Friday, May 12, 2017

Dining Room Reveal

Time has gotten away from me. It has now been too many weeks since my last post. For those of you who work a full time job in addition to keeping up with blogging, my hat is off to you. That would be like working two full time jobs!

My dining room is pretty close to finished. I have a few accessory items that I'm waiting on but thought I would post some pictures anyway. I purchased a Nikon D3200 SLR camera and I'm trying to learn how to use it. Therefore have patience with my pictures because in manual mode, this is a whole new learning adventure! I'm not happy with them yet but I will keep trying!

There isn't much light that comes into our dining room due to the front porch. Therefore, I painted it a much lighter color compared to before. The upper wall is Benjamin Moore Pale Oak and the lower wall is Benjamin Moore Simply White. It was quite a shock to me after it being a dark red before!

From this view, to the left is our foyer and straight off the dining room is of course, the kitchen. You can see a snippet of the foyer closet door and how I did a faux wood painting on the door which you can read about in this post. I'm very happy with how they turned out!

These silhouette drawings were made by my mom in 1937 when she was 10 years old! They mean so much to me as they were a gift she made for my grandparents. The platter below was a prized possession of hers because it is stamped 1927 which was they year she was born and came from the old Kohler City Store where you could buy ANYTHING! They even had a barrel of false teeth by the check out counter!

I went with a smaller cabinet because our dining room was very cramped with a full size china cabinet. I wanted a feeling that the room was larger and have more space to get around the table and chairs. You can see the hutch cabinet that we repurposed that holds my grandma's Currier and Ives' dishes plus others I've acquired through the years. I had to pair down from the old china cabinet.

In this shot you can better see my liquor cabinet transformation. You can see more about the before and after in this post.

To see where we came from, here is a before picture. What a difference! Of course, I loved it at the time but our styles do change! Let's have another of what it looks like today!

Such a lighter and fresher look. Below is a list of the items and where I purchased them:

Upper Paint: Benjamin Moore - Pale Oak
Lower Paint: Benjamin Moore - Simply White
Chandelier:  World Market $210
Dining Chairs:  Joss & Main $590
Farmhouse Table: Custom Made $600
Buffalo Check Curtains:  $30 Ebay
Liquor Cabinet: Craigslist $40
Candle Sconces:  Goodwill $5
Architectural Drawing: DIY custom by us $35
Small Hutch Cabinet: Craigslist $75
Area Rug: JC Penney (many, many years ago)
Candlesticks:  Tuesday Morning $11 pair
Large Glass Bottle:  Decor Steals $23

Thank you for stopping by to see my new dining room. I just sit in there and enjoy looking around!

Have a blessed day!

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,


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