Breakfast Nook Update: Refinished Dresser

Hello and Happy Friday!

I’m back with yet another breakfast nook update. Now that we have added the bench, it’s prodded me to finish several other projects that I’ve been wanting to accomplish.

When I originally told you about the breakfast nook changes, I showed you my to do list:

1. Make a bench out of existing cabinets the full length of the window. Hopefully I can find the cabinets at Habitat for Humanity to save on cost. Fingers crossed!

2. DIY a bench cushion.

3. Hem curtains to allow for bench.

4. Get new pedestal table. I’ve been searching Craigslist and think I might have found one on the cheap. Just a little paint and elbow grease and we’ll have a show stopper.

5. Find new chairs for the table.

6. Find & install a new light fixture.

7. Make new DIY artwork.

8. Find new rug.

9. Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!

However, what I didn’t include on the list was refinishing the dresser.

Much like the table, it’s an important piece to the room. And one thing I never liked about the dresser was that it clashed with our current table and chairs.

Now, for a little history on the dresser. This was the first piece of furniture that I bought on the cheap with the intention of refinishing. Spray paint had also rocked my world around the same time, so, naturally we spray painted the entire thing black and changed out the knobs. Needless to say, this was a HUGE improvement to its previous condition. I really liked the look of the black.

Then, we moved in to our house and it’s new found home was in the breakfast nook posing as a sideboard rather than a dresser.

For six months I have looked at the breakfast nook knowing that there were several things “missing” or “out of place” and for six months I had been looking for the solution. Little did I know at the time, but the black dresser was prohibiting my true inspiration and ideas for the space. Sounds deep, I know.

After we installed the bench, I knew my next step was to transform the dresser. I kept imagining a totally different look and vibe. Something softer, more natural, with furniture that didn’t instantly “grab” or “take over” the room. The dresser kept doing that.

Now, for the record, I have nothing against black furniture. Obviously I think it’s striking, or I wouldn’t have painted it that way in the first place. Problem was, I kept trying to make it “fit” and it wouldn’t. It needed painted. And I was finally ok with doing it.

Inspiration hit not long after, and I had my solution.

This dresser underwent my first “serious” renovation. It didn’t include spray paint, and it didn’t include one solid color. Two toned was the way to go!

I wish I could show you the full room so that you could see the impact it’s had on the space, but you’ll have to wait!

Here it is all by it’s lonesome!

I am completely smitten with it’s two toned finish and the way the stain compliments the paint. It’s pure loveliness with a touch of rustic!

I’m totally impressed with how much better my accessories look! They’re no longer competing for your attention…

I left all of the original nicks and nail holes. They give it the slight rustic look that I was wanting. It’s not perfect and it looks like it has it’s own story.

This was such a rewarding project and one that taught me so much. I found that staining wood isn’t something to be afraid of. It won’t bite and it’s fixable- just grab your sander!

The more that I work with furniture, the more that I like it. Seeing these transformations is enough to keep me going!

Stay tuned for the step by step guide on how I transformed this dresser.

Big Smiles!

I’m linking up to:

Miss Mustard Seed

A Bowl Full Of Lemons

House of Hepworths

The 36th Avenue

Alderberry Hill

DIY Show Off

Laundry Room Console Table

I’ve been bitten. By the furniture bug, that it.

The laundry room is getting ready for a complete makeover. Remember? We talked about this. I shared everything that’s  been brutally bugging me since we moved in. Happy times.

Anyways, I was cruising around the great www and I ran into a lovely console table that practically had my name etched into it. It was completely perfect, except for the depth, oh, and perhaps the price…

Yes, at $1,099 this table is quite the catch.

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Ah, but look at all the loveliness! The thick wood top with the iron frame. It’s a perfect mix.

And, it’s similar to the original inspiration that I showed you before:

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But, like I stated before, my dream table is $1,100, which is way, WAY, way out of our budget. Luckily for me, the hubby is a welder by trade. I showed him a picture of my table and he actually laughed out loud, and then followed it with “I’m in the wrong business”. He can make it for mere dollars, but the most challenging, and perhaps the most expensive part, will be finding that thick of a wood top. I’m on the hunt.

I can’t wait to show you the finished project. And I can’t wait to see the finished price! I do love a good challenge!

Big Smiles!

Breakfast Nook Plans

Lately I’ve been daydreaming of my most recent obsession: Sunny breakfast nooks with bench seating. Yes, you read that right. I’ve been obsessing over breakfast nooks. And bench seating.

It’s what I do… my mind is constantly changing, organizing or decorating something. You’d think that I would get tired of it. Actually, it’s the exact opposite. I thrive off of it! Honestly, the more that I let my mind wander, the better my ideas get.

Does that happen to anyone else?

Anyways…

Since we have a dining room and a breakfast nook, I’ve recently decided that I want to make our breakfast nook, well, breakfasty. I want to add a comfy bench with usable storage and numerous pillows, a  pedestal table with new chairs and a round sisal rug.

I can’t even begin to describe my excitement. The best part? My Mr. totally agrees with me! My smiles are endless.

Since I have this enormous amount of excitement, I couldn’t wait to share our plans and inspiration.

This is our current breakfast nook:

And here’s what we’re planning on doing:

-Make a bench out of existing cabinets the full length of the window. Hopefully I can find the cabinets at Habitat for Humanity to save on cost. Fingers crossed!

-DIY a bench cushion.

-Hem curtains to allow for bench.

-Get new pedestal table. I’ve been searching Craigslist and think I might have found one on the cheap. Just a little paint and elbow grease and we’ll have a show stopper.

-Find new chairs for the table.

-Find & install a new light fixture.

-Make new DIY artwork.

-Find new rug.

-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories!

I would love to be able to set a budget, but not knowing if I can get cabinets at the second hand store will be a total game changer.

This is ideally what I envision for our breakfast nook:

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Are you in love as much of me? This is my favorite…. and what I completely want to copy and paste into our space. It looks so inviting. I want to sit in the sun, sip on hot tea and nibble on a scone. Mmmm…

The bench is amazing. And the textures… wow!

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So crisp and clean, it makes me feel happy!

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This bench is nearly perfect…

Pottery Barn, but couldn’t find the direct source… SORRY!

Every one of these rooms has completely inspired me… They all make me want to curl up and soak in the sun.

I am beyond excited to get this project under way! I’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way!

Big Smiles!

DIY Stick & Twig Star

A couple of my favorite additions to our entry way have been the skeleton key art and the stick & twig star. They were both so easy! And completely FREE!

I knew that I wanted the addition of a star in the space, but I didn’t want to spend any money on it. Bring on the creativity!

The first place I turned was to the great outdoors.

What’s more free than sticks and twigs? Ummm….. nothing! Ok, maybe rocks… but sticks were the much better option… Although now that I’m thinking about the whole rock star thing it could be pretty cool. Hmmm…. thinking… thinking…

Anyways, this is so very easy! No joke!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Sticks

-Hot Glue

-Piece of Cardboard, or even a piece of paper…

-Pencil

-Jute String

Here’s your step by step tutorial:

-First: Pick a few good length sticks in a color & texture  that you like. Mine are willow and aspen.

-Second: With your pencil and cardboard draw a star in the size that you want.

-Third: Begin breaking your sticks into pieces based upon your star drawing and lay each stick on the line that it was broken for.

-Four: Hot glue the ends of each stick piece together until the star is completely formed and glued  together.

-Five: Tie a piece of Jute string around the top of the star. Hang.

Love that star!

How awesome would it be to hang a really large star from the front porch? Or what about little tiny ones on the Thanksgiving table or hanging from the Christmas table? Awesome!

These little projects have truly made a huge impact, which makes me happy that money doesn’t always buy the greatest things!

Big smiles!

Skeleton Key Art

One of the biggest impacts in our entry way has definitely been the skeleton key art. We love it!

And it was FREE! You heard me (or read me), FREE!

This entire project came about because my husband was rummaging through a box of his old keys. He pulled these out and I snatched them up as soon as they hit the counter. Such a treasure!

I already had the frame and the burlap, so I spent ZERO on this DIY project. Oh the sweetness of it.

It’s seriously one of the easiest things to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Picture Frame

-Cardboard (if your frame is missing the glass)

-Skeleton Keys (I used 3)

-Hot Glue Gun

-Super Glue

-Scissors

-Pencil

-Ruler or Tape Measure

First, pick a frame. Mine didn’t have a glass piece, so I used cardboard instead. An empty notebook back to be exact.

Cut off the top.

Then measure the cardboard to fit inside the frame. Be sure to leave extra room for the burlap.

Next, cover your cardboard (or glass) in burlap. To do this, line your top corner with the burlap and hot glue it to the cardboard. Continue along the top of the cardboard and then begin doing the same thing down the left side. Once the top and left sides are done, follow the same directions on the other side, pulling tight. The bottom should be the only part that’s not hot glued at this point. Pull the extra fabric tight in one corner on the bottom and glue the fabric to the cardboard. Continue along the bottom, pulling tight the entire way across.

Trim off extra burlap.

Put the cardboard piece in the frame.

Time for the skeleton keys! I decided to use 3. First I eyed the general layout of the keys and then measured to make sure the keys were centered in the frame at the top, bottom, sides and between each other. This will differ depending on your frame size.

Now you glue. Hot glue doesn’t work. It will only frustrate you… trust me. I pulled out the big gun: super glue!

I found it necessary to make a mark above each key so that I knew where to place them once I had glue on the backside. Because the super glue won’t dry quickly, you’ll have time to make sure the keys are properly spaced before you push them onto the burlap. I put a blob of glue in the middle of each key and pressed down, but this could vary depending on your key thickness and weight.

Don’t forget to push down on your keys to be sure that the glue is up close and personal with the burlap. They should be stuck tight.

Now you hang it.

Be proud! You just created an amazingly cheap piece of art!

Did I mention that we love it? Yes, we!

Big smiles!

I’m linking up to: DIY Showoff

Entryway Updates

Oh Boy! I’ve been working on our entry way, trying to collect things here and there, but I’ve also been busy making a few things of my own! And I couldn’t be happier with the way it’s progressing!

It’s a rather happy feeling when your style comes alive. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve thought that our entryway has been making some seriously awesome progress, especially with the addition of our stripe wall, but that was just the base. It still needed the little extras that would take it to the next level. The things that would make it feel like ours.

I want our entryway, as well as every other room in our home, to reflect who we are as a couple and family. By doing that, our guests should get a welcoming and inviting feeling when they enter our home. After all, the entryway is your calling card to the world.

It all started with the stripe wall. It majorly changed the way that I looked at out entryway. All of a sudden I saw it in a different light. It brought new ideas, but most importantly, it brought change. It made me step outside of my current decor world, which was a safety net, and step into ideas that I’d been to afraid to try.

Sure, it won’t be everyone’s taste, but we love it. We live here, and if we like it, that’s all that matters.

The secretary, which has been handed down throughout my husbands family, recently had a makeover. It’s a huge part of our entry way, even though it’s kind of hidden from the main entry view. And the chair. Oh the chair. What a great thrift store find! It’s shape had me at hello and with paint and new upholstery it fits beautifully and even adds it’s own piece of flair!

It may just be me, but it seems the areas in our home have to “come together” over time. It feels natural to me. I like to collect and then edit what I’ve found.  Time and time again, I prove this to myself. Five months from now, I’ll probably be doing the exact same thing. It works for me. And it takes time. I have to be patient.

The skeleton key art is one of my DIY projects for this space. Tutorial is coming soon. I completely love it!

The stick star was another DIY project. It was so very easy. I’ll show you soon! I love the rustic vibe it gives the space.

I had leftover keys from my framed art and decided to hang them up. Perfection.

The white framed art was yet another DIY project, although it has been in the entry since we moved in. An update is in it’s future!

Is this space done? Definitely not. I still have my eye on a couple of DIY projects and we seriously need a new rug. I’ve looked everywhere, but haven’t been able to find anything I like in my price range.

In the meantime, I am head over heels loving our entryway! It’s such a happy feeling to walk into our home and know that this space reflects us! Big smiles!

Linking up to:

Thrifty Decor Chick

Secretary Reveal

It’s a happy day around here! Our secretary is finally finished and we love it!

I’m still amazed at the power of paint and how quickly it can transform! Seriously.

Here was the before:

And the after:

I’m in love with this piece of furniture! It was practically meant for this corner and now it owns it! We couldn’t be happier with the way that it turned out.

Because I wanted the smoothest finish possible, we sprayed painted the entire thing except for the back at the top. I hand painted that with Chelsea Gray. Looove it!

Everything pops against the dark color, which was exactly what I was going for.

After finally talking my husband into painting his family heirloom, I think we can both agree that the finished outcome is lovely.  It went from a piece of furniture that received little to no use or attention, to a desk that is already getting used and admired! What could be better than that?

Here’s a side by side for comparison:

Yowza! Me likey the After! 🙂

Stay tuned tomorrow to see the rest of the entryway and a whole bunch of changes!

Big smiles!

I’m sharing this on: DIY Show Off, Alderberry Hill, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, Thrifty Decor Chick

Living Room Secretary

Before I get busy on another furniture painting project, I felt it was necessary to show you the before pictures of our family secretary. It deserves more than just a quick before & after post because it’s been in my husband’s family for years! My husband grew up doing his homework on this secretary, so it holds many special memories for him.

It wasn’t too long ago that we were visiting his parents and I ran across it in the spare room. It was lovely! I told my husband how awesome it would be painted. At first, he thought I was crazy! He thinks that I want to paint everything. Ha, maybe I do!

I started to point out all of the ware and tear that it had suffered throughout the years and he finally came around to the idea of painting it.

After I got his approval I started to debate which color to paint it. First it was white, then it was gray, then back to white. I’ve been itching to paint it, but I couldn’t decide on the color. The last thing that I want to do is paint it, then wish I would’ve painted it the other color. It was better to just wait it out until I was positive.

I’ve finally decided, thanks to the latest Pottery Barn magazine. Right in time too… I was going crazy trying to decide.

My plan is to paint the entire thing white, except for the back of the inside, which will be a dark gray.

I can’t wait to get this project underway! It honestly feels wonderful to finally have decided.

Crazy For Stripes….

I’ve recently decided that our entry way is lacking a little personality. And I’ve always liked the look of stripes, but lately I’ve been a little nutty over them. Every time I see them in a room, I get excited.

But, I’m picky about my stripes… I don’t want anything hugely bold, but rather soft and subtle.

These rooms have my heart racing!

Via

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Via

Via

Oh boy. I love me some stripes. They’re practically perfect!

I can’t wait to get them painted in our entryway. We already have the base color and now it’s just choosing the perfect “stripe” color, which I think is handled!

Seems like it could be a great weekend project! I. Can’t. Wait!

Paper Wreath

Happy Monday!

We had a very busy weekend working on a couple of big landscaping projects… 4 ton of rock was involved… which had to be unloaded by hand. Enough said. More on that later though.

I must admit that I’ve recently become infatuated with The Nester’s wreath. So much in fact, that it was imperative I make my own. Seriously. So that’s what I did.

Easy peasy, really. I started with a basic wreath form, a thoughts dictionary, drew 2 different leaf sizes, and cut out about 562 leaves. That was the hardest part! Then I got busy hot gluing those paper leaves all over the wreath. So simple.

For now, it’s in the office. But I like it so much I may have to make another one for a different room. The wheels are spinning!

Major love peeps!

I love the texture of it. Every time I walk in to the room I smile, which means this project is a big success! It’s all about what makes you happy!

More later with the office. I’ve been a busy lady.