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The guest room got a simple lighting upgrade!

It’s the Eden Pendant from CB2, which by the way, much like our headboard, has been in storage for a handful of years. Originally intended for somewhere in the condo, Kim scooped up the (then $50) light, with the intention of converting it to a hardwired ceiling pendant; well, it never happened. When purchased, it had an unoffensive clear cord with a plug, but an easy enough re-wiring with a thick cloth cord and hard-wire conversion kicked it up a notch – while also allowing us to install it where ever we’d like without outlet restrictions.

(A quick word of caution: While this project is fairly straightforward, it’s a recap of what worked for us, but use your head, cut the power, and always be careful any time you’re dealing with electricity. We don’t want anyone getting hurt, right? )

MATERIALS USED TO RE-WIRE + CONVERT:
Original electrical cord/socket
New cloth covered cord
Ceiling mount kit (we used this one)
Canopy (we used this one in black)

TOOLS USED:
Wire cutter
Screwdriver
Wire stripper
Utility knife

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WHAT WE DID. Starting with the original plug-in cord, snip the cord with your wire cutters! This is simultaneously the easiest and most daunting part of the job. (Did we just ruin a perfectly good lamp?)

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Next, you’ll remove two small phillip head screws to remove the ceramic socket from the socket shell. Once you’ve separated it, you’ll have 2 more screws to undo, releasing the original wire ends.

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Now it’s time to install the new electrical cord! We buy our supplies from Snake Head Vintage – not only is it very affordable, but there are countless options to mix and match ceiling canopies with cords. The black cord we purchased is very thick, so I had to carefully cut away a small length of cloth covering to enable the cord to fit through the socket shell. (This doesn’t matter, as it will be completely hidden once everything is put back together.) Next, slit the outer covering of the wire, being mindful to avoid cutting each of the individual wire sheaths. Use wire strippers to expose the ends of the black wire (hot) and white wire (neutral). The green wire (green = ground) can be left alone.

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Affix the exposed ends of your wires to the screws on the back of the socket.

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Screw the socket back into place, using the first two screws you removed and you’ve successfully re-wired a light!

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On the opposite end, we used this canopy and ceiling mount kit, which comes with a strain relief that helps to support the pendant weight while affixing the wire to the canopy. Using the strippers again, now expose the black and white wires that will be wired in to your junction box. (Green was stripped for illustration purposes only; it wasn’t necessary for our application. This is a great article to understanding the colors of your electrical wires.)

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For the ceiling mount, we did everything the same as the light in our funny little nook, after cutting the power at the circuit breaker, of course!

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The cloth cord will usually look a little kinked the first day or two, resulting in a slightly crooked pendant appearance. The good news it that it will relax over time – give it a day or two – and your light should level out perfectly.

We’ve spent the last few days putting the finishing touches on the guest room, and I think it might be our favorite room yet! Photos have been snapped, and the reveal is coming soon. Now we’ll just need to keep the momentum rolling when it eventually comes time to get to work on our bedroom, which, sadly, is still a pipe dream away. (On the other hand, did someone say kitchen?)

  • susan - October 30, 2014 - 7:11 AM

    Love that fixture! I’m looking forward to the big reveal…

    How did you decide how long to leave the cloth cord? Is there a rule of thumb for ceiling pendants not over a table?

    Thanx much.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 30, 2014 - 7:41 AM

      To be honest, we just eyeball it until it looks right! Our ceiling in this room is almost 10′, and we allowed for a 16″ or so drop. It felt right! If re-wiring, make sure to purchase an extra foot more of electrical cord than you think you might want for wiggle room.ReplyCancel

  • emily @ go haus go - October 30, 2014 - 9:12 AM

    This is so helpful. I never bought the Eden pendant for that exact reason: the clear cord! But the price is so good it’s hard to ignore it. Now that I know how to fix it, it seems like an awesome option for the new place.ReplyCancel

  • Marita - October 31, 2014 - 10:15 AM

    Kim, what timing! We’ve been struggling with how to better illuminate our converted back porch/laundry room. It’s a long, narrow space with only one electrical junction box. Our hope had been to hang two pendants from a single canopy and then extend the pendants in opposite directions by hooking them from the ceiling. The IKEA double lighting kit doesn’t work for the industrial pendants we want. Nor do we want to mess with the wiring and install additional junction boxes. I found a lighting shop that could create the light fixture for us, but we’re talking $$$. Maybe we could do it ourselves? I’m inspired to check out Snake Head Vintage!ReplyCancel

  • Michael - November 2, 2014 - 8:39 PM

    Nice light fixture! It looks elegant. And great re-wiring tips too! They could be really helpful for homeowners who wish to DIY their own light fixtures. This is really useful Kim. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Joshua Prieto - November 17, 2014 - 12:13 PM

    Awesome project! What type of bulbs do you use in your lighting fixtures? Are the LEDs?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 17, 2014 - 12:22 PM

      Thanks, Joshua – I’m pretty sure we used a CFL bulb in this fixture, but we’re slowly moving over to LEDs as we can!ReplyCancel

BACK TO TOP

Our guest room is thisclose to completion, but while we wait for the final pieces to fall together, let’s switch gears to the living room – a room that, for the most part, could be considered complete, but let’s be honest, this is us.

Maybe it’s because we started by selecting pieces and color schemes that were outside of our comfort zone, but every purchase for the room (and that includes the dining area, too) feels so difficult! To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little meh on the paint color (is it too blue?! I ask Scott way, way too much), and I’ve already started some tweaks to the gallery wall. We love our desk-turned-media center, but since Day 1, we’ve been itching to add a stone top (we think?) to provide a bit of weight and contrast. And although we’ve enjoyed the process of pushing our limits, choosing bold colors and wholeheartedly giving in to our crush on brass, I’d be amiss not to admit that there’s something missing. Something we just can’t quite put our finger on.

One of our biggest challenges has been finding appropriate end tables for our big, hunky couch. We do have this cute guy, but coming in at around 18″ tall, it quickly turned into a placeholder. The arms of our sofa are a good 30″ off the floor, and everything we’ve found at flea markets, yard sales or in store has been too shrimpy. And then one day, I was reading this post by The Hunted Interior, and it hit me! We’ve been going about it all wrong!

In said post, Kristin picked up a large round table to offset the tall arms of her furniture. Not only would the same idea fill the corner of our living room perfectly, it would bring in a bit of height to an otherwise empty, awkward space! I showed Scott, and he agreed. We pulled up Craigslist and searched “bistro table,” which brought up a newly listed 30″ (wide and tall) marble top. A beauty! Look!

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A few emails back and forth between the seller had us picking up our new end table shortly thereafter, and we love, love, love it.

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The veining in the marble is spot on, and it mimics our marble tiled entryway beautifully. The heavy iron base was a bit chipped, and although we considered keeping it that way, it ended up feeling a bit too shabby (chic?) in our space. Two quick coats of Clark+Kensington’s Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! (you know we dig it) polished it right up.

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We laid an acrylic tray on top to corral a freshly potted ZZ plant, soon-to-be coasters (we re-ordered these guys, as our original Watsons served as CC’s lunch) and a framed photo. Remember when we said it’d be fun to have a demolition photo in every room?

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The other side of the sofa is still sporting the mini table, as well as our subwoofer (we ran the cables along our baseboards using these), but we’re thinking it’ll get nixed for something similar - and preferably something with four legs, so the subwoofer can tuck beneath it.

In the meantime, we’ve been waffling on a few dining room rugs, feeling stunted on which direction we want to go. Do we want to bring in color to balance out the living room? Or less color to keep things from feeling too wild? I’m strangely leaning towards an overdyed pink (because my goodness, pink + navy, you guys!), but is that just crazy? Go big or go… home?

  • Krista - October 28, 2014 - 7:00 AM

    I love watching your progress and am always jealous of your amazing finds (especially the prices! )
    But…from photos the wall colour doesn’t appear to really complement the couch. It looks too green. Photos and computer screens aren’t all that accurate however…
    From reading your blog I get that white or super faint grey is not your style, but I think you need to find something that plays better with your couch rug combo.
    You either have to go more neutral or more punchy. Pink could be amazing…ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - October 28, 2014 - 7:06 AM

    That’s a really nice table – and the roundness keeps it from feeling like it takes up a lot of space. Great find!ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - October 28, 2014 - 8:45 AM

    On my ipad, the wall color looks great. I think maybe part of the problem is that you’ve got such a strong couch color contrasted with such a bold rug color. It drowns out the more subtle details of the rest of the room. It sounds like you might be wavering between going all the way (bold art, patterned curtains, bright pillows) and wanting to keep it more subtle. Since your style seems to lean towards more minimal, maybe one really one bold piece per room? What about moving the living room rug to the dining room, and going with a more subtle rug in there?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 9:55 AM

      That’s something we’ve thrown around too! The only problem is that our living room rug may be a bit too large in the dining room, but we could always try and see… RUGS ARE HARD.ReplyCancel

      • Loryn - October 29, 2014 - 8:36 AM

        Yes! I’ve only purchased one out of the four I need!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - October 28, 2014 - 9:15 AM

    I love that little table and I am SO with you on the hot pink rug. This is my heart rug for my bedroom….

    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Updated-Traditional-Pink-Blue-Polypropylene-Rug-710-x-11/8297804/product.html

    It is so much money though that I can’t let myself pull the trigger and order it. Or I am waiting for a mega-sale. Or I have seen it on a bunch of blogs lately, so now I am all ‘is it OVERDONE’? Ahhhhrrrrrggggghhhhh, the over-thinking of it all!ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - October 28, 2014 - 9:40 AM

    I think the walls could be a bit warmer. the rug is warm with the reds, and then from there (the couch, chairs, artwork, walls) it continues to get cooler and cooler. we just painted our room worldly grey SW. Wanted a cooler gray, with just a hint of warmth…it’s perfect. some lights it looks almost white and other times of the day it looks kind of taupey. at one point i though i detected a hint of purple…really warm and inviting. can’t wait to see the guestroom…it’s always my favorite room in the house to decorate!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 9:47 AM

      Thanks for the suggestion! I agree, originally we were on board with the super cool gray, but now it just feels… off. I want to warm it up just a bit, without ever feeling beige. I’ll check out Worldly Grey, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • alexis - October 28, 2014 - 1:15 PM

    Careful with the over-dyed rugs, I was rug shopping with my mom and was told the dye can be toxic. Make sure is safe for the furry babes!
    I agree, I think the paint color could use some warming up.
    Every thing is still gorgeous and envy inducing :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 3:54 PM

      Thank you for that info!ReplyCancel

  • Justynn @ Creative Life Antics - October 28, 2014 - 1:30 PM

    What about bringing the navy from the couch to the floor in the dining room? Ties the space together and give you the ability to decorate with smaller pops of color in art/ something for the table?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 28, 2014 - 3:54 PM

      Scott threw around that idea too (or something blue). But I worry about navy overload. Is that a thing?!ReplyCancel

      • Cait - October 29, 2014 - 8:15 AM

        I think ‘navy overload’ could be a thing, especially in a space without much natural light. Your living/dining room seems to get good light, and the navy helps ground the room – especially since the walls are so light. I think carrying the navy into the dining room with a navy rug would coordinate nicely with the sofa like Justynn said. I’m a big fan of keeping a house cohesive by repeating a lot of the same colors in different ways, and I worry that an over-dyed pink rug might not play nicely with the red in the living room rug. Maybe an over-dyed navy rug? (Do those exist?) Or maybe there is another room where you could try an over-dyed pink rug?ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 29, 2014 - 9:16 AM

          There are teeny tiny pink touches in the rug, which is what makes us think that the overdyed pink could help bring that out… worst case, we were thinking the rug could live in the studio if it’s a bust! We’re just so stumped. I think we’ll try Loryn’s suggestion about rug swapping JUST TO SEE, and then maybe go from there. Or maybe we’re just being big, fat scaredy cats, and we should just dive in!ReplyCancel

          • Cait - October 29, 2014 - 11:30 AM

            That makes sense about the pink touches (I thought I saw some pink in it, but I wasn’t sure) and the possibility of it living in the studio if it doesn’t work. I was actually going to suggest the studio, but I couldn’t remember whether you had a rug in there already. I know you have the floral rug in the work room.

            Rug swapping is always fun! Definitely a great way to freshen things up without spending a hunk of change on a new rug. I planned out sort of a musical chairs of rugs (musical rugs?) for our house a while back and we may try that after Thanksgiving…

            I also totally get the being nervous to jump in! I am tempted to try the West Elm Honeycomb Textured Wool Rug (in Horseradish) in our library (after the musical rugs), but maybe that is too much yellow after we just painted the walls from yellow to blue?

            Wrapping up the world’s longest comment… whatever you land on will be awesome! I’m sure the pink rug would work well in several places in your house if the living room ends up not feeling quite right.ReplyCancel

            • Kim - October 29, 2014 - 12:02 PM

              Thanks, Cait! No rugs in the studio yet, so that’s definitely a big plus to go with pink – because WORST CASE (I mean, right?), it’ll have to live in the studio somewhere. Ha!ReplyCancel

              • Cait - October 29, 2014 - 1:52 PM

                Exactly! Such a terrible worst case!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • erica - October 28, 2014 - 9:33 PM

    Love the new little table. Everything is coming together so nicely. And YES YES YES to the overdyed pink rug for the dining room! Great idea. I think the current wall color is nice, but perhaps a grey with a tiny bit more taupe in it would work well with your furniture choices. I love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • caitlin - October 30, 2014 - 10:46 PM

    Please oh please add a stone top to the credenza! I’m dying to do it and cannot get my husband on board. If you do it, it may give me ammo!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - October 31, 2014 - 7:58 PM

    Just a random question about your windows. I see you have curtains, and I can’t really tell, but do you also have blinds? I love your house! My husband is doing a similar trim around our windows, but he doesn’t want to put all of that work into it just to have them covered by curtains, even though I love the look of curtains :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - November 1, 2014 - 12:42 AM

      Thanks, Sarah! Yes, we have blinds and curtains, but we’re suckers for layers :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - October 31, 2014 - 11:02 PM

    I love the demo photos! We have one in our living room too :)ReplyCancel

  • Michael - November 2, 2014 - 8:59 PM

    About rugs, I’ve seen kilim rug designs and they beautiful. I think they could fit perfectly with your finish and balance out your living room. I love your marble table. It looks stylish and modern. Can’t wait to see the complete transformation.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - November 3, 2014 - 11:03 AM

    Go for the overdyed pink! I have one in my living room (one bedroom apartment with a dark green couch) and I LOVE it!

    It brings so much warmth to the room, and it doesn’t scream “PINK RUG!” My boyfriend doesn’t mind it at all, but of course I didn’t tell him it was pink until it was already en route ;)

    Plus, the subtle overydyed pattern really hides dust and dirt, so vacuuming isn’t critical 24/7.

    I waited for one of those crazy RugsUSA holiday sales and got a $500+ rug for 70% off!ReplyCancel

BACK TO TOP

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The guest room just upstaged our sad, untouched bedroom by a landslide.

This headboard, by the way? We’ve had it for years! Scott spotted it in the alley behind our former condo building while walking Jack. He ran inside, yelled inaudible words of excitement until I followed him downstairs, and minutes later, we were hauling that alley find to our basement – knowing it would have a proper home someday!

(On a side note, some of the best scavenging in this city happens in the alleys on trash night. On the opposite end, it’s a fun game to set something out and place bets on how long it’ll take before someone else scoops it up. You give a little, you take a little!)

We loved that it was so ornate (I believe we said, it’s so ugly, it’s pretty again!), and it was in great structural shape with no dents or divots. We also loved that it was not real wood (faux-wood? A laminate of sorts?), giving us the freedom to paint it without the guilt that can come along with mindlessly painting a solid piece. Plus, it needed a pick-me-up. We wanted to go bold!

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For this project, Wagner Spray Tech reached out and asked if we’d like to give one of their new paint sprayers a try, for which we were grateful and totally on board. We already own the Power Painter Plus (which is truly a power house!), so we talked with the Wagner Team about the intricacy of our current project. They suggested we experiment with the Flexio 590, as there are more controls and better flexibility with detailed work.

After prepping the garage, we gathered our (few) additional supplies: no-rinse TSP, latex gloves, a bucket of warm water for TSP dilution + a rag, and exterior Clark+Kensington satin enamel in Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!. We had just half a gallon leftover from our porch swing project, so we crossed our fingers and hoped it would be enough. (Spoiler, it totally was.)

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We mixed a small amount of TSP with the warm water (following the label exactly, approximately 1:4) and wiped over the entire headboard. The TSP not only acts as a deglosser, but it helps to pull out any unknown oils that may have settled into the faux-wood.

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Once it was dry, we could move on to the best part – spraying!

Immediately, we noticed that the Flexio 590 was much different than our Power Painter Plus in volume alone; in other words, we didn’t feel as though we were waking our neighbor’s children with this one! (A huge, huge plus!)

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There were controls to tweak the entire experience, which while awesome, admittedly took us two tries to learn what worked best for us – everything from wide vs. narrow spray, amount of material and power of air flow! In the end, we learned that for our smaller project with high detail, a minimal paint flow and higher air speed did us good. And although we did have a panicked splatter moment due to too-low air control combined with a too-much material setting, a few adjustments had us feeling more at ease. (And the few speckles that occurred during our learning curve dried completely smooth and even – perhaps a testament to the paint as well.)

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In total, two coats of paint did the job, and we still have a quarter gallon of our paint left! Color us impressed. (Another side note: I always wrap the nozzle with a plastic baggie between coats to prevent any chance of dry out between coats.) We allowed everything to dry in our garage overnight, and the next day, we brought it into the guest room and bolted it to our simple metal bed frame:

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We threw on our adorable guest room bedding (seriously, this room is kicking our room’s ass), and I swear Scott squealed. (Okay, me too.) It perfectly mimics the opposing wall’s paper, and the black tones down the overt girliness – it’s a win-win combo, we think! Also, Nein! Nein! Nein! is officially our favorite black.

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Above, you can see that the headboard detail comes down to almost the top of the mattress, so we’re toying with the idea of raising the whole headboard a good six inches or so. We didn’t take into account our box spring when we first installed it, and once I pile on the pillows, well, we don’t want those details getting buried.

This might be our favorite dumpster dive to date. Anyone want to share the story of theirs? (And openly admit to your dumpster diving prowess?)

PS: We’re sharing our favorite yard sale tips and tricks on the Bali Blinds blog this week. It’s not too late to purge before we get carried away with holiday madness. Hop on over!

This post is in partnership with Wagner SprayTech. We were gifted the Flexio 590, and every word is ours. Thank you for supporting those that support us! xx.

  • Sara - October 23, 2014 - 7:01 AM

    Love, love, LOVE this! Extra points for helping me rationalize my own trash-picking/hoarding-of-treasures-for-future-projects ways. The guest room is coming together beautifully. Lucky future guests!ReplyCancel

  • Ilse - October 23, 2014 - 7:34 AM

    We live quite an old house with beautiful moldings and trim that has been terribly renovated in the past. For example, some of the window trim in the kitchen was just cut away in order to make someone’s tiling job would be easier.

    Just YESTERDAY we found that one of our neighbours totally gutted their house and we took many great pieces of trim from their scrapheap that matches ours PERFECTLY. I am so hapy! Time for some restauration!ReplyCancel

  • Katharina - October 23, 2014 - 7:59 AM

    WOW! what a difference!
    I love the dramatic look of it!
    Great color!

    You two are my reno & DIY idols! … please let me know if you are ever up to a (working/renovation)holiday in Europe… there’s a little treehouse in the heart of Europe which probably would need a few more handy helpers and some overseas experts! ;)

    keep up the good work. I really enjoy your blog… kept us going through some hard renovation times.
    from Vienna with love, KatharinaReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 23, 2014 - 8:51 AM

      Girl, please! I’ve been following your adventures, and you guys are rock stars! (And I want to have a big puppy play date!)ReplyCancel

      • Katharina - October 24, 2014 - 2:09 AM

        means a lot to hear this from you! thank you, kim.
        And the puppy play date is set! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - October 23, 2014 - 8:20 AM

    Love this! I notice that you used the paint/primer combination. Any concerns about not using primer on its own first? (I always tend to go overboard and use primer even if it’s included in my paint as well. Which probably defeats the purpose of getting paint+primer in the first place.)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 23, 2014 - 8:50 AM

      The TSP helps with the paint adhesion, but since this is the same paint we used on our outdoor porch swing (without priming first), we’re not too worried! And because it’s exterior grade, we felt pretty good without primer. With heavy use furniture however (things like a desk or anything that gets surface use), we’re like you – using a good primer no matter what!ReplyCancel

  • Kris - October 23, 2014 - 8:50 AM

    That is one awesome headboard!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - October 23, 2014 - 8:54 AM

    This room is shaping up to be AWESOME! Can I come stay at your house? ;)

    Also, can I just say I really admire the way you guys work sponsors into your posts? It always seems like the products you get to use are interesting and add something, rather than just being a super tacky add-on that doesn’t fit with the blog. Not sure I’m describing that right but hopefully you get what I mean. It can’t be easy to do (based on all the times I’ve seen sponsored blog posts done poorly!) so I’m just really impressed!

    And while I’m on a roll with the compliments, the other thing I love about your blog is how you guys really balance fun design stuff (and I love your taste) with the more technical nitty-gritty of the DIY projects. I feel like I get so much out of this blog. So thanks! Keep it up!! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 23, 2014 - 9:00 AM

      Thank you so much, Rachel! You can stay at our house all day long when you talk like that ;)

      And much appreciated about your sponsor thoughts – we know you guys can tell if something feels off, and we wouldn’t feel right working with a company that we don’t support ourselves. We’re truly grateful to have the opportunity and be able to share with you.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Rose - October 23, 2014 - 9:19 AM

    You mentioned in the post having a bucket water for diluting. Do you have to dilute the paint when you use a sprayer? I bought one recently (and used it to cover some dining room chairs), but it was a complete FAIL. The sprayer was supposed to be OK for undiluted paint, but I wondered if maybe I should have done it anyway…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 23, 2014 - 9:24 AM

      Oh, great catch! I updated the post to reflect that the water was for diluting the TSP. The paint was NOT diluted at all. How did the project fail? Splatters? Unevenness? I know Wagner has a customer line you can call if you used their product and they can help talk you through any problems you may have had!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - October 23, 2014 - 9:34 AM

    I second the sponsored bit. I am so sick of non related sponsored posts. Yours always relate to the project at hand.
    I have to admit that I never would have seen the potential in that, and it turned out great. It’s fun watching the room come together.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly | Turning It Home - October 23, 2014 - 9:55 AM

    Ah! What a great find! I have a work-in-progress dumpster dive chair that has been halted due to construction. Speaking of which, I don’t know HOW you lived through all that dust for so long! I can barely breathe and we’re not doing half as much as you did. You are a trooper, for sure.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 23, 2014 - 9:58 AM

      We weren’t always the happiest of campers… Hang in there!ReplyCancel

  • susan - October 23, 2014 - 10:03 AM

    Whoa! That.Is.Fabulous!

    I’ve been waiting to see what this headboard would turn into, and you guys outdid yourselves. The color is gorgeous and must look great with the wallpaper. I missed not seeing a picture of more of the room with the bed and headboard, but your shots do show the details so beautifully…

    I’ll echo the appreciation for this purposeful sponsored post. Kudos!ReplyCancel

  • GreenCanary - October 23, 2014 - 10:55 AM

    My best dumpster dive was for a solid teak mid-century rocking chair I saw sitting on a pile of trash in Washington, D.C. I stopped my car in the middle of the road, grabbed that chair, and shoved it into my car. One of its runners was dog-chewed, but the thing was dang beautiful. I got it home and did a little research… Turned out that my garbage chair was a Model 182 teak spindle-back Danish rocker designed by Frank Reenskaug for Brahmin Mobler in 1958. You can find them online ranging in price from $700 to $1,800. I hit the jackpot!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 23, 2014 - 11:10 AM

      That is AWESOME. Don’t you love it when people don’t know what they have? That’s hard to find in bigger cities!ReplyCancel

      • GreenCanary - October 23, 2014 - 2:36 PM

        I do love that! That chair is my pride and joy. Liz Lemon of 30 Rock had one in her apartment, as did Frank Sinatra!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - October 23, 2014 - 12:04 PM

    OMG Kim, I love this headboard! Awesome job, you two!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - October 23, 2014 - 12:05 PM

    Isn’t it amazing how a coat of paint totally refreshes an old piece? I love this! It really encapsulates your style and it’s awesome that you snagged it for free! I’m also very much in love with those sheets!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - October 23, 2014 - 1:28 PM

    That looks fantastic! The details look so great in that colour.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie - October 23, 2014 - 4:10 PM

    I like to make groupings of furniture and have cozy decor with throws, pillows, coasters, candles, magazines, plants that make it warm and welcoming.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ My Two Pitties - October 23, 2014 - 6:19 PM

    Very cool! I’ve found so many amazing freebies on Craigslist and a few on the street too:) I also love Schoolhouse Electric…I want to buy everything on their site! I have a few of their light fixtures and signs, totally fits with our 1922 craftsman house:)ReplyCancel

  • Nikki Kelly - October 23, 2014 - 10:47 PM

    Have you looked into smaller box springs. I don’t know how much shorter they are, but if it works it would be an easy fix.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 24, 2014 - 9:06 AM

      That’s definitely another idea! We already have the box spring though, so it would be less time to just raise the headboard and bolt it a little higher :)ReplyCancel

  • Michael - October 24, 2014 - 2:54 AM

    That looks really adorable. Where could I find those headboard designs? I want to have my own personal touch with my bed too, and I wanted to choose my own headboard design to be installed on mine. Thanks for your story.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - October 24, 2014 - 9:42 AM

    Looks amazing! What a find! My roommate found an amazing chair for her desk on the street just before we moved in, solid wood arms and legs and mint green vinyl in near-perfect condition. Just had to wipe down the vinyl, lightly sand the legs and oil all the wood and it was good to go!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - October 24, 2014 - 11:27 AM

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS HEADBOARD!?!?!?! It is so AMAZING!!! And you found it in the TRASH?!?! Wow. I love how you guys can “see” the potential in items that others do not. I wouldn’t have given that headboard a second glance, ok maybe, but it would be to point out how “gaudy” it was…but add the dark paint to give it a modern touch and WOW you’ve got yourself a STUNNER! And that is why I am not running a successful design/decorating/DIY blog. LOL. Great find, and great job!ReplyCancel

  • Kyla @ HouseOfHipsters - October 24, 2014 - 12:02 PM

    The name of that paint cracks me up! This is awesome. I’ve always wanted to try a sprayer, but I’ve been hesitant. I picture it everywhere. The headboard turned out awesome. Elegant and edgy all at once! And when it comes form the Alley it makes for a really cool story.ReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh - October 24, 2014 - 9:12 PM

    Amazing! Seriously AMAZING! Can someone please throw something like this out along my road?ReplyCancel

  • Monika - October 26, 2014 - 10:55 AM

    Whoa, that IS one spectacular job. Love, love, love the black and the details on that headboard…can I just squeal?! Great job, guys (as always).ReplyCancel

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