May 8th, 2008

This past weekend we installed new moulding in the kitchen and bathroom to replace the cheap vinyl commercial-grade sticky moulding that the previous owners installed. We also painted everything bright white. Lot and lots of painting has been happening…

Before moulding:

And after:

We also started installing moulding in the pink bathroom, but haven’t quite finished. It needs to wrap around the built-ins and the walls need to be patched, sanded and then painted. More goddamn paint.



The plug of doom got a mini makeover with electrical tape and an adapter and now we were able to bring in the fridge (finally) from the garage. It looks so weird! It also makes the kitchen feel tiny. I’m not sure what to do…we might need to get an older fridge to match the style of the cabinets and stove. Just as I thought we were getting somewhere with the kitchen, curses!

Couch Dilemma – part II

May 7th, 2008

Well, the family couch turned out to be a big fat bomb. It was completely hideous – and more 1970’s retro cheap than 1950’s chic.

But I did find a new store! A hospice thrift store in town with weird hours and some great vintage stuff. It packed with only furniture and has three buildings full of stuff. I found a neat 1950’s curved sectional couch that looked brand new. Someones grandma must have covered it in plastic and never allowed anyone to sit on it. They wanted $500 but would take $350. The thing is HUGE. Maybe too huge – and I hate the fabric. It was white with pink and blue and green and gold flower prints – sort of that asian influenced textile pattern.

They get new shipments every Tuesday and Thursday and I might just have to keep an eye out…

In other house news – we’ve been crazed with renovations. A lot of work has gotten done, and I’ll have to post pics soon. Its starting to look like a house almost!

Couch Dilemma

April 29th, 2008

Its time to add another couch to the Brick House.

I’ve been thrifting, hitting craigslist, and doing the flea market dance but finding the perfect vintage couch is the most difficult endeavor. Mostly the pieces I love are priced way out of my range. Its to bad those Knoll Split Rails are like $4000…

Here are my 3 new – but retro feeling sofa options under $1000:

Edie Sofa in Rouge at Urban Outfitters
Shipping charge: $115
6-8 weeks for delivery

Corona Sofa at Macy’s
$899.00 – sale $650
$75 Delivery
out of stock – till June

BYRD Sofa at EQ3
6-8 weeks
many fabric options
$150 for delivery – or pick up at the store in Burbank

I really like the Byrd Sofa at EQ3 and might end up going that way. They have lots of fabric choices and the pricing isn’t bad. I see a scouting trip to Los Angeles in the future…

Although my dad just called and said they are donating a bunch of my grandparents furniture – including a 1950’s couch that is 9 feet long. I have no idea what it looks like but he says it needs to be reupholstered. I wonder how much that could run…maybe its got good bones – crossing my fingers.