Friday, September 25, 2015

TULLSTA Polka Dots and Baby Evolution

This is my living room these days (excuse the shoe pile). 
 The barrel end table has moved down to the basement since it was a little unstable and splintery! I could picture Lila pulling herself up on it and it just falling apart. I also added a little flair to the chair and made some changes to my entertainment center. 
 I had this picture bookmarked on Pinterest for the longest time just waiting for the courage to redo the chair. 
 Finally one day while I was wallpapering Lila's dollhouse (more on that another time) I polka dotted the chair too!
 Here's all it took:
 It's the Ikea TULLSTA chair that I've had for approximately 6 years. It's Oscar and Linus's nap chair. Because of all of the pet napping it looked pretty sad. Being impulsive I painted it in this state. Later I took the cushion cover off and bleached it to death (with the dots on them) and it looks like new! I was really impressed at how the paint held up to lots of bleach, the heavy cycle in the washer, and being hung out in the sun on the clothesline. 

 I was pretty conservative. I didn't want to use too much. I used about 1/2 a bottle when it was all said and done:
I simply loaded up my sponge and went one dot at a time. 
When I was finished I kept it with the seat facing the corner to discourage dog and cat traffic. It felt dry to the touch within about 30 minutes but I let it sit overnight before I flipped it around and put pillows on it. 
I had painted the feet in the past, which makes the whole thing much more cohesive with the painted black furniture in the room. It was pretty bright for a bit and I wasn't sure if I had made huge mistake. After walking past it for a few days I'm officially in love. 
 I think it adds some nice life to the room and was an easy little project. When it gets to be too much I may cover the yellow with white for something more subtle.

 I also made over the entertainment center to be more baby friendly. We finally ditched cable (I don't miss you Comcast!!!!) and sent back the DVR, prompting the shift around since we had fewer electronics on display. We also moved our Apple TV to the basement and got a Roku (I'm sorry to say it Apple, but I actually like it better!). If you remember I had black cardboard document boxes filling in quite a few holes. They were jam packed with DVDs. I bought two zip up cases and filled them with the DVDs and threw out all of the DVD cases. That saved TONS of space! They live in the basement now. Both of the bins on the top are empty actually. I'm sure there will be toys or something I'll want to stash in there later. The skinny thing on the left is a lamp. The two pullouts in the middle have been there for some time and are from The Container Store. One holds more of Lila's books. The other holds remotes. The bin on the bottom has toys and the other is waiting for a purpose. They are from Amazon and were a steal compared to the TCS bins!
The plant on the bottom is fake, so I'm not worried about it being destroyed like I would if we had a real one down there. The letters are cardboard and have already survived the test drive Lila took them on!
And just in case you love the table here it is. I caught it on sale for $44 and then had a coupon I used on top of it and used free in store pick up. I snagged it for $38 in the end and its actually really sturdy. 

So that's the living room's latest journey and how easy it is to polka dot a chair!

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