren-even though I just said it!). And we’re still feeling the effects from those parties! Now I know why I don’t bowl regularly, it is indeed a workout and I think I may have pulled a glute!

Anyway, the project of choice was a lamp. What? No, chair? No dresser? Yes, a lamp sorry to disappoint you all! However, it is a pretty lamp. It started out as a black lamp base as you can see. This makeover involved a few makeovers before we liked the final result.

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Double Take: Pink Floral French Side Chair Before & After

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A year ago I bought this chair from an estate sale for $20. It was one of many chairs in my chair addiction collection. If it was cute, I’d buy it! Plain and simple. And this chair was cute! I loved the curvy legs and back. I did not love the existing look however.
French side chair

Fast forward to the present and this chair has finally received the much deserved makeover.
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How to: Make Double-Welt Cording

Posted on by Kahli Posted in DIY, Sewing, Tutorials | 6 Comments

For the past two days I have been working on reupholstering a seat for a french style side chair. The previous chair had some basic trim to cover the staples and frayed edges, but I thought using welting /cording /piping (whatever you want to call it) would give it a more professional appearance. I wanted to use double-welt cording though….and I’ve never had the pleasure of sewing double-welt cording until today. This is where I had to get fancy with what I had for multiple reasons, two of them being-I didn’t own a sewing machine attachment specifically for double-welt piping and I didn’t even know if I could find double-welt piping in stores.

Here’s a lovely tutorial on sewing double-welt cording with a standard presser foot, zipper foot and single piping from Censational Girl.

Sewing Double-Welt Piping (The “amateur” way)

The first step is to cut your fabric into strips 2 or more inches wide. I usually cut my strips at 2 inches width, but this time I cut about 3 inches just to be safe. You will be cutting your strips on the bias, which means cutting it on a 45 degree diagonal/angle.

How to make double welt pipingHow to make double welt piping

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Double Take: Turquoise Chalkboard Mirror Before & After

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When Wednesday better known as hump day comes around, I start to get antsy if we haven’t completed some type of DIY project for the week. So in order to cure my anxiety I’d usually choose one of the numerous thrift items laying around and give it a makeover. Some may call it an addiction to decorating…yes it is an addiction. The item of the week is this ornate mirror purchased off of Craigslist.
Gold ornate mirror
I love the 3 sections and I figured it would make a nice chalkboard. Try not to look at the utter chaos reflected in the mirror….

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Double Take: Before and After Turquoise Cane Armchair

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If any of you have been treated to buckets of non-stop rain the past few days, I bet you are ready for another chair makeover. We’re so excited to show you guys what took us only three days to complete. Yes, we’re crazy obsessed with our DIY projects.

Much like our previous armchair makeover, this chair and fabric we purchased at quite a steal. And much like the previous armchair makeover, this chair was just as ugly in its previous state. See it below:

 Cane Chair: The Before

Ahh! My eyes! I’m kidding, it wasn’t that bad. But the bright sun definitely makes it look much better. The frame was covered in some kind of black gunk that I had to clean off with my best disinfectant wipes, sand the entire frame, and then wipe off the remaining dust with paper towels.

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Double Take: Gray French Provincial Dresser Before & After

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A few days ago we gave a sneak peek of a dresser we had been working on for a girl’s bedroom. The dresser wasn’t in the best condition and required some work to get it in tip-top shape. Here is a before picture:

Gray Painted Dresser Before

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DIY Sneak Peek: French Provincial Dresser

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We haven’t had a project post in three days! Ugh, I’m so disgusted. Mother nature has really killed our DIY buzz these days. Also, the sun has been running away before 8pm, not good for us since we work late some days. However, the good news and the reason for this post is that we’ve been working on some projects. We mentioned in previous posts that we’re currently designing another little girl’s room. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve completed a headboard and a desk. She still needs a night stand and dresser, the latter is what you will see a sneak peek of today.

French Pronvincial Dresser

More details to come later. Return for the makeover post including before pictures and some spray painting tips.

UPDATE: Completed dresser

Before & After:Turquoise Desk (2nd Edition)

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 21 Comments

As promised, here are the daylight photos. Refer to yesterday’s post for the before picture. The paint color is Sherwin Williams Synergy.

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