Console Table Redo & Living Room Update

This new house has been a real interesting test for my style- it was built in 1920, but completely gutted and redone within the past year. Every room in the house is gray (which I love) and the floors are all brown toned (which I also love). The house calls out for wood, so I’m trying to strike a balance between answering that call but also mixing in whites and metals and some funk.

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Our living room has the sectional from our previous home’s den and at first I wasn’t a huge fan of having such an informal piece of furniture in such a visible spot in the house, but we’ve already used this room SO MUCH more than the living room in our last house because it just feels more welcoming and flop-on-the-couch-able.

It looks a little cluttered and over-layered but it alls serves to protect from our 3 cats.  All 3 blankets (2 on the chairs, 1 on the couch) are positioned to prevent cat scratches on the backs/sides of furniture , and the cat tree is an unfortunate must as well. A better blogger may have staged more, but this is real life so this is what you see.

We have this console table from our old house that I really wanted to make work for this room too, but the reddish stain color was just not working and it had some deep scratches from some rude puppy paws. Perfect opportunity to try out a few new products!

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I used Citristrip and a hand sander to get this piece down to it’s natural wood tones. The Citristrip was… ok. I put one layer of it on, let it sit for an hour, and then scraped. This worked to get off the protective coat and some stain. I then put another layer of it on, let it sit for two more hours, then scraped, and it got off a bit more stain. I think it’d be more effective getting off paint than stain so I’m going to give it a try on another project before I fully decide how I feel about it.

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After round 2 with the gel I decided to just speed things up and grab my hand sander to finish the job. I got about 75% done sanding it and just…stopped. It looks really deconstructed and cool and it fits with the other two pieces of wood in the room so I decided to seal it up and leave it!

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I used two coats of Country Chic Tough Coat to protect this piece and it worked great- it dried super, super fast and without any bubbles so I didn’t have to sand again afterwards.

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Full disclosure: they did send me the product free to try, but I am under no obligation to write about it or give a positive review. I did genuinely love this product and will be using it again!

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On the other side of that partial wall is the kitchen (to the left) and the dining area (to the right, where the sliding doors are) so this is a nice transitional piece to fill that wall and add some storage (tablecloths, etc).

Overall, this space is really coming along and I’m tweaking it a bit every day.

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Plans and Goings On

Hi all! Things have unintentionally slowed down quite a bit here on the ol’ blog, but honestly we’re just enjoying our home and taking some time settling in.  I’m trying to take on a new vibe in this house. We’re here for the long haul, and it’s lovely as is, so I just want to be settled and happy and not constantly working on 900 projects even though I’m constantly thinking about 900 projects.

I do currently have one furniture redo underway, and I shared a peek of it on Instagram a few days ago. I used Citristrip to get off the sealer and cherry tinted stain and was about halfway through sanding it and sort of fell in love– I think I’m just going to clean up the legs a bit and then seal ‘er up and call it done. What do you think?

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I also recently ordered this ah-mazing rug for our dining area. I’ve been creeping the Facebook page for this duo (The Novogratz) for months waiting for the pre-order and then I pounced! It arrives mid/late October and I’m already beyond obsessed with it. I love all things skull-y and I’m also trying really hard to incorporate color in to this house so this is obviously the most perfect rug ever made just for me with me in mind.

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My parents also offered to help us get a new dining table as a housewarming gift and at first I was like noooo I’m going to redo the one we have! I want projects! And it’s perfectly fine! Waste not want not! But then I discovered that zinc tables are a thing and now I can’t stop thinking about this one even though I’m pretty sure that’s an awful lot to spend on a table and it’s also like 150 pounds which seems insane but also super cool and unique and interesting. But the heart wants what the heart wants, amiright? Also, skull rug and zinc table? It’d be amazing.

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ANYWHO. We’ve got just about every box unpacked and I’m slowly slowly slowly starting to hang things on the walls. This house has such a different layout than our previous one, but I love all our framed art so much so I’m trying to find spots for everything that don’t appear cluttered or mismatched.

So. Next week I hope to be back with a write up on how I stripped that console table and what products I used to seal it up. And then I’m thinking maybe Halloween house tour video? Because even if I don’t get around to unpacking the boxes I sorttttt of keep Halloween decorations out year round anyway. (IE: SKULL RUG!) So I’ll be back with you soon! Thanks for stopping by!