{ second floor bathroom update - a little color & storage }

The last time I wrote about the second floor bathroom we had just finished painting (here).

We added a chest of drawers (I inherited from my Grandpa) to the bathroom. Awesome right? There is a little desktop that pulls out. He would die all over again if he knew that I painted over natural wood. The inside of the desktop is the original color. The old drawer pulls really pop against the white.
Not sure if this will stay here permanently, but right now it is really nice to have the extra bathroom storage.

This is the only 'before' picture I could find. 







I wanted to add a little color and recently found these cute accessories from one of my favorite local thrift stores in Chicago... some vintage towels, containers & accessories, and the pendant light. The bathroom already feels warmer with the added color. The pendant light is for over the tub. Perfect for a cold winter night.

I need to find a little stool for the desk. The stool below is for a different room. It's a great spot for manicures.






kitchen counter makeover

As most of you know, we have been trying to upgrade our kitchen since forever. We basically had to take the entire kitchen apart and rebuild. Somethings we can reuse, but most of it is garbage.
I was only able to save the countertop section surrounding the sink. The two pieces that are on each side of where a stove would be, had to go. Beyond ick! These counters were already secondhand when they were installed, which is cool. I'm all for using secondhand fixtures, but this was a disaster. Notice where the cabinets and countertop meet in the corner? The cabinets are for another post.


See where the countertops meet? and the jacked up lower cabinet?

Here is a close up of part of the original countertop- yum!



This is the part of the countertop we could save, but the frame had to go (water damage). More on that in another post

I gave a little sneak peek of the new white countertops in this post here.


I removed all of the glue & caulk, and sanded the countertop.
Then painted:
2 coats of primer
2 coats of white paint
2+ coats of polycrylic
(lightly sanded between the first five coats)

I chose the primer, paint & polycrylic combo because they were products we already had on hand. So basically this project was free !

It looks and feels so shiny, clean and new now! Wish I would have done this years ago.
We have plenty of cutting boards, so no food will be in contact with the countertops. The old sink got cleaned up, a new faucet, and strainers.

The countertop is being held up with two cabinets from the original kitchen.
It is at a special height for me. Now I can either sit or stand when washing the dishes, and not have the lower cabinets block my legs.

We hide our garbage and recycling behind the sink skirt. The two cabinets hold cleaning supplies.












cardboard cat house

Just like most cats, our cat loves cardboard boxes. I have made him little forts before from cardboard boxes, and this is the most recent.


I decided to follow this Martha Stewart cardboard cat house pattern to get started with the base.

I used little pieces of cardboard for the scalloped roof.

hot glued the pieces to the roof.

80s vintage prom dress

I recently found (unpacked) my old formal dress from high school. It needed to be cleaned so I washed it in the machine on delicate, then let it tumble dry on low- and it totally came out fine! So it is ready to go to my niece for dress up, unless Alice (the dog) wants to keep it. Check out her enthusiastic photo shoot below.

spray paint and a chair makeover

Because of gang graffiti, the city of Chicago has banned the sale of spray paint since 1995. Even craft spray paint. Of course there is still graffiti all over the city. It's so unfair. Now you must travel to the suburbs or buy online.

I did try the Preval paint sprayer, but couldn't get it to work. It just kept getting clogged.


I do have the Critter spray gun but still need the air compressor. Totally psyched to get this thing running!

Anyway, let me get to the chair makeover.
I have been dying to try this paint that bonds to plastic. Think of all the ugly outdoor plastic stuff that can be transformed. The chair getting the makeover is plastic, so this was a good opportunity to give the paint a try.

Here is the paint I  used: pink Krylon paint for plastic, and metallic gold paint by Rust-oleum.


The chair is an old Herman chair from Ikea.
The plan was to spray paint the seat and back pink, and the legs gold.





North and Pulaski

This intersection is down the street from our place. It's North Avenue and Pulaski Road, and is located in NW Humboldt Park.
This neighborhood is currently going through a lot of change (good things), so I wanted to get some 'before' pics to track the progress.
Bus stop at North Avenue and Pulaski Road
Bus stop at North Avenue and Pulaski Road
This was once the Pioneer Arcade. Now it's all boarded up and needs to be saved. There is a good read about this building and the surrounding area HERE- lots of great photos too.
Pioneer Arcade at North Avenue and Pulaski Road
Pioneer Arcade at North Avenue and Pulaski Road
Murder Site of gangster George "Red" Barker Norford Hotel 1512 N. Pulaski
According to the Logan Square/Humboldt Park Historical Society, an Al Capone related shooting happened here in 1932. Sixteen bullets were fired into gangster Red Barker. 
Hotel Norford at North Avenue and Pulaski Road
Hotel Norford at North Avenue and Pulaski Road

Former New Apollo theater on North Ave and Pulaski Road
Former New Apollo theater on Pulaski Road
The Pioneer Bank recently was given Chicago Landmark status. The building is safe now, but I am not sure what the plans are yet for the space.
Pioneer Bank at North Ave and Pulaski Road
Pioneer Bank at North Ave and Pulaski Road

ipad case makeover

Before shot of my sad and worn out ipad case. The fabric is stained, worn, peeling, but the plastic case is in fine shape.






Instead of throwing it out I decided to give it a makeover. I painted the interior fabric with three coats of white high gloss spray paint.