reloved | vintage bread box


Last week I dusted off one of my old relics and finally gave it the love it deserved. Over a year ago I posted this "before" of a bread box I grabbed at a yard sale for $2. 



I'm no refurbishing expert when it comes to painting anything. Painting intimidates me. So I basically sanded it down as best I could and then applied 4 layers of paint sloppily, wiping away excess paint after each layer. I didn't originally anticipate giving it a shabby look, but that's just what happened eventually as different layers went on in different thicknesses. The paint I was using was old and tacky, but since the look was imperfect I didn't mind. I'm too impatient to paint perfectly anyway.



I applied some colorful vintage wallpaper to the inside of the handle for a happy little detail. I left the "bread" plaque as-is, because the aged patina is just too good to mess up.

I wish I had a before shot of this kitchen shelf as it was set up before. It was getting a little too crowded and messy, which is what originally inspired me to redo the bread box and make it a part of the shelf in the first place. Now it's clean and simple, mixed with new and old, and makes me happy to look at. 



Is anybody doing anything fun this weekend? Luke and I are going to have a Shake Shack and thrifting date in the city tonight. I haven't seen much of him as he's been working so hard on his thesis this week for his Master's program. He's also the latest up-and-coming barista man at our favorite local joint. ;) I'm in major trouble with him working there! Best baked goods EVER!


Happy weekend! xo


Yellow Mirror


I painted this originally gold-framed mirror a cheerful yellow when Luke offered to hang it on the wall the other day (it has been resting on the little old table in the entryway). He wanted to hang it high enough so that he could look into it without having to bend over…poor guy has been practically squatting to glance in the mirror before he walks out the door!




I used Krylon spray paint in Bauhaus Gold. Maybe it was me, but I didn't think the coverage was that great. I sprayed 5 coats! To avoid getting spraypaint on the glass or having to disassemble the mirror, I used blue painter's tape around the edges (took a bit of time to tape carefully, but it saved a lot of trouble in the end) and in the middle laid some pieces of newspaper. It was helpful to tape those down too.

The little mirror makeover inspired me to spruce up this whole wall a bit. I like having a few little pops of yellow throughout the apartment, it feels happy and fun.


relic | Blue kitchen chair makeover

When Luke and I got married, much of our furniture was given to us by his grandparents, Cliff & Anne. They found pieces at estate sales, contributed some items of their own, and Cliff even made two small tables for us. I love the character of the older pieces, but sometimes I enjoy giving them a new look. Our kitchen table, which they picked for us, is a gorgeous relic that we plan on completely refinishing one day so we can keep it forever. For now, I reupholstered the seat covers for a simple upgrade that adds a pop of color to our kitchen. Seriously, my new chairs make me smile every time I lay eyes on them--especially in the midst of a current obsession I have with blue.



Don't you love the curves? The covers that were on them are beautifully hand-embroidered, but heavily stained so they needed to go. Can you imagine how long it took to embroider all of them? Here are just a couple of my favorites...



We used a cordless drill to remove the cushions from the chair frames and removed all the tacks that the last person had used to reupholster the chairs. Underneath, I even found the original chair cushions. I can see why these got covered in the first place.



I used a staple gun to staple the fabric (my method was the same as if I were stretching a canvas for a painting, see here), using more staples along the curved edge to make sure it was tight. Then I simply used the drill to screw the seats back on. It took me about an hour and a half.



 All set for dinner.