Small Laundry Room Tiling and Make Over

DIY Tiling Laundry Room 

A follower recently gave me a (very gentle) reminder that I never posted the laundry room reveal. Consider this me giving you a look as well as a laundry room tile DIY from someone who had no idea what they were doing.

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Before of the Laundry Room

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Removable Subway Tile Wallpaper // Ikea Kallax Shelf // Woven Basket // Tabletop Ironing board // Globe Sconce

If you are thinking to yourself, the before and the after look very similar (especially that blue shirt), you would be correct. The before is actually the “middle step” of our laundry room; a simple fix that was done just to carry us through to the “renovation”. The before of the laundry room is an excellent and simple “apartment fix”.

With removable wallpaper, an Ikea Kallax shelf propped on a ledge that once held a wire shelf, and a sconce, this laundry room was an easy fix until the renovation to come and would have been a great stopping point if we never decided to do anything else in here.

The Redo Process

Remove the “Removable wallpaper”

I was really excited about this step because I have always wanted to know if removable wallpaper actually came down without ruining the walls. Clean walls after would make removable wallpaper a renters dream. Plot spoiler: Not.

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These grainy stills give you some idea of what the wall looked like after I removed the wallpaper. The removable wallpaper was not so removable. It shredded the paint that was on the wall. In the wallpaper’s defense, the paint felt incredibly low quality. There was no base coat beneath it and it felt a bit like nail polish when you fail to put a base coat and a top coat, if that makes any sense at all. Whoever painted our house must have done it quickly and inexpensively in an effort to get the house on the market. But consider this your warning if you have ever desired to do removable wallpaper.

I removed all the wallpaper, the shelf, the ledge and the machines and got to work.

Tiling the Wall

Now for why you more than likely came here. I tiled this wall in one afternoon and grouted it the next. As someone who has never tried tiling but has done some diy work before, I found it to be two hammers on a five hammer scale after reading many blogs and watching many videos late at night.

Shopping List 

Bucket(s)

Safety Glasses

Pencil

Level

Rags aka T-shirts

Caulk gun

Caulk

Sponges

American Olean Gloss Subway Tile

Grout Float

11 in flooring trowel

Snap Cutter

Tile Cutter

Grout Maximizer Additive

1/8in White Plastic Spacers

Type 1 Mastic

Sanded Powder Grout– For spacers 1/8in-5/8in

Drill Attachment Spiral Mixing Arm

Tiling the Wall

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Before beginning, it’s best to think through what pattern you want. I wanted the traditional pattern so I buttered the wall with the premixed mortar along the base board. Then I placed a tile in the first position and went all the way across. If you look at the bottom row, you can see spacers placed between the starting row and the base board. I inserted those after doing the first row to make sure that there was a proper amount of space between the first row all the way across.  If you ever watch any tiling videos (which I highly recommend) they say spread the mortar like peanut butter on the back of the tile and the wall then press the tile straight on to the wall so you don’t smear the pattern the trowel made.

After doing the first row, I smeared enough mortar on the wall to do two rows. For the second row, I placed one half a tile that I cut using the tile cutter (unseen) into the first position to begin the staggering pattern. After going all the way across, I did the third row. I made sure with each row that the row was level horizontally but also vertically by making sure the vertical rows were aligned.

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I went up the entire wall avoiding obstacles like plugs. I stopped halfway up the wall to scrape out the grout lines and prep the wall for the closets I planned to put in the laundry closet.

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From this photo, you can see that around the plug, I completely left this area open. I planned to go back in with a single tile that I used a wet saw with to complete the hole.

You can also see if you look in between the empty grout lines that mortar got in. I used a metal nail file and a screw driver to scrape that out.

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For end pieces. I measured the space for the finishing tile by placing a loose tile next to a row. I made a mark on the tile where the tile in the wall end and then used the tile cutter to cut there. Then I could use the long piece to match up to this row and the short piece to place in the row above.

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Once I reached a certain height on the wall, I installed these unfinished wall cabinets by finding the studs and drilling a screw into the top and bottom of the cabinet. If you look closely in the below cabinet you could probably see the screw. A better way to do it (in a less stressed and exhausted hindsight) would be to place the screw right below the shelf so its less visible. Without boring you with the nitty gritty details, I installed this cabinet by myself by screwing a 2×4 to the wall at the height that would be below the cabinet. I then rested the cabinet on it as a brace so I could screw it into the wall. And you can also see the whole from that screw below the cabinet in the below photo..

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After finishing up the wall, I realized I had some extra space below the cabinets and scored these little pieces to fill the gap. They came in a pack of 12 and fit nicely in this area. After letting the wall dry overnight, I followed the direction on the grout package to a T and smeared this wall. You can see the pattern that I used to fill the wall by the smears. For the small tight spaces, I used the caulk that I purchased which was the same brand and therefore color as the grout. Most major grout brands sell this caulk. Jackpot!

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It look about five buckets of clean water, two sponges and two cut up college t-shirts to smear the haze off the wall. I started with a piece of cut t-shirt to rub off the excess, then a sponge filled with warm water. And another sponge of warm water. Then another sponge. Seeing a pattern here? Followed by another cut up t-shirt. ED192CF8-367B-4FB7-918C-FF3C9B127913F90406F3-17BA-4930-88F4-00755EC664C4

Until finally the wall was clean. If you look at this photo, you can see there are still gaps around the outlets that I still hadn’t solved by cutting out a piece of tile with a wet saw. In case you are wondering, those are still like that. I have been sooooo busy since Christmas (when this project was done) that I have yet to complete this. I will I promise! It looks a bit unfinished like this.

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I painted the walls a hydrangea blue-purple that changes color with the light and patched up the wall where the previous shelf once lived.

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The middle section of the all looks a bit wonky, but its level in person. I checked while loading these photos because I didn’t realize quite how strange the angle looked.

Styling The Laundry Closet

We specialize in hanging a ton of our clothing so we knew we needed both a hanging rack and shelves. We brought in the same tension rod that we had before because by this point we were beat and some Ikea hangers that we picked up one weekend.  We also put it two pieces of unfinished polar as shelves. We left them unfinished and unstained because we quite liked the way they looked with the hangers and the wicker baskets.

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The Reveal

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The laundry area got a few more tweaks for functionality like hooks for the stool, tap lights under the cabinets (that’s what that glow is) and something to hold brooms and mops on the other wall. As you can see in the photo above, I need to go back and correct that rogue tile around the outlet. Overall, I am happy with the project and would certainly tile again. Just not in the near future. Except for that little gap. I’ll tile that. Also, feel free to ask any question that I was way to vague on in the posts 🙂

Guest Room’s Final Form

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If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you know I’ve finally finished the thorn in my side; our downstairs guest room. Our guest rooms have gone through various uses from housing younger sisters, short term roommates to finally being devoted to actual guests. As our friends begin to mature and some of them marry off, we wanted our guest room to be an adult oasis. Several people weighed in on Instagram saying they loved the first iteration of the room, especially the white Ikea bed against the navy wall, and we did too but it no longer served it’s purpose or felt like us. This one feels more like we do now- romantic, refined with just the right bit of whimsy. Anyway, all that to say, we are finally happy with our guest room and happy to share it, and what sources we can, with you. Sources are sprinkled throughout the post. Below is the “before” shot by the way. I like to think of it as “another version” of the room instead.9296b2f2-dcce-483f-87c4-febf672cfb75

And now, back to the after, what we are all here for anyway.

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Desk (Habitat for Humanity store) (similar) // blue boxes // stripe vase (old) (similar)// Thrifted desk chair (similar) // Rug // Hummingbird print // square ginger jar // Remnant leaf fabric // frames

I purchased this stunning “Hummingbird” print from Janet Hill Studios as something to add to the cart when I bought a bunch of other prints. When she arrived it was love at first sight and she became the design inspiration to pull together all the mixed portions of the room. I even toted a photo of her to the store to color match paint and fabrics in this room to match sure everything was shaped around her. The photo below is from an Instastory where I allowed a vote between the Valspar colors, “Malted Milk”, “Romance” and “Crystal Pink”. Hubby and I fell in love with Malted Milk while Insta fam fell in love with Romance. We ignored and went with our gut and feel great about it.

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Bed (vintage) // Delft chandelier (vintage craigslist)(similar) // DIY Pheasant pillows// Harry Potter Letter Pillow // Scallop duvet set // Ticking Stripe Duvet Set // Stripe throw (old) (similar)// Ottoman // Young Woman with Peonies print and frame // Tassel lights // White Sconce // Cord hide // Wall color // Wall mirror//

I wish you could have seen me in the store when I purchased these ottoman. Talk about sparks joy. Marie Kondo anyone? I pretty much had a fit  about the bug pillow fabric that I passed on, come to light in a pretty little stool with “X” legs. I threw the display in the cart and my friendly neighbor Red Shirt went to pull its twin from the back. I considered taking them back to the store but the cream mirror tied them together nicely, if I must say so myself. I won’t even lacquer the mirror a funky color like I originally planned. And speaking of bugs, I found these cutie little bee clips at Ikea and had a similar fit of joy. Nothing, and I mean nothing, seems to make me as happy as little bugs.

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I wish I could offer you guys better sources but between lucky thrift finds and things we’ve had over a decade like the cane chair. This is the best I can do. A happy happy decorating to all of you and thanks for sticking around long enough for me to finally get this post out.

 

Remove Carpet from Stairs to Stain

How To Remove Carpet from Stairs

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Here’s a quick post recapping my carpet removal adventures before I forget the entire process. Let’s get right to the point, what you are actually after; the before and after.

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Now that that’s over with, more detail. I’ve had my eye on this project for some time. The stairs are the heart of our home. In our little house, you can see the living room and the kitchen from the stairs, all while yelling up them to anyone who may be in the bedrooms. Plus it’s one of the dogs’ absolute favorite hang out spots so we spend a lot of time on them. And you can only imagine the amount of dog hair and dusts these stairs have accrued.

I’ve been wanting to rip of the carpet for ages and last Friday evening, I impulsively followed through after spending the ten minute car riding from a restaurant researching what other bloggers have done. One of the pieces of advice given was that if you have rounded caps on your stairs, you may actually have hardwood underneath and from memory, I thought we did. So when I arrived home, staple gun in hand just in case there was only plywood, I peeled back a piece of carpet with a pair of needle nose pliers.

 

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See how the stairs have that rounded little lip on the tread? That’s how I knew there might be some sort of flooring under there instead of just plywood. 955C55D4-F067-4023-8CBE-1F3A9B146155

 

I continued pulling up the carpeting using some combination of the a razor blade to cut the carpet away from the way, the needle nose pliers to tug with to avoid staples, and a back of the hammer to pull the tacking up.

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Some of the tacking was particularly stuck so I wedged a flat head screw driver under it and tapped with the hammer.

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The bottom portion of the stairs were individually done but once I got to the top, it was all one piece so I started from the top and ripped all the way down. In total, it took about 4 hours to pull up all of the carpet from start to finish because I had to be extra specially careful about picking up all of the nails after each step because of the pups. I wasn’t sure how long this would take me so I removed almost all the nails in one fell swoop. 62385570-F355-4F79-AC4F-B9359CC00872

Remus, my trusty night guard and diy partner in crime, manned the project from his usual spot at the top of the stairs well into the night. Looking at the stairs, there is clearly over spray on the baseboard and on the stairs. Knowing I wanted to stain the steps, I picked up this stripper that a colleague at work recommended. It felt less toxic than any stripper I’ve used before and had a great citrus scent. Would absolutely recommend if you have pets or small children because I didn’t feel like I was gagging them with this product especially since Remus insists on sitting so close to the work zones.

20FDD455-FA77-4655-8077-E63E0FB2DB1E I started my way at the bottom painting each stair with a cheap chip brush with a heavy hand and worked my way right to bed. It can be left on for 24 hours so I left it over night. 5A7DF75A-9D6C-4EB9-A1ED-3BAE9589864B

The next morning I scraped it off relatively easily and wiped up the remaining ashy coating with mineral spirits that I had lying around as recommended by the product label. I then started patching up the stairs with wood filler and began painting the backs of the stairs white after it dried.

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I sanded by hand with a 300 and 800 grit. It’s just what I had on hand, there was no particular rhyme or reason. I am really glad though that I sanded by hand because there was a lot of staples that I missed. People aren’t joking when they say it feels like a million staples. Thankfully most of them were against the backs of the stairs and underneath the rounded part of the tread.

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After painting the backs white, I repeated the process of painting my way up to the tops of the step only this time with stain. I used a thin coat and painted my way up around 9pm. It takes at least 6 hours for stain to dry to the touch which was fine because we didn’t come downstairs until around 6 am the next morning. This is the first look of the stain with no rubbing or smudging off.

170BA1EA-9244-4866-9CEA-173CAD69ED79I gave it a second coat, smudging this time and making my way to the top of the stairs for another night. The next morning I pulled out the caulk gun to touch up the edge. See the next two pictures from the difference between before caulk and after.

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See how the edges are all filled in. Also notice how light the stairs are now after the smudging process. I am thinking of giving them another coat and leaving it but I actually quite like the patterns that have settled in here. Plus I am tired of dealing with the stairs. Later on this week I will go in and do more touch ups like to the wall where it meets the stairs but I want to wait to figure out what color I want to paint this hallway. What ever color I paint will wrap around the entire downstairs and the upstairs hallway because there’s no true break in the walls. So I want to choose wisely. In the mean time, I am just going to enjoy this “completed” project.

Sitting Room Refresh

A65761D6-FEF3-47DE-975A-987E499F07FDYou’ve definitely seen this room before from the post about the sitting room. I spent the majority of the weekend giving this little room a refresh. We’ve been popping in and out of town for the month of June and this is where everything lands between and during trips. So most of the changes are unseen organizational like the complete re-working of the closet which I will space you. Most of the other changes are small especially to people who don’t live here but they made a huge difference to the usability of the room. The major change in this room is that I decided to mount the tv. I put this task off because I wasn’t committed to the room’s layout and I was pretty sure I wanted to pay a professional for this. This weekend, I just decided to go for it and can I tell you it was just one of the simplest task ever. By doing so, I freed up so much desk space.

9F08CDD8-A208-472A-A5D1-A1491221CEA527559060-72BF-48E2-810F-3E8DB72BBF32Mounting the tv meant dangling cords though. I tucked most of the cords behind this paintable cord track. I didn’t run it all the way to the floor because I needed to hide the Apple TV in this drawer. The drawer is directly across from and eye level to the sofa so it’s a great hiding spot. I also brought this Kate Spade lamp from somewhere else in the house because the other one was too tall.

EFF6E9FD-4D27-42D0-AC90-0404565626B2My favorite change is the presence of a new ceiling fan. We tried this room without one for a while and it just doesn’t work. It’s the highest point in our house and gets a ton of light (these photos were taken at like 8pm) so it gets warm and because of its size, it gets stifling. We decided on this low profile, minimally invasive fan and we love it. It does the job with very little noise and a very low profile remote which I mounted to the wall because I can definitely see it growing legs and walking off.

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Other that that, the room got a few simple styling changes, mostly by shuffling things around the house and from the closets. 10BAF294-ECD5-4FA8-9D7A-DE4443AA3DD179256D90-01DE-47D4-84FB-767B8328DA33Very happy with the simple functional changes here. Thanks for following along,

Prepfordwife

Our Sitting Room

FFA597FA-7366-4B4E-B070-869583EA0674This room is on the second floor, right across from the guest bedroom that we claimed as the master. This room has given us the ability to sprawl out and essentially turn our entire floor into one master suite. We use it for everything from relaxing to working  from home and telecommuting, hence the tv. We almost passed on the tv and got the biggest iMac but decided the tv would give us the most bang for our buck. I can just hook it up to an HDMI cable for days where I need an extra screen for data mining.

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Half of the time, it gets used for work from home and marathons of One Tree Hill. I play it in the background the way people Spotify; something I can listen to but not watch because I’ve seen it so many times.  Another pro-tip from a constant work from home-er; wear real clothes. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked to add video to a call, I could pay for the decor in this room. Anyway, this desk is one hubby snagged in our last home that’s followed us here. Mostly it gets used by Remus Lupin who loves having a covering over his head (No one was more thrilled than him when we got a bedskirt in our room since it gave him somewhere to hide).  I mostly just work from the couch.

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The other half of the time, this is a guest room. The couch is yet another World Market win. You know I live and die by the World Market sword. It’s a fantastic couch and one day, I’ll do a full review of it but it’s a fold out sleeper which helps this room double as an extra guest room on nights where we have multiple groups of guest. It’s super firm and great on the back and even better, it’s super easy to fold out.

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Out of all of the rooms in our house, this one is most authentically us. It includes so many pieces of our life and our relationship; the Harry Potter books gifted to us over the years by respective family and friends, the book ends from my father in law who had a chuckle at the two black dogs, the globe that doubled as a guest book at our wedding, the quirky book clock gifted by my best friend when I went to college, the first drawing of me from April Heather over on instagram, a map of our town that we found in a thrift store long before we ever moved here and went back to get years later and the woman who owned the shop remembered us. This room is a sign of a life well lived and well loved.

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This room is a small one, but it’s home. I’ve sourced as many things as I can below but honestly so much of the things in here are one of a kind, vintage, gifted or thrifted that I’ve just had to post similars. Thank you for reading!

Shelves: World Market Etagere

Sleeper sofa: World Market Nolee

Geometric Painting: Hubby, Similar from Crate and Barrel

Wicker: Nate Berkus for Target Turtle Shell

Pug Book ends: Similar

White pots: Ikea

Wicker baskets: TjMaxx, similar

Desk: Josephine Desk from World Market

Lamp: Kate Spade from Homegoods, Similar

Custom Fashion print: April Heather Art

Poufs: Target Outdoor Pouf

Rug: World Market, similar

Dog Beds: TjMaxx, similar

Book Clock: Sold-out 

Bumble bee figure: target, also comes in beetle and dragonfly

Colorblock blanket: sold out

Ampersand Pillow: DIY, Similar

Curtains: TjMaxx, similar 

Chair: Thrifted with DIY seat, Similar

Agate Tray: Sold out, Similar

New York Times Square Print: Old Ikea, Similar

XO Prepfordwife

Painting Kitchen Floor: A Saga

I wanted tile floors but I didn’t want to tile floors. Queue DIY music (or Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. Loathe as I am to give them props on anything, that song is my life all summed up).

In the interest of giving the goods up front. Here are before and afters of my kitchen.

Very Blurry Before Still Shots from A Video Before We Moved In:

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Before Painting:  Note counters already prepared with goodies to paint with

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After:

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So there’s my floors all done with my own two hands. In the interest of full fledged honesty, which I encourage round these parts, this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. I use to participate in technical theater as a scenic charge in high school and painting floors was apparently my jam. Proof? Exhibit A: 100 lbs lighter and 10 years younger version of me coated in paint.

So when I decided to paint my floor, I had all the confidence that I could get it done and come out alive with less paint coating my clothing. I checked the internets and yes! It could be done and has been done, in exactly the floor I wanted no less, by the lovely Mysha of Remington Avenue. And praise be to God she posted a tutorial which I sort of followed. Here are the steps that I took. But definitely stop by her site to see the one that started it all and to avoid my lack of structure.

Our floors are of the laminate peel and stick variety and I knew down the road that I wanted to replace them with tile. I know my style is rather distinct so I try not to make too many of “those kinds” of specialized changes that won’t add value for when we decided to sell in the distant yet foreseeable future. So it only made sense to give those peel and stick tiles an affordable face lift and then keep real tile in my wayfair cart ‘less I messed up heavily.

Supplies

  • Foam Rollers -small to give more control and not be bigger than the stencil. Foam to avoid lint and shedding of fibers.
  • 220 grit sanding block
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Painters tape- feel free to get the delicate but pro tip: just stick it to your sweater a full times and pull off to soften the stickiness
  • Exacto knife
  • Mylar sheets or transparent poster board
  • Foam brushes
  • Paint
  • Polyacrylic sealant
  • Plastic shopping bags (you’ll see, promise)
  • Bucket
  • Degreaser
  • Kilz 1-2-3 Primer
  • Dry Swiffer or other mop with electrostatic cling

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  1. We have these beautiful bistro chairs that I snagged for a steal before we moved from a consignment shop (when has your fave ever?!). I knew I wanted the floor to be a close match to the color so I toted this picture into Lowe’s. As the human color match machine. I picked out the colors I thought were the closest and brought them home with me to look at them in different lighting. IMG_9573.jpg
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  3. Emptied the floor of everything, dry swiffered, dry swiffered again, dry swiffered again. See a trend here. It’s really important to make sure that you get as much dust and particulate up from the start so it’s not caught in the floor. We have dogs which means that even though they have never been allowed in the kitchen, that I found dog hair in the cracks and crevices of the floor. Scrub floor with a degreaser. I used a bucket of hot water and blue Dawn dish detergent followed by a wash of clean water to make sure no soap was left behind. You could also probably use a cap full of bleach in a bucket of hot water. This step is really important because you need a good base to begin with. IMG_9577.jpg
  4. I taped off the floor with blue painter tape. Note that I got the thick tape. I’m not usually very careful with painting since old habits die hard butI knew I needed to protect the cabinets. Usually I skip this step (repeat: not careful) but I really wanted to get this right ‘less my husband blow a gasket.IMG_9579.jpg
  5. Rolled my table into the way so the dogs wouldn’t shake close to the kitchen boundary line (looking at you Sirius), tied up the curtains and primed the floor with the Kilz. We had a leftover can in our garage from previous projects and it has never let us down. While the primer dried I went and picked up paint. IMG_9829IMG_9830
  6. My favorite colors turned out to be Valspar Bleached Slate and Iron Frost which I got in Signature. I painted the floor and while waiting for it to dry I got started on a stencil. Top pictures are of iron frost while wet at night and the other photo is dry in daylight. It’s a very close matched me the chairs. IMG_9581.jpgIMG_9582.jpgIMG_9586.jpg7. I purchased sheets of transparent poster board from Michael’s. You can purchase Mylar Sheets on Amazon if you decide to make a stencil yourself or just purchase it like a regular person. I didn’t have the patience to extend this project to more days so I got to work. These tiles in my kitchen is 18 x 18. I’m lazy so to measure I just laid the transparency on the floor and traced it. IMG_9589.jpg
  7. Then I measured to find the halfway mark on the transparency both length and width and drew a line. IMG_9591.jpg
  8. I repeated the action by finding the half mark of the half mark and making a dashed line. This split my stencil into fourths so that I could turn one tile into four smaller tiles with the pattern I was making. IMG_9594.jpg
  9. I then used some of the extra sheet outside of the stencil to cut out a square the size of one of the smaller squares. From that I bent the square in half and drew a little curved and then cut that “little football”.IMG_9596.jpgIMG_9597.jpg
  10. I traced that it into the small squares and then labeled where to cut with an exacto knife. IMG_9600.jpg
  11. I laid the stencil onto a cutting board/mat and exacto-knifed the placed where I traced the football. IMG_9602.jpg
  12. Finished stencil. IMG_9603.jpg
  13. I started near my back and worked into the house. I taped the stencil down with the painters tape, made gentle by tapping it to my sweater.IMG_9604.jpg
  14. Rolled over stencil with a clean new foam brush brush. At this point I realized there was still residual dog hair in my kitchen so I snagged a swiffer cloth and began running it over the squares before I rolled over them. IMG_9605.jpg
  15. I scattered the pattern so that I could still walk around the kitchen. I made sure to do no two side by side so that the stencil wouldn’t overlap and smudge. IMG_9606.jpg
  16. After the initial squares dried, I went back in and started filling in the squares that I skipped.IMG_9608.jpgIMG_9609.jpg
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  18. I completed the vast majority of the kitchen and then doubled back to do the edges. because this happened on day two, the stencil was completely dry so I just taped it to the wall and rolled in the empty space. IMG_9648.jpg
  19. After the vast majority of the squares were completed, I went back and completed touch ups using the foam brushes. IMG_9820
  20. Once touch ups were complete, I rolled three coats of polycrylic sealant on, giving each coat 2 hours of dry time before touching/walking and 24 hours before the next coat (Coat +24 hours, coat+24hours, coat +24hours). I used polycrylic instead of polyurethane because the polyurethane will yellow over time. Make sure that you are dust free. Between coats I used the sanding bar to loosen any grit and scratch up the coat so the next coat would adhere well. I then wiped the grit with the microfiber towel so that the towel wouldn’t leave dust.  IMG_9652.jpgIMG_9653.jpgIMG_9658.jpg
  21. After the coat dried, I carefully removed all of the tape using the exacto knife to make sure it didn’t pull up any of the sealant. IMG_9772.jpg
  22. Once the floor was complete and had 72 hours to dry, I put in this art deco gold vent cover for only $5. #winningIMG_9773.jpgDSC_0979

 

So tada that’s that. Well sorta. I need to pull out the appliances and paint underneath but I’m giving the floor a second to rest a bit more and cure before I put them out. So that’s it. I tend to freestyle when I paint (and when I live, honestly). I always describe myself as a “measure half a time, cut three times” kind of girl which means I plan in my head and then fling headlong into a project. So something here may not be clear. Gotta question? Let me know.

 

 

To Keep or Not to Keep

In our living room is this mid century dresser. It’s been with us through three houses and has lived many lives as a dresser, a buffet and now a credenza. I consider it family at this point.

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It has several draw backs though. For one, it’s HUGE! It’s old school furniture which means its not wood veneers; it’s actual wood which means its heavy as all get out. It’s likely to break your back. It also needs some updating. At this point after two moves, two of the knobs are missing and the closet door is off the track on the left side. It also has a leg that is driving me absolutely nuts by falling off every now and again thereby making a heavy piece even more difficult.

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It’s also way too big for our newest space. The draws are deep and it intrudes on the space. Just looking from the side, you can see how wide the piece is. But it’s a quality piece and most importantly I love it.

 

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With the way the market is right now, it’s in favor of mid century pieces and so I could easily replace it but I kind of love it. At first, it was overwhelming because the wood with our dark hardwood floor boards made the room a little dark. Now that there’s a larger rug in that room and more color the wood and the warmth is actually nice. I’m glad I didn’t paint it a color that I regretted before we got the rug. Now I’m thinking what to do about it. Here are probable options.

Probable options

1) Different shades for the green lamps and painting the base of them gold.

2) Leaving the credenza as is and adding new midcentury knobs to replace the missing ones.

3.) Mount tv on the wall

4) Hide cords behind the wall

Nuclear options

1) Sell it for a smaller mid century piece which would fit in our new living room better like the West Elm Modern White Buffet.

2) Sell it for a smaller piece that isn’t midcentury modern because the midcentury modern may be a trend that is going out soon like the Ikea Besta Media cabinet.

3) Rehab and restain this piece since I love it so much.

4) Rehab and restain this piece and then sell it since the writing may be on the wall for midcentury modern.

5) Paint it to match our current color scheme.

What are your thought on next steps for my little (read: giant) piece?

***Update: Target recently launched a new line called project 62 and there’s a cute little midcentury modern hutch in our price range. There was literally one available at my local Target so I took that as a sign from God that he wanted us to have it and impulsively added it to the cart. I am building it “as we speak”. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the mean time, the credenza that I know and love in going to go in our home storage area while we live in this house since I love it too much to part with.

Update on the Update: I didn’t keep the media set from Project 62. But here’s a photo of it so you can see it.

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New Headboard. Who dis?

So I have been slowly (heavy emphasis on the word slowly) completing projects around our home. The most of the ones I have completed so far are boring (read: not design based) but my first completed design project was a reupholstering of our headboard.

I fell in love with a sketch of a Kate Spade bed from the comforter that we purchased and thought how cute would it be if this bed were a real bed?

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It was just my luck that Kate Spade actually makes a very similar bed and the design in the photo is just up my eclectic preppy little alley.

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So I drove myself down that alley of the Kate Spade Worthington Bed and instantly pumped my brakes, as it retails for the low low price of $7,345 and includes an additional fee of $199 and a shipping and handling charge. But who’s counting?

So this piece became my lofty inspiration and the jumping off point for several ideas. I dabbled with the concept of getting this feel with a vintage scalloped headboard and painting the trim black or getting an upholstered headboard that had the wood exposed. Nothing was showing up when I hunted for vintage wood beds and I refuse refuse refuse to pay $2000 for a bed when I am currently sleeping in a perfectly good one.

One weekend, I woke up and realized I love the shape of our current bed. I just want the feel of the contrasting Kate Spade bed. *Queue DIY music* I decided to reupholster our headboard and just add a contrast trim instead of the piping that was already there.

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Here’s a before shot of our headboard. Note the comfy way I’m reclining against it. I more than paid for that because after years of owning it, our headboard had giant prepford wife (and prepford husband) size stains from body oils. Knowing I wanted a white headboard I took that into consideration when deciding on which fabric to get.

Before leaving the house, I stripped the old headboard so I would know how much fabric I needed.

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It is very much apparent that I did this project on a whim since I didn’t even clear out space for it in our bedroom. Basically in these photos, I removed the legs of the headboard then the decorative black backing GENTLY as I had no intention of paying for more of that strictly decorative netting. When I removed the netting, I realized very quickly that our headboard was made of two pieces which is what gave it the trim that we had. In the third photo, I also realized that there was piping that created that nice line of piping that was on the original headboard. I gently pulled it away, mentally documenting the order that I removed the pieces.

I ended up with three pieces of distinct fabric in the end; the part from the main headboard that I rest against, the trim and the piping. I am the “Measure halfway twice and cut three times”. By measure halfway twice I mean I guesstimate and eyeball how much fabric I need and then run off to the store. I have a good eye for spacial reasoning and distance and have only been wrong maybe once or twice. I swear this method makes my husband nervous.

I went to Joann Fabrics (armed with my customary 40% coupon) and sprinted back to the upholstery wall. I have to be fast in the store because the husband loathes the fabric store and I took him along for his opinion. I purchase furniture the same way I purchase clothing; by touch. I went to the white upholstery fabrics and found a piece that felt appealing and after a visual assessment looked appealing. At $24.99/yd and with 40% I could absolutely swing it. While we were in the upholstery section we also snagged a can of Scotchgard because we were not going to make the same mistake twice with the body oils.

I knew from measuring that I needed about 1.75 yards of fabric and I was going to bump it up to 2.5 yards because I was so lazy with the measurements. At the counter the girl helping us said there was only 2 yards on the bolt. Insert nerves in my gut here. Obviously I took it since I was on a serious deadline here. I also decided to make this a no sew project  -oh you know, since I don’t sew- and grabbed a roll of grosgrain black ribbon for the contrast trim.

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I spread the white fabric out on the living room floor (don’t worry, I swiffered first) and laid the biggest panel of fabric from the old headboard out in a way that left room for the other panels. I eyeballed as usual.

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I cut the panel out, making sure to leave enough to be able to pull around the edge and staple it down. At the bottom of the panel which is the straight end. I left enough fabric to be able to lay the large plank which had the trim (it’s the part that labeled A in the earlier pictures) onto this and staple the fabric to the back of it.

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The batting on my headboard was in surprisingly good condition but if you need any, definitely add it before stapling down. You can see my batting peaking out at the bottom there. IMG_5606

I then added fabric to the piece where the contrast is (part A again). I cut out a piece of fabric by just cutting a few inches from around where I cut out the first piece of fabric since it pretty much made the perfect cut out. For the part with the corners, I just created a bit of a fold in the fabric, pulled really taut and then stapled down to the back to create uniformity. Now for the piping.

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This part is kind of tricky to see but I saved the old piping and made sure that I chose a pretty thick and long grosgrain ribbon. I measured the length of the old piping which was about 156 inches and made sure to get a ribbon that was long enough on the spool so that I would have one continuous piece. When I started this part of the project, I wrapped the ribbon around the old piping like a hotdog bun and then stapled the part that would be open against the side of the white trim. If you look at the pictures above and below, you can kind of see the old canvas color peeking out of the bottom of the black ribbon at the right. I was totally unphased by that since the main part of the headboard would be going over it. IMG_5608

Here’s a much closer picture of it. I continued along the headboard, wrapping and stapling, wrapping and stapling until I got to the curvy portion.

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At the curve, I wrapped and tacked to the headboard and pushed into the corner real good to make sure it didn’t come loose. At this portion of the program it was well into 2 am so the pictures stopped but this is definitely the home stretch. Once the ribbon was in. I placed the other main headboard layer into the hole created for it, pulled the fabric taut on the main headboard piece and staple the back on. Before doing so, I poured almost a whole bottle of wood onto the big trimmed piece.

If I remember I will add more pictures of the headboard.

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Voile finished product. The headboard could definitely have been pulled more taut. That step is very very very important if you want a nice clean finish but overall, I am satisfied with the results and this $35 fix will tide me over until I find the vintage headboard of my dreams.

 

XO Prepford Wife

 

World Market Kendall Sofa Review

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blushkendallWe finally tracked down our beloved blush sofa as pined over here and here. We ended up with the blush Kendall sofa from World Market. Because this color in this style is brand spanking new, we decided you needed a “thorough” review.

This sofa retails for $699.99 and is currently on sale for $549.99 with $59.95 shipping  which can be waived with a free ship code.

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The Good

The listing says it’s “large and comfortable”. Check! In spite of how surprisingly regal they are able to make a $700 sofa, this thing is so comfortable. The cushions are incredibly comfortable and yet seem to be holding up against the weight of full grown people. My husband is linebacker sized and he fits on this sofa without dwarfing it. When we decided to buy it, I had this guy who serendipitously passed sit in the chair for me. He was about 6’4″ 300 lbs and looked comfortable in the chair without being way too large for it. I took that as a sign. It’s also got pretty sturdy cushions. My sister in law took a nap on it the other day and the cushions popped right back.

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“Radiant velvet like fabric with a subtle sheen in a soft blush pink hue”. Double check! Its actually less of a blush and more of a rich mauve color. This is what we were hoping it looked like. Since the Kendall in this color never hit the store, we weren’t sure what it would look like. We were pleasantly surprised by the richness of the hue. Because our style airs on the side of whimsical Kate Spade, we needed the sofa to feel a little mature more mature and the color helps it do that. The velvet like fabric is also really nice. It’s so beautiful that had I not read this descriptor, I wouldn’t have known it wasn’t actual velvet. It’s also pretty stain resistant so far. Disclaimer: we are a family with no children and we own black dogs that don’t get on the furniture and have a history of owning white couches that we have been able to keep clean with no problem. Meaning? Don’t use us as a barometer for stain resistance. However our dogs brush against the sides of the chair and I have literally been able to hit wipe any dog hair off with my bare hand.

In addition to being resilient, it’s also resilient. Before buying this sofa, we watched the floor model of the Kendall in turquoise in our local store for two years. Two years later, still in beautiful condition so much so that someone bought it right off the floor one day. The chair of it is still in the store and it’s in perfect condition so I have all the faith in the world that this chair will hold up. The wear and tear it can take makes it worth even more than the $700 for me.

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The Bad

I have none except that I wish the back were taller. This is totally a personal issue  our dog crates (that white sofa table) are behind our sofa and I’d like the sofa to completely cover them. But alas, got to take what I can get. We may sub out the legs for slightly taller ones to give it more lift.

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Overall, I’m 3000% satisfied with this sofa (and anything I’ve recently purchased from World Market). If this sofa does anything to betray me, I will absolutely update you. What do you think? Did we make the right choice with this sofa? Are you considering one for yourself by chance?

XO Prepford Wife

New Stuff in Our Living Room

Our home is coming along. If anyone saw our home they would assume I’m the only one who lives here since it looks like me; very Kate Spade meets J. Crew meets Anthropologie meets world’s dopest thrift store ever. But friends who know my husband well can spot his intertwined aesthetic from a mile away. He is single handledly responsible for all of the big pieces that have come into our home since I would never spend the amount of money he spends on nice things.

As we buy and return (and buy again) here are the things that have made the cut in our home lately. For the most part, it’s all found it’s home in our living room. We just want to get the downstairs of our home complete at this point. Also, it turns out that I really really like animals. I promise I’ll stop after this room.

Living Room

Serena and Lilly Awning Stripe Pillows | Pottery Barn Teen Snow Cat Fur Throw| Paper Mache Springbok Bust| Paper Mache Rhino Bust| Multiple Kate Spade lamps (Homegoods)| World Market Blush Kendall Sofa| World Market Camel Print| World Market Giraffe PrintWorld Market Giraffe Print| Target Woven Tassel Lumbar Pillow| Target Striped Throw Blanket| Kate Spade Dotted Pillow (Marshalls)