Saturday, October 31, 2015

New Coffee Table, Reclaimed Barn Wood Look

When we bought our ugly super comfortable sectional, the one my husband clearly won on, and I wasn't willing to argue about... It was also time for a new coffee table. I loved the IKEA rustic made-over coffee table we had before, but it didn't fit the shape of the new ugly couch my husband convinced me to buy.

So as of right now, I'm embracing the ugly couch with recliners on the end, and realizing how happy it made my husband to have a super comfortable couch to kick his feet up on after a long day at work, and my focus has shifted to camouflaging the thing.

 Next couch choice, is all me, baby.

When I saw a super sturdy, albeit somewhat 80's rodeo-esque, I grabbed it. I knew when I bought it that it would get a makeover, but I didn't know it was going to take me so long! With launching my store, it made it very hard to do anything but work on orders. Now that I'm taking a break from sewing, I'm tackling some lingering projects.

When I heard about a really cool reclaimed/recycle material store here in El Paso, I decided to go and see what inspired me. I'll write more about that on a separate post, but I highly recommend checking out similar places for materials, it was so fun to look around there!

I perused the aisles/buildings and found the perfect wood. They were covered in bird poop, yes, bird poop. 

I started piling up the worst pieces (for bargaining, of course.) I got 5 pieces, different lengths, and the guy actually asked me if I was sure I wanted them, they were that bad. So he gave me them for a steal, $7!

(As you can see here: Bird Poop errywhere.)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

McKinney Wrecking Finds

I've always said, you can make it feel like home, no matter where you live so long as you find things to love. 

Well, El Paso, you've done it again.

If you drive along Interstate-10 East along the Texas/Mexico border, you will see the University of Texas El Paso to your left and a giant fence to your right, dividing us from the border. But just as you pass UTEP, you'll also see this glorious brick building that is literally falling down/eroding away. I've lived here nearly 4 years, and I just assumed it was a faulty old building, with a cool sign, decaying away.

But as it turns out, they actually moved it to another location, and you can shop their odds/ends of reclaimed furniture/doors/windows/shutters/bricks/wood/metal YOU NAME IT from old buildings. It took me about 6 months to finally get to go (it was a 20 minute drive, I can't believe I put it off that long). If you're ever in El Paso, check it out! 6966 Market Ave, El Paso, TX 79915
They were totally gracious and helpful and I plan on doing many more excursions there. Yet another unique place that makes me really appreciate where God has me right now.

I found these AWESOME treasures:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bar Stools Saga Pt 2

Remember Pt. 1 of the Bar Stool Saga? Here's Pt 2. Just because I hate to not tidy up loose ends.

I ended up grabbing these on the clearance end cap at Target for $35 EACH! They had 3, and I basically stood by them until I could secure a Target employee to help me bring them to the front. I may have been saying "these are mine... these are mine..." to anyone who made eye contact with me. Maybe.

Anywho, seeing as my dining room is definitely NOT stark white (although I play with the idea of this all the time and wish it was somteimtes, don't tell my husband), I was going to have to make these look older somehow.

So here's what I did!

Step 1: Remove all the pieces from the box.

 Step 2, I had some left over spray paint from another project, so I decided to have the seats have a metallic look:

Step 3: After the seats have dried, attach to the stools.