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Strippin’

Guys. Confession time: I think stripping paint off antique hardware is fun. It also comes with the added bonus of being one of the easiest ways to sponge every last bit of character out of your home - you know character, that thing that we all want our old homes and apartments to have? Forget fancy moldings and un-painted wood work. There's lots of it hiding in all those badly painted and chipped door knobs, hinges, window pulls, (and locks) and other painted metal objects you might be finding all around yer house. This is one of the most oddly satisfying quick home improvements you can do if you're living in an old space. So come get weird with me, and try stripping the paint off those suckers just to see how it feels. I swear, you're gonna like it. Step 1: Remove Hardware A long time ago I stripped our bedroom door hardware, I've actually stripped everything in the house minus the stuff in the kids bedroom. I've also stripped all the hardware on the kitchen cabinets and now I'm moving on to the hinges in our master bedroom. The hardest part of this whole project might be getting the hardware removed from whatever sort of thing its attached to. Imma give you some tips to make this as simple as possible. Since I'm removing hinges it only seems right that I mention that you'll want to take remove the pin from the hinge first, then remove the door before actually removing the hardware from the door. Also since I'm giving out tips here's another one. Buy a husky reversible screwdriver. I love these things, Get the Scoop [...]
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Corner Shelf!

Twelve years ago on a cold November night I lay slumbering peacefully in my twin bed in my tiny college bedroom (Jeff may have been there too, but don’t tell my folks). I had decorated my room after seeing an episode of Trading Spaces wherein Doug painted a room a shade of blue that was nearly grey and hung glass icicles around the top of a four-poster bed. Side note – I tried to Google a picture of it to show you guys, but Trading Spaces was practically on TV before the internet even knew how to poop on the toilet. Get it? The internet was like slightly older than a baby. Anyway people didn’t put photos on the internet back then because it took up too many KB’s and whatever. Trading Spaces inspired me to take my first decorating baby steps. I basically painted my room blue, had a vintage table as a desk and hung some bookshelves from my wall because I had no space to put books anywhere else – there was definitely no icicles. Back to when I was sleeping. So, I was sleeping in my bed…and then I wasn’t, because all of the books and all of the boards and all of the brackets that I had expertly hung on my wall (without anchors, ha) came tumbling down on top of me (and Jeff) in the middle of the night. Who knew that I was supposed to use anchors? I mean who knew? I was like 19. 19 year olds don’t know that stuff. However, twelve years later and I think I finally figured it out. Booyahchaweagle! Here’s a before shot in case you didn’t remember what it used to look like just a few short Get the Scoop [...]
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Hiding the Bedroom TV

Remember back when I was debating moving the bed a few weeks ago? I'm sure you guys are just on the edge of your seat waiting to see what we decided to do. Well, after living with it for a few weeks we decided to go ahead and move the bed to the wallpapered wall. You guys were right, I really love it this way. There were pros and cons for moving the bed, one of the biggest cons was where to put the tv. This was a big issue for us because we L O V E our tv. We're addicted and we're not afraid to shout it to the world. We watch a few shows almost every night before bed, so we just needed to have a tv. Our bedroom is long and narrow so putting the tv on the far wall opposite the bed would've been strange. The tv would've been so far away that I'm not sure we could've seen the picture clearly or heard the tv from that side of the room. There was also the option of hanging the tv on the wall next to the bed, this wasn't ideal because we'd have to crane our necks to watch our very important shows. Plus it would be the first thing you saw when you entered the room and it would scream, "look at me I'm a big ugly dumb life sucking black box hanging on your wall". There would've needed be some sort of cover contraption built for the tv so that it could be tucked away when it wasn't being watched. Then there was the long shot option. This option involved some eye rolling from friends and family. With the bed in the new position we needed to have something at the foot of the bed because the room is so long and narrow. Get the Scoop [...]
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Closing the Gap

Okay budz, so I try to be true to the history of my 1910 home whenever possible, but there was just this one thing I couldn't handle anymore. It all started way back when we bought the house in 2010 - we were touring the second floor and were checking out the master bedroom. I was pretty into the space but I stopped to ask the realtor about the strange and uneven crown molding. I asked him why it wasn't touching the ceiling, my main concern was that the house unsettled in some weird way (which I admit was super novice, but I didn't know). He explained that it was picture molding, something you might be familiar with if you too have an old house. The olden folks used it as a ledge to hang a hook that attached to a wire that attached to their pictures. All a very intense plan to spare their pristine plaster walls from nail holes. Typically picture molding is hung about an inch from the ceiling. Ever since we've moved in I have never understood or appreciated the picture molding, I am the worst. I get it, great plan all you olden days people! However, you never planned on someone coming in during the 70's and unevenly spraying the ceiling with gross popcorn texture. You didn't know it would look super not cool with your really nice moldings. So sorrry victorians I'm not getting rid of that most-likely-asbetos-ridded-ceiling anytime soon, I'm getting rid of your utilitarian moldings instead. Point is, the molding looks super bad, uneven, and unfinished. I have never hung a picture from it, and it's historical Get the Scoop [...]
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Painted Dresser

Well Guys, I'm making some progress in the bedroom. Like I mentioned last week, I'm taking the bedroom makeover pretty slow right now, I want to make sure that I am living in the space and making the right decisions about it before committing to big purchases or making bad design choices. I am really happy with how things are coming and I am very happy with this new addition. This dresser was a hand me down from my Aunt, it had seen better days and needed a bit of love. I got to town sanding it (after testing for lead of course) and over the courser of a few weeks I was able to make it pretty again. I love the simple lines of this piece, the details of the rails especially - in between the drawers they curve in slightly and have my heart. I'm pretty sure the dresser is made of maple and even has cedar lined drawers. I'm sure it was a nice piece of furniture it's heyday. I could've painted it white, but I thought this was my chance to add something kind of sweet and awesome to our room. I painted the dresser in the best shade of light pink/peach with slight grey undertones - Benjamin Moore's Peach Cloud in the Satin Impervo. The Satin Impervo is an oil based paint. I would always recommend an oil based paint when painting furniture because it doesn't dry as fast and levels out beautifully. Leveling out means that you don't see brush strokes as prominently as if you were to use latex. It applies wonderfully - like butta - like, I kind of love painting with it just for fun. Of course it's a bit more complicated Get the Scoop [...]
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