Making The Old Vanity Pulls New

Hi!

Hope you’ve all had excellent weekends! ¬†You know I’m currently loving the peace in the house on my Monday morning ūüėČ ¬†It looks like a freaking hurricane went through, but at least it’s quiet… amiright?!

Anyhoo, I wanted to show you a few updates in the powder bath and one that I’m particularly happy with- The new pulls on the vanity! ¬†Well, actually they’re not totally new… here I’ll show ya.

Here was my plan showing the vanity with it’s original finish and hardware. ¬†The pulls are actually two pieces, with a flower detail and hanging/swinging part that gets pulled.

I really loved the look of the little brass flowers!! ¬†But how could I keep those…????

My thought was to get an acrylic rod cut to size and use the flowers to hold it in place. ¬†I contacted this Etsy seller, 4CloverInc, who was super nice and cut the pieces down to size for me! ¬†Then I gathered these supplies…

The secret sauce are the tension pins. ¬†I searched high and low for the perfect size and ended up spending some $$ on these because they were literally MY ONLY OPTION! ¬†I use Gorilla Epoxy for lots of stuff, so that’s just a great adhesive to have on hand.

To make the holes for the tension pins, I used three different drill bit sizes. ¬†I started with a bit that has a sharp tip because it really made a great first hole. ¬†(That’s what she said.)

Then I used increasing sizes to get the perfect sized hole for the tension pin.

Aren’t these pictures awesome? ¬†Not. ¬†They didn’t look so badly on my phone, but now, yikes. ¬†At least you know this stuff will work – I promise you that! ¬†Once you’ve gotten the hole drilled, add some epoxy and the pin, and then let it dry.

The only negative was that the existing holes in the vanity were much too high. ¬†I drilled in new holes as far down as I could so that the patch would still be pretty hidden from view. ¬†I HATE when you can see patches… and then people act like you can’t, but you TOTALLY can. ¬†It’s awkward.

Yay!! ¬†But you can’t see the previous holes here… Phew!

There’s one little snag on these pulls, and that’s the clearance between the rod and drawer. ¬†There is not enough room to put my fingers through! ¬†I thought about adding in spacers, but then the flowers would float off the drawer front, and I wasn’t loving the idea. ¬†Honestly, these aren’t used very much (if at all) since they’re in a powder room, so I’m ok with it. ¬†They DO work, which is really all that matters… Oh, and they look cute as hell.

Slowly, (at snail’s pace) I’m making a few additions here and there to the bathroom. ¬†I tried to put in the wrought iron shelving that was in the original plan, but alas, it’s way too tight in the corner.

I do feel like something is missing there, but it will have to be A LOT more narrow. ¬†And the room is certainly in desperate need of art. ¬†It’s just that I’m scared to put stuff up and then I’ll find the perfect narrow piece and have holes in my gorgeous wallpaper!

The fear is REAL.

It’s kinda fun to see how the room turned out from the original plan. ¬†I can’t believe how close it is!

Any ideas for my narrow corner area?  Have you done anything new and fun in a bathroom?

I Hit the 100 Mark!

Hey there!

It’s Monday and I’m totally recuperating from the weekend. ¬†Sometimes I just let out a huge sigh of relief when I drop the kids off at school – I can’t be the only one! ¬†Then I can actually straighten up without having someone mess it all up 10 seconds later. ¬†But this Monday I’ve got a little something extra… I’ve got a sniffle. ¬†A FREAKING sniffy. ¬†How dare that germ!!

So, I’m going to take it a bit easy on this Monday and tell you about something great! ¬†Last week I (drum roll please) hit the 100th sale mark on Chairish! ¬†And I all I can say is YASS QUEEN! ¬†Go me, with my bad self!

It all started out as a fun little experiment, a way for me to be able to buy the treasures that I couldn’t buy before (since I didn’t really need them). ¬†I thought to myself, “This is like therapy for me. ¬†I’ll sleep better knowing that I didn’t let that amazing whatever get away.” ¬†And you know what? ¬†It’s totally worked.

I’m having a lot of fun.

Yes, my garage is crazy full and yes, I store things all over the house in the weirdest of spots, but I’m happy and I’m enjoying it and I don’t think I’m going to stop anytime soon.

I thought it might be fun to count down my favorite 10 pieces that I’ve sold. ¬†It’s SO hard to decide, since I seriously LOVE everything that I buy, but here it goes!!

10.  Asian Lanterns

I actually bought these for myself about 5 years ago and just couldn’t find the right spot to hang them in. ¬†I adore these.

9.  Brass Floral Chandelier

Why can’t I keep everything?! ¬†Never seen another one like this and probably never will. ¬†Although if you watch The Handmaid’s Tale, they totally have something similar in their formal room – it’s much bigger, but wow, it’s sooooo pretty.

8.  White Ming Side Chairs

Another piece that I had and enjoyed for years! ¬†You really can’t go wrong adding some Ming Chairs to a room.

7.  Mid-Century Dresser on Tapered Legs

This was such a find! ¬†But it did need a lot of cleaning and polishing and a coat of white on the top. ¬†In the end, she was gorgeous! ¬†And she sold so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to change my mind!!

6.  Americana Baker Cane Coffee Table

I almost got into a brawl over this beauty, but I’m so happy that I stuck to my guns!! ¬†It’s really large and would be perfection in massive living room. ¬†Gah, those brass wheels are all kinds of goodness! ¬†And the colonial vibe of this makes me want to sip on a Singapore Sling!

5.  20th Century Japanese Coat Rack

This was HARD to let go. ¬†I just didn’t have the right spot for it… but looking at it now, I’m totally sad and regretting that decision. ¬†It did spark a bit of a bid war, and ultimately a woman who kept emailing me about it, just straight out bought it. ¬†I guess it called out to her too.

4. ¬†1970’s Highboy Dresser

‘Cummon this one is just so wonderful! ¬†That wood grain and the almost brutalist look of the handles is such a striking combination. ¬†Needless to say, this old lady went quickly and for full price.

3.  Faux Bamboo Settee

Oh boy, this list is kinda filling me with all kinds of emotions. ¬†When I sold this one, my husband said that I should have kept it. ¬†The nerve of him making me all panicked because he loved it too… which is pretty rare considering all the stuff I buy. ¬†And I’ll admit, this would be AMAZING in front of a bed, reupholstered in a rich velvet. ¬†Oh well.

2.  Solid Wood Custom Kitchen Island

If you’re a reader, then you knew this piece was coming!! ¬†I wrote an entire post about her and literally screamed in the car when I brought her home. ¬†Never, never again will there be another. ¬†If I were redoing my kitchen I would have happily made it the centerpiece of the room. ¬†Amazing piece and one-of-a-kind.

1. ¬†1960’s Cane and Bamboo Bookcase

And my favorite piece… at least for today she is! ¬†This was one that I wanted to keep in the family room with the big blue sofa, but alas she went to a wonderful home in the Hollywood Hills. ¬†I even got to see the place and meet the new owner, which is the only reason I’m not bawling right now – the home was WONDERFUL and the bookcase really looked perfect there.

Runners up… of course I’m going to go there, ’cause these were too good not to be on this post somewhere!

If I lived in Palm Springs, the Chinoiserie Cabinet would be perfection! ¬†A little girl’s room would be extra lovely with that embroidered art piece and how could you even resist an antique carved footstool if you owned a Colonial gem? ¬†Happily, each of them also went to fabulous new owners who loved them.

I have done my job.

And yet, I have so many new goodies to add! ¬†I can’t wait to reach the next 100 and I’ll be shopping like it’s my job in the meantime. ¬†Wurk, wurk, wurk! ¬†Fun, fun, fun!!

A New Guest Bed … Or Not?

Hello there my people!

I’m going to be honest and tell ¬†you that I’ve been sitting on this post for about a week. ¬†Ya see, over the holiday weekend our guest bed broke. ¬†All the boys were jumping on it, having a good ol’ time (and no, they’re NOT allowed to do that), when bang, the mattress hit the floor. ¬†This bed that we have has always given us a few issues and I, my husband and father-in-law have all repaired it at one time or another.

I was fed up.

I decided, there are a crap load of sales going on and I’m getting a new freaking bed!! ¬†Whoo-hoo!! ¬†Spending hard earned money can be so darn exhilarating! ¬†Ha!

I knew that I needed a queen, neutral in color (grey, perhaps) with a low footboard, or heck, no footboard at all, and pretty sleek around the sides (nothing jutting out taking over precious space).

Here’s what I came up with. ¬†Can you even believe the price of these?! ¬†My gosh. ¬†When did beds become so cheap?!?

Rebecca – AllModern – $419.99

Houchins – Wayfair – $327.99

Molinaro – AllModern – $207.54

 

Leyton Mid-Century – Target – $353.59

Baxton Studios – Overstock – $461.12

Pelegrino – Joss and Main – $269.99

So, I did it! ¬†I ordered one without searching any further… I looked for one day, that was it! ¬†Can you guess which one?

Yes, the one with storage!! ¬†I thought that would be so much better than bins of comic books under the bed (the way it is now). ¬†I’ve mentioned my husband’s collecting habit, right? ¬†We’re a match made in hoarding heaven! ¬†Har har.

I was getting that bed in less than a week.  OMG.

Anyhoo, my in-laws came to visit the next day and I asked if they could help me get the old sucker out. ¬†While I was running errands, he fixed it. ¬†He literally FIXED it. ¬†Again. ¬†AGAIN!! ¬†And wouldn’t you know it, it doesn’t look bad. ¬†Arrrrrrrrr!!

I figured that I’d try to cancel the order and let fate decide. ¬†Well, Wayfair has excellent customer service and cancelled it an hr or two later. ¬†Thanks Wayfair. ¬†(insert sarcasm) ¬†And I wasn’t even going to tell you this whole long, boring saga which resulted in nothingness, except for the fact that I did write up a post on the beds before I knew my shopping would be DOA. ¬†(Friends fans anyone?!)

Maybe you’re looking for a great new bed and one of these calls to you. ¬†Maybe I have helped someone in need today.