{Home} The Longest Project

When I was moving to New York, I wanted a more collected look for my apartment. I picked out these bentwood back chairs on eBay, and coincidentally was in the city where they were located to pick them up. I brought them home, where I spray painted them red, and replaced and upholstered the seat in a coordinating fabric.

However, the seat circles weren’t perfectly round, so they didn’t fit snugly into the chair, which meant I never attached them together. To solve both issues, I bought some cording at Joann Fabrics (which involved multiple trips to multiple stores).

But some four years later, I finally completed the project! I bought a glue gun from Home Depot (thanks to a friend for the gift card!), which indicated it could be used for fabric and wood.

It took a little finesse to attach the cording, but I got it to stick.

Then, I had to act quickly to glue all the way around and squish the seat cushion to the chair.

I repeated the process on the second chair.

I’ve even already used one chair, and it held up! Technically, this project isn’t over yet, as the seat for the third chair is broken. So I need to cut a new circle and upholster that one before I can use the remaining cording to finally have a complete and matching set of chairs.

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{Home} Umm…Yeah…

I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been writing. Yes, I’m still alive. Yes, I’ve done a few projects. Yes, I can catch you up!

First, some sad news. Remember the phone I worked so hard to connect to the building’s intercom?

Well, it doesn’t work anymore. Not because of me, but because the building joined the 21st century, and got a new intercom that calls your cellphone! It even has a Bluetooth option, so you can unlock the door with your phone!

Now, some exciting news: I’m a trend setter!

Better Homes and Gardens did a piece in their April 2018 issue on using color to influence the feeling of your home, and one of their “Calming Hues” is the same color I used to paint the living room: Silver Satin!

In other news, I’m still hoping to get my kitchen renovated this year, and I submitted my proposal to the co-op last week. Fingers crossed they approve it quickly, and I can get that ball rolling!

{Home} To the Back

There’s a built-in shelf in the dining area, which became a random holding spot when I was moving in. It became a little less random as I settled in, but things were never displayed properly (and there was still a catch-all bag).

I wanted to do something to the back of the bookcase, and with all the extra paint I had from my stripes, I decided to use some of those bottles to paint the back!

I cleared everything off and got started. It didn’t take long before I had two coats on the back of the shelves.

Once it was dry, I rearranged the glassware that I had put on the shelves originally. I grabbed some other items I had around my apartment to fill out the rest.

It’s a very subtle difference, but I like it! The bookcase has a glow to it, and it’s not as stark white but still different enough that it’s special. Not to mention, it’s finally nice to look at and organized!

{Home} I Spy with My Little Eye

…some changes to the pictures in my apartment!

I replaced a magazine photo of roses with a sunset from Cayman, and a picture of palm trees in El Salvador with the Eiffel Tower.

In the dressing room, I replaced another magazine photo (this time of fall foliage) with a picture of a canal in Lido.

It only took me a few months to pick and print new pictures! A 40% off photo coupon at Walgreens made the whole thing just $2–and I even printed an extra picture just in case I change my mind.

Update! I had forgotten that I bought an art print in Cayman, so I swapped it with the Cayman sunset.

There’s a lot of blue and green in that area now, but luckily those are my favorite colors!

{Home} Hanging the Picture: Take Two

While I was away in Europe, a mirror and picture had fallen off the wall. The mirror was able to be rehung in the same manner as it was before, but the picture was more difficult. I had used the 3M Command Strips both in my current apartment and my old apartment, but for some reason, the picture wasn’t having any of it this time.

There’s a difference in height between the frame and where the picture is, so there’s a little ledge that I decided to use to hang the picture. (Yes, I really held the picture and backing into the frame with painters tape. The frame was meant to have a specific artwork in it, but the frame size was perfect for the print I wanted to frame, so I carefully cut away the old backing and removed the old art. Hey–whatever works, right?!)

I’ve used pushpins to hang pictures before, so that became the plan of attack this time. I carefully put two into the wall, and made sure they were level. I had to adjust one to be lower, but it was still pretty uncomplicated.

Pushpins go into drywall really easily, but it’s more difficult to put them through plaster. I needed to use a hammer to get them into the wall, and two of them broke as I tried.

But the end of the story is a happy one, as the picture is back up on the wall!