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Reupholster! You'd pay at least as much for a new chair that wouldn't be anywhere near the quality, and $360 is very reasonable for labour and foam. This chair will look amazing once it's spruced up.

Check for inspiration (though some of the fabrics are a bit wild; I'd go for a solid). has an amazing selection of hugely discounted midcentury fabrics and are lovely to deal with. You will need about 5 yards, maybe 6.

Should I Keep It: Midcentury Gem or Goodwill Donation? Good Questions
7/30/14 10:42 AM

Many people have advised to "sell and get something you like," but it is extremely unlikely you would find exactly what you're looking for for 150 euros. Why not keep what you have and make it work for you? Painting is all in the execution, though, so make sure you research what type of paint, brushes, finishes, etc. to use.

My mom used Annie Sloan chalk paint and said it's very easy and you don't have to prep the wood before painting. The colour intensity can be adjusted depending on how it's applied and if you use a wax. They also have a lot of 'how-to' resources:

19th Century Style Cabinet: Should We Paint It Green? Good Questions
7/23/14 07:04 PM

Looking at your living room, it's obvious you have great taste, so I say go with your instinct and paint the sucker! Yes, it would be a lot of work, but I think it would look amazing.

Do some research with google image searches to see what green appeals to you, how people have handled the question of hardware, etc. One of the things I've noticed is they look better if the inside back of the cabinet is given a different treatment with paint, stain or wallpaper. I think with green it would look nice to sand down the back and then just wax it or give it a coat of light Danish oil.

Here is some food for inspiration:

19th Century Style Cabinet: Should We Paint It Green? Good Questions
7/23/14 05:25 PM

Painting is the only way to get the fresh, cottage look you're after. Just use a good primer--it won't cost much; just your weekend. Paint it all white except for the ceiling beams (but the space between the beams should be white). Remove fan. Add sconce lighting to each side of fireplace.

Rip up the carpet--if wood underneath, score! If not, wall-to-wall sisal or jute carpeting is quite cheap, totally goes with the cottage look and is way easier than refinishing floors.

Can This \"Man Cave\" Become Cottage Chic? Good Questions
6/23/14 05:14 PM

Guessing what you'll need as soon-to-be first-time parents is tough. It is best to start with a few basics and then buy as you need. Besides diapers, wipes, and some seasonally appropriate clothing, to start I think all you need beforehand is:

1) an easy travel stroller/ carseat combo. If you live in a city, do not get the big suburban stroller! You will regret.

2) receiving blankets / burping cloths

3) Boppy-style breastfeeding pillow (My Breast Friend feels like strapping oneself into a flying saucer)

4) Crib or Moses basket or basinette

5) Amen to soft cotton jersey onesies and pants. Avoid stiff clothing and sleepers with lots of buttons or snaps! I love the ones that zip up or the sleepers with no legs (just an elastic opening at the bottom). You do not want to fiddle with complicated closures every time you change a diaper.

6) A change pad. We had a change table but never used it as it made more sense to change the baby in the bathroom--we just set the pad on the bathroom counter. For my first baby we had no counter so it just went on the floor.

All the rest can be bought on Craigslist or borrowed from friends as needed! Oh, skip the baby soaps and lotions; they are a waste of money and too harsh for baby's skin. Just bathe them in water; you can use olive oil or coconut oil for dry skin.

Carrie's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought and Ones I Wish I Hadn't
6/17/14 03:54 PM is awesome. I got some beautiful Maharam fabric for $38/yard, which I think is 60 or 70% off. They carry Knoll, Kravet, etc. and source fabrics from high-end manufacturers and upholsterers that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Apparently it's not cost effective for those businesses to sell their remainders themselves.

Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Fabric
5/8/14 06:11 PM

Did I miss the part that explains how to access the top bed in the closet? Is there a ladder? I have a similar closet in the room my boys share so am very curious!

A Small, Smart Space for Judah & Layla Kids Room Tour
5/2/14 03:43 PM

Minimal spaces work better for families with young children, as long as you avoid sharp corners, glass coffee tables, etc. All I see in the "cozy" example photo above are all the blankets, pillows, and gewgaws my kids would have strewn all over the room within five minutes.

Minimal vs. Cozy: Which is More \"You\"?
4/25/14 02:16 PM

I love white woodwork and find all that dark wood a bit gloomy. I would strip and stain lighter if you can't bear to paint the wood. But that's a huge job. Probably best if you live with it before deciding.

To Paint or Not To Paint Our Abundance of Wood Trim? Good Questions
4/22/14 06:27 PM

Since you're asking this question, I'm going to assume you've already decided the "let them burn so they'll learn" route is not for you!

Could you DIY radiator covers out of pegboard? I'm not sure how sturdy it would be, but it already has holes and is quite inexpensive.

Affordable Ideas for Childproofing Radiators? Good Questions
4/11/14 01:00 PM

Scratch my comment above. Call these guys for advice:

Help! Mice Are Falling from My Ceiling! Good Questions
3/20/14 12:25 PM

Call 311, document with photos and copies of any reports you submit to the health department, and submit everything to your landlord. Include a note that you will hire an exterminator and electrician and subtract the costs from your rent if the landlord doesn't respond within, say, 48 hours. In the meantime, stay at a friend's place if you can.

Help! Mice Are Falling from My Ceiling! Good Questions
3/20/14 12:22 PM

If the paper is too expensive, I'm sure you could get a very similar effect with stencilling. I got some good results searching for "botanical stencil" and "parsley stencil" on Etsy.

Wallpaper Source in Traci's South Pasadena Craftsman House Tour? Good Questions
3/18/14 03:29 PM

Another vote for painting a coo blue-grey. If you're not allowed to paint, make a temporary backsplash. You could pick a cool paper or wallpaper and mount it under plexiglass; I've also seen some nice ones online made from placemats:

How To Tone Down the Brown in My Kitchen? Good Questions
3/18/14 03:19 PM

Oh, also: is that a skylight above the island, or one of those "sun ceiling" fluorescent fixtures? If the latter, replace with a black fixture similar to the one in the link I provided. Also would remove the gingerbread trim over the sink.

Ideas for Our VERY Woodsy Kitchen? Good Questions
3/13/14 06:28 PM

I would paint the ceiling, walls and trim white and paint the cupboards a different colour that will go better with your hardware, like this:

Yes, painting cupboards takes forever! But would be worth it in your case. Take all the doors off and do everything you can outside. Prime properly and hire a student to help you!

Ideas for Our VERY Woodsy Kitchen? Good Questions
3/13/14 06:25 PM

This looks so nice! I really like it; even though it's very basic it somehow looks very fresh, too. I think it is the unexpected grey and the paneling on the side of the tub. Just wondering why it wasn't necessary to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling, in the shower, though. Won't moisture be an issue?

Also, about "before" photos taken in the dark. Unless they're professionals, I don't think people plan on submitting to a website when they take a before shot.

Before & After: Naomi's Beautiful British Bathroom
3/12/14 08:24 PM

I have the IKEA Sniglar crib in unfinished beech. It is very similar to the Gulliver and I imagine would take a stain well while saving you the hassle of sanding.

But I can't help but offer a piece of advice: don't worry about this stuff! Just get an affordable, sturdy crib that you don't have to stain. The baby will only use it for a couple of years and I guarantee you will not care about the colour :)

Can the IKEA Gulliver Crib be Stained? Good Questions
3/12/14 08:13 PM

Not sure why you need to be in the same room at all times with your toddlers. My home is reasonably child-proofed, and I just keep an ear cocked while I'm doing something else.

I actually think it's important to give little guys some time and space on their own, especially if they are happily absorbed in something. They don't spontaneously explode when they leave your sight.

Also toddlers LOVE "helping" you clean. My 3-year-old is obsessed with doing the dishes and using his toy vacuum. It's fun to encourage them to clean up with you and to clean up after themselves.

One Simple Step Toward a Keeping a Cleaner House With Little Kids
3/12/14 01:10 PM

I have the same problem! My biggest concern is that kids will trip on the area rug and that it will just be an extra thing to vacuum and clean.

My plan is to get a really cheap one off Craigslist to experiment before splashing out on an expensive carpet. If it works out OK, I'll make the commitment on a nicer rug.

Also, I think it would be worth investing in this No-Muv rug pad. Based on reviews, it's the only one that truly seems to keep a rug on carpet in place:

Oh, and definitely make sure it's big enough! A too-small rug will look like a postage stamp on all that carpet and will probably be more of a tripping hazard.

Are Rugs on Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Really that Bad? Good Questions
3/4/14 01:43 PM