Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIY French Country Dining Table

I cannot believe it’s 2017! 2016 was a HUGE year for me. Settling into new work requirements, working on expanding my blog, and the biggest change was selling our first home and buying a new one which was a HUGE process. Having 5 months in our new home, I’m finally getting things into place and able to feel like I can make it my style. I’ve gotten two bathrooms completed, created a media console, cleaned out and mulched the entire yard, in the process of creating an adorable “big girl” room for Hartley (ekkk I cannot wait to share), and finding this beautiful claw footed table to refinish. For years I’ve dreamt of finding a table like this and was super jealous when one of my beasties inherited one and refinished it into a stunning piece in her home. But just one lucky trip to the Habitat for Humanity I found one for myself. It was love at first site. There was no way I was going to leave the store without this table being mine. Can you believe the table was only $60 and the 3 chairs were $20 a piece = $120 for an antique dining set!
 
I will say this table took me a lot longer than I had hoped. With social calendars, work travel and getting ready for the holidays I found the only time to work on it was after getting Hartley to bed. So a few very late nights, frustration, and guilting Willie into helping…it’s FINALLY done!
The Steps:
  1. Sanding table top and chair seats
  2. Staining table top and chair seats
  3. Matte Poly table top and chair seats (2 coats)
  4. Chalk Paint (Annie Solan Paris Grey) table and chairs (2 coats)
  5. Chalk Paint (Annie Solan Old White) table accents (2 coats)

What I used:

  1. Orbit Sander
  2. For orbirtal sander I started with 120-Grit Sandpaper then did a overpass with 220 Grit Sandpaper
  3. Sanding Sponge 120-Grit, Fine for around the chair spindles
  4. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and Old White
  5. Annie Sloan Wax
  6. Regular Paint Brushes for paint
  7. Trim Brush and Art Brushes for the detail
  8. Painters Tape
  9. MiniWax Stain (I mixed Expresso and Red Oak)
  10. Staining Rags
  11. Satin Polyurethane
  12. Foam Brush for Poly

The details are just fabulous! For adding the white detail paint I used small art brushes, tape, and a trim brush. I tried covering all the areas I wanted white even if it meant going into the grey a little because the final step was to use an angled trim brush and carfully follow the lines with the grey paint to cover and white overflow on the detail sections.

I am in LOVE with the end results and the stained top pattern is STUNNING!

Before and After:

 

Monday, November 21, 2016

cheap and easy thanksgiving table

I cannot believe it’s Thanksgiving week already! This weekend we had the pleasure of attending two fabulous Friendsgivings with the most amazing food and decor. I took charge of our Friday night Friendsgiving decorations by re-purposing a Halloween pumpkin, finding napkins from the thrift store, and creating super simple table accents. These are perfect ideas if you are on a budget but want your guests to feel extra special or just if you are short on time and need some cute finishing touches in a pinch.

Leftover Halloween Pumpkin = What Are You Thankful For? Centerpiece 

What you will need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Chalkpaint (I got a quart in the paint clearance section of Lowes for $5)
  • Cheap paint brush
  • Chalk Markers(We used gold and white)
Gold painted feathers and pinecones

What you will need:

  • Pinecones (nothing better than free and it made me giggle since we tricked the two toddlers into a game of pinecone pick-up)
  • White Feathers(I got two bags for $4)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Cardboard to spray on
  • Twine
  • The feathers we used as napkins rings with twine
  • The pinecones we used as seating assignments by just cutting some cheap greeting cards in half and using a marker to write everyones name




Chopped Firewood = Unique Lighting 

What you will need:

Table setting (side note- this table is a Habitat for Humanity find too! $40!)
What you will need:

  • Tablecloth (we used a white tablecloth she already had and used a plaid blanket scarfto add a little color and drama – always think of what you have before you buy and multi-purpose uses)
  • China & Flatware
  • Charger Plates(we had these available to us as wedding leftovers but if you don’t have them, look for used ones or create fun placemats with kraft paper or another fabric choice)
  • Napkins (can you believe I got 10 cloth napkins at the thrift store for $4.50!!)
  • Extras – I bought 4 mini pumpkins and we had a little pilgram wine man

Friday, October 28, 2016

DIY rustic industrial pipe toilet paper holder

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its
advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TubeFree #CollectiveBias

As you may know from some of my more recent Instagram posts,
I’ve challenged myself to a 30 day mind, body, spirit overhaul during the month
of October. I was feeling run down and becoming aware of what I was fueling my
body with and the products I was using throughout my home. I was on a mission
to transform my way of living and to be more conscience of my actions that not
only affected me and my peers but also the environment. Which brings me to Scott®
Tube-Free Bath Tissue!

Did you that over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are used
each year? That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building…twice!! Per YEAR!  Scott Tube Free delivers unscented premium
softness, without the wasteful cardboard tube. It’s also made with Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) – certified fibers which promotes the practice of
sustainable forestry for future generations.

As a budget DIY and lifestyle blog I am very in-tune with
less waste and living a more eco-friendly life. Focusing on buying used to
lessen our carbon footprint and recycle already made products decreases
unwanted waste and the demand for new manufacturing. To store or display your tube-free toilet paper in your bathroom, think of using items from second-hand
markets. Using finds from these
markets and transforming them into something beautiful is upcycle friendly!
Some starter ideas of what you can use are baskets, buckets, crates, vases, laterns, candle holders, or magazine racks. You can also use leftover wood from projects to create a fun family-friendly DIY industrial pipe toilet paper holder, just like this one!

This toilet paper storage option is fabulous for a kid’s bathroom with the fun sayings (you can also make this without the sayings for more of a industrial/chic look in your bathroom). Here are the simple details on how to make one of your own:

Supplies:
  1. Wood board (I used a leftover 1″x6″ board)
  2. Pen or Pencil
  3. Tape Measurer
  4. Stain (I used leftover miniwax red oak)
  5. Staining Rag and Rubber Gloves
  6. Sand Paper or Sanding Sponge
  7. Galvanized Pipe (3/4″X18″long)
  8. Galvanized Floor Flange (3/4″)
  9. 6 screws (I used 4 hexagoal screws for the flange attachment and 2 regular 1″ screws for the backing)
  10. Mitter Saw
  11. Screwdriver
  12. Optional – paint pen
Directions:
  1. Cut the wood – base was cut to 6″ and the stand was cut to 19″
  2. Sand the cut edges of the wood
  3. Stain the wood
  4. Optional – Measure even spacing to write sayings:
    • Top – “Good to Go”
    • Second – “Do A Chore Grab 2 More”
    • Thrid – “If You Have To Pee Grab 3”
    • Fourth – “Oh Crap”
  5. Attach flange to wood base with screws
  6. Screw on pipe to flange
  7. Attach wood backing to wood/pipe base with screws

Using the tube free roll is just the same as it fits and simply
rolls on common toilet paper holders and storage options, like the one I
created!

Lucky for me I am blessed with a Rite Aid right below my work building which is super convenient for quick necessity shopping. It also gets me in trouble because they always have great sales that I go in for one or two things and end up with a huge shopping bag I have to commute home with!

Toss the tube for good! Go tube free!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Small Bathroom Remodel on a Budget

I love bathroom remodels, but they aren’t always possible
when you have to stick to a budget. I’ve learned that you don’t have to gut
your entire bathroom to make it fabulous! A little TLC and working with the
existing framework with some polishing can transform a bathroom. Both of these bathrooms in my new house were soooooo
boring. They were the first rooms I tackled in the new house because I knew
they would be a quick remodel with limited funding required. They both turned
out fabulous that I can barely remember what I started with. So, here are my
best tips to remodel your small bathroom on a budget.

 

#1: Examine the existing tile/vanity/hardware

If your foundation is ok, this will save you a TON. The tile
on my daughter’s bathroom was disgusting and the grout was almost black against the
stark white tile, but there were no major cracks or deficiencies. It just took a
little elbow grease with bleach and baking soda to make them look
brand new again! The vanity cabinet, although not my color of choice, the wood
was good so I left it (for now…may change with a new vanity top). You can paint vanity cabinets with minimal cost by using a good primer
and a semi-gloss latex paint. I did this in my old house, and it turned out
beautifully! In the main floor bathroom it had a pedestal sink and hardwoods, so no need to change those big ticket items. I did remove and patch the holes from a towel rack above the toilet. I replaced the large towel rack with more appropriate sized hand towel holder.

#2: Paint or Wallpaper

Obvious I know, but adding some color or wall interest is
HUGE! For my daughter’s bathroom I used Sherwin Williams Watery and the main floor paint is Sherwin Williams Pewter Tankyard.  The wallpaper accent wall I choose in the main floor bath was a little
pricy at $150 (with supplies), but doing the labor myself saved me so much and
with the small space to make a statement, it was so worth it. In bathrooms you
have so much accent wall ability – think about a wood wall, stripes, chevron,
stencils, metallic paint, decals, bead board, wainscoting, or faux brick (I’m giving this
one a try somewhere in my house).

#3: New fixtures

Not only thinking about changing the vanity/cabinet
hardware, think about changing the faucet, towel/toilet paper holders, shower head, mirror, and lighting
fixture. Pick and choose what you think will make the biggest impact. On both
these bathrooms I did the lighting (same piece because we loved it) and
the mirror. In my opinion, these are GAME CHANGERS in a bathroom. For the main floor bathroom I also removed the brass towel and toilet rack hardware and replaced with new brushed nickel hardware. My goal down
the line is to change the countertops, sink and faucet in my daughter’s
bathroom – but for now, it’s a start. I mean anywhere I can add marble or
granite…I’m going to 🙂

 

#4: Add décor

In my daughter’s room I was inspired by the beautiful paint
color I choose to go with a boho chic theme. I found a rug, shower curtain,
towels and amazing quote art from HomeGoods that went perfectly with the color
scheme and were on budget.  I added two
custom Etsy prints with frames from HomeGoods. To save some money I also created DIY shelving units using wood and brackets I found.

In the main floor bathroom, I knew
I wanted to stay with a metallic theme from the wallpaper and I remembered I
had bought 3 Ikea frames (similar)at a yard sale for $1…yes ALL 3 for $1…so I rummaged
in our packed boxes and found them!! Anytime you see frames
or art you love on sale, buy them. If you don’t end up using them think of
using them as gifts and inserting personalized photos for an engagement,
wedding, graduation, etc.

#5: Go in phases

You don’t have to do everyhting at once. Start with the basics and then save up for the dream renovation or adding new pieces.