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UPHOLSTER YOUR OLD COUCH OR BUY A NEW ONE? HOW ABOUT BOTH!

A miracle happened a few months ago and I have yet to share it with you! If you are a blogger, a lover of DIY projects, or just someone like me who needs to pat myself on the back when I do something besides sit on my couch and watch Scandal or The Goodwife, you will understand the HORROR of this story. A few years ago, I was at a thrift store and I found this mid century modern couch that was exactly the shape of couch I was looking for. The only problem was that it looked like it only had one arm because it was just one piece of a sectional. Other than that it was perfect and it was only $50! I had to have it! At the time I was living with friends and had no place to put it but I was determined. I unscrewed the legs and loaded the whole couch into my tiny little Scion (man I love my car!), and drove to my mom’s house to make room in her garage…poor mom, her garage is the land of the forgotten; forgot to hobbies, forgotten college dorm furniture, forgotten childhood stuffed animals…you get the picture…lol.

So my one-armed couch sat there for years as I tried to coordinate with this upholstery guy who had done a lot of work for a friend of mine’s family. He is a lovely gentleman names Jose, who speaks very little English (he speaks Spanish) and has been working out of Azusa for years. I am embarrassed to admit this but I am not one of those people like my boyfriend who communicates easily with people from all over the world, regardless of what language they speak. I freak out internally! Every time I would talk to Jose I would think, “Oh my gosh I don’t know what you’re saying and I don’t want to look like an idiot or make you look like an idiot just because I didn’t pay attention in my high school Spanish class. Gawd I really need to learn Spanish! Ummmmmmm. No comprende? Ahhh should I even try to say it? I’ll sound like such a goober!” So I just stand there smiling so hard that my face hurts and nod my head agreeing with every word that’s being said, even if I’m being asked a question…lol. It’s so embarrassing! Needless to say, getting my couches done was a ridiculous feet, but eventually I got it together, but sadly it did take a couple years.

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So back to the HORROR of this story. After all of that, I realized the day that Jose delivered my beautiful reupholstered couches, that I FORGOT TO TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE!!!! AHHH (hands on cheeks, Home Alone style)!!! I wanted to blog about it and tell you about my upholstery experience but it’s just not the same without a before picture! All was lost! Until one day I went to the Ark Thrift store in Pasadena and saw sitting there, another piece of what looked like the sectional that I had bought at a salvation army in Covina years before. It was a miracle!!!

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So now I can at least share with you a little bit of what the original looked like. The long left side of my couch with just the one arm was covered in this fabric and is the original frame that I bought. Jose built the chase part for me. I chose a charcoal colored woven fabric that has traces of lighter greys and browns in it. Jose charged me $650 to upholster the old piece and build the new one and with the $50 I paid for it originally, the total price was just $700. The crazy thing is that I have seen couches similar to mine going for more than $3000!!! So while $700 might be a lot for a frugal gal like me, I’d say I got an AMAZING deal.

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Also it’s been a while since I gave you any updates on my living room. Click here for a refresher of what it looked like before. I know it looks different from the last time that you saw it. I threw up a bunch of our old artwork because I was tired of looking at bare walls. The good pieces were all done by David, mine are pretty wack. I am still loving my Ikea Vittsjo coffee table hack. Some of you have asked me how it’s holding up and the answer is pretty good. They could probably use a touch up paint job, but I don’t really mind the used look.  Truthfully my living room has looked like this for a while, so don’t be surprised if you get another living room update soon.

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I definitely missed you guys! Thanks so much to all of you who kept asking when my next post would be. I can’t tell you how much your support has meant to me. I am trying to get back in the swing of things…all while trying to learn Spanish….hehe… XO!

Love Cheria

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THE SEXY EARTHQUAKE KIT: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

For the most part I had a pretty normal childhood. But there were some qwerks that I’m just curious if any of you experienced growing up. Tell me if this ever happened to you? It’s a typical Saturday afternoon and you are doing your chores, all of a sudden you hear someone making a loud alarm sound and yelling  “THIS IS A FIRE DRILL! THIS IS A FIRE DRILL! HUSTLE, HUSTLE THIS IS A FIRE DRILL!” No? Or tell me this, did your dad ever interrupt your slumber party to tell your friends that they need to move away from the door because they are a fire hazard. No? Your childhood didn’t look like this?  Where were you when Y2K struck that fateful new year’s eve? I’ll tell you where I was, I was at home with my family with a stock pile that we had built up all year (1999)!  LOL! I have so many qwerky stories like these, my favorite involves a teenage me, a skirt and a hammer….lol…if you haven’t heard this story, call me, we’ll chat…lol!  If you’re a fireman’s daughter, maybe you can relate….maybe.

As hilarious as it was, I  think it was really smart for my dad to make sure that our house always had an emergency plan and that we always put safety first. If I had kids I would TOTALLY make them do fire/earthquake drills at home! Anywho, lately my coworker has me freaked out about “The BIG One.” David and I have been slowly (really slowly) putting together our emergency kit, but with all of the earthquakes that have been happening along the west coast lately in combination with my co-worker’s superstition or intuition, that remains to be seen, I am now on a mission to get us prepared.

Okay to be fair I know, there is nothing sexy about putting together an emergency kit. I thought if I called it sexy I could at least get some of you to read this boring post…lol! Starting a kit can be really daunting at first, but you just have to start somewhere. You may discover that you have more stuff on hand than you think. There are some great resources out there on how to put a kit together but the truth is that there isn’t a one size fit all kit. All across the board what seems to be most important is making sure you have nonperishable food and water for at minimum of three days, but if you want to take safety 101 from my dad you should have enough food and water for 30 days. Again, I know that sounds super daunting but this isn’t the time to spend a bunch of money putting together gourmet healthy meals, you will just need sustenance. Supposedly you can buy a case of 48 Top Ramen for about 10 bucks at Costco (watch out for the salty packets though, those will just make you thirsty). High calorie energy bars, canned food and dried beans are also a good way to go.

I have yet to buy my 48 pack of ramen, but I have been chipping away at my list. This is the list I’ve been using  from  4Dtraveler.

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I’m challenging my west coast friends, especially those of you that live along the San Andreas fault to get prepared. I know, I know, we’ve been hearing that “The BIG One ” is coming for years and years but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you already have a kit, go check it out and make sure that everything is in working order and that nothing is expired.  While you’re at it, you should make sure to build some kind of kit for your car, throw it in an old back pack and keep it there. Below are a bunch of resources that I have been using. Check it out and get started! SEXY ISN’T IT? Thanks for reading!

 

Earthquake/Emergency Resources:

American Red Cross

A Bowl Full of Lemons

SFPublicPress

4DTraveler

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THE DAILY PROJECT: HOW TO FRAME A T-SHIRT

So I am really into this idea of blogging about super simple projects that I do. I think last time I called it a mini project. But today I’m trying something new for you Harry Potter fans out there! I decided to call this segment The Daily Project…you know like The Daily Prophet (I know, if you are a Potter fan then that required no explanation and you might even be offended that I spelled it out for you…LOL!). Well let me know what you think! Do you approve?  Anywho, this week The Daily Project brings you; how to frame a t-shirt. Enjoy!

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1. Find a cute graphic tee

I got this one on sale at Forever 21 for $1.50!

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2. Grab a frame

I got this one at Acts Thrift Store for under $2.00 I think…I can’t remember, it’s been a while.

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3. Find a piece of cardboard to trace the frame

First I traced the inside of the frame, then took a ruler and added a quarter of an inch boarder around the original trace so I could place the cardboard in the frame properly.

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3. Get to cutting!

An exacto knife would have made this so much easier, but my little hands suffered through it with scissors.

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4.  Lay the t-shirt on top of the cardboard

Origionally I stuck the cardboard inside the shirt but the I discovered something magical…

 

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5. Flip it upside down

I realized that I could probably save the whole shirt, in case I ever want to wear it! I mean the likelihood of that happening is slim, but you never know! I mean what if you did this with your favorite t-shirt? Wouldn’t you want that option?

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6. Place the shirt/cardboard in the frame

This might feel a little tricky at first, but don’t worry, it will all work out.

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7. Pull the edges of the shirt taut

Make sure to peak at the other side when doing this, to make sure that the shirt is smoothed out. When it looks right, grab some packing tape and tape down the residual shirt (super ghetto style but it worked for me!).

 

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7.  Hang that puppy up

For now I just hung it up in my closet, but I plan to put it on some shelves that I am going to hang in my bedroom soon. This pic of my closet is kinda sad…lol! I think it’s time to show it some TLC.

Love Cheria

 

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VITTSJO COFFEE TABLE IKEA HACK: EVERYBODY’S DOING IT!

In my last post I promised to give you the low-down on some of the new additions in my living room, so here’s one. Usually I like to create things that I thought of all by myself; even if it’s already been done. I like feeling that the idea came from my own brain. But let’s face it, there are a whole lot of people out there who are way more creative than me AND I just happen to have a ton of blogger friends (by friends I mean people who I stalk, who have no idea who I am) so I’m bombarded with inspiration! This Ikea hack was just too good to pass up so I had to hop on the “everybody’s doing it” train!

Ikea coffee table Our Swedish friends over at Ikea have this great system called Vittsjo. Blogger after blogger has recommended it and now I know why! I decided to get these Vittsjo nesting tables after I saw Kristen from The Hunted Interior give them a makeover. She found her Vittsjo set at the goodwill! So lucky! I got mine at Ikea for $60.  They are two separate tables so you could split them up if you wanted to.  The system is super user friendly. Believe me, I HATE building furniture and this was painless! I usually beg David to build furniture for me, but this time he only had to be my assistant! It was a miracle! All I did was build the tables and spray paint all visible sides (as usual, cutting corners, don’t lay on the floor and try to look at the bottom side…lol). I used Design Master Colortool Spray Paint’s Brilliant Gold for the frame and Krylon’s Glossy White for the shelf.

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I am absolutely in love with how it turned out. It took me maybe 15 minutes to assemble 20-30 minutes to paint and after an hour of drying it was ready to go.

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I am now an official fan of the Vittsjo system! I first learned about it in a post for Better Homes and Gardens, where Nicole Balch of the blog Making it Lovely made these really beautiful yellow shelves. Plan A was to buy those, but when I needed a new coffee table I got sidetracked.  Needless to say, I will most likely be making another Vittsjo investment soon. Stay tuned!cropped-lovecheria-logo-copy12.png