June 28, 2012

Moving Part 2: Blog Move

Since Colorado is an entirely fresh start for us I thought an entirely new blog was in order, along with a name that wasn't so geographically specific.

With new fresh starts I thought that I would give wordpress a try too (so far I am really liking it) so you can find me at my new blog:

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June 27, 2012

My Heart is Here...

Aspen Park, CO - Source: Unknown

...with all the people who have lost homes in the various fires across our newly adopted home state of Colorado.

If you would like to donate to the relief efforts,  HelpColoradoNow.org, has information on organizations where you can send donations.  

 Most importantly,  if you are a praying person, please pray rain falls on the fires, that the winds die down and the temps stay low - all things that will help the firefighters on the ground trying to put out these flames.

~thank you!

June 21, 2012

Vintage Furniture: Getting Rid of Funky Smells

Please excuse the poor quality of photos and the boxes/mess but I had to share my purchases. These were snapped during the kids nap time which isn't at the best time of day lighting wise.

The vintage loveseat, that reeked of cigarette smoke! I will share below how I got rid am getting rid of the stench. I couldn't pass it up though, it is too pretty. I was able to talk it down $50 because it had been at the thrift for over a month and then the smell.  So I only dropped $212 for it.  Eventually we will re-upholster it but for now a good cleaning will have to do.

The pair of upholstered chairs that are very sun-faded and need to be recovered. I am thinking I will stitch up some skirted slips for now and then recover them in the future.  I got the pair for $28.

You can also see half of the black dining table I picked up for $25. Right now it is matte but I plan to scuff it up and spray it high-gloss black. 

I picked up this decorative box at the thrift today for $13.  I'm not sure where it will end up but I like it and it will be perfect for storage.

Be glad the internet isn't scratch and sniff because as pretty as the loveseat is she has an BO problem.  This is actually after bath number two and she smells and looks a whole lot better. Cigarette smoke stains just as much as it stinks and this baby was a little jaundiced before I started the cleaning/deodorizing process.

 Funky smells (mothballs anyone) often come with the territory of buying vintage/second hand. While I am dealing with cigarette smoke this cleaning method will work for for other odors as well and light stain removal from upholstery. 

1) White Vinegar 2) Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day All Purpose Concentrate 3) Hydrogen Peroxide 4) Baking Soda 5) Spray Bottles 6) White Lint Free Rags 7) Rubber Gloves. 

Step 1: Deodorizing

In a spray bottle mix equal parts hot water with vinegar. Vinegar will help breakdown the tar and oils and also help dissipate odors.

Step 2: Wipe Down

In a separate spray bottle mix 1 Tbs of Mrs. Meyer's with 1 cup hydrogen peroxide with one cup vinegar finish the rest of the bottle with hot water.  Spray a lint free rag with your solution then wipe the surface down.  I threw the rag away it was so nasty.

Step 3: Deep Clean

Take cushion covers off:  Deodorize the foam and batting inside with vinegar/water mix. Using the same cleaner formula as above I hand washed the cushion covers...the water was yellow.  Get the water as hot as you can and wear rubber gloves.  Hang outside to dry.

 Then on the parts I couldn't remove, I sprayed on the fabric directly and wiped off with a fresh rag...which also went in the trash. You might want to wear gloves for this too.

Step 4: Rinse

Fill another spray bottle with clear hot water, spray fabric and wipe off with a fresh rag.

Note: Repeat Steps 3 & 4 as many times as needed until your rag stays white. I need to do another pass - possibly two.

Step 5: Deodorize

Before bed sprinkle the entire surface with baking soda.  Leave overnight and in the morning vacuum it all up.

You might find that you will need to repeat the deodorizing steps from time to time as any smells deep in the batting/foam will work their way to the surface over time.  Eventually any smells will become more and more faint.  


  •   Don't soak the fabric, spray lightly like when using Febreze.  
  •   I used car buffing rags they are a good size and are relatively cheep.  Cloth diapers would work     as well.
  • Pay extra attention to creases, cording and the corners where the fabric is "tighter".
  • Also work more on areas where people touch...arm rests, cushions, etc. Oils from our skin attract dirt and grime and will lock in smells. 
  • If you can open windows or do it all outside.  The fresh air will help as well.
These steps also work for fabric and walls if you ever find yourself trying to get rid of smoke in a home.