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Friday, January 29, 2016

Upcoming Projects — Including One for This Weekend

Hey, Ya'll. We have a busy weekend coming up! Hot on the heels of finishing up the installation of the curtains in the bay window yesterday, I'll be installing the floating nightstands.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Trouble-Shooting Tips for Installing IKEA Kvartal Curtain Rods, Including on a Bay Window

ikea kvartal on bay window

There are FOUR things that you must know before installing the IKEA Kvartal on any window, including a bay window - miss any one of these and you will be running out to a hardware store or back to IKEA for spare parts.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ikea Kvartal Curtain Rail System for a Bay Window

Ikea Kvartal

I'm ready to kick off our master bedroom makeover - starting with the curtains for the bay window. Have you priced curtain rods for bay windows? Whew! That's why we will be going with Ikea. I've used their rail system in the past and I recall it being a tricky install. But, what the hay. I'm game!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Reveal: Hacking Blogger's "Picture Window" Template

You are accustomed to seeing me present big reveals of rooms and projects, but today's reveal is a new design for Renov8or.

When I moved Renov8or to Blogger, I used an off-the-shelf template called "Picture Window". It had the advantage of being very easy for a novice to jump in with. All I wanted to do was write and share photos, so it was fine for me. Over time, however, I've been feeling its limitations. Slowly but surely, I've been learning how to hack the Picture Window template.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cheater's Guide to Touching Up Wall Paint

Cheater's Guide to Touching Up Wall Paint

We are coming on two years since we bought our home, so that means two years since we painted.

With holiday guests expected, it is time for a touch up. So a few weeks back I went through the house looking over all the walls and I placed a small piece of blue painter's tape next to every scuff, smudge, and scratch. Then I rooted through my paint closet and found the unused paint that I had thought to store, clearly labeled Farrow & Ball Blackened - thank you, Past Self! All I had to do now was mix some of that with 50% water, test a small area to see if the color blended (finger's crossed), and get this job done.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Restoring Chipped Laminate on a Saarinen Pedestal Table

Our pedestal table has survived three moves - and in the process seen some hard knocks. It was not in perfect condition when I bought it off Craigslist. I paid $175, if memory serves, and it had many dings and scratches on the pedestal base. In our most recent move, though, the laminate top was gouged in a very prominent spot. I've been concealing the gouge with strategically placed candles that I found at Designer's Guild in Chicago. I do love these colorful candles! But to hide the chipped area, I have to place them off-center. 

It is time that I do something about this chipped laminate. But what to do?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chair Makeover: Can You Paint Upholstery?

Chair makeover using Rit dye
Restored to its original color

I've had this chair for more than a dozen years, and I still love it. Manufactured by Youngs Furniture in Portland, Maine, who source from local, artisanal furniture makers - it was holding up well. The foam was firm and still retained its shape. Only the color had faded, and this was accentuating stains and fabric pilling.  Was it time to say goodbye to this little red chair?