DIY Giant Shelves for the Basement

*denotes affiliate link I feel a little…slow motiony about house stuff lately. Like, for example, these shelves. I posted a picture of the almost finished shelves on Instagram like two weeks ago, and then it just took forever to get them all the way finished. (And then actually writing the post is taking me ANOTHER forever). Incidentally, the same sort … Continue reading

Painted Upholstery on Vintage Shell Chairs: A Basement Update!

This chair makeover marks an important turning point in my life: between the completion of this project and a few drop offs at the thrift store, I no longer have a stash of chairs in my garage waiting to be painted/reupholstered/etc. and moved into the house! I feel relieved and a little empty. I bought these chairs off of Craigslist … Continue reading

Our New Ikea Karlstad Sectional: A Love Story

Here’s what I wrote nearly two years ago about wanting a Karlstad sectional: Yes, I know….EVERYONE has a Karlstad sofa from Ikea. But you know what? Sometimes everyone is right. Because where else am I going to find an attractive sectional, with a cover that I can replace if/when the evil cats destroy the first one, for $900? Since then, … Continue reading

DIY Modern Birch Table from One Sheet of Plywood

post contains affiliate links Update, 11/1/2015: A couple of people have contacted me to let me know that the link to Popular Mechanics isn’t working anymore (at least as I’m writing this). Someone was able to find the plans at this site, though, luckily! If the PM link doesn’t work, check it out here: http://www.woodworkcity.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/plywood-table-plans.pdf ….we’re hoping to eventually draw … Continue reading

Life Beyond the Basement: Upcoming Furniture Projects

Sometimes it’s a little hard to remember that there will come a time–like maybe this weekend–when we’ll be working on parts of our house other than the basement again. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to BUY things for other parts of our house. One of the nice things about finishing the room in our basement is that I … Continue reading

Painting and Re-upholstering our Mismatched Kitchen Chairs…..at long last!

This project has been on our list for nearly as long as I can remember. Or at least for a long time. Back when we made the farmhouse table for the kitchen, almost exactly a year ago, I starting rounding up mismatched chairs from thrift stores, with the plan that eventually they’d all be painted the same color. And, look, now … Continue reading

New Red Beds and Our Homeright Paint Sprayer Experience

Kids’ new beds: painted! If you read a lot of blogs, you’ve probably seen Homeright paint spraying paraphernalia here and there because Homeright works with bloggers quite a bit. We did not get our paint sprayer for free. Not because we’re above all that (and, of course, I am so pure and noble and honest that I would not lie … Continue reading

Updating Milo and August’s Forest Room

I promised embarrassing pictures of mess, and I wasn’t lying! I’m going to post a less embarrassing picture of how the kids’ room looked back before we started messing around with it first, though. This is back before we made their lego table and before we hung up their Ikea Ekorre chairs, but aside from that (and extra mess) things … Continue reading