Archive | September, 2013

mid century chairs before and after

25 Sep

Wow, two posts in one week? Crazy 🙂

I figured I would start sharing some more furniture before and afters since I have been redoing a ton of cool stuff both for personal use and for my etsy shop Retrospective!! One of my most favorite things to do is transform pieces that have great lines but are in bad shape into something amazing!

Here are some fun mid century chairs that I just picked up today from the upholsterer. They were in ROUGH shape before – lots of stains on the original fabric and the padding was pretty much nil. New padding and a fun mid century retro navy and ivory fabric and they are like new! I have three of them total so not enough for a dining set, but would make great lounge/occasional accent chairs in a living room seating area or as a pair of chairs at the heads of a dining table. Oh the possibilities 🙂


we have flooring!

23 Sep

We’ve been working hard the last few weeks making final prep for the carpeting to go in upstairs. We worked last weekend on installing, puttying and caulking all the new trim and all last week on painting it. I decided to go for a cool dark gray trim (Sherwin Williams Grizzle Gray)  in Zoey’s room with white walls (and some wallpaper coming soon!) and white trim in Cash’s room (haven’t decided yet what treatment or color we will paint those walls). Zoey’s room has been the priority since she has been basically ‘camping out’ since we moved in (last October!!) in one of our extra bedrooms downstairs. We also painted Zoey’s built in bookshelves and window seat the same trim color, and sprayed her entire closets in the gray. The flooring is a gray shag carpet from Home Depot – it is the Platinum Plus brand in Enticing II – color is quarry. We love it, it’s modern, really soft and plush. Here are some before and after pics – what a difference!!

Top of stairs (before)


Top of stairs (after)_G5A3899

Cash’s room (before)












Zoey’s room (before)








after (we will be adding curtains as closet doors)


                We aren’t quite done – we still need closet doors for Cash’s room and curtain doors for Zoey’s room. We also need doors and levers for both rooms – we wanted to reuse the old doors and just paint them, but they were all chipped up and in bad shape. We also have plans to put in new windows – we are saving up for that…

Zoey’s big girl room in the works

9 Sep

I’ve got some big plans for changing Zoey’s room up from her pink, gray and yellow baby room to her big girl room! Here is a pic of her baby room at the old brady bunch house right before we moved. We are keeping the mid century modern white dresser, but most everything else (furniture) in her old room is finding a new home as of now (and the crib will be moving into Cash’s room).


And a pic of her new room (before we started any work in there) here at West Terrace. I LOVE the reading/window nook/dormer! So far we have pulled out the nasty carpet and all the trim and closet doors, patched primed and painted the walls (a fresh white), put in a new ceiling fan, and put in new modern trim. Carpet should be going in within a couple weeks and it will be a modern gray shag. I tried to press for laminate or wood flooring but Mike is really into carpet in the upstairs bedrooms for sound dampering and comfort. He won 🙂


Zoey’s a girly girl so we will still be incorporating pink (a dark sophisticated pink) into her new room, with accents of gray and gold! It will be a little mod, a little retro/mid century, and fun! I’m quite excited to add some gold into the room – Mike isn’t a fan so this is really the only room in the house where I can get away with it 🙂

Of course, I plan to wallpaper an accent wall in the room. I’m thinking either the actual nook or the two side walls surrounding the book that curve into the ceiling…I also plan to paint the bookcases a dark gray.

Here are some wallpaper options I’m toying with. I think this first one, pink toile, is the winner. It’s fun, whimsical, and a little mid century modern and retro! It’s from Spoonflower – a site which I discovered last week and I’m obsessed. You can design your own wallpaper/fabric, but if you’re like me and just want to pick designs from others, you can do that too. There are so many options! I’ve been looking for wallpaper for Zoey’s room for months and hadn’t really found anything I loved until I found these.


I also love this option harmony gray and coral, maybe as a fabric instead of a wallpaper…some pillows for the bed?


And this one is super cool too! Foxen coral


I also love this as a wall accent color (maybe in the nook surrounded by the wallpaper)? The color according to the source is Eros Pink by Sherwin Williams.



I also ordered a pair of these kids S chairs from overstock when they were having their labor day sale last week. So fun! babyschair

And I plan to use them with this modern kids table from overstock.whitetable

One of these John Widdicomb beds will be Zoey’s new big girl bed. I bought them off Craigslist very early on this year and they’ve been collecting dust since. I plan to spray the frame white and reupholster in a pink, grey, or gold. I can’t make up my mind on this one!

beds by john widdicomb

And I love this art by Inaluxe for her room! blossom

So, that’s the plan. Let’s hope it comes together like it is in my head 🙂

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