Table for Eight

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  My in laws came into town at the end of last week, so we spent the weekend rummaging garage sales and celebrating birthdays.  I didn't find much, but I did grab a few things for the little one and a beautiful milk glass punch bowl set, even though  my collection is bursting out of my china cabinet.  There's always room for one more piece, especially when it's a great deal! :)  

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I came across this great bench on Craigslist for a steal.  I've always wanted to do some sort of bench seating on one side of our dining room table.  I actually love the look of a sofa or upholstered piece on one side of the table, but I'm pretty sure it would end up covered in spills at this point in our lives.  So I went with this bench instead.  It has nice, simple lines and is very sturdy.    

The finish wasn't in great shape and the color was off, but that's nothing a little paint couldn't fix.  I primed it with Kilz Adhesion Primer and then gave it a few coats of white paint.  I've really been loving  this paint lately.  I just wait for a sale and pick it up then.

It was tricky to photograph this space because our kitchen is so open to our living room and there are a few things going on in there that I can't share quite yet.  But I just couldn't wait any longer to share this with you!

We are loving it so far.  It's so much easier for my daughter to climb on and off of and I don't have to worry about her leaning back in the chairs.  It's easy to wipe clean and we can fit more people this way too.  Three adults could easily fit and probably four to five little ones, making it at least a table for eight.  This is our only dining area (we are using the "official" dining room for my office) so I'm trying to squeeze as much seating into this area as possible! 


Change of Room Plans

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared my Fall in Love Room Plans?  Well I'm totally changing it up.  After being down for a week with the stomach flu, I've realized I'm probably not going to be able to finish my daughter's room in time for the reveal.  The good news is I've got another room that I'm going to share instead.  I'm making some good progress in our master bedroom so I'm going to continue working away in there and share that room with you all.  

Here's a general idea of where I'm heading.

And in case you missed them, here are some of the projects I've already completed in there.


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!