Karl Gets a Face Lift

21 Nov

Okay, so the disclaimer first:  This project is a direct, and I mean direct, rip-off of the same (almost exact same) project on Young House Love. Where else would I get this idea?

Remember Karl? Well, we love him. So much. He’s comfy and he’s big and all six of us can sit on him and watch a movie. Dogs, too. He takes a ridiculous amount of abuse from all of us as well and stands up to it like a man. We think he is sexy and sleek. However, unconditional love doesn’t apply here. I have my standards and his legs weren’t quite up to par. (Neither are mine, for that matter, but that’s not the topic here, people.)

I have a thing for dark wood furniture. I don’t know why. Similar to my hair, I used to love blonde wood. As I’ve gotten older though, dark appeals to me more. Maybe because with a gaggle of girls, dark wood is much more forgiving. (Unlike dark hair, which points at the gray like a big arrow. Not sure where the hair analogy came from but it’s exhausted its purpose here.) In fact, I am not entirely certain what design decision they were making with the blonde legs, but I guess the Nordic peoples just love blonde.

So like all things that are less than perfect around here, we painted them. (No, not the children. We haven’t painted them yet. Or ourselves.) It was an easy process, especially since I didn’t do it.  The amazing Brett just flipped Karl on his back, removed the legs and took them to his place of magic, the man cave. We kind of like ‘low Karl’ but clearly Baker thought something was very off.

There he sanded them because they had a slight glossy finish, lined them up and painted them with the Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate that is the go-to color for wood in the house. It took two coats and he came up with this clever device (two slats of wood…brilliant) to let them dry without marring.

And then voila! Put them back on Karl and he is a new man.

And I have to say, my least favorite room in the house is becoming my most favorite. Might as well because this is where we spend most of our time. I am happy to say that we’ve gone from here:

To here:

(Of course, with the work detailed here, here and here.) Now if I can only get rid of that chair.


5 Responses to “Karl Gets a Face Lift”

  1. Dana@Mid2Mod April 22, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I hadn’t seen this post before. I’m with you about the blonde wood. So what chair is it you want to get rid of? If it’s that Ekornes, I’ll gladly take it off your hands…LOL

  2. Tina November 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Wow… dark is better than blonde (hard to say, being a blond myself).

    • Brandy November 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      I understand. As a former blonde, I am embracing my darker side.


  3. Trish November 21, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Wow! Very nice!

    • Brandy November 21, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks, Trish. Looks like we might have some good news to share with you soon. Fingers crossed.


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