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,

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!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Transforming Hollow Core Doors to Faux Wood

What a transformation! When we built our house in the 1990's, these pressed wood hollow core doors were pretty standard and probably still are today. We wanted real oak doors to match all the trim in the house. Since we were already maxed out on our budget, plain white doors it was for us.

They served the purpose very well and looked nice. However, how much better would they have looked in oak stain to match the trim? It would have been much more cohesive without the breakup of white. 

I had heard you could use gel stain on them. However, back in those days before the INTERNET (hard to remember those days), I wasn't sure how it was done. Well, now Pinterest appears on the scene. My life will never be the same. I'm as bad as my boys were with their Nintendo game system. A D D I C T E D! Anyway, back to my story...

First, I purchased a premixed WalMart brand beige paint for the undercoat. Nothing fancy required as you are going to cover it up. I let them dry 24 hours.

I found out that you can use this can purchase at a dealer near you or here. Rather expensive but I went with it because others had used it. Will a cheaper gel stain from Minwax work? Probably worth trying on a less important project. I wore hairdresser gloves from Sally's Beauty supply and a mask over my mouth and nose since I couldn't open the windows and the smell is awful. 

I applied the stain using a cotton rag going with the grain. I learned that the first coat is better if it isn't too heavy. You can use a cheap chip brush to feather out where the grain changes directions. I started with the raised panels first. Then I proceeded on the two outside vertical strips and on to the horizontal areas next. The last section was the center vertical areas. 

It's not as easy or fun as I thought it would be. You have to work fast to keep your wet line. Once it starts to get tacky, DO NOT TOUCH IT. I made that mistake and ended up repainting the door later on and starting over.

I let it dry at least 24 hours before applying the second coat. The second coat goes on much better. Apply the same as the first coat. Again, let it dry at least 24 hours. If you want them darker, just do a third coat the same way.

I decided to finish off with the General Finishes Clear Gel Topcoat. It's expensive but I will say it worked very well on doors. It's very thick and you can apply it with a cotton rag. I only did one coat as we no longer have little kids so our doors don't get much abuse. I miss my little them while they're little because they grow up overnight!

Here they are in all their glory! I think they are beautiful and match the trim perfectly. They aren't perfect by no means but they look really good.

After 21 years in this house, none of our door handles matched and half of them didn't work. I know it is a small detail but I just wanted doors to stay closed or be able to open and MATCH. Some were antique brass, some were shiny brass and one was satin chrome finish. Crazy! 

I purchased the Schlage Georgian handles in an antique bronze finish. They were a little more expensive but I loved them. They look like farmhouse door handles! To cut cost, I order the privacy handles with the square back plate and the passage handles without a back plate.

I only did the nine doors on the first floor. When I start remodeling the second floor, I will tackle the six doors upstairs. Now that they are done, I would say they are worth it. However, if I had to do it all over again, maybe not. I invested a good 24 hours or more on these nine doors. 

Side note: nail polish remover takes stain or top coat off your hands and nails if you get any on you.

Good luck if you decide to try!

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

One Room Makeover Before Easter!

can’t believe it has been almost three YEARS since I last had a blog post! I will be super surprised if any of my old followers see this post. However, my blog was all about creative decorating on a budget and that is what I’ve been doing while working a full time job!

I'm not part of the one room challenge but it did get me motivated to do something on my own. Easter is coming upon us and if you are like me, family and eating is a huge part of our holidays. That was the other motivation for deciding to do a one room makeover in our dining room. It was in dire need of a new style makeover.

My style has evolved from a more traditional country with dark colors to a clean transitional farmhouse rustic style. I’m not sure that is a style but it seems to sum up a lot of the changes I’ve made thanks to Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper. Hasn’t she influenced a lot of us? This image just sums up the feeling I want to evoke in my dining room.

Unfortunately, my dining room isn't as large and lacks the warm, wood beams. However, it does have good bones with a hardwood floor and oak trim. I thought dining rooms were to be dark and warm to be cozy and entice the appetite. I found over time the red made me sad and gloomy. I didn't want to spend any time in the room.

When I start thinking about decorating or doing a makeover, I begin by going crazy looking at pictures on Pinterest. I seem to obsess for a long period of time just pinning and thinking about what I like and want. Unfortunately, I get overwhelmed by it all and it takes time for me to tackle the fear and to actually start!

I’ve learned, the first thing I should do is make a plan. Basically I take my favorite images from Pinterest and find the items I like in each picture online. Process of elimination with price or availability changes what I eventually end up with in my design. Using a fabric or rug pattern helps me to determine a paint color and accessories. From there I create a moodboard using the ideas I've found.

Here is where I have started for my dining room makeover. Basically, the only things that will remain from the old room is the small cabinet that I will paint and some wall accessories. I'm pretty much starting from scratch or pulling from a stash in my hoarding room basement.

I'm so excited to have finally begun this project and I plan to share it with you as it goes forward.

Have a blessed day!



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