SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 10

Greetings and happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great day. Thanks so much for stopping into the blog for Sundays With Celia Vol 10!

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I spent 4 days in Boulder, Colorado this week, getting my son Austin settled into his 1st apartment. If you’ve been following along you know that I’ve been working on painting and reupholstering furniture for his new/old abode. It was really exciting and rewarding to finally see the fruits of my labors installed in his new home. That’s Austin in the photo above, looking tired but happy after we finally finished getting his bedroom in order. He’s my crazy extreme skier son that broke his back in a ski accident last March in Park City, Utah. I told you all about it in this blog post. He has made a really good recovery over these past 5 months but is still not supposed to do any heavy lifting. While he was a BIG help, this old broad definitely got my exercise, and came home Thursday night completely exhausted but very satisfied with the results. I’m excited to show you how everything looks in Austin’s new apartment. So since we’re in Austin’s bedroom let’s start there. If you recall, I purchased a chest of drawers for $50.00 and used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to transform it to fit the gray color scheme I planned for his space.

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I also purchased an old headboard for $20.00…

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and reupholstered it.

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And, I bought an old steamer trunk for $125.00 on Craig’s List for Austin’s bedroom. I planned to use it as his night stand.

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I got his bedding at Target: Grey Houndstooth Throw Pillow, Washed Linen Duvet Cover & Felt Patches Lumbar Pillow.

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So, here’s the BIG REVEAL!! The headboard, the bedding, and the steamer trunk night stand, with a Murphy Collection night light from Target.

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I also bought a really special chair at an estate sale for a Lake Arrowhead icon, Putty Henck, the former Santa Claus at Lake Arrowhead’s Santa’s Village, and one of Lake Arrowhead’s original citizens. I reupholstered the chair with the intention of using it in Austin’s bedroom.

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Here it is in the space, alongside the chest of drawers I chalk painted.

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His CU Boulder school colors just happen to be “black” & “buff” so everything worked swimmingly together. I kept the chair in its natural wood state, as the patina of the aged wood worked well with the old steamer trunk.

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Now let’s move into the kitchen/living room area.

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I bought a really disgusting old chair for $50.00 and transformed it into the pretty little chair you see on the right.

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I also bought this dated looking couch for $200 and transformed it into the couch you see on the right.

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And I painted an accent table to match the rest of the furniture.

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So, drum roll please… 

Here it is in Austin’s Living Room. I didn’t have time to sew the cushion covers for the couch before I left for Boulder so we wrapped them with a yellow throw blanket for the short term. I also hope to add some window treatments in the future to soften the space.

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To fill out the space and to provide extra seating I bought an additional chair at IKEA along with a floor lamp. The small black ottoman was a holdover from Austin’s dorm room last year, as was the black throw pillow.

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We added the obligatory CU Buffs banner, as this is a college apartment afterall.

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Austin inherited the gray throw blanket from my birthday picnic in wine country that I showed you in this post.

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The very day before I left for Boulder I bought a small wrought iron table that I thought would make a nice coffee table in front of the small scale couch.

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When I got to Boulder I set about chalk painting it to match the rest of the living room furniture.

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We also went to Home Depot and had a piece of wood fitted on top to give it a more useable surface. It worked out nicely in the space.

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And I enjoyed outfitting the kitchen with all the necessary accoutrements that would make food preparation (and the inevitable beer consumption) possible.

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Austin also became the owner of an antique table that came with the purchase of Stone Hill Cottage but never got used there.

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And again, the day before leaving for Boulder I purchased 4 antique chairs that looked as though they were made for the table. I quickly put new fabric on the seats.

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There was no time to chalk paint the chairs or the table but when I put them into Austin’s apartment I actually liked them with the natural wood finish so I left them that way. We purchased an inexpensive chandelier at IKEA to hang over the dining table and it really completed the look. And yes, that is my son, standing on the newly upholstered chairs in order to hang the chandelier. My bad. I hadn’t bought him a step stool. Put that on the list!

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Well, it’s been a long week and I’m tired. I’m going to go enjoy the rest of my Sunday relaxing on our dock at the lake. This evening we are having dinner with friends at a newly opened restaurant here in town. I hope you have a really great day!

So there you have it: SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 10

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Comments

  • This looks amazing. Proof that design doesn’t have to be expensive. The look is great and I’m sure he appreciates every last bit! I don’t know how you do it all! Enjoy your dockside retreat and dinner with friends. Happy Sunday….

  • Thank you as always Vanessa. I’m glad you approve of the outcome. It was a lot of work but also very fun and fulfilling in the end. And yes, I think Austin appreciates it. Happy Sunday to you too!

  • Ann

    I wish I had an apartment like this when I was in college. You did an awesome job!

  • Ah, thanks so much Ann. Come to think of it I’d have liked a nice college apartment myself but like most, I was a starving student and got no help from my mom. I’m just happy I can do this for my kids.

  • Great job! He must be so happy to have had you transform his apartment into an inviting space for him and those that visit.
    xo,
    Karen