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.



Master Bedroom Painted Floor Update

Remember when I painted the bedroom floor white? Well I made a really stupid mistake and used the wrong type of polyurethane, resulting in a yellowish tinted floor. It looks like someone peed on a white floor.







I painted another coat of the white latex enamel, and will be doing a topcoat with crystal clear polycrylic instead of the polyurethane.
Without the topcoat, the painted floor shows footprints, even with clean stocking feet. Hoping the polycrylic will work this time.

new dining room table

We have a new dining room table. It was designed and handcrafted by a friend in Pennsylvania. The table can seat six for dining, and has been a great work space for laying out patterns, cutting fabric, and other projects.


The legs are sort of picnic table meets industrial. We do need to find some new seating to go with the table. In the mean time, our folding chairs do the job.


As long as I am sharing the new table, thought I would throw in some other dining room update photos. Here is the dining room when we purchased our home.

Here is the dining room in 2010 - after a fresh coat of paint, refinished hardwood floors, brand new floor molding, and my Grandma's table.
It's a wonderful table that expands to seat a dozen people easily. Unfortunately, the legs are weak and I wasn't completely confident in throwing a large dinner party. So it was time for a new table. Grandma's table is still here but in a less demanding role.



When we gutted our kitchen, the doorway to the kitchen was opened up. Here is a photo of my lovely hack job.

This is a current photo looking into the kitchen. Things are slowly changing.

The plans for the dining room:
1. electrical work for ceiling light fixture and switch
2. build header box for doorway and drywall
3. build custom threshhold into kitchen
4. shop and install a light fixture
5. shop for seating- chairs and maybe a bench(s)
6. shop for a rug
7. shop for drapery
8. find some sort of storage unit for dining room housewares

RIP Roo - June 2010 to August 2014

It's with a heavy heart that I have to let you know our dog Roo crossed the rainbow bridge. He was just one year old when he became our foster dog in June 2011. We loved him so much and he became a part of our family.
Even though he did come with pre-existing medical health conditions, his death was unexpected. It really sucks.
Here are some of my favorite Roo photos: