China Cabinet Makeover

Sorry for the lack of posting last week.  We had a nasty stomach bug make it's way through our house and we were all pretty much out of commission.  Our little one held out for a while, but ended up getting it towards the end of the week.  Thankfully we are all on the mend and finally getting back to normal!

My china cabinet recently got a new makeover.  We've had it since we got married and my husband had it in his house before that.  Ideally, I'd love to find a bamboo style hutch, but Craigslist hasn't had much like that lately.  Especially for the price I want to pay.  So, I decided to just give this one another coat of paint.  It's the cheapest way to update something without spending a fortune.  

Here's where we started, 6 years ago.

The maple wasn't my thing so I painted it gray.  But, I did it quickly and didn't use the proper paint.  I just used what I had in my garage and it didn't hold up super well.  After lots of little sticky hands touching it and lots of use, it was in desperate need of a new makeover. 

When we moved it was one of the first pieces I tackled.  There were lots of boxes just sitting in the office and I knew they were all pretty much going in the hutch if I could just get it done.  So I tried to knock it out pretty quickly.  I went with Rustoleum Oil Based paint in glossy black.  I actually used the white color on this dresser makeover a while back and really liked the results.

I ended up doing three coats, waiting 24 hours in-between.  This paint has great coverage but it is a little stinky so you want to make sure to paint in a well ventilated area and let it dry and air out before bringing it inside.  My only complaint is that the glossy black really shows imperfections.  I think that's the case with darker colors in general.  I noticed that when I painted my bedroom furniture too.  But I think the overall look is worth it and most people probably wouldn't notice the things that bother me about it.

Since the base is pretty plain, I've actually thought about adding some bamboo style molding to give it that bamboo look I love.  I can't seem to find any that won't cost a fortune though.  So if you know if a source I'm all ears!  


Take Two

Sorry for the silence over here this week.  We've been hit with the stomach bug.  I'm hoping it's on it's way out and that our little one doesn't get it too.  I guess tis the season for germs!  

Anyways, I'm over at Design Post Interiors today sharing a little more about me.  I'd love for you to hop on over and check out the post.  While you are over there be sure to check out some of her amazing projects!  Her kids rooms are some of my favorites.

Check out these amazing planked walls in her boys' room!

And her daughter's nursery is just the sweetest with so many great DIY touches!

I met Beth a few months ago and she is just as nice as she seems.  If you're new to her blog, I'm sure you'll love it as much I do!


Craigslist Finds

I haven't really found much on Craigslist lately, but before we moved I was lucky enough to come across these chairs.  Actually I have to give my sister credit.  She found them as part of a set on Craigslist and she was willing to part with two of the six chairs.  

They work great in my new office flanking my china cabinet.  I think I paid $25 for the pair, which I thought was a great deal.  I thought about painting them, but I kind of like the wood look.  I think I might try applying some gel stain to touch up the more worn areas. 

I'm using the botanical prints from our old living room on either side of the china cabinet to help fill up the wall space.  I love being able to repurpose things from our old house to make them feel fresh again.  

I also found this great bench to use on one side of our dining room table.  Our little one has outgrown the highchair so we thought a bench would be much easier for her to climb on and off of.  This one happened to the be perfect size too!  As you can see, I'm painting it white because the stain was not quite the right color and I think it will blend with our table better this way.

Have you guys had any luck on Craigslist lately?

Hope you have a great weekend!


New Pendant Lights from Kenroy Home

I think changing out the light fixtures in your home is one of the best ways to get a custom look without spending a fortune.  We had basic, builder's grade light fixtures in our home when we moved in.  They were functional, but nothing special.  So, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Kenroy Home to replace our pendant lighting.  

Here's a little before picture of how our kitchen looked when the construction was almost complete.

They hadn't installed the pendant lights yet, but it gives you an idea of where we started.  

I chose to go with the Casey Pendant.  I thought the style would flow nicely with our decor and I liked that the chrome would coordinate with the rest of the finishes in the kitchen.  I also loved the slightly industrial vibe it had going on.  

Since the globes are clear, I used Edison bulbs.  I think that just adds to the industrial vibe even more and I really love the glow they emit!

I was provided two pendant lights from Kenroy Home.  All opinions are 100% mine.  


Dresser Turned TV Console

In our old house, we had to put the TV above the fireplace.  I wasn't crazy about it, but there was just no other way to arrange the room and get the maximum amount of seating.  In our new home I knew I really wanted to try to make it work without having the TV above our fireplace.  My husband wasn't sold on the idea, but thankfully I convinced him to give it a try.

I needed a place to put the TV though, and a place to store all of our electronics.  I didn't really want to buy anything new.  Plus I had a feeling I could make this dresser work with just a few easy tweaks. 

The center portion has two doors with three drawers inside.  I removed the tracks for the drawers.  They just unscrewed easily and popped right out.

Then I had the kind people at Home Depot cut some plywood for me to use as shelves.  I just slipped the wood right into each of the slots and nailed them down to secure them.  Then I painted everything white to match the outside, drilled a few holes in the back for cords and reattached the doors.

Pardon all my junk in the garage.  I'm working on it. :)

Here it is in our living room.  We just open the doors when we are using it.

And the best part is, I can just close the doors when we are done and everything is out of sight!  

We always keep the electronics off when we aren't using them just to make sure nothing overheats.  So far it's working great for us!


Greek Key Trimmed Curtains

I've always been a huge fan of IKEA curtains.  I especially love the Ritvas.  I think they are a great bang for the buck.  They really look much more expensive than they are, to me anyways.  The texture is great and they are neutral enough to go with pretty much any room.  In fact I already have several pairs in my living room.  So when it came time for curtains in our bedroom, I decided to go with Ritvas again, but I didn't want them to be quite so plain.  

I've always loved this greek key trim from Hobby Lobby (they have multiple colors in the store), but never had a place for it.  I've seen lots of other people use it for curtains, pillows, etc. and I think it really adds a nice detail.  So I grabbed some on my last Hobby Lobby trip and got to work.  

This was a super easy project and instantly made the drapes look more custom.  I just stitched the trim on the leading edge of both panels and that was it.  If you can sew a straight line you're good to go for this project!

Did you notice my new chair in the corner?  I picked it up at an estate sale last weekend and I love the unique lines of it.  My husband isn't sold on the green velvet, but I actually really like it.  I may reupholster it in a graphic black and white print to make it a little more modern and win him over. :)

If you want to try this project, but don't have a Hobby Lobby near you or you just want a broader trim, you can try using greek fabric like I did for these curtains.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Nightstand Makeover

I'm so excited about how our master bedroom is coming together.  We've actually been sleeping in our guest room because we were waiting on our bed to be delivered.  We wanted to paint and get everything done before the bed got here because that just made the most sense.  We actually got the bed in about a week ago and I absolutely love it.  We've had "hand me down" furniture in our room since we got married and although it's great, it was so nice to get something new that we absolutely love!  I can't wait to show it to you.

So this weekend we decided to paint the walls.  I had been going back and forth on painting it or not and which color to choose.  I really wanted something bold and rich, but I was a little scared to go dark.  Well, I trusted my gut and just went for it.  I painted the walls black and I couldn't be more thrilled with the result!  The color is actually Black Basalt by Ralph Lauren.  It's black with just a hint of charcoal.    

Here's a little peek.

I'll share the rest of the room soon, but for now I want to show you a quick little makeover I did on our old nightstands.  I painted them yellow to match our old bedroom, but I definitely wanted something different this time around. 

The yellow was fun, but I wanted something more neutral so I could easily change up the accent color. So I went with Behr decorator white.  It's a good true white without be too warm or too cold.  

I also removed the backplates from behind the handles to make it feel fresh and current.

You can see a little peek of our bed here!

Can't wait to share more soon!