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Display Name: Jodi from re-store design
Member Since: 12/13/13

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Try using a magic eraser. I have renters and it works like a charm when cleaning after they move out! It takes elbow grease, but works 95% of the time.

Good Luck!


What's the Cause of Stovetop Discoloration and How Do I Get Rid of It? Good Questions
2/20/14 11:25 AM

You will need some abrasion to remove the damage. You will need two things 0000 steel wool - which is the finest steel wool they make and Minwax® Antique Oil (or any brand). Steel wool alone will scratch the surface so it is important to use them together. Slow is the key with this so you do not damage the surface around the bubbles. Pour some of the oil on the damaged area and lightly rub (in the direction of the grain) the damaged area. Periodically take a rag and remove the oil to check the progress. When you are happy with the results wipe the entire surface with the oil. If the entire surface is worn you can also use a wipe on Poly for the entire process and then seal the entire top to protect it.

Good Luck!


How To Spot Repair a Wood Veneer Finish? Good Questions
2/19/14 09:11 AM

I think it looks great!

Make it more inviting by adding greenery along the walkway to the house. I had the same problem when I first bought my house. I was able to split sedum that growing out of control in the back yard and plant it along the walk. It make a HUGE difference and was free. Adding some solar lights made it much more inviting at night and gave the house a lived in feel.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/1918-bungalow/

Other simple (generally free) projects that I have done that add a lot of charm...

DIY house numbers

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/diy-frosted-acrylic-house-numbers/

Turning a lamp into a accent piece

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/lamp-hack/

Wine Barrel Planters

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/wine-barrel-planter/

This is one of the projects I get the most emails about. I found a wicker loveseat on the curb and painted the fabric (YES you can paint fabric) and frame.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/dumpster-wicker-loveseat/

Good Luck!


How To Add Curb Appeal to Inherited House? Good Questions
2/18/14 09:28 AM

There are a few products that may help you.

Bed Bath and Beyond sells these. This may not work with the window frames you have.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/3/curtains-without-drilling

Command hooks are also an option since you mentioned you will be hanging lightweight window coverings. They sell them with nicer finishes, so a good option for windows. Here is a brushed nickel option.

http://www.staples.com/Command-Medium-Traditional-Hook-Brushed-Nickel/product_729033?cid=PS:GooglePLAs:729033&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=27-280201458-2

Good Luck!


Ways To Hang Curtains without Installing Hardware? Good Questions
2/10/14 10:01 AM

Here is a really fun plan for a lofted double bed. This would reclaim a lot of space and is cheap and easy. If you are not handy you can easily find someone that can quickly find the studs and mount this bed.

http://www.mandatownsend.com/the-boys-room-diy-loft-beds/

I would suggest storage containers that are on wheels, so they can easily be moved around and will grow with him!

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/wood-trunk-rehab-coffee-table/

Or IKEA shelving on casters. The Expedit series also has drawer options for storage.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19903848/

Good Luck!


Furniture Styles to Go with Vintage 70s Dressers? Good Questions
2/7/14 09:09 AM

I studied in the Netherlands…love it there!

My suggestion would be going with a unique wood coffee table and adding the color via accent pieces. That way the piece will not become dated. Changing the room feel would be as easy as changing the accessories.

There are a lot of great options for wood coffee tables that would add a great conversation piece to your room and look great with bright accessories.

Here is one I just completed the other night that would add a nice warmth.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/reclaimed-beam-coffee-table-hairpin-legs/

Veel Succes!


Suggestions for a Colorful Coffee Table? Good Questions
2/7/14 08:12 AM

I agree with yellow. I recently redid my living room and needed to lighten up the room. I opted for yellow accents. Here is an old hutch I made into an entertainment center to balance out the yellow accents on the dark gray couch.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/entertainment-center/

Good Luck!


Third Color To Lighten Up Brown & Navy Room? Good Questions
2/4/14 09:33 AM

This is one is $90 cheaper!

http://www.intoaccents.com/koray-ozgen-asteroid-plastic-floor-or-table-lamp-multiple-materials-by-innermost.html


Can You Identify This Mystery Glass Lamp? Good Questions
2/3/14 06:23 PM

If budget is an issue Overstock has really good deals. We recently bought a memory foam mattress for our platform bed. I was hesitant to order mattress on-line without having tried one, but went out on a limb. I wanted a memory foam low profile mattress. We love the mattress!Delivery was really fast...I think two days.

This is the one we bought

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Swiss-Lux-8-inch-King-size-European-style-Memory-Foam-Mattress/5183967/product.html?refccid=P6KDC4FWDA32CBSJUB3CH5YTFQ&searchidx=17

Good Luck!


Reviews of IKEA Mattresses & Brimnes Bed ? Good Questions
1/28/14 08:59 AM

I agree with a neutral. I went with a neutral gray for the walls in my living room and really like the way artwork and display items look against it.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/reclaimed-wood-couch-shelf/

Good Luck!


Suggestions for Paint Color or Removable Wallpaper for Gallery Wall? Good Questions
1/28/14 08:54 AM

Keep the center of the couch as the dividng line.

Shift the larger print to under the lamp and centered between the armrest and the center of the couch.

Place the taller one centered to the larger print and the cushion.

The height of the taller one will balance the lamp.

Good Luck!


How Should I Arrange Artwork Above Sofa? Good Questions
1/24/14 11:27 AM

This trunk is in pretty tough shape. It does appear to made with solid wood, so sanding it will not give you the results you are probably wanting. I like katezharvey idea of painting it. I would suggest using a chalk paint. It is a great option for damaged pieces, because you do not need to sand and it will hide blemishes on the surface.

Here is how I make my own for pennies! The link is for chalkboard paint, but the process is the exact same...just switch out non-sanded grout for plaster of paris!

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/tips-and-tricks/

Here is a project where I used chalk paint.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/entertainment-center/

Good Luck!


How To Update This Old Trunk? Good Questions
1/24/14 11:22 AM

You can place a shelf behind the couch to add additional surface area behind the couch. I have found that is also breathes new life into an old piece. It is also very kid friendly since the drinks and snacks are out of the way!

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/reclaimed-wood-couch-shelf/

Maybe you could reinvent the kids table. Something that has storage and could also function as in the room as a stand alone piece. I build an entertainment center out of an old hutch that my local Habitat ReStore threw away. It is very sturdy and was an easy weekend project. I covered the top with pallet wood, so added scratches add more character…very kid friendly!

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/entertainment-center/

Good Luck!


Furniture & Decor Ideas for My Living Room? Good Questions
1/23/14 09:38 AM

It sounds like you will need to try paint stripper. I recently refinished a vintage Lineberry cart that had years and years of industrial paint on the top. I applied the paint thinner and let it sit until I could see the layers blistering. I then scraped the layers off with a metal putty knife. It was like cutting butter with a hot knife. SO much easier than sanding.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/vintage-lineberry-cart/

Good Luck!


Tips for Removing Paint from Grandmother's Wooden Coffee Table? Good Questions
1/22/14 09:44 AM

I am a landlord and the thing that I always tell myself when making decisions for the rental I am appealing to 90% of people 90% of the time? That helps me every single time. You do not want to overspend. That being sad, good spaces will attract good tenants, so spend the money on the things that make sense. It is smart to have an item that people remember like the partition. That sets you apart.

As far as the layout...the second is not ideal due to the bathroom. I think it would make the most sense to walk into the living room. The plumbing is holding you back, so may be worth breaking down the cost of moving. Attracting a high end tenant will bring you more money. An extra $300 a month may make some changes worth your time.

If no changes are made the first option is for sure the best. Bathroom in the kitchen is bad news for getting a good tenant.

Good Luck!


Where Would You Put the Bedroom? Good Questions
1/17/14 02:03 PM

Until you decide on a color a very easy way to bring a punch of color into the space is by adding custom artwork. I frequently use scrap plywood and latex paint to make custom pieces for next to nothing. This could be a great option for you since you have very dramatic angles and large walls.

Here is one I recently did in a few hours before we had guests coming.

http://restoredesign.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/0-chevron-deer-head-wall-art/

A project like this will allow you to add color quickly and for very little money.

Good Luck!


How Do I Bring Color into My Living Room? Good Questions
12/20/13 11:07 AM

Teak, Danish Oil, or Tung oil to restore the wood. I use Danish oil on all of my furniture that I build. You should be able to restore it with no issues.

Good Luck!


Fix for Natural Teak Tabletop Discolored by Furniture Polish? Good Questions
12/20/13 09:41 AM

I would suggest a bed that serves dual purposes since you have a small space.

I found this on the IKEA Austria site. It costa a bit more, but when you do not have guests you would have a functional sofa.

http://www.ikea.com/at/de/catalog/products/S59874373/

Good Luck!


What Bed Works Best for My Home Office? Good Questions
12/19/13 08:54 AM

This is not the same, but hand-carved in Vermont. I think it is pretty adorable!

http://heroswelcome.com/Wooden-Pig-Serving-Bowl-hand-carved.html

Good Luck!


Please Help Me Identify This Pig! Good Questions
12/18/13 09:16 AM

Beautiful! Echoing TSPD...way to go with restoring! You will thank yourself.

I have an old trunk that is very similar. For the wood I use Watco Danish Oil. The oil penetrates the wood to protect it as opposed to sitting on top. It also does a great job of bringing the wood back to life. I would suggest using the "Natural" finish as it will not change the color of the wood. You can buy it at any hardware or big box store.

http://www.rockler.com/watco-danish-oil-finish

Good luck!


How To Restore Old Tin and Wood Trunk? Good Questions
12/18/13 09:09 AM