Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Little Man's Bedroom Progress

I feel like lately we really haven't made much progress in the house at all.  For a while there I was going full speed and I think I let the engine burn little too hot.  However, we do have some progress being made in Little Man's room.  Does he sleep in there by himself yet?  Of course not... but it's awful fun to decorate.  :)

Earlier this year I bought the Pottery Barn Kids Catalina bed to match his dresser, both in Sun Valley Espresso.  The quilt set is also Pottery Barn Kids Junior Varsity.

The room is not quite done, but making progress.  The first step was to move some of the excess furniture out to open up more floor space for playing.  It also makes the room look larger.

The walls are painted Valspar's Notre Dame (gray) and Valspar's Indigo Streamer.  I love the blue accent wall.  It gives the room interest, but doesn't make it too dark.  It also plays off the navy floor length curtains on the opposite wall.

The items left for this room include:

- incorporate some sort of shelving on the walls
- add a large piece of art on the wall over the long side of the bed
- add an area rug?
- putting pictures in the empty picture frames

Any other thoughts or ideas to take this room from "eh" to "eh"-mazing?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Our Chalkboard Paint Countertops

As we near the end of our budget kitchen remodel, I want to look back at what our kitchen looked like when we first moved in.

Remember, this was my inspiration image for our budget remodel.

Well, this is my kitchen today.   Pretty darn close for a budget remodel huh?

The final step of this remodel was painting the countertops with chalkboard paint.  I was inspired by a photo I saw in a magazine from Assortment's kitchen remodel.  Their countertops were made with plywood, but I wanted to try the same technique on laminate.

The first step was to remove our four inch backsplash and spackle the wall where the glue removed some sheetrock.  After the countertops were painted (and dry), I sanded the wall down and painted.

For the countertops, I sanded them with a medium grit sandpaper and wiped clean with a clorox bleach wipe.

Then I used Rustoleum's black chalkboard paint and applied with a foam roller.  For the edges (like around the sink and near the wall) I used a small paintbrush.  After three coats, sand the painted surface lightly to create a smooth surface.  Then I used a rag to apply Howard Citrus Shield Paste Wax.  Simply follow the instructions on the container to wax your counters to a beautiful satin luster.

As for durability, I've found that obviously you can't cut or put hot items directly on the countertop.  Where hubby forgot and did slice through the wax and paint, there are thin white lines.  However, I keep the paint and wax under the kitchen sink.  It's easy to touch up, doesn't discolor when wet (like the polyacrylic I used on our last kitchen), and looks great for the price.  I'm really happy with the results  - it's made a world of a difference in there while we save up for our real remodel someday.  What do you think about painted countertops?  Yay or nay?

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:  LINK

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.
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