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You might remember that we recently replaced our entire living room window get-up with these blinds, this rod and these panels. While we love the look of clean, crisp curtains, to be honest, we had debated whether we should go bold with patterned panels. With all the windows in our home covered in white drapes, we thought it could be a fun, funky touch, but after simmering on the idea for a few days, we nixed it. Here’s what we have now:

With our big art ledge as the focus (and a yellow velvety chair on the way!), we didn’t want the room to feel chaotic with one more thing in the mix. We love the gray panels we chose (they are the most perfect shade, literally and figuratively, so to speak), but a few days ago, we spiced ‘em up with an easy peasy upgrade – pom pom trim!

Our supplies:

6 yds of mini pom trim (the same kind used here)
hot glue gun
scissors
needle and thread (for extra credit)

I’ve said many times that I can’t sew a lick – this is still the case – so I used a glue gun to adhere the trim to the outside of each panel. We debated adding the trim to the inside of each panel (or both sides, really), but the outside edge naturally juts out with the ruffle of the curtain, so we just went with it.

I applied the hot glue directly to the excess part of the trim and carefully pressed it down along the way. Below on the left is how it looks when you’re looking at the curtain, and the right side shows the back – what we don’t see.

I trimmed it off at the bottom, added an extra dab of glue to “seal” it in, and repeated the same steps on the other panel. For extra credit, I randomly stitched the trim in place (top, bottom, and a few spots in the center), but to be honest, it didn’t need it.

The hot glue was the easiest option, as it required no drying time, and it was so simple! I was done in 30 minutes, and it adds a tiny hint of color – perfect.

Our tweaked-out living room is falling into place, if only we could find (or DIY?) a table for my nighttime wine to sit on. (You should see me balance my drink atop those throw blankets!) The original list has dwindled down, and you can see that the lovely chair is done – whoot! We’ll share her soon, soon, soon:

Makeover our $2 chair. (Done!)
• Reassess the end table situation – or lack thereof.
Swap our venetian blinds for easy, breezy cellular shades. (Done!)
Layer in curtains to hide speakers and add warmth, texture and height. (Done!)
Replace our shaggy rug with something that fits our oddly shaped room. (Done!)
Re-upholster the lovely chair. (Done! Reveal soon!)
Re-work our current art display. (Done!)

About those end tables. (Sigh.) Over the weekend, Scott found a cute, simple end table on Craigslist (we figured it could conceal our ugly sub-woofer under the new-ish light), but in person, not so much. It was too small, over priced for the size, and needed TLC we weren’t willing to give – you know, due to the over-priced-ness.

So, uh, anyone have an end table they need to rid themselves of?

In any case, we love how the mini pom-pom trim adds a boost to our gray curtain panels – and ties in with Stanley across the room! Depending on how bold you’d like to go, we’re thinking larger poms or velvet ribbon could be fun too, don’t you think?

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - November 13, 2012 - 8:08 AM

    You had me at mini pom poms. Or anything mini, really. The little splash of color is perfect, and I’m guessing (due to the nature of hot glue) you could easily peel it off to replace it with something else down the road… I’ve been debating adding trim to our curtains, but haven’t landed on the trim yet. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - November 13, 2012 - 8:17 AM

    Adorable! I’m not an avid sewer but I think I might be able to handle a glue gun!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 13, 2012 - 9:49 AM

    Amanda, I do think the pom trim could come off easily – but it’s surprisingly tough as nails on those panels! Perhaps a good tug could have them coming off if we change our minds!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - November 13, 2012 - 9:54 AM

    So funny- I read the title of this, and before scrolling down I thought, ‘Ooh, like yellow pompom trim?’ and immediately wondered where I could put that in my apartment. Great minds, obviously. :P Anyway that looks really cute, and I’m glad to see you could do it without sewing!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - November 13, 2012 - 12:10 PM

    I love little changes that make a big impact! That little splash of color looks great! :)ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - November 13, 2012 - 1:28 PM

    I love this hint of color. Might have to consider doing something similar to my curtains!
    Have you thought about turning the crate on its end and adding a tray to the top for a temporary end table solution?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 13, 2012 - 2:12 PM

    Staci, that’s a great suggestion! Scott had actually mentioned doing something similar… so we’ll see if we end up going that route!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 14, 2012 - 4:16 PM

    Those mini, yellow pom-poms couldn’t be more you. The perfect addition!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - November 29, 2012 - 6:34 AM

    Okay this is my last in the slew of comments this morning – Promise.

    You know me+yellow+gray is one happy trio – This is cute as a button and I may very well have to follow suit…Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - January 26, 2013 - 7:09 AM

    I like your idea of mini pompoms for the curtains, it gives life to your white curtain.ReplyCancel

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Four years ago today, these two nuts (for each other) got married.

It really snuck up on us this year, as most things seem to be doing lately. Maybe it’s because we took our annual celebratory trip earlier than we have in the past (to help ease the crunch of holiday stress), or maybe it’s just because we’ve been so wrapped around fest-prep and family ties (we have a few family members in our thoughts; love to all of themthat we’ve put our Kim + Scott time on the back burner.

Earlier this week, Scott asked me if we had any printed photos of us that he could put on his desk at work. (Aw.) I found the below photo in a drawer that was taken over 5 years ago – a silly, happy memory taken in the tree lawn of our neighborhood boulevard. (I couldn’t even find the original digital file, so what you see is a scan.) Scott’s hair was so shaggy and long, and I was struck by how handsome he looked; I begged him to grow out his locks just another inch or two – for old times sake, naturally.

I realized the next day how silly my request was, and an earlier conversation we had this week hit me. When I asked Scott holy jeez, did you know we’ll be married for four years this Thursday?, he smiled and said how far we’ve come since that walk down the aisle.

Now, he wears his hair slicked back and goes to work in ties and polished shoes. I wake up, walk across the hall and paint your pets. We’ve added Jack, our third four-legged kiddo, to this little family. We’ve learned to surround ourselves with those we love, trust and hold in the highest regard (and truth be told, that was a lesson thirty years in the making). We’ve worked hard to make this house a place we’re thrilled to call home, and (the kicker) we’re lucky enough to be more in love with each other than we ever have been.

Happy four years to the coolest guy I know.

PS: First photo by Geri Ciulla. You can see more of our ceremony and party snippets right here!

  • Jill - November 8, 2012 - 8:10 AM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to one of the best couples on the planet! We love you guys! Hope you have a happy happy day! And YES, I agree, you’ve done a lots of super great stuff since that fun day. Keep goin’ strong….xoxo. I’m also thinking about your families and wishing the best.ReplyCancel

  • Rebelwerewolf - November 8, 2012 - 8:11 AM

    Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - November 8, 2012 - 8:11 AM

    oops, lose the *a*. ha!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - November 8, 2012 - 8:19 AM

    Happy Anniversary you two! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - November 8, 2012 - 8:19 AM

    What an adorable picture (and couple)! Happy anniversary you two!ReplyCancel

  • Hails - November 8, 2012 - 8:50 AM

    Dang, that means I’ll be dating Cully for 4 years come January. CONGRATS TO YOU GUYS :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - November 8, 2012 - 9:07 AM

    We’ll be publishing a similar post today. :) Happy Anniversary you two lovebirds.ReplyCancel

  • Angela [Life With Alfred] - November 8, 2012 - 9:28 AM

    Congratulations! M and I just celebrated our 1st Anniversary last month and it is so exciting to see how we grow together more and more over time. Hope your day is lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • Kalli - November 8, 2012 - 10:32 AM

    It still seems like your wedding was yesterday, but you guys have really grown up a bit from when you first started dating. Love to you & Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - November 8, 2012 - 12:30 PM

    Haaaaappy 4 year wedding anniversary, and cheers to more fun, adventures, new experiences, and laughter together. Hmm, wonder how you will both look/be in 4 more years from now .. short hair .. long hair .. different hair color haha :) You def know that u will still be in love. Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • ann - November 8, 2012 - 7:34 PM

    As parents we experience much joy seeing you so happy together. Time flies!
    Love,
    Mom and dadReplyCancel

  • Trude - November 9, 2012 - 5:03 PM

    Aww happy anniversary, you crazy kids! :) (P.S. I love that your parents comment on your blog. I love when mine do too!)ReplyCancel

  • Brie - November 13, 2012 - 10:39 AM

    Happy anniversary to you both! I hope the next four (forty) are just as full of love and wonder.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - November 13, 2012 - 10:45 AM

    Aw, thanks so much, everyone! XO!ReplyCancel

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The last time you saw our lovely chair, she was in two pieces – and truth be told, she still is. (Was that really 3 weeks ago?) But! We have made progress, starting with a bit of a wood-frame-refresh over the weekend. We’ll be the first to admit that our progress leaves a lot to be desired based on the photos alone, as in, you can’t even tell. Even still, trust, our efforts below were worth it, so for anyone that needs a wood pick-me-up (whoa), this is for you!

You know now that we snagged our chair from Craigslist years ago, and she sat, untouched, in our living room. Well, that is, aside from a mineral oil rubdown on her first night in our home. She was full of scuffs and scratches, water rings stained her arms, and a serious Jack nibble ruined one of her legs.

Jack-attack aside, she’s clean, polished and very pretty now. While the difference may seem slight on your screen, it makes all the difference in person; we swear. We wanted to maintain the look and color of the natural wood, so think of it as kicking up her natural beauty a handful of notches. See?

Following these basic instructions from The Brick House, we used the following: our power sander, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Danish Oil (in medium walnut) and Howard’s Feed-N-Wax:

Okay, technically we started with a super fine grit sanding block to rid the original varnish. Sanding only in the direction of the wood grain, I worked over the entire frame, focusing on the areas that needed it most. My goal was to buff of the slick varnish (which, luckily, was only still  in tact on the arms), but when I reached the legs…

… well, my little block wasn’t going to cut it. Aside from that couch-licking incident and the occasional (literal) bedtime snack, this is the only item in our home that Jack has, um, indulged in. We tested a small area with Plastic Wood filler we had on hand, but the surface area was too large and noticeable to cover well.

So, we took out the power sander using extra fine paper, and Scott smoothed it out as much as he could without actually changing the curvature of the leg. Because our frame is solid wood (and not just a veneer), we decided what the hell! Let’s sand the whole thing with power! And we did.

After a damp cloth wipe down to pick up the loose dust, we used lint-free cloths to go over every surface with the Murphy’s Oil Soap.

We followed that up with our Danish Oil, using heavily soaked rags to work it into the wood. The arm rests drank it up in no time, so we went over those areas multiple times, until the wood was no longer soaking in the oil.

After wiping up any leftover oil and allowing the chair to dry for an hour, we rubbed in the Feed-N Wax, buffed it out, applied more, and buffed it again.

Water rings? What water rings! Scuffs and scratches? What scuffs and scratches! Jack’s attack? What – oh, that’s still kind of there (see it on that bottom leg, your left?). But it has been smoothed over, and overall, she’s looking fine. (Imagine me saying that as if I have swagger – and now imagine me saying swagger. Ha!)

Our cushion has come back from the upholstery shop, but we’ve yet to complete the process; we blame this on lack of daylight (after all, we need to take photos!), overall exhaustion at the end of the day, and, you know, the need to laze around every now and then. However, this is not to be confused with lack of excitement – because, you guys, the velvet is gorgeous. Oh, tease.

Phase 3 – reveal! – coming soon.

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d - November 7, 2012 - 10:36 AM

    Ooh, she’s looking VERY pretty! I’m so excited to see her all finished up. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marie - November 7, 2012 - 5:41 PM

    Good work, you’re professionals now.ReplyCancel

  • Monique - November 7, 2012 - 5:46 PM

    Great restoration. So glad you chose not to paint this beautiful wood furniture.ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - November 8, 2012 - 6:57 AM

    Thank goodness for the invention of electrical hand sander huh?!!! I can see the different = the beauty of the chair is shining through .. GREAT JOB using those muscles!ReplyCancel

  • Helena - November 8, 2012 - 10:44 AM

    I have a telephone bench I need to refinish and will definitely be referring back to this post!ReplyCancel

  • Sophi - November 8, 2012 - 7:13 PM

    I actually think the difference is quite noticeable! The wood looks so much more luminous and rich after your TLC. So excited to see the finished product.ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - January 6, 2013 - 4:09 PM

    So glad you posted this, because I just finished applying these tips on the first of my two trash-pile-rescue dining chairs. I’m waiting for the teak oil to dry as I speak! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 6, 2013 - 5:22 PM

    Awesome, so glad it helped, Jane!ReplyCancel

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