Monday, October 31, 2011

decorating: mid-century chair makeover

so in case you missed this amazingness
i got this chair for a whopping 6 dollars!
and turned it into this:
here's how i did it:
i began by deconstructing the chair by unscrewing the seat base off
then i had to even out the legs because one was missing the metal cap,
 so i just popped off the other
{ i really didn't just pop it off. it was really friggin hard to do! i was in the middle of a temper tantrum when craig started counting to three. i almost sat a time out and then i unscrewed that sucker off!}
after you calm down from your furniture freak out, sand the chair
not aggressively but just enough to scuff the smooth finish so you paint will adhere
then off to painting
i used a 59 cent foam brush and a quart of behr's semi-gloss paint in black
i chose to use interior paint since the chair was never going to be outside
1st coat
2nd coat
3rd coat
paint thin coats, wait for it to dry before moving to onto the next
drips are your enemy so be on the look out!
i wanted to reupholster the seat but i wanted to add some cushion to it
after sitting on it a couple of days i realized my butt needed some love
i was going to take the original fabric off but decided against it
it was just another layer to the love and it would be easier to change the fabric if i ever got bored of...
{yes i went there}
spray adhesive on the chair base and place your foam
then cut around the base
it doesnt' have to be perfectly straight lines
in fact mine looked jagged like a 5 year old took scissors to it
{ i could have easily blamed kyler for the messiness but i take full responsibility }

wrap the fabric tightly around the seat and staple away
i got carried away with my new fun staple gun and went bannanas on the seat
i decided i wanted to hide my staple obsession by covering the bottom with a layer of fabric as well
once the paint was dry i fitted the newly zebra-fied seat on the chair
i used a drill to pre-screw holes into the seat base from the underside
this made it easier since there were layers of fabric and about 8 million staples to consider
screw the seat base on
give your booty a rest on your booty-full new chair!
{ yes i am this corny in real life... }
here is the price break down:
chair - $6
fabric- $10
foam -$14
paint- $5 (used half a can)
paint brush, 1 sheet of sand paper and staples- $3
grand total- $38
not bad, not bad at all!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

cooking: cumin scallops with mango salsa

tonight's recipe is a quickie
i gathered all the things i needed to make a salsa
you can make yours however you would like
but this is what i included in mine:
mango, chives, tomato(seeded), purple onion, red pepper, lime juice, cilantro and salt
sprinkle cumin on the scallops and sear in a pot pan
garnish with green onion and cilantro

Saturday, October 29, 2011

bargain: 6 dollar holla!

do you see that price tag?
it says $5.99
do you see that price tag?
it says $319
for one chair
below this it also said there is a two chair minimum order
so that's really a $638 dollar price tag
oh hell fluffer-nutter no i am not paying that much!
so here is the big reveal!
you are probably thinking
"emily, are you hitting the pipe? because this chair is junk"
i have big plans for this baby
its mid-century with classic lines
its in good structural condition
it just needs a little lovin'
i have the fabric in my shopping cart and the paint roller ready to go
stay tuned for the chair redo coming soon!

Friday, October 28, 2011

update: the boy's room

can  you spot the difference in these two pictures?

d.i.y post coming soon!
{and if you're a little on the slow side... its the map on the storage bins that i'm talking about}

Thursday, October 27, 2011

drinking: raspberry lemon infused water

infused water: short for water with "stuff" chucked in it
this weeks flavor is raspberry and lemon
this is my way of tricking myself into drinking something tasty but not loaded with sugar or caffeine
plus its beautiful to look at

i started with a bargain goodwill vase for $6.99
washed all perty and clean
water poured in like so
raspberries.... check
sliced lemon... double check
this is where the chucking comes into play
gaze at its beauty
and drink on up!
more combos to follow soon!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

kids: october 2011

4 months old, rolls over onto his back, listens to classical music
enjoys spitting up on his father, giggles and smiles, strong-willed aka stubborn

mastered adding three digit numbers, plays chess with his father, sad he can't have a baby in his belly, obsessed with talking about heaven and hell, thinks drinking too much milk at dinner time makes him have to poop

obviously we talk to our kids about EVERYTHING...
poop talk and all

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

review: european coffee maker

i don't drink coffee
the problem?
other people do
my mother insists on purchasing a coffee maker for me every time she finds out we don't have one
she also threatens not to visit us if we don't get her her caffeine fix
i always end up throwing it away after my monthly household purge fests
i don't want to store a one trick pony aka a coffee maker
especially when i don't drink coffee
so here is a wonderful surprise i found at world market
a eurpoean coffee maker

 it was $4.99
{i got a 2 dollar discount for being a 'world traveler'- their version of club card member}
from far away it looked like an angled coffee mug
but up close you can see that it has a hole in the bottom
you fit it with a #4 coffee filter
place the coffee grounds in the filter and place the contraption on top of a mug
then you boil water and pour it through the maker
the grounds steep and freshly made coffee drips into you mug!
the best part is that it stores easily and is dishwasher safe
so come on over now...
we got joe

Monday, October 24, 2011

decorating: new desk

in the spirit of now needing a work space, i ordered a desk from cb2
i love that it has wheels on it
because it makes it to versatile
we could easily move it to the dining area and use it as a side board or buffet
we could even us it for extra seating as it is shown on the website
its punchy and lime and even matches my missoni folders which were gifted to me by one of the first friends i made since moving to seattle
i also put the basil i use for cooking on my desk top to keep me inspired to cook
and it is super fragrant!
right now i am using a dining room chair
but i will have an upcoming post revealing the new chair
here's a hint: its mid century and in need of some TLC