re-organizing the stereo…

When we first purchased our Computer Armoire from C and G Pine and Oak approximately 16 years ago, we had purchased our first family computer and it was BIG computer. Big old monitor and and big old CPU. It fit in the computer desk just lovely. And I love that armoire! It fits so nicely into our living room. But then, as we upgraded our computers over the years and computer components continued to get smaller, we wondered if our computer desk would become obsolete. Then came the laptops and the keyboard section, monitor section and CPU section of the armoire are now completely useless. Then I had a thought! The kinda thought where my husband holds his breath and says, “What’s you thought, dear?” Since we remodelled the living room a few years ago, I knew that I wanted to keep the stereo in our living room but I always struggled with where it was. We used a side table that my Mom had given me years ago and placed it next to one of our armchairs and it always sat there a little awkwardly, in my humble opinion. So once the computer was gone from the armoire I decided to plop that stereo right in that armoire and so glad that I did it. It looks great, it fits in there wonderfully and that awkward table is now gone. More space in the living room and less clutter. Just thought I would share some pictures of what it looked like before; that picture was taken many months ago.image

And this is what it looks like now…the cords are less obvious and it feels like it fits there so well.IMG_5566

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But once I took this picture it did look a little naked so the decision was then made to style the corner around the chair with just a few found items in the house. Moved that lamp from the other side of the living room…IMG_5587

Then came the basket…IMG_5589Then came the pillows and blanket lazily placed in the basket…IMG_5565

And then a few nicely placed pillows in the chair…So pleased with how it looks now. Cozy, comfortable and clutter free!

living room reorganized….

Since renovating our living room a few years back, I have struggled with this one bannister wall. The bannister is between the living room and the kitchen and I was never quite sure what to do with this wall. The one table I purchased during the renovation as a place to put the stereo. The other table is an end table given to me by my mother. I have the full set of two end tables and the coffee table which actually sits in the other end of the living room. She was given the set as a wedding gift more than 50 years ago. I have had the set refinished and I love it dearly.  I did want this table to stay in the living room. But the current set up was not working for us at all.

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I loved the table I had initially purchased for the stereo but it would always drive me crazy to see the wires from the stereo. It did not matter what combination of decorative boxes i placed on the shelves; it just never felt right…

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At the end of the living room renovation, I was starting to run out of money and steam. But I knew I needed a table between my two chairs. I found this little cheapo table at a thrift store and thought to myself that it would do until something better came along. I purchased it, placed it between my two chairs and put up with it.

CLOSER PICTURE OF "CHEAPO" TABLE

CLOSER PICTURE OF “CHEAPO” TABLE

This little table served it’s purpose but just a couple of days ago I had the urge to change it. I realized that I had too many tables trying to fill a space. So the little table between the chairs got moved. The stereo table got placed in between the chairs. And the larger table from my Mom’s vintage set is now the home of the stereo.

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It feels a little less cluttered now. The tables feel like they are in the right places. And I don’t see so many electrical cords as well. It just works for us now.

curb side find…

Have you seen something on the curb on garbage day at someone else’s house and wondered “Why are they throwing that away; it is a perfect piece to work with?” I will be honest that I have thought that but never really stopped and took that item to work with it. Well, two weeks ago, I was picking up one of my boys from football practice and saw this bureau and thought exactly that to myself. I could hardly believe my luck. Simon and I stopped and looked at the bureau and it looked pretty decent in the dark of the late evening. So I went home, got my sweet hubby and asked him and Simon to lift it into the van to bring it home. I did go to the front door of the home where we were taking it from, but no one was home. I felt a little like I was stealing but then I stopped. My sweet hubby and I put things at the curb all the time on garbage day, hoping that someone will come by and take before it heads to the garbage. The old saying, “Someone’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

So away we went with the bureau! Once it was home in the garage in better light, I could see why the owners were probably getting rid of it.

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Holes in the side…both sides…Not sure what they were for…

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A large chunk out of the bottom edge…Again, not sure what that was from…

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Drawer handles all chewed up…

What you can’t see in these pictures is the actual “before” shot of the bureau when I actually got it home. The bottom accent trim looked as though it had been chewed away by a dog. The people who previously owned it had just painted over the large chew marks. It wasn’t very pretty. You can also see what happened to the handles of the drawer as well. So hubby and I got to work, removing the bottom accent trim. It was just attached by screws so it was fairly easy coming off. We searched at a few home improvement warehouses and finally found this trim at Lowes. It was not a perfect match but I am so pleased with how it turned out.

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With a little wood filler to fill the holes…several sandings and several fillings later it was a lovely smooth edge. Plus, I put wood filler along the two outside mitered corners where our trim met; along with several sandings here as well…

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And my favourite white caulking to fill along the edge of trim where it meet the bureau…And the refinishing was complete. Now to prime it all with white primer. I have not decided yet what color to paint my new find. I am not sure if I should go with my Oil Rubbed Bronze or if I should complete it with a bright Teal or Kelly Green…

Stay Tuned!

that’s much better…

Sometimes it takes something so simple to make all the difference in the world to how a particular item can look. Both of my boys beds are definitely in that category. They both had these great beds that had a wooden baseboard around the bed that the box spring fits in. But when both of their beds were made you could always see the cream box spring.

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At first I thought of doing a bed skirt of some sort but was having difficulty figuring out what type to put on there. Whatever I looked at appeared very time consuming and labour intensive. I was making the kids beds one day and it just came to me as I was putting the fitted sheet on the mattress.  I then decided I was going to place a fitted navy blue bed sheet on each of their box springs and it has made all of the difference. I just love how their beds look now. It looks finished, clean and the bed always looks made now. Another little thing that brings a smile to my face!

What simple things have you done that have made all the difference? Feel free to share in the comments section…

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key to my heart…

OK, this is most embarrassing-I have lived in my house for the better part of 15 years and it was my intent to do this when we first moved in but I never got to it. Well this weekend I finally did it!

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I took all those spare keys that I had in a basket in my buffet and that everyone has in their home and I gave them all their own key tag with a neat little label. There were a lot more keys than what you see here but when I went around my house checking to see where they all belonged; most of them had just been collected over the years and did not belong in my home at all. So they got pitched in the ol’ garbage and now I am left with the keys that work in my home.

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