The Little Red Owl

DIY ideas for home, health, & life


I am lucky enough to have generous friends and family all around me and these generous people also know what I like and how I roll. Most people in my life ask me before giving away or throwing away furniture and old items and I LOVE it.

I do not get to keep too many of these items anymore since I live in a smaller home but this one was a MUST!

My BFF J inherited a fabulous record player console from her great uncle. It was in her home for while but once she could not find room for it anymore-I got it!

The record player before is similar to this one: (I took a before photo but it was terrible. Bad blogger!)

record player


Inside the record player I found the original instruction manual, extra knobs and parts, and the original receipt from 1968! How cool is that?

This record player had some slight wear to the top veneer and the screens over the speakers were coming loose-that was all it took for me to decide to upcycle this record player!



I started by ripping off the fabric on the speaker fronts.


I decided to paint the console teal (since I had it on hand and it matches my living room), here it is after 1 coat:


I gave it another coat:


I then decided this was a little too much (color) on this console so I took my glaze (won in an online drawing) and went to town. (My win is talked more about here.)

If you haven’t used a glaze before it is similar to watered down paint. You brush, roll, or pat on and then you wipe off however much you want to get your desired effect. A dry cloth will take off less than a wet cloth.



Glaze is awesome because you cannot mess it up! and it’s personal. Do what you want.

I then got this wallpaper (Target calls it Wallpaper but its really just fancy contact paper in my opinion). I had a gift card which is the only reason I splurged on this paper-but I do love it :)


I simply did a peel & stick on each speaker side and DONE!



What do you guys think? I LOVE it.

Stay tuned for my top 10 vinyl list for must have music.


This Saturday (tomorrow, 9/06/14) I will be at the City Beat Event called Crafts and Drafts.

Tons of local vendor will be there, EBTH will be having a mid-century modern sale, AND there will be beer. Awesome!



This event is totally free and will feature local bands as well. Why not come?



Husband and I moved into a “small” apartment over a year ago and we needed a little bit of help in the storage department. Having less space really makes you think about the space you do have and how to utilize it well.

Our bedroom has 2 really nice sized closets but we have to use those for more than just clothes and shoes since we have no basement or attic to store out of season clothing and accessories, guest pillows and blankets, camping supplies, sentimental items, or holiday decorations.

I am not complaining at all-I actually kind of love the challenge.

So all of that to say I bought this armoire from Ikea (one of the least expensive ones they sell, yes-I am cheap!)


This picture shows the doors as opaque but they were not, they were very transparent. I did NOT want to see inside my armoire–that is why I got an armoire. So…. I had some Dollar Tree Contact Paper on hand (similar to below)

contact paper


I started by adding plain white contact paper to the inside of the doors to help make them a little less see-through. Then I started with the pretty contact paper.

First: I measured the transparent portion of the door.



Second: I turned over my contact paper to mark and cut. Contact paper is great-it has measurements and guidelines on the back making cutting it even very simple.



Thirdly: I peeled the backing slowly and started sticking. Make sure to remove bubbles as they arise.



Four: finish door #1 and repeat for door #2



And you are done!

What do you think? I think this inexpensive armoire looks classy and and it is truly one of a kind!


What fun projects have you done with contact paper?


*see other contact paper related posts here


I love mixing different styles and types of decor through out my home. In my living room I have an Ikea couch, vintage typewriter table, metal lockers, and a 1960’s vintage record player console that I painted rustic teal.

So, how can you marry seemingly different types of decor in your home?

I think the answer is simple–use what you LOVE. I repeat that saying to myself often “Love”. Do I love it? If so, use it. If not, why do I have it in my home? Simple as that.

Yes, sometimes I end up having less or going without but that is very liberating. Sometimes I keep things I don’t love while I am searching or saving for the replacement piece I will love. I have no hard rules on this, but I firmly believe if you love it-it will work in YOUR home. Remember: your home in a reflection of you and your family, not anyone else-so don’t stress. If you love it, great!

I wanted to have an example to share with you guys so I made an Olioboard using some stools from our friends over at Chairish-have you checked them out yet? Chairish is a great consignment website, it is specifically curated to be awesome. They have a real passion for decor and I think that is what makes Chairish so cool.

So check out these bar stools.

yellow bar stools

First off, I know there are a ton of different bar stool styles available but I am far to practical to have anything in my home that it not comfortable or that I will not use.

I love the simplicity of these bar stools, the color, and (pretty importantly) the back on the stools-comfort folks, comfort.

My (tiny and awkwardly laid out) kitchen is eat in (barely) and I really miss having a dining room. In my old house we had an eat in kitchen and a dining room so I got to enjoy the benefit of both. Husband and I had an island with stools in the kitchen and then our traditional table and chairs in the dining room. This worked out well because no matter what people gather in the kitchen, so it is nice for them to have somewhere to lean and somewhere to sit. Enter bar stools…

Here is one take on a modern kitchen with these vintage stools:



I kept the colors simple. White and dark wood cabinets, a large island, a vintage teak light fixture (from Chairish as well), and a colorful rug to bring out the yellow in the bar stools.

What do you guys think?

Here are some other vintage/modern kitchens where the 2 styles are married:




*I was not compensated by Chairish for this post*

This weekend Oakley Fancy Flea is happening. COME!

city flea


2014 Spring/Summer dates:

May 31st

June 28th

July 26th

August 30th

September 27th

The Oakley Fancy Flea Market is proud to be Oakley’s first market of its kind.  This is a curated flea market so you will find only the best quality items for sale.  We promise fun for all ages so come down and be a part of a great Cincinnati market.

See ya there!




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