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

Painting Projects

Double Take: Before & After Upholstered Yellow Side Chair Makeover with mini tutorial

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects, Tutorials, Upholstery Projects | 12 Comments

Hello! I know it’s been forever since you’ve seen either one of us around these parts, but I do have a makeover to share with you all today. The good news is that we haven’t just been sitting on our butts all month, we’ve actually been very busy! Other than enjoying our summer with trips to amusement parks, we have been working on our bedrooms and other projects. In the next few weeks we should have a huge upholstery project to share. However, today I’m sharing a chair that resides in my bedroom.

french cane chair

You may remember this chair from a few months ago that I purchased for $50 and I primed it right away, while I decided on a color and fabric.

white french cane chair, teal desk, teal mirror
After hitting the jackpot on a yellow garden stool at the new grand opening of HomeGoods in Baltimore (Towson) MD, I decided to go with a bright sunny yellow and here is the new look.

yellow upholstered side chair

Isn’t it pretty? I really love anything yellow these days. It’s such a happy color and it looks great paired with white linen which I scored at 50% off a yard at Joann’s huge fabric sale last week. Read more

Double Take: Revamped Cobalt Blue Nightstand

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, Decor Inspiration, Furniture, Our Apartment, Painting Projects | 27 Comments

It’s been a long long time since you guys have seen me around these parts and an even longer time since my sister Milla has visited! But here I am to do what I do best, which is write posts about items in Milla’s room haha. At least the current post I’m writing is connected to her in someway. You see this nightstand used to be in my room.

But as you know my room has changed quite a bit since last year and my nightstands now live in Milla’s bedroom and with a new look!

The color is a custom color matched from a fabric swatch and it’s beautiful. The two of us hand painted the pair of nightstands a few weeks ago after days of debating on cobalt blue or turquoise.  Blue won out.  I love it in the new bold color over the subtle gray!

Milla is also the new owner of my teal lamps, which used to live in the hallway for a while. She really hit the jackpot on my compulsive buying and painting projects.  The nightstands were painted to match the cobalt blue desk vanity also in her room.

We moved the turquoise cane armchair next to the desk for a colorful vignette and Breeze vastly approved of the new look besides he will follow a chair to any corner. Read more

Double Take: Before & After Teal Desk

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 7 Comments

I had plans to get this post up last Wednesday, but things didn’t go as planned. I suffered from a severe eye allergic reaction for most of Wednesday. That was the first time that ever happened to me! My eyes were so swollen that I looked like I just went 10 rounds in a boxing match. I looked like this.

My face is all better now though. Anyway to the point of this post. I purchased this desk about 3 months ago for $50 and for those 3 months I debated on whether to leave it black, paint it white or a color. Last week I decided to paint it a color.
I painted it teal, Lagoon by Rustoleum to be correct. I just love that color to death and I figured that side of the room needed some color against the white wall.
Isn’t it pretty? With the matching teal mirror. Speaking of the mirror it used to be on another wall in my room, but I decided I’d rather use it as vanity/desk. Read more

The Fairest Mirror of Them All

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 26 Comments

You may recall my rant yesterday about the ugly $12 mirror I purchased with the intention to beautify it. If you don’t here is another look at it.
ugly mirror
I immediately cleaned the mirror free of dust and removed the glass from the frame so I wouldn’t have to tape it off. A quick coat of primer and then a coat of leftover teal spray paint “Lagoon” by Rustoleum late and I love it! The birds are singing! Read more

DIY Stenciled Curtains

Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects, Tutorials | 32 Comments

For the past three or four days I have been a busy little bee, which may explain my inability to get to work on time, shh don’t tell anyone! See, I have a problem leaving the house on time when I immerse myself in diy projects. The project of the week was to stencil curtains for the dining room. I wasn’t really looking forward to the project because I knew I would have to do majority of it alone until Milla came home from work and helped. I owned up to the challenge anyway because I couldn’t just let a free stencil go to waste. Thanks ( Cutting Edge Stencils!)

The neglected dining room was finally getting some much needed attention. First the fabulous craigslist buffet and now the curtains. white ikea grommet curtains merete
At first we had simple white grommet curtains from Ikea, but we were both looking for a bold pattern to liven up the dining room. Try not to stare at the ugly ceiling fan, we have plans for that and the mirror.

I laid the white curtain on a tarp  to setup my painting area. Breeze wasn’t much of a helper as you can see, he was more interested in the birds and squirrels outside. We decided on a geometric stencil, specifically the Oasis Allover Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils. We love the Moroccan style and thought it was a great complement to the floral and chevron in the living room. Read more

Double Take: Vanity Desk Before and After

Posted on by Milla Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects | 32 Comments

Hi all! Milla here again. Surprise? I know I am, but I thought I should keep posting while the inspiration is there. Blogging and DIY is hard in the winter when it’s cold and you’re heat periodically stops working and you have to sleep in full winter outerwear. Yet, that’s another story for another post.

A couple days ago I posted about a vanity desk I purchased for under $100. Here is the beauty again:

1930's Vanity Desk

Look at that sexy shape! But of course it has since received a new colorful treatment.

On Saturday we went Lowe’s to color match the blue in these pillows from my bedroom.

Pillows Made from Shower Curtain

Blue is such an iffy color with hidden undertones that I wanted it to be a close as possible.   And this blue has a hint of purple in it too, which is hard to match with a swatch.

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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:

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Suzy of Saved by Suzy

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Cassie of Primitive and Proper

SJ of Homemaker on a Dime 

Honey of 2805

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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.

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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:

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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