new seat covers for the patio dining set

Remember when I wrote about our new (to us) patio set here
Well since the days are getting warmer, it's time to get the patio in working order. Painting is on hold for now, but the cushions are getting recovered. Nothing fancy, just fabric and a staple gun.

I found this fabric for the seat cushions. It's actually a shower curtain- $7 from Target! It is sort of water repellent so hope it works.
shower curtain- Threshold by Target- teal ferns (discontinued)

One seat covered- easy peasy!

diy project: doily bowls with vintage handmade lace doilys

One of my winter projects was to try making some doily bowls with stuff I had on hand. There are tons of how to's online, especially on Pinterest.

I tested out a couple of different concoctions: mod podge with water, and liquid starch with water (50/50). The mod podge dries much harder and sturdier. The liquid starch is more forgiving if you want to reshape it.

drying on different sized containers

Here they are dry. I think I am still going to play around with reshaping a couple of them. Might be cool to make them fit glass candle votives or bodega type candles. They would probably make some excellent shadows at night.
doily bowls

doily bowls

stack of doily bowls

furniture makeover: patio side table to cell phone charging station

This metal side table came with our patio furniture set we got last summer. I decided to make it into a cell phone charging station. 



Here is the table now- I just changed a couple of things:
1. removed the metal leaves
2. gave it a new paint job with the gold spray paint leftover from the Ikea chair makeovers here and here.


Topped with a piece of glass we had in the basement. It's a pretty close fit but not exact.


I recently found this cool canister perfect for storing cords

new life to an old trunk: part 1

This old trunk was always around when I was growing up. It was mostly kept in hidden in the basement or attic. At one point it was covered in colorful contact paper and used as a toy box for toddlers! Apparently decapitation not a concern in the 1970s. Good thing we all had our tetanus shots.

It needs major tlc, but I have been so indecisive about paint colors and paint types.
The paint colors were narrowed down to black or white, or even a metallic in gold or silver.
After testing out different types of paint, oil paint for metal was the winner.

I went to look in our paint cellar for the black Rustoleum paint, and found something even better! Keep scrolling...

Before- obviously

I found a can of this green paint that came with our old car for doing touch-ups. Totally forgot we had it.
The shades of green are almost a perfect match so decided to give it a try. It's free and easy enough to change the color if we hate it.

Here is a sneak peek of the first coat. It did an excellent job of covering the rust.

Sorry about the bad flash photos- my work space lacks natural light. It's looking nicer in person. I will follow up with after photos when complete.

our old car - RIP

#100reveal { a contest }

I am entering a contest by GE Reveal Lighting via Making It Lovely to try and win a $100 giftcard from Target. Check out the links for more info.

From the Making It Lovely site:
Do you have a desk or home office in need of some updating? Comment below about creating your perfect work space with GE reveal® and a $100 gift card to Target, mentioning #100reveal for your chance to win!
The answers are yes and yes! My current office workspace looks like this. So tragic and uninspiring.

our tv from the olden days

Find out what I would do to my office space if I won a $100 giftcard from Target from GE, after the jump...

dining room: new paint color

Just finished one of my winter projects: painting the dining room (for the third time in 5 years).
The first time was a beige disaster.
The second attempt we used a light shade of grey called "tinsel", but it wasn't really working with the grey in the adjacent living room. Plus, I decided to use the tinsel paint in another part of our house.

So, after looking at swatches for many seasons, I came across the brochure below of the Benjamin Moore 2015 paint colors and decided the new dining room should be pale pink. The pink is so pretty with the grey. The pink in the photo below is BM "pink damask". 

Because we had a home depot giftcard to use, I decided to go with something similar, "magnolia grandiflora" from the Martha Stewart collection. The color is great, but the quality of Martha's paint was a huge disappointment (3 coats with primer). Will be sure to stick with the Benjamin Moore paint in the future. Lesson learned.

NOT OUR HOUSE (i wish) Benjamin Moore 2015  pink damask paint color

This is a snapshot of our dining room wall with the new paint color. The swatch is below.

( Martha Stewart paint )
I love how the pink balances out the dark furniture (see below), it's both masculine and feminine. It also helps bring out the pink in our stained glass window.

The framed print below is a vintage 1969 Vera linen tea towel calendar. It is currently in an album cover frame, but I plan on having it made into a large poster size print (for my own personal use of course) for the dining room.

Jonathon Adler salt and pepper shakers, Vera print, and vintage ceramics

This is a buffet we sort of inherited maybe a decade ago. It has been natural wood, white, and now black.  We use it to store extra glassware and fine china. It also makes a great bar for cocktail parties.

This is the dining room table again that i wrote about HERE.  Still searching for the perfect chairs. 

Update: added this photo from my Grandma's dining area in the late 1960s (that's me in the photo). Her walls were painted pink and I loved her house!