Tools to Have Around the House

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This pink tool box was one of the greatest high school graduation presents I got! I have used its contents countless times and don’t know what I would do without it. This is one accessory no woman should go without.

Here is my list of top ten tools to have around the house.

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1. Hammer: Hanging up wall art and seasonal decor

2. Screw Drivers (Phillips and Flat-blade): Assembling furniture

3. Staple Gun: Hanging Christmas lights around your home or garden, reupholstering furniture and attaching curtain ties

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4. Exacto Knife: Great for cutting tape when painting or tracing paper molds to hang a wall collage

5. Wrench: When you made a mistake and need to get that nail or screw out. Oops!

6. Drill: Hanging up curtains, shelves or building gardening boxes and other fun things

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7. Pliers: Get a good grip on anything you can’t pull out with your bare hands

8. Sander and Sand Paper: For the crafty woman who likes to refinish furniture or to smooth out any rough surface

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9. Nails and Hooks: To hang up wall art and seasonal decor – you’ll always need them.

10. Measuring Tape: FOR EVERYTHING! Measuring the perfect position while hanging wall art, making sure the furniture you liked at the store will fit into the space you have, laying out plans for your living room to space out everything perfectly. (I recommend a travel measuring tape as well to keep in your purse – just in case you find something you love on the go!)

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Quest for the Perfect Cafe Table: Rose Bowl Flea Market

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For the first time in my adult life I have a backyard! (well in reality a 3×6 foot balcony). But it’s just enough space for some flower boxes, herbs and potted tomato plants. What was missing was seating to enjoy it all.

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I searched all the usual places: Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Craigslist – I wasn’t impressed. I fell in love with a perfect garden table at a store on Montana but it was $400. Finally I found this adorable metal cafe table and chairs at the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market for $100. Not cheap, but still a great deal.  It’s the perfect addition to my ‘backyard’.

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This flea market is enormous. You can find vintage clothes, antique furniture, old records, estate sale jewelry – pretty much anything you could possible imagine. It’s open the second Sunday of the month. Don’t miss out this weekend! My next search will be for some cute upholstered stools to put by my fire place. I found this photo from http://thetwinsfashionblog.wordpress.com – check it out for more information on the market.

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I thought this lantern from Cost Plus World Market (www.worldmarket.com) was a great accessory for the table. I can’t wait to have a dinner date out here on a warm spring night!

Out with the Old – In with the New : Reinventing the Kitchen Chair

BEFORE & AFTER

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My apartment in New York was around 200 square feet– just enough room for a bed….and well just a bed. When I moved to Los Angeles I needed a lot of furniture fast! It had to be cheap but I also wanted pieces that would last. I found this charming walnut table and chairs for around $300 at Wertz Brothers in Santa Monicahttp://wertzbrothers.com/. They specialize in used furniture and antiques and have very reasonable items and very expensive ones as well. I loved everything about my kitchen dinning set, except the old worn yellow velvet upholstery.

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The idea of redoing them myself seemed way over my head, but I decided to try anyway. I found a fun chocolate and magenta fabric that I thought would be fun and got to work.

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First I had to take off the old seat cushions, which was easy enough. I just had to unscrew the old screws by hand and pop off the seats.

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The next part was more difficult: getting new padding. I decided to cheat a little and brought one of the seats to an upholstery shop where they cut out foam to fit. They also used spray adhesive to bond the foam to some dacron fabric that would help to secure the foam to the seat. I highly recommend this short cut. It saved a lot of time and energy and only cost me $40!

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I placed each seat on the foam, tightly wrapped the dacron around the edges and secured it with a staple gun.

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After cutting out four squares of the fabric I did the same process of securing it on the seat on fall four sides, leaving the corners for last.

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My staples are not that straight- but who cares it’s going underneath!

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Once all four seats had their new fabric, I popped them back in the chairs, tightened the screws and was ready for a dinner party!

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This project really individualized my kitchen, and made me feel right at home.

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