Friday, August 29, 2014

What We Learned Last Weekend 8.23

Hey hey hey! We're movin' and shakin' over here :) so I thought I'd share a few things...

What we learned:

Our entire entryway (below) used to be a very bright shade of pink.

Whoa, that was a lot of pink.

These cookies are TASTY!!

I love my garden, but my tomato to...pretty much everything else ratio has been a bit unbalanced. Anyone need a few cherry tomatoes?

Remember that entryway from before? So, someplace you might forget to regularly clean (or ever clean...) could be the top of the trim in a vaulted area. Ack.

You really do have to "count" when crocheting. And I hate that. 

Now I'm counting so everything from the yellow up should be pretty even, but the purple and the yellow...are a little wonky on the edges. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Best Silver/Chrome Spray Paint

A ways back I typed into my BFF google "what is the best gold spray paint" and came across a great article on the blog Chris Loves Julia titled "Which Gold Spray Paint is Best?". They do a great job with side-by-side comparison of different brands of spray paint and we ultimately went with their recommendation of Design Master and were AMAZED at how far metallic spray paint has come over the past 5-10 years. We've used it on a starburst clock my grandmother gave me and a globe Micheal picked up at a sale.

Micheal had tried to paint a free lamp we picked up with "chrome" spray paint that he picked up from Home Depot and was horribly disappointed with the results. It didn't look remotely metallic. A second attempt with a different brand looked a little more like satin nickel and we stuck with that because, well, it was a free lamp from craigslist that we used for lighting construction areas. :) No need to go overboard.

But now we're making decisions about what color to paint our Sputnik Light so we can replace the awful lamp in the entryway. To refresh your memory...

The finish is pretty corroded in some areas so it would be difficult to restore it back to it's original luster (which we would of course prefer) so spray paint is the next option.

We are deciding between doing a silver/chrome finish or stay with the original look of gold. So we did our own experiment using some of the different silver options on the market to see which one looked best/most metallic.

Here are the four contenders:

Design Master Premium Metals, Super Silver - Purchased at Michaels for 7.49
Krylon Metallic, Chrome - Purchased at Michael's for 6.49
Rustoleum Universal Metallic Titanium Silver - Probably purchased at Home Depot... (it was in our stock of spray paints)
Design Master Brilliant Silver - Purchased at Michael's for 6.49

We chose to use some Christmas Ornaments that came in a box at an estate sale that I didn't love. Micheal set me up a nice little painting station.

Then I began painting.

Design Master Premium Metals, Super Silver

  • Good coverage, boasts "one coat" and you could probably get away with it
  • Dries quickly
  • Best "reflective" quality
  • Painted metal looked like metal - Good definition
  • No running/streaking

Krylon Metallic, Chrome

  • Good coverage
  • Dries quickly
  • More of a satin finish than a reflective/chrome finish
  • No running


  • Poor coverage
  • Lots of overspray
  • Lots of running/dripping

  • Very sparkly, not metallic looking
  • Comfortable handle

Design Master, Brilliant Silver

  • Good coverage
  • Not much overspray
  • Good "brushed nickel/satin" look
  • Dries quickly
  • No running

Some side-by-side comparisons:

The Design Master Super Silver was the CLEAR winner in terms of reflectiveness and silver/chrome look. Brilliant Silver and Krylon Metallic were pretty close, but in my opinion the Brilliant Silver just barely edges it out. The Rustoleum was a dud, hard to work with, and looked very fake.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Metro Steals - Mid Century Craigslist Finds for under $151

Yeah, we don't post often enough. We want to, we talk about it, and then we don't. So think about our blog posts like the cherries in a fruit cup. There aren't very many of them, but you value the one or two in your cup! :) (Or at least I hope you do.)

I swore off craigslist for a while because we had (and still have) way too much stuff. But something got me started again recently and that old itch is back. So this is how I cope with it. Post things for someone ELSE to buy so I don't buy them myself.

Pair of Mersman Side Tables $150

Sexy Legs!

Lane Coffee Table (Broken Glass) - $20

Micheal and I actually considered buying this as it would not be too expensive to replace the glass and it would be a very pretty table!

Starburst Clock - $65

Very atomic and you can replace the plugin clock movement with a battery operated one pretty easily so no ugly cords running down the wall.

Bentwood Nesting Tables - $60

These would look FAB-O stained a darker color (not a fan of blonde)

Pair of Mid Century Lamps - $20

This is a GREAT deal for this pair of lamps. I actually emailed about them but they're all the way down in Mt. Vernon. Blah too far. But someone on the southern part of the beltway could get a nice deal!

Retro Mid Century Lamps - $50

Holy wow are those bold. I don't actually like the lamps, but the shades appear to be in good condition and those tiered shades can be hard to come by!

Vintage Light-Up Globe - $20

I'm actually nervous to post this...Micheal might try to buy it. Someone else buy it quick!

White Mid Century Lamp - $30

I'm surprised this is still available (going by the "updated" date craigslist now has at the bottom of it's listings.) I think it's really pretty!

Capiz Shelling Hanging Light - $30

This is a STEAL and I really like it.

Monday, April 7, 2014

What's up buttercup?

So I FINALLY started back to work. It's been a long dramatic process but I've now officially been employed for a two weeks! So now we're trying to balance getting stuff done with two full time working individuals and not pass out on the couch after work. Cuz right now, that's all I want to do!

I thought I'd share a few of our new additions we've picked up!

Micheal was like a kid in a candy store when he visited River Market Antiques in Kansas City. Limited by luggage requirements he was only able to pick up a few small items, but the "want" list was long!

I love these salt and pepper shakers, seriously, love. We'll buff them up a bit to take care of the few scuffs.

Also found at River Market Antiques, this marquee S is a lovely addition to our bedroom!

We hit up a family run estate sale a few Sundays back. A very spry and funny gentleman who was moving closer to his family out of state. He was a hoot. :)

This is what we're going to use for the built-in in the guest bedroom. It's perfect because behind the door...

A hanging rack! Paid: $27

Micheal's obsession with old mirrors struck again...

We also added this lovely Ponytail Palm to our household!

What's that around it you ask? The only way we can have a plant and this punk...

He has already managed to "trim" the edges for us, thankfully it's non-toxic to cats.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Free Trees? Yes Please!

Okay, so I totally didn't mean for that to rhyme. But I'll take it! So generally we despise Pepco, our electric provider - for several reasons. For one, when we first moved here our power went out if someone sneezed too hard in a 5 mile radius. This is better now though, so thanks Pepco. Second and more importantly - they BUTCHER our trees. Like seriously they massacre them to keep them from touching the power lines.

However, at least for today Pepco gets some kudos from F2F because they're providing 2,000 free trees to people in their coverage area!

Go to this link: Free Pepco Trees and reserve yours today! There were 1,661 left when I reserved our two redbud trees! Thanks Pepco!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What We (have) Learned this Weekend Recently(ish)

I always enjoyed doing WWL so I thought I'd try to get that going again. And since I haven't done it in foreva I get to include things beyond this weekend. So...WWL sometime over the past 6 months or so :)

  1. We could both totally win the lottery and be happy not working. Being a stay at home wife is pretty awesome. (Official start date is 3/3/14, the fun comes to an end.)
  2. The Germans are 2 for 2 so far in my book - My husband and OSMO
  3. Home Depot buckets are not the best step stools
  4. Some of the most popular posts on our blog are the Mid-Century background descriptions of the different items we have purchased and DIY floating shelves!
  6. Even after taking two years off, I am still the craigslist Queen
  7. If you say the word drywall around me my right eye starts to twitch.
  8. My father-in-law has excellent taste in ladies KU apparel! I pretty much live in the KU shirt he picked out for Christmas and the KU fleece he picked out for my birthday. For a man who is an MU fan this is high praise. :) Thanks Joe!

Alrighty, back to work. Much to do before Monday!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Modern Door Hardware - Simplicity by Nova Hardware

I truly hate shopping for "modern" hardware of any kind. Seriously. It is so hard to find something simple, good looking and affordable. We had the same issues with picking out kitchen cabinet hardware so it took us foreva to pick something out! That was just for the kitchen, now we're committing to more expensive hardware for the ENTIRE house!

Last weekend we were going through the options and I defeatedly said something like this to Micheal:

"I guess I see us going with something like this. I don't really like it, but I think it's probably going to be what we get."

Quite the ringing endorsement eh? :) So we kept looking and I happened across a line of modern door knobs by a newer company named Nova Hardware. According to their website, it's a small company founded in 2006 that has a line of 9 products consisting of 8 door handles and 1 door stopper. They offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty and the prices are very reasonable.

We decided on the "Simplicity" style handle.

Photo from Nova Hardware

Here is the description from the Nova Hardware Website:

"You’ll fall fast and hard for the simple design of this Simplicity door lever. It is made from beautifully durable stainless steel that will stand up to years and years of active use while retaining its good looks and providing you with optimal performance. It is design to fit all standard home and office doors, and its unique look will blend seamlessly into any decor. It is guaranteed by the manufacturer for life, and can be installed as a right-handed or left-handed lever. It has concealed screws and hardware, so it installs with a seamless look that is svelte and contemporary.

Reversible left or right handed
Concealed screws
2 3/4 inch rosette
Fits doors 1 1/4 inch to 1 3/4 inch"

We ended up ordering from Amazon because they were available with Prime shipping (WOOHOO!) and the option of easy returns to Amazon for the reasonable price of $29.99. It was a bit of a risk as they are a newer company and there was not much on the web about people's experiences having purchased these handles, but given the limited options we were willing to take the risk.

I was like a little kid on Christmas morning when the UPS guy knocked on our door just two short days later! LOVE AMAZON PRIME!

It was very nicely packed and included all of the possible accessories you could ask for.

So far it appears to be a very sturdy handle. A nice satin nickel finish and very sleek/simple look. Micheal is working on installing it as I type! Yay!