Sunday, January 4, 2015

Living Room Update - Griffin Coffee Table

I am so excited to say that I feel like our living room finally feels finished - well, more finished.  For Christmas hubby bought me the Pottery Barn Griffin Coffee Table.  It is more amazing in person than in the catalog.  The top is really worn so it will look great even after little hands make nicks in it.  A 5 out of 5 in my mind.  Plus, the wood top is thick and heavy solid wood, and the base is made of iron. Gorgeous and practical. What more can you ask for?

Look at the detail on the coffee table surface- LOVE!  What changes have you made over the holidays?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Quite a Transformation

Happy Christmas Eve to all!   I hope you all have a wonderful time with friends and family.  I'm spending the day cleaning in preparation for tomorrow.  But I wanted to share one little sneak peak with you...

This morning I finished the countertops (still missing the finishing wax, but I'll get around to that after the holiday).   I removed the 4" backsplash for a sleeker, more modern look. Here's a peek.

Just a quick before and after.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chalkboard Paint + Countertops

Yes, you did read that title correctly.  This weekend I played around with chalkboard paint on our kitchen countertops and I'm really liking the results.  I've ordered some wax paste to put over top as a protective coat that should come in the mail tomorrow.

So, as a reminder here's what I started with.  Ugly, dirty white laminate countertops.  I sanded them with 120 grit sandpaper, then applied three total coats of Rustoleum chalkboard paint with a foam roller.

Here are the counters after one coat.

And after three coats.
There's a sneak peak in the background of
section 3 of the kitchen cabinets.

I'm really happy with the results so far.  I now just have the countertops around the perimeter to do and then seal.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Becoming Uninspired

Do you ever go through phases where either life becomes too hectic, funds become tight, or you just plain become uninspired by home projects.  I think for me I've had a combination of all of those and haven't really been feeling very inspired lately.

I also had a day where I walked into my kitchen and wanted to start all over on my cabinets - I hated them!  Strange right?  I mean they don't look too shabby but sometimes I look at them and see all of my little mistakes and just think they look plain cheap.

With that said, I think the eventual plan will be to replace the cabinets altogether (after all this is our forever home), which means that I won't be putting in new countertops until after that point.  But there's no reason why I can't finish my budget kitchen remodel.  After all, a project like that will take some time to save up for.

So, since I'm not going to replace my countertops in the next couple of months, I've been looking for temporary solutions for our countertops.  I found this gorgeous solution in a magazine a couple of days ago and I'm really excited about the prospect.

Chalkboard paint countertops.  Don't judge until you take a look at this.

This one is from Assortment.

Absolutely gorgeous matte black finish.  Plus, I've read online that if you finish with a paste wax it's really durable.  I'll let you know how that turns out in the next couple of weeks.  I've got some materials on order from Amazon.  I'll leave you with that for now and I brew up some more ideas for exciting changes this Winter.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Target Side Table Hack

Have you ever noticed how the items in Target's clearance section are always the wild and outrageous  colors that no one else wanted?  I'm going to show you how you can take those cheap, ugly pieces and update them to create a custom, real wood piece.

This project started when we saw this little table at target on clearance for $25 - it had good bones, but unfortunately the style didn't match the decor in our home at all.  Here's a good before of the product right off the shelf.

It had bright blue metal legs and some sort of faux wood, cardboard top.  We think it was leftover from the college back-to-school display.

Look past all of that and there's a beautiful piece of furniture just waiting to be born!  

The first step to updating this table was to spray paint all of the metal using Rustoleum's Burnished Amber spray paint.  It's part of their hammered metal line so it has a cool texture to it as well. 

Once the metal has dried and is fully coated, it's time to reface the table top!  I used pieces of 1"x4"x4' wood cut to size for the top and 1"x2"x4' pieces cut to size on the sides as trim.  This covered the entirety of the existing cardboard top.  To adhere the wood to the existing table top, I used construction adhesive and painter's tape to hold it in place while the glue dried.

Since the table top was slightly larger than the width of 5 - 1"x4" boards, I left an even amount of space between each of the boards on top and filled the gaps with wood filler (I find it's easier to spread the wood filler if you add a little water to it).

Here's a shot with the wood filler in the cracks.
After the wood filler dries, sand smooth.  I also rounded the edges of the table since we have little ones and I didn't want them running into any sharp corners.

Now comes the best part - staining!  I love staining wood!  For this piece I decided to try a mixture of Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and Dark Walnut stain.  I just mixed the two in a paper bowl until I got a cool brown color.  I applied it generously to the wood using a foam brush and then wiped off the excess using a clean rag.

Here's a good shot of the top right after I applied the stain.

Once that dried, I applied a coat of polyurethane to protect the wood.  When that has dried, you're left with a custom piece that doesn't break the bank!

When shopping in the clearance section, look past the color of an item and see what it can be rather than what it is.  There's so much you can do with a little spray paint and wood!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Baby E's Nursery

One of the fun things about having a little girl is getting the chance to design and decorate a little girl's room.  Dainty lace, pink, ruffles... items that I would never normally use in the decor of our house.

I've slowly begun to put together Baby-E's room now that she's here.  She's not sleeping in there yet which gives me some additional time to pull it together.  When we originally moved into our house her bedroom was Little Man's room.  These two windows are the only windows in the room - which gives me tons of wall space to work with.

We moved Little Man into the room next to ours a couple of months ago and left this room empty for our new little one.  After cleaning through all of the baby gear and assembling the furniture, here's what the room looks like so far...

Quite a work in progress, I know.  We're reusing the furniture from Little Man's nursery.  The crib and changing table are from the Graco Lauren collection.  The curtains are from West Elm (the ones that used to be in the dining room).  Then I just have a little cubby set from Target.  It was a great, quick and inexpensive way to create more storage in Little Man's room when he was born.

Mav wants a pink-on-pink-on-pink room.  Essentially, everything should be pink - the walls, bedding, everything.  I on the other hand prefer more neutral colors with pops of pink throughout.  I think the color scheme will be a pale pink with grays, champagne and off-white.  So far, the only thing I've selected is the wall color.  I've gone with Sherwin William's Romance.  Let's just say it's very pink.  But it's a beautiful soft shade that doesn't overwhelm you when you walk into the room.

Here's a sneak peak...

What are your must-haves in a little girl room?

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