Finally! A rug for the bedroom

vibrant navy rug from RugsUSA | brittanyMakes

vibrant blue rug from RugsUSA | brittanyMakes

It dawned on me yesterday that I never shared our new rug we added to our bedroom. I’m such a doof! This rug came to us at the perfect time actually, RugsUSA reached out to me at the same time I was planning our bedroom makeover. Initially I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go in designing our bedroom but once I found this rug everything else easily fell into place.  I clearly have a love affaire with navy blue, and this vibrant navy rug captures it all!

It looks like this rug is out of stock currently, but RugsUSA re-stocks ALL the time so sign up to receive notification emails or keep your eyes peeled!

Some changes are in the works for this room. Sadly, that headboard is on the chopping block. Any takers???

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IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet

 IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet // brittanyMakes

IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet // brittanyMakes

IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet // brittanyMakesOur original kitchen renovation plans included a desk-like area that would run from the cabinet beside the range, under the window and to the wall that meets the sun room (see this before photo for reference). We envisioned a desk/seating space that would appear like an extension of the kitchen, with a matching marble counter and a matching cabinet to store office stuff like a printer or filing system. Unfortunately we couldn’t install this desk-like space for two reasons: mainly cost, but the standard prefab cabinet depth was deeper than the wall that meets the sliding door to the sun room. The counter tops would rest beside glass, and if we didn’t want that then we would have to alter the sliding door area and it just seemed like too much of a headache at the time. I kind of wish we had pursued that option since our sliding glass door is broken anyway and we plan on replacing it, but we didn’t, and now we’re left with an bare, awkward corner in our dining room that just needed some help.

As a temporary solution I placed a Vittsjo shelving unit in the corner, which I spray painted gold (duh). And although it did the trick it always looked messy and I was SO TIRED of dusting those glass shelves, they always looked dirty.

I always thought a bar cabinet would look excellent in that corner, one like this or this or even this! But you know, $$$$$ and there’s just no way I could persuade my husband that we needed a $700 bar cabinet when I could DIY a legit one for like $150.

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I wanted the inside of the cabinet to have a little flair, and I had extra faux bois gold foil wrapping paper (which I hoarded from Christmas). I used some double-sided tape and taped the paper to the sides of each cabinet wall (I didn’t want to commit to gluing it on).

IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet // brittanyMakes

We don’t have a ton of cabinet space (a decision I made on purpose, I hate having too much crap in kitchen cabinets!) and needed a place to stash our go-to wine glasses. I ordered these raw wood wine racks and screwed them into the Besta top using wood screws.

IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet // brittanyMakes

I actually had a set of wood legs from an old stool I found at a flea market, so I just removed them from the stool and attached them to the bottom of the Besta cabinet.  The fact that they are vintage adds so much character to the cabinet if you ask me! For the same look, use these table legs, spray paint the caps gold, and attach them using angled plates.

IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet // brittanyMakesFinally, attach the doors, measure and drill holes for the knobs and you’re done!

IKEA HACK: Mid Century Bar Cabinet // brittanyMakes

 

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TGIF!!! I hope everyone had a great week. Here are some links that caught my eye this week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Brass Dining Chairs – Before & After

Brass Dining Chairs - Before & After // brittanyMakes

 

Brass Dining Chairs - Before & After // brittanyMakes

 

Brass Dining Chairs - Before & After // brittanyMakesYou guys are the greatest! Thank you for all the love over Friday’s post. Working with Domino is a DREAM, and I can’t thank you all enough because if it weren’t for you taking your valuable time and reading my blog and following me on Instagram (my media of choice), I wouldn’t have this incredible, life changing collaboration going on. I received such positive feedback on our dining room and the white floors, I’m really happy I shared the space. Not every home is polished and pristine, I’m happy I could share how we made our half-done space look pretty snazzy.

Now that you’ve seen the reveal! (If you haven’t, check the post out now!) It’s time to share the DIY behind this space. First up – the dining chairs!

Brass Dining Chairs - Before & After // brittanyMakesI bought the dining chairs from a salvage warehouse for $10/each. They were worth every penny for the brass base alone! What you can’t tell in this photo is just how awful they smelled. These chairs came from a smoker’s home, and probably sat in the smoker’s home for YEARS, and smelled like it too.  The original upholstery was grimy and they desperately needed to be redone. I feel like I always bite off more than I can chew when it comes to upholstery projects, but these chairs seemed straightforward enough so I wasn’t worried that I would be redoing 4 of them.

Brass Dining Chairs - Before & After // brittanyMakes

I removed the cushions on each chair first then went to cleaning up the bases.  It looks like these chairs each sat in some water at some point in their lives, the bottom of the base that touches the floor are tarnished, rusty and dull. I asked my Instagram crew for some advice on how to clean oxidized/tarnished metal. Some suggested ketchup, some suggested wool brush, some suggested lemon juice and salt, some suggested Bar Keeper’s Friend. I tried a few methods, with no improvement. I think they just need to be re-plated. I called around some local shops and it would cost about $100/chair for re-plating. As much as I would LOVE to do this, it’s just not in our budget. For now (and due to the ‘Domino’ time crunch), I left the bases as is. I’ll be sure to update you if another method works!

Brass Dining Chairs - Before & After // brittanyMakes

 

There are so many upholstery tutorials out there, I’ll spare you the details and give you a high level summary of what I did. Usually with chairs, there is an upholstery ‘equation’ so to speak: plywood + foam + batting + fabric + staple gun (I have this one) = a comfortable seat cushion. I bought new foam for the seat cushions since the ‘vintage’ foam was super stinky and flat.  The back cushions were in pretty decent shape so I left the original foam, sprayed with some Febreze and wrapped with new thick batting.

It took me quite a while to find a fabric I liked for these chairs. At first I was going to upholster them in a performance velvet, but decided I wanted a bit of pattern. I found this blue herringbone upholstery fabric at Jo-Ann’s (which I bought with a coupon). It was exactly what I was looking for! I bought 4 yards, although I probably only needed 3 1/2 yards.

Brass Dining Chairs - Before & After // brittanyMakes

 

Who doesn’t love a good before & after? Once I was finished with these chairs and brought them inside, my husband immediately said “wow! this is probably the first upholstery project you actually finished!” Ha! #whatajerk

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White Floors & MAJOR News!

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So many good things are happening today. It’s Friday! And it’s finally time to spill the beans!

I’m so happy to announce I’m officially an online Style Influencer for Domino Magazine! I’ll be posting creative and original content on domino.com on a regular basis. This is literally a dream opportunity and I stoked BEYOND reason. I was so happy when they presented me with this opportunity, I couldn’t wait to get started. I have so many projects on the horizon and being able to share those and influence others through the Domino network seems like the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

My first post on Domino is our full dining room, painted flooring and all! Pulling our dining room and kitchen together has been an arduous 6-month task.  What feels like has taken forever, I can finally say this space is worthy enough to share, and quite possibly, entertain! I’m so excited to finally feel comfortable enough to invite friends and family over and not be utterly embarrassed by the state of our floors. Our home as a whole is far from finished, but that just makes this Domino deal that much more exciting!

That said, head on over to domino.com and check out the full post! I’ll be sharing some projects next week that went into this space (like those chairs! and that cabinet!).

HAPPY HAPPY Friday folks!

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Moody Florals

Moody florals

Moody florals

Moody florals

ONE // TWO // THREE 

I’ve always loved floral photography but until now I never found the right spot to incorporate it in my home. As a DIYer, Its usually difficult for me to just purchase something before trying to take a stab at making it myself. I mean, this thought process doesn’t go for everything, like I’d never attempt to make myself a pair of (my favorite!) work pants (almost identical & cheaper version here) or cut my own hair… although I did try doing that when I was a rebellious teen, so much so my parents grounded me for cutting my own hair! I didn’t listen and forgot to hide the evidence (read: flush the toilet). I’m sure you can conclude what happened.

moody floral photography

Now that I finally found a spot to hang a big moody floral photo I decided to try taking some photos myself to see if any turn out.  I’m taking the pictures to be printed today. Fingers crossed they turn out!

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Lettuce!

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’ve been sick more times than I can count this winter. It must be that baby of mine! The germ swap at daycare is no joke.  It took four consecutive colds before I finally found a simple solution to boost my immune system: burgundy lettuce!

Burgundy Lettuce | brittanyMakes

Trying to stay healthy during the winter is super tough. Its difficult finding the motivation to make salads or juice fruits and veggies since for some reason I mentally associate crisp fresh foods with warmer months.  Tell me I’m not the only one who connotates summer with healthy fruits and veggies and winter with hearty foods like mac n’ cheese or stews? I decided to evaluate my diet and realized I wasn’t incorporating as many healthy veggies as I should to keep my body

My husband’s best friend works for Coastline Family Farms in Central Cali, and after complaining to him about how frequently I was getting sick, he recommended I try juicing Burgundy lettuce, specifically Nutraleaf lettuce that Coastline Family Farms grows themselves.  This lettuce is like a power food, it is full of vitamin C and contains more antioxidants than blueberries! He recommended juicing it along with my favorite fruits and veggies to pack an incredible amount of nutrients into my meal. It’s not curing the common cold or anything, but it’s definitely going to give my body the boost it needs.

Burgundy Lettuce | brittanyMakes

As you know I don’t normally write about food here, but I wanted to share this little tidbit since it was the first time I ever tried Nutraleaf lettuce.  I first juiced the lettuce on it’s own, it’s not too bitter, just the perfect balance of sweetness.  I love making green smoothies too, and if you have a powerful blender like a Vitamix or a Ninja, this lettuce will puree right up! I believe specialty grocery stores are selling Nutraleaf, and Safeway too? I’ll have to confirm with my husband’s bestie.

Since I’m still on the mend from my latest cold and I could use all the advice I can get! Do you folks have any tricks? What tips can you share on staying healthy during cold and flu season?

PS! FRIDAY!!! Get your eyes back here Friday for quite possibly the best announcement of my life.

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Casual Fridays

bar styling // brittanyMakes

Happy Friday!

I promise! Very soon I’ll be able to share some of the things I’ve been working on, I can’t wait! Above is a little peek to tie you over :)

Have a great weekend!

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New Rugs!

Happy Monday! Just kidding, I know it’s Wednesday. I’m stoked Friday is just around the corner, but annoyed because this week has seriously escaped me.

I tend to think most of you already follow me on Instagram (I’m @brittanymakes) but actually realize not everyone even uses Instagram! It’s crazy, you should use it if you don’t! I post a lot of real-time and behind the scenes pictures there, and it’s a great place to discover new designers and gain inspiration!

So, for those of you who don’t use IG, or follow me, let me share with you two of my latest thrifting finds! Rugs!

vintage rug // brittanyMakes

The first rug I found was at the annual White Elephant Sale in Oakland, CA.  The Oakland Museum hosts the event, they collect donations throughout the year and throw a once a year ‘rummage’ sale to help fund the Museum. You can find anything and everything there! This year I sought out rugs, a vintage Pendleton blanket (already thinking ahead for Zano’s big-boy room haha), art, linens and fabrics, and kinda whatever else I could find. I scored this stunning 9′ x 12′ 100% wool handwoven Pakistani rug for $400. That might sound like a lot, but it’s very rare to score a rug of that size and condition for that price.  It can be done, obviously, but it’s super rare and usually takes a lot of time scouring thrift stores and hunting Craigslist to catch that good of a deal.

I plan to use this rug in our living room, once we rip up the carpet and lay down flooring.  It’ll happen! I’m somewhat happy with our white floors (I started painting our sub-floor white this past weekend), and I’m even considering pulling up the carpet and extending the painted sub-floor into the living room.  Right now our flooring situation is a hot mess: part hardwood, part sub-floor, part 1960’s poop-brown scroll tile, part gross carpet. I should have pics of our painted sub-floor for you soon. It looks SOOO much better.

vintage rug // brittanyMakes

 

The next rug I found was at the flea market! I scored this vintage beauty for $150. It’s 5×7-ish in size, and fits perfectly under our dining table.  This rug and my kitchen cabinets are a match made in heaven. The navy in the rug is trying to seduce my charcoaly blue cabinets, it’s really awkward to watch, I keep telling my cabinets ‘stop playing hard to get!’  I’m thinking of window treatments that tie in with the light blues in this rug. Once this space is complete, it’s going to look sooo good.

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AH! What a busy week it’s been. It’s not an excuse, but I have a lot up my sleeve :)

This week was FULL of excellent reads!

My Instagram photo of the week – painting the sub floor! As you know, we’re saving up for flooring throughout our whole house, and I just can’t bare to look at the sub floor any minute longer! Fingers crossed it turns out OK!

painting the subfloor

 

What are your plans for the weekend?

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