8/21/12

Jessica's Fantastic Flip

I first met my dear friend Jes during our freshman year of college. She lived across the hall from me in our all-girls teeny-tiny dorm. We shared many laughs, clothes, trips to the cafeteria and even some tears (freshmen boys don't exactly make the best boyfriends) that year.
Jes and I freshman year of college circa 2001


Jes and I on her wedding day 11/11/11

One of things we immediately had in common was our love of decorating. Mind you, we were broke college kids living in a 10x10 dorm room, so we were a far cry from having any real design sense, but we appreciated it. Some of my favorite memories from that year was watching Trading Spaces with her every afternoon. Remember that show? Neighbors would re-do a room in each others' home, along with a designer's help and a tight budget. Seriously, we did not miss an episode.

Fast forward 11 years to present day. We are still great friends, still get together and still giggle like the little 19 year olds we used to be. However, we are now decorating our own homes. So, when Jes shared pictures with me of her recent dresser makeover, I knew I had to share them here.

Jes found this dresser at a thrift store and saw it's potential-
Thanks to some hard work and a whole of this-
She ended up with this-
Which now serves as the perfect media cabinet in her family room-
Didn't she do a great job?! I will always be amazed at what a difference paint can make. Some simple spray paint took this dresser that was stuck in the 1970s, all the way to present day. Love it!


*If you have a recent furniture/room makeover of a creative craft that you would like to share, please email me at scsa25@gmail.com


**Don't forget to follow me on Instagram. I'm @suburbanspunk. I share pics of upcoming projects and lots of great finds and would love to connect with more readers:)

xoxo, S

8/20/12

New Chair/Great Room Progress

I realized that I haven't shared photos of our latest furniture purchase...a chair for our great room. Just to rewind, here is what our great room used to look like-


Then, we purchased this sofa-


Instead of getting a love seat, we planned on getting 2 accent chairs. Doesn't sound that hard, right? Well, we looked and looked and could not find anything that we loved. The upholstered chairs were either the wrong color or the pattern just didn't work. So, we narrowed our search down to leather. I also knew that I did NOT want an ottoman. I am not generally opposed to ottomans but believe they would take up too much visual space in this room, so a recliner would be best.


After looking all over town, we finally met an extremely helpful lady on our third trip to Nebraska Furniture Mart that showed us the one and only chair they had that fit our specifications.

BUT...



they only had one in stock?!?

We ended up getting the one available chair and planned on ordering the second when it came back in stock in several weeks.


Actually now that it is here, we like the one chair only. I think another would make the room look too cluttered. Because our sofa is 99'' long, there is plenty of space to sit 3-4 people there, so the additional seat of another recliner really isn't needed.

Even fully reclined, there is ample space between the sofa and the coffee table.
 We love the nail head trim and pretty feet. Plus, it is 100% leather, so it will last for the long haul. If you would like more info or are interested in ordering this chair, message me for the details.

*On a side note, we are planning a trip to Dallas and Austin this Fall. We'll be stopping at Ikea and several other home furnishing stores that I have never been to before. We hope to pick up a rug for our great room and new window treatments. I can't wait to finish this space!

xoxo, S

8/15/12

A Pinterest Fail and a 2 Pin Win

I, along with most people in the world now it seems, have 1000+ pins saved onto my Pinterest boards. Out of those numerous craft-inspired Pins, I have actually attempted about 4. (Click here to see a few Pinterest-inspired projects Button Letter, Cork Letter, and Crayon Art)

In my defense, hitting 'Repin' is a heck of a lot easier than actually making/creating the Pin.

I decided that instead of continuing to add items to try 'someday', I should actually attempt some.

First up, Melted Crayon Art. I'm not talking about this-
 That is so 2011. (sarcasm implied)

I'm talking about the 2012 version via this Pin-
 Gorgeous. Unique. Cheap. Easy.

Or so I thought. My attempt turned out like this-
Hmm. It looks a little different than the inspiration pic.

It's not that terrible and well, it was easy and cheap, but it's certainly not great either. Luckily, I already had crayons on hand and I used a tiny canvas to try this out, so I was only out about $1 and 15 minutes. I had more crayons and a larger canvas but decided this was just not the project for me.

Pin Win #1
After that Pinterest Fail, I thought I should try something non-craft related.
I kept seeing this Pin-

and I thought this would be the perfect Pin to restore my faith in Pinterest and my overall ability to follow directions.

The banisters at the bottom of my stairs were in bad shape. Scratches from the dogs, furniture being moved up the stairs and general wear had caused some very visible scratches-

Oy! I grabbed some walnuts out of my pantry and got to work.

*If you purchase walnuts to try this, do not use 'chopped' walnuts. This was all I had on hand and although it worked liked a charm, larger pieces of walnuts would've saved my eyesight and sanity.

After rubbing the walnut pieces over the scratches, I ended up with banisters that looked new.

Sweet. I was on a roll.

Pin Win #2
The glass doors of my shower have been the absolute bane of my existence. Ok, that may be a tad dramatic, but my shower doors have pretty much NEVER been sparkling clean since I moved in. I squeegee the glass after I shower everyday every other day once per week and have tried seemingly EVERY bathroom cleaner on the market to get the hard water scum off my doors to no avail. Seriously. This includes: Magic Erasers, Method bathroom spray, Dawn dish soap, vinegar, 409, dryer sheets, and countless other 'tricks' that were supposed to work. None of them did.

I finally found THIS Pin that claimed to clean even the worst of lime and hard water stained showers.
The Pin linked me directly to a blog that demonstrated 6 different cleaning agents and their effectiveness on their equally scuzzy shower door.

The winner?

The tried and true, less than $2 a bottle Bar Keepers Friend. This blogger had actually found a liquid version. However, my local Target only add the original powder kind. Luckily, it still worked great. If you find the liquid version though, I would get it, as it'd be easier to use.

And now for the grossest and possibly most awkward photo to appear on this blog: my shower doors before-
 Which zoomed in, looks like this-
Gross

And now after!
Sparklingly clean and completely see-through. I cannot tell you how much this made my day.
Small victories people.

So, how about you? Any Pinterest-inspired wins or fails? Share them with me!
xoxo, S

8/13/12

Kathleen's Amazing Before and Afters

One of the best things about Facebook is that it allows you to reconnect with those that went away to a different college, moved to a different town or just plain lose touch with. Case in point, my friend from high school, Kathleen and I. Thanks to the wonderful world of the Internet, we became 'Facebook friends', reconnected and realized we had a shared appreciation of decorating and design.

When Kathleen shared pictures of her recent house renovations, I knew I had to share them. With a minimal budget, careful planning and help from dear old dad, she turned her basic house into a beautiful oasis.

First up, Kathleen's living room-
Before-

After!
In one word...amazing! The best part is that Kathleen and her dad spent less than $100 on the fireplace mantel makeover. Doesn't it look like a million bucks? It just goes to show how much some paint and a little molding can make.

Here's what Kathleen had to say about the mantel makeover,

 'As for the mantel, my dad and I worked on that project after we realized that we wouldn't be able to rip the mirror off the wall without making large holes. We didn't want to have to replace the drywall, so we just decided to go right over the top of it. We used a piece of 4' x 8' white gloss panel and liquid nailed it directly on the mirror. Next, we used fluted molding for the left and right side and cut a rectangle out on each side to fit up against the mantel. To finish up, we placed a pediment piece across the top! Everything was liquid nailed to the wall and all the supplies were purchased at Lowe's! It was a super cheap project, under $100, and no mess of broken mirror or huge holes in the dry wall!'

Her kitchen started out a little plain as well:
 And then looked like this thanks to hours of hard work and lots of paint-
And is now complete with new granite counter tops-

Next up, her dining room space, which started out like this-
 And now looks like this after the half-wall was removed-

Last up is the bathroom area off her master bedroom. Here is the before:

And now it looks like a luxe hotel suite-
Didn't Kathleen do a great job?! I also want to Congratulate her on her recent nuptials as well. I can't wait to see what other projects her and her new hubby come up with!

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home with us!

*If you have any questions over the renovations above, please let me know and I will ask Kathleen for the details, and if YOU have a house project you'd like to share, please leave me a comment or email me at scsa25@gmail.com

Have a great week everybody! xoxo, Suzanne