bedroom peek 2

My bedroom is finally approaching being done (I switched directions kind of drastically half way through, which didn’t help) This is the small(ish) dresser that I’m using as a bedside table – I picked it up on Craigslist for $25, partially because it looked like this:

Some hardcore cleaning, re-staining, and waxing/polishing later (no sanding, I wanted it to still look kind of old and beat up, and liked the almost-but-not-quite perfect paint stripping job that someone had done in the past) and, voila! Also, behold the awesomeness that lemon juice, salt, and 000 steel wool works on brass:

(above: before, below: after)


Paint Job

I’m still alive, really. Just in the middle of about a million projects all the time. But I’m working on getting my schedule more organized which will *hopefully* include carving out time to come back to this space more. For now, some hastily taken before and after shots of what will be the new bedside tables in my in-progress totally overhauled bedroom



I got a great deal on these (this is one of a set of two) at my local second-hand furniture shop last weekend – I loved the shape, but the paint job was a little too, um, whimsical for me. Spray paint to the rescue. All the drawers got a new coat of gloss white (I’m partial to Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch – it has the easiest ever to use nozzle and dries quickly and evenly) and the hardware got several coats of gloss black enamel. I love how they turned out, and I’ll now have an excess of storage in the bedroom, which is pretty much a dream come true.

Pictures of the entire room hopefully coming in the next few weeks – I need to get a handyman/plumber over to remove the non-working but very large radiator before I can finalize furniture placement.

Sorry to say . . .

I really don’t like the Togo sofas.

I know that everyone seems to be in love with them right now, but they look like some sort of amorphous Alien prop/lifeform to me. Also, they look like the older sibling of this, um, lounger, from PBteen:

Right? I mean, this is something you maybe stick in your partially finished basement so that your teenage kids and their friends can hang out on it and watch TV (and smoke pot when you’re not home.) Not something you spend $2000+ on and put in your living room.

Anyone with me? Or am I just missing something?


the bar cart got a new look today (see previous incarnations here and here):

also, check out that stack of fabric – that’s only part of the stash I picked up from Purl Patchwork when I was in New York. (Yes, I flew in with an empty suitcase.) And no, it’s not all for me, in a few weeks I should be able to share the project most of it’s going towards.

new chair

a hastily taken photo of the new chair I bought yesterday off of Craigslist. I had our vintage fake-Eames lounge here before, but the whole living room was getting a little too MCM for me. The orange chair on the right is my favorite piece of furniture in the house, and I like the way the colors go together and play off of the blue wall (painting is *almost* done.)

I’m not completely set on this paring, but it’s growing on me more and more. I also haven’t gotten around to re-hanging any art yet, so that will change things a little. For reference, here’s the same corner with the Eames. I love our (fake) Eames, but I think it’s just a little too predictable with the other chair. Opinions?

This is the only photo I can find right now of the way this corner used to look – I can’t stand those IKEA chairs in this space now and am so glad they’re gone

in all its glory

Ta da!

new couch!

more new couch!


as a reminder, the old sofa (which is going to my little sister’s apartment tonight):

old sofa

It was much bigger (although the size difference is almost entirely in the arms.) The new one makes the entire room seem bigger, always a nice thing. Although I’m thinking it may need a side table on at least one side. It’s also very comfortable, and you don’t loose yourself in it the way you did in the old one (which was also comfortable, but more in a oh man there’s no way I can pull myself out of this thing, so I guess I’m here for the night way.)

But my favorite thing about the new couch is that it’s upholstered in dark brown velvet, which is my *favorite* sofa upholstery. How fantastic is it that I found my dream couch, used, and for a fraction of the price it would cost new, on craigslist? I’m literally giddy over the whole thing. Now my “sofa fund” will have to become a “something else” fund. . .

If anyone is interested, the sofa is Mitchell Gold’s Claude. I highly recommend its comfort and its looks. It also seems to wear well – the people we bought it from had it for several years and have two small children, but it’s still in great shape.