5.23 2014

White and Wood Hutch

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Recently, I acquired a hutch for a very good price. I really wish I could find the before picture, as the before and after would be worthy of seeing! At least I took the afters…enjoy! READ THE REST //

3.7 2014

Gray Mirrored Chest

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Well, hello! I’m back from quite a long hiatus from posting pictures of our house progress and my furniture transformations. Today I’m going to share a first for me…adding mirrors to furniture. It was super easy and while you have to have a piece with space in the panels, I’ll definitely be doing another. I didn’t take a before picture, but it was a basic white Lexington chest. I called around various mirror cutting shops and their prices ranged from $40 to $240 (that’s crazy.) Asking for a raw edge saved a lot of money as well. READ THE REST //

10.8 2013

Butter Yellow Hutch

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Lately I have been busily cranking on furniture because I am going to be putting my pieces in a shop opening late October. For you Phoenicians, I’ll post the location as we get closer… READ THE REST //

7.8 2013

Our tween room and a $10 bookshelf makeover!

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We have this little room in our house that is central to all the girls’ bedrooms. It took me a while to decide how to make it functional, but I am loving it more and more as I make it their own space. It has become their hang-out, homework, Wii, piano practice and tween room, plus it is a great place to store books and supplies. There is more I plan to do in here, but things are definitely shaping up.

I snagged the Ikea t.v. console on CL for cheap, but it was as good as new. I found the settee on Amazon with free shipping. I love the low back so it doesn’t block off the room. Now all this part of the room needed was some color and something nice and also functional in the corner.

IMG_8913 I went with a dark charcoal gray settee because I thought it would look good with pops of bright colors in the room. I had purchased some zig zag pillows from Joss and Main and while I was waiting for the order to come in I found the coordinating fabric at a local fabric store. I still need to decide how to utilize them… I might have them made into two larger pillows, or a lumbar pillow with some sort of window treatment above the french doors, which I painted black when we moved in.

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So, I searched CL and found a bookshelf for $10. The backing was warped and a total loss, and the finish was flaking. I sanded  the old varnish off, removed the backing, and replaced it with a wood-stainable bead board.

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Because of adding the new bead board I added a trim piece to hide any overlap, which finished it off nicely.

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I really like the pretty skirt at the bottom…

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Here it is all finished. I used a good stain blocker and painted it with Benjamin Moore White Dove. The bead board is in dark walnut.

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And here is this portion of the room almost finished! Now, what to do with that coordinating fabric….hmmm.

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I’ve painted some furniture this summer in this crazy AZ heat, and I will be sure to show some of those before and afters very soon!

6.5 2013

Our “Old” Farm Hutch with Downloadable Tutorial

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Wrapping up school and getting into a new routine as we roll out summer is always a fun adjustment. The planning of our summer bucket list and buying season passes to the water park just can’t be beat. I am really enjoying having my girls at home, doing all the fun things that the school year doesn’t give us the time to do.

I mentioned in my last post that I “gave” myself a Craigslist redo for Mother’s Day. I started and finished this hutch on Saturday so that we could enjoy it on Mother’s Day with our family here. This project was really fun for me.  I took a lot of pictures of the process and put together a downloadable step-by-step how-to (details at the end).

Here it is in our almost finished kitchen nook:

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I wanted the wood and the paint to look very worn and rustic, and it definitely does!

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It just makes me smile every time I walk by it.  Not only does it display some meaningful things, but the extra storage is so nice.  We found the wire basket 1/2 off at our local grocery store and I bought the 70 year old bowl from a garage sale a few years ago.

The downloadable how-to is only $1.49 and includes:

    • 10 full pages of pictures and text
    • The refinishing process broken down, step-by-step
    • Prepping, and an explanation of products used
    • Two of my favorite primers and sealers
    • How to create the two-toned rustic wood stain effect
    • The custom color formula for the paint used
    • A great topcoat for stained wood
    • This is not a chalk paint or milk paint piece, but the principles would still apply using those products

Add to Cart  $1.49