Hello! I’ve learned a few things about buying kitchen stools with kids. 1. Recommended materials: leather, wood, metal, plastic. What do they have in common? Sturdy and easy to clean.
2. I look for stringers on all four sides. Small tots can climb up on their own. If your kids are a little older, a front and back connector will do. (The stringers are the connecting pieces at the bottom of the stool.) This is something I missed when I first bought stools for this house. You’d be surprised how many times you have to take your tot on and off the stool, sans those handy climbing rungs. Not fast enough? They’ll make the flying attempt on their own.
3. Lastly, a wider base than seat. This makes it less likely when your kiddos are climbing up and down that everything will go tipsy.
Here are a few more stool gems from Homemakers. All clocking in under $100.
*Test all these methods in a spot you can’t see before moving ahead. You can see videos of these methods saved in my highlights, on Instagram, under DeFuzzing.
Good: Any old razer will do the trick. Go with the grain of the fabric and make sure there are no nicks in the razer. This requires a little patience and elbow grease. Rating: one glass of wine relaxing.
Better: Battery operated fabric shaver. This is so easy and almost hypnotic. Zero effort, but takes a long time. You will likely need to change the batteries to finish a decently pilled sofa. Rating: Two glasses of wine, relaxing.
Best: Oh Gleener. Magical Gleener. These take moderate effort, but it goes the quickest of the three. There are several attachments for different fabric types and issues. Safest on upholstery. Great for pet hair. Rating: 1.5 glasses of wine relaxing.
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Well Hello, There. Last November Everett’s bathroom sprung a leak. We shut off the water and closed the door. I went about my days as if that basement flood never happened. Totally normal behavior.
Fast forward four months and we finally got things patched up. Since everything had to be torn out before we could put it back together again, we gave Everett’s bathroom a fresh look, too.
I decided on a locker room vibe. Basic. Easy to clean. Perfect for a 4 year old boy and beyond.
This is the first project in our house with zero DIY. It was completed in two weeks by our contractor’s crew. Here are a few ways to save when you aren’t going the DIY route:
-Use basic and commercial/industrial products and install in interesting ways. I snagged inexpensive, outdoor lights and installed two lights above the mirror. Just a little bit quirky and unexpected. And used a laundry faucet that looks oh so much like the $400 one at Rejuvenation. On the next post I’ll show you how we prepped up $.79 VCT Tile. Yup that stuff that clad your middle school floors.
-Do the design work yourself. Pick the finishes. And order the supplies (with guidance from your contractor)
-Don’t change your mind. Changing things mid project is a recipe for extra cha ching on that bill.
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I love fresh flowers. I wish my entire house could be dripping in unique florals, everyday. Alas, I’m not an heiress (I blame you Mom and Dad) and the daily upkeep might interfere with my other pursuits.
I fell in love with the new, pinecone wreath spotted in the holiday, Serena & Lily catalog. Swoony… but $300. I put together a dupe with a wreath from Amazon and ribbon from Hobby Lobby, clocking in at $35.
Wreath: Amazon $33 (I snipped the grapevine) it’s been going on and out of stock, so here are a couple more options:
Better Homes & Gardens, for Walmart, is carrying feather filled, throw pillows– available mostly online. And with prices ranging from $10-$20, they are as budget friendly as cute! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites.
It is possible I’ve seen every bar and counter stool under $500, in the last week. One thing I noticed: a surge of pretty, French bistro options at reasonable prices. The metal Target number is perfect for life with kids and is easy on a tight budget. I love the elevated look of the rattan seat on the Williams and Sonoma stool. The simplicity of this style is transitional enough to go with a variety of looks.