Our Eggcelent Hang-out room

It’s been a loooooooong time since we last spoke about the hang-out room.   That’s really because nothing’s happened in there until recently.   If you’ll recall, I left off when I hung our shower-curtains-turned-curtains.  Waste not, want not, right??  And nobody ever catches on that they’re actually hung with shower curtain rings.  That’s totally my definition of success right there. ūüôā

So, basically, we were here…

And then we got our midcentury-dresser-turned-media-stand for the living room (I hereby dub this post “hyphenated-turned-hypenated”. It just feels right.) and our old entertainment center was moved into this room.  I never photographed it afterwards because I was physically incapable of being happy enough with the styling experiments conducted on these poor units.  I’m finally in an “okay” place right now, so I’ll show you….

There were also some minor styling changes that I’ve made in the sofa area to help cozy it up a smidge…

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Pillows, throw, a basket of magazines, and a tall lamp that I found at Lowe’s for (waitforit) $10 (!!!).  I may paint it, but I haven’t decided yet.   Ignore the blank wall next to the window.  I’m still figuring that one out.

Really, though, the room REALLY started coming to life for me just this last week.  See, every time I looked at the space it seemed… well… very square.  It needed some curvy, organic lines to soften it and make it seem more homey.   And I found them.  Oh, yeah I did.

It all started when I stopped at a resale shop last Thursday.  As I meandered about the store taking in all the goodies, I turned a corner and feasted my eyes upon the most magnificent egg chair I’d ever seen in my entire life (namely because I’ve never actually seen one in person). ūüėČ   It was a fantastic chair, though. Sturdy with awesome lines.  And… bonus… it totally rocked and swiveled (THAT, my friends, is what’s known as a Chair with Benefits). The finish was DEFINITELY in need of some serious lovin’.  It was dirty and scratched and damaged, but I didn’t mind that.   Those are issues that I live to tackle (if you haven’t already noticed).   But then, the panic moment… there was no price tag on my magic chair.  Mighty crap.  BUT. There was a “30” marked in pencil on one of the rods.  Curious.  All of the other items in that particular booth had tags… and it’s not like there were a lack of places where a tag could hang on this branchy chair.   So, the ultimate question was… was the chair taken??  Had somebody removed the tag and claimed it??? Or did the seller just mark this item differently??   So, like a completely sane person, I did the most obvious thing.   I walked up to the only other customer in the store and, naturally, asked her if she’d claimed the chair.   Luckily, she was very friendly and laughed like she’d totally been there before, and said that she hadn’t.  So, I found the salesperson and asked her about it (why this wasn’t my first move is beyond me).   Anyhoo, she didn’t know either since it was one of those shops that rents out booths to different individuals, so she called the seller to verify while I finished shopping.  She found me at one point to tell me that she was having trouble reaching him, so I started getting bummed out.  I could feel the pretty little egg chair slipping through my fingers.

Once I was done shopping, I brought my one other find to the counter…

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That little vintage metal box beneath the TV.   The salesperson was on the phone as she rang me up, so I’d planned to just leave my phone number for her to contact me once she’d heard from the seller.

She hung up the phone and stated my total “$36”.

Me: “Wait… How much was the box?  I thought it was only $3!”.

Saleslady: “Yes, you’re right.  It’s $3… your total is the box plus the chair.   I got ahold of him and that IS the price after all.”

I processed this and without thinking about it, initiated instantaneous happy-dance.  Aaaaand she totally laughed at me.   And I couldn’tve cared less.  The egg chair was MINE.   Paid for and mine!  Woot!!

I was so excited that I completely forgot that I hadn’t put makeup on that day and took an ever-popular car-selfie which was immediately posted on social media…

 
(Hence the filter)

And now, this is the view as you walk down the hall….

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Friggin’ gorgeous.  I’m seriously not above referring to this chair as “My Precious” in a creepy Gollum voice.  Don’t tempt me… I’ll totally do it.  I love the pretty chair that much.  I mean, just look at it…

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I haven’t done anything to the finish yet aside from giving it a good cleaning. I’m still deciding whether to keep it it’s natural color or paint it white.   Something’ll happen soon though, either way.  And in case you’re wondering, the cushion is just a standard chair cushion turned backwards with the curved part facing forward.  It fit like a glove that way.   Like it was born to be apart of a sexy egg chair.  Every cushion’s fantasy.  

So, now I’m brainstorming what to hang next to the window.

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I’d also love to change out my makeshift “coffee table” for something legit and add an area rug to help tie everything together.  …And a white Moroccan style leather pouf in front of my egg chair for a bit more luxurious TV-watching comfort.

Although, I doubt I’ll ever get to enjoy it.   Lucas has already claimed it as his own….

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He’s requested to watch movies in the hang-out room every day since then so he can sit in “his” chair.  And I couldn’t be prouder. ūüôā

TDC Before and After
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“I’ve got nice legs.” – Our Nightstand

You guys. ¬†I painted furniture. ¬† And I’m here to admit. ¬†It felt good. ¬†Reeealllyyyyy. Good.

Ever since we moved into our house, we’ve been mainly focused on larger projects. ¬†Taking care of major surfaces. ¬† Correcting wrongs that needed to be righted. ¬†Floors. ¬† Walls. ¬† Windows. ¬†Front doors. ¬† Pool resurfacing. ¬†Rotted wall fixing. ¬†Roof repair. ¬†Basically, trying to set the stage so that we CAN decorate and do it right. ¬†I mean, sure, some decor has crept in there, but it just hasn’t been the main¬†focus yet in the way it was with our last house. ¬†A new construction with no major issues… Thus, decor was really the ONLY focus then. ¬† I feel like we’re getting slowly there, though. ¬† Slowly. ¬† And happily. ¬† ūüôā

But… BUT… I painted furniture, y’all.

I feel like it’s been forever since I did that.

And it didn’t disappoint.

Ya see, I hit up a local antique mall last weekend and found this beaut of a nightstand…
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I’m sorry about this picture. ¬†Somehow in my excitement to make over this badboy, this was the ONLY sad ‘before’ pic that I took. ¬† Oopsie. ¬† As you can see, I thought he would work well in the guest room to replace his dumpier predecessor. ¬†His leggy profile made the space feel lighter which was totally my goal.

I have to say that I was so excited when I found him. ¬† The antique mall that I purchased him from tends to be a bit ¬†of a pricier one, but I thought I’d check it out anyways since it was close to home. ¬† So, when I stumbled upon this little guy and a glance at his price tag revealed that he was only $29 (!!!), I pretty much sprinted to the cashier. ¬† He was in need of some love, but sturdy. ¬†A perfect find for me.

Now, when it comes to wood, many of you may know that I’m usually a purist. ¬†Especially with antique furniture. ¬†I like keeping wood-toned things wood to be true to the piece. ¬†That is, unless the finish is damaged beyond repair or super ugly. ¬† And in this case, the finish was uber fugly. ¬†For real. ¬† ¬†I’m sorry. ¬†It just was. ¬†The lines of the nightstand were retro. ¬†The finish… dated. ¬† It’s hard to tell from my blurry before picture, but it was a red mahogany tone. ¬†But not good mahogany. ¬†Fake, bright red mahogany. ¬†And really, really glossy. ¬†But, damaged in spots also. ¬†Some scratches and chips. Wrinkling in the finish. ¬†The whole chebang. ¬†And it clashed with… well, pretty much every other wood tone I have in the house.

So, I decided to paint it. (Gasp! I KNOW!!!)

I gave it a light sanding with a fine grade sanding block, then wiped it down with some liquid deglosser to ensure a nice dull surface that would better accept paint…

I wiped it down with tack cloth (which decided to photobomb in the right-hand corner). ¬†You’re welcome for that. ūüėČ

Then, I gave it two thin and even coats of Valspar’s paint+primer semi-gloss in Ebony Field (leftover from when I painted the back door in our last house).

I sanded lightly with an extra fine sanding block between coats and wiped it down again with my BFF, tack cloth.  And then I let it cure for a few days before moving it.

Now, let’s move on to the¬†brass accents and hardware. ¬† I sort of worked on them throughout the process, so you’ll see some pics from before and after painting the table. ¬†The knobs weren’t in the greatest shape…

That wasn’t just tarnish. ¬† The brass coating seemed to have worn away with time. ¬†Because of this, I doubted that I could rejuvenate them as is. ¬†I wanted them to sort-of match the leg accents, although I knew it wouldn’t likely be a perfect match. ¬†First, I tried spray painting them with some leftover Rustoleum Universal in Pure Gold…

But, the results when compared to the leg accents looked really plastic-y…

Not exactly what I was going for.

So, I decided to¬†try¬†a new product. ¬† I’d read about Rub n’ Buff on several blogs and was intrigued. ¬†Apparently, you simply rub it on to achieve a metallic sheen. ¬†So, I ordered a tube on Amazon for just under $7…

The directions recommended rubbing a small amount onto your surface with a finger or a soft cloth.   So, I started with the legs.

Which is when I started talking to myself.

Which despite popular belief, means only good things.

“Holy WOW!!!”,

“Geez! ¬†This stuff is amazeballs!”,

“Where have you been all my life??”.

All *may* have escaped my lips as I astoundedly rubbed the magical solution on. ¬† This beautiful stuff covered imperfections almost instantaneously with just a tiny amount and gave a gorgeous metallic sheen that I’ve yet to find with paint.

Here’s a before…

And after…

I probably should’ve taped off the leg, but it’s nothing a little touch-up paint couldn’t cure. ¬† ¬†That brass piece literally took me all of 15 seconds to do. ¬† I completed all four legs and then treated the knobs as seen in this “after” shot…

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Metallic and lovely.

And what do ya know…. They ended up matching perfectly after all. ¬†The knobs look a bit “rosy” here, but in person they’re definitely more of a gold. ¬†I can’t attest to how well Rub n’ Buff wears, but I’ll keep y’all updated. ¬†In any case, it was such a quick fix, that I’m sure I can handle re-treating the metal accents as needed.

And here’s the table in it’s entirety…

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I chose to simply accessorize with a cute lamp (found at Marshall’s a while back), some books, a shot of me and Lucas when he was only 18 hours old, and one of my easy mirrored planters (which are still rockin’ it, BTW). ¬†This guy was in our bedroom atrium and wasn’t getting adequate light, so I moved him. ¬†I’ll have an atrium update soon since I’ve been an accessorizing fool as of late. ¬† Actually, I’ll have a lot of updates soon. ¬†I’ve been a busy bee this weekend. ¬†ūüėČ

Anyhoo, back to the point. ¬†Here’s a view of the room from the doorway as it stands now…
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So, that’s my little painting project this week. ¬† Like I said, I’ve got more in store including a few breakfast nook, living room and atrium updates as well as the results of moving our fence. ¬†Joey and his dad are hard at it out there and it’s looking awesome. ¬† So, have a great rest of your weekend! ¬†Until next time…

*** For updated pics of this space, check out this (adding a new awesome $12 lamp) and this (creating DIY burlap wall art).***

TDC Before and After