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).
We’ve been on a counter stool hunt for quite some time. The island needed something in front of it, and the girls needed another spot for homework or eating. The problem we kept running into was that all the ones we liked were bar stool height. We thought about going with these – this one is from Kevin’s office drafting table:
We are so happy to have the folding kitchen table back in the garage and our homemade Farmhouse table finished! First, Kevin designed our vision on Autocad and this was that look we were after.
He spent a couple of days building it and I spent a couple of days finishing the top and painting the base and here is what we have now…we LOVE it!
I found the two Pottery Barn Windsor arm chairs on Craigslist, and the four side chairs on a Craigslist as well – which I plan to paint and distress to match. Now that I look at this photo, everything in this room is either homemade, from Craigslist or Goodwill, and most of it refinished from home.
Here are a couple of shots of the building process. Kevin dealt with a lot of warped pine and I dealt with a lot of cracks to fill with glue and sawdust before staining the top. The sanding alone took me an entire day to get it smooth and ready for staining and sealing. The stain I chose was Minwax Jacobean, but first I rubbed on a stain conditioner per the directions to prevent blotchiness. It turned out very rustic and gorgeous! The final finish is the same one I used here.
We purchased the chunky legs online from Osbornewood.com and the customer service was excellent.
Kevin built the table skirt himself.
We love the light and dark effects with the knots and where the cracks were filled with glue and sand dust.
One final shot of using our table for the first time on Thanksgiving. We look forward to many more holidays, family dinners, and game nights around this table.
We’ve put all the finishing touches on the kitchen cabinets and are finally enjoying our kitchen! It took us a while to get all the trim work, cabinet feet, and hardware ordered and installed as life is so busy, but we are finally there. Here is what we started with. READ THE REST
While we are still getting settled and I have no inspiring pictures to share, I wanted to share a cool project my brother did for his master bath doorway. READ THE REST