Posts tagged #decor

Two if by Sea | Etsy Vintage Shop

I recently revamped my Etsy shop, and it's now full of lots of fun, vintaged treasures for sale!

Two if by Sea

I LOVE thrifting/yard sales/estate sales/flea markets, and while I try to just window shop, it's easy to build up quite the collection.   Once my hubby starts throwing shade at my accumulating pile of vintage goodies, I know it's time to start selling them off!  So, yes, the shop is basically an excuse to fuel my habit.  Oops!  But of course I also want to share all my treasures with you fine people of the internet. 

I have lots of mid-century items found in LA and Palm Springs, and other items of various styles from my travels.  

Hop on over and check out the shop!  And please stop by often, as I'll continue adding new wares for you to browse and buy. 



Fireplace Makeover

One DIY house project that had immediate results (yay!) and big impact was our fireplace makeover.  

You may remember, we inherited a fireplace with orangey-red brick and the occasional rogue black zebra stripe.  It was like a nice lady with a bad perm--poor thing, just stuck in the 80s.

So, with the help of my sweet mother-in-law, we decided to whitewash it to bring it into this millennium.  It was time. 

Whitewashing was SO simple!  All you do is...

  • Wipe all the brick clean with a damp cloth and then let it dry fully
  • Dilute white paint with water (we used our leftover white wall paint, and started with equal parts paint + water--you can always adjust once you assess a test patch)
  • Start with a spot that's a bit out of the way...
  • Brush paint mixture onto the brick, then wipe away--immediately or within 30-ish seconds--with a cloth (any clean rag will do)
  • Step back and see how it looks!  To change the opacity of the paint, you can always...
    • adjust the thickness of the paint mixture
    • do multiple coats
    • or let it soak in on the brick longer before wiping away
  • There's no right or wrong way to do this, which I love!

Voila!  Here's our finished product...

Also, we didn't have a mantel--it was just a ledge, one brick deep.  Nowhere to hang stockings at Christmas?!  That's a serious problem in my book.  So, we hired a carpenter to build some built-in shelves (which you'll see more of later), and also had him do a very simple mantel.  

So here's the current state of things!

We loved our carpenter, and recommend him if you're in the LA area!  See Chapin Custom Carpentry for more info. 

More to come...

Posted on September 24, 2014 and filed under home, pretty.

Our Home: Demo

People.  Our house!  I know we are overdue for posting our After pics...  You've seen the Befores, and you're just dying to see the results.  Before we do that, though, let's continue along our journey of renovations and see Step 2 of the process.  Demo.

We did most of the demo ourselves because it saves some money, and hey--ripping out disgusting old carpet is a great stress reliever.  Wear thick gloves. That is my best piece of advice.

It only took us a few hours total for the whole top floor.  Stairs were another couple hours and were a bit trickier.  Tack strips and nails took an additional few hours with a solid crowbar (but make sure to leave those if you'll be laying down new carpet). 

Ripping out the laminate flooring downstairs was a workout.  Lots of shoveling and crumbling--it didn't unlock and come apart as easily as we had hoped.  But we got rid of it, in all its cherry-red glory.

Tearing out the kitchen cabinets was a fun project for the guys.  Our friend Jake showed up at the front door with a sledge hammer and the biggest smile I've ever seen (see pic for proof). 

We also ripped 2 bathrooms down to the studs.  In our master bath, we lost everything except the tub, which was still in good condition.

Then The Pile was born.  And our motto increasingly became it has to get worse before it gets better...Right?

We used a company called JunkJunk Los Angeles to haul away our construction debris, and we highly recommend them (link above)!

Next up...rebuilding this mess!


Posted on September 23, 2014 and filed under home.

Our Home: The Befores

Hiya everyone, and Happy [belated] New Year!

I have been holed up for the past bit, working on some fun TV spots (thanks, Superbowl), traveling for the holidays, and then working on the house in any other sliver of free time.  Let's just say, things continue to be busy around the Wilson house!  

Speaking of our house...I know a handful of you out there have been anxiously (and patiently, thank you) awaiting to see posts about our house.  Now that we are winding down on renovations, and I feel like the possibility of having a life is slowly seeping back into my future, I thought it was about time to at the very least, post some Before photos. 


living room before.jpg

Our townhouse was a short sale, and that process can be grueling!  We were very fortunate to have had only a 4 month timeline, as opposed to the 8 - 12 months it sometimes takes.  I'll write more about the short sale process some other time... 

Built in the 1980s, the overall space wasn't bad, but the kitchen and baths were very dated.  Some other details had been more recently renovated (popcorn ceilings removed, can lights installed, etc.) which saved us a ton of time and money.  The conditions were definitely livable, but we knew if we ever wanted to do big renos it would easier to do them all at once, at the beginning, while we're not living there--if at all possible.  So, we went for it!

There were some questionable decor choices, like the plasticky-bright cherry red laminate floors in the main living space, that we couldn't wait to rip out.  I promise it looks cleaner and nicer in pictures--everything was pretty grungy in person...and so many shades of beige.  Yikes.

We love the open downstairs layout, it's prime for entertaining.  And we have a powder room/laundry room on the main floor--yippee!  

The kitchen reno is a whole saga unto itself.  Here it is in its untouched glory.  Luckily we inherited these appliances, so that was a nice bonus.

kitchen before.jpg

Remember when I said the place was grungy?  Check out these grody stairs.  We hated that the carpet wrapped over the edge.  And there was some seriously funky dirt going on--carpet was the first thing to go!

stair carpet.jpg

Upstairs are two really good size bedrooms and two baths.  Great bones, but eeesh--project time!  Here's the Master...

master before.jpg
master bath before.jpg

And the pukey-green guest room...

guest room before.jpg
guest bath before.jpg

Hello cute husband!

I can't wait to tell you more details about our reno process, and show you our progress in photos.  Let's just say, it's looking quite a bit better these days and we are thrilled!  Be back with more soon!

Posted on January 25, 2014 and filed under home, pretty, style.