Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Chairs

I love the table and chairs we bought off of kijiji last winter. The cane back detail was so lovely however the  best chair of all was destroyed by our tiny princess. One too many times of being told to sit on her bum at the table.. and it happened. She fell backwards chair and all. She was fine, just a little scared but the chair was not repairable (not by me anyhow) amazing how her tiny body won against the chair.

 After selling the remaining 3 chairs (making back almost as much as I initially paid for the table and 5 chairs) I found similar chairs but better. They didn't have the ornate detail on the top which I was tiring of but they had lovely legs and the cane back which I adore. The best part is I got 5 chairs for only $40 total. After a quick spray of high gloss white they looked good as new.
 I was able to get the same fabric which I have recently learned is called OIL CLOTH. This special fabric is a bit pricey as its almost like the fabric is laminated, allowing spills to wipe away with a cloth. Ive decided unless its a fabulous deal I wont use anything else until the kids are older.
Anyhow, I salvaged the material from the broken chair to save a bit of money and purchased enough fabric to cover the remaining 4 chairs. I am so happy with how they turned out

What do you think?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

He's not a baby anymore

When we moved into our bungalow I thought Alex would be upset about leaving the home he had since he was 6 months old. Our last house was a large new build where he had a finished basement and nice playroom.  Surprisingly Alex seemed as excited about the new adventure as we were and I think it partly had something to do with the fact that we have always included Alex in as many of the decisions as possible. With that said his room was completely designed by him. He chose the paint, the artwork, the decorations and if a dresser sat in a certain spot it was because he insisted on it. I think he did pretty good

Nearly 2 years later and our 5 year old is going on 15! He really wanted a new room and although we didn't cover the ceiling with wood as we had planned (due to time constraints) together with Alex we chose some new colors and created a new room for a big boy. I'm certain Alex can grow with this room and enjoy it even as a teenager with a few updates here and there.

Remember this vintage school chair I found at a garage sale last year? It makes a super cute side table perfect for a glass of water, superhero books and the little boat Alex made
The new Hemnes dresser from Ikea fits perfectly and offers so much more storage than his old dresser

We scored two beautiful wooden boats at a garage sale last month for just under $10 for the pair. The silver dinosaur we refinished last year looks right at home next to his favorite star wars poster

A pull out drawer on wheels perfect for storing Lego

These drawers can be found at Ikea however I picked this up on kijiji for a few bucks and lined it with some funky paper

We kept the closet pulls that we added when we did the room the first time, I still love them

My little guy is super happy with his new room!
Hope you enjoyed the room update, I told you I wasn't completely slacking over here!
Enjoy your week
Big Boy Room
DIY bookshelf
toy and book organization
figurine display case

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hello, is it me you're looking for?

I'm baaaaack!
Well I guess I really didn't go anywhere, no exotic trips or lottery winnings to report, oh unless you count that $5 I found in the laundry the other day (score!)... just incredibly busy wrapping up a recent work contract for the season, enjoying the nice weather and day dreaming about future projects.
For those of you that have written in asking where we are, thank you so much! As a new blogger its easy to forget that some people actually read what we are writing and actually notice when we haven't posted! I do apologize for the delay in posts and my goal is to continue posting as often as possible although it will not be as often as before.. that whole life / work / parenting/ get healthy / be creative/ balance thingy
For now this is a glimpse of this evenings festivities, the kids appeared looking like this and Alex wanted his picture taken solo but Emily not only joins in but mocks him.

And a preview of what I'm working on right now.. a certain big boy room for a certain superhero

Thanks for reading our blog and sticking around xo