furniture projects

  • old chair, new seat.

    I made a new seat for an old chair this week. In a sweltering cobwebbed corner of my mom and dad’s attic, I found what I’d abandoned there years before: a small chair too…

    July 18, 2019 25 Comments
  • a tall dresser in a tiny apartment.

    It’s a chief joy of mine to find something that someone else discarded and to make it mine. One woman’s trash becomes another’s treasure and not much of anything goes to waste. With the…

    July 16, 2018 29 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #145: Don’t be too afraid of pattern. I’m the last person, really, who should be giving advice on introducing patterns into a small space. My typical counsel would fall somewhere along the lines…

    September 12, 2016 43 Comments
  • doing it yourself.

    I’m an irresponsible DIYer. No. I’m a foolhardy DIYer. No. I’m a happy-go-lucky DIYer. Yes. That’s it.  When I notice that something needs fixing, I like to try to tackle it myself. And I’m usually…

    May 9, 2016 14 Comments
  • dresser drawers in a tiny apartment.

    This isn’t a post about babies sleeping in dresser drawers, but you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking so. It’s still the first joke people make when talking about welcoming a child into a small…

    May 2, 2016 11 Comments
  • make your own: upholstery cleaner.

    Upholstery might be a slightly grand word for the bit of cotton canvas stretched over a 70 year-old wooden frame, but no matter. I’ve also used this same combination of simple dish soap and…

    April 30, 2015 21 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #119: Ditch the couch. Get a cot. (Do what you wanna.) We recently decided to shake things up a bit around here and go couchless. Not exactly couchless, but one couch less. I’ll explain:…

    April 29, 2015 17 Comments
  • teaching an old dresser new tricks.

    Here’s a little lesson in teaching an old dog new tricks. Well, an old dresser anyway. My mom and dad helped us do a furniture swap a few weeks ago. They brought us this changing…

    May 8, 2014 13 Comments
  • painting furniture.

    For someone who can be eager to get rid of certain things, I develop fierce attachments to other things. And chalk it up to too much time spent in museums and studying about them,…

    March 10, 2014 38 Comments