Popcorn Ceilings Must Go!

We moved from Urban Portland across the Columbia to the state of Washington. We have been living in our new house since the end of August 2016 and it feels like the best decision we made in a long time. Our house was built in 1970 and is a mid century style bi-level ranch home. The moment we walked in, we knew this was where we wanted to be "adulting" for a long time. It's surrounded by trees and the forest, we have a garden and yes, we now live at the end of a cul de sac. It's been an adjustment to go from urban to suburban, but I am embracing it one day at a time. 

We are slowly making changes and everyday it starts feeling more and more like "us". For awhile, it was feeling like we were living in someone else's home, but now, I can finally see the light. 

First things first, we needed to remove the popcorn ceilings. I told my husband, we can not buy this house if we don't remove that stuff. So, with that kind of ultimatum, its now gone and we are "all" happy. This is not an easy process. Some people choose to do themselves, but we hired professionals as we were concerned there may be asbestos. Turns out it was free from that, but it is better to be safe than sorry. And the results are priceless.

Here is the before:

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And here is the after:

Pretty big difference right? It instantly makes the home feel lighter and I felt like I could just breathe better in the space. And this stuff, was everywhere. Not just in our living room, but hallways, bedrooms, basement... you get the idea. It was a big project, but worth every penny.

We painted the ceiling and walls in Simply White by Benjamin Moore

There you have it, popcorn ceilings no more! Have you had to remove any popcorn like material? I hope to never have to do that again!

The New Motto: "Just Paint it Black"

Up next on the home transformation, we decided to make a bold move and paint our fireplace black. Yup, you heard me. We painted over that red brick with a smile on our face. It looks so amazing and we have never once said, "man we should have kept the red brick". We chose to use Deep Onyx in a flat/matte finish made with Behr Ultra

The before image of the fireplace:

Dans le Lakehouse was my go to inspiration that pushed me over the edge to do it Check out these insane images from her blog; it's hard not get inspired :)

With all of this inspiration, we felt confident in our decision. i mean black is the new black right?! And her is what it looks like now:

We are in love with our fireplace and interestingly enough, it softens up the room. We instantly modernized our space with a little paint. The paint color is Deep Onyx by Behr in a Flat Finish.

Upholstery Makes All the Difference

The chairs I had to have.

They don't look like much in their original state, but I could see them for all of their glorified potential.  I found these wood chairs on Craigslist and I about fell over when I discovered they were only $75 for two! These were made in the 1960's by the Taylor Chair Company in Ohio and in excellent condition (other than the fabric of course). I have been looking for new chairs like this, that look vintage, and I am so thankful I found the real deal. Now the fun began, finding the right fabric. 

My go to place in the Portland area for all things fabric is Fabric Depot. They have a HUGE selection at a fraction of the price of other chain fabric stores. I went to the upholstery section and found the perfect black tweed! I needed at least 4.5 yards of fabric (that was the estimate I received when getting quotes for the reupholster job). 

The fabric was acquired (with much internal debate I must add), then it was time to hand it over to the pros at Trio Furniture. This was not something I felt I could take on, especially since the cushion goes over the wood to the back. I waited 4 weeks and this was the final result... it's mind blowing!

There you have it, an amazing before and after of the vintage chair. I couldn't be more excited about these in our home! They are durable enough that my 5 year old has jumped on these multiple times (not to my liking;), and have survived. Have you reupholstered?