Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Coral Pressed Back Chair

It is back to school, I can't believe the summer is already gone.  My oldest started first grade this year and I still am not sure how I feel about it.  I never thought I would be one of those mom's who cries over their kids going to school but I was sad as I watched her walk into the school.  She acted to big and grown up, I am excited for the learning and growing that comes from school and scared of the outside influences she will now encounter.  I pray as parents we are teaching them the right things so they have the courage to stand up for who they are and what they believe.  Anyway.....

Today I wanted to share with you this beautiful pressed back chair.  I love painted press back chairs,  the paint the glaze makes the beautiful design pop!

I love the look of paint and wood.  So for this I taped off all the back spindles before I painted.
I then sprayed the entire chair with Valspars Peach Fuzz to a soft coral color!

After it was sprayed I used a brush to push the glaze down into the design to really make it pop!  
I LOVE how this chair turned out!!


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Mint Chest Makeover

I am so excited to be part of The Fab Furniture Flipping Contest again.  It is always so great to see everyone transformations.  The theme this month is Icing on the Cake and D Lawless Hardware provided all of our hardware.  They have beautiful hardware for great prices as well you need to check it out!

This nightstand used to be my daughters but we needed a little more storage since both of my girls share a room now.  So we swapped it out for a lingerie chest.  I always hated the panels on here, when I first bought it from a thrift store it looked like it was wood, painting it did help bring it back to life, but it was still a little retro for my likings.

I decided to rip the side panels off first.

And come to find out the panel on it was made out of plastic. 

Once the side panels were off I decided to take the from draw panels off as well.  As they were also plastic.  

These panels were attached to the drawers with screws.  Once I got all the screws out the drawer fronts popped right off....

Leaving me with a blank canvas!

I first glued headboard onto the drawer fronts and down the side panels to cover up the raw wood

and then added a decorative rope molding around the edges.  

And here she is all done up, it is like a totally new nightstand!  

 D Lawelss Hardware provided these beautiful milk glass knobs, they were the perfect fit for this nightstand.  

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TTFN Brooke

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Old Door Turned Shelf

I am just loving all this repurposing these days.  I think it is becoming a problem, every time I get a new piece or find something new, instead of thinking what color should I paint it I start brainstorming what I can turn it into.  
Who would guess this used to be an old door?  

This isn't the best tutorial, but if you are good with power tools I think you can figure it out!

You need to make sure your door is solid wood or this will not work.

We used a skill saw to cut each of these panels apart

Once they were all cut apart we added crown molding to the top and a piece of wood on the bottom (not pictured here) to finish off 

Once we had it all put together I used putty to fill the nail holes and caulked all the cracks so it would paint up nice and smooth.  Once it was painted with Valspars Peach Fuzz I added this pretty wood appliqué and added old door knobs for hooks!  


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DIY Kitchen Open Shelves!

I love the idea of open shelving in kitchens.  They are a great way to add a custom feel to any kitchen, and of course display all your dishes!

I wanted to build shelves and then attached to them to the wall.
I made my shelves for about $40.
I bought 2 1inch x 12inch x 8 foot pine boards from Home Depot.
Out of those boards I cut all three of my shelf tops, my corbels, and my 1x2 back support.  I made my own pattern and cut them out with our jig saw.  You can buy pre-made ones from Home Depot if you don't want to cut your own out.

After you have everything cut out we added a bead of glue along the edges and used our nail gun to secure them.


It should look like this after everything is glued/nailed together.  (this is the view from the bottom)

Next if you want to add your decorative molding and wood fill any gaps with a stainable putty.

Now we are ready to stain them.  I used General Finished Antique Walnut gel stain.  I love how rich it makes the grain look!

Now you are ready to hang them.  We drilled through the 1x2 piece of pine straight into the wall, make sure you hit a stud so you don't loose all your pretty dishes. 

Now you have pretty shelves to display all your treasures!



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Monday, August 10, 2015

Evolution of my Kitchen

One of the best parts of blogging is keeping a journal of the progress of my home.  

When I look at this before picture it brings back so many memories.  This was how the kitchen looked when we walked through the house before we bought it.  I remember standing in the kitchen thinking "wow, this kitchen is HUGE"  I didn't absolutely love this house the first time through but I didn't immediately check it off the list, because I loved the kitchen.  Afterwards my husband and I went to lunch and he said, "I want to put in an offer on that house." I was a little freaked out, this house was out of our price range, but it had the top things on my wish list a big kitchen and living space,  great location by family, a nice sized yard.  It needed a lot of work so we decided to offer them a lower amount and after A LOT of negotiation we finally came to an agreement and we moved on in.

We had been living in my in laws basement which allowed us to save some money to put into the house.  The first thing we did was put granite and a backsplash in the kitchen.  I also repainted all the walls to a lighter calmer color.  This was the first time I had decorated with tone on tone, and I lost a few hours of sleep over it.  After we put the granite order in I went back to the granite yard several times to make sure everything would match.  But I couldn't be happier with the outcome.  I love how light and bright it is now!

After the Granite and backsplash were in the decorating began.  I wanted to add a little bit of color and some character.  I made my eat sign out of pallets and stained them with Early American by Miniwax to match my floors.  I started searching for barstools I could paint I couldn't find matching ones but I love the mismatched look.  

And here is my  kitchen today!  Last weekend my husband and I took down the China cabinet and replaced it with open wood shelves.  The china cabinet came out at an angle over my bar and I always felt the space under the cabinet was wasted, and if someone sat on the barstool on the other side I couldn't see them.

I am so surprised how much bigger it makes my kitchen feel and believe it or not there is more storage on my shelves!  I love how the wood shelves compliment my big eat sign.

I will be posting a tutorial tomorrow on how my husband and I made these shelves.  



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