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Before we get to our holiday announcements (we’re squeezing lots in this Friday!), we wanted to take a moment to share a recent painting of Chloe, Molly’s puppy niece – and serious fashionista. After sifting through photos of this sweet girl in everything from jailbird gear to tiaras, we settled on a recurring theme: Chloe’s party hats!

Here’s what Molly has to say about this party girl:

Chloe is a rescued English Pointer with personality PLUS! She loves to play dress up – it is the best way to get attention from everyone. One of her nicknames is “Little White Princess,” so this party hat portrait is very typical of how she might show up to Happy Tails Doggy Daycare (which her Mom owns) on any given day. Chloe can usually be found – in costume – sitting at the desk in the front entry of the daycare waiting to be petted by everyone that comes to visit!

Thank you, Molly! Is there anything more ridiculous (and cute and funny) than a pup in a costume? And just in time for Halloween! But skipping from Halloween to the end-of-year holiday festivities, we have 3 Pet-Shop-y things to share.

ONE. There are only 2 short months before the final batch of pet portraits are dropped in the mail to make it under your shiny trees. Your support has us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside (well, that and all the cider we’ve been drinking, too), but we’ve reached that time of year when we announce that we are only accepting 4 more custom portrait orders this year.

With that said, any order aiming for a pre-Christmakuh delivery date should be done by this Sunday, October 21st or before we’ve received 4 additional orders – starting now, right here at The Pet Shop. Because once we’ve acquired 4, the custom portraiture listings will be rendered inactive and closed for the year (and re-opened in early January!). It’s been a busy, busy year-end for the Shop (we love you!), and the jingle bells snuck up on us.

But wait!

TWO. If you’re reading this and the custom listings have since been deactivated, we have cute, quirky gift certificates available, too:

Our gift certificates allow the recipient to take part in the fun creation process, earning you cool points – while taking away the fuss and muss. They’re redeemable towards any sized custom pet painting and are printed on 5″x5″ beautiful matte, recycled art paper and come with a petal envelope and sticker enclosure. Easy peasy, and what a way to show off your thoughtful side, you sweet friend, you.

THREE. Finally, we’re thrilled to say that we’ve been accepted as vendors for the annual Renegade Chicago Holiday Market this December 1st and 2nd. (Mark those calendars!) We’ve been working on new products behind the scenes, and we hope to see you there!

Chloe was painted on a 6×6 canvas and wood panel.

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - October 19, 2012 - 8:46 AM

    I have alerted Daniel to the deadline! Fingers crossed this year I see those tiny boxes under my tree!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 19, 2012 - 9:00 AM

    Emily, fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - October 19, 2012 - 10:42 AM

    We will have to wait till next year for our portraits! ;D


    • Kim - October 21, 2012 - 6:13 PM

      We hope to work with you, Sam!ReplyCancel


Before we swapped the rug, shades and curtains and after we took down our photo ledges (luckily, they went on to a happier life after our building-wide yard sale), our living room was looking… sad. We think it was mostly due to that big, bare wall:

Now when you look at that wall, you’ll see this:

But, wait – let’s back up. Before all the recent action took place, we had a plan. I’d been pinning photo ledges, lusting after the layered look of  mismatched frames and bold art. After showing Scott a few of my ideas (thank you, Pinterest! – always to the rescue for my man who has to see it to commit), he was on board with a crisp, clean ledge, too. So we began collecting frames, and we agreed on a mix of current art + new-to-us pieces. Soon enough, we had amassed enough for one very long, jumbo rail (and FYI, our wedding photo on the end was just a placeholder until we purchased another Ribba):

To keep ourselves organized, we marked each frame with blue tape to label which art would go with what frame. This allowed us to play with the placement of frames and see what looked the best. From there, I was able to purchase any mats needed and finally, spray paint the frames a cohesive color (we went with white – surprise, surprise!).

Above, you can see our measuring tape lining the base of all those frames; our goal was to keep the future ledge under 8′, which we were barely able to do (but we did!). We toyed with the idea of using 2 of these from Ikea (for a total of $30), but we really wanted one continuous rail. By keeping our gaggle of art within the 8′ limitations, we knew we could pick up 8′ boards from Home Depot without needing to cut anything down – saving us time and money.

What we purchased:
• 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ common board ($7.58)
• 1 – 1″ x 3″ x 8′ select pine board ($7.56)
• 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ select pine board ($4.65)

Tools and supplies we used:
• drill, kreg jig kit & screws
• clamps
• chamfer bit
• sandpaper
• paintbrush & mini foam rollers
Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 water-base primer
• Behr’s exterior semi-gloss paint in white (off the shelf)
• awl (or a skinny pencil)
• anchors for installation

In total, we spent just under $22 (with tax) for the boards. We had all our tools and additional supplies on hand, so there was no extra cost for us there. Note: Scott convinced to loosen my purse strings for the select pine. We purchased the common board for the base of the photo ledge since it would be completely hidden with frames and any warping could be “fixed” while we adjoined the pieces together.

Our plan was modeled off the Ikea Ribba picture ledge (no need to make things complicated), so we have a base, a front lip and a back support that gets anchored to the wall. The 6″ board acts as our base, the 2″ board is our front lip and the 3″ board is the back support.

Using a clamp on the Kreg jig, we started on the back support and drilled pilot holes for our screws every 16-18.” (You know we totally eyeballed it!) We had the option to drill in screws from the bottom, however, the Kreg jig allows the boards to meet with pocket holes for a strong, hidden joint. This allows us to skip spackling visible screw heads, as the Kreg holes can be capped with these guys.

To keep everything aligned, it helped us to use additional clamps to hold the structure together.

Once all of our pilot holes were drilled for the back support and the front lip, we created 6 additional holes – using a regular ol’ drill bit – on the back support. These will be used to anchor our finished ledge into the wall.

Scott used his chamfer bit on these additional holes to make a beveled edge, which will allow the screw’s head to sit beneath the surface of the wood. (AKA: It’s prettier!)

Once all the pilot holes were drilled into the back support and front lip (about 6 on each side) and our anchor holes were chamfered (again, we included about 6 of these on our 8′ photo ledge), we screwed everything into place.

Tip: Join your front lip to the base before moving onto the back support; you won’t physically be able to angle your drill to attach the front if you’ve started with the back (which would typically be taller)! And yes, we’re telling you because we did that. Heh.

Scott gave everything a finishing sand, then I followed closely behind with 1 coat of primer (we love Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 water-base primer) and 2 coats of Behr’s exterior paint. (After seeing how durable our outdoor planters have been, we chose to use the exterior paint and skip the poly step!) To help move along the process, I used an angled paintbrush for all the inner corners and a mini foam roller for the wider, flat boards.

Once everything had dried – we waited a solid 2 days, and then we waited an additional day before placing our frames on it – we held it in place and used an awl to mark where our anchors should go.

From there, we installed our anchors and drilled the big, bad photo ledge in place! We didn’t even bother to hide the screws, since we knew all of our art would do that job. After the additional (excruciating!) day of waiting, we settled in our framed art, which we had since finalized. Scott helped me with the placement, but we mostly referenced a phone snap we had taken before disassembling our jumble of frames.

Although the ledge is a very long 8′ wide, it doesn’t feel massive in person. And while we have more art on display than ever, everything feels more tidy; nice and neat. (Sorry, old shelves!)

For $22 in wood supplies, we were able to create a custom fit photo ledge, play up the big, bare wall and display more art (we just can’t seem to get enough) – and nearly wipe out our tweak-y list:

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. (Working on it!)
Re-work our current art display. (Done!)

There’s more to come on what’s filling those frames, where the frames came from (mostly end-of-summer yard sales and fleas) and the artists behind the prints (some of ‘em you might know if you’ve been following along for a while!).

For now, we wonder, how do you display your art? Are you into the mis-matched ledges of frames upon frames? Or do you prefer gallery walls with cohesion (or, perhaps, lack thereof)?

  • Shannon @ Fabulously Vintage - October 17, 2012 - 7:29 AM

    I absolutely love this! Looks great! :)

    Fabulously VinatgeReplyCancel

  • Heather S. - October 17, 2012 - 7:32 AM

    Looks great! I made a very similar one over a year ago and still love it.

  • Kim - October 17, 2012 - 8:40 AM

    Heather, looks nice and clean!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - October 17, 2012 - 9:23 AM

    Love it!! The updates are really coming together =) Can’t wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 17, 2012 - 10:02 AM

    I can’t believe you got rid of the creepy Jesus. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Tara - October 17, 2012 - 10:06 AM

    Love how Jesus was replaced with a donut!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - October 17, 2012 - 10:16 AM

    I have a unhealthy habit of collecting prints and not framing them or displaying them. I currently have a huge wall that is just begging to be filled with prints. I had been thinking of doing a gallery wall, but I love the idea of 2 or 3 long photo ledges and periodically swapping out the art.
    Your living room is looking lovely!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2012 - 12:28 PM

      Thanks, everyone!

      As for Jesus, we couldn’t bring ourselves to get rid of the print (Catholic guilt), so it’s actually just behind the donut!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - October 18, 2012 - 2:49 PM

    Golly that’s pretty. And you can switch it up as needed. I want a doughnut now.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - October 18, 2012 - 5:02 PM

    Now THIS is a blog post. :) The idea, the execution, the tutorial, the gif (!). You guys have outdone yourselves. This looks amazing. The whole thing.ReplyCancel

  • Lawton - October 22, 2012 - 10:03 AM

    Love the gif!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - January 14, 2013 - 1:08 PM

    I was wondering, how high did you hang the shelf?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - January 14, 2013 - 2:12 PM

    Hi Laura, it’s a little more than 4′ from the ground.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - January 14, 2013 - 2:41 PM

    Thanks, Kim! It looks great, and at the perfect height. :) The donut print really stands out, love it!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Miller - March 1, 2014 - 5:23 PM

    I just found your blog and wondered where the donut print came from. I love it!
    Melissa MReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 3, 2014 - 8:32 AM

    Melissa, glad you found us! The donut print came from here:

    I emailed the shop owner and asked if she would do the strawberry donut, which she happily did! (We found her work at a local street fair and loved the quirk!)ReplyCancel


Over the weekend, Scott and I tackled Phase 1: Disassembly of Operation Lovely Chair. (Not to be confused with pre-phases choosing fabric, take 1 and take 2.) We mentioned our fear of messing with old wood screws, caps and creaky joints, but to our surprise, it was easy. As in, we rolled up our sleeves, prepped our work space and set aside a few hours – and it only took 15 minutes.

Once we got started, we noticed 2 visible wood caps at the base of each arm. One of them had a few scuffs, which made us think that this chair had been disassembled at some point before us. Scott took a small flathead screwdriver and a mallet, wedging the screwdriver under the cap and lightly tapped the handle with the mallet. After a few tries, the cap popped right off!

Underneath, a long (warped) screw held the frame in place against the cushion. We used our drill with an extension to get it out, but a flathead screwdriver would’ve worked, too.

After doing this on both sides, we tried to wriggle the cushion free – but no luck. It was held in place underneath the seat cushion, but with no visible wood caps, we flipped the chair over…

… and pulled back the lining underneath to reveal one more screw. Well, there were actually two screws, one on each side, but one had come loose and wasn’t holding anything together anymore.

After taking out the last remaining screw, the entire cushion slipped out, and we had ourselves a disassembled chair. Phew!

We’d mentioned possibly sanding down the frame and staining the wood a darker walnut (or Minwax Jacobean, our favorite deep wood color), assuming the frame had been stained a honey hue. But with a closer look, we quickly realized that the original wood wasn’t stained at all! Rather, a clear lacquer (that had yellowed over time) covered the arms, but the actual wood color could be beautiful once we buff out the wear, tear and old watermarks:

Before sanding the entire frame (and to potentially save ourselves a headache), we’ll first try a light sand on the lacquered parts followed with an oil buff. Morgan at The Brick House is full of tips – so we’ll give this a go.

Phase 2 for Operation LC will be the frame refresh, and I’ll be dropping off the cushion and velvet to the upholstery experts this afternoon. We’ll finish her off with Phase 3: Assembly and reveal!

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - October 16, 2012 - 8:48 AM

    Hahaha. I love that you were settled in for the long haul and it only took you fifteen minutes. That is the best. Best. Best! Confession. I’ve never dropped something off at an upholsterer’s and i want to. Officially a goal of mine. Find something so special (and cheap) that I am too scared to mess it up myself.

    Can’t wait to see this dandelion in action.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 16, 2012 - 9:27 AM

    Julia, until my grandma’s chair, we had never been to a upholstery shop either. But after seeing the results, we’re sold! Especially on something more difficult than, say, a seat cushion or bench.

    Also, nothing beats a 15 minute project (when you had assumed hours of headache were ahead!).ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - October 16, 2012 - 9:31 AM

    I am watching this refurb closely, as I’ve inherited a chair that needs work, this one has embroidered cushions that have seen better days, but I really want to salvage them if I can. At the moment I just keep looking at it, I’m so scared!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 16, 2012 - 9:44 AM

    Kelly, we hope our refurb will help! We know the feeling though. It took us years to get moving on this girl.ReplyCancel

  • Christina - October 16, 2012 - 2:21 PM

    I’m SO glad you’re not staining that chair! I’m all for refinishing but the value of the chair is in the wood and it really only needs some danish oil/teak oil.ReplyCancel

  • Jane @ The Borrowed Abode - October 17, 2012 - 4:11 PM

    Get outta my head! Just teasing, but I think it’s hilarious that last weekend you built something with flanges (as did I) and this weekend you disassembled a vintage chair to refurbish it (as did I). So glad you were able to easily disassemble!

    Speaking of reupholstery, we finally found one for our white sofa (covering it in white pleather so it’s more pet-friendly) and clearly I have a thing or two to learn. I thought we could get the sofa back in 2 weeks . . . turns out they’re so popular it’s going to take a total of 10 weeks (8 for the waiting list). Here’s hoping yours isn’t as slow!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2012 - 4:48 PM

      Oh, no! Ours will take 2 weeks. Thank goodness! I don’t think we could stand to wait that long, eek!ReplyCancel