On Sunday Mike and I were both in the mood to do a little home improvement. But, lacking the motivation to accomplish any of the larger items on our very long “punch list”, we decided to demo the bar top! I had mixed feelings about getting rid of the vintage tile, but up close it’s in pretty bad shape and the bar top itself is pretty gross. I’m excited to modernize our little wet bar and maybe finally use it! I had a major aversion to this area once we finished our kitchen remodel that took over a year – we used this little bar as our kitchen for that long and I hated every minute of that. So, after we finished the kitchen I stayed as far away from it for quite a while. But, I’m ready to get back to it. So, we started small – Mike disconnected the plumbing and we were able to pull off the backsplash and bar top in two solid pieces. With demo, I’m always the impatient one – I like to just start banging stuff and breaking it out – but Mike likes to think things thru a bit more. Which in this case was a good thing. So, here is where we started:
excuse the crappy phone pics below – I was too lazy to get out my ‘real’ camera
So, our plan from here is as follows:
- Mike is going to attempt to make a concrete countertop
- New modern sink. I love this one from Overstock, and it’s really reasonably priced:
- New modern faucet to go with our awesome sink.
- Repaint the cabinet with a fresh coat of paint, and add new pulls.
- Tile backsplash (I plan to reuse some leftover tile from past remodeling projects, but I haven’t decided which yet)
So, it’s a start! We’re excited to make this a really cool wet bar!
You’ll have to forgive me as my posts will likely be a little sporadic for the next few months – we are getting back into wedding season which means I am busy, busy, busy. And, we’ll also be traveling to St. Louis/Chicago soon (I’m shooting a wedding in St. Louis and Mike and Zoey are coming along so we can have a little family trip after – taking a train to Chicago!).
But, coming up soon with a little of my free time I want to work on this chair – I got it for $40 on CL a few months back and it’s the perfect little chair for the corner of our bedroom.
It totally reminds me of the West Elm modern windsor chair:
However, I’m thinking it needs a little makeover. I’m not in love with the warm toned paisley fabric (I’m thinking something mid century similar to what I did with the dining chairs) and I’m also thinking of painting it white (though Mike and I are at odds about that, he says keep it wood). What do you all think? White or no? Fun fabric? It seems premature to be working on a chair for our master bedroom when it really needs an overall makeover, but that will be coming soon (hopefully end of May after we close on the Agave house).
I’ve been MIA these last few weeks – we’ve been super busy with life in general and it likely isn’t slowing down soon! As a result, we also haven’t really done anything here at the Brady Bunch casa, but we hope to start up again with some projects once we have the time and the money (hopefully in a few months). I wanted to share the before and after photos of the mid century chairs I bought for staging at the Agave house (which by the way has a contract(contingent on their home sale) on it, yay!). I found these chairs on Craigslist for a steal and while I love the lines of the chairs, the dated 80′s upholstery definitely needed to be ditched.
So, I went on the search for a suitable fabric. I wanted something bold, fun, and maybe with a mid century feel. While looking at Fanny’s Fabrics (which if you’re in Austin is a great boutique source for modern, unique fabrics) I came across THE fabric and I knew it was the one. So, I bought the fabric (2 yards which later I was told barely worked for all 6 chairs) and took them to my favorite local upholsterer (Cardenas Upholstery). I love the end result. I love them so much I want to keep them. But, I can’t because I don’t need them or have room for them. So I’ll likely sell them on Craigslist once we get closer to the closing date for the house sale. Here is the finished product!
I will say I thought about reupholstering them myself to save a little money, and I likely could have done so. But, Cardenas only charged about $20/chair to upholster them and I wanted to keep the cording on the bottom of the chair and I knew that wasn’t something I could handle on my own. So glad I did, I think the edging really finishes them off! I love the way they turned out, and I especially love the way they contrast with the white lacquered West Elm dining table!