Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Restoration Hardware Framed Print - Knock Off

Let me just say that I LOVE Restoration Hardware. However, I don't love their prices. I just can't afford their prices, even in the outlet store. I wanted to recreate something like the framed schematic drawings you see on their website, such as the example below:

Would you believe this thing is on sale for $1,200???? Now mine doesn't look anything like this but it is the same principal and it was under $50 framed! 

The company my husband works for was cleaning out the building and came across engineering drawings for the centrifuge coal dryer machines that they manufacture for the coal industry. He was the manufacturing plant manager and knew how each of these machines were to be built.

I've seen these machines built in person and I must say they are amazing and huge! I'm always impressed with his knowledge and ability. This drawing was done by hand and it is dated 1937. Long time before computers and fancy drafting software!

Here is an actual picture of their newer machines. It looks small but many are over 12' tall!

Since he has worked there for over 23 years, this drawing actual meant something to us. It represents the means for our family to have a beautiful roof over our head, clothes on our back, food to eat and for our children to live a life that was better than our own.

The drawing is almost 3' by 4' which is really expensive to frame. I couldn't find a frame that large so I would have gone to have it custom framed which is extremely expensive. However, Mr. Creative came to my rescue by making me a frame out of 1" by 2" pine. He routed the slot for the glass and drawing to be recessed.

Let me just say, I'm spoiled. He set up the frame and elevated it so I could paint it without having to bend over. So sweet! I primed it with some Kilz2. I then painted it "machine gray" as Mr. Creative calls it. The can said dark gray and who knows how long it had been in our basement! However, it did the job!

He also found that Ace Hardware has glass and will cut it for you while you wait. They were also the cheapest at less than $25. Office Depot had the 3' by 4' display boards for $8 and it was the perfect thickness for the backing. He just cut it down to fit in the frame. It's hard to take a picture of glass!

In addition, he added a couple hangers on the back and some finishing nails along the edges to hold the cardboard and glass in the frame. Here she is and I'm so proud! For under $50 in lumber, glass, backing and hardware, I have an RH knockoff that has more meaning to us!

Here is a snapshot of where she now resides in our newly decorated dining room. I just love it! The dining room is almost done and I can't wait to post it!

I have one more project to post of the small hutch you see there for my dishes. Hopefully by then, a few things I've ordered will come in and the room will be complete!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter weekend!

Have a Blessed Week!

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Three Tiered Basket for Spring

Spring is the first kiss of Summer!

I don't know about you, but I'm grateful for Spring! My birthday USED to be the first day of Spring until the moons aligned or something crazy like that and they backed it up a day! My mom wanted to name me Spring. How awkward would that have been when the day changed? I'm not bitter...

There are these wonderful tiered trays or baskets that I see all over the blogging world and Pinterest. I just loved this one, but not the price.

3-Tier Galvanized Nailhead Tray

I so wanted one for my table in the breakfast room. I learned the new trend is to do away with breakfast rooms and formal dining rooms. Hard to keep up with the times when your house is built that way!!

Back to the tiered tray. They are a little pricey, as you may know. I found a wood one on clearance at Pier 1 Imports but it was still $50! One day, I was at Sam's Club and look what they had in the middle asile!

It was $19.99, which fits much better in my budget! It isn't one of the cool galvanized metal tiers but with the chicken wire, it is still farmhouse! I searched the hoarding room basement for anything I still had that could be considered Easter or Spring for accessories. Since I stopped blogging and changing out my accessories, I donated a lot of my things to charity. I did purchase a few things to fill in from Hobby Lobby.

Please excuse that I only provided close up pictures. I didn't want anyone to see the mess disarray of the kitchen and breakfast room. We are in the process of remodeling slowly, starting with replacing the patio door. As you can see, the trim is standing in the corner! It has been there so long, I didn't notice until I loaded the picture! Real life, folks!

I'm going to have to slap some lipstick on the room before I have the family over for Easter. Maybe painting the walls would be good enough for now! It all takes time and MONEY!

May everyone have a beautiful Easter and those who believe, celebrate that Jesus has Risen!

Have a Blessed Day,

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bar Hopping Cabinet

As you may know from my last post, I am currently in the process of a makeover in our dining room. In that post I shared a moodboard showing my plans for this makeover.

I’m leaving my old, dark attempt at Traditional Tuscan French Country style (what a blend of styles!) for a fresher, Fixer Upper Farmhouse style.

We aren’t big drinkers but we do have many years’ worth of half empty bottles of liquor and several bottles of wine that were taking up expensive real estate in the kitchen cabinets. Not to mention the wine glasses, beer steins and mugs. Then, the thought hit me to make over my old, Craigslist cabinet into a bar cabinet.

I found this inspiration photo on Pinterest. Isn’t Pinterest the greatest time sucker thing ever? There are so many great ideas to pin that I can get overwhelmed! Ahem…back to my inspiration for a bar cabinet in my dining room.

I'm leaning more towards a dark, steel blue color since I have my grandmother’s Currier and Ives' dishes and need to carry that color around the room. I found this photo on Pinterest that shows the color and style I'm trying to recreate. The top cabinet is close to what I'm planning.

Don't you love that navy color? I found a quart of oops paint that I had hoarded in the basement. It is more of a steel blue but it just happens to match the dishes perfectly! Surprisingly, after 5 years the paint was still good!

After painting two coats of the steel blue, she looks better already! In person, it is more blue than gray. On top of the cabinet, I put two coats of Minwax Polycrillic to protect the finish since there will be a high probability of water or liquor laying on the finish.

I read this article about bar basics and how to stock a bar cabinet. Now, I did not go out and buy anything extra. I figured if I don’t have it, we aren’t going to drink it anyway! Plus, I gathered up all the different types of glasses I found in cabinets and boxes throughout the house. Pretty much all I needed did fit in my cabinet. The rest of what I found is being donated to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.

With clean glasses and liquor bottles, I began the task of organizing my bar cabinet. I put glasses and beer mugs on the shorter top shelf. Any glasses that were too tall went on the bottom shelf with the tall bottles.

In the drawer I’m keeping a bar towel, shot glasses and bottle opener. I would like to get those fancy things used to stir your drink, too. I will have to do some shopping!

I decided to display some of the nicer bottles on a gray, distressed tray that I found at Hobby Lobby. There needed to be more gray in the room in order to keep the wall color from seeming like it didn't belong. The farmhouse galvanized ice bucket was purchased from ebay. It’s the perfect size and has a scoop!

Here she is in all her glory! I think it turned out great and is just the pop of color I needed to carry around the room.

Thank you for stopping by to check in on what is going on over here. 

Have a blessed day!



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