Room for the Non-Living Makeover

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It’s no surprise that I have completely overlooked writing new blog posts for the last 8-9 months or so.  I came back to this blog today and was surprised to see how much my  (non)living room has changed in comparison to the photos on my blog!
(I am diligently trying to finish a healthcare course online that I have been working away on for the last YEAR!!!)

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Before

I am saddened to say that I ended up having to dispose of my lovely painted Victorian couch. This past Christmas we decided to gift ourselves a loveseat and matching chair. We went to a local haunt and placed a custom order for black velvet couches. Included in that, was a free gallon of paint! So we painted over our charcoal walls with gloomy, glorious purple!! In retrospect, the charcoal was a bit too “monochrome”, especially since all of our furniture was either black or white.

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Currently

The candle “chandelier” hanging in the new photo was another local buy & sell find! I used glass frosting paint to frost small dollar store candle holders (which are glued to each arm) and used round dollar store candles in each dome.

Most of my side tables were given a fresh coat of black paint, and we purchased a pretty normal display-case coffee table from Ikea that was also painted black.

In the corner is another thrifty find, a vintage chair that I reupholstered! (Man I have really been slacking on all these blog posts that-could-have-been)

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Addie sleeping in her favorite chair

I have lots of projects planned for the next few months leading up to October, so make sure and check back or subscribe to see new postings.

Stay cool, boils & ghouls. Summer sucks.

-B

Thrifty Gothic Die-ning Set

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So I managed to win a dining set on one of our local  bidding sites. Only $10 -and I now have 6 chairs and a dining table that can seat up to 8! There’s even a hidden expansion tucked into the middle of the table top.

The one thing I have been lacking is a beautiful dining set for entertaining my family & friends, so I had high hopes for this thrifty find.

 

While I do admire the general “American Psycho” 80’s aesthetic…It wasn’t really what I had in mind.

So of course, I planned a classy furniture renovation.

I gathered up my supplies:
-leftover damask fabric. This is a taffeta, but I would recommend outdoor or heavy duty fabric if possible.
-glossy black furniture paint
-good quality paint brush
-staple gun and staples. I have an electric staple gun but a handheld one will work just as well.
-sandpaper

I then disassembled the cushion-covered seat from the chair frame.20161102_145633
The fabric only needs to be cut to roughly the same shape as the seat, with an additional 2-3 inches on each side. Keeping the seat roughly in the middle of the fabric, I stapled the bottom row first, then moving to the opposite side and pulling the fabric tightly across before stapling that down as well.

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Once the fabric is pulled and stapled on all sides, it looks a little something like this:

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So I moved on to phase 2: Painting the chair black.

There’s no special trick to painting the chair black, although I would recommend using a quality paintbrush! It is going to need a couple coats, so don’t panic if the first coat has the chair looking like a prop from Evil Dead. (Unless you are totally into that look!)

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After a couple of coats of paint and A LOT of patience, the chair came out looking… Like a chair! Slightly more classy… A little more creepy… and SO MUCH BETTER than it had originally. Just don’t forget to reattach the chair pad to the chair frame.

I lightly sanded down the tabletop just to smooth out any imperfections and applied a couple coats of glossy paint. Also in the timeframe it took to complete this project, I did repaint my dining room/ living room to a gloriously gloomy purple.

Not too bad for a thrifty overhaul!

(Although, I would recommend using a chalk paint for better coverage. I ended up having to use 5 coats of Rustoleum gloss paint, and some chairs still have some patchy spots)

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A table setting fit for any ghoul. ❤

Stay creepy!

-B

Easy [Non]Living Room Makeover

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I’ve put a lot of work into this room so far.
To be fair most of the work was spent assembling the gargantuan TV wall unit.

All of the furniture and side tables are second-hand and have been painted by yours truly!
Yes, you read that right! I painted ALL of the furniture! Couches as well.
Turns out if you water down chalk paint it actually CAN be applied to furniture.
It’s durable, doesn’t transfer off onto clothing, and doesn’t feel crunchy!

I used the tutorial found here.

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Pink couch about to be given a makeover

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After painting the frame and fabric

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Orange chair before

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Black chair after

Overall I could not be happier with how it turned out. They are cozy and look elegant!

As soon as I get the chance I’ll add some photos of the rest of the living room area as well.

Stay Creepy!
xox

Master Bedroom

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The most difficult thing I have found when planning my master bedroom is which color scheme I wanted to go with. Being that most of my furniture has been painted grey, black, or white I decided I wanted something dark and elegant that was ALSO able to be bright. Thus I chose a glorious deep eggplant purple.

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Master bedroom before flooring and painting.

Most of my furniture is chalk painted and distressed. I personally love that “antique” look that chalk paint gives a piece. My dresser and vanity are the only pieces that actually are antiques, and have also recently been painted as well.

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Master bedroom after new flooring and painting.

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Furniture before & after.

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Master Bedroom corner

I’ll do a tutorial on that later! I’ll also be updating or adding more projects to each room they are intended for.

Keep it Creepy!
xox

Master Bathroom

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I was so desperate to paint the horrible “normal” white cupboards that I don’t believe I took any before photos to compare it to.
I ordered a few “pumpkin knobs” on Etsy, and covered the cabinets in a semi-gloss paint I bought at the hardware store.

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If you attempt to do this yourself, make sure you at least have a decent brush in hand, and remove any of the knobs before painting.
This is just another simple fix, instead of replacing the entire vanity with something darker or more elegant.

The countertop (in all of its ugly beige glory) will soon be getting a makeover as well.
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A few more photos of the bathroom.

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Corner of bathroom counter

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Bathroom vanity

Paint it Black!

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By far the easiest, and most convenient way to begin to “creepify” your home is by painting things black. You can paint just about anything! Heck, I painted a couch!! (We’ll talk about that another time).
All you need is a can of spray paint for this easy bathroom upgrade.

20161013_164946.jpgI bought this ceramic bathroom set at Walmart on clearance about a year ago because I  liked the simple design.

So the other day I picked up a cheap can of spray paint, cleaned off the bathroom set, laid down some newspaper outside and sprayed the crap out of it!
I chose a matte black for this.
Now, keep in mind. This is a cheap, and less durable solution to goth-it-quickly.
Needless to say, it does get the job done.
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