Category Archives: Decor updates

Twofer Tuesday

Twofer Tuesday

Today I’m coming atcha with two different makeovers from one room. I guess it’s technically a bedroom, since it has a method of egress and a closet, but it really serves as more of a walk-through space for me. But I wanted a spot for a sundry niece or nephew to stay, so I stuck a daybed in there! But a naked closet and a 1980’s daybed would not do for a spot in Chez Redopalooza.

Funny story about the daybed – I was cruising Craigslist with the vague idea of buying one, when I discovered one that was listed just down the street from me. I leaped from my chair and went running out the door in my comfortable clothes (okay, they were pajamas) and hustled down the street. There I met the nicest woman and carried the daybed home with me in pieces. Later on I would discover that she is the owner of this amazing etsy shop: ReMain Eco Designs, where she sells incredible pieces made from bicycle parts. Small world!

After many nights in my chilly basement and a substantial mattress investment, the daybed is now a much more palatable and comfortable orange. And just so the closet wouldn’t feel left out, I dressed it up with some cathedral windows fabric from Joann. That was another funny story – I bought the remaining fabric on the bolt and when I got home discovered that it was EXACTLY the right size! I didn’t have to cut it once. Okay, that’s not that funny. Sue me.

Anyway, here are the afters, in all their glory!


Hope you like them! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Reflections of the Past

Reflections of the Past

Geez, that title probably made you think you were going to see some kind of Lifetime for Women movie, didn’t it?

Well, I’m happy to say that’s not the case (or sorry to disappoint, depending upon your feelings about Lifetime…it DOES have Project Runway going for it)!  This is a post about mirrors.  See what I did there?

I found a set of four Burwood pictures at the thrift store.  Only three of them would fit in the frame for these pictures, but rest assured, they all came out the same.  I LOVED the shape of the frames, but the finish on them was hideous, as Burwood/Syroco/Home Decorators vintage items usually is.  And the “artwork”…?  Ahem.

Can ya guess what I did?  Of course you can.  I painted them.  And, after nearly severing a digit while trying to do it myself, I had a glass shop cut some mirrors to fit and glue them in place of those sad, 70’s butterflies.  This all happened about four years ago and I still love them just as much!  I hope you like them, too.  Thanks for stopping by!

I linked this project up at

DIY Show Off

Read more at http://diyshowoff.com/2013/10/06/that-diy-party-37/#8tiwySeCxXhDtBoh.99

Fill ‘er Up!

Fill ‘er Up!

I’ll take “Blog Neglecters” for $500, Alex….

In honor of getting back on the blog radar, I’m pulling out one of my biggest projects to date.  When I first moved in to my townhome, one section of my living room looked like this:

Sooooooo, yeah.  A wee bit sad (and blurry – apologies for the pre-blog photo tragedy).  I know my electronics are completely old school, but I like them and didn’t want to spend money on new ones.  But that part of the room was just asking for something to fill it – the ceiling is vaulted and that’s near the highest point, so the emptiness soared to tremendous heights, too!

What happens when a girl wants to fill a tall gaping hole in her living room with a place for her TV and stereo system from the Pleistocene Epoch but doesn’t want a just-begging-to-be-outdated entertainment center?  She designs her own shelving unit (in Microsoft Excel, of all programs),

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

then she tracks down a welder to make the frame, and creates wood inserts for the shelves, of course:

Lots of my favorite things on that thar shelving unit, with a tiny bit of cat tail for good measure (bottom left)!  I love the globe on the top shelf and the glass head on the bottom shelf just makes me laugh.

Now, lest you think we’re all basking in our post-shelf-creating bliss over here, let me tell you a couple things I learned from this process.  1)  Welders are NOT cheap!  2)  Measure, measure measure!  Once the unit was finished I realized how large the space is and it’s a bit of a challenge to fill!  3)  Drilling through your index fingernail may result in long-term loss of sensation.

The most astute of you out there will notice that something else has changed also (the floor, for the rest of you) – that’s a whole other post and a big part of the reason for my lengthy self-imposed blog exile!  I’ll tell you about it soon!

I PROMISE!

You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail

Collections are dangerous things.  They can push you precariously close to hoarding status, as well as bankruptcy, especially if you choose to collect something like Faberge eggs!  Holidays and birthdays are dangerous territory also, when your well-meaning friends and relatives give you items that they’re just sure “will be great in your collection!” but that you NEVER would have purchased yourself, collector or no.  It can be dicey!   

I’ve been pretty lucky and careful in my collecting life.  I can usually tell when it gets to the tipping point of buying for quantity versus quality of the collection, and I can rein myself in, in most cases.  One of those cases is my vintage mailbox collection.

Snail mail has always been a love of mine, starting back when it was just known as “mail.”  I love the look of stamps and postmarks and most things postal (except “going postal,” of course, to which I am opposed).  Years ago, just because it was cool looking, I bought a glass mailbox that has “Visual Mail” embossed on the front.  Little did I know it was a collection seed!

Most of my collection today resides in my small entryway, hanging on corrugated metal (another love of mine) within a homemade frame.  Yesterday, I finally got my entryway painted and am no longer ashamed to post pictures of it!  Behold!

Here are a few closeups of my favorite bits and pieces:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The quail were thrift store finds, and they are salt and pepper shakers.  I think they single-handedly created the blood pressure problem in this country, because they are huge!  They could each hold about half of a salt container!  Perhaps we could just say they’re efficient, because you’d only have to refill them once a year.  Maybe you could even develop an annual family ritual – The Filling of the Quail.

I love the designs on the feathers and of course the plumes on their heads are awesome!

I have a few other mailboxes that may end up on a different wall.  One of my favorites was a gift from my parents, which was a homemade job that reads “We Shoot Every Third Salesman.  The Second One Just Left.”  Ha!  A simple No Soliciting sign would have sufficed!

Well, thanks for stopping by!  I hope your Spring is happy, healthy, and productive.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Long story, but I was originally going to use this shopping basket as a jewelry display.  Yeahhhhhhhh………..that didn’t work out.  But I had this big empty space above my cabinets and I was THIS CLOSE to reverting to my 1980’s roots and filling it with a fake plant!  Luckily, I waited to do that long enough that I eventually had a brainstorm to put my cool vintage shopping basket up there.

It’s really hard to get a good picture of something that consists mostly of space….

So there it was, all empty and stuff.  For a long time.  I always felt bad because it’s such a cool thing!  I mean, check out this brand badge:

And when I took it down to work some magic on it, I noticed that the previous owner had taped her name and address to the handle of the basket!  And she was a Show-Me-Stater, like myself!

So cute!  Hazel, if you’re a reader of RedoPalooza and you want your basket back, get in touch!  Of course, I’ll have to see photo ID in order to relinquish this beauty.

So I had an idea to make it look like I had just taken this basket shopping in 1943 and wouldn’t you know it, on a thrifting trip shortly thereafter, I came upon some delightful faux fruit and veggies!  I brought them home and set them on my counter.  Well, today was the day.  The day I got SICK OF HAVING THEM ON MY COUNTER!  So I also had an empty cereal box and I decided to fix it up with a printed copy of a vintage cereal box.  Look – it still says SUGAR Frosted Flakes!  Then I took some cardboard and glued some fabric to it and lined the inside of the basket.  I wasn’t about to do any SEWING for this “just to look at” project!

SO!  Awesome vintage shopping basket + fake fruit + faux vintage cereal box + imitation fabric basket liner =

And here they are in their new habitat, above my pantry cabinet.

I’m not completely pleased with the whole montage.  I wish I had a mesh bag for the fruits and veggies to go in but I guess I’ll have to wait until the next time I use up a bag of onions!  And I didn’t realize how high up the whole arrangement would be and it’s kind of hard to see from the floor.  But that’s the beauty of redoing stuff – I get to decide when it’s finished or just keep tweaking it until I’m happy.  We’ll see where it goes from here!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season!

 

Fall in Reverse

Fall in Reverse

There was a time in my life when I would have given up in the middle of this project. I wasn’t really feeling it, it was kind of driving me crazy, and I was tired! BUT I have finally learned to listen to that voice inside that knew what this could be, so I pressed on. Here’s where I started:

I think they may be vintage Ikea pieces, but I’m not sure. I say that like they’re so hoity-toity or something – “ohh, dahhhling, I luuuv your new Ikea pieces! Will you hang them next to your Picasso?” But I didn’t care if they WERE fine art, I was going to pimp them out! I seem to be on a paint chip roll lately, so I went with it. And here’s what happened!

They’re going to hang in my new office at work and the paint chips match the colors in my new fabric panels and the clock in the previous post. People at work are going to think I have stock in Valspar or something. Hmmm, now that I think of it, that may not be such a bad idea! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

I’m linking this project up at:
HouseofHepworths and Todays Creative Blog

Half Past Aquamarine

Half Past Aquamarine

Okay, I can’t claim the idea for this, but I did do all the figuring, geometry (!), and cutting to make it happen, so I’m proud to share it with you.

The population of my office at work recently dropped from 2 to 1 people, and the number of upholstery-worthy panels grew from zero to two, so I’m changing things up a bit.  And by “changing things up” I mean decorating that which has never been decorated before!  I covered the panels with the fabric shown below, which served as inspiration for the color palette of the clock.  I think this fun pattern will be so much nicer to look at than the mauvey-gray commercial grade weave that’s underneath!

Tomorrow is installation day – if I can, I’ll snap a pic to share later.  I hope you like my “chromatic clock”!  Thanks for stopping by!

I’m linking up to

The DIY Show Off

Countryectomy

Countryectomy

Last month, I came across this country-a** little shelf at Goodwill, attractively posed here against my enormous trash can (please no remarks about my enormous can!).  I had been on the hunt for a home for my collection of vintage tins for the bathroom, and I saw potential here.  Of course, coming from a person who sees crafting potential in her used q-tips, that might not mean much!

I had just purchased a jigsaw and was itchin’ to use it.  You can probably smell what I’m cookin’ right about now – the little shelf was about to have surgery.  After duly prepping the patient, the amputations were performed without a hitch, and the patient received a protective coating following the procedure.  It was then placed above the toilet (in case it was nauseous from the anesthesia) and stocked with an array of remedies and potions.

I just love these tins!  Here are a couple of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many times I’ve wished my brothers would use Stomach Digestives for Wind!  And for that post-workout chafing, got to have some Sayman (Say, man!!!) Prickly Heat Powder from my home state of Missouri – for external use only, people.

The green tins looked stupid with my multi-colored shower curtain, and I’d been meaning to take on this project, so I went ahead and sewed a stripe of this fabric

onto a shower curtain my mom donated to me (thanks, Mom!).  I am really happy with the result!

You can also see a couple more items in the collection on the vanity – a fluted vintage bottle of mineral oil and an old Listerine bottle.

I hope you like my plastic surgery skilz.  Hey, it looks better than Kenny Rogers.  See ya soon!

Let’s hit the head

Let’s hit the head

HeadBOARD, that is!

I was recently in my local Savers store and saw this grody headboard.  It was marked $19.99 and I thought it had potential, but I have a garage full of furniture with potential, so I gritted my teeth and walked away from it.

About a week later, I popped into Savers to see what was new.  Lo and behold, the headboard was still there, so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be mine, and I hauled that baby up to the register!

Next came the hunt for the fabric to recover the center part.  I searched just about every fabric store near me and found a couple prints that were almost what I wanted, but I don’t like to spend money on something unless it makes me go, “Oh, it’s perfect!,” so the hunt continued.  I did find a plain deep aqua fabric that was the perfect weight and price at JoAnn, and I got a sudden inspiration to make my OWN print with a fabric stencil.

Although the stenciling was much easier (the spray adhesive is the key) than I expected, it was time-consuming, so I only stenciled the parts that would show!  Meanwhile, I gave the frame a couple coats of glossy white paint.  I Febrezed the heck out of the padded section of the headboard and stretched the freshly-hatched fabric right over the original fabric.  You’ll find out soon enough – I’m not one to make work for myself!

Below is the result of my labors.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear your comments, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!