Monday, July 14, 2014

Coffee Table

I can’t believe I have never had my own coffee table before as an adult.  I’ve always felt like it’s one of those furniture pieces that’s not really important or necessary.  Even with all my thrift shopping I never found one that I liked enough to even paint. 
I have one now and I love it!  After deciding I did want one and drooling over one for a year or more I concocted a plan and Will made it happen. 
Ikea Hack Coffee Table
I fell in love with the industrial look,  metal and wood.  I saw several that I liked, but my favorite was always the one over at Ballard Designs, the Durham table. 

I did not however like the $399 price tag.  So I saved the picture of this and pinned it to my bulletin board and I had planned to eventually have a welder build the frame and then add wood.  BUT…I was looking for some things from IKEA and found the Vittjso nesting tables.

The larger of the two is a little smaller than the Ballard table but with the smaller nesting table it is the perfect size.  I decided this would work and we could totally hack it and add the wood top.  We being me having the idea and Will doing all the work (insert devious laughs here), I love it when that plan works out! I laugh but he really enjoys projects like this and what makes our table special is that the wood came from and old tobacco barn that Will had already and had been saving for a project in our home someday. 
Ikea Nesting Table Hack with Wood
Overall ours is a bit more rustic than my inspiration but I really like the way it turned out.  It looks really cool and fills the space in our living room nicely.  I like propping my feet up at night to watch tv and love having another surface to decorate.
Ikea Vittjso Table Hack
New Coffee Table
What do you guys think of this look?


Sunday, June 22, 2014

New Painted Dresser & Yard Sale Finds

Hey Guys!  I am winning no awards for blogging lately…I am super busy these days at work and with life and I have just had no time or schedule for much home improvement or craftiness but I have been having some fun!  This is a two punch post because I know time will run short through the week.
Lately around the house I have been enjoying watching my newly planted plants from the Spring grow, I’ve recently scored at an estate sale and yard sales.  Home Improvements have taken a back seat to Summer but I did paint this sweet dresser a few weeks ago. 
Painted Dresser After
I found this piece at an estate sale not far from me and it was a last minute trip to even go.  This piece cost $100, I would normally not spend that much but it was such an old and unique piece I had to have it.  Here is the before along with my other finds from that day.
Dresser Before
I met the owners daughter at the sale and she told me a bit about the history.  It was her grandfathers and had always stayed in the family and survived a fire at a large plantation house they once owned.  It was in pretty good shape but needed new life.  I decided to paint it with a  custom mix of ASCP in Duke Egg & French Linen and the top is a Amy Howard paint color, linen I believe. 
I used the Vaseline trick on this one because I really wanted to distress the piece a bit more than I normally do to bring out the original color and to age it.
Dresser After 2
The cabinet doors are just neat to me and inside are two additional drawers that slide out.
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The hardware is original and stayed, it’s fits the piece well.  The cabinet doors had a lock on it originally and that is missing but a knob will fit perfectly in that space. 
The best part of the story is my sister in law, Dana,  took the piece home with her and she loved it as much as I did.  It fits perfectly in her hallway!  I am happy that someone so close to me has this piece since we know the history of it.  We were so excited to send it off I forgot to take after pictures but luckily she sent me these so I could share with you guys. 

In other exciting news this past weekend in NC I went to the highway 301 endless yard sale through Harnett, Johnson, Wilson, & Halifax county.  This was the 2nd year of the sale and it was a bit better than last year but still needs some work to satisfy us home décor scavengers.  BUT…I did have luck and found some really cool stuff! 
Here is what I found…
I want to explain my purchases to you.  A lot of you reading have the same itch to score these type items and re-purpose but not everyone sees it the same way.  Some people think this looks like junk but I have a purpose and a plan for every piece.  I always like to share my pricing with you because as a bargain hunter I like to know what people find things for and what a good deal is.  I am not bragging about my sweet deal, ok maybe Winking smile
In this picture the cabinet was a great score for $40.  I was not going to by any piece of furniture during the sale for over $50 and so this was a good buy especially since I plan to use it in our home.  Will really liked this piece so win win!  I plan to use it in our living room as a display case.  I originally thought I would paint it white but now that it is in the house I am loving the dark wood, I may clean it up and leave it as is for a while.  I could also see it in a bathroom with white towels in a future home. 
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Three very different items here.  All $15 each.  I am falling in love with ironstone and find that it is a great decorating item in my dining room.  I love that it is white because it goes with anything and I am fond of unique shaped plates, pitchers, and sugar dishes.  The minnow bucket I loved at first site and my Mama had the perfect idea of it holding a plant so that is the plan for that one.  The cuckoo clock was missed at first but I found it on a second walk thru and it is in good shape other than the weights missing so it won’t actually work and that is ok, I plan to pair this with a miniature one I found at that estate sale for $5 mentioned above.  (they will probably be painted)
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This piece of driftwood was my first purchase at $2, I know you can get driftwood for free but it was $2.  I plan to use this as a décor accessory.  The basket was bought with a glass bottle, bingo roller,  and two honey pots for $10.  I am going to use it to store toilet paper in the bathroom.
yardsale dishes
Here is the rest of my loot.  The two honey pots are for my sister in law Dana.  The footed dish was a little high at $5 but I thought to would look cute holding a birthday cupcake and I was trigger ready since it was our first stop.  The map in the back is a cross stich of the NC/SC coast and I will have that reframed with something a bit more rustic.  I bought the map, church plate, and sugar dish for $25.  The church plate is adding to a collection I started about a year ago and I plan to hang these on a wall in our kitchen.  The sugar dish was my only other purchase that I felt I spent too much on at $12.  I just kind of  like sugar dishes.  The two white plates are ironstone at $1 each.  The bingo roller in the middle is my favorite find of the day and I plan to use it as another décor accessory.   The only thing not pictured is a $2 ironstone sugar dish. 
All in all I spent $131 if I kept up with my math right.  I had budgeted $100, so just a bit over. 
Did any of you make it to the sale?  Have any luck?


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fan Pendant-How To

As promised, I’m back with a little how to on this fan light.  It was pretty simple, but did take us a little time to figure out how to attach it all because the fan body itself is pretty heavy.
This light cost us less than $30 to make.  We bought a pendant from Lowes and a Edison style bulb like these…

The the biggest obstacle was figuring out how to attach the pendant to the fan box.  Will cut a piece of plywood in a circle with a hole in the center and I painted it white.
wood block
This piece was necessary to hold everything together.  There are 5  little prongs on fan body that held the fan motor in place and we needed to create a shelf that these could rest on and hold everything in place. 
Once we had that figured out, Will put the pendant in place, attached the wood around the pendant, then added the bulb and lastly we put the fan body around it all. 
Pretty simple and now I have a unique light!  The only draw back is that it puts out way less light but we have nearby overhead lights and table lamps.  It’s a nice romantic glow for dinner!
Hope that helps you understand how we made this work. 
Happy Sunday!


Sunday, May 11, 2014

I’m Going to Make a Light Out of It!

I was visiting my Dad a few weeks ago at the tobacco greenhouse and I saw a pile of fans.  It went like this….
Fan Before
Me: “Hey, what are those fans for?”  Dad: “Oh, those, they are junk…motors broke”  Me:  “What are you going to do with them?”  Dad: “Nothing” Me: “I want the white one” Dad”: “What for?”  Me: “I’m going to make a light out of it” Dad: “You are just like your Mama!”
And the truth of it was…Will was going to make a light out of it!
It was just the kind of junk I’d been hoping for, that piece that sparked instant inspiration and I knew it would make the perfect light.  The one to replace the builder light that was not my style and the last part of the dining room that needed attention.   The piece that makes me proud that  Will is so handy and he can DIY with the best of them! 
I love it!!!
I love the idea of having something repurposed for this space, It gives the room character and makes it feel relaxed.  Here is what we had before at Halloween.
Isn’t it lovely?
New Light
Those peonies from my Mom are pretty swoon worthy too…
Peonies 2
I’ll be back later in the week on how we Will made this fixture. 
Hope everyone has a great week!

Linking To: Inspire Me Please


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Office Makeover

I am going to overwhelm you with pictures today.  I finally finished our home office.  This room has been the one room that I desperately wanted to finish since we moved in and I never really had a plan.  I finally made a list of what I wanted to do and just got to it and finished.
I forgot any before pictures but basically I found file cabinets, a desk chair and painted both.  I  made and hung shades, recovered my bulletin board, hung a filing system, hide cords and painted walls.  It only took me a year to do it! 
Office Now
Room View (2)
Room View
File Cabinet
Bulletin Board
Nipper Picture
The file cabinets and chair are both painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint, pure white.  The walls are Benjamin Moore Ashley Grey.  The picture of my cat is a print out from Waterlouge App and the frame is recent from Target, Threshold.  The hanging file system is from Ikea.  The lamp is from Hobby Lobby (last year).
Have a great week everyone!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mini Blind Roman Shades

Happy Sunday Guys! I am back today to show you my marvelous mini blind roman shades.  Last week I showed you my very easy no sew shades for my workout room HERE and today I am going to show you a glimpse into my finally decorated office!
Office Shades Complete
One of the major things I needed to do in here besides paint was figure out a solution for shades.  We have a dedicated home office because Will and I both use it for work regularly.  The room sits off the back of our house and gets tons of morning light which shines right on the computer screen.  As I mentioned in my post last week our windows are an odd size so custom shades/blinds are the only option but I also wanted color so I got creative.  I searched around on Pinterest for a solution and found a way to make roman shades using cheap mini blinds!
We bought cheap mini blinds from Lowes for less than $5 bucks each in 27” and trimmed them down with the dremmel to 26”.  Once I found my fabric I got to work.  The tutorial I used HERE is excellent!  Simply Mrs. Edwards did a fantastic job and I am grateful I found the “pin”.  Please check it out HERE to see her shades.  Here are the steps from my point of view. 
Materials Needed
  • Fabric (I needed 2 yards per window)
  • Muslin fabric
  • Fabri-tac glue
  • Heat n Bond no sew tape (iron on)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Cheap mini blinds
  • Iron/Ironing board
Step One:
Cut fabric 2” wider than window in width and 6” longer.  Cut muslin to exact window size. 
**If using a fabric with no repeat, this is much easier.  I had to lay my fabric out and really concentrate on where I cut top/bottom and side to side so that all shades matched.  This step took the most time and I wasted more fabric.
Step Two:
Lay muslin over fabric leaving 3” on top/bottom and 1” on each side. Then use the iron on tape to iron the edges, I secured the bottom as well.
Step 3:
Roll out the mini blinds and start to disassemble leaving only the parts needed.
You want to cut the cord that holds the slats, the one that looks like a ladder.  Do not cut the cord that controls the blind.
Take the weighted bar at the bottom off temporarily.  You simple pop out the little circular plugs at the bottom and untie the cord.  Slide the bar off.
This allows you to remove the slats.  You want to leave enough slats for the folds in the shade.  I left 7, the weighted bar acts as a fold as well.
Step 4:
Adhere the fabric to the mini blind.  Here you want to lay out your fabric and mark the sides where you want the slats to go.  I measured for a slat every 7.5” inches.
Next you lay the mini blind over the fabric and arrange each slate in the center of the marking (I marked both sides of fabric)
I had to make sure I set my top bar the same for each one because of the fabric pattern.  You want to glue the top on first.  This is where the Fabri-Tac glue comes in to secure the fabric.  You add the glue to the front of the mini blind and flip over and press into fabric. Through this make sure not to get glue on your cord.
Arrange the slats in the center of the mark and glue the front of each one and press down to secure. (dog hair and all)
Then you work on the bottom slate, gluing to the front first, flip over to secure. 
Tie the string back and slide into bottom and put the plugs back in the weighted bar.  Leave just a little slack in the cord, not to tight, not really loose. The add glue to the bottom and sides to secure.  Cut a small slit in fabric to go around the cord.  Trim excess fabric.
At this point you should let them sit for a while to dry and set up.  I waited about 2 hours and then you just hang them up like you would a regular mini blind.  Mine had the brackets secured to inside of window so I just slid these in. It took a minute to pull them up and get the folds to cooperate the first time but they are pretty easy to operate and they look great!! I am really happy with the way they have turned out. 
Office Shades
Here is a look at the back with them hanging.
Shade Back
This project took me about 6-7 hours to complete for 3 shades.  Right now I have more time than money so it was worth it.  Plus I am pretty proud of them.  As for the cost here is the breakdown.
  • Fabric $76.86
  • Muslin $19.80
  • Mini Blinds $12.43 (for 3)
  • No Sew Tape $4.98 (2 rolls)
  • Total cost: $114.07