Thursday, September 12, 2013

bonus room remodel and cheap diy salvage furniture

So this is the addition at the back of house, that was added probably in the late 80s early 90s. Apparently the owners weren't that fond of one another and the husband was sequestered in this room. A room complete with its own fridge, wet bar, full bathroom, with closet inside. As you can see it has vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, an awkwardly placed ceiling fan, cheap vinyl wood paneling, linoleum floors, and gutter lights (see below).


wet bar

white gutter florescent lights on both sides of the wall - yuck and difficult to remove

So we removed the gutter lights, a random shelf above the length of one wall, and the bar/fridge combo. We had to use a special bonding primer for glossy surfaces from Valspar before painting the whole room in the same color as the dining room/hallway wall. I thought about staining the wood beams a darker color, but then ended up leaving them as is, out of lack of time and energy. We continued the cork floor into this room for cohesiveness, though not in the bathroom. The trim was painted the same color around the windows and new baseboards/quarter round that was installed new. Though we haven't done any of the interior window trim around the panes yet in any room. I am kind of waiting to access the energy saving program here in Tennessee (TVA), but you have to be a homeowner for a year. Essentially they will reimburse you for an energy evaluation and then some money towards certain recommended energy upgrades, such as new windows.

This room stood empty for a long time, with just this chair and half from Ashley's Furniture in it, as we were waiting to afford a new couch for this room.
I tried out this ladder bookshelf in the this room, but didn't end up liking it for the space, so exchanged it for a 9 cube shelf that we had gotten at Big Lots a while ago. And that was the way the space stayed until May, when we started to hit the panic button of 'oh no my entire family is visiting and we don't have enough space for them to sit and haven't finished enough in the house.' 

Pallet Coffee Table:
adapted from The Wonder Forest
We ripped apart pallet, all except one of the base slats attached to the three horizontal slats.
Then repositioned the top slats right next to one another.
Reattached the other two base slats to the middle and end of the finished top, after using the saw to trim the excess middle slat pieces.
Then we started sanding, by handing, with the sander. Until we got it as smooth as we could manage.
We attached 2x4 legs to the interior corners with wood glue and screws. Then sanded some more.
Test drove it in front of the new leather sofa from American Home Signature to make sure that we liked the height. We looked at several couches and almost got one that was significantly cheaper, but then had that whole should we get grown up furniture or spend less money. Well we went for the grown up furniture and it is so comfortable! I actually like the look of many fabric couches better, but thought that leather would age and hold up better. I guess we shall see..
We hung our Bierdstat print of the Sierra Nevada behind the couch, which is part of the Hudson River School. My husband is completely obsessed with the Hudson River School.
Then we stained the table (I think in American Walnut), but ended up not coating with a clear finish just leaving it.

Reupholstered/Refurbished chairs: 
 look at the bottom for a slight glance of what these chairs looked like originally. Not sure why the idea came to me, but I couldn't find affordable open or small chairs that had a good print to coordinate so I decided to do it myself!
First I spray painted them white, with two coats light and as even as possible, follow disassembly and light sanding.
Then I started recovering. I considered stripping off the old black leather, but decided that you couldn't really see through and it would save me time to leave it. I used a staple gun to adhere the bottom cushion fabric, making sure to attach it tightly and with very particular orientation of the fabric. I folded the edges over when stapling rather than leave the raw edges exposed.

completed bottom cushion

The top cushions were a little trickier. I definitely wanted the fabric orientation and pattern to match up, but had to stitch the sides by machine. So I pinned it backwards on the two sides that needed to be stitched up, then slipped it off and did just that.

I tried it on backwards before trimming the excess to make sure that it was a close enough fit. Then I trimmed the seams to approximately 1/4 of an inch and pulled it on. 
The bottom seam was closed by a staple gun though this doesn't show because of how the cushion attaches to the metal frame.



Fabric was from Hobby Lobby, thanks to a birthday present from my Mother-in-Law :)

To Do:

-buy, make, or refurbish end tables
-figure out lighting, including improving the ceiling fan. Maybe glass jug lamps? A friend recently gave me these
-window treatments, maybe linen roman shades out of the existing mini blinds and floor to ceiling drapes as well
-paint the door interior and exterior in this room.
-and figure out something to put in the two empty corners after the curtains are complete so that I have a better idea how much space needs to be filled and with what? maybe some kind of naturalistic pottery that has height or metallic. I might even be able to squeeze an interesting piece of furniture and a piece of mirror glass who knows.
-change textured walls? fix ceiling?