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Progress in the Sunroom

Fauxdenza in progress
Yo, Dawgz! Just wanted to check in and give you guys an update on the sunroom project. First of all, I am totally stoked about the progress on this little room, so forgive me, I’m pretty eager to share the tiniest changes with you.

I told you guys a few weeks ago, that along with upholstering the little sofa, that I also wanted to add a “Fauxdenza” to the narrow wall in the sunroom. The floor is sloped (the sunroom used to be an open air porch, and the sloped floor allowed for drainage) and I needed to add a very functional piece of furniture that didn’t take up a lot of visual weight. Duh, Fauxdenza = the ideal solution.

In case you haven’t been getting the play-by-play over on Instagram here is the story. On Monday night I took a trip to Ikea, purchasing a handful of things including; 2 of the Akurum 36″ x 15″ cabinet boxes and 4 of the Applåd cabinet doors. This is my 3rd time installing Ikea cabinets, so the whole process comes pretty easily to me, and you know I ruled it like a bawse. Ikea really does make it simple. Finn (my 5 year old) and I started assembling the two box cabinets around 9am, we had the rail mounting system installed by 9:45 and the cabinet doors were on by 10:30! Talk about a big transformation in a little bit of time, at least I think so.

If you want to get your fauxdenza on, and need a few more details, check out Morgan’s process over at The Brick House.

This little room is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house and I think I’m going to try and make a habit out of spending at least an hour a day in this sunny space. It makes me super happy to sit in the sun and enjoy all of my green things – hopefully it won’t be long before I can crack the windows too.

Fauxdenza in progress

Fauxdenza in progress
We have a small TV that my parents borrowed to me a year ago (whoops) that I put in the sunroom, I connected it to a Roku and an attena and now I can watch Kathie Lee and Hoda to my hearts content – what who doesn’t need a little KLG and Hoda in the morning? We also have plans of purchasing a portable turntable or radio so we can listen to jamz during the spring nights when we are hiding from the kids. Seriously friends, it all feels so great in here!

Everything is looking really good but now is where all the unfun detail work comes into play. Anyone wanna start taking bets as to how long this whole process will take me? It’s easy for me to avoid painting projects, and this one is especially daunting.

Ikea Trendig Chair
Yes, I have been hiding the other side of the porch from you. I just got rid of some ugly old curtains replacing them with the Enje roller blinds. I really adore the diffused light coming through the shades and it adds a bit of privacy too.

I also replaced the orange chair (which I still love but needs an upholstery job) with this Trendig chair from Ikea. You guys, I love this chair but am so totally disappointed with the quality. First of all, I am the queen of Ikea assemblage, and this was by far the most difficult piece of Ikea anything I’ve ever had the displeasure of putting together. Let’s just say if Finn didn’t know the “eff bomb” before, he knows it now. Secondly, the last step was to screw the chair together using pre-drilled holes, and guess what? The screws spit the wood on both sides of the arm rests, and they weren’t even tightened all the way! I’m going to take it back, and am on the fence as to whether or not I will replace it with a new one. I love the look of the chair and most of the Trendig collection, so I’m sure I’ll probably give it another go, be come on Ikea, seriously? I only hope Ikea refunds me on this thing – I’ve never had to return anything to Ikea because of subpar quality.

Anyway, this total depth of this sunroom is about 6.5′! I know, small! The new fauxdenza situation sits opposite this side of the room and because of that, I just need to keep it simple over here. I think a small arm chair like this is the way to go.

Light fixture needs to be replaced
Now that I’ve share the good stuff, on to all the bad stuff, you know what I’m talking about… the ever mounting the to-do list.

The Fauxdenza needs a top, I need to get to the hardware store this weekend, get a piece of lumber and stain it. Easy. I also need to wrangle all the cords and hide them away somewhere inside that fauxdenza.

The light fixture needs to be replaced which I have a feeling will be a little tricky. Right now there is one of those gross flush mounted fixtures in the room. The room isn’t super tall, and anything but a flush mounted fixture wouldn’t work. I also need to navigate that acoustic tile with the tin-ceiling look. I can’t be mad at the tile, it actually doesn’t look half bad in real life. I am worried however, that there is a gaping hole in the tile behind this light fixture and I need to replace it with a fixture that will cover it. I’m thinking this Vanadin fixture from Ikea would do the job nicely.

I need to purchase and install three more Enje roller shades – my budget only allowed me to grab four during my last Ikea trip.

I need some lighting besides the ceiling fixture. All I want to do is keep buying anything from the Ranarp line. Must. Resist. Ranarp.

Bookhou Sack
The biggest job by far though is the painting and the caulking. This room has been neglected for awhile, possibly even since it was turned into a sunroom way before my time. There are lots of cracks around the window casings that would appreciate a good caulking. Also, all the paneling seams around the bottom third of the room needs to be caulked. The caulking will lead to painting, which will lead to painting clapboard siding with a brush, which will lead to painting nine windows and a door, which will lead to panting the paneling. There is not a lot of roller work here, and I’m afraid this job will not go quickly.

Gotta keep my eye on the prize.



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Sofa Upholstery : Before & After

DIY Box Cushion Sofa Upholstery
Hey Guys! Look, I did it! I upholstered the crap out of the sunroom sofa, and it looks so good!

I was pretty intimidated by this project but I am really glad I took a chance and went for it. This was my first ever upholstery project. Sewing does not come naturally for me, and measuring always intimidates me, so I had two good reasons to be nervous about diving into this project. It was something that had to be done though, just look at the sofa before (below) – pretty retro and not in a good way.

For those of you who don’t know. I have recently taken on the project of making the porch/sunroom off of our master bedroom a place that we actually want to hang out in. This room sold us on the house, and here we are four years later and it’s basically an eye sore that we try and avoid.

The space itself is wonderful – bright, sunny and airy. It’s downside is that it’s small and has been on the bottom of the priority list when it comes to furnishing it. When we moved we had no design direction for the room, and were in need of furniture. We purchased a few things all willy-nilly-like on craigslist. One of them being this midcentury sofa for $100 – it was the perfect size for the room so I give us credit for that. It is narrow enough to fit nicely in the room without over powering it, the downside was that it was covered in tan and blue faux leather. I always knew that I was going to reupholster it, I just didn’t think it would take me four years.

I want to make this room a place we hang out in god damn it! It’s so nice, and sunny, and wonderful, and it would probably do me well to enjoy and hour in here during these winter months. I get the winter SAD pretty bad – and they say sunlight is the best medicine for that sort of thing. I need this room in my life!

So I took a deep breath and dove in tackling the biggest project on this porch to-do list. Over the last few days I have spent time measuring and cutting out fabric, assembling, sewing, tearing apart, re-sewing and taking trips to the fabric store (*side note, where I stood in line next to Nicole Curtis!) It wasn’t easy, but I was determined to make it great, and I think I did pretty alright.

Sofa Before
Here’s that before pic I was telling you about. This is with the faux leather and striped alternating cushions. They are so gross! In lame attempt to make them a titch better, I covered these cushions in old curtains attaching them with sewing pins – that was three years ago. The kids wouldn’t even come close to the sofa because they were afraid of getting poked.

Tufted Back - DIY Sofa Upholstery
Here’s a close up – I tufted the back with three covered buttons. I love the look and I did the front and back so that we can flip and rotate the cushions to keep them happy.

Zipper Box Cushion
Holy crap, it’s my first ever zipper, you guys! So proud of it – I had to resist the urge to make instagram videos of me zipping and unzipping it. You can thank me for being strong and not doing that.

Since I had no idea what I was doing I studied the Spruce Upholstery book, supplementing that info with these two videos (here and here). I took a little knowledge from each source and was able to apply that to my box cushion making.

Future Fauxdenza Wall
This is the far wall where I will be building the future fauxdenza. The sunroom floor is slanted for drainage as this used to be an open-air porch many years ago. A regular footed credenza or side table would slope with the floor. A floating fauxdenza would easiy solve this problem. I’m planning and Ikea trip this evening and hope to get started on that in the coming days. I can’t wait! I think the function of a few cabinets combined with a ledge to add a few plants, a portable radio, and maybe even a small TV will be so great.

Looking into the Bedroom
The entire room is in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint – as you can see this four season porch/sunroom still has the original clapboard siding in light blue. Fresh white paint on the trim and siding will do a world of good in here. The painting never ends, but at least this room is small.

I also wanted you guys to see where my bedroom is in relation to this porch, can you see it back there right through the doors and windows?

Porch/Bedroom Color Story
Being that the porch is part of the bedroom I wanted the color story to stay the same. Originally I was considering white fabric for the new sofa cushions but in the end opted for dark blue as it tied in with the linens and bedding and I’ve had a thing for blue sofas for the last few months – I think a little Emily Henderson is rubbing off on me – see below.

Emily Henderson

Now that I’ve tackled the biggest project (reupholstering the sofa) I’m on to the fun stuff. Building that fauxdenza, painting, adding lighting, pillows (the pillows pictured are from the living room), a rug and new curtains. I’m so excited to get this room whipped into shape, you guys!


The Budget

Foam and Fabric
▽ Foam – $89.22
▽ Fabric – Joann (Charlotte Navy) – $137.45
Total = $226.67

▽ Welt Cord – $9.98
▽ Zipper Kit – $10.99
▽ Chalk $2.49
▽ Heavy Duty Thread – $7.96
▽ Button Covers – $3.99
▽ Batting – $11.99
▽ Upholstery Needle – $4.49
▽ Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Needles – $3.49
Total = $55.38

Grand Total = $282.05

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The 2014 Homie Awards are Here!

Hey guys! So it’s time for the Apartment Therapy Homie awards once again and I (Deuce Cities Henhouse) have been nominated for “Best Home Design and Inspiration Blog“! If you enjoy reading the blog please take a sec and vote for me – I’d really appreciate it. Voting ends at the end of next week so don’t just sit there, get on with it already and help your buddy out!

While your over at the Homies make sure to take a minute and page through some of the other nominated blogs – every year I always find a few new good reads.

Thanks in advance, you guys!

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Behind the Scenes

Hello Friends! I know I’ve been missing in action the last few days, that’s because I’ve had my head down while working hard on a new blog redesign. This is something I’ve had on my to-do list for a long, long time.

It’s been two years since I launched the first version of the current design, back when I moved from blogger to wordpress. Since then I’ve done a lot of tweaking and am really happy with the blog in it’s current state. I am restless though, I love coding CSS and I have had this re-design project on the radar for a whole year.

I’d thought I’d take a sec and let you in on some of the behind the scenes details for those of you who are interested. I am using Thesis 1.8.5 via wordpress to run the current site. This theme is great and I feel like I’m pretty proficient with it, but a year and half ago, DIY themes (the creators of the Thesis theme), rolled out the new version Thesis 2, and discontinued updates of the old Thesis 1. I knew to stay current I would eventually have to take the plunge and tackle Thesis 2. The new version requires a complete site rebuild – there is no easy transition from old to new here. I saw it as an opportunity to update the site, and see what this new version of Thesis could do.

I’ve basically built this skin from the ground up. Thesis allows for drag and drop layout of HTML containers and boxes. This means that I can create almost anything I dream up. The other great thing is that I can change the layout from page to page. Meaning the blog doesn’t have to exist in one static vertical blog style format, I can create custom looks for specific pages. I’m really hoping to come up with some highly cool layouts on the “House Tour” and “DIY” pages.

I’ve also learned a lot more about HTML and CSS since the last design at the beginning of 2012, and I am excited to implement what I have learned into the new look. I’m really happy with the way things are going so far. My goal is to create a very simple site design, staying consistent with colors and concepts from the current design while adding a lot of new understated, yet fancy touches and details.

If all goes well, I’m hoping that I’ll be ready to launch this new baby around the beginning of March. I’ll give you guys a heads up when it gets closer because these transitions never go smoothly for me, and I’m guessing it will take me the better part of a day to have it just the way I want it. Fingers crossed.

I thought I’d share a few of the old blog designs with you guys, cause that’s always fun to do.

Woof – that first one was a dog.

In other news, I’m still waiting for my upholstery fabric to arrive and until it does, I’ve been sitting in house-project-limbo. I’ve got my sewing machine all ready to go, and will be tearing into those new cushions as soon as that fabric gets here! In the meantime I’ve got all this extra time to work on the site design, so I’ll just be over here happily coding away.


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It’s Cocktail Time : Peeñed-Up Tequila Mule

Spicy Tequila Mule Recipe
Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you but I am going to pretend it’s June this weekend and enjoy a few of these Spicy Tequila Mules. See what I did there, I combined all of my favorite things; Tequila, Moscow Mules and a bit of peeñed-upedness.

My pal Crystal, brought over some delicious spicy tequila to share at our holiday party earlier this winter. We ended up with spicy tequila leftovers and I’ve been making these delicious mules with it ever since – I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys, cause it’s so good!

Spicy Tequila Mule Recipe

Spicy Tequila Mule Recipe


Spicy Tequila Mule

Spicy Tequila
▼ 1 bottle premium tequila
▼ 2 ancho chilis
▼ 1 fresh jalapeño, sliced
▼ 1 serrano pepper
▼ 1 tsp black pepper, whole

Combine all the ingredients together and let sit for 12-24 hours depending on how spicy you like it. Strain of peppers and enjoy at your leisure.


Peeñed-Up Tequila Mule
▼ 2 parts Spicy Tequila
▼ 2 parts ginger beer (I recommend Goslings)
▼ 1 half lime juiced
▼ A cup full of crushed ice

Fill a 8oz copper cup to the brim with crushed ice. Crushed ice has more surface area and will chill your drink faster – the copper cup transmits the cold faster making it supper chilling and enhancing the flavor of the ginger beer and lime. Add some freshly squeezed lime juice, and the spicy tequila. Top off your refreshing cocktail with a hit of ginger beer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Spicy Tequila Mule Recipe


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