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    Good is in the Details


    I haven’t talked to much about the house lately, so I thought I’d show some of the details of the living room. The entire room is not finished by any means – I still have a gallery wall to complete, and the hunt for the perfect couch is still ongoing. But hopefully, these shots will give you an idea of the overall feeling I’m trying to achieve. These are all of my favorite parts of the room. I love how they each come together and play off one another:

    The first photo is my Anthropologie rug. I waited impatiently patiently on this sucker to go on sale. It did, and here it is now underneath my pallet coffee table project. I’m still stuck on whether I’m going to add another pallet on top, add a cushion top or leave it as it. I guess it all depends on the couch…

    Number two is my recently repainted and re-hardwared (did I just make that word up?) armoire. It sat in the living room a long time while I pondered what color to paint it. I started with a slate Annie Sloan paint… wasn’t working for me. So I went with black instead. I added the large brass door knockers to give it a Hollywood Regency feel.

    While in the Jonathan Adler store in NYC, I fell hard for his embroidered pillows. I walked out of the store without one only to order the one in picture three when I got home. Typical. It wasn’t so much the phrase on it that sold me, but the colors – they work perfectly with the rug. Although, it’s probably not a coincidence that it seems to keep me from eating in the living room.

    And lastly, my curtain poms. Yes, they’re in the dining area, but they also made it into the living room. You may also find curtain poms in one of the guest rooms too. They really never get old. I’m thinking of adding them to the bottom of hand towels as well…

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    Finally, My Bar Cart!


    If you are even slightly familiar with this blog and/or my Pinterest boards, you’ve noticed my obsession with bar carts. I’ve been pining away over them for years. I had plenty of bottles to fill it up with, but no cart. It took searching and lots of patience, but I finally found my perfect, vintage bar cart.

    I couldn’t believe it, but the people were practically giving it away… crazy!

    It was a little dusty and needed some TLC, but it was mine. One gold paint job later, and it’s one of my favorite things in the house. I topped it with a tray and a set of vintage bar glasses. Fancy, right?

    And yes, my curtains have pom poms on them. That’s a whole different obsession…

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    Project: Credenza Makeover


    I showed you my painting a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t show you where it was going – and here it is in our foyer! I think Jordan thought I was crazy when I bought this used credenza, but I knew that I had a special plan for it.

    The wood matched the wood floors in the house which made it boring and bulky – definitely did not flow with my white and airy walls. After much research (aka Pinterest), I narrowed it down to stripes because of the even proportions of the drawers and doors.

    And have I mentioned how much I love Annie Sloan paint? Yes, I know I have, but I must emphasize again how amazing it is to skip the sanding and priming steps when painting wood furniture. It only took two coats of paint and a poly-crylic coating on the top. If you’re in Baton Rouge, both LD Linens and The Nest carry Annie Sloan paint.


    I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty obsessed with how it all came together. Next up is the dining area…

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    Nightstand Project



    I looked everywhere for nightstands, but the look I was going for would have cost $500+ per nightstand… umm, no thanks. So I impatiently tried looking for nightstands at local thrift shops and estate sales. The only problem was finding TWO matching ones. Literally took me months. Until one fateful day, I found a listing for these two wooden end tables for $50 a piece. They were in perfect condition, but a tad too short for my bed. Luckily, I’ve been lost in Lowe’s quite a bit, so I remembered the aisle that stocks wooden dowels in various lengths… the tables were mine.

    The painting process took quite a while. I had to prime and then, paint both the end tables black. I spray painted the dowels and hardware with gold Rust-Oleum spray paint. It was then time to decide whether to hand paint the drawers or spray paint them. By this time,  I was so over the hand painting especially if it was going to require multiple coats. Instead, I taped off the drawers and went over with the gold spray paint again.

    So here they are elevated and painted! What do you think? Full room to come…

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    Dining Chair Project



    If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already caught a glimpse of my dining chair project, but here it is from start to finish.

    At this point, I’m a Craigslist professional. I know what’s good and bad and what’s worth the price, so I flipped when I saw these bamboo and leather chairs. I got them from a local restaurant that was closing. What I liked most about the chairs was the giant, leather cushion (not pictured). Leather covers meant the cushion underneath would still be in good condition. Before I bought them, I made a trip to see the chairs to find out how difficult removing and recovering the seat would be. It was as simple as removing two screws – SOLD.

    The next task was figuring out what color paint and fabric to use. I finally decided on black chairs with a white table (you’ll see in another post). I found the perfect fabric – I stopped in my tracks when I saw it. It has all the colors I was looking for and is a print that mixes well with other prints.

    The actual painting and reupholstering took place over the course of two different days. I needed an entire day to paint and let them dry completely. Super easy, but time consuming since you have to wait between coats. The fabric recovering was not as easy. I had to rip out all of the previous staples, take off the leather covers, then start restapling the new fabric. Three hours in, I wanted to throw the staple gun off the top of the house. Make sure you have a good staple gun!

    But they are finally finished and well worth all of the effort. Since, these photos were taken, the table and other things have been added in, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the next project posts!

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