Monday, October 20, 2014

Custom Made Bunk Beds


If you follow me on Facebook you might remember me talking about the Bunk Beds I decided to make my girls when I was 33 weeks pregnant, a little crazy I know.  You should have seen the look on my husbands face when I told him my plan.  But I couldn't find anything I liked within my budget.  I was being slightly picky too, I didn't want white ones since my walls are light, I didn't want wood ones, cause well I just didn't.  I am not a huge fan of black as I hate to dust and most of the time boycott it.   As you can imagine the list goes on and one...so I had no option but to make them!!



I made these bunk beds from Ana White's Simple Bed plan.  If you have ever thought of making something from scratch her site is awesome.  She will tell you all the materials you need, the cuts, and the plans are easy to follow for the most part.  I tweaked the plans little bit to fit what I was looking for and then headed to Home Depot with my supply list.  My awesome husband came along to help lift, as I was 33 weeks pregnant and rather large.  My total cost for the beds, with wood, supplies, and the paint came in at just under $300.  Not to shabby if I do say so myself.  





I did use pine for these beds.  If you have worked with wood much you know pine can be rather rough and have knots.  This was a concern of mine, I had considered using poplar, but the increased cost just wasn't in the budget.  So I invested in some wood filler and LOTS of sand paper.
These beds went together fairly quickly and easily even with a huge belly getting in the way :)  

Once I got to this point I decided to paint them.  They were easier to move around and they fit in my spray booth much better.  



Even with lots of sanding and wood filling there are still many imperfections in pine, but I didn't mind.  I knew I was going to distress them and glaze them.  After all they are in my daughters room, I am sure they will continue to distress them for me.  

This is a custom paint color I mixed up, I am sorry, I don't have a name for it!  But I loved it so much I took it to the local hardware store and had them match it for me!!



I am currently in the process of making them quilts to match their bunk bed...
I am happy to say one of them is all pieced and ready to be quilted, I just need to get my butt in gear and get it done....maybe by Christmas?!?



TTFN

Brooke

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Paris Burlap Pillows

I don't know what has gotten into me lately, but I can't get enough of my sewing machine.  If you would have asked me a year ago if I liked to sew I would have answered that question with a BIG FAT NO!!!  However I have caught the sewing bug and I am loving it.  

Growing up my mom was an amazing seamstress, she even made my prom dresses.  I often tried to make a few things, but I would always get bored or frustrated half way through and later my mom always seemed to finish my half started projects.  One summer when I was in Jr. High I even took a sewing class from someone but it just never stuck....until now!  

And I am so happy it did, I love to lock myself in my sewing room and create new things.  For about the last month I have been working on some fun pillows, I needed a change in my house and here is what I came up with.


I have loved these pillows so much I have decided to make them to sell, as I think everyone needs one...RIGHT!!!

Here is the pricing info:

18x18 Paris Burlap Pillow Envelope with Button $22
16x16 Mustard Pillow Envelope with Paris Burlap and Buttons $20
16x16 Blue Bow Pillow Envelope with Paris Burlap $20
14x14 Cream Duck Cloth Pillow Envelope with Paris Burlap and linen Flower $18
18x18 Chevron Burlap Pillow Envelope $18

I am offering shipping as well for only $3 for your first pillow and $1 for each one after that.

If you are interested please send me an email to brooke.n.larsen@gmail.com with what you would like. I will send you an invoice through paypal, once the invoice is paid I will ship your order!

Custom orders are available!

TTFN

Brooke

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our Pine Plank Flooring

I have had so many questions and comments about my flooring I will attempt to answer them all here!  

The previous owner of our home installed pine planks on the entire main floor, so, YES I have a lot of  it.  When we were looking at the house I was worried about the floors mainly because I didn't know anything about it, however I loved the distressed look and the charm it added to the home.  


We have now been in our home for 3 years and I still really like my pine planks.  

Like anything else there are also pro's and con's. 

The great thing about pine flooring is it is supposed to look distressed and worn, I don't have to worry about my kids scratching or dinging it (I have been known to let my 5 year old rollerblade in the house)  Pine is a soft wood causing it to ding much easier than a harder wood like oak.  And believe me there are many dings and scratches in my floor, but they just add character. 

The major down side is pine planks are not designed to fit together seamlessly, leaving cracks in between each board.  Our flooring is tongue and groove which allows some of them to fit together tight, but others still have larger gaps allowing crumbles fall down in them.  However most of them can be vacuumed out without much effort.  



We liked the flooring so much on our main floor we installed it in our Master Bedroom.   Pine Planks are fairly easy to install as they are tongue and groove, it is just time consuming, if you are looking to tackle this job allow yourself at least a weekend.  I used a finish nail gun with 2 inch nails, I didn't fill any of the holes as I liked the added character it brought to the planks.

My floor is stained with Early American by Miniwax and it is sealed with a polyurethane. 


A few more pictures of the flooring in each room......











Don't Forget to Check out Start at Home's Decor Store for lots of fun accessories for your home!  We are now offering shipping!

TTFN


Friday, October 3, 2014

Saying Goodbye to an Our Dining Room Table.

I must confess I get attached to my furniture. Each piece I refinish always has a story, whether it is how I got the piece or how I refinished it or even the problems I ran into along the way (which happens all of too often). This table is no exception, this was the first table we picked up to refinish and sell.  As you can see I fell in LOVE with it and we have used it for the last 3 years.  



When I originally painted this table I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.  I loved how easy it went on and the smooth results it gave.  After I waxed and buffed it we moved it in to be used.  Things were going great until my daughter spilled red punch all over the table, I quickly clean it up, but unfortunately it was too late, the top of the table was stained.  I sanded it down and repainted it again with chalk paint, thinking that the wax wasn't durable enough I thought I would try sealing the chalk paint with Poly Acrylic to prevent this from happening again.  Much to my dismay the same thing happened again.  My conclusion, chalk paint, while it is a great paint, isn't the best choice for a highly used piece of furniture.  

I have now sanded down the entire table for the 3rd time (I am getting good at this) and sprayed it with a latex paint.  I don't have a name for this cream as it is a paint match.  After I painted this I sealed it with a spar urethane so there is no more red punch stains.  On a side note, I have boycotted the red punch around here now, it is to blame for WAY too many stains!  I am sure many of you Mom's out there can agree with me!



The chairs have always been painted with latex, the blue is Modern Blue by Pratt and Lambert and the Yellow is a custom color too so I don't have a paint name for it.  I know I know I am bad.  
This table is up For Sale, so if you are in the Salt Lake City, Utah area check it out on my Furniture For Sale Tab at the top of the page!!

TTFN

Brooke

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Teal Headboard ....

I LOVE brightly colored headboard!  They are always so fun to use as a statement piece.
I am a little mad I forgot to take a before picture of this beauty.  She was quite an eye sore, there was a big faux wood oval in the center with some weird hand painted flowers!  You can imagine how happy I was when the oval popped right off!  And in its place I added this beautiful appliqué.




This appliqué made the headboard so much more elegant it had to have lace pillows to go with it! 
After all doesn't every bed need a few pillows?!


Luck would have it this paint color was in the Mistinted section, I love it when they make mistakes with pretty colors ;)  After the bed was all painted up I added the glaze and antiqued it to bring out all the fun details of this bed!!  





This bed is for sale, if you are interested send me an email or please see the Furniture For Sale Tab at the top of the page!! 

TTFN

Brooke

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Geometrical Coffee Table Anyone?!

 My free time has been cut drastically since the arrive of Baby Brother, but I can't complain too much, because it is filled with many cuddles, smiles and of course a few of the other things too :) 

But the wheels in my head have been turning and itching to create.  What is it about a girl and her paint?  Man, I sure do miss it all of too often! 

I am so excited to show off this coffee table!
I have always had a thing for coffee tables, as they add a perfect touch of personality to any room.  And this coffee table is no exception, I mean look at those legs all french and cute.  And the oval top was just calling for a little personality so we took care of that!


I first painted everything turquoise and once it was dry I measured out how I wanted my design to look.  Once I had it sketched out I began to tape everywhere I wanted it to be turquoise.  Once it was all taped and measured I seal up my tape (tutorial here)  This makes for really nice straight lines!
I painted the remaining area cream once it was dry I pulled off the tape and......


TADA!!
We have ourselves a one of a kind beautiful table, perfect for any room!





This beauty is For Sale, Please see my Furniture For Sale Tab for all the details or send me an email
@ Brooke.n.larsen@gmail.com

TTFN

Brooke

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Fun Items in the Decor Store!!

If you are looking for some new ORIGINAL home decor items you have come to the right place!  I have just listed a few new fun items!  



These Beautiful Frames and Chalkboard are painted in a duck egg blue and waxed to accent the details as well as provide protection.  
The chalkboard measures 14 1/4 x 22 1/2 and includes this book page wreath
The frames are 5x7 and 8x10

Asking $50


I just listed more envelopes and now I have several sizes of this beautiful burlap chevron pillow envelope! (The chevron is black) 
They are the perfect accent pillow for any room and adds a great texture! 

16x16 $10
18x18 $12
20x20 $14

I do have more burlap so.....if you are looking for a specific size please leave a comment below!
Shipping for these pillow envelopes is also available!
They are selling fast so don't DELAY



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