My new Austin home

I’ve settled in here in the sweltering heat of Texas, and it’s time to share a bit about my place. I LOVE living in a little cottage just outside of the city. I can walk, WALK, to the capitol building and UT Campus, make a point of running through their grounds a few days a week. Bars, restaurants and the infamous food trucks are minutes away. Best, however, is that I have peace and quiet at my little house. Surrounded by bamboo and hidden down a side road, is my new home.

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Hidden in the bamboo

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Front porch

In case you’ve never been, Austin is a pretty hipster town. Lots of people wearing minimalist clothing and showering rarely, lots of plants everywhere-lots of pictures of animals in dark glasses. I like certain aspects of the hipster style, but I do shower a bit more often I think. I will confess to painting a picture yesterday of an owl in glasses. Yea.

I’ve had some free time (understatement) since I’ve been here and have explored a lot of the town near me. I’ve been scouring craigslist for free and cheap items. Most of my furniture is craigslist, and the table and chairs in the kitchen are repainted/antiqued from a $20 set that was pretty banged up.

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Living Room

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Kitchen seating

 

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Where the magic happens (or will, once it drops below 100 degrees outside)

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North wall

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Items collected from world travels

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Shelving set into walls

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Making use of my antiquing (see previous posts!)

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My garden beginnings. Post on this to come…!

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Succulents and cacti

So that’s it! That’s my home. I’m off to watch the film Prince Avalanche now. It was filmed nearby in Bastrop, which if you don’t already know was ravaged by a wildfire in 2011. This movie has Paul Rudd in it, who is great, and is being shown at a local theatre called the Violet Crown, one of those theaters where you can order wine or beer and actual meals. Oh and I can be there on bike in 10 minutes. I love this place.

 

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The not-a-food-post, post. Or, my first attempt at antiquing furniture!

In the process building up to my move to Austin, I have been offloading furniture through Craigslist. It has been hard because a lot of my things have personal meanings, or are things I find to be one of a kind. But, a bit of extra cash is nice and I can’t tow a uHaul anyway! 🙂

Even still, I have a few things that will be making the southward journey with me next week. One of these things is our guest bed, which we bought a year ago and left as it was. I’ve been seeing some cool “antique” furniture in my time on craigslist these last couple weeks, and I knew the current bed wouldn’t work well in my new bedroom, so I decided to try it myself! This is so unbelievably easy. Here’s what you need to do.

Ingredients

  • Wooden furniture 
  • Paint (I used Behr Premium Plus, Paint & Primer in one-got two samples of the color I liked which was perfect for the bed)
  • Sand paper of grade 60-200 (variety pack!)
  • Drop cloth
  • Towel or small broom to dust off finished piece (you will get paint dust all over when sanding!)
  • Clothes you aren’t worried about getting paint or dust on.
  • Waylon Jennings records to listen to while working.

 

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Sandpaper choice

 

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Directions:

  • Set up your work area (I recommend that you do it outside).
  • Wipe dust off furniture to ensure paint sticks well.
  • Give it a couple of good coats and let dry thoroughly.
  • Using grade 60-100 sandpaper, roughly rub all the edges to reveal the wood beneath. 
  • Go crazy and sand all over the piece, literally you can do whatever you want. Try out the different grades to see the effects. You could even give it some dents with a hammer, I heard about hitting it with a metal chain (seems a bit much)…anything goes!
  • When you like what you’ve done, run the finer grade (like 200) all over it to smooth it out. Then wipe off the dust, and voila!

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