Friday, June 29, 2012

Craigslist score!

Last night I went on my first Craigslist adventure.  Yes, I was a craigslist virgin.  I've sold a washer and dryer on there, but never purchased anything.  I've been looking for 6 dining chairs that have a wood frame but upholstered seats and backs.  Not parsons chairs.  And not necessarily Louis-style chairs.  I wasn't really going to be super picky because then it would take me 10 years to find what I wanted.

All I knew was that I wanted to paint and reupholster them.  I think I've been reading too much Little Green Notebook.  She makes DIY seem so easy  And I am not a DIY girl.  

So when I found 6 chairs this week for $45 each, I jumped on it.  Melanie and I loaded up the kids in their truck and trekked into Austin to pick up these beauties (with a McDonald's stop for ice cream as our bribe to the kids).

Aren't they just fantastic in all of their 1980's beach house glory??  I was shocked to find out that the lady, a retired decorator, had spent $400 a piece on these in 2000.  Seriously?  You bought these in the year 2000?    DUMB.

I have big plans for them though.  Here are a few of my inspiration pics, all from Pinterest.

I have an obsession with chairs.  Adding these to my collection makes 10 total chairs that I need to reupholster.  Does that qualify as an addiction?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oy! Obrigada! Bom Dia!

I went to Brazil last week for work and that's all of the Portuguese I know. I didn't even learn to say the word for their cheese bread, which I stuffed my face with for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I went to Brazil and all I came home with was a double whammy of Strep throat and a sinus infection. I would feel so much better if someone just chopped my head off.

Oh, I also brought home nail polish. Random, right? But apparently Brazilian nail polish is the bomb, so I bought 18 bottles of it.

Will was out of town last week too (and came home sick), so the house work took a little hiatus. We are back in full force this week and making progress. We had the downstairs hall bath demoed, Will tiled the master bath, kitchen cabinets were installed, bookshelves installed, and the bathroom vanities were installed. All while I laid in bed and watched Season 1 of Downton Abbey.

I wouldn't say that beadboard cabinetry is my ideal choice for a kitchen, but it's what I had to work with.  And matching it versus replacing it all was a helluva lot cheaper.  I think my cabinet guy did a great job!  Next up:  counter tops.  Probably the biggest decision that's making me sick to my stomach.