New Project: DIY Farmhouse Table

I’m very excited to preview my newest project: a Farmhouse table! I got this beaut (you know, “b-yoot”) off Craigslist for a whopping $50! Please excuse the quality of the photo. The table was already disassembled when I picked it up so this is the best I have. But you get the jist.

00e0e_9qb3trlPH2t_600x450That’s right. A table and four chairs for $50! There’s some marks and glue stains on the top of the table that I’ve started sanding out but all-in-all this was a pretty good bargain.

What do I plan to do with it? I’m so happy you asked (or thought)!

I recently came across this beautiful tutorial from Ana White and her newest Farmhouse Table DIY. And since it was exactly what I have been looking to do I decided to get all the necessary tools together to do it on my new (to us) table. Hers is inspired by the Pottery Barn Keaton Dining Table, but who has $1,700 to spend on JUST THE TABLE!? Plus, her projects are all drool-worthy and gorgeous enough to make any DIY-er jealous.

pottery barn keaton diy-farmhouse-table-free-plansSo I have my table and I have my chairs. The next thing I did was find out where I could get that incredible milk paint. Enter the wonderful Jen at Degaje in Wesley Chapel. (Btw, if you haven’t visited her shop then you definitely must! She has some beautiful pieces in there) She was so incredibly helpful since this is uncharted territory for me. I’ve worked with chalk paint but milk paint is new.

This is such an exciting project for me that I just want to get started and finish it already, but with the afternoon showers we’ve been having almost every single day here in sunny Florida (cough, it’s never sunny in the afternoon in Florida, cough) I’ve had to take it slow and have only been able to sand the tabletop so far. Le sigh.

After I’ve finished, depending on the final outcome, I may end up covering the existing tabletop with my own creation that looks something like this one from It’s the Little Things that Make a House a Home:

Farmhouse Table

 

Have you already done your own Farmhouse Table DIY project? Please share and let me know what techniques you used and what products worked best!

 

Here’s to hoping for drier weather,
Katie

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DIY Sunburst Mirror

Have you noticed those beautiful sunburst mirrors that keep popping up on home design blogs and in home design magazines? Have you also noticed that most of them carry a pretty big price tag? We’re talking upwards of $300 here. Granted, I’m sure there are some more affordable options, but what would you say if I told you there’s a sunburst mirror that costs about $13?

Did you have a mini freak out? I know, it’s exciting!

I can’t take credit for this DIY project, all credit goes to Jacky over at Small Home & Garden Love. So, I’ll give you the link to her instructions on how she made her very own sunburst mirror and then I’ll give you a few pointers on how I made mine slightly different.

Here’s the link to her instructions! And here is my finished sunburst mirror:

DIY Sunburst Mirror

 

Pretty, right? Okay, so I chose to do things a little differently from Jacky:

1. I used an 8″ scalloped mirror (only because I couldn’t find a non-scalloped one at JoAnn) instead of the 5″ mirror she used.

2. When she talks about making the different marks on the cardboard and says her 2nd circle is about an inch from the edge…well, since my mirror is larger I decided to make mine about halfway between the center dot and the edge. Worked perfectly!

3. I also chose to cut my skewers at 3″, 4″, and 5″. This will make more sense once you’ve read through her directions.

4. Finally, like Jacky, I ran into a slight issue with gluing the ring to the mirror but nothing too bad. I used Gorilla Super Glue Gel (I already had this at home). The gel part makes the glue a little easier to manage.

So here’s my sunburst mirror cost breakdown:

o   Mirror – $3.59 (reg. $5.99 at JoAnn but I used a 40% off coupon)
o   Ring – $1.79 at JoAnn
o   Picture Hangers – $2.09 (reg. $3.49 at JoAnn but I used another 40% coupon. Gotta love those coupons!)
o   Skewers – $2 at Big Lots
o   Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint – $3.57 at Walmart
o   Hot Glue & Super Glue – Already had
o   Cardboard – Already had

Total cost: $13.04

Here are some other pictures of the mirror actually hung up in our master bedroom. I just love it!

DIY Sunburst Mirror

DIY Sunburst Mirror

 

What do you think? Let me know if you have any issues making yours and I’ll be more than happy to help! Afterward, post a link to your finished product, I’d love to see it. 

 

TTFN,
Katie

Half-Bath Mood Board: London is Calling…

Sorry it’s been a little while! I’ve been busy with reupholstering a scroll bench (more to come on that as soon as I get the legs and finish it), plus I’ve started a new project…redoing our half-bath!

We bought a new construction house and it gorgeous but some of the design elements are just plain awful. For example, the builder-grade towel racks and toilet paper holders? Ours are a disgusting off-white color. If they were white I wouldn’t mind so much but our towel racks, toilet paper holders, toilets, vanities, and tubs are the gross off-white. Bleh!

So I decided to make the bathrooms prettier by getting rid of the towel racks and toilet paper holders and replacing them with brushed nickel fixtures, slapping some paint on the walls and throwing in some great decor items.

Here’s my idea for the half-bath:

Half Bath Mood Board

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We also plan to add some other U.K.-inspired decor like a Beatles album. Oh, and I just finished painting the walls a very light grey color. What do you think?

Have you remodeled your bathroom before? How did it turn out?

Sweaty from painting all night,
-Katie

New Project: Shabby Chic Wine Buffet

I recently came across a beautiful buffet table that had some good bones, but need a little TLC. Well, I scooped that bad boy up and now have some BIG plans for it.

As you can see in the pictures below it had some scratches, the hardware was a little too outdated for me (and not in a good way), and it just needed a nice face lift to make it something pretty.

I have started the refurb project and am so excited with the results already even though I’m not finished. I’ve taken the doors off and plan to add crisscrossing wine racks underneath, plus it’s a new color!

So stay tuned for the final reveal. In the meantime, here’s the before pictures:

Shabby Chic Wine Buffet Project

 

Shabby Chic Wine Buffet Project

 

Shabby Chic Wine Buffet Project

Shabby Chic Wine Buffet Project

Shabby Chic Wine Buffet Project

So what do you think? It’s a pretty piece, right? I can’t wait to show you all the finished product. And the best part? Once we’re done…we’re selling it!

I know, I know. How rude of me to give you a little peek and not show you what it’s going to look like. Guess you’ll just have to keep on the lookout for the “After” post.

 

Until the “After”,
-Katie

Rustic TV or Media Centers

We have an older IKEA TV console in our living room right now, but it just doesn’t go very well with our modern-industrial look. It’s too modern. So I’ve been on the look-out for a DIY TV console or media center that my husband and I could build. I want something that is more open since we have a narrow (but long) living room with a large sectional sofa in it and I don’t want another large piece of furniture making the room look smaller.

So here are some of my favorite options that I don’t think would be too hard to either build or create our own plans for:

Liz_Marie_BlogDIY Rustic Wood TV Console via Liz Marie Blog

PB_HendrixHendrix Media Stand via Pottery Barn

Ana_WhiteRustic X Console via Ana White

I know, they all look pretty similar but that’s part of why I’m having a problem deciding! Do I want one that’s tall, short, middle-of-the-road? Exes on the sides? Ugh! Too many choices. Though, I guess it’s better to have too many choices than no choices at all, right?

Do you have other ideas of similar TV/media centers?

What about your house? What does yours look like?

XOXO,
-Katie

Decorating with Wicker Chairs

So I’m a younger decorating enthusiast, and with my youth came a misguided revulsion where wicker is concerned. I always thought wicker furniture belonged in my grandmother’s house, but never mine. HOWEVER, my views on the subject have done a complete 180. Now, I wouldn’t mind adding some wicker chairs to accent my dining room chairs or having a set in my living room.

Isn’t it funny how trends are circuitous and what was once considered less than desirable can make a comeback? Love it!

Still think wicker belongs on the porch of a grandmother’s house only? You might change your mind after seeing these beautiful examples of wicker working it!

caeff643abdc2437b20efe7782ccfeccWicker Dining Room Chairs via BHG

ec407298b536869da2b1cf4b68bf0a2dWicker Accent Chair via BHG

f4134e253353Another Wicker Accent Chair via House Beautiful

Adriana-heroAntique/Industrial-Style Wicker Accent Chair via The Design Files

P1110576Wicker Accent Chair in Master Bedroom via Chateau Chic

So what do you think? Is your mind blown yet? I know, I too had to take a moment to admit I had been wrong all along. And, shockingly enough, my mom and I are working on sprucing up two pairs of wicker chairs right now. Here’s a sneak peak at the “before” pictures:

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Two are going to be white and two are going to be grey. I’m really excited and will post the “after” pictures as soon as I’m done. Then, we’ll be selling those babies!

Do you have wicker furniture in your house or have you considered adding a piece or two? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Until inspiration strikes again,
Katie