Saturday, March 31, 2012

{refinished craigslist chairs}

Remember our Craigslist dining room set?


It looks pretty good in that photo, but the chairs were in need of some major TLC. I already covered the seats with a fun Amy Butler fabric which helped to perk them up. My husband has been working on refinishing them and I'm happy to have a finished one to share with you...the difference is pretty amazing!

Just as a reminder, here is one of the chairs right after we bought them with the worn and dirty seat cover...


And here is one after I recovered the seat...


If you looked closely the wooden frames were really dirty and worn, especially on the top...


Are you ready for this after? I'm amazed at how beautiful the wood is!


And here is a little side-by-side comparison {the different in the finish on the legs is pretty amazing too}...



He has finished two of them and I can't wait to see the entire set looking shiny and new. Not bad for a $75 set of chairs, huh? I'm really proud of my husband because this is his first furniture refinishing job. Gotta love a man who can handle some stain and poly! :)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have some entryway decorating planned for tomorrow that involves a new lamp! Have you done any decorating projects recently? Link them up!

Linking up with Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

{new pillows}

We splurged a bit over the weekend and got two new pillows from Target for the sofa...


The hubby actually picked out the style, and we chose the color together. He has great taste, huh? :)

Now I'm looking around for some fun fabric to make two more accent pillows. I want to pull in the blues and greens we already have in the artwork and accessories in the room, and also stick with the mid-century vibe we have going on ...




Here are some that I've added to my favorites on Etsy...




And of course I can't leave out the universally loved chevron...


What do you think? Which fabric(s) would you pick? Have any to add that you think I would love?

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

{playing dress up}

No outfits from me today friends...it has been a crazy work week with lots of events. And to be honest, I'm a little bored of looking at picture after picture of myself. So it feels kind of good to take a break today, and share some inspiration outfits from Pinterest that all include one of my favorite colors right now...coral!

I love absolutely EVERYTHING about this outfit. The top looks super flattering, the chevron bracelet is gorgeous and I love the color palette...



This outfit pairs coral with my favorite neutral, gray...



This combo if coral and mint is so fresh and pretty...



And I would love to wear this outfit for a relaxing day of shopping, magazine reading, coffee drinking and knitting...




What color combos are you loving right now?

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

{puzzle maniac}

To say that Ben loves puzzles is a bit of an understatement...


He usually puts one together every day...


And one usually leads to two or three or four spread out all over the dining room floor...


I love watching his little mind at work, and am amazed at how quickly he can find the pieces that fit. Love my little puzzle maniac. :)


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Friday, March 23, 2012

{wish list}

The hubby and I have had two of these chairs on our dining room wish list for awhile now...




They would be the perfect addition to our midcentury set, don't ya think?


This photo also inspires me not only to get those chairs, but also to hang the awesome $1 drum shade I scored last summer at a yard sale over our table...



It will be perfect...I can just picture it!


Hopefully we can make those chairs a reality one day, but until then I'm enjoying seeing the hubby work on refinishing our current chairs. He finished one a few days ago and it looks gorgeous. Such a huge difference from the before. I'll be sure to share some before and after pics of them soon!

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

{playing dress up}

Happy What I Wore Wednesday! Linking up again with Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy for wardrobe inspiration.

I'm excited about this week's outfits because the weather has been so warm I've been able to pull out a bunch of my spring and summer clothes. Ahhhh...it feels good to bare my arms and legs again. Even if they are white.  So here we go...

Thursday...


Top: Dillards
Cardigan: c/o maurices gift card
Skirt: Sears
Flats: Kohl's
Earrings: Kohl's
Necklace: Hobby Lobby

Friday's outfit photo is a tad blurry {oops!}...


Ruffle tee: maurices
Cardigan: Dillards
Jeans: Levi's via Dillards
Flats: maurices
Necklace: Kohl's

Saturday I took this pic early in the morning before I went out to buy paint for our entryway. Bad lighting + groggy Mandy = not so hot photo. But my outfit was cute so I wanted to share it. :)



And I need to paint my toes!

Top: Walmart
Cardigan: c/o maurices giftcard
Jeans: Lauren Conrad via Kohl's
Sandals: Target
Necklace: The Bird's Papaya

Monday...


Dress: Target
Cardigan: Kohl's via my Mom :)
Flats: Kohl's
Belt: TJ Maxx
Earrings: maurices

Tuesday...


Sweater: maurices
Tank: JC Penney
Skirt: Sears
Flats: Kohl's
Necklace: Target

Today...


Ruffle tee: maurices
Skirt: Walmart
Flats: maurices
Necklace: The Bird's Papaya
Earrings: Dillards

Hope everyone is having a great week! I'm already looking forward to the weekend! :)

Linking up with...

pleated poppy


Momma Go Round





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