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

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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

The “Before”

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Of course, I wasn’t lucky enough to move into an 1800’s Victorian manor in the English countryside.
Nope.
I moved into a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse in the Lower Mainland (Greater Vancouver area) of British Columbia in Canada. While it may not be our dream home, after many years of renting we are finally able to call this place our own.
We ended up doing a lot more work in the first few months of home-ownership than we had expected. The previous owner was a heavy indoor smoker. Not only did he pretty much “abandon ship” and leave us mounds of his junk, but I swear the entire place was coated in yellow, nasty, smoky residue. So the first thing we did was clean, and clean some more. Then we began to paint. Anything to get that horrible smell out of our home.
That’s where this all began.
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Of course, we were never the type of people who could paint a wall beige, throw  down a shag rug and put our feet up.
No.
We wanted somewhere dark.
Elegant.
Romantic.
Vintage.
And beautifully, intricately GOTHIC.

After years upon years of collecting Halloween decor and mastering the art of DIY, we began our quest.
I’ve enclosed the few photos I took of our house before we started.

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Main living area

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Master bedroom

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Upstairs hallway

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Staircase

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Kitchen (I had already began to paint it grey)

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Entranceway

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Living/Dining area

Nothing like beige paint to crush your spirit. Am I right?

                                                                                     Yuck.