7.16.2014

DIY Table Makeover #2

Hello my friends, and Happy Hump Day!  I know it's July here in Kentucky, but I swear it feels like September outside!!  It's been amazing, and I wish I could just pause the weather, and it be like this every day.  So pretty, a little cool, and just overall pleasant...makes me anxious for the fall months to arrive!

So I'm gonna warn you all about the my latest project.  It's a rough draft if you will.  I skipped quite a few steps, and still have a bit left to do. I didn't take any before pictures because yet again I jumped right into this.  More so I need your help on how to "finish" it. In all honesty though I just really want to show you all what I've done.  It looks pretty spiffy if I do say so myself.

If you remember I gave a sneak peak of this project in this post.  Here's a little reminder...


That's the best "before" shot I have.  I'm talking about that lovely table in the middle...I'm pretty sure you know that already.  As you can see I had already started on it, and obviously didn't do any sanding or priming.  It's made of pressed wood/laminate/MDF, and wasn't sure if doing any of that would harm the actual structure or ruin it.  Plus I was kinda lazy, and short on funds.

During the painting process I didn't had any Floetrol which lead to horrific brush strokes.  But...instead of using a bristle brush I tried a foam brush, and a roller.  Much better coverage, and the paint evened out.  Probably should've used some Floetrol still, but again I wasn't concerned of how "perfect" I wanted it to come out.


Luckily I had some leftover paint from my last table makeover, and only needed to pick up the darker shade of grey I used for the top (which is Stone Mason Grey.  The lighter shade is Bay Waves).  They're both from the Valspar line, and again I'm pleased with how well this paint goes on! (Not being sponsored to say this, it just freakin' rocks!)  I'm not painting the inside since no one but me will see it. You can see where I painted some past where the doors stand just so it blends together.

My original design plan was to do a Greek-key design on the top, and a "window" (if that's what you call it) design on the doors.  Basically a darker rectangle outline in the middle of the door....like so...


So far so good, right??  Yeah not so much afterwards...


I had quite a bit of touching up to do thanks to the tape ripping up some of the darker grey.  Note to self: don't try to touch up with a foam brush no matter what size.  You get really crappy looking lines, and wishing you had a touch-up brush.  It's on my shopping list now.  Again this is a rough draft, and the doors will eventually be touched up, and have those sharp lines I'm aiming towards.

All in all this took me about 2 weeks to finish in between working and family time.  I'm loving the look of it, and it's so bright!!  No more 90's style here!



My storage table is complete for now. A few more touch ups, and then to seal it. This is where I need your help.  I have never used any type of sealant before, and have no clue on which one would work best with this.  I want something that is easy to use, quick to apply, and guaranteed to last.  I've heard of using spray gloss, and polyurethane, and some sort of wax??  Again I am clueless so please what should I use??

I really have a new found love to transform pieces with just a few coats of paint.  It really can make a difference, and improve the overall look of a piece.  Who knew this drab looking swivel top table could turn into something so modern and pretty?! I'm already planning my next painting project, and again it'll be a first for me since I can't skip steps.  If you're wondering what it is check one of the photos in this post... ;)

So please, please, please if you have any suggestions and advice on how/what I should seal this with let me know!  Again I want to thank you all for your support.  I may not be a big time blogger, and have lots of followers, but I enjoy each and every one of you who stops by!

Have a great rest of the week!!


7.14.2014

Coat Closet Reorganized!!

Hey everyone!  Hope you've had a fantastic start to your week!  It was dreary here today, and it just seemed to set the tone for the rest of the day.  Keeping my head up, and praying for better things tomorrow!
So I kinda totally forgot I had started this post, and never got around to finishing it.  It is completed, and another organization project checked off my to-do list!  Best. Feeling. Ever!! Hope you enjoy!!

Back in late spring, TA and I had a whole day playing around in Cincy, and was kind enough to let me have a mini-haul from the Container Store.  I can't help myself, but I'm just too excited that I finally got around to another troublesome spot in our apartment.

If you haven't seen what the coat closet looked like initially check out this post.  Since then I added in the basket for our winterwear items which made it less cluttered, but still not enough.  Our shoes lived sporadically around the door, near the dining room table, our bedroom...pretty much everywhere.  The closet was still in its' unorganized state, and I was determined to get it in control.

This is the closet "cleaned up". Ignore my vacuum cleaner...



There's no shoe storage which is what was the irritating part.  We both have a bad habit of keeping the shoes we wear most around this part of the apartment.  I wanted to find a solution that we could house all of them (especially for his size 12-13 shoes), and be durable enough to hold.  His shoes can be pretty heavy...you know since I'm so dainty at being a 5'2". I wear a size 7 if you were wondering :).

After measuring, and a lot of research this is my newly organized (again) coat closet!!



New boot tray which means less messes, and a place for shoes to dry!!  


What I really liked about this organizer is not only it holds his shoes comfortably it hangs by two hooks for extra support.  I'm really impressed with the sturdiness, and that we can fit all of our most worn shoes in one place


Not a big organizing project, but enough to make my little organizing heart happy.  I really do smile when I open up the door, and see things nice, and neat.  Now if I can just get TA on board with the shoe organizer it'd be perfect!!  (He still leaves his shoes everywhere....grrr!!!)


What have you organized lately?  How do you get others on board with your organizing?  Having any trouble spots in your home organizing??

6.27.2014

Hodgepodge of DIY's

Happy Friday my peeps!  Hope your week has treated you well! The first half for me was draining, but has shaped up to be a good one.  I had to spend a few days at the hospital with my family since Bubby had to have surgery, but nothing serious. If you follow me on Instagram I went on pic overload out of boredom.  We're all home, and all is well!!

I've wanted to do this post for awhile, and showcase some of the smaller (and much more simple) DIY projects I've done for the past few weeks. I also added in a few decor pieces from my first trip to HomeGoods. It's pretty sad when you have lived in a town for almost 7 years knowing there is a HomeGoods, and you've just made your first trip! I am ashamed...


The first item I spotted at HG was this cute little basket to corral Buttercup's toys. Before they had lived behind the scoop chair, and it bugged me to no end.  Now all her ropes have a home, and I don't see any little remnants of rope on the floor anymore.


Our pen/pencil holder is an only candle jar that I emptied using my wax removal method. Afterwards I cut up some scrapbook paper, and wrapped it in place with spray adhesive and tape. Easy peasy!!


Surprise, surprise! More artwork...I am so predictable, right? I can't even tell you though how long I've put this off, and finally after being bored on a rainy Saturday I put this together.  If you're wondering how I did it check out this post


Here's a sneak peek of some upcoming projects (and my highly messy, dysfunctional, work-in-progress-soon-to-be craft room)!!


I've always been fascinated by pitchers, and this was my second find at HomeGoods. My little heart skipped a beat with the light white/grey/purple undertones!! It's just a beautiful piece that I could pass up (especially with it being $9).  Currently it's living on the ladder shelf in the master bedroom...I can't stop staring at it every time I walk in. 


Being vertically challenged indeed causes everyday problems i.e. standing on tip-toes to reach for items, or inevitably climbing on counters to get into cabinets.  The spice cabinet especially posed a problem.  With every cooking adventure I'd beckon for TA to reach and grab something down.  After awhile I got fed up, and finally came to this solution.  I give many thanks to this post from The Homes I Have Made...it's a life saver!!



Mason jars are all the rage now, and decided to (somewhat) get on the craze train.  Adding a little skeleton key tied with a ribbon makes it slightly more interesting.  The really interesting part is how I climbed the counters to get it up on the cabinet.  Go ahead, and imagine it. It really is a funny site to see.  Because of my dilemma I'm asking for a step-stool for my birthday this year.

Are there any small projects you've been up to?  What are some of your favorite projects that were easy to accomplish?  Have a great weekend!!