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Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the word ‘sofa’? I also hate the words ‘swag’ and ‘sneakers’ in case you are wondering (Apparently, I hate words that start with an ‘s’).

Anyway, the point is there are tables which go behind couches and they are often called ‘sofa tables’, but since I just can’t call them that, I’m going with ‘behind-the-couch table.’ Just go with it.

My living room is long and skinny which makes arranging it interesting. I’ve found that a table behind the couch not only “shortens” the distance between the couch and the rest of the room, but it also gives me a place to display cool stuff. The one I found I wanted was from IKEA and it cost $170 (It is now discontinued). So since I couldn’t afford it at the time I created my very own behind-the-couch table!

I used empty tubs and boxes to create the “table” and then covered it in fabric.

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It was like this for almost a year before I gave it a makeover by adding another layer of tub lids to make it sturdier. I also changed the fabric to a clean white sheet.
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This version lasted another one and a half years. It was always on my to-do list to build or buy something more permanent, but the temporary version worked so nicely it wasn’t a major priority.

But the temp solution definitely wasn’t flawless. Of course, it all comes back to Bob. As you know, Bob sucks. He regularly sits on this “table” meaning it was starting to buckle under his weight. Last week, when he got particularly riled up about a cat/squirrel/mail person he knocked over one of my plants. Thankfully he didn’t break the planter but it looked like this:

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If this were a solid surface I could easily wipe off the dirt, but since it’s a sheet it requires removing all of the things, washing the sheet, and then putting back all of the things. And I’m super lazy. I’m so lazy that I would rather build a table than just wash the sheet. I guess maybe that doesn’t make me lazy, just weird.

So I just did it. I followed a few tutorials (this one and this one). Here is what I bought to make a 75″ long behind-the-couch table to fit behind an IKEA Karlstad couch:

2 – 23″ tall 12″ x 2″ boards

1- 75″ long 12″ x 2″ board

4 – corner braces, size 4″

1 – 15 quantity box of 1.5″ wood screws

4 – 3″ wood screws (I had these on hand)

Honestly the most difficult part of this whole thing was buying and having the lumber cut. It was stressful because I’ve never done it before. Also, loading and unloading the lumber to and from my car and then into my house was a little sweaty.

I connected the “legs” to the main board by using the corner braces. I pre-drilled the holes which made it really simple and fast.

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When I stood the table up (quite a bit more difficult than you would think) it was a bit wobbly. I decided I’d rather lose the smooth top surface for sturdiness, so I drilled four (two on each side) 3″ screws to further stabilize it. Since this step was unplanned, I just used what I had on hand. I was lucky enough to find 4 – 3″ screws but they unfortunately didn’t have a flat profile. Ah well, it wasn’t worth a trip to the store so I have no regrets.

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Next came my least favorite part, painting. I can’t seem to go a weekend without painting something. If I believed in purgatory, I’d venture to say it involved an endless painting project.

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As you can see, I’m so lazy, I didn’t even bother to paint the underside. Future Jasmin may be annoyed at this decision, but present Jasmin is very pleased with the choice.

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I am not the best at being patient so I should have sanded more, should have put on a second coat of primer, should have bought a clear sealer, should have should have should have blah blah blah. You should do all of those things. Do as I say, not as I do.

I tried my hardest to wait a full 48 hours so it would cure, but I only made it about 30 hours. Again, do as I say, not as I do. Seriously.

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A power strip and router are hiding under the table.

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Not bad if I do say so myself!! And the best part is it only cost me $41 and one afternoon. If you are nervous about building a simple piece of furniture like this here’s my public endorsement: You can do it!*

*As long as you have a power drill and a vehicle big enough to transport the wood. Oh, and $41.

And the winning color is: Classic Silver by Behr

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr While I can’t say this is my favorite paint color ever (that would be a tie between my black kitchen and my blue bedroom), I do really like it… I think. Why my hesitation? Well, first of all it is weird to see the same stuff against a different background.

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr When I was redoing the postcard art I moved them all down a little bit so that now they are level with the door frame.

It looks weird, right? I liked the dark green for being unique, so I’m struggling with the loss of uniqueness. BUT there is a plan beyond just lightening up the room.

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First of all, I wanted to loose all the pictures on the right side of the room (it was looking cluttery in that area) and since there were so many holes it made sense to fill them in and paint again. So do I have plan for that area? Of course! But you’ll have to be patient (as will I) because some plans take time and this is one of those plans. Intrigued?

While we are at the side by sides, here is one more:

Little House Design: Dining room makeover with Classic Silver by Behr In that corner, I definitely prefer the green, but oh well. It also doesn’t help that I’m comparing my crappy photo to Ashley’s professional one haha.

Honestly though I am just super super glad this paint job is over. Painting, I’M OVER YOU. This was the 11th time I’ve painted a room in this house and I haven’t even lived here two years yet. Oh, and there are only six rooms, make sense of that math. The old idiom is true though, my painting skills have vastly improved with all that practice.

It hasn’t been very sunny here lately, you know, winter and such, which is why these pictures aren’t super bright even though they were taken during the day. All that to say, that it actually is much brighter in there now compared to the dark green. Goal one, to lighten the room, is a success. I think once I do my secret thing (I’m only keeping it secret for dignities sake, if it looks terrible I’ll take it down and no one will be the wiser) on the big blank wall it will feel different in there.

Everyone who has seen it so far has really liked it, but I’m still on the fence. I think it boils down to this: I like crazily painted rooms so even though this is a good visual break from the dark colors in the adjoining rooms, I still want it to be navy blue or hot pink or something.

 

Guys, I’m so tired of painting, but I’m at it again. I’ve painted every room in this house at least once (minus the ‘hallway’ which is really just doors and I only did a stripe in the entry), but now that I’ve lived here for almost two years I’m at the point where I’m reassessing the decisions I’ve made. One thing that’s been bugging me for a while is the color of the dining room. I loved the dark peacock green for a long time, but after two years and a lot of other decisions it just doesn’t fit anymore. But this time I decided against doing it the ‘Jasmin Way’, which would be to just go the store and pick the first color I like and paint the room within 24 hours of deciding I wanted to paint. This time I took TWO WHOLE WEEKS to make the color decision. I know, the mind reels that I, the most impatient person in the world, could wait two whole weeks to make a decision that could have easily been made in two minutes, but it’s the truth.

I actually even followed my own advice and went to the store and got a bunch of paint samples and hung them on my wall. Then I just let them be for two weeks while I pondered.

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The first couple of days my mind changed several times. The colors looked different during the day and at night, but eventually a favorite stuck out. But I’m a new woman who takes her time making “big” decisions so I even took that paint chip around and held it up to elements in the room that would stay.

P1120665 P1120671 But the question you may be asking is, why go with such a light color? I don’t really care too much about the flow of my house’s paint colors. I mean, my house is tiiiiny and you can basically turn around in a circle and see every room, but I still don’t really think your whole house has to “match”. That is until I noticed that my three main rooms were very dark colors. This is a horrible rendering of my floor plan but I think it may help make my point a little bit.

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cropgreydining copy Yeah, I said it was horrible. But it’s a visual, don’t complain. My decorating style is loud and crazy so I think it works well for me to have at least a few rooms that are a more neutral color. Plus, I’ve been thinking it would nice to add color in my hallway and/or the bathroom (maybe even on the ceiling!). So, I think having a more neutral, light colored dining room will give my house a more open feeling and be a good buffer between the dark grey living room and the black kitchen.

And that is how I grew up and became a more patient woman.

 

Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is my dining room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is the exterior and entryway of my house as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

In previous ‘trend spotting’ posts (here and here) I went with less obvious trends, but this trend is pretty easy to spot. Brightly colored front doors are nothing new but bright orange doors have been popping up everywhere these days. And I have to say, I’m a big fan! All images via my ‘Outdoor Spaces’ board on Pinterest here.

It is very possible that I love this trend so much because I can’t paint my front door. I know what you are thinking, why can’t you paint your front door? It is because I live in a historical home in a historical neighborhood and we are strongly encouraged to leave any original exterior elements as is. My front door is lovely so I shouldn’t complain…

but wouldn’t my door looks so nice painted a bright orange??? I think it would look amazing, but alas it is not meant to be. So for now I will just dream of orange doors and encourage others to go big and bold with their exterior paint colors.