In Progress: A Bedroom Makeover

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I’ve mentioned a couple of times now that I’ve been busy helping my cousin with a couple of rooms in her house.  I have been working really hard on this for the past couple of weeks now and I have made a ton of progress.  I just wanted to share a few “in progress” photos of some of the furniture that will be going in her bedroom.

Here are a few before shots:

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A few “in progress” shots:

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And a few shots of where we’re at now:

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I’m really excited about this room.  It has been a lot of work, but I think when it is all finished and put together it is going to look so good! :)

She is going out of town this weekend and I plan to sneak into her house to get everything all set up and styled. It will be a surprise homecoming for her!  I’ll be sharing photos of the finished room on here next week, so stay tuned!

Recovered Vintage Footstool

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A couple of weeks ago I picked up the cutest little footstool at the thrift store.  It was only $5, which was a total score. Although I loved the vintage fabric that was already on it, I felt it was too faded and worn out to use.  It was a bummer, but I had the perfect fabric already on hand to use on it.  I also wanted to add some high density foam on top of the existing cushion since it was pretty worn and deflated.

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Recovering these types of things is pretty simple and straightforward.  I removed the legs and laid the foam and batting in place to attach to the existing cushion.

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Then I got out my staple gun and stapled the batting in place.

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Next, I cut the fabric to the right size and stapled that over the batting, pulling fairly tight.  I wanted the corners here to sort of have some pleats so I didn’t pull as tight as I would if I were recovering a chair seat.

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Since I had a ton of staples that were visible on the bottom side, I just took another scrap piece of the fabric and attached that to the bottom.  It made for a nicer and cleaner look and it covered most of the visible staples on the bottom.

After we re-attached the the legs it was ready for use.  It is much cushier now with the added foam and I love the fabric with those awesome vintage metal legs.  It was meant to be.

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This weekend I’m planning on getting some more of the laundry room finished (the project that never ends).  So check back for updates on that!

What projects do you have going on this weekend?  Have you been recovering anything lately?

Re-Sealed Concrete Counters

So in the midst of my super busy weekend, I decided that now was the time to re-seal my concrete counters in the kitchen.  I’m crazy like that.  :)  After we put the concrete counters in I figured that a re-seal around every six months would be sufficient and since it had been right around that time I decided to just go for it.

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I really like the combination of sealers that we used the first time around so I decided to stick with what worked. You can read all about the sealer and the concrete counters here.  For the re-seal, I just brushed on a couple more coats of the top sealer.  There were a couple of spots where the top coat had worn away, so I knew it was time. You can see the little round spots that I’m talking about in this photo — it is where the sealer had worn away and raw concrete was exposed.

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We use our kitchen a ton though, and I have to say that I am really happy with not only the counters and their durability, but also the sealer.  And aside from a few little spots like these, the counters have worn extremely well. We are six months in and have had no major issues.

I just cleared off the counters completely and gave them a good wipe down (I also took this opportunity to deep clean the kitchen since everything was cleared out of the way — fun, fun!).

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Then I busted out the sealer and got to work on the first coat (I did a total of two coats this time around).

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The worst part about doing things like this is that you lose your kitchen for a bit and you have to live with your house looking like this:

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It drives me crazy even looking at that photo.  Ha!  But in this case it was only for about 24 hours while the sealer dried, so not too bad.

After I was done with the two coats we were left with SUPER glossy concrete counters again. Maybe even glossier than the first time around.  They look so good and have a glass-like surface now.  You can see your reflection in them!

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Ah, so pretty.  I was probably the happiest to get the kitchen back together though — I hate it when things are out of order for too long (you should see our garage right now…disaster zone).

My love for the concrete counters is completely renewed!  Best thing we ever did in this kitchen.  Have any of you tried them yet?

How to Get the Smoothest Finish with Paint

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It’s Friday, and I have an incredibly busy weekend ahead of me.  I am finishing up our laundry room makeover, and painting/refinishing A LOT of furniture for my cousin’s house.  I mentioned earlier this week that I am helping her style and decorate a couple of rooms in her house and there is no shortage of work to be done!

One of the projects I worked on this week was getting some moulding for the laundry room painted.

I always use the pre-primed moulding from Home Depot for my projects.  Here are the boards before:


And this is what they look like now:


Whenever I paint moulding or cabinets I want as few brush marks as I can get.  In order to get the smoothest finish I use a product called Floetrol — it’s a self-leveling paint conditioner for latex paint (but I think they make one for oil-based paint too). It is really so easy to use.  I just put the paint I’m going to use in a container and pour a little bit of the conditioner in and mix it up.  Then I just brush the paint on as usual.


The only thing to remember is that when you use this stuff it does thin out the paint a little to make it easier to apply, so you may need to do an extra coat to make sure you have good coverage.

I applied three coats of black paint to this boards.  When you use the conditioner, it helps the paint just glide onto the surface, and this makes for a really quick job.

Here is the first coat:


The second coat:


And final coat:


As you can see, when the paint dries it completely levels out and you are left with a smooth surface free of any brush (or roller) marks.  It gives latex the self-leveling property that oil-based paint has.  I love this product.  It works really well when painting furniture too.

Now I’m excited to get these boards cut and installed in the laundry room and get that room done!

Have any of you guys ever used Floetrol or a different paint conditioner?  What do you think?

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