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  1. Painting the Living Room

    September 22, 2011 by siera104

    I decied to tackle painting my living room, attached dining room, and hallway. I knew I really like the color  Buckskin Pony, a warm mustard-brown. The color name is pretty amusing since I always wanted a buckskin pony. I didn’t want everything to be that color so I also chose the dark color on the same card, for the dining room.




    Check out that 90's wall border, don't ya just love pastel


    Before painting I needed to smooth the walls. The dust from sanding the wall was EVERYWHERE.


    During.. again



    It took over 24 hours to prep the space, then another 12 to paint, then another few hours to clean everything and put it back in place. Below you can see the shade of paint differ from the dining room on the right from the living room.





    I had some pictures in the hallway but I found some very affordabe gold frames, and gold framed mirrors and made a gallery in my hallway. The “Behind every clever girl is a guy with a beard and glasses” print is from Egg-a-go-go on Etsy.

    I am very proud of my handy work.

  2. Dining Room Chairs

    September 22, 2011 by siera104

    One evening I decided to re-upholster my dining room chairs. For any person who wants to start upholstery this is of of the easies projects to begin with. There is no sewing involved. All you need to do if your chair has adequate padding to begin with is a screw driver, to remove the seat, scissors to cut the fabric to size, and a staple gun and staples to attach your new fabric and VOLIA!

    Before Dining Room Chairs


    Dining Room Fabric

    After Dining Room Chairs


  3. Updating the Kitchen

    September 22, 2011 by siera104

    I mentioned before I made some quick little fixes to brighten my kitchen. I spend a good bit of my time at home in my kitchen and this spring I got it in my head that it was time for some updating. If you recall there was mushroom wall paper a-la 1964, yellowy floors, back splashes and counters. I would like a modern white open kitchen. I like my birch home made cabinets that are original to the house, and the overall layout I can live with.

    I wanted to start with the walls, then get a new oven. But instead Brandon mentioned that I needed a dishwasher since he allegedly found some food stuck on a plate. The next weekend he mentioned this, guess what died? The DISHWASHER, luckily Lowe’s was having a sale on EnergyStar Appliances, so we got a Samsung DMT800rhwdishwasher.

    Dishwasher from 1989
    Before: GE Dishwasher from 1989

    New Dishwasher

    That same weekend I was feeling ambitiousness and began dealing with wallpaper removal. I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. It took 3 weeks to remove un-primed wallpaper. I found the best method to be buying a steamer and wait a minute, scrape, repeat. Then It was time to get the wall nice and smooth since I wanted a shiny white paint. That took another 3 weeks, oh what fun, white dust all over EVERYTHING. I am happy to announce this portion of the update is over. And now my kitchen is prettier. Below are some photos of the work in progress.

    Yeah, those are mushrooms on the wallpaper 

    And the obligatory after pictures. Please take note of the change in lighting . The style of light is called Forecast F6064-36, if you want to google it yourself.

    Next up… Countertops

  4. Master Boudoir Makeover

    March 1, 2010 by siera104


    I really wish I had some be fore’s for this room. Imagine a pastel pink and green brush stroke border, beige walls, black and large pink and green flowers and foliage on the matching curtains and bed spread. Over time I have done a bit of work to make this room my own. First I got a new bedspread, then I rearranged the room, added a chair, and have gone through 2 set of crap-tastic window dressings. But after a couple weekends I can happily say that I am done making this room my own.



    Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom


    I was going to pain the room in a golden, citron to match the awesome wing backed chair. But after further consideration, I thought it may be too stimulating in a bedroom. I remembered a while back that blue hued rooms slow respiration and heart rates, so something soothing and relaxing. I used the print by C.C. Beall of the oriental girl as a color pallet. The other prints I have from Etsy seller Bell & Boo, during this project I learned that Brandon does not care to see the hardware on window dressings, so that means no pretty decorative rods, and drapes like I originally had planned. But we compromised and made these luxurious upholstered cornices from 1 inch foam insulation, some glue, drywall crews, batting, fabric and staples. I am sold on Brandon’s window dressing aesthetic. The sheers I lucked out that Surplus City had a shade to match the bedspread, and I bought some 1 inch drapery grommets from, which gives a lovely folding effect to the drapes, I highly recommend this method if you are making some drapes.

  5. Colorful Kitchen

    July 15, 2009 by siera104

    I found a colorful stripe queen size flat sheet at Elmer’s for $5.99. It has become the color pallet for my Kitchen

    I made curtains for the sink and the door

    Curtains for window and door

    Brandon donated the bookshelf to the kitchen; the finish was the same as the cabinets. The back of the shelf was some Masonite and not too pretty. So I bought some sample cans of paint the same color teal and green from the inspiration fabric.

    I save my old pretzel and biscotti containers for kitchen staples. I also made my own baking soda label and stuck it on a container for parmesan cheese. I really like my cute and bright kitchen now.

    I found these shaggy rugs in the same color skeme as the curtains at Gabes for a reasonable price, I made sure they were machine washable before I put them in my kitchen.

    Colorful Rugs

  6. Curb Appeal

    June 30, 2009 by siera104

    I painted the front door and xeri-scaped the front flowerbed.




    I xeriscape the front flowerbed since the awning covers this bed, and I am terribly lazy when it come to watering plants. So far I have been pretty successful keeping the plants alive. The colors of the stone around the door served as inspiration for the colors of the door.

  7. Bubble Dining Room Lamp

    June 1, 2009 by siera104

    Using Ready-Made’s instructions for their Bubble Chandelier I made a Bubble Pendent Light for my Dining Room. Brandon assisted in the macrame since he is much better at macrame than I am. I am very pleased with the results. Soon it will be time to take care of those Peptobismal valeances. I will keep you updated.



  8. Blue Outdoor Furniture

    May 7, 2009 by siera104

    I had an old run-of-the-mill white metal outdoor table and chairs. With a little bit of paint and a vintage table cloth and left over foam from other projects, it’s not so run-of-the-mill any longer. This project cost me under $10, and that was for the 3 cans of blue paint. The tie downs, came tied the rug in the office when I bought it. Way to reuse!

    Vintage table cloth coushins

    Blue outdoor Metal table

    Blue outdoor Metal table

  9. Reupholstered Couch and Loveseat

    March 7, 2009 by siera104

    I have been doing some upholstery projects lately, see! Here’s the Before and After.



    I really love this couch and love seat; it was my grandmother’s she got in in the early nineties, I guess. Then it was passed down to my mom, so my brother sister and I slobbered all over the couches and gave them a good bit of ware. Mom covered the seat cushions and arms with some gray-ish striped material. When I finally got the love seat and couch, it was worse for the wear, but still pretty comfortable. I really didn’t like the back pillows; they always looked very sloppy no matter how you tried to arrange them.

    I knew I wanted to re-upholster the couches in a navy blue color (dark, minimal dirt to show).

    One day I was at Surplus City and found THE FABRIC I was looking for, a modern navy blue fabric with an olive and lighter blue wave pattern. The only downfall was there was only 4 yard of 54 inch wide fabric. My challenge was to make this fabric stretch to cover a couch and a love seat. If any of you have looked at yardage estimates for upholstering couches like mine, 16 yards are needed. Fortunately the local JoAnne Fabrics Store had a blue color fabric to compliment the wave pattern; I also got a wood grain fabric in the same blue color. The trim is from Surplus City for $0.69 a yard (I used 36 yards to trim everything).

    Since I did not like the old cushions Surplus City had 24x24x4 High Density foam for $13 apiece. I found 3 fit nicely on the couch and 2 fit well on the love seat… yeah!

    My attack plan was to make the back cushions with the modern fabric and the rest of the couch would be covered in the plain. I used cording around all of the seams to show some contrast on the couch and to give it a bit of definition.

    Before I could upholster the seat cushions I removed 2 upholstery jobs my mother did (I forgot about this white-ish lining she covered some holes with. Then I removed the original cover, and then I vacuumed and beat the cushion so it wasn’t so icky.

    I made some sleeves for the side of the couch and stapled them on. For the bottom of the couch I originally wanted to put a very long and wide bullion fringe around the bottom to avoid upholstering the thing. Too bad that plan wasn’t followed through. I never found any affordable bullion fringe that I liked, they were too short (it needed to be at least 8 inches), or the wrong color I wanted the blue, but I would have settled on olive. None the less I got sick of the old couch showing through for a month, so I used the rest of the fabric to make skirts for the couches. I just stapled them on the couches. Voilà!

  10. Office Transformation

    April 7, 2000 by siera104

    The room which I put my computer in when I moved to my Kentucky Home had become a catch all. It was not good. Just see for yourself


    Like I said… not good.

    I had seen these very cool damask rugs at Elmer’s (my new favorite bargain store), for about 2 months and Friday March 13th I finally broke down and bought the only two rugs they had. Took a snip of the fibers to Lowes and bought some New Avocado paint. That Friday night I spent prepping the room.

    Then I painted the walls. I enlisted some help from some friends to get all of the furniture out of the room so I could scrub the rugs before I rolled out the new rugs. When the floors were clean it was time to see if the rugs would look good in this crazy avocado green room.

    I was starting to like it. :)

    Now I needed to put my computer and stuff back in the room. Before I did I took advantage of some 70 degree March afternoons to spray paint some bookshelves an espresso brown color.

    I found the curtain fabric at JoAnne; it was the perfect shade of green and had a brown background. The curtain rod cost $2 from Elmer’s (I did some slight repair to glue a knob on. My Brother, Bryce helped me cut the curtain rod so I could fit it on the wall.

    I lucked out that Brandon’s favorite recliner is a chocolate color and my office chair is brown. The filing cabinet i covered with the curtain fabric because I hope to upgrade from the cinchy filing cabinet soon.