Monday, March 7, 2016

Recovering the Bed... Third Time's the Charm.

So it would seem that the spare bedroom DIY gods are working in my favor this time around. Apparently third time really is the charm.  When I posted about the bedroom last week, I really thought the fabric for the bed would be delivered on Monday- like the USPS tracker stated.  There were definitely no plans to work on the bed over the weekend.  

Until my doorbell rang on Saturday afternoon.  Me, with my ninja-like moves, clicked the TV off and quietly tip toed to the door to see who it was.  In all honesty, I thought it was one of my Tinder matches coming for me.  Fortunately, (or unfortunately- depending on which match it was.  I'm talking about you, Bubba!) it was just the mailman.  I waited until he pulled away since even though it was in the middle of the day, this mama hadn't even brushed her teeth yet.  Never mind showered or brushed her hair.  No one needed to see me like that.  And we wonder why I'm still single.  Anyhoo.....

I grabbed the box, tore into it and found my beloved fabric- I mean curtains.  Cuz yes, the fabric I bought was really curtains.  From Ikea.  For $53 and free shipping.  There really is a method to my madness when it comes to using anything but fabric for my fabric needs.  Remember this same headboard currently has a shower curtain on it.  It's so much cheaper.  Most upholstery fabric is at least $20 a yard and most times you can't find anything that wouldn't go into your grandma's house.  I never have any luck with JoAnn's in-stock fabric.  Or Hancock's for that matter.  I could have ordered from either the exact fabric I wanted but I would have needed at least 3 yards at roughly $39 a yard, maybe less if I had a coupon- which they normally don't let you use on custom orders.  I remembered from a previous trip the gray velvety curtains in a 98" length and thank god for my personal shopper, Miss Wendy, finding some on Ebay.  In the store they were $49.99 plus $14 for shipping. One seller had them for $53 with free shipping.  No brainer on my end- since it would have cost me more than $4 driving to Cincinnati to the closest Ikea and spending half of the day there.  Score one for Kristi.  I just had to wait for them to arrive.  The Sanela curtain is what I got- see how pretty they are.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

No Gray Area Here.

So remember back in January when I talked about updating the spare bedroom?  Well, mama got started on it last week!  I can’t even begin to describe how good it looks.  I’m in love with the wall color.  I’m in love with the furniture color.  Although I might not like it so much once it’s actually on the furniture but we’ll see when that happens.  The lady who mixed my paint gave me the raised eyebrows look when I told her what it was going on.  Clearly, she has no vision.   If you didn’t catch my photo on Facebook, here are the colors I went with. 

So last weekend, I started removing the furniture from the room.  Little did I know the furniture was so heavy.  I literally dragged and then slid one of the night stands down the stairs and out into the garage.  The other night stand and the dresser are in the room still waiting for a manly man with lots of muscles to come help me bring them down.  Damsel in distress, party of one!  There was no way I’d be able to do it myself.  Everything else is out of the room and taking up space in the loft.  What a mess. 

I spent the rest of the day doing touch up work where the wall meets the ceiling and around the door frames.  That way no old paint color would be visible and I’d have a nice crisp line of separation. 

Once that was dry, I started painting the gray on the walls.   I’ve never really had a dark color on any of my bedroom walls so it’s quite shocking at first, especially when wet.  But I think once the pops of white get added back in, it won’t really look so dark.  Either way, I really love the color.