Friday, September 26, 2014

Owning and Constructing

After almost a year of consideration, we're moving forward with buying the house we are currently renting. We're also enclosing our screen porch to enlarge our living room - which is also our bedroom - and adding a storage shed in our backyard.

We discussed going all in and adding a third bedroom and a second bathroom but it just wasn't feasible. As much as I would love our own bedroom with a door that closed and locked, it just wasn't worth all of the stress it would cause. It was fun while the idea lasted, though. We brainstormed ideas, sketched plans and went over previous plans. I had fun pinning beautiful bathrooms on Pinterest and began dreaming of having our very own closet.

But I regress. We are pretty darn excited about what is being added. It might not seem like much but we'll have more elbow room in our main living area now - and that is pretty great. We'll also own our home! Which means we can move forward (eventually, maybe) with turning our home into the way we want it. I'm looking at you, kitchen.

For now, enclosing the porch comes with all sorts of fun decisions like picking out a front door, flooring, and a new exterior paint color. That fun word was only partially sarcastic. Looking at all the options is so exciting but the actual decision part nearly kills me. Not to mention the fact that shopping for a door turns out to be pretty stressful. Who knew!?

So since we'll be diving head first into living through construction any day now, do you have any tips to share?

Monday, September 22, 2014

An Old Chair, Revisited

About a year ago, my husband found this chair abandoned in an alley and did what any chair hoarder's collector's spouse would do and brought it home for me. He's a keeper, that husband of mine.
After that, it sat. And sat. And sat. Until I finally decided to get to work on it. Since the wicker seat was broken, removing it was the first line of business. I used a box cutter and started chipping away.

Once the wicker seat was removed, I began sanding the chair. Sanding, by the way, is the bane of my existence. I'm not good with nooks and crannies, and there are a lot of them in this chair. I did my best but didn't worry about it being perfect.
Then the chair was just a skeleton and that posed one problem: there was no place to sit. Pretty important, don't you think? To solve this problem, with my Dad's help, we traced the shape of the seat on to a piece of plywood and cut it out of the wood. This left us with another problem: plywood doesn't come bent to the curve of a seat.
To bend the plywood into a seat shape, I soaked the wood for hours in the bathtub. From there I placed it on top of the chair, clamped it down in the front and stacked as many bricks as I could on top of the seat (which ended up being 20 or so, like Jenga - brick edition!). I left it until the wood dried through and then removed the bricks. The first time didn't do the trick so I repeated the process by soaking the plywood (for longer this time) and stacking bricks on top of the seat.
Eventually I was left with a decent dip in the wood, appropriate for a chair.
This is how the chair stands today, waiting to be finished. I was originally planning on staining all of the wood and upholstering the seat in a nice, durable fabric but the staining just scares me. Another solution would be to paint the main chair body, but stain the middle strip of bentwood.
The final decision really all depends on where I will use it. Since it will most likely be a multipurpose chair (desk chair during the day, dining chair when hosting family and friends), I'd like it to be cohesive with my other dining chairs. However, I have no plans for those either. Not until I narrow down a replacement dining table.

So for now it sits, collecting dust and waiting for it's life to move on. What are your opinions?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Color Blocked Cleaning Bottles

Are we all in agreement that cleaning is just sometimes no fun? Over at Live Simply today, I'm sharing a colorful DIY to brighten your cleaning routine. However, there is no guarantee cleaning will actually become enjoyable but it's worth a shot, right?

Check out the full tutorial here and let me know what you think!
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