Recent Craigslist and Vintage store acquisitions

Last month I visited a vintage shop called RetroWanderlust in Hopkins, MN. It is filled to the max with brass and other gorgeous items. Tons of Hollywood regency and MCM!

I left with this Lane faux bamboo étagère. Lane faux bamboo etegere


It’s in need of some minor repair, which is fine because I plan to lacquer it up glossy. I am not sure yet if this is a job I am going to attempt to do myself, or hire out.

I paid $160.00, which is not nothing, but you can easily spend that much on an ikea shelving system. Plus, when I googled it, they are going for as much as $1300.00!

Yes, it is currently holding my paint and supplies and is a sad sight. I am hoping that won’t be forever. It’s hard to know sometimes. What is life?!


I also purchased this upholstered lounge chair. Orange velvet, and a favorite scratching post/sleeping spot for the cat. Upholstered lounge chair



It’s so comfortable! I am thinking of sending it out with the couch (will. happen. some. day.) and having it done in a deep burgundy linen? I am like super paralyzed with fabric choices and unable to commit.

Lastly, 3 of these brass wicker cesca cantilever chairs from craigslist. There were only 3 available, but for $10/each, I swooped them up. Wicker isn’t my thang, but I appreciate the shape. I’m thinking of doing a template of the back and doing the fabric to match the seat. Since kids and dining, faux black ostrich? Wicker rattan brass cantilever cesca chair


You can tell by all the question marks that I am full of certainty and conviction.

Small details

This past week hasn’t been filled with any major changes, rather some insignificant (to most) updates.

Firstly, the radiator in the foyer. This one is not original to the house, which has rococo style, and had a lot of chipping paint. One day when I was sipping coffee, I mindlessly started chipping at it, then shit, what did I do?! It might have been lead paint. I made sure to immediately vacuum the chips with my HEPA filter shop vac, and, you know, not eat any of them. If I had to guess, the under layer (OF GOLD PAINT!) was oil based, and the top coat was latex?



I went out and bought a paint sprayer for this task, purchasing the Wagner Flexio 570 and a can of spray paint primer. I scrubbed everything down, and then taped everything off. It was like a fun puzzle with rosen paper and tape, with lots of overlap. j/k. Prep to me is like torture.

It was my first time using a paint sprayer, and it was fun! Most definitely not a professionally smooth looking job, but it sped up the task and I got it all done with one coat. I decided to use the trim color, Sherwin-Williams Porch and Floor paint in Snowbound.

Ahhh. Fresh paint.

The cat insisted on being in the photo
The cat insisted on being in the photo

Next, I put on these cute little brass pipe flanges.brass radiator pipe flange




Finally! The wall switches got updated to white rocker versions.



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If you can’t tell what you’re looking at in the after… good. They look so subtle and sleek with the white walls,

Like I said, nothing huge, but anything done is awesome around here.


It is above freezing and feels like spring has finally sprung in Minneapolis!

My sweet little newphew (who just turned 4) brought me these lovely tulips the other day, to celebrate the weather. 009


Also, I joined instagram recently, although post pretty rarely so far. I am planning on doing more of that, along with more regular blog posts.

New lighting is up!

Lucite chandy game is on point? I would win the razzie award for lamest post titles. If such a thing existed, and since I have yet to get that award, I am going to assume that it does not.

Moving on.

This past week, the majority of our outlets on our main floor stopped working. They had been acting a little wonky for awhile, with flickering light bulbs in the lamp and the tv power light going on and off. So we had an electrician come out yesterday to fix it. Turns out, the contractor who put in the beam in the basement, messed with some of the wires and damaged them and a breaker, eventually causing a short. Our electrician said it was a major fire hazard and code violation. Ooft. 4 hours later, and some major re-wiring, it’s all fixed and working.

While he was here, I asked him to install the chandelier I had purchased back in December (in hopes that I would be motivated to work on that room and hang it.) I explained my concern that the ceiling pan wouldn’t hold it. He gave it a good yank and assured me that it was fine. With his blessing, I told him that I could install it myself, and I just did!

Weeks ago, I used an angle grinder to cut the old, old, old gas light pipe that was literally hanging out of the ceiling. Man, talk about sparks. My daughter was all: “ummm. mom. it smells like burning.” Then re-attached the ceiling pan, screwing it into the stud. Since I slapped it up, that’s probably why I was concerened about it’s ability to function properly. Again, I was told it was ok, so ran with it.003


I purchased this ceiling medallion online from Home Depot and had it shipped to the store. When I picked it up, I was concerned that it was way too big. But once up on the 9′ tall ceilings, it was a good size for the room. I cut a hole in the middle, for the ceiling pan, and used a pneumatic brad nailer (LOVE that thing) to attach it to the ceiling. After patching the nail holes, and caulking where the edge meets the ceiling, it got a coat of the ceiling color (Clark + Kensington Casa Blanca.) It covers the old ugly hole in the ceiling, thank gawdddd.

A little background on the chandelier. I was sitting on the couch late one sunday evening in december, looking at ebay. This chandelier came into my life, and I bid on it instantly. It ended like 8 minutes later, and I won. I totes felt guilty because I didn’t think my husband would like it. So… I did what any normal, emotionally well-balanced person would do. I waited a couple of days and randomly texted my husband asking if he remembered a fight from like 6 months ago when he was mean to me. When he answered ‘yes’, I told him I bought a chandelier I didn’t think he would like and it was directly related to his behavior in that fight. Whew. Guilt averted. Once I showed him the picture, he called it the “superman fortress of solitude chandelier.”

He has since agreed that it looks better in person.

With the help of my aforementioned husband, I got the chandelier attached. Then I carefully put on all the lucite prisms. It is quite a statement in the room, and looks lovely when the light is turned on. lucite chandelier lucite chandelier


I have gotten so much done in the room, but there are still several small details left. I purchased a curtain rod weeks ago, but have been seriously struggling to pull the trigger on any curtains. So. Stupid. Expensive. I actually like the open look, my husband likes privacy, or whatEvs. It seems like it’s always the last little details that take the longest.

Here’s kind of a small summary of where the room is heading. 001

Updates on the front room 3/7/2015

Front room, entry way, foyer… whatEvs

3 weeks (!) ago, I started working on the entry room to my house. I had started on it, a year previously. I had removed the drywall from the ceiling and walls, removed 3-4 kinds of wall paper, skim coated some of the walls and started painting the trim. Then I stalled out, left to stare at pale avocado green walls and ceiling for a year.

I started continued by patching all the screw holes left by the dry wall on the remaining wall and ceiling, and used drywall for the large hole left by a damaged blown in insulation hole.005 007 008





I then used cut pieces of fiberglass mesh screen to patch the cracks on the ceiling. And there were a lot.

First coat.009

Second coat.020

Third coat on the ceiling and one skim coat on the walls.025 032






We (I made my husband help me this time) sanded everything down with electric sanders.

Everything got so incredibly dusty, it was hard to even see what I was sanding a foot from my face.

The walls are certainly not perfect. 2-3 more skim coats on the walls would have been ideal, and I might have accidentally missed entire spots to sand. But, sometimes, a finished project is better that a perfectly planned out project that hasn’t happened.

Unfortunately, my new orbital sander was a little aggressive for the EZ Sand joint compound on the ceiling, and left lots of little crescent shaped grooves. Curses.

While this was all going on, I also stripped and sanded down some stair treads. I did not sand these down enough, and when I stained them, that became apparent. stain didn't take

Double curses.

Re-stripping and sanding those set me back, because I didn’t want to bother painting when I was going to be making dust again.

I didn’t notice the ceiling until after I had spent hours vacuuming and cleaning the trim and baseboards in preparation of painting. Since I was all mudded out, I decided to proceed with the painting of the trim and walls.

1 coat of oil based primer on everything got it looking fresh!045


It was my husband’s birthday last week, between coats 1 and 2 walls and 2 and 4 on the trim, and celebrations and celebration hangover made it difficult for me to hammer those out. I think I got one coat on the trim in about 3 hours that day, then I was spent.

Although, the trim was kind of time consuming anyways. 3 windows, 3 doorways, stringers/risers and baseboards gave me major clawhand.

Side note, a spot on my columns had a weird reaction with the paint and turned pink? After several coats, it went away.043


I got over my hangover and finished the trim, then I got a cold that has lasted a week! I did end up painting the last coat on the walls this past week and mudded the ceiling grooves. Today I sanded it by hand so as to avoid the grooves again.

It has been difficult to care about the ceiling at all! Like, no fucks about it.

I am going to tryyyyyyyy to slap a coat of primer up tonight, and do some more painting tomorrow.

I really want to start moving things out of our living room, and back in there! Also, I ordered a bunch of things (in my virus-cold-medicine state) online, and they should start arriving in the next couple of days.  I have to get an electrician stop by about the janky light. I am pretty sure the pan up there will not hold the chandelier that I have.

Here’s today, after:

  • 3 bags of DuraBond 90, EZ Sand joint compound
  • Countless pieces of sandpaper/pads
  • 2 tubes of caulk
  • 2 1/2 gallons of oil based primer
  • 1 gallon of latex based primer
  • 2 gallons of flat enamel
  • 1/2 gallon of floor and porch paint

1 coat of oil based primer, 1 more coat of latex based primer, 2 coats of top coat on the walls and 3 coats of floor and porch paint on the trim. 048



This feels like the project that isn’t ending, and might have taken part of my soul. Here’s to hoping it comes together and is worth it!