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

Revisiting the Floral Chair Disaster

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Not too long ago, I made a post about an ugly floral chair I planned to reupholster in a charcoal gray fabric. Well fast forward to the present and I have yet to find a charcoal gray fabric that I like. It was either too light, too dark, lightweight, or void of texture. I was looking for a medium weight linen look fabric, but since that didn’t work out for me I have to come up with a plan B. Plan B means a new fabric choice. I’ve mentioned several times that I am very indecisive and I tend to go back and forth on decor choices.  So, enough rambling…what did I pick? A bold black and white stripe fabric. I completely went away from gray.

I really hate to put your eyes through the agony, but here is what the chair currently looks like:

thrift store armchair

Here’s the fabric I purchased Canopy Stripe Black/White by Premiere Prints:
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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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SJ of Homemaker on a Dime 

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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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Sneak Peek: Girl’s Bedroom

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We spent most of Saturday finishing up the girl’s bedroom. We still have a few things we need to add though. The sun is going down so fast lately, by 5:30 it is already dark outside! Here are a few of the decent pictures we could get.

Pink Turquoise and White Girls Bedroom

As you can see all the picture frames need to be filled with pictures. I really despise night-time pictures but these didn’t come out too bad. The room is relatively small so I think we did a decent job with space planning. Especially using the closet to house the desk. 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)

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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

Side Table: Vintage Suitcase Edition (Inspiration)

Posted on by Milla Posted in Decor Inspiration, Inspiration, Vintage | 10 Comments

Happy Friday everyone! It’s inspiration time! Inspiration time means Kah and I find some inspiring photos for our next DIY project and you all give us feedback. What is our next project you ask? Because of course we’re always doing something right. It’s a sad unfortunate obsession. We should seek help.

Anyway our next project in the works is a suitcase side table. Kah purchased a vintage suitcase several months ago and it’s literally collecting dust as the saying goes. Seriously, it has moved from room to room and the inside of it smells like something died inside. Anyway, it looks similar to this one:

Vintage Suitcase

Vintage Suitcase via Project Wedding

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

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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

The Adventures of the 85 lb, 6 FT Sideboard

Posted on by Milla Posted in Furniture, Thrift Shopping | 10 Comments

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? I hope it wasn’t as busy as ours. We did a lot projects for other people over the past few days. Three hair makeovers. This went well although I feel carpal tunnel may be in our future.

We attempted to hang a drape in the most shallow wall ever. Fail. Lastly, we pinned thousands of feathers to a corset in an attempt to replicate a peacock. I hope my cousin wins her Halloween costume contest at work because she definitely looks like a giant peacock, a cute one though.

Anyway don’t you all feel bad for us because we did score a beautiful sideboard for under $100 at our local Goodwill. It is over six feet so it couldn’t fit in our little Hyundai Elantra. We had to rent a U-haul just to take it across the street. Doesn’t that suck? Even the U-haul worker felt sorry for us. No discount from him though. But honestly, renting the U-haul was the easiest part. Getting it from the truck to our apartment was not. Let’s just say it was good thing that this item is getting a makeover.

Kah and I were flat out disrespectful to this beautiful sideboard. First, we dragged it off the truck, scratching up the finish while doing so. Then we stood it up in the parking lot of our apartment complex while we bent over gasping for air. Did I already mention that the sideboard is 85 lbs and is over 6 ft? Well how about that Kah and I are only 5’3”  tall and weigh about 130. Talk about a struggle!

Afterwards, we lifted the sideboard about an inch off the ground because we aren’t that strong  and backpedaled to the curb. Then, Kah and I fought about which way to carry the sideboard. Around the back or through the front door. Kah was for Team Around the Back. I said absolutely not. She called me an idiot because I was screaming about my fingers burning. I called her a dummy because she kept telling me to use my twin power for strength…blank stare. Either way I won. We flipped the sideboard over, top facing the ground, and pushed it through the wet muddy grass to the front door of our apartment. This is how it looks once through the door.

Six Foot Sideboard

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