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The Vintage Orange Sofa Story!

Hey, friends! I haven't had a chance to post any furniture redos this week, so I thought I would tell the vintage orange sofa story! If you don't know what I'm talking about, you should follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook :)

A few weeks ago my roommate (Crystal) and I decided that our guest room/music room was used for music more than guests and it was time to make it more comfy for creating music. It's not that we don't love guests, but we have weekly band rehearsals for Crystal Padilla Music (writing for our new album -- yipee!!) and spend quite of bit of time in there. Long story short(ish), we sold the bed in order to buy a couch.

My mind immediately went to a retro/vintage vibe, so I started searching Craigslist. The room is basically a blank canvas, so there were so many possibilities! With a $100 budget, though, I didn't find anything that was vintage and in great condition. A few days into the search, though, I came across a beautiful, vintage, 7 foot long orange sofa. It was fate. (It was within our budget.) It was love. My most favorite part? This beauty was being sold by it's original owner. How cool is that!?

The Vintage Orange Sofa Story!

I texted and emailed the seller, because that's what normal people do (right?) and after I found out someone else was interested too, I made arrangements to go see it the same night I found it on Craigslist. Listen, you have to move fast with Craigslist or someone might steal the perfect orange sofa from you!

I begged Crystal and our friend Chris to come along (because Craigslist can be crazy). We took the band's 4 foot by 7 foot trailer and traveled 40 minutes to see the perfect sofa. When we arrived it was in fact perfect so we started to load it up. Due to a built in shelf inside the trailer, it wouldn't fit. The seller was SO nice and tried to help us squeeze it in, but it wouldn't budge. We decided we would have to remove the shelf... well, I stood back and watched, but Chris and the seller used a drill and crowbar to remove the shelf. An hour and a half later, in the freezing cold, the shelf was removed. 

Sigh of relief. 

The couch went in, but it still hung out 2 inches, so we had to bungee cord the doors shut. It was a hott mess, but it worked. My friends hated me, but I had the perfect sofa in the trailer. 40 minutes later we were home and unloading (around 10 pm).

We went down the hallway, tried to turn the corner into the room and... it wouldn't fit. The couch was so long that it was nearly impossible to turn the corner to get into the room. We tried and tried and tried again from every angle, and it wouldn't fit. So, in the living room it went.

The Vintage Orange Sofa Story!

I went to bed with a sad, sad heart. The next evening, though, my Dad (my hero) suggested that we stand the sofa up in front of the door and then pull it in the door from the bottom. AND IT WORKED! I almost dropped my end of the sofa because I was so excited it was going in.

The Vintage Orange Sofa Story!

So, all of that to say... a makeover of the music room is coming soon! Oh and I have a fun coffee table planned too!

The Vintage Orange Sofa Story!

It will be a slow process because of our budget and all of the projects, but it will be sooo much fun!


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(PS - All of these photos are iPhone photos, so sorry for the poor quality!)

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My Favorite Statement Chair + One Kings Lane Home Decor Resource

Raise your internet hand if you love One Kings Lane! Me too! I just wish I wasn't poor so I could actually buy something.. one day, one day.

Anyway, they've asked me to share my favorite statement chair in my home and introduce their new home decor resource. They created the resource to help all home decor enthusiasts (like us) when buying and reupholstering statement chairs. It categorizes them into different time periods and everything. 



I cannot waitttt to spend some time on there... I love it so much already! I struggle when I work at the antique store and someone comes in looking for a chair from a certain time period. I know it will help me tons for work and what to look for when thrifting and garage saling! 

So, are you ready to see my favorite statement chair? If you've seen my bedroom on a budget reveal, you've seen it before, but just act like you're still excited. I got this mustard beauty at a thrift store for free! As my roomie says, it's so "grandma chic."




I love the tufting, the smooth texture of the chair (almost like velvet), and the vibrant mustard yellow. It just makes my heart happy every time I see it.



I also love the way the color pops with my aqua bed. And yes, I need to paint around my windows haha :) Even Venti loves the chair!


What's your favorite statement chair? Leave a link below if you've shared about it on your blog-- I would love to see it!

And don't forget to check out the One Kings Lane home decor resource!

Disclosure:  I was not paid or given any type of product in order to promote the home decor resource. I just think it's a cool resource and thought my readers would enjoy it.

Before and After: Mid-Century Metal Bar Cart

Hey friends! Can you believe there's only 2 days until Christmas?! Sooo insane! I'm spending time with  family and friends in Florida (where my parents live), but I wanted to share this oh-so-cute mid-century metal bar cart makeover that I did a few weeks ago. I shared it on Feelgood Style, too. Here's what I started out with:




I loved it's curved shape, the wheels, and the fact that it folds up! I would have sold it as-is, but the previous owner had tried to remove the stenciling from the top and there were a few rust spots.



So, I sanded it a bit, taped off the wheels, and then spray painted it a lovely gray color. To protect it from every day wear and tear, I also gave it a few coats of spray polycrylic. I love polycrylic rather than polyurethane because it doesn't yellow. Here is the bar cart now:




I had a little bit of paint bleed through on this wheel, but aren't the wheels just lovely? (Note to self: sweep the floor before taking floor shots.. yikes haha!)

Of course I styled it with books, a doily, cute knick knacks that I found at a thrift store, my DIY sheet music tree, and my recycled map art of Guatemala. No matter how much I wanted to keep it, it's already for sale in my craft booth!



What do you guys think!?

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