Twinsie Tuesday: Kevin & Christopher

This is a FIRST for Twinsie Tuesday -- my first time asking a random stranger to pose for a pic! We were at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Summer Solstice event and through the crowd I saw my brother-in-law, Kevin. But as Twinsie Tuesday stories always go... it wasn't actually Kevin. It was my soon-to-be new friend, Christopher! Turns out he's a fellow OSU grad, a dentist, and now a Twinsie!! (Feel free to add that to your resume, Christopher). And the girl he was with grew up in my hometown! Small world. Reminds me of this quote "A simple hello can lead to a million things." Or in our case "A long explanation of a feature you do on your blog can lead to a new friend!"  So, here they are, Kevin my bro-in-law on the left and Christopher on the right:

Thanks to Christopher for being such a good sport!

Friends//Found//Featured | Kristin's Ombre Vanity

Welcome to my new monthly post -- Friends//Found//Featured. Just like the name implies, I'll be featuring friends, their found treasures, and their thrifty DIY projects. So, here we go! Meet Kristin:  

Kristin is my co-worker and friend of  8 years. She went to Univ. of Michigan and I went to Ohio State so it's kind've amazing that we're even friends. It probably helps that neither of us really care about football. Her husband however is a huge fan, hence the Michigan Blue walls in their office:

So ignore the blue walls for a second, and focus on this vanity that Kristin picked up at a garage sale when she was in high school. She has been hauling it from house to house to apartment to house to house for the past 14 years. She's always wanted to paint it and finally took the plunge!

Luckily, she stayed away from Michigan colors (well, sort of). She didn't use blue but she did use yellow. Three shades of yellow to be exact, giving it the popular ombre effect seen all over Pinterest. And for anyone who has trouble saying that word like me, it's pronounced "om-bray." She also replaced the knobs with these red (umm, looks like Ohio State Red to me!!!) ones from Pier one. 

What a difference!! Just a few coats of paint and some new knobs and this vanity is ombre-licious! 

Kristin says she's fallen in love with this little vanity all over again. And hopefully the many visitors who stay in her guest room will love it just as much. Otherwise, they can go find another place to stay. 

Nice work, Kristin!! 

To see what inspires Kristin, follow her over on Pinterest.


Project Details:
1 | One coat of Kilz Interior Oil Based White Paint (in hindsight she recommends doing two coats)
2 | Three coats of Valspar white semi-gloss on everything except the drawers
3 | Ombre colors created using Benjamin Moore Concord Ivory on the bottom Drawer, then adding white semi-gloss to make it a lighter shade for the middle, and then adding more white to make it the lightest shade for the top drawer.
4 | Knobs from Pier One 

Chevron Stool with Poms

This past winter I took an upholstery class with my friend, Heather (the sister-in-law of last weeks Twinsie, Ariel).

Heather, being a complete go-getter, re-upholstered a legit, full sized arm chair. I, on the other hand, did this measley, weasley little stool.

This stool was a $2 garage sale find that I picked up two years ago with the intention of reupholstering, even though at the time I had no reupholstering skills. I don't really consider my lack of skills when I buy things.

Me, hard at work. Heather, harder at work.

 I have to admit, my teacher helped me with A LOT of this, and there is no way I could do this again on my own in the future. No way.

Who's obsessed with poms? I am, I am! Check out my "Put a Pom on It" Pinterest board.

The stool currently resides in our hallway. It would have made a good time-out chair, but it's a little too cheerful for that. Plus, I don't want any tantrums being thrown on it.

So if you consider only the cost of materials this would have been about $20. 

And look what I came across on Pinterest... my stools mama. It's the Ziggy chair from Urban Outfitters.

Linking up with {Coastal Charm}

Goodwill: DIY Project #7

So I've totally jumped on the fabric hoop bandwagon and I ain't jumpin' off any time soon. I went from 2 (thanks to Mama's Happy Stuff) to 5 when I made some more using thrifted fabric from Goodwill. There's a whole entire archway I could cover if someone doesn't stop me!

Check out my  full post about these DIY fabric hoops over at the Goodwill Industries of Akron blog.

And if you follow me on instagram you already know this, but if not, looksie here, my kitchen cabinets are WHITE!!! More to come one that!

Twinsie Tuesday: David & Ariel

On May 15th I opened up my daily Cup of Zup email, read the joke of the day, laughed at the Zup Overflow, scanned the celebrity birthdays and BOOM, there was my friend Joyce's husband, Ariel! Cup of Zup accidentally had him listed as some David Krumholtz guy from the show NUMB3ERS.

David Krumholtz and my friend's husband, Ariel. 

Ok, so it wasn't really Ariel. BUT, crazy close, right!?! I've met Ariel a few times when he's come to Cleveland with  Joyce and he's such a great guy and extremely supportive of Joyce and her incredible passion for yoga. She is an instructor in NYC and has recently co-founded Breathe Repeat, a website and blog providing Resources for the Modern Yogi. Check it out!! You'll  get a kick out of her recent post, How Chaturanga Saved My Face.