A makeover and a little tease

My design school friend/mommy to be (any minute)/ visual merchandiser extraordinaire and writer of the blog Handmade Not Homemade, Holly and I had a bargain hunting bonanza a few weeks ago.  She was working on a project with a crazy small budget.  We ended up at a scary place called the Goodwill Outlet.  I can’t even describe what the experience was like, but we found some books with super cute binding.  After a few more glamorous stops, we ended up at a regular goodwill.  There I found this piece with a price tag of $18.

Now a few things you should know: 1) sorry my garage is so filthy in this photo, this was before spring cleaning, 2) I had absolutely no need for this piece.

Then this piece from Lonny jumped into my head and I wanted to recreate it:

One of the benefits of going out and about with a very pregnant friend is that people are extremely friendly and helpful to her (kind of like hanging out with a celebrity).  The Goodwill girl said that everything in the store would be 50% off the coming Saturday.  Holly and I decided to gamble and leave all of our items to see if they would still be available on bargain day.  Bright and early we met (in the line wrapping around the building) and I picked up this “potential loveliness” for $9 (also, if you look in the top photo you can see some awesome bamboo-ish directors chairs I got for $3 a piece, but that is a DIY for another day).   On to paint selection…I went to Home Depot and Behr’s tahitian orange just kept jumping out at me.

I was hoping to have Lonny inspired table/cabinet placed in my house before the big reveal, but its home is in the garage until a pair of chairs find their way to my house (still hoping for something of the Barcelona variety).  So with out further rambling….ta da…

Another project I have been working on is a little kitchen revamp.  I can’t remember if I have complained about this before on Sanctuary Home or not, but I was cursed with icky kitchen cabinets.  During our finish selection I picked medium cherry and got medium oak.  When we did the final inspection and closed on our new home, we were 10 days from getting married….not the time to fight a battle with the builder and have the kitchen torn apart.  I needed as much zen as possible.  In retrospect, I should have fought that battle, but nothing I can do about it now.  Several months ago, keeping in mind that cabinet replacement isn’t an option, I decided that paint was my friend.  It took me 2 weeks to get both top and bottom cabinets and doors painted, but it wasn’t as horrible as I anticipated.  Fast forward 6 months and I finally got knobs and handles to the top of the husband to do list.  There are several other elements that need to be finished before the full reveal of this room, but I thought I would post a little tease.

My next project for the kitchen is a window treatment.  Here is an extreme close up of the project in progress.  Hopefully, I can post a install photo and some sort of instructions soon.

Finally, I need to put up a little tile backsplash and the kitchen should be ready for a big reveal.

What are your favorite DIY projects or junk shop finds?

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The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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3 Responses to A makeover and a little tease

  1. Goodness! You’ve been busy.

    ADORE what you did with that chest.

    And you’re a much better person than me. If my builder had installed medium oak cabinets 10 days before my wedding, I would have made his quadruple great grandfather regret ever even looking crosseyed at that scullery wench.

  2. Beryl says:

    Love the cabinet, the drawer pulls, can’t wait to see how the kitchen turns out!

  3. mm says:

    Oh my! Thrift envy over those campaign chairs and chest! Love!

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