This summer, I built a farmhouse table for my dining area. I have absolutely ZERO pictures of the process (I guess I was too busy building the thing), so here are the final pictures!
The base is made out of fur, while the top is pine. In order to make sure they stained the same, I did a light coat of Minwax English Chestnut on the pine before covering everything in one coat of Minwax Honey. If I do say so myself, I think I did a great job matching the woods together!
I used a water-based polyurethane to seal the table, putting on 4 or 5 coats on the tabletop and only two coats on the base.
Notice my newly finished window seat in the background!
I still need to either find new chairs or build benches to mach the table. The wood chairs that are there now are the chairs that go with my old table. The cloth chairs are from Ikea. I want to keep those but recover them with a slip from Etsy. Also, notice my chandelier! I snagged it from Lowe's on clearance for $35!!!!
I've been meaning to post this for a while, but as the school year got back underway... I've been a bit on the lazy side with the blog. This summer, I spent my time with two main projects: a window seat and a dining table. The dining table was actually built first (post to come), and after it was built, I felt like the space behind it needed to be filled. I'm actually really happy with the way the window seat turned out, but FYI - it was definitely more expensive than I thought it was going to be.
So my original idea was that I would salvage microwave cabinets from Habitat ReStore and create the window seat from those, however after some major searching and lots of driving to five different ReStores, I was only able to find one microwave cabinet (I snagged it for a whopping $12). I decided instead of searching for more, I would just spend a day and build two others. I happened to have enough scrap wood and plywood to get this done for (almost) free. The cabinets are 30" wide, 14" tall, and 12" deep.
After building the boxes, I then had to frame up the floor and the wall behind the cabinets. The reason for the wall frame is simply to make the window seat larger - a 12" window seat would definitely not work in the space, so I built it up without having the make the boxes deeper. I tried to use as much scrap wood as possible for the frame, hence the million pieces. I also built a box within the floor frame to help direct the air out of the air duct. I did this by ripping a 1/4" off of a couple 2X4's, then attaching a piece of luan to the top. I also cut out a rectangular piece so the air could escape.
The moulding around the floor also needed to be cut to allow for the air to escape. I measured it out, cut the rectangle with the jigsaw, and then used a small piece of moulding to frame out the edges on the inside. I debated on routing the inside instead of adding the extra moulding, but decided against it. I then bought a piece of decorative metal from Hobby Lobby, cut to size, and stapled it to the inside frame.
Instead of building my own doors, I went to a local building materials shop in town and found pre-made oak wood doors for a whopping $5 each. I primed, painted, and attached the doors using hinges I bought through Woodworker Express. They had exactly what I needed and were the cheapest place around! The top is made out of 3/4" plywood with a piece of moulding glued to the unfinished edge. The pulls are from Amazon and are leftover from my kitchen cabinets.
I made the cushion on top TODAY (maybe this is why I'm posting so late....). Although I had a student volunteer her time to sew me a top (I am NOT a sewer), I'm simply too impatient to wait and used the "no sew" technique demonstrated here (sans the spray adhesive). The fabric is a green heather canvas that I found at a fabric outlet for $15 while on vacation in Virginia. I still have an entire ROLL leftover, so if I do ever decide to have my student sew me a top, I'll have plenty for her to tackle the project.
Can I get a sigh of relief? It's finally finished! And look who loves their new seat!!!!!
After 4 weekends, the first floor bath is *officially* (but not really) finished. I know, I know, you're probably wondering at this point "What do you have left to do?" Honestly, I swear I am almost done; just one more coat of paint on the baseboards and moulding! Just as a reminder of where we started two years ago....
I love, love, LOVE the shiplap walls, but I felt like the white walls needed some color somehow. I went on a search to find a colorful shower curtain and World Market had the winner! The bird shower curtain was about $25 with a coupon, and I replaced the old tension rod with this $8 one from World Market as well.
I put down the floor almost two years ago, but I tried my best to really clean it up. I scrubbed away the grout haze and swept, vacuumed, and scrubbed the floor some more. I also spray painted the rusty old floor vent cover oil rubbed bronze.
One of the smallest (but biggest) changes in the room was the shower fan. New fans are pretty expensive, and mine was working perfectly fine but it was pretty gross. A couple coats of spray paint and it was as good as new!
Brian's grandmother painted the watercolor on the wall. Its so beautiful and fits right in with the beach theme! I love it! We picked up the frame from Marshall's for $10, and spray painted it oil rubbed bronze. The original color wasn't great, but for ten bucks, I decided it was something we could easily change.
I ordered both the hand towel ring and the toilet roll holder from Amazon. The mirror is from Lowe's, and the vanity and light are from the Home Depot (although I'm not sure I would recommend the vanity anymore). The vanity is beautiful and sturdy, however the laminated wood is peeling off in some areas on the doors and drawers. This vanity literally never gets used so I don't understand why it is peeling off.
The adorable shelf above the toilet is from Hobby Lobby. I snagged it on sale for $25. I love it!
And look at those plinth blocks! No more giant gaps!!! Woot woot!!
I have to admit, I LOVE this bathroom! I am so happy it turned out so well, and I am so happy that it is finally done. So, what do you guys think?
One of the issues that bothered me for a while in the first floor bath was a giant gap between the floor and the door moulding. When I first bought the house, every inch of flooring had been covered in carpet. Yes, carpet. Even in the bathrooms (cue the throw-up noise now). Fortunately for me, the bank had removed the carpeting before I closed on the house (yay!). When I finally installed flooring throughout the house, most of the gaps created from the carpet went away, except in the bathroom. Hence, my dilemma.
I went through many options to cover the gap, from replacing the trim to installing quarter round, however quarter round is not meant to go in front of door trim, and replacing the trim is too much work. After doing some research, I discovered the "plinth block." A plinth block is simply decorative moulding that is placed at the bottom of door trim to make the moulding look more substantial. Perfect.
Although I wasn't sold on the plinth block available at The Depot (see above), it was the only option they had so I bought it. At around $4 each, it wasn't a huge investment but made a big impact.
To install the block, I started by using a door jam saw to cut the current trim at the correct height. I then pried it out, being carful not to split any wood.
After I removed the trim, I cut the plinth block down to size on my table saw and installed it.
I hated it. It looked too dinky and the victorian style of the block just didn't match the rest of the bathroom. I did more research online and decided that I could just make my own simple plinth block on the table saw with 3/4" MDF. Luckily, I had enough leftover from a pervious project to create 4 blocks, so I cut them to size (a bit wider than the door trim), and ripped two bevels into the sides to make it a bit more decorative. Simple, easy, and they solve my gap problem.
I even tried my best to scribe one plinth around the base moulding. It isn't perfect, but for doing it on the table saw I'd say its great!
Now I just need to caulk and throw on another few coats of paint! The bathroom is almost done!
I'm just going to put this out there - Joanna Gaines makes me want to cover everything with shiplap. And DIY network makes you think you can do anything on your own. And as I've learned over the past two years, all in moderation. With that being said, I'm renovating my first floor bath (again), this time with shiplap.
The above bathroom isn't actually the first floor bath, however both guest bathrooms were essentially the same. Awesome 80's wallpaper, wonderfully disintegrating melamine cabinets, some pretty great lights, and no flooring.
Above is the first remodel, which really was a huge change from the 1980's melamine. I never really fully finished this remodel though - the vanity isn't attached to the wall and I still don't have a mirror for above the sink. After living with the brown walls for about a year, I decided I hated the color and painted it a bright blue.
When I was almost finished painting it blue, I decided I hated that color as well and stopped. The bathroom has been like this for the past six months or so. It's been a sad six months for this poor bathroom. Well - time for an update! Again!
More pictures and updates soon!
Hello, piano! Recently, Brian was gifted a piano from one of his coworkers, Jennifer. The piano is such a wonderful gift (Brian has been playing since he was a child), but the piano was in pretty rough shape. Unfortunately, I only took one picture of the piano when it first arrived in the house so I can't show you the flaws of this well-worn piece.
The piano was also a bit - dark. Now, I've already complained about how boring white the living room is, but the dark brown piano took all of the life out of the room. It stuck out and felt out of place. So what is a girl to do? To Pinterest, of course!
I researched painted pianos, all of which were super cool. I knew didn't want to paint it anything too dark (see comment above), but I also wasn't sure what was considered an "acceptable" color for such a large piece of furniture. When I stumbled upon Your Homebased Mom's blog and her painted piano, I knew I had found my inspiration.
Its beachy, blueish-green, and beautiful. I love it. So, Brian and I took a trip to the Depot and tried to color match the color above. FYI - its nearly impossible to feel confident that you are correctly color matching off a phone. We literally sat at the Depot for close to an hour with not one, but TWO workers in the paint section holding little paint samples up to my phone. Finally, Brian picked the color "seaglass" and we went with it. Have I already told you how amazing he is? The color is almost a dead-on match.
I created my own chalk paint and went to town painting the piano. This was my first experience working with chalk paint, and it worked pretty well. I don't think it sticks to the wood as well as others have claimed, but I'm satisfied with the way it turned out. It took me two days to put on three coats of paint (total - maybe 4 hours of work). I also sanded down the edges to give it a more worn, antique look.
Now, all we need is a bench and we'll be set!
Before Christmas, Brian and I installed the backsplash behind the stove in the kitchen. We mulled over different designs for a while, but ultimately a beach-y blue/white/silver won out. You can find a link to the backsplash here. Below is about the best image I have of the backsplash prior to our installation - a bit boring (minus the silly kitties).
Of all the things that needed to get done, the backsplash was not high on the list. I was just sick of looking at WHITE. Everything in the house is WHITE. WHITE walls. WHITE cabinets. WHITE ceiling. WHITE WHITE WHITE. I needed some color in my life!
The installation took about two hours, and was more frustrating than originally anticipated (surprise, surprise). The tiles kept slipping down, the cement kept pushing up into the seams, nothing was straight, etc. To say the least, I needed a few glasses of wine to get me through the project.
And what kind of project would this be if it was complete? Nope, even three months after installation, we still need to grout the joints ;) Coming soon, I hope...
This week I finally got fed up with the chaos that is my kitchen. The kitchen is almost done (still have some little projects here and there), but I am finally cooking happy in my wonderful little space. Except when it comes to finding my cooking utensils and spices, that is. So, I took to Pinterest to find some DIY projects to help organize my drawers. Here's what I created:
I simply went to Lowe's, bought $20 worth of small pine boards, cut them to size, and glued them together. Brian admitted to having doubts about how my DIY organizer would come together, asking why I didn't just buy a drawer organizer from the store, however, he loves them now and realizes how much more functional the custom organizer is! For the step-by-step instructions, click here!
Finally, the most frustrating element of my cooking space was the lack of spice organization. Since we've started cooking again, knowing what spices we actually have not only makes cooking easier, it saves us money. We have so many duplicates because we keep buying stuff we already have! Ugh! So, what else would I do but make a DIY spice rack. The best part about this project was that it was free!! I made it out of some scrap wood I have laying around in my basement. Sweet!
If you'd like to see the spice rack step-by-step instructions, head on over to Ana White's amazing website.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves!
Mr. Boots especially loves the new (AND WORKING!!!) kitchen faucet. He can't help but be super adorable!
Yay! The countertops are in! Well, they've been in for about a month and a half, but we've had a lot going on since then so here's the update on the process.
Our friend Garland came over to help us with the countertop installation. We had never worked with laminate before, but let me tell you - literally ANYONE could do this. It is SO easy. The hardest part was cutting the hole for the sink. To be fair, Garland did most of the "hard" work - we were too afraid to screw it up any cuts. He made us deal with the glue. :)
I did splurge a bit on countertop edging. I thought it would give the countertop that finished look it needed instead of the typical flat edge on most laminate countertops. I went with a bullnose edging ordered from Cabinetmaker Warehouse. It was super easy to install (I just used some Gorilla Glue, tape, and made a few miter cuts for the corners). This made an immediate difference in the look of the kitchen.
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Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.