Jolly Green Couch

Let me introduce you to our newest piece of furniture. I like to call it the Jolly Green couch, for obvious reasons. It’s is a vintage Chromcraft.

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We got this gem a few weekends ago. Our neighbor told us about a friend that was getting rid of some furniture, so of course, my husband and I took a look. I mean, I won’t say no to that. This sofa immediately got my attention, so we snagged it. One thing you should know about this item is it is HEAVY. Seriously, it took three men to get it out of the house. Then, the fun part came, when my husband and I had to carry it up the stairs and into our house, by ourselves. I thought I was going to die.

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It lived in our dining room for about a week until we could muster up the energy to move it up another flight of stairs and into our office. Luckily, my husband noticed that the sofa comes apart and we could take it upstairs in pieces. While we were taking it apart, we realized the entire bottom of the sofa was covered in dog hair. Like A LOT of it. I think the dog laid under that sofa everyday of it’s existence. We also found some gum stuck to the bottom too. What treasures we were finding. Lucky for you, I did not take any pictures of that part.

Eventually we got the whole sofa cleaned and moved it upstairs. We put this sofa where we previously had on old Ikea couch. So then we had the fun task of moving the other couch down two flights of stairs and into the basement.

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After that, we were exhausted and just ate ice cream for dinner.

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// photos and design by Alyse Moyer //
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Seeing Double

This post may look a lot like my last post, I swear I’m not going crazy, it was the intention. Let me explain, a very good friend of mine loved the dresser that my husband and I updated, so I decided to do the same thing to another dresser for her wedding gift. See, makes sense now, doesn’t it?

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We started with a dresser that my husband got for free. Boy has connections, right? It had great bones, but the wood was in bad condition. It was really dirty and the right side had unrepairable water damage. If that wasn’t the case, I never would have painted the outside white, but there was no fixing it, so it had to get covered. The drawers were in great shape though and we were able to just sand those and stain them. Continue reading

95¢ Dresser

Yes, you read that right. That is how much I paid for this gem of a dresser. I found it at a local thrift store, it was unloved and a bit beat up. I think the main reason it was so cheap was that the drawers wouldn’t close right, but I figured we could deal with that later.

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It had great bones and I knew exactly how I wanted to update it. My plan was to sand all the paint off the outside section and stain that brown, while leaving the drawers white. That way the gold hardware would really pop (because I love gold). Well, my plan didn’t work. We started sanding the outside (by we, I mean my husband), and we sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more (great job husband). There was no wood to be found, nothing worth staining anyway. So, change of plans. I decided to switch the outside to white and make the drawers brown. Once we started sanding the drawers, we could see the lovely grain coming through. It was looking good. Then we stained and sealed the drawers. We also sanded the hardware and the legs and repainted those in a fresh coat of gold. Below is the finished product. I think this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

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As you can see, I decorated it with even more gold. Because gold hardware just isn’t enough. Oh, and my husband was able to fix the drawers so they actually close! Very exciting!

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Not a bad deal, eh?

The Newest Addition to the Family

Look at this little bundle of joy that I brought home over the weekend. Yes, I am referring to a chair. And I suppose it isn’t that little.

I found this Eames era recliner at an antiques/flea market store thing (I’m not really sure what you would call it), and it followed me home. It’s a little squeaky, but quiet is boring, right? It’s in my bedroom for now, but someday it will be in the living room for all to enjoy.

Feeling Thrify

If there was an award for cheesiest titles to a blog post, I’d probably win. And I would be ecstatic, I might even cry fake tears of joy.

Anyway, on to the real reason of my post…I went to the Thrift Store on Monday and got some great finds that I had to share.

A chair. Isn’t it amazing. But wait, it gets even better. There was not only one, not only two, but THREE chairs that came together! THREE! I am sitting in one of them right now.

And, I also scored this blazer!

I got all these things (three chairs and a blazer) for under $20! I know, right? Amazing. It made my week.

Can I just tell you that it is very hard to take pictures of oneself. It was no easy task. I guess I could have asked someone to take it for me, but that’s no fun.

What do you think of the necklace I am wearing. I love it, but I have gotten  an array of responses. For example, when I bought it and showed it to my roommate, she told me I was crazy. So instantly, I liked it even better. Many others have told me they liked it. And you? Would you wear something like that?

// photos by Alyse Moyer //