Archive for June 2011

29, starting off right

we started the weekend with a food truck round up in tower grove park on friday night,

although we didn't actually get any food from the food trucks because the lines were so long and they started to run out of food! next time we'll have to go earlier....

followed by a beer festival at forest park

beer tasting + giant pretzel + friends = good times

a lazy saturday morning on the couch with coffee while the husband played video games (and i caught up on blogs)

and cooper discovered that the marble tile was nice and cool

we spent the rest of the saturday shopping and finished the day with outdoor movie night at our friends house (empire records and city island if you're wondering)

sunday was my birthday, we finally bought bikes (!!) and rode 15 miles around forest park. it was beautiful. mike made me a delicious birthday dinner complete with a peanut butter jilly's cupcake.

**sorry, no pictures of biking at the park. it had been 10+ years since i'd been on a bike and i was just a little terrified. both hands were needed for biking. i didn't fall though! success!

***i joined instagram, kind of love it. anyone else on it?


the dining room

now that we've completed the fireplace project, i think that i can finally say that we are done with the dining room.

i don't think that there is a surface in the room that we haven't touched. we started with removing the pink carpet, the wallpaper, and the drapes. we painted the ceiling, the walls, and the radiator. we removed the mirror above the fireplace and patched the wall. we lived with it for a little while and started to find furniture for the room. then we replaced the pink mini blinds and added curtains. we made our own light fixture. we added more furniture, art work, and accessories. we installed new flooring, and finally updated the fireplace.

yeah, it looks just a little different....



a while ago i bought a chair on craigslist. i'm a little embarrassed to even link to the original post because then you will know just how long this thing sat in my basement, but here it is.yes, it was almost 3 years ago... moving on. so we had this chair, i think i paid maybe $5 for it. after taking it home, i realized that there was a good chance that i would not be able to fix it, which is probably part of the reason why it sat in the basement for so long.

a few months ago my mom generously offered to make some cushions for the chair, and since my sewing skills are lacking, i decided to take her up on the offer. she started working on the cushions, which meant i had to do something about the chair.

the first picture was from the craigslist posting. it may look like the chair was in one piece, but it was not. the back was not really attached, and the legs were really wobbly. i removed the broken chair straps, took the chair apart, and then put it back together with wood glue in every joint. i also added a few screws in places where they would not be noticeable, which helped a lot. then i stained the chair with dark walnut stain, applied some oil to finish it, and stapled some new strapping to the seat frame.

it's now sitting in the corner of our dining room. i sat in it the other night and it didn't fall apart so i'm going to say that our repair work was a success! i had a hard time deciding on the fabric for the cushions, i wasn't sure about the stripes but now that it's done i really like it. i found the pillow the other day at world market, it is gray and yellow so of course i had to get it :-)



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