Monday, February 13, 2012

Riding the City Bus....with a bed

My youngest sister lives in Chicago. She has her own apartment and is single....so this is my choice of destination when I need a quick weekend away. The flight is only an hour and taking the train from Midway airport to her place is a breeze.

I arrived Friday afternoon and by Saturday at 10 am, we were on a bus to Andersonville to go to the Brown Elephant...the most fabulous thrift shop in Chicago. While I haven't been to all of Chicago's thrift shops, this HAS to be one of the best. The furniture is amazing.

We've always searched for a headboard for my sister but haven't come up with anything until Saturday. She found this...and I said "no" because I don't love mission style furniture. But she had her way, and soon we were on our way back to her apartment to paint the bed.
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But wait...we didn't have a car. This bed wasn't very heavy, but a full bed is awkward at best. I took the side rails and foot board, she had the headboard. Of course I chose to sit on the accordion part of this massive bus (I don't ride buses very often...obviously), so every time the bus turned, the pieces of the bed moved (because I rested them on the floor vertically) and I had a death grip on them. Halfway through the 40 minute bus ride, my right arm felt like falling off. And I was hangry (you know...you're so hungry that you're angry?). Not a good combo. Anyhoo...

This is the after. I absolutely LOVE the color...it's Foxfire by Royal (sold at Ace Hardware). And prior to this, the wall had screw holes all.over.the.place.
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Have you painted anything in a bold color recently?

~Allison
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30 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh my gosh, I can so picture you on that bus! I guess a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do! And that is a fun color! It looks perfect with the bedding!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is AWESOME! good furniture is worth a slightly embarrassing bus ride! and the color is amazingly fun!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Haha! That sounds like something I would do! You are hard core! And wow it looks gorgeous in her room!

modern jane said...

Agreed. This is the perfect color! Love the bus part:)

Samantha said...

I just did some orange and turquoise in my family room. Love the combo- this needs to be in my linky party too :) “Cowgirl Up!”

http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/2012/02/cowgirl-up-2.html

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Oh so funny! Amazing what we junkers will do when we find that perfect piece!! Love the color you chose! Lookin' good!!

Heather said...

I love it!! You are so inspiring!!

shayne said...

only you...could be so genius and diligent...your sister is one lucky girl!

heidi said...

the bed looks fabulous! Seems like it was totally worth the harrowing bus trip.

Its So Very Cheri said...

You girls must have been the talk of the bus.

Hey Its Cheri from Its so very Cheri. I am following you and would love it if you came over to check out ItsSoVeryCheri.com and follow me too. The new party is up for this week if you would like to put the party hop on your site. I also have another post on my site for a give-a-way each week for those who follow me on the new Linky Follower tool.

Cheri

Hopes And Dreams Studio said...

That is so funny! and worth it. It looks great in there. I'm not a fan off mission style either but that looks great! I'm your newest Linky follower from the blog hop. Come by and check out my blog too.
www.hopesanddreamsstudio.blogspot.com

Thanks,
Jacque

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Oh my goodness I can totally picture your adventure! Has your arm recovered? :) The bed looks fantastic!

Lauren @ Summit St Joy said...

Hey there! Visiting from the new Linky Follower blog hop--- and I'm your newest link follower :) LOVE that end table!!! I have been super in to teal these days, & just painted two different tables teal...they'll be up on the blog soon.

Nice job!!! :)
Lauren

Meg said...

Love your choice of colors! New follower via Linky Followers. Would love a return follow!

Suzie HomeCaker said...

Blog Hopping - I've followed you via Linky Followers. Would love if you would follow me back.

Thank you,
Jeneen @ Suzie HomeCaker
suziehc.blogspot.com

Adrianne Surian said...

I love it and I especially love that it was an adventure!! :)

Dropping to share some Linky love from the hop! Hope you have a minute to come by Happy Hour Projects and say hello!

Adrianne
www.happyhourprojects.com

Sarah Struss said...

I love the colour! We recently painted our kitchen walls turquoise! I love it. I found you through the Linky Followers Hop and am following you now. I would love for you to follow me at www.creatingamazing.com. Every Friday I pick one of my followers to feature on my site. I would love if you would come and check it out.

Sarah Struss said...

I love the colour! We recently painted our kitchen walls turquoise! I love it. I found you through the Linky Followers Hop and am following you now. I would love for you to follow me at www.creatingamazing.com. Every Friday I pick one of my followers to feature on my site. I would love if you would come and check it out.

Hilary Richards said...

I found you on www.itssoverycheri.com's Linky Followers Blog Hop. I'm your newest follower, so please follow back if you can!

Hilary @ www.measureonce-cuttwice.com

Inspire Me Heather said...

You got on a bus with that?? I love the colours too, gorgeous!

Swede Dreamer said...

New linky follower! Hope you will return the visit! Have a great day~Angie

Cori said...

Found you on the linky blog hop! I'm now following, I hope you will follow me back at www.createdbycori.blogspot.com

Evelyn said...

Found you on the linky blog hop and I am so glad I did, I am giggling about picturing you on the bus with the bed.
Yes, when we want something we will conquer all challenges. You are a good sister:)
Check out my little blog
My Turn (for us)
http://myturn-evelyn.blogspot.com/

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the bold color. I see you added Linky. About to join you there.

Jaime Lyn said...

I ADORE the color that you choose! And I just love the final look! It is amazing what a little paint can do! :o) I am officially inspired! Thank you SO much for linking up!!!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

chateau chic said...

Love the combination of bold colors in the room. I love color!
Mary Alice

Aledia said...

Found you on www.itssoverycheri.com's Linky Followers Blog Hop. I'm your newest follower, I'd love for you to follow back!

Thanks so much and Have a Wonderful Evening!
Aledia @ http://plumperfect.blogspot.com

Lori C said...

That must have been the worst/best bus ride! Imagine what the fellow riders were thinking...
I notice her nightstand (old sewing table) has its door still but no knob! I 'upcycled' one very similar to hers, added a shelf inside for stuff. :) Drop me an email if you want pics of how I did it.
Visiting from Catch as catch can.

Ruth said...

Tangerine is the perfect color for that bed. It looks amazing. Love the color combo with the aqua table. The bus ride sounds like loads of fun.
Ruth

gail said...

what a great story about the bus and the headboard!!! I love how it looks. sooo pretty.
great term-hangry- I get that way a LOT.
gail