New Old Dresser

December 13, 2014 at 8:35 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This old house has plenty of character, but really lacks storage.  I get by because no one is using the spare bedroom currently, so outgrown baby items, my vacuum, and luggage all live in there. The bathroom, however,  is still in desperate need of storage. I still use my old quilt rack to hang towels. I love this, but not so much when towels have to be stacked 7 high because there is no cupboard for the extras. So, I set out to buy a large old dresser to refinish, in hopes that it could serve as storage in the bathroom.

I started with this guy for $40 on a garage sale:

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Great vintage bones, ugly paint job. So I  sanded, patched one spot, and painted him gray.

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He was already looking gorgeous. Then I added some charcoal tinted furniture paste wax.

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I was loving it. The hardest part was picking hardware. I didn’t want the hardware to pull too much attention, so I ended up choosing twisted iron pulls that reminded me of the Threshers, and little black knobs for the top. Now he’s finished and gorgeous. Oh, and one more dilemma. Do I really put it in the barhroom, or do I give it to Brantley as he transitions to his big boy furniture? OR, do I sell it? 😉

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What do you think?! ♡

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The Lounge

June 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

There is an extra bedroom upstairs that I did not have a particular use for at this time.  Why not use the room as a chance to have some fun and make a relaxing lounge where I can work on some projects?!

Here’s a little tour:

 

Bright, no? But, I love it and find it so cozy.  Remember that couch from before I bought the house?  The trunk was my birthday present a few years back and it now holds scrapbook and craft supplies.  The bright flash made some of the paint look patchy, but I promise, it isn’t so.  The door knobs and latch plates are from doors that were found rotting away in the garage when I moved in here.  I couldn’t keep the old doors, but also couldn’t part with the the hardware.  Any suggestions?

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Some Kitchen Inspiration

May 27, 2011 at 10:42 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I ran accross this awesomely unique idea on Apartment Therapy today.

Isn’t this a gorgeous idea?! I feel inspired to do something similar when I get around to the kitchen…

See the post here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/kitchen/diy-inspiration-leather-kitchen-cabinet-pulls-147756

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Progress- The Kitchen!

April 14, 2009 at 9:05 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have been hard at work painting those kitchen cabinets.  Not finished yet, but getting close.  I just thought that we would update you on some of the process and the progress. 

Here are some before shots of the dark, mismatched, and very worn cabinets:

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I started by using a palm sander to sand the stain off of all showing cabinet surfaces.  They then looked like this:

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Next, I removed all of the old hardware and filled the existing holes with wood putty.  I did not need to fill the holes from the hinges, however, because we were lucky enough to purchase new hinges that fit in the old holes.  But the handles are completely different sizes and shapes, so these holes and to be filled.  I also swiped some of the putty across any cracks and dents I found.  By the way, the new wood putty they have out there is more of a foam than putty. It is super easy to use.  I sanded the putty spots down once they were dry.  For the larger holes I puttied and sanded a second time so that they came out very flat with the wood.  Here’s a shot of that step before sanding (after sanding they look much smoother):

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I then started the painting process (the lengthy part!).  I decided to start with only the bottom cabinets.  There would not be enough floor space to paint all of the doors at the same time.  I taped off walls, trim and floors with painter’s tape.  I also taped down papers on the floor.  (Actually, this is kind of weird, but I taped down puppy pee pads.  We had a bunch left from when the puppy was still having accidents.  She never liked to use them, but instead of throwing them out they made great drop clothes!) I then applied to coats of Kilz primer. 

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You can see that the first coat goes on kind of streak-y, but the second coat covers much more evenly.  We now have the bottom cabinets painted with two coats of white semi-gloss paint, and we are hanging the hardware and doors tonight.  More updates to come… but isn’t it starting to look gooood?! 🙂

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Kitchen Inspiration

March 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm (Inspiration, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are currently preparing to do a bit of kitchen renovation in our house.  While I have a pretty clear picture in my head of what I would like to do I have also been scouring the blog world for some inspiration and creative ideas.  We are trying to do this on a very tiny budget, so I am also searching ideas in that area.  Today on Apartment Therapy I found one of my favorite kitchen pictures.

I just love the little swinging door.  It reminds me of old western saloon doors.  I am wanting one for our kitchen.  I’m just not sure that every kitchen could pull this off.  Maybe that will have to go on my “someday” dream list.  For now we are thinking more basic remodel in the kitchen.  I would like to sand and paint all of the dark wood cabinetry a glossy white.  The cabinets are outdated and mismatched.  This will also allow us to fill the holes from the old hardware and add new pulls.  These are the pulls I am thinking of, bin pulls:

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I have also been reading that it is possible to safely paint laminate countertops.  Since paint is a much cheaper alternative to replacing the countertops at this point I would like to paint these black.  Here is inspiration for a black and white kitchen with warm hardwood floors:

We would also like to change out the ugly, burnt up old strip lights to a couple of these vintage school house pendant lights:

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Tidying Up

March 3, 2009 at 9:59 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m a neat freak. I know it. I’m actually proud of it. I like that my home is always clean, neat, and organized. I feel that everything should have a place. Junk left out of it’s place clutters up your house and really ruins the appearance. I love ugly necessities (like cleaning supplies or utensils) to have a place to be stashed that is concealed when not in use. Not only does this just look so much better, but it also means you will not lose things or forget where you left them. Our cleaning supplies are under the kitchen sink in tubs. We always keep a flashlight right under the sink as well. A few basic tools and utensils that are needed frequently are in a drawer in the kitchen island, and the rest of the tools are in the tool box in the basement. I could tell you where ever item I own is right now. This drives Tony nuts that he has to put everything back in it’s assigned spot, but he will be thanking me in an emergency when I find what we need in seconds!

Anyway, this brings me to the topic at hand. Our mops and brooms. They are too big to fit under the sink, but too ugly to be left leaning against a wall in the kitchen. I had them stashed away in the basement. But, no one wanted to go down there to get them every time there was a mess. I even caught myself on hands and knees wiping up the floor with a paper towel instead of heading to the basement. I knew there had to be a better solution.

We took a trip this weekend to our local hardware store and found a basic hook set. My plan was to hang this strip of hooks inside the basement door for easy access to brooms and mops. The strip was a bit too long to fit from one beam to another along the unfinished basement walls. We compromised and leaned the strip of hooks on it’s side. It actually worked out perfectly, and the long handled tools hang perfectly just inside the door. I’m pleased. 🙂 And, now we can save paper towels and make our lazy selves go grab the mop!

The brooms and mops hanging so nicely just inside our basement door.

The brooms and mops hanging so nicely just inside our basement door.

The row of hooks that proved to be a simple and inexpensive solution to a daily annoyance.

The row of hooks that proved to be a simple and inexpensive solution to a daily annoyance.

We were so inspired we even added a couple single hooks to the opposite wall for hanging dog toys and leashes.

These things will no longer have to be draped sloppily over the bannister!

These things will no longer have to be draped sloppily over the banister!

Simple fixes make all the difference in a home!

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