Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Second Hand Bedroom {and what it cost}

We are this close to finishing off the master bedroom. I have a vintage chandelier to hang, and I'd love a fab area rug in there (ok, and maybe some crown molding) and then we'll be fini.

I've done several posts on my bedroom (can you tell that I love it?) but thought it would be fun to do another showing all the second hand/vintage/hand me down items that I used in this room, and what I spent on them. 

Don't you wonder what things cost? What bargains others find, or if a room you admire on a blog cost $200 to decorate, or $20,000? No? Well, I do, and I thought I would share with you what we spent.

As I sit here writing this post, I can honestly tell you that I have no idea what we spent.  I have yet to add it up, so it will be interesting for me to see as well.

We started with nothing for this room, except for our mattress. I wanted a totally different look than the matching furniture we had in our last home (which is now housed in the guest room).  I looked to Kijiji, for much of my furniture in here, and was also lucky in that my family handed down some pieces also.  EVERYTHING, with the exception of the mattress/boxspring, some textiles, reframing pictures, and some accessories, is vintage.

Marble topped chest of drawers: Kijiji (basically like Craig's List) $175
Antlers: given to me/free
terrarium: given to me/free
picture: given to me/professional reframing $300 (this ain't cheap!)
Armoire: from my Grandmother/free
Bust: Kijiji $35
Etchings: Antique dealer, liquidating his collection $12 for 6
Frames for etchings: Michaels, on sale for $5 each-$30 total
Basket: Home Sense $12
other accessories/pillows, I've had for years

Bedside table/desk: Kijiji $175
Clock: Home Sense $20 (I have seen the EXACT same one currently in a local home decor shop for $75!!)
Frame: gift
Urn with orchid: gift
Bedside lamps: My mother gave them to me, but bought them for $2 for both (!!) at a garage sale
Picture above bed: gift
Professional re-framing for picture $300
Pottery Barn bedding: $200 for all, including skirt, shams and duvet cover

Headboard (seen in an old picture before we painted the walls): Kijiji $125

Barley twist gateleg table: Kijiji $125

Granny needlepoint chair: Kijiji $50

Desk (which I repainted) Kijiji: $75
Chairs: gift
Matelesse to cover chairs: gift, and I sewed the covers myself
Basket under desk: Home Sense $50
Hydrangeas: free
Frames on desk: Home Sense around $12 each
vintage encyclopedieas, tray, all pictures-gifts or free
Professional reframing of picture-$200
Preserved cedar topiaries: on sale for $50 for both

moss and nests for terrarium: under $10
Urns I've had for 10 years
Bosporus Flax linen for draperies $200 for all supplies; sewn myself
Drapery hardware came from our old house

A close-up of the picture hanging above the dresser. It was given to me by my Mom, and I love it!

Close up of the antique etchings we scored for $2 each from an antique dealer.

More etchings from same antique dealer $8 for 4
Frames: Michaels: $60 for 4
Orchid pot:gifted, orchid $15
This is actually more than I thought it would be, but I think the $800 on reframing those pictures made a big dent in the budget (but worth it to preserve them properly!). 
I'd say this still isn't bad to completely furnish (except for our mattress which I bought many years ago) a large master bedroom. If I had more money to spend, I still don't think I'd change a thing. I love the vintage elements and unmatched furniture that has a more collected over time look.
It is certainly a wonderful, restful retreat!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Finishing off the Master

I am putting the finishing touches on the master. Remember this desk which I repainted?  Well, I finally got everything arranged around it.   It certainly is keeping with the romantic, feminine feel I envisioned for this room.

I refinished these old ladder back chairs.  The old finish was a thick, brown colour, and the stain was very scuffed.  I decided to restain them the same colour as the desk top.  The seat is upholstered in a blue leather, but it, too, is in poor condition.  For now I made these slipcovers, using an old Matlesse tablecloth. These chairs are so comfy! The seat has springs in it, and it is a nice surprise when you park your tooshie on one only to discover how comfy it is!

I love dried hydranges, and these have such beautiful, vibrant colour.
Frenchie pictures, my Mom found thrifting.
I had this portrait reframed. It was my Grandmother's. Ah, I adore it!

I topped the desk with these preserved cedar topiaries, a vintage tray, pictures of my girls, and a few other objet.

On my next post, I'll share the room in its entirety.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tweaking the Craft Table

Remember my craft table made from Ikea parts?  I really wanted hidden storage, so used two dressers topped with two desk tops.  You can read about the details here.
90% of the time I use this table for cutting fabric, however, it also makes an excellent surface for wrapping gifts.
There was a space between the two dressers where I had always intended to put a shelving unit to hold my wrapping paper rolls.  Well, this past weekend, we (by we, I really mean my husband) finally got around to getting it done!
He used a melamine sheet, and constructed a 2 shelf unit that fits perfectly between the dressers.
Wrapping paper storage is always a challenge, but this is perfect! I love it!
I'll certainly be using this table a lot for wrapping in the upcoming Ho-Ho season!
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cozy in the Craft Room

I am in the midst of so.many.projects. 

There are not enough hours in the day, I tell ya!

So in my typical fashion, I am bouncing around from room to room, hanging pictures, painting walls, refinishing goes on and on. I must exhaust my husband and kids =)

The past few days, I've been tweaking a special spot in the craft room.

I have had a cute alabaster lamp in need of rewiring and repairs for years, so naturally, yesterday I decided I must get it done.  Off to home depot I went to fetch a re-wiring kit. 

I'm sure there are many great tutorials on the web, but here are a few quick pictures to give you an idea of just how easy this husbands needed!

First, I removed the old wire and socket.  I just cut the wire below the socket to get mine off since the wire was also being replaced.

Next, I fished the new wire up the base, and followed the instructions on the back of the new socket package, simply tightening the screws around the exposed tip of wire. 

The new socket just screwed onto the lamp, and the top of the socket sleeve slides over that.  Voila! I did initially think the old wiring looked fine, so I plugged it in, and some sparks and smoke later, decided it needed to be replaced!

The sections of the lamp had come apart, so I re-glued them with ceramic epoxy. It worked very well, and was super easy to mix and use. I am still planning on recovering the shade and will show you that next, since, you know, I have far more important things to be doing, so of course, I'll be spending my precious free time (ie when baby is napping and other two are in school) working on my shade.

The curtains were professionally sewn (ie major buckaroos) for my old house, and I insisted on bringing them with us when we moved.  Trouble is, our old home had 8 foot ceilings, and this home has 11 foot ceilings.  None of the curtains fit any windows even with the hem let out.  I was sitting  up in my craft room the other day and realized these ceilings are lower (since it's the bonus room over the garage) and there are two rather bare looking windows.  I rushed out and bought new rods, hung the curtains and am loving the new cozy look in here.  WHAT a difference adding draperies and fabric makes in a space.

Cozy, night time shots:

A few of my recent quilts, waiting to be finished, are hanging on the ladder.

I repainted the little table circa 93, and it may be time for a fresh look, although the green colour does go rather well in this space. The bottom holds a few of my quilting books.

I will be giving you another update on the rest of my craft room once I have completed a few other projects.  I have no less than 6 pieces of furniture to paint in here, a sewing project and a wrapping paper storage cabinet to build.  Stay tuned for the reveal in approximately 2 years or less (ok, I'll try for sooner, but no lack of focus may take me to other 'emergency' decor projects in the meantime!)

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Reclaimed Industrial Art for the Theater Room

I am slowly decorating our theater room with an industrial/west coast vibe. I'll explain more once I reveal the entire room, but today, I'd like to share my latest piece of 'art'.

I found these reels at an antique shop and thought they'd be perfect for this room. Perhaps in their former life they were clothes line reels? My husband thinks the larger one may have been a well reel.

They were very rusty, and flaking quite a bit, so out came the protective clear coat/rust paint. We simply applied one coat onto them, and they were sealed. The sealer actually gave them a nicer, richer patina also.

My husband, being the handy, knot tying type of guy that he is, then rigged them up to each other using manila rope, and attached them to a "boat clip" hook (all from Home Depot).

I love how it turned out, and it's perfect in this room! A few more touches, and I'll be ready to reveal the room.

{I'm sorry for the less then ideal pictures, but the theater room literally has zero windows, is painted a dark colour, and I couldn't position the tripod to get good pictures-ugh!}

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