I mustache you a question…do these bull horns make me look fat?!
I know, I know…mustache jokes are SO 2013 but I’ve always been one to hang on to a trend for FAR too long! Case in point, I’m still rocking my AC/DC baseball tee circa late 90s. Don’t judge. It’s my favorite tee. And it almost fits. It’s kind of like Ross’s Frankie Says Relax tee in Friends. But this post isn’t about my bad taste in jokes (or clothing) it’s about those bull horns. Those lovely, fabulous, I die, bull horns. Swoon! And the story behind those bull horns, as in where we found them.
Let’s step back a minute to about six months ago. One lazy Saturday morning, Colby and I were lounging in bed fighting the urge to get up and start the day. I’m staring down our dressers and in a half asleep daze turn to Colby and say, “you know what we need beside the dressers…bull horns”. Colby responded with his usual “yeah, uh-oh, okay dear, whatever you say, you’ll change your mind in three days”. But I had this crazy vision of bull horns hanging on the wall beside our dressers with maybe some chunky necklaces dangling from them. Fast forward six months and I haven’t let go of that idea yet. Enter the Portland, Maine Flea-For-All.
A couple weeks ago, Colby and I went down to a Bruins game in Boston and I begged and pleaded with him to stop at the Flea-For-All on our way home. Okay, so maybe it was more like, “hey Colby, there’s this indoor flea market of sorts in Portland just off the interstate, can we stop on our way through and check it out?!” Colby’s response, “Absolutely!”. He loves a good vintage shopping…more like scouring…excursion as much as I do. It was our first time at the Flea-For-All and let’s just say…I want ALL THE THINGS! Especially this little table and chairs set.
I can see it now in our back, back yard as a little bistro table set in the garden. But then from across the expanse on the third floor of the flea for all, I spotted them. Bull horns! BULL HORNS! They weren’t cheap, by any means. I think I paid about $78 for them…more like $80 something after tax. But after six months of searching all the antique stores, flea markets, and salvage yards for bull horns, I vowed that if I ever found them, as long as they were under $100, they were coming home.
Once we brought them home, I quickly realized that this set of horns wasn’t quite the right size. I actually needed them to be about half the size to fit in the dresser nook. Womp, womp, womp. But I still loved them. I may have pranced around the house the day we returned with the horns singing some sort of rendition of “this is the coolest thing we’ve ever found and I will never let you go”. Except I’m not going to let them go…like Rose did with Jack. Epic fail.
We finally settled on a spot for the horns in the parlor, over the doorway looking into the living room, here:
There was a perfect little void just the right size for the horns. As for hanging this sucker, it was super easy since it came with a little L-shaped bracket for hanging purposes. The horns were actually hanging on the wall when we found them so we knew it would work.
Then it was just a matter of screwing the horns into the wall using a sheet rock screw, which we always having hanging around the house. We have old walls and the screw went right into the wooden lathe behind the plaster. But if we had regular old sheet rock, it would have been better to screw the horns directly into a stud or use a sheet rock anchor for extra durability since the horns are kind of heavy.
And voila, bull horns hanging in our parlor, looking into the living room:
Here’s a bit of an angled shot for you so you can catch just a glimpse more of the parlor, a room that we rarely share with you since 98% of the time it’s an absolute epic mess! But I have plans to rectify that space. It’s currently where we house our his/hers double desk but the space lacks storage. Since Colby also works from home (the life of a road salesman), I would like to turn it into HIS space. You know, since I’ve pretty much taken over our ENTIRE home. He needs a man office. And what better way to kick off the man office than with a pair of bull horns?! But more on that later. We have enough half finished projects going on. Hello…kitchen pantry?! Maybe I’ll finish that first.
On another note, we can add bull horns to the ever expanding list of things that Goose is afraid of. For a hunting dog, he sure has an aversion to animal horns/parts! Can’t you see the fear in his eyes?! Poor Goose.
Pssst…Random side note. Since taking the self-employment leap I have been HORRIBLE about figuring out a blogging schedule. I’m trying something new. First thing in the morning, early hours blogging, since blogging at night doesn’t seem to be happening these days. I’m usually out cold, asleep on the couch 15 minutes into Downton Abbey. So I’m aiming to have posts up and live at 9:00 am each morning. Let’s see how I do! I’ve missed regular blogging and especially YOU GUYS! I love hearing from you so don’t be shy! Leave some love!
So you remember a week-ish ago when we “played pillows“? Probably not. Heck, I almost don’t remember it it’s been so long ago! Bad blogger…bad bad blogger. But I have a reason! Goooooood things are happening around these parts…super good things which I can’t quite spill the beans on everything just yet but come back later this week for some of the biggest news! Eeek! Anywho, after playing pillows I realized I wasn’t 100% happy with the turquoise curtains which have been with me since my first apartment circa 2005. So I traded them in for some sheers and shades…bam! An updated living room!
I love the final result, although it took as few steps to get there. I originally thought I would nix the turquoise-competing-for-attention-with-the-pillows curtains for some white sheers.
The shears came from Target…naturally. Where else do curtains come from?! The best part of the curtains is that they’re el-cheapos. We’re talking $7.99 for an 84″ crinkled, sheer white curtain panel.
After hanging the curtains it still felt like something was missing, and the sheers weren’t quite as good as the turquoise curtains in the tv glare blocking department. The window behind the couch is directly across from the tv which makes early evening movie watching a bit more difficult. Our Caddyshack watching ability is clearly compromised.
So I went on a
man hunt shade hunt. We had gotten woven shades from the Home Depot before (they’re the shades we installed in our master bedroom), so we started there. But alas…they only had 60″ wide woven shades and they were in the clearance section. The Depot did however have some bamboo shades there but at $35 a shade, they were a bit out of our budget. Next stop Lowes, where we found almost exactly the same shades for $13 each. It pays to shop around some days.
So we adopted them. Three of them to be exact, in the lighter of the two shades.
We had intentions of hanging them inside the casing of our window, which meant shaving down the 30″ wide shades to fit our 29-1/2″ window. But shear laziness set in (that happens when you spend all your waking moments when you’re not at your day job building iPad stands for your Etsy shop). And we experimented with hanging the shade on the outside of the window.
It was a perfect fit. I was a bit worried that they would look out of place or awkward hanging out outside the window, but once the sheers were layered back on top, it would soften the harsh edges and mask the awkwardness.
So we measured, marked and screwed in a pair of sheet rock screws (we always have those laying around) into the window trim to hang the blinds, which had a pair of triangle hooks attached to them for hanging purposes.
Up went the shades and the sheers were returned to their rightful position for an updated living room and parlor.
I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely adore how adorable the bamboo blinds look when combined with the white sheers in our living room. It gives off this easy breezy
beautiful Cover Girl coastal vibe in our living room. Between that and the hula girl postcard ledges, Maine Cottage style media cabinet, and lobster art, we’re bringing the Maine coastal vibe in here. Ironically not on purpose.
Total cost of the project, dressing up three windows in two rooms, a whopping $87 ($48 for the curtains and $39 for the shades). Now I’m really starting to feel this room come together. If only I could work up enough energy to refinish that living room floor in a dark walnut stain like the rest of the floors around it. Small victories, folks, small victories.
Pssst…Coming down the pipe at you this week here at the Roost, we’ve got a big old Inspired Design Challenge recap coming at you along with a roundup of all our July projects and a couple spray painting projects. Tis the season for spray painting! But enough about us, how you doin’?
Last week, or was it a few weeks ago, I can’t remember whether I’m coming or going these days, I posted about our trip to the Big Chicken Barn in Ellsworth, Maine. We shared all the cool goods that we wanted to come home with. But what did we actually get? This collection of stuff:
Oh…and one more thing. The Life Magazine from the month and year I was born. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but everyone needs their Life Magazine, right?! I tried to find Colby’s but lo and behold, it was just about the ONLY month/year that the Chicken Barn didn’t have. Once I’ve got the complete collection I may have to whip up a little Life Magazine art display somewhere in the house.
But back to the goods, what we got and what we paid for them. First up, the rope knot which was originally $9 but with the 30% off sale, it was only $6.30.
You got a sneak peak of it in yesterday’s entry makeover post, where I hung it from one of the coat hooks on the shelf.
I’ve been swooning over all the rope knots that grace the pages of Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens magazines, so when I stumbled upon one at the Chicken Barn, I snatched it up quicker than a klepto at an unsecured jewelry store.
Next item up is the old pottery crock that I picked up, which replaced our old utensil holder in the kitchen.
The crock was priced at $30 but was also 30% off (thank you winter antique sale) making it only $21. I’ve been stalking these crocks for years now, ever since we moved to the house way back when in May of 2010. Every crock I’ve found has either been too big, too small, too pricey or chipped. But this one was the Goldilocks of crocks and was “just right”. The crock is so much spacier than the old, too crammed full utensil holder.
The next Chicken Barn score was that gorgeous coral/aqua shell we showed you during our Chicken Barn tour. It was $10 plus the 30% off for a final price of $7.
I love the shell…absolutely love the shell. Right now, it’s on our bathroom vanity. That is if you can call it a vanity. It’s just a painted piece of plywood with a $10 Habitat For Humanity Re-Store sink attached to it. It’s a “temporary vanity”….an air quoted temporary vanity because it’s been there for nearly three years. But I swear this year will be the year that we FINALLY finish the bathroom and build a real vanity!
Anyway, the shell is parked on the vanity to serve the purpose of jewelry holder when I remove my bling at night for face washing time.
And finally, my favorite score…drum roll please….the green metal cabinet.
I actually didn’t buy it during my first trip to the chicken barn. I came home without it, did nothing but think about it for the next seven days, dreamed about stroking it gently and whispering sweet nothings to it, and returned to the Chicken Barn the following weekend to pick it up. And thankfully it was still there and still on sale. It’s original price tag was $30 but with the 30% off discount, the price came down to $21.
As for the location, the cabinet became an office space organizer and I tucked it under my computer on my side of our shared, his/hers desk.
I’m really digging the cabinet in that spot. I love how it elevates the computer just enough so that it helps fill the awkward void between the top of the monitor and underneath the shelves. I can’t explain but that empty space always bothered me. I chalk it up to general weirdness.
Anyway…I knew exactly what I wanted to use the cabinet for when I bought it…CD storage.
I’ve been on a file backup/cleanup my computer rampage lately. Mostly because my computer is old, storage on it is maxed out, and I’m trying to burn all my files to CDs, organizing and storing them in the cabinet.
I was worried at first that placing the computer on top of the metal cabinet would place the screen too high for comfortably working at the computer. But because I have one of those old mushroom Macs, the monitor moves pretty easily up, down and around.
Go go gadget computer!
Pssst…What have you guys found at your local antique stores lately? Anything good? Or anyone recently leave something behind at a store only to think about non stop until finally going back for it?! Do tell!
So some of you super-observant readers out there may have noticed in yesterday’s post, but there has been a little rearranging going on in the living room and parlor at Casa Campbell. More specifically, a little chair re-arranging. Before, there was this pink chair in the living room:
And then this matching pink chair in the parlor:
But then I brought home this guy (you may recognize him from my Instagram pics) from a thrift store while I was out thrifting with my mom.
And what’s even more exciting is the $4.99 price tag on this baby.
But the chair is not without faults. It was $4.99 for a reason! Not only is the upholstery a little rough around the edges, but there’s also evidence of an unhinged spring. I’m hoping it’s fixable. But if not, so I’m out five bucks. It’s the same cost of a grande-non-fat-white-chocolate-mocha-no-whip-latte. Don’t judge. It’s my favorite Starbucks latte du jour. Scratch that, if I can’t fix the spring I’ll figure out a way to make a solid, springless, foam cushioned chair instead.
So now with the new chair-iff in town (har har har….so sorry), there had to be a little rearranging to make room for the new chair. So the pink chairs came together in the parlor.
It feels a little too crowded in there for me. But I couldn’t bear to get rid of either of the pink chairs. Not only because they’re hand-me-downs from one of my grandmothers, but also because Goose is pretty attached to those chairs. Don’t let us fool you, those chairs are really Goose’s chairs. He pretty much rules the roost.
So the new chair is now in the living room where the old, pink chair used to live pre pink chair reuniting and it feels so good. It’s kind of a reading chair of sorts, or a guitar playing chair for Colby, bumped up against the bookcase.
The chair is in a desperate need of a makeover, but it’s size and scale in the room is perfect.
But I have faith that I can makeover the chair and make it just lovely. All it took was a little bit of Pinteresting and I found so many inspiring ideas to bring new life to an old chair. There’s definitely no shortage of barrel style, cane chair makeovers out there on the blogosphere. Here a few of my favorite pin-spiration pics for the $4.99 chair makeover:
- Cane back chair reupholstery here
- Cane back chair makeover from here
- How to replace broken caning tutorial here
For our chair, I’m envisioning spray painting the wood and caning a glossy white, re-upholstering the seat in a pinkish or sea-foamy fabric, and perhaps even dip dying the legs of the chair gold. But we’ll see how it all ends up. It’s definitely one of my weekend projects on the list.
Pssst…A little off topic here but I’ve got some exciting news on the 30-Before-30 front. Colby and I are now official mug club members at one of our favorite bars, Paddy Murphy’s. Our mugs won’t be in until January, but it’s one step closer to checking off “mug club member” from my little to-do list.
Apparently I have wedding on the brain these days as I have yet another wedding related project for you this evening (the first project was the first dance art). Although this project is a little more hybrid like and includes a little organization and a little wedding. The other day I was trying to organize and store all of the wedding related paraphernalia that we had acquired. I’m talking cake knife, wedding cards, shower cards, bunting, cake toppers, etc. I had this white storage cube-like box that I had been storing stuff in during the wedding planning process, but in the end it wound up too small to fit everything. I love the box, but it was just too small. So I started thinking to myself, “self…why couldn’t this box just be bigger?!” So…I was cruising the Home Goods section of TJ Maxx the other day, which is my idea of a good time on a Saturday night while Colby is away gallivanting around the woods (it’s hunting season…thus I find myself a hunting widow most weekends), and my wish came true. I found a larger version of THE SAME box.
What are the odds?! The original box (which I introduced to you during my Martha organizing love-fest back here in February) is on the left and the new box, purchased from the same store nine months later, is on the right. Seriously…they’re identical minus the size. The smaller box was a $6 clearance steal and the large box, not quite as cheap, was $12 and worth every penny! The box held everything perfectly. There wasn’t a spare square inch to spare but managed to hold everything that I wanted to fit inside.
Contents include the cake knife (on the bottom), extra save the date cards, extra invitation suites, some bunting from the reception decor, the birdie cake toppers, extra garters that my momma made, and all of our wedding and bridal shower cards. Speaking of cards, I followed through with my card storage plan and punched holes in all of them and bound them with rings. It makes it so easy to flip through the cards and read all the lovely love notes from all our friends and family. Cue up the obligatory “awwwwwwww”.
I couldn’t believe the amount of cards that we had amassed. Between my bridal shower cards, congrats on your engagement cards, and the mound of wedding cards, the box was pretty much full. But I couldn’t bear to part with a single card. They’re just so pretty!
I was amazed how well everything wedding related fit into the “wedding box” as it’s now affectionately known as. It’s like this little wedding time capsule that we can take out and peruse through from time to time when we’re feeling wedding nostalgic like. Or if we ever feel the need to get our wooden birdie fix. As for the old, smaller wedding box, he got repurposed as thank you note/note card/envelope storage. It suits him well.
And now both boxes are living happily in harmony on the large shelf above our desk.
Here’s the closeup of the in harmony boxes. And I freshened up the shelf a little bit and brought out a few green vases. They were antique store finds from a few years ago. Actually, I think they date back to before we even bought the house. They’ve been with us long time.
So there you have it. A quick and simple organizing project that gets our hearts going all pitter patter like. And not just because organizing projects get me all
hot and bothered excited, but because it’s like having our own little love box sitting up on the shelf above our work space. We just can’t help but smile when we think of its contents and the happiness of our big day. Where’s the cheese police when you need them!?
Pssst…What simple organizing projects have you done lately? Anyone else have the shopping/organizing gods smile down on them with the perfect solution to their organizing dilemma? I still can’t believe I found EXACTLY what I was looking for…and accidentally!