It is no secret that Paul and I are moving in less than 2 months (yay!), and I have been in full on type-A mode prepping for our new apartment. I feel that it is time to do away with all of my used and loved college furniture and get a fresher look for our home.
Enter new couch, new rug, new comforters, and new desk… oh wait, I’m poor; so that was the end of our new stuff. Time to get creative.
For years I have had an orange couch, a burgundy recliner, and an overall “fall theme” in my living room. it is time to lighten things up. Not being able to afford a new recliner, and truly loving the one I have, I decided to take it into my own hands, along with a staple gun and some fabric, to create a new look:
I started out with this bad boy. Paul just left me to my own devices in the 3-season room and said “don’t staple yourself”. An hour and a half later:
It wasn’t without its struggles, oh no, but from the front it is extremely presentable.
Advice to others:
1. If you read a blog and they say “I just got 5 yards of fabric to redo my chair”, get 6. Just trust me, get 6…. and don’t look at the back of my chair which is currently still burgundy.
2. I know buying a staple gun is exciting, but make sure that you buy the right size staples. I knew there were different lengths, but surprise! There are also different widths.
3. Read the instructions before attempting to load the staple gun.
My next project was redoing the top half of a desk that has been in my family for 20 years. I have decided to keep the top half to use as a book shelf in the new apartment. I figured “how hard could it be to paint over wood?”. Paul, the voice of reason and experience, my own personal Yoda, suggested that I sand it down first so the paint sticks. I figured paint would just stick to wood anyway, but ok.
After finding extra paint in the basement, I realized that I didn’t have a paint brush. This was divine intervention because I figured while I was out, I should get some fabric to cover inside and make it really cool!
I went out, got my brush, got my fabric, and settled down in the living room to get to work. “Did you get primer?”
Why does Paul insist on interrupting my “shoot and holler shit” methodology of life with practicality and legitimate questions?
“Um….” glancing quickly at my bucket of paint, modern invention is on my side.”PAINT AND PRIMER IN ONE!!!” I yell at him, as if saying “Boom! I already thought of that”. Nope, I just got lucky.
2 coats of paint later, I was ready to put on some fabric. Not to sound like a kindergarten drop-out, but I am AWFUL at cutting straight lines. It was not pretty, but after a number of attempts, my master piece was finished:
Now I kind of want to keep the bottom half of the desk and just repaint that too.
I have never been much of a DIY person, but I am having some fun 🙂
t-minus 57 days until the move!