Friday, September 21, 2012

Craigslist finds

I have a story about this chair.

I inherited a dining room set that belonged to my parents. It was the first dining room set they purchased when they married and set up house in the late 1960's.  Many Thanksgiving dinners were celebrated sitting around this table. I think it remained in our dining room until the very early eighties when my mom's taste in furniture had moved on to more "traditional" design. 

The set was then passed on to her younger sister, then eventually made it's way back to me when John and I bought our home. The set we inherited had only four chairs so I have been searching for matching chairs for years...

This spring I finally came across a set of 6 chairs and a table with two leaves on Craigslist. Woot, woot!  

At the time I only wanted the chairs to add to my set. My Dad was going to help me refinish the original table that belonged to my parents. The seller wanted to sell the entire set (no surprise) so I thought I'd gamble and wait until the price came down. If it was meant to be I'd get it. Yes, I know that was kinda crazy. Craigslist is like Homesense. If you see and love it, buy it and think later. 

Well, a couple of months later it was still on Craigslist and the price had dropped. I bought the set for a steal. The table is in mint condition. The chairs have the original linen fabric if you can believe it. I've decided to keep the "new" table.

Which brings me to today and the chairs. I'm trying to decide on fabric to recover them. I want to stay with linen in keeping with the original chairs but with a fresh colour.

So I am looking at these fabric choices from Tonic Living ...

Tuscany Linen Gleam
Tuscany Linen Oatmeal
Tuscany Linen Elephant

Loving the lighter grey but thinking the darker elephant grey might be more practical...what do you think?

I will be recovering them myself. It's an easy DIY.

Other happenings here today --

My range hood is finally being installed. I have a story about that and buying appliances but I'll wait to share that.

We are hosting our first "party" at the house tomorrow to celebrate my son's birthday. It's all family so they will understand the chaos that lives here still ... I hope :)

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hello friends!

It's been so long since I've sat down to blog. I've missed it immensely.

About 5 months ago we moved out of our home to begin an extensive renovation and addition. Well I am happy to say we are home :)

I was hoping to share my experiences throughout the process. However, a lack of internet access made uploading content difficult. So... I am going to try something different. I'm going to take you on a "tour" of our experience in a retrospective way.

As I write, my contractor Tim is installing James Hardie Siding on our new addition. It looks great! Inside, the house is pretty much finished. There are still some installations to do in the kitchen, touch-ups here and there and some work in the basement. I'm not ready to do a reveal quite yet. You'll have to wait a bit to see (wink).

So this is where we are now...

I'm looking at paint colours for an antique buffet that my Dad has generously been stripping and sanding. The buffet belonged to my grandmother. This is what it looked like before.

It has lovely details.

I'm leaning towards Benjamin Moore's Raccoon Fur as the new colour. What do you think? It's a funny name isn't it? The colour is a great black with blue undertones. 

This is the door stripped back to the original oak. In the 1950's, my grandmother had it stained a pickled oak colour with a gold colour blasted into it. Yes...really. Over the years the gold had disappeared and what was left was a yellowed paint finish.

I think it will look great revived in this dark shade. It will be a nice contrast with the walls and the walnut coloured floors in our new space.

So...I hope to share more with you in the coming days and weeks about our renovation experience. I hope you will be able to take away some tips and inspiration for your own homes. It was a big learning experience for us. We were lucky to have a FABULOUS Contractor (Tim Bernaski Interiors) who works with a great team of professional tradespeople. I hope you will enjoy it!

See you soon,

Debra xo

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