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?





Friday, October 31, 2014

New Paint in the Dining Room

If you follow along, you'll remember that I've been slowly revamping the dining room.  Here was where I last left off and it was a little more traditional than I wanted...  you can read more about that here and here.


The walls were a light blue, curtains gray and it felt very formal.  So, I came up with the design below to add a little flair to the room and make it feel cozier and a little more interesting.


I'm glad to say that with the new paint and art on the wall the room is even better than I hoped it would be!  The walls are Valspar's Montpelier Ashlar Gray and the accent wall is Mark Twain Brick Gray.  I am in love with this color!  It translates as a dark blue gray in person.



You can see the kitchen through the door on the right.




This room is adjacent to our new playroom which we revealed a couple of weeks ago.  I swapped out the curtains for white ones in the dining room to coordinate with the playroom (plus the new accent wall made the gray curtains look purple).


I am in love with how this room turned out!  It's always so exciting to see your vision come to be a reality.  What kinds of projects have you had in your mind and watched come to life?

Like the art in the room?  Read more about our DIY art projects below:




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Budget Kitchen Renovation: Section Two Progress



I know things have been a little quiet here on the blog lately and that's because my days have been filled with these two cuties!


When I do find a couple of free moments, I've slowly been making progress on section two of our budget kitchen remodel.


Here's the checklist for section two (still plenty more to do - not to mention the base cabinets still need poly):

Sand Doors
- Drill holes for new hardware
- Add decorative moulding to outside edges of cabinet frames
- Apply one coat of gel stain
- Apply two coats of Carrington stain
- Apply 3 coats of some kind of poly

What is unique about our kitchen is that our upper cabinets are 42" high, where standard cabinets are 36" high.  That equates to more storage space for us (which I love).  It also meant that it took longer to sand these cabinets.  Not to mention they were much grimier than the lowers.

However, all of the staining is complete and here's the result with the new stain!


I just love it!  For these doors, I stained them out on our deck and used two 1x4's to create a stand for them to lay on.  Working only a couple of hours at a time (during naps), it took a couple of weeks to complete.


I have to say, when I put up a couple of the completed doors onto the old cabinets, I was a little nervous about the final result...


Sometimes I find that DIY projects look worse before they get better - but keep faith and press on towards that final result.  The cabinet frames were completed much more quickly than the doors.  I found it was easiest to use a drop cloth and painter's tape to cover the counter tops and appliances to keep stain from dripping on them (I encountered more splatter than drips on the drop cloth).



You can see below that I still have section three to complete, but I also have to add the moulding to section two before the "bones" can be said to be complete.  As of right now the backs of all of the doors are still the original color as we'll (still to be stained, but I figured I'd get the fronts complete and then move onto the backs).


Here's a couple more shots just for fun!  You can see the color variation in the stain depending on the lighting-  sometimes it has a reddish hue and other times a dark cool almost espresso brown hue.







Saturday, October 25, 2014

Our Entryway is Complete!!

I am super excited today for two reasons.  One - the moulding in the entryway is finally done AND painted!  It only took nearly a year to complete - no big deal  ;).  

Two - I found this awesome dresser for the entry way at Home Goods.  I swear the finish looks just like it came out of a Pottery Barn store - but the price tag certainly didn't.  I feel like Home Goods can be totally hit or miss, and this time it was a home run.


This has been the plan for this space since before we moved in and it's so exciting to see it all come together!!







We were also able to swap out the light fixtures on the ceiling.  The best part - it was a contractor pack and included two lights for about $20.  You can't beat that price and they look way more expensive than they were.  Plus our entryway is brighter than ever!


Here's one final before and after for the final effect.



What I love most about moulding is that it is an easy upgrade you can add yourself and it makes a drastic update to a room.  How have you used moulding in your home to update a room?

Click below to read more about how to install picture frame moulding:





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