Thursday, June 9, 2011

Labor of Love

This post is dedicated to my Grandmom Socci. I think I've put off writing this post because it still makes me really sad to think she's not here with us anymore. She was one of the strongest and most independent women I've ever met and I miss her every day. It's been over a year since she passed away, but I think it still hasn't hit me yet.

When Grandmom passed away, I asked if I could have her bedroom furniture. We have two guest bedrooms upstairs and I thought it would look great in one of them. If you knew my Grandmom, you would know that she loved to re-decorate and every time we went to her house, her furniture had been rearranged...so I felt like she would approve of me redoing her furniture. As the title of this post says, it was definitely a labor of love. We had to buy an electric sander because the furniture had a clear coat over it so spray paint wouldn't stick. For those of you who have never spray painted, it's the best way to re-do furniture and it's easy and cheap!Before

Before


Andrew sanded...

and sanded... (we all sanded for a long time)


Next, we used Krylon gray primer and then did 2 - 3 coats of Krylon satin black:

Yes, we wore masks.

If you're planning on spray painting a lot, you must get one of these.


Now for the before and afters:

Before

After...It's a little drippy looking on the back but I'm going to use wallpaper to cover that up.

Before

After

Before

After

We also changed out all the hardware on the dresser and nightstand:



We bought about 5 cans of primer and 6 or 7 cans of black spray paint. Also, I bought the drawer knobs on Etsy.com for $20 and the drawer pulls from Target for $12. The whole project was under $100. Not bad for a drawer, nightstand, headboard and bed frame. Thanks to Anna and Andrew for all your help and hard work!

This was a lot of hard work, but I feel like Grandmom would like it and every time I walk into our guest bedroom I think of her.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Old chairs, New look

I FINALLY finished a project!! 1 project down, 80 million to go.

In our dining room, we're using my Grandmom's old dining table and china cabinet. This set was originally my parent's and is about as old as I am. It still looks great so I'm very happy to use it, not to mention buying a new one would cost way too much. There was just one thing I didn't really like, the fabric on the chairs. So, I decided to recover the chairs in a new fabric with the help of my handy sister (thanks, Anna!).

I started out by buying my fabric from www.fabric.com. I probably should have measured the chairs before I bought the fabric because I bought WAY too much! I bought 8 yards of fabric when all I needed was about 3. Not sure what I'm going to do yet with all my extra fabric! I ordered the fabric back in March, but it was on back order and of course the company didn't tell me that until after I bought it! Not cool.

After it finally arrived (a month later!!), Anna and I got to work! As with everything else in my house, it was a bit harder than anticipated. I thought it would only take about an hour to re-cover 6 chairs but it ended up taking around 4 hours. As I said earlier, the chairs are really old and have been re-covered a few other times so the nails holding in the cushion were mostly stripped. It took quite a bit of work to get the cushions off the chairs. Now to the before and afters:


Before

Before

The fabric on the chairs isn't that bad, I just wanted them to match the blue and white walls in the dining room.

Anna getting the nails out.

That's me!



After

After

After

Here's the whole dining room with the china cabinet in the back. I still need to get some napkins to put on the placemats but that shouldn't be hard because I think I'm just going to use white ones with pretty napkin rings. Also, I got this awesome huge glass vase that I just put on the table yesterday! I'll post some pictures of that in my next post because I'm obsessed with it.

Overall, it wasn't that hard and I got to use my favorite tool...my staple gun! I paid about $40 for all the fabric but if I would have measured at all better it probably would have only cost $18-$20. Lesson learned.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

130 Days...

I'm getting married in 130 days!!! It's crazy how time flies. When we got engaged in October, I thought I had all the time in the world to plan the wedding and now we're approaching the 4 month mark. I was very very stressed when we first got engaged because it's extremely overwhelming when you're looking at the big picture. But luckily with the help of my mom, sister, and our wedding planner Jodie (she's awesome!), we have knocked out just about all the big things! I'm a very organized, control freak Type A kind of person so it makes me feel better to have a to do list and have everything written out. But I swear every time I go to theknot.com, it freaks me out a little to see the following:


Do I really have 116 things on my to do list?? To make myself feel better I'm going to make a list of the things that need to be done in the next 1-2 months...

  • Get a passport
  • Order invitations
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Dress fittings
  • Find bridesmaid gifts
  • Plan bachelorette party
  • Buy our wedding bands
  • Guys need to get fitted for tuxes
  • Register at Target, BB&B, Home Depot
And I'm sure there's a million more things I'm not thinking of right now so I'm going to stop because this list is stressing me out!! Hopefully this won't be me in the next few months...

Haha kidding! (sort of)

Anyways, I think everything will work out fine...it's just a little stressful right now but will pay off in the end!

And for anyone wondering (because I get asked this all the time!), no I will not be changing my name! As most of you know, Andrew and I have the same last name...no we're not related and no I will not be Ivey Turner Turner. I'm just going to keep my name the way it is. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little excited about this because I like my name and I can keep all my monogrammed stuff! :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Camera Issues and Ebates

I have a ton of stuff I need to post on the blog but I have a small problem...my camera has been dead for about a month. I have looked EVERYWHERE but I can't find the charger! I really really didn't want to buy a new charger because they are rather expensive, but I finally sucked it up and bought one yesterday. I found one on Overstock.com for $4 (including shipping)!! I love a good bargain! It's not a Canon brand charger, but whatever, it'll do.

One thing I've been meaning to write about is ebates.com. It's one of my favorite websites and I use it ALL the time. If you shop online a lot, you need to be using this website. All you have to do is create an ebates account and whenever you want to buy something online, find the store on ebate's website and click "Shop Now" and it will take you to the retailer's website. Ebates tracks what you buy through the retailer's website and they give you a percentage back on your purchase. You can get anywhere from 1% to 20% back on a purchase. For example, I wanted to buy my wedding save the dates from Shutterfly.com. Ebates was offering 8% cash back if you went through them first, so I went to ebates.com, found Shutterfly's store page, clicked "Shop Now" and then created my save the dates and bought them. They cost about $150, but since I went through ebates, I got 8% cash back which equaled about $12. Every two or three months, ebates transfers whatever money is in your cash back account to your checking account or they will write you a check.


Find your store and click Shop Now.


You're taken to this page where it shows that it's tracking you and then you're taken to whatever website you plan to purchase something from.

It doesn't sound like that much, but if you get in the habit of always going through ebates, it will definitely add up. Most of the time I will go to a store, find what I want, then order it online through ebates. I found a washer and dryer at Home Depot that I wanted so I ordered it online and Home Depot had 5% cash back if you went through ebates, so of course I did and I ended up getting about $60 back. Gap just had a big sale with ebates where you could get 20% cash back! They also have free shipping codes or sale promo codes. Needless to say, I love this website and hundreds of stores partner with ebates so you can get cash back for just about anything you buy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My lightbulb moment!

Swinging from the chandelier...that's what I wanted to do when we finally replaced our old, stupid, small light fixture in the dining room. As mentioned in previous posts, we bought a foreclosure and the old owners took everything, including all the light fixtures, so the bank replaced all the fixtures with these little crappy ones. The fixture wouldn't be that bad for a hallway, but definitely not for almost every room in the house.

We started the chandelier search at our favorite store, Home Depot, but didn't have much luck. So we ventured over to Progressive Lighting and holy cow that place is overwhelming. They have light fixtures ranging from $10 to $30,000. We walked around for so long looking up at the ceiling that it made me dizzy. I'm going for a navy/silver/white look in the dining room so we decided on a brushed nickel chandelier...and we had a 15% off coupon!

And now for the good stuff...before and after pictures:

Here's the puny little light and our red walls (don't miss those).


And here is the after! We also bought a medallion at Progressive Lighting (below).





We put the table and chairs in the dining room but we'll also be adding the china cabinet that is currently sitting in our garage. I'd also like to eventually add some kind of rug and a table that will sit against one of the walls. But here are the room before and afters with what we have so far...


Before

After
I'm not quite sure why I didn't take a picture with the lights on, guess I forgot!


We have a bunch of other things we're working on right now...yard, refinishing furniture, painting (of course)...I just have to find more time to write blog posts and take pictures!

On a side note, I'm getting married in less than 6 months! Craaaazy! My "resolution" was that when I hit the 6 month mark, I was going to start working out/eating better, but to be honest, I haven't really done anything. This house and wedding planning takes up so much time, I don't have a lot left over for working out. I'm hoping that if I write this down it will help motivate me. I'm going to try and start doing P90X or other workouts in the morning...because it's just not happening for me after work. So, here's to hoping this blog post will give me some motivation!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Style and New Couches

We FINALLY found some couches! We started looking at Woodstock Furniture Outlet in Acworth, which is my favorite place to find furniture by the way. On our first trip, I found several couches that I really liked but I wasn't ready to pull the trigger just yet. We also looked at Bassett, Ashley, American Signature, Havertys, and just about everywhere else that sold couches. There was one Ashley couch that I kept going back to but wasn't sure if we should buy it or not because I'm extremely indecisive when it comes to furniture. So I took my mom with me one day and she picked out the Ashley couches without even knowing they were the ones I liked! I took that as a sign and decided to buy them! Even better, the Ashley couches were $100 cheaper at Woodstock Furniture Outlet than they were at the Ashley store. I love a good bargain!

I haven't taken any pictures of the couches in our living room, so a stock photo will have to do for now. I keep forgetting to bring my good camera to our new house!

I LOVE our new couches and they even come with all those pillows! I probably won't use all the pillows because I'm not going for the blue/brown look, but I was excited to get them for free nonetheless. We decided to get two couches instead of a couch and loveseat. The loveseat was too small and we have enough room in our living room to fit two couches. They fit perfectly in our living room and look great against our newly painted walls.

Now on to another subject, the style of the living room. I want it to be traditional but still stylish. I want a Pottery Barn/Ballard Designs look, but I want to do it on a budget. I'll be doing a lot of refinishing, reupholstering, and other "do-it-yourself" kind of things. I love finding a good deal or even finding furniture at Goodwill and refinishing it to make it new and pretty. It just kills me to pay so much for things at Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, etc. when you can find the exact same thing for so much cheaper. My favorite decorating store is Home Goods because they always have such good prices and a great selection! I'm also beyond obsessed with Amazon.com. I order everything from wireless routers to area rugs on Amazon. Not too long ago, I ordered a 9x11 rug for $150 with free shipping and it was excellent quality and really pretty!

Anna (my sister) made me a design board of what I'm trying to achieve in the living room:


We have been extremely busy doing stuff to the house. We painted our closet and are about 75% done painting the master bedroom, moved Andrew in, hung up the TV, bought a chandelier, and tons more. Hopefully I'll remember to bring my camera next time I'm at the house so I can take pictures and write more blog posts!

Thanks for reading! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

In the Navy...

This blog title is brought to you courtesy of my sister Anna and the Village People. When I was putting together dining room pictures for the blog, Anna started singing "In the Navy"and it has been stuck in my head since yesterday. Why, you ask, does my dining room remind Anna of a Village People song? Because it's navy!

I honestly don't know where I got the idea to paint our dining room navy. I think my obsession with the color started when we began planning the wedding. Our main wedding color is, you guessed it, navy! It just goes with so many other colors like silver, yellow, red, green, etc.

From day one of seeing the house, I knew I wanted our first big project (besides painting) to be the dining room. In my own words, I wanted "really tall molding with squares and the crown stuff on top of the molding and the walls to be navy"...if you can't tell, I use really technical decorating terms.

Luckily, I'm engaged to an extremely talented guy who knows how to put up "really tall molding". It really is awesome to have such a handy future husband. Throughout college, Andrew and several of his friends worked for a friend who owned a small business doing tile and remodeling. I always tell Andrew that he and his friends should flip houses (when the market comes back, of course) because between all of them they can tile, put in hardwood floors, plumbing, electrical, etc. It took Andrew and his friend Brandon a few days, but they did an amazing job with the molding and it's exactly what I had pictured in my head.

Before I post the before and after pictures, I want to show you the paint we used. I took the after pictures in the evening and we have a crappy light fixture in there that gives off zero light so the pictures are a little dark. The paint looks black in some of the pictures, but I promise it's not...it's navy!

We picked a Martha Stewart color, but the Behr paint was cheaper so the nice people at Home Depot color matched and we were able to get Behr.

Here are the Before pictures:




And now for the After pictures:


It seriously looks like a different room!! Thanks Andrew and Brandon for all the hard work! :)

I'm using my grandmother's old dining room table and recovering the chairs. We also recently bought a new silver chandelier so we'll have more light. The room is slowly but surely coming together. I'll post more pictures once we get the chandelier hung and the chairs recovered.

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday! The weekend is almost here!







Thursday, January 27, 2011

A little paint goes a long way...

OK actually it wasn't a little paint, it was a whole lot of paint. As mentioned in my last post, I was a bit sad that we had to hire someone to paint our house because I like doing things myself. Oh well...I'm not going to lie, it was a great feeling to walk in the door and have everything DONE! It took the painters 3 days to paint the main floor and then an extra 2 days to fix what they had messed up. They did a questionable job in some areas so they had to come back and fix it. Here are some before and afters of the main floor:


As you can see from the wall, it took me quite a few testers to pick the right shade of brown....12 testers to be exact.


Before


And here are the afters...



Anna says "Hey!"

The brown looks a little dark in these pictures because I took them at night. It's more of a chocolate milk-ish color.

I never thought I'd be so happy to see white trim!

I'll post about the dining room tomorrow. It's by far the best before and after. Andrew and his friend Brandon did an awesome job adding a ton of trim!