On the books

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sorry for the blog silence recently.  Been super busy with various committees (chronic over-volunteering), new design projects, lots of hardware orders (yay!), and new showrooms.  I sort of took a rest from DIY projects but I do have a few things that I've been noodling around which I'll probably start in the next month or so. First off, there is this linen closet at the top of our stairs. Our contractor primed everything (and by everything I mean he even painted over the hardware and I'm pretty sure he just primed the drawers in place and I had to pry them open), but otherwise it was as-is.  It's semi organized but could probably use a little re-org. 

As you can see the drawers are in bad shape.

The bottoms are in pieces and are shifting around (here you can see the floor and my foot straight through the bottom of the drawer).

So the plan is to paint the inside of the closet a fun color, maybe do a decoupage wallpaper (ie: cheap wrapping paper I bought at target plus some modge podge), replace the drawer bottoms, and do a fun new and inexpensive brass bail pull.  I think I could also put some cork board on the inside recessed panel of the door to create some sort of message center.  I love how Jenny at Little Green Notebook revamped her closet and laundry room.

Also on the books are two furniture projects. Our knock-off Eames task chair bit the dust after our move and I've been using one of our other knock-off Eames dining chairs as a stand in desk chair.  I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted here but I was thinking something less officey (not on casters), and maybe more traditional and a fun color to break up the modern dark desk.  Of course I had trouble finding something that fit the bill and the budget.  However, the other day I was walking around our little downtown and went into Avenue Salvage and found this vintage cane back chair and a fun step stool (see below) for 30 bucks total!  I couldn't pass them up.  Now to figure out what color to paint the chair and what fabric to reupholster with. Of course, you can see that the office is a mess and needs a revamp in general, but more on that later...

The step stool is ideal because Bryan is big enough to wash his hands but can''t reach the sink even with a single step stool.  I'd looked online but most of the double step stools are super functional / ugly or really juvenile.  I was so happy to stumble upon this. The little handles are great for moving it and for when Bryan is climbing up and down.

Again, not sure what color to paint it (definitely want to do some sort of two tone like it has already), but I am definitely reminded of another one of Jenny's DIY's with her kitchen step stool.  What fun projects do you have on the books for fall?


  1. fun little finds! and, if you're up for it...it would be fun to see a peek into your design projects and behind-the-scenes hardware stuff...if you're looking for blog content.

  2. Would you please share the source of your bathroom vanity with open shelving?

    I need a small version of this sink. :)

  3. Hi Kellie - I got it from Home Decorators Collection. I think it's a knock off of a Restoration Hardware piece.

  4. I love your linen closet. It has serious potential and I agree, a few small tweaks will make it even more functional & super cute!