Saturday, August 15, 2015

Back to work: Farmhouse Table - STL Edition

Hello there! 
Have I neglected you all long enough? I admit I had the winter blues. Then I just got tired of blogging! I had to take a break and forget about uploading all my pics and sharing them with you. Now I'm feeling ready to get back into things, so here goes! 

As we were settling into our new house my project its was growing. We had completed the hutch for our dining which you can read about here. Now we needed a table to match.

We had made farmhouse table in the past, so we knew what we liked and had some ideas to change this time. We started our shopping list with these table legs from Osborne Wood. These legs are a tad pricey but they are to die for! 



We also had to find the right chairs. That is what took the longest! We were being soooo picky on the chairs! They had to be just right! I think we ended up finding them on Craigslist (big surprise!) for about $80 for 6 chairs. Score!


One chair was missing a finial but we wouldn't let that stop us. We chopped the handle off an antique cookie cutting and used that to balance it out.

We made a "Dexter" room to set the chairs and legs in so I could use our paint sprayer to paint them all quickly and smoothly! After 2 coats of paint we used 1 coat of matte polyurethane to protect them from dirty hands! 



After that we started putting the table top together. We used 7 2x6's that were 9 ft long with the bread board ends. Times like these I'm thankful my husband has far too many clamps!!


We attached the painted side boards with the keg jig.


Then we lined the legs up to figure out the bracket positioning.

Because of the small size of the corner bracket we had to add 2x4 spacers.




Carrying this table top outside the basement around the house into the dining room was quite a challenge! I think I almost killed myself... but we made it at were thrilled to be setting it up.







I'm now ready to host dinner parties, family gatherings and holidays! You're all welcome anytime! :)


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Friday, January 16, 2015

How I got a free Keurig 2.0, and what I think about it...

You may or may not have heard of Influenster... 
Influenster is a community of tastemakers, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. In Influenster Nation, influence is currency.
 In November I got an email from Influenster asking me to fill out a survey. The survey included some questions about coffee makers such as Keurig. I thought to myself "maybe I'll get some free k-cups".

A few weeks later I got an email from Influenster, and to be honest I didn't really read it. I left it in my inbox for 1-2 weeks. Finally I decided to read it and I had to read it 3 times...

Your Keurig 2.0 is on it's way!

Um, excuse me? What did you say?!  
I was excited!!
A couple of days later this arrived...


Which of course contained this...

We were also sent a k-cups holder which was awesome!


My first week or two I was thrilled as can be! A free Keurig 2.0, what could be better?!
The convenience and ease of making coffee was really nice. The coffee was delicious! 
 The digital screen gives it a nice updated look. There are options to make a 4, 6, 8, or 10 oz cup of coffee.
Just one question... Why can't I make a 12 oz cup for my to-go mug?


 My first complaint was after my brother bought me some k-cups for my new Keurig. It was a less expensive brand, but clearly stated it was compatible with the Keurig. (It wasn't) See the message below that showed up.


This was the box...

Hmmm, ok no big deal. I'll just make sure I buy kcups that work...right?
(At closer look the Keurig box stated it only work with Keurig brand cups. It's there way of making even more money)

There's a few hacks out there to bypass this. Here's one YouTube video that explains some.

After about 2 weeks of having my Keurig I started having 2 issues. First the water start barely dribbling out. It was reaaaaaaally slow!! Second, I started getting coffee grounds in my coffee. One morning grounds were actually spit out at me!

1. I thought maybe this was because I like to fill my to - go mug so I brew 8 oz, lift up the handle slightly and put it back down so I can brew 4-6 more oz. Maybe I shouldn't do that? Though every one I know with an original Keurig does that and has no issues. 
2. Some friends suggested it needed cleaned with a vinegar cycle, but I'd only had it for 2 weeks.
3. Maybe I had a defective model. 

I took my Keurig to the store and exchanged it for the same one.

A week later...it started happening all over again!!
Here's some pictures of what my k-cups looked like after using it just once.

This top is oddly split open.


This one looks like the top has been melted!


At this point I don't want to use it, I won't be buying more k-cups, and I'm really happy I didn't spend money out of my pocket to buy this.

Maybe other Keurig models are better, or maybe I've just had 2 defective models, but I am just not impressed! I'd suggest going with the original Keurig if you want one. I've never had any problems with that one.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Farmhouse Hutch Makeover

Hi there! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I took a little time off during the holidays to relax and spend time with family and friends. 

While "relaxing" I worked on a few projects around the house. My biggest project was to re-finish this hutch for my dining room!
(Found on Craigslist for $100)


Here's some before pics as we brought it into our basement.




We didn't have the air compressor and sprayer ready yet so I painted this baby all by hand! It wasn't very fun, let me tell you that!


A sneak peek comparison...
 Bringing it up piece by piece...


Ta da!!!!
 



For the paint I used my favorite off-white, Careless Whisper by Valspar. It's got a hint of gray and it's a lovely tone.

For the stain I used Dark Walnut & Weathered Grey to give it a slightly aged look. 
I finished the stain with 2 coats of polyacrylic in a matte finish.



The hardware is all original and I didn't paint them or anything. The aged bronze finish was perfect as is!

I replaced the glass with chicken wire, because of course I needed the chicken wire in my house as much as possible! :)





We are loving the addition to our dining room!
I hope you enjoyed seeing our big recent project! Come back to see more in the next few weeks!


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From Dark to Bright: Window Treatments

You know when you buy a house and the window treatments are often left with the house? 
Well in this case I wish they weren't... 

These drapes are very traditional, dark, and just not my style. We had to leave them up as the sun rises on that side of the house and sometimes we like to sleep past the sunrise... :)



We ordered our custom blinds from Justblinds.com. 
Please note they didn't sponsor this post... 

We have been ordering from them for all 3 of our houses and they have a great affordable product. We always use their 2" Faux Wood Blinds in white. They give a clean and wonderful look to a window that is affordable, easy to install and easy to use. 


The left cord is an easy tilt open and close. I love this a lot more than the twist rod!


This dresser was the one I refinished 2 years ago. You can see that post here.


This chair has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It used to be extra seating in my living room and is now a great chair for my bedroom. Perfect to use while putting on shoes, or laying out my clothes for the next day! You can read about my chair makeover here.




This mirror was a garage sale find and finished in a dark taupe paint called Channel Seal Brown. The dried flowers were from Hobby Lobby and have withstood 3 moves! I love how they look in front of the mirror. The whites, creams, and taupe's are a lovely palate and really relax me!


I hope you enjoyed seeing our windows go from dark to bright! Can't wait to find curtain rods and hang the curtains to soften it all up a bit!

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