1.13 2013

How to modernize a gold mirror

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I haven’t posted lately about the little projects I’ve done around the house. I’ve mostly been repurposing and repainting things we already have to make it work in our current space and decor.  This gold mirror worked well with the decor in the last house, but it doesn’t work with the vibe I am looking for in this house. Since I didn’t want to just give it away, I gave it a makeover for my teen daughter’s bedroom. READ THE REST //

11.27 2012

Our diy farmhouse table

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Farmhouse 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!

farmhouse-table

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.farmhouse-table

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.

diy farmhouse table

10.15 2012

Our Finished Kitchen

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modern farmhouse kitchen

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 //

9.19 2012

My love of white kitchens

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white kitchen cabinets

I’ve done many white kitchens in the past and I never tire of the look of them. They just seem timeless to me.

I had the opportunity to paint my parents’ oak kitchen cabinets white and when I am over there I always admire how much they brighten up their space. I finally got around to taking an after picture the other day at my sister in law’s baby shower. Here are some “during” pictures as I forgot to take some shots before I got started:

And after:

I love the black hardware against the white for contrast. (I used Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Acadia White.)

On another note, I’m very excited that Kevin and I are going to be building our farmhouse kitchen table soon. He drew up a plan of what we’ve been talking about and here is what we are thinking it will look like:

It’ll take us a few weeks but hopefully I’ll have the after pictures to share sooner than later. I recently finished painting my kitchen cabinet casings (again) and am working on the doors and drawers so there are a lot projects going on at once! Oh, the joys of being a DIY’er and a nester. The projects never end!