Tag Archives: do it yourself

Reupholstering an Antique Chair

In the last couple of months I have been a stranger to blogging. I have retreated in to my own private world.

During my absence I have begun to fix our home with do it yourself projects.

My latest creation was completed recently. I reupholstered an American antique chair from the early 1900s. I repurposed hand woven ikat fabricate from the Philippines.

I then made an ottoman/step stool to match my newly created “masterpiece”.





In the next post I will show how my husband and I transformed one of our home’s vintage 1950’s bathroom to a cool and modern space.

A neat and uncluttered home makes our family happy! Till next time…


I Love My Husband Michael, My Handyman

In a previous post I mentioned how my husband Michael use to not be a handy guy.  Whenever he needed something fixed he would look in the phonebook or get a referral.  Many years ago, a broken heater changed his non-handy ways and he became Mr. Super All-around Handy Guy.


In our house he has sanded and refinished old hardwood floors, installed hardwood floors, tiled the kitchen with Italian tile, handled plumbing and electrical issues, to name a few.

His most recent project is updating a 1950s toilet to a Kohler toilet system.  Michael has made a new thrown for the king of our house to sit on….


Michael, this post is for you.  I love you.  Thank you for being a great papa, husband and handyman.

Happy Valentines day in advance!

Thank you for letting me share!

Our New House is Our Old House

On January 8, 2012 we saw an “old house we thought we liked” and we decided to see how to buy it.

On January 11, 2012 we put our house on the market to sell.

On January 26, 2012 the seller of “the house we thought we liked” accepted our offer to buy it.

On February 2, 2012 the “house we thought we liked” was inspected and some issues arose in the inspection that made us question if we still wanted the house.

On February 6, 2012 we decided that the home inspection convinced us that this was not the house for us.

On February 7, 2012 we took our house off the market and decided to keep it.

In around a month we had a journey that could have brought us to a new home.  In the end we ended up where we started in the beginning, and it turns out that this is where we should be right now.

When we decided to sell our home we fixed and spruced it up so it could be showroom ready.  It became the house we always envisioned it to be almost 5 years ago. 


Suddenly our old house has become our “newly improved” one and we are so happy about staying.


I hope you have a wonderful day!

My Home Crush Was Short-Lived

A crush is defined as an affection that is short-lived. 

Yesterday I mentioned how I had a crush on an old home that we are interested in buying.  After two home inspection visits it looks like the home needs a lot of essential work, like structural and mold issues.  Needed work equals to money that has to be spent.  For a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home there is a limit to how much you want to spend.

I have to admit it, my crush on the old house was literally crushed by reality.  I do not want to move into a home that needs so much work that it does not make financial sense.  I am also having doubts about how we can move from a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home to a much smaller living space.  My rose tinted glasses have cleared…

Now that my current house is fixed and ready for our open house today, I am not sure I want to sell it.  The main reason why we put it on the market was because of the “crush” that I had on the 2 bedroom home.  Now that my crush is over I think we may just keep our current house if no offer wows us. 

On January 11, 2012 we put our house up for sale and we completely spruced up and upgraded our home.  It is like living in a new house.  It is the vision we had for the home when we bought it 4 years ago.


Michael’s new thrown.  A Kohler toilet he installed by himself.

Maybe, this is the house we are meant to be in for right now.  Only time will tell.

I will keep you posted….

Have a great day!

I Have a Childhood Crush on an Old House

When you look at these two pictures what do you see?


I maybe wearing rose tinted glasses, but I see potential and the makings of a really warm and cozy space.  Maybe it could be a kid’s bedroom “tree house” or a reading, relaxation nook?

What do you see when you look at this kitchen picture?


Some may see a very old, small and dated kitchen that overlooks a dingy carpeted dining area.  I see a blank canvas and a kitchen in a time capsule that is waiting to be personalized and used again.

I have a childhood crush on a house that  has less living space (only 2 bedrooms and 1 bath without a real basement) then my current house.  It also has not been updated since it was made in the 1950s.  I don’t know why I find this home so appealing but I do.  Maybe it’s because I have always had a wild imagination.

When you are house hunting, and you visit a home you like, you are suppose to keep a poker face.  It is so that the seller’s agent won’t be able to use your enthusiasm to their advantage during negotiations.   I am a bad poker player so I could not help but gush about my crush.

Now I just hope, wait and pray with faith that all things will work out in the end.

Thanks for letting me share!  Have a great day!