DIY craft table

My daughter loves all things crafty.  Give her some craft supplies and she's a happy girl which makes my school supply loving heart so proud.  I remember as a kid my mom let us pick out a prize at the store and I picked out the clear, brightly colored glue and thought it was the coolest thing ever. :)  So I really wanted to give her a space to create and do school work in the playroom.  I looked for the longest time for a rectangular craft table that wasn't short and would fit two chairs on one side.  It turns out that is a tricky thing to find.  So when I can't find what I'm looking for, I try to DIY it and that's what I did this time.

I have trouble even calling this a DIY because it's so simple.  

I started with this table top.  It's only $9 and it's the perfect size.
Then I purchased this table.  I could have just bought the hairpin legs from Etsy but I found it cheaper to just buy the table and use the legs.

They were fine "as is" but I wanted to paint them gold.  (this is my favorite gold spray paint)  I made a template out of paper to make sure I screwed the legs in the same place in each corner.  I predrilled a small hole where each screw went and then screwed the screws in place. 

These chairs fit perfectly underneath.  They don't slide in all the way but enough to be out of the way.  You could also move the table to the middle of the room and have 2 chairs on either side.  They are a great height too.  Not too short for older kids, but not too tall for little ones.  

This room is a work in progress so I haven't had a chance to share it yet, but hopefully I will get it all finished and photographed soon!


Master Bedroom Updates

Like most of you, we are so ready for spring over here!  Thankfully our winters aren't bad at all, but we've had a few teases of spring and we are ready for it to come back for good.  With the warmer weather approaching, I thought it would be nice to add a few touches of spring to our bedroom.  I like to change things up with the seasons to make things feel fresh.

I actually only did a few things to this space to make it feel new again.  I changed out the fur pillows for something a little lighter.  I made this pillow out of a body pillow I found for here for around $10.  You can buy lots of premade covers for them too if sewing isn't your thing.  It's a really affordable option for an extra large pillow.  The material I used is actually a thrifted curtain panel.  It was one of the new items Goodwill gets from Target from time to time.  I think it would look great on a sofa too!  Side note, I love using curtain panels for all sorts of things.  They are great for making pillows and I even use the longer ones as tablecloths. 

I also switched out the duvet cover for something a little more spring-y.  I found this one at H&M last year, but it is no longer available.  (This one is similar)  I really like their home stuff.  It's on trend and affordable.  

I also added the juju hat above the bed.  The shop I purchased it from is no longer in business, but there are lots of other options here.   I've always loved them so my husband got me one last year as an anniversary/birthday present.  I love the texture it adds.  

When we first moved in I was excited about the thought of having a chandelier in our bedroom.  We had had a ceiling fan in our previous bedroom and it was functional, but not anything special.  We had a chandelier in this room for a while and I liked it, but eventually the functionality of a ceiling fan won out and we installed this one last year.  Ceiling fans have come a long way in the last few years and there are lots of great, modern options out there.  

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Tips for Painting Cabinets

Thank you all for your sweet words on our kitchen makeover!  It was a huge project, probably my biggest transformation yet.  I put it off for the longest time because it felt like such a daunting task.  There are so many different cabinet tutorials out there and I felt overwhelmed by the different choices.  I was afraid I would mess something up, but honestly it's not hard, just time consuming.  It's really no different than painting a piece of furniture just on a much larger scale.  It ended up taking me about 3-4 weeks to finish it.  I did take some breaks here and there though.  I have to give a shoutout to my mom too for helping me with my youngest while working on this project.  I tried to utilize nap times and early bedtimes as much as possible too.    

So here's a reminder of where we started.  I knew it would probably take several coats since we were starting with such dark cabinets and going to white.    

One of the most time consuming parts was the prep.  It's always the part I look forward to the least because it's a lot of trouble and you don't really get to see the progress.  But it's probably the most important part.  I started by removing everything from the cabinets.  I used this as a good opportunity to go through everything and get rid of stuff I didn't really use or need anymore.  

 Then I wiped everything down with Thieves household cleaner.  With it being a non toxic cleaner, I wasn't sure how effective it would be for this, but it ended up working great.  Then I used drop cloths to cover as much as I could and sanded everything with my mouse sander.  Once everything was sanded I vacuumed up as much of the dust as possible and wiped everything down again.  I did the same for the cabinet doors.  Right before I started painting I wiped everything down with tack cloth to get rid of any small debris.

Once everything was cleaned up and ready for paint, I put everything back in the cabinets so we could at least have a functional kitchen.

I used a paint brush and mini foam roller for the bases. 

And for the cabinet doors and drawer fronts I used a Homeright Paint Sprayer.  It made things go so much faster.  I honestly can't imagine how long it would have taken me if I had done it by hand, especially with the amount of doors/drawers we had.  The sprayer comes with all the instructions you'll need and they are very easy to follow.  You need to thin the paint to allow it to spray correctly.  I found the easiest way to do this was to mix it in a gallon sized pitcher.  I just made a big batch and kept refilling my sprayer as needed. 

I created a makeshift spray booth in the garage by covering everything with plastic.  I used this plastic sheeting and it worked great.  I covered the entire floor and all the walls.  I used inexpensive strips of 1 x 2 x 8 to lay out the cabinet doors and keep them elevated.  I also used the lids from spray paint cans for a few of the doors.   

The biggest thing is to try to do light, even coats.  Since the paint is much thinner it will run and drip a lot easier.  I tried to keep the gun moving at all times and do sweeping motions.  I started by spraying the border and then did sweeping motions back and forth across the middle section, slightly overlapping each stroke.  You'll also want to make sure you stop and start off the surface of the door.  

I did two coats of primer on the backs of the doors and then waited a full day to flip them and prime the fronts.  Then I flipped them back over and painted the backs of the doors.  I did 4-5 coats of paint.  Then I flipped them back to the front and did about 5-6 coats on the front.  I wanted to make sure I finished on the front side of the doors in case there were any imperfections.  I wouldn't mind as much if they were on the back of the doors and I could just easily touch them up.  It seems like a lot of paint, but the coats are much thinner using the paint sprayer.  I used Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer and Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Paint in semi gloss.  I chose to skip a sealer since the pro classic has a durable, wipeable finish.  Sherwin Williams has sales fairly often and I was actually able to snag the paint at 40% off.  

Another crucial part of painting cabinets is labeling where they all go.  I used painters tape to label the bases inside and then I wrote the number in the spot where the hinge goes on the door and covered it with tape.  When I was done painting I removed the tape and revealed the number.  After the hinge is screwed in place you won't be able to see it at all.

I let everything cure a few days before I hung the doors back up.  We also took a family vacation so everything had some time to sit before we started using it again.  

Overall I've been very pleased with how well they have held up.  I have two small children so they take a good bit of abuse.  We have had a few chips here and there that you would expect over time, but nothing major at all.  I'm able to easily wipe them down which is huge.  Sometimes I'll grab the magic eraser and that works really well too.  Actually the pictures from my kitchen post were taken almost one year later so you can see they have held up great!  I think that pretty much covers it, but if you have any questions please let me know.  And if you missed the full kitchen reveal post you can find it here.

Here's a consolidated supply list:
-Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Extra White
-Paint Brush (my favorite)

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Budget Kitchen Makeover

This post is brought to you by my husband.  I've been itching to share our kitchen makeover with you all for the longest time, but it just kept getting pushed to the back burner.  Well a few weeks ago, while helping my sister in law move, my husband came across a magnolia tree limb that had fallen and he brought it home to me.  Some women prefer flowers, I'll take a giant fallen tree branch. :) He knows me well.  I couldn't let that beautiful branch go to waste so I used it to style my kitchen and took the opportunity to take some photos and share this with you all!

When we purchased our house all of the finishes were already picked out.  Although nothing was really offensive, the finishes they chose wouldn't have been my first choice.  Here's a picture of what it looked like when everything was almost finished before we moved in.  

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I knew from the beginning I would probably end up painting the cabinets.  The way the house is positioned, we don't get a lot of sunlight in the room and the dark cabinets didn't help.  So when our dishwasher broke and flooded the kitchen I took it as a sign to get started on this project.  It was a huge ordeal, but in the end it worked out for the best.  Our insurance paid for the floors to be replaced throughout the entire downstairs too so I was able to pick something that better suited our style and was more functional for our family.  We also took the opportunity to have the backsplash replaced at the same time.  Our countertops are a little busy so we went with a simple, classic white subway tile to help brighten things up.  I chose a sand colored grout to add a subtle contrast and tie the countertops in to the backsplash.

As you can see just making that one change made such a huge difference.  I also removed the cabinet to the right of the window and replaced it with some DIY open shelving to help let more light in.  I'm amazed at what a difference that made too!  It was such an easy and inexpensive change.  You can find the details for that project here.

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DIY Kitchen Shelves

If you are coming over from Lindsay Hill Interiors, welcome!  I'm participating in a fun blog hop today and sharing these easy DIY kitchen shelves.

I've always loved the look of open shelving and really wanted to incorporate it into our kitchen.  I knew this spot would be the perfect space to try it out while still preserving most of our upper cabinets.  I also thought removing this cabinet would help to let in some much needed extra light and make things feel more open and interesting.  So let's start with the before.

I searched for the longest time trying to find open shelves that would support a decent amount of weight and wouldn't cost a fortune and came up empty handed.  I also needed a specific length so that made finding ready made shelves difficult.  So when I came across these brackets that didn't cost an arm and a leg I was so happy.  And they support up to 88 lbs!  
The instructions they came with were pretty vague, but they are pretty simple to figure out.  They hardest, and most crucial part, is making sure the brackets are in the exact same place as the holes in the back of the shelf.

I started out by finding the studs in the wall using a stud finder.  Then I marked where the studs were and used a laser level to make sure the marks were even. Next, I drilled a hole slightly 
smaller in diameter than the bracket.

Then I used a hex bit attached to my drill to screw in the brackets.  Make sure you screw them in as straight as possible.

Then I held the shelf up to my brackets and marked on the back where I needed to drill.  You will need to drill exactly in the center of your marks both horizontally and vertically.  If you have a drill press that would be best for this step.  However, I didn't have one and it still worked fine.  Just try to keep your drill bit as straight as possible.  I made the hole slightly larger than the bracket.

You can use any type of wood you want, but just make sure it's a straight board and not warped.  You'll also want to make sure the board is thick enough as well.  Mine are around 2" thick and 9" deep.  My dad actually made these for me with the help of a family friend.  I think the wood is oak.   

After you have your holes drilled, test them out to see if they fit on the brackets.  If it's not an exact fit you can fudge a little bit by making the hole slightly bigger or using a rubber mallet to gently tap it into place.  One of my holes was slightly off and I had to do this and it worked just fine.  

  I used a mixture of Minwax Jacobean and Minwax Classic Gray to stain the shelves.  I don't know the exact proportions, but I just mixed it until I liked the color, using mostly Jacobean and a little bit of the classic gray.  A piece of scrap wood works great to test out the color first.  You can seal it with polycrylic, but I chose to skip it this time. 

It's amazing what a difference this one little change made.  It opened up the room so much and made that wall really stand out.  Stay tuned for more kitchen updates.  I can't wait to show you, it doesn't even look like the same space!  Head on over to Styled With Lace for more inspiration or click the links below for the full blog hop.


Using Greenery In Your Home

I love using fresh greenery throughout our house.  Even though I'm not the best with plants, I've somehow managed to keep several alive.  I love the organic feel they add to a space.  Today I'm joining several other bloggers and talking about how to use fresh flowers and greenery in your home.  If you are coming over from Amy's blog, Meme Hill, welcome!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

One of my favorite types of greenery to use in our home is Eucalyptus.  I talk about it all the time because it's so versatile and so inexpensive.  I typically grab a bunch of it at Trader Joe's every week and it only sets me back $3.  And it smells heavenly.  I usually keep it in a simple vase on the counter.

It's also great for creating a simple, organic table setting.  It would be perfect for Easter.  You can mix in pretty much any color flowers you want.  I used basic brown craft paper to create a runner and then layered the eucalyptus on top.

And of course I love a simple bouquet of flowers too.  Just drop them in a vase or even a simple glass and you are good to go!  

How do you like to use greenery in your home?  Do you have a favorite flower that you find yourself drawn to every time?  

Now head on over to 2 Ladies and a Chair for more inspiration!  You can also see the full tour below.


Moodboard Monday - Spring Picks

I'm back today with a quick little moodboard for Moodboard Mondays!  We have had some beautiful weather these past few days and it has me so excited for spring.  We've been out in the yard soaking up some vitamin D and trying to get things ready for the warmer weather.  I've found some bright and cheery picks that will have your outdoor space ready for spring in no time.  The scalloped umbrella and swinging chair (on sale right now!) are my favorites!

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