Sunday, March 23, 2014

Farmhouse Bistro Set

Some of you may recall the grain sack stools I refinished last year. They actually came with a table that has been sitting in our garage for a while now. We decided to refinish the table and sell the set. 

I finished the table the same way I did the stools. Careless Whisper off white paint with a blue grain sack stripe down the table. 









I hope you liked my latest project! If you're interested in the piece it's for sale! 
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Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Distressed Shutter Boards

Hi there!
I'm Elle from Barefoot and Beautiful!
 My sis, Jenn, asked me to stop by and share with you all a little DIY project I worked on over spring break.


I must admit it was partly Jenn who inspired me to do this project! She is always re-purposing things, creating shelves from old wood, and what not!  Also, I have been inspired to paint things ever since I redid my guest room into an Italian Countryside theme! (Check it out here!)

I had some old saloon shaped shuttered doors I took down as soon as I moved into my new house. That was almost 2 years ago...they have been sitting in my garage since. Yikes!


I FINALLY got inspired to do something with them!
Step 1:  I had Jenn's sweet husband cut off the tops to make them straight.

Step 2:  I sanded down the current cream paint on them and filled any holes from hardware.

Step 3:  Then I used Valspar's Simply Aqua sample size and brushed that on lightly. (Light is key if you want that old worn beach look.)


Step 4: After the aqua dried I lightly sanded it again.


Step 5:  I then used a tea stain glaze mixture I already had on hand.  I believe it was a combination of Valspar Clear Mixing Glaze and Sherwin Williams Duration Acrylic Latex paint in "Well-Bred Brown".  If you want the specific mixing ratio, leave me a comment and I will find out that info for you.  I applied the glaze by using a short thin brush and  dabbing it into the corners and lightly over the edges. I then took a paper towel and rubbed it in a little to get it into the grain and cracks more.


Step 6: Finally I added some hooks(the ones in the picture are just peg board hooks from Lowes, however, I just ordered Grundtal s-hooks from Ikea that will look much nicer, and because they are flat they will be stable in the slats and not prone to turn sideways like the peg board hooks might!).  The mason jar lanterns I got from Hobby Lobby and voila!

I now have the perfect boards to use for decor or organizing in my laundry room!
I can use it as a candle holder, an organizer for coins found in my laundry, clothes pins, keys, plants, etc!  You could even use mini clothes pins to hang pictures on the shutters!





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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cincinnatian Hotel Abbey

A while back I made over a cabinet/dresser piece.

Here's the before:


Of course you may love the piece as it was, and I agree it was a nice piece. However by painting it and distressing it we added character and a bit more excitement!


I used Cincinnatian Hotel Abbey paint (Valspar paint and primer in one). 
I sanded all the pieces down first to ensure the paint would adhere properly, painted and distressed all pieces and finished with several coats of matte polyacrylic so the piece would withstand lots of wear and tear for years to come! 







The color was beautiful and I had fun doing this piece!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Porch Makeover

When we bought our house, I knew the front porch needed an update. It looked dated and I wasn't feeling it.

The Before:

Last year I removed the knock out rose bushes, which some people thought was crazy, however I'm not a fan of rose bushes and they were scraggly looking. 

After the rose bushes were gone you could tell the railings were in rough shape. The top board was warped, the spokes were loose, some completely separated at the bottom. So, one day we decided to grab some tools and demo it! We ripped out all the railings - top and bottom and left the posts.


We talked about replacing the posts - but I was too nervous worrying about supporting the porch roof while swapping them out. So we decided to re-face them with new wood and stain.

For each post we used 2 1x4's and 2 1x6's of pressure treated weathershield wood. 


We attached the boards with wood glue and finish nails, then applied semi-transparent stain in Padre Brown. There was a color chart where you could choose the color of stain you wanted and they mixed it for you right there. We started with just the 3 oz sample size and it turns out we only need 2 samples to complete the project!


We finished the posts with this special outdoor polyurethane. I'm not sure we need to use this, but it would help keep the posts and color in great condition for as long as possible.

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All finished with our new posts!



Last year I planted Ixora...which are clearly dying, so I decided to replace them with some beautiful Salvia, only to have them wilt and wither with this past week's cold front. :( I have the worst luck with plants!!

I added a rustic ladder and burlap sack to the porch....I need your opinion. Does it looks weird? It's more of an inside piece of decor but I don't have room for it inside. 




My husband pointed out that our porch looks very country now, and I'm ok with that! I'm loving the country southern feel. We love sitting on our porch in our rocking chairs and having a drink!
 

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