Monday, March 30, 2015

My Mom's Kitchen Renovation is Complete!

My Mom's kitchen is finally done, and I love the transformation!  


Here is a look at the before.  Don't mind my cute mom, daughter and caramel apple dipping mess in the first one.  We forgot to take pictures before the granite and backsplash went in, but it will at least give you an idea of what is looked like.  


 If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen some pictures of me painting her cabinets.  Instead of replacing all of her cabinets, Dave at Liberty Homes and Remodeling routed the inside panel out and replaced it with bead board and I sprayed all her doors with a latex paint.  
(more information will be coming on this including pictures of the process and her budget)




It was a lot of work and took some time but I think she would agree it was worth it.  
It is a whole new kitchen.  


My Mom and Dave raised the cabinet over the fridge and microwave to create a custom staggered look.  Dave also ran crown molding around all the cabinets.  WOW, what a difference that made.  

She also replaced the panel of the top cabinet on the left with glass and painted the back of the cabinet turquoise to add a pop of color.  


To save money my Mom sprayed painted all of her hinges Oil Rubbed Bronze by Rustoleum and found her hardware online.  



She also installed the backsplash by herself!  
{see it is in my bones to do everything on my own}




 I love the outcome it is so light and open now!

Dave at Liberty Homes and Remodeling is available for hire, if you are looking for an honest contractor he is your guy!!

TTFN

Brooke






Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Vintage Dresser Turned Bench


I really have a thing for old chest.  Every time I come across one I can seem to pass it up, no matter the condition it is in.  As you can see this chest had seen better days.  It was missing drawers and after I got the nasty fabric off the top I realized it was completely destroyed, it looked like someone had taken their anger out on it.  The frame of this dresser was still in great shape, and it is oak!  I couldn't just trash it....so....I decided to turn it into something else.....




A Bench!!  


How cute is this turquoise bench!  And the drawer even functions!


Every bench needs a few fun pillows.  I love red and yellow with turquoise, it spices the piece up just a bit!



To dress this chest up I added some moldings to the drawer and bench seat.  This bench is painted with Quarry by Pratt and Lambert and then glazed to bring out all the fun details!  This bench is always sealed with a spar urethane for added protection.  

I found these fun knobs at Home Goods, Score! 

I will be posting a tutorial on how I converted this bench so check back soon!






 This bench is FOR SALE
It is $295 and comes with the 3 pillow envelopes.  The yellow pillow is 18x18 and the other 2 are 16x16.  Please send me an email if you are interested!  Brooke.n.larsen@gmail.com

Thank you
Brooke




Monday, March 23, 2015

Vintage Twin Headboards Turned Bench

Does anyone else have spring fever?  I defiantly do, my daffodils are in bloom and finishing this bench has made it even worse!  

My sister in law found 2 matching twin headboards. (sorry no before pictures)  Spindles and headboards seem to be a thing of the past, but spindles and benches....Yes, please!

to create this bench I used one of the headboards for the back and cut the other in half to create the  two sides.  I then built a frame out of 2x4s to hold everything together and create a seat.  




The yellow in the pillow was my inspiration.  I love yellow and gray together, but sometimes getting the right shade of yellow can be tricky.  I took my fabric to the paint store and found a match, which was Citron by Clark and Kensington


After I sprayed everything yellow I used my sand paper and a little bit of elbow grease and roughed up the edges.  I then glazed everything with a brown oil based glaze.  I love how the glaze made all the details to this bench pop!


For the seat of this bench I used pine and stained it with Miniwaxes Dark Walnut for a rich touch.  





This bench is For Sale, and would be a cute inside or outside bench!

I am asking $225
This includes the 2 pillow envelopes as well!

Please Email me if you are interested

Brooke.n.larsen@gmail.com

TTFN



Monday, March 16, 2015

French Hutch



People always ask me where I find my furniture and to be honest there is no perfect spot.  I watch the local classifieds, but most of the time they frustrate me, I feel like I am fighting or jumping through hoops to get a piece and with 3 young kids I don't always have time to do that.  I love to look at garage sales and thrift stores, but my favorite is when someone calls me with an awesome piece they are getting rid of like this one!

This piece was in pretty go shape when I got it home, one of my favorite things about this hutch is it isn't your average oversized hutch, it is cute and petite.  


I like having fun with furniture and painting them different colors but with this piece it was just too elegant to do anything extravagant with.  I wanted to accent the details of this piece without over powering.  


I painted the entire piece cream (custom color) and then I used an Ivory (white Dove by Benjamin Moore) to accent the crown and other moldings on the piece.  


I also painted in between the drawers with the ivory to accent those as well.  I glazed this glazed this piece with an oil based glaze in a dark brown (not sure of the name)  to accent the grooves.  




 I wanted to keep the original pulls to this piece.  Look, at the details and elegance of them.  They were a bit worn an dirty, so I used a scrubber and soap and water to clean them up.  After they were cleaned up I spray painted them with Rustoleums Metallic Gold.  I did replace the knobs with some old vintage knobs I had.  I sprayed them as well to match.




 I am on the fence about selling this hutch.  I have tired to find a place to put her but I can't seem to find the perfect fit but I can't convince myself to give her up just yet.  So until them she will stay in my craft room and I will enjoy looking at her beauty!!

TTFN

Brooke

Friday, February 20, 2015

Turn Upholstered Dining Chair Seats Into Wood!

First I want to say thank you for all your kind words.  I am grateful for all the comments of support and sympathy.  I was a little hesitant to post about my struggles with my 3 kiddos as I didn't want to come across whiny or ungrateful.  I do love my kids, they are a huge blessing in ours lives.....but....somedays are just a little more {or A LOT} more trying than others.  

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  I have been so excited to show you my chairs!  Look at these nasty seat covers before, to give you an idea of how old they were, horse hair was used for the padding.  

Originally I was going to make a patterned from these and upholster the seats again.  I was a little worried about upholstered chairs as I do have 3 young children but I couldn't think of a better idea .... until my husband suggested making wood tops instead.  Brilliant right??!!  The only problem was I had never done that before.....until now!






First I stripped the chairs all the way down and painted them in a custom mixed cream color.  


Next I cut out wood to be the base for the new tops


Then it got a little tricky, I had to make a template for my seats.  
To get the back curve right I used a protractor, it worked like a charm.  I wanted my seat tops to hang over roughly a 1/2 inch.



Once we had the template cut out we traced them on to our sheet pine.  You can buy sheets of pine like this from Lowes.  (notice Dave's finger, he sliced it open with a table saw so use caution on this next step)


Once everything was all traced we used a jigsaw to cut out the curved back and then ran the straight edges through the table saw.  


And this is what you get!

To stain my chairs I first used Miniwaxes Dark Walnut, once that stain had dried I applied Miniwaxes Cherry stain over the top to warm it up just a bit!



I have loved having wood tops, they clean up so nicely!


TTFN

Brooke




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I am here.....

I am terribly sorry for my lack of posting lately.  I forgot how much work it is to have a baby, I swear I have never been this tired before in my life.  I had always heard people talk about 3 kids being trying, and of course I thought "we can do it no big deal."  Well after lots of tears and tireless nights I have finally admitted to myself, 3 kids is A LOT of work, more than I expected and planned for.

But.......

   Even through all the hard times I wouldn't change having baby brother, his sweet little smile melts all the worries away.   I sure have enjoyed watching him grow, he is almost eight months old and he is starting to army crawl, his big sisters make sure he is very well taken care of.  So please excuse my lack of posting, I swear I am still here!


I am putting together a tutorial on how to convert upholstered dining chairs to hard wood......I am hoping to get it up this week! 

I also have a few other projects in the works, they are coming along, just slower than usual!

oh and Happy late Valentines!!

TTFN

Brooke

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Daughters Dresser

 I am so excited to have this dresser done, not only to share it with you but for my sanity as well, you will see why below........



As you may know when Baby Brother was born we moved our girls into the same room.  I decided when I was 6 months pregnant I would build them bunkbeds (post here) and so far we have loved the bunkbeds.  They are very sturdy and considering my children think they are a jungle gym they are holding up amazingly well.  Our rooms upstairs are small so I added shelves to the closet and some totes (post here) and crossed my fingers that between the closet and their 3 drawer dresser we would have enough storage.  Well I think this picture speaks for itself....I had to come up with another plan.


This dresser was just hanging out in my garage when my husband said, "why don't you refinish it for the girls room."  Yes, he does have a lot of good ideas!  I was a little worried it wouldn't fit, you can't tell from this picture but there is a closet right where the picture cuts off so......we will call it a perfect fit!!

And if you look at the bed, I finished the first of 2 quilts.  Oh, I love them.  They are so bright and cheery....now to finish the other one!


I love the lines of this dresser, it is just stunning.



This pink is a custom color.  I know I say that way to often, but often times I will find a color I think I like and once I start to paint with it the tones are off just a bit so I add some gray or brown or lighten it a bit with white.  The ivory color is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.  I used and oil based brown glaze to antique this and then I sealed it all with a Spar Urathane!



 This dresser has helped incredibly to keep their room clean!!

TTFN

Brooke

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