Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Patio table revamp

I recently moved into a huge house, with my boyfriend, Muj, and his roommate, Lisa. Muj has two adorable dogs, and I have my awesome kitty. As with most dogs, when we eat meals, they are very interested in stealing your food. Surprisingly, between the three of us, we didn't have a dining room table. Dining tables are a must when you have sneaky, cute, little dogs that stop at nothing to eat your food. Moving is expensive, and we didn't really have the money to buy a new table. Luckily, my parents had an extra glass top patio table that has been in our family for years (my dad even remembers eating dinners at this table as a teenager) that they were willing to part with.
I wasn't a big fan of the fabric on the chairs, and as you can see, it was in desperate need of a coat of paint. But other than that, I knew it would work perfect as a dining table for us, and it wouldn't cost us anything. So I spent some time looking at Spoonflower and noticed that one of my favorite artists, Valentina Ramos, had a Spoonflower shop. She has so many amazing designs. After much debate, I decided to go with the Reverie fabric. I ordered the heavy cotton twill, so it would be sturdy enough to upholster.

Once the fabric arrived, I picked up some purple spray paint and got to work. I ordered more than enough fabric, so we used more than we needed and many staples from the staple gun to cover the old fabric. (Don't  look at the bottom of the chairs, its not pretty).

After many 6 cans of spray paint, and a sore pointer finger (I had no idea it would take so many!) I finally finished. I'm pretty happy with the results.

Thankfully my parents are okay with having purple grass for a while! Here's a picture of the table right after I finished it.
And here's what the table looks like today in our house. During the move there were some chips in the paint I still need to touch up. I might need to look into something like a top coat to avoid chipping in the future. Do you know of any ideas? 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Miso Monday

I want to try a new feature on my blog--because I am a dork who is obsessed with her cat--called Miso Monday. I love taking pictures of my kitty and it might well be the only thing that I keep up with on this blog... My boyfriend, Muj, is really good at photography, and I want him to teach me how to take pictures with his fancy camera, so hopefully the quality of future pictures will improve. But for now, it will be phone pictures.

This is probably my favorite picture of Miso that I took two days ago. I recently took her to be shaved, because her fur gets matted really easily and she's been hacking up some nasty hairballs lately. I swear I didn't do it for my own entertainment. But it is starting to get colder here in the Pacific NW and so she's been a little on the chilly side, hence the sweater. So I was watching Breaking Bad and working on a puzzle with Miso beside me on the couch. She heard some noise on the other side of the couch and stood up to try to see where it was. I was lucky enough to have my phone nearby to capture this gem. Love that girl.

Happy Monday!