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Decorative Table Hack

I’ve been keeping an eye out for a small table to use next to the chair in our bedroom on which I can put a plant.  There is a lot of wooden furniture in the room, so I thought a metal table would be nice.  I went into Tuesday Morning and came out with the little green table in this picture for $29.99.

I knew I didn’t want the green color, especially since it was painted to look like it was chipped, but it was nothing a little spray paint couldn’t fix.  I got a can of shiny chrome-finish paint, and after sanding and priming the base of the table, I lightly sprayed a few coats onto it.  It really looks more satin nickel than chrome, but I was okay with either finish.

About a week later, I saw a table that looked remarkably like mine – slightly taller and wider – on One King’s Lane for $229.00.  Not that I would have ever purchased that table if I hadn’t found the one at Tuesday Morning, but evidently I was on the right track with my finishing choice!

Lighting Upgrades

After we moved in six years ago, I began making changes to the house that would update things a little without spending much money.  Round two of changing things has included spending a little more money to get things that I really like.  I’ve done a lot of this type of upgrading in the living room with a new chair, rug, lamps and tables.

Most recently, I have gotten a few new lights.  Bradley has installed them all for me without any grief.  I purchased two flush-mount lights that I have had my eye on for a while for the upstairs and downstairs hallways.

In the foyer and guest bedroom, I chose semi-flush mount lights with touches of crystal.  Based on the lamps I got for the living room and the teardrop mini chandelier in our bedroom, I guess I can officially call myself a fan of the updated crystal/chrome mix.

Help around the house

We finally got around to hiring some help for a few house projects.  All included projects high up off the ground that we A) don’t have a ladder to get to and B) don’t have a desire to do ourselves.  Years ago, I purchased a pre-owned light fixture to replace the gold and glass stairwell light.  It wasn’t anything special – this isn’t our forever home – but it was a step in the right direction.  Until now, it had been collecting dust on top of the cabinet in our laundry room.  I had a hard time photographing it.


Last year, I started patching all the dings and settling cracks throughout the hallways and stairwell.  The paint color in these areas was the last remaining one from previous homeowners.  We bought paint from Sherwin Williams color-matched to the Toasty Grey color I had used in our spare bathrooms and laundry room.

Here is a picture of the color before.  It was more of a greenish khaki:

Finally, a couple of pieces of decorative trim from the highest gable on the front of our house had come off during some fierce winds a couple of years ago.  Bradley’s dad had brought his extension ladder over and put it back up for us last year, but when another storm came through, it popped right back off.  Hopefully it is fully secured up there now.

Counter Stools

Since we have gotten Buddy, we are opening and closing the back door a lot.  It has always bothered me that the door swings open right next to the breakfast counter, banging the backs of the counter stools and forcing me to shift them as far to the right as possible.  Now it has become too much.  I decided to search for new, backless counter stools that could be tucked up under the counter overhang, out of the way of the swinging door.

I ended up buying these stools on Amazon.  I knew I wanted to use the green houndstooth fabric from the old stools on the new ones, so I didn’t worry about what the seats look like.  Luckily, I had saved the fabric from the old stool seats to recover them for resale.  The new stools have a wider seat than the old, so I had to work to get the fabric stretched just enough to get them covered.

To me, they seem to look a little dwarfed under there, like they would be too short.  They are a couple of inches shorter than the old stools, but they are actually the right height for sitting at the counter.

Here is what the old stools looked like in the space (before being recovered).  Maybe the scale of the old ones looks better, but the function of the new ones is so much better.

Office on the Move

I finally had to admit something to myself.  Even though having a separate dining room was on our wishlist when we were looking for our first house, we have only eaten in there a handful of times since moving in six years ago.  On the other hand, Bradley uses his office for doing freelance work at our house every day.  I hated that he was tucked away and secluded so much of the time.  So I asked if he would be interested in moving his office downstairs.  He could have easy access to the kitchen and when I’m home, we can see each other more.  We decided to give it a try.  

We did not repaint this time and we haven’t changed the light fixture, but we did move the bookshelves around to better accommodate his L-shaped desk.  I got his orange curtains up and all of his vintage cameras on the shelves, but we haven’t worked on changing out the art yet.  We still have three large Ikea frames that we purchased years ago for his office, but never found artwork for them.

I wasn’t ready to throw in the dining room “towel” yet, so for now the table and chairs are acting as a crafting table in the abandoned upstairs office.  I bought a wooden folding table for that rare occasion that we would need a place for guests to eat.

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