Category Archives: DIY Projects

Just a Coat of Paint and a Pocket Full of Dreams

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My house is in a serious state of despair. We are redoing our “master” bathroom; new paint, new lighting, new vanity, new decor etc etc. For some reason the rest of the house is suffering because one of the smallest rooms in the house is getting special treatment.

I’m a scattered mess when it comes to doing things in an orderly, step by step fashion. I’ve been known to start cleaning one room and end up doing something entirely different with an entirely different outcome and an entirely puzzled expression from my husband at the end of the day. For example; I started cleaning the kitchen (it was in one of those, haven’t been touched in a week stages). I was clearing off the table and saw a jacket so I took it to the closet in the living room which is where I found a pile of shoes. Oh my those need to be sorted I took a few pairs to my room and threw them on top of a lot of other pairs of shoes in our closet which is when I decided the closet needed some serious straightening. One thing led to another and within 20 minutes everything in our closet was out on the bed ready for some major sorting. But then the baby cried and he needed fed so the closet was forgotten as was the disarrayed kitchen and well the rest is history. My husband gets from work and just looks at me with a long shake of his head. He knows, oh he knows.

The simple task of cleaning the kitchen left me with my closet on my bed and my kitchen remaining in that sad state. So you can imagine where redoing a bathroom will lead me. Last night it lead me to the kitchen (yes the kitchen again) where instead of starting on the bathroom I ended up painting the trim in the kitchen white. Now if you have read my other DIY Posts you know that the majority of my house is honey oak. Honey oak wood floors, honey oak trim, honey oak blinds, honey oak cabinets and then everything else is brass. I was up to my eyeballs in honey oak and brass and was starting to get itchy scalp from it! (Itchy scalp – something that occurs after severe annoyances, such as noises, colors and people feel as though they are suffocating you. This actually originated from my sister, she used to start itching her head when she became irritated with something or someone and it always made us laugh.)

Anyways I have completed the bottom trim in kitchen and am back to the bathroom to finish what I started. Hopefully next week I will have an updated bathroom to share with you!

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You can find the paint I used on the trim here

I didn’t sand or prime but did scrub it as clean as possible.

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Makeover Monday – Painting Over Potato Chips

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Last week there was a day where all 3 children had quiet time and nap time at the SAME time! This is an unheard of day so what was a mom to do?

Well what I wanted to do was open that bag of potato chips my husband snuck into our cabinet, sit on the couch and turn on Netflix. I kept peeking into the cabinet, contemplating my options and consequences. I glanced at the picture that was hanging in my dining room and back into the cabinet. Oh how I wanted to tear those chips open and slump on the couch. I’ve done it before and it is quite nice.

But….

It’s January and in January I should be doing no such thing. In January I should be sticking with my goals a little more strictly. Which means that I should choose the painting over potato chips. My goal for the year is to update our house as frugally as possible which basically means, paint everything. I’m trying to lighten up all the brown so other than my table DIY project in January there was also this picture that I wanted to paint white. So the struggle,

Potato chips or paint, potato chips or paint?

You would be so proud, I certainly was. I chose… Drumroll Please

PAINTING!

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This is the final result. I’m not gonna get too close with the camera because sadly it isn’t as perfect as I would like and probably needs another coat but for now I’m liking the look of it and how it kinda brightens up that wall. And I’m liking that I didn’t have to explain a half empty or (lets be honest) a completely empty chip bag.

Here’s to painting over potato chips!:)

Makeover Monday – Old Oak Table

Im pretty sure that spring or so of last year I promised more dIY projects by me. You can read about that here. Then nothing happened until a couple months ago I started watching Fixer Upper on Netflix. Not only do I just love Chip and JoJo but I love pretty much everything they do. So my virgin DIY self started getting antsy! I’ve never actually tackled most of the DIY projects that I yearn to do on pinterest so this is my year to turn my house and everything in it around. Major house makeover. As a family we are practically spilling out of it with the 5 of us so our plan is to put it up for sale in 2017 which means we need to update it on a budget to get it ready. I’m hoping that mostly paint will do the trick but I know that in the long run new flooring is needed and a cabinet makeover for sure. But that’s months away.

Here’s what I started with. This old oak table.

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My parents gave it to me after my dad made them a new one. I grew up with this table. My sisters and I all had our designated seats for dinner. Many a memories at this table and I’m thrilled that I will get to use it for my family. But that honey oak color isn’t my favorite by any means which really stinks for me because everything in my house is that color; trim, doors, cabinets, floor. So an update is definitely due. Now this being my first actual do it yourself project I had to call my mom. She came out and showed me how to do a couple things and ta-dah, a wee bit later we had this.

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Supplies and the “how” behind it:

Sander
Paint brushes (We didn’t use anything fancy)
123 Bullseye Primer
White Paint
Stain
Polyurethane

I sanded the top and sides but left the bottom glossy. My first time using a power sander, lets just say I felt the power! It made me very giddy like a school girl. The primer we used for the base is supposed to go over any surface so we went for it. My mom started staining the top, one section at a time and waited 3 minutes before wiping stain off.

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I started painting the bottom of the table with the primer. This is the only picture I got after stain and primer was applied.

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This is what we used for the top of the table and the bottom of the table.

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Sorry my can of white paint has seen better days.

I’m a bit in love with this table and can’t believe how amazing it looks.

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The plan is to get long benches for both sides and I updated a couple of the matching chairs to the table to go at the end.

One question I still have. Should I rough up the white bottom of the table and make it a little more rustic and farm house like? I think I know what JoJo would do but what do you guys think?

My first Makeover Monday under my belt and hopefully there will be many more to come!