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,


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. 



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?