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Reclaimed wood dining table reveal

 

As you all know by now, after 3 years of living in our house we finally decided to tackle the dining room. About a month ago I shared our new dining room chairs and now it is finally time to reveal our new table. A couple of points about our table before we jump into the nitty-gritty:

  1. We have a square room so we decided on a square table. Those aren’t easy to find so we decided to build our own.
  2. We wanted a reclaimed rustic look so we decided to use all reclaimed material. The only things we bought was a sheet of plywood and poplar 1x3s to frame the outside of the table.
  3. My hubby did all the work which means I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I should have. Therefore this is more of an outline than a full tutorial.

The Base

The base of the table is made out of mild steel that we got from a friends who had extras sitting around at work.  The whole thing is welded together. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail because if you know how to weld than this pretty easy and if you don’t know how to weld then this is probably not the project to start with.

The metal was covered in a red anti-corrosive finish that we had to grind off, but hey it was all free.

The Table Top

The table top is made of of a sheet of ply wood, pallet wood, and poplar 1x3s.  The design was inspired by this table we found on pinterest.

To start with my hubby nailed the cross pieces of the pattern into the plywood with a pneumatic nail gun.

Here’s a close-up of how the middle looks.

From there he just started cutting and filling in the pieces of each triangle.  He was working with 3 different types of wood so he played with alternating them as well within the pattern.

The down side to using reclaimed wood in different species is that the thickness was not cohesive as you can see below. We used a planer to get the top flatter then a lot of sanding to get it smooth and splinter free.

And here is what the top looked like post-sanding. None of the pallet wood was long enough to finish the edges of the 5 foot table so we bought poplar 1x3s to give the edges a seamless look.

reclaimed wood

We were afraid that polyurethane would cause the wood to yellow, so we finished it off with two coats of wax instead. The hand buffed finish is beautiful, but I’ll have to update you later on how it holds up.

square table

We are absolutely thrilled with how it all came together!

And check out this amazing chandelier we scored off Amazon. It really brought the whole room together.

I almost forgot that this room was once red with carpet in it. The dining room is not completely done. We still need more chairs and art as well as a custom built-in buffet that we’ve been dreaming of, but stage 1 is now finished. We finally have a completely functional dining space that we can entertain in.

 

 

Create an antique gold look with paint and stain

As usual we continue to jump from project to project. We now have 3 of the 4 decks done around the pool, but we had a rainy weekend so we decided to keep plugging away at the industrial half bath makeover. Here’s a reminder of how it started:

half bath before This room actually didn’t come with a mirror. I picked this one up at Home Emporium for $29 with the intention of making it gold. Please excuse the messy garage  in the following picture.

gold gild a mirror

 

If you remember from the mood board for this room we are going for a glamorous industrial look similar to our foyer which combines gold with rustic accents. This mirror is the little bit of refinement in the otherwise industrial space.

To get started creating the antique gold look I wanted for the mirror I used a spray primer on the frame followed by a coat of metallic gold spray paint.

paint frame gold I highly recommend starting with spray paint if you have a frame as intricate as mine. Painting it with a brush would’ve been a pain. The spray paint gave the frame a “too perfect” finish, so I took some left over gold paint from the nautical bathroom and just dry brushed it on in areas create a less than perfect finish.

I played around with a lot of different paints next to figure out which look I liked best. The moral of this story is: you can’t screw up. Just keep layering paint until you get it right.

What worked best for me was actually the easiest option. I brushed on dark walnut stain then almost immediately wiped it off with an old cloth. You can see in the last picture that the stain collected in the intricate wood work bringing out the details of the frame and giving more depth to the gold paint.

how to gold gild a mirror

 

I worked in small sections around the frame until I was done. You can always go back and wipe more stain away or add more as you see fit.

Here’s how the room is currently coming together! Please excuse the terrible pictures. This is literally the smallest room in the world and taking pictures of it without being in the mirror is almost impossible.

gol mirror against reclaimed wood

 

Oh ya did I mention we put reclaimed wood on the wall?

antique gold mirror bathroom

We love how the room is coming along. Especially how the fancy mirror holds it’s own against the rustic wall.

antique gold mirror

 

If you follow along on facebook or instagram then you know we also added a white penny tile floor and 7 inch baseboards. All that’s left is some shelves and art and it’s a wrap on this half bath!

P.S. The bathroom makeover is finally complete. Check it here!

 

 

Make laminate cabinets look high-end with Milk Paint

Hi there! I know it’s been quiet around here lately but that is because we’ve been working so hard on so many exciting projects! In fact I gave away a huge secret project we’ve been planning on Facebook and Instagram this week. But now I’m back with a half bath update that I am so excited about! The green vanity is done! Just a reminder of where this bathroom started:

paint over wallpaper And about two weeks ago I shared how we saved time and painted straight over the wallpaper.  Well now the walls have been stenciled, the vanity has been painted, a new counter top has been installed, and the mirrored has been framed.

Boxwood green vanity Taking pictures in a tiny bathroom makes for bad lighting and awkward angles so you’ll have to take my word for it that it looks amazing! As you can see we still need hardware, a faucet, new floors, lighting, and a toilet.

miss mustard seed's boxwood And here’s a close-up of the finish on the cabinets:

antiquing wax on cabinets I love how high-end the finish looks.  Its more of a matte finish and the antiquing wax gives the color so much more depth. It really has the feel of an old piece of furniture. You would never guess it was laminate!

 

Stay tuned to see how I pull the whole look together! Meanwhile, here’s a breakdown of how I painted the vanity!

How to paint laminate cabinets with milk paint

To start  with I gave the cabinet a quick sand with a sanding block, then cleaned it all down with a TSP Substitute. Next, I gave it all a quick prime.

prime bathroom vanity Finally, I was ready to mix up the milk paint. This was my first time using milk paint so I was a little nervous but it’s actually much easier to work with than latex paint.

milk paint on laminate Mix 1 part warm water with 1 part of the paint powder. I found milk paint to be a little thinner than latex paint so you probably don’t need as big of a batch as you think. Since we’re painting over laminate you’re going to also have to mix in Miss Mustard Seed’s bonding agent.

milk paint on laminate Now start painting! Don’t freak out about the color! It will dry lighter then get brighter after adding the wax. The bonding agent will give the paint a milky look but it dries clear.  I gave the cabinet two coats with 6 hours between the first and second coat. The instructions say you can reapply after 30 minutes, but I was told to wait longer when using the bonding agent on the first coat.

miss mustard seed boxwood The last step is to add a layer of wax. I choose the antiquing wax because I love how it brings out the details and imperfections of the vanity.  Just rub on the wax with a clean cloth, wait 5 minutes, the buff out. You can see how the wax changed the color of the paint from the picture above to the one below.

boxwood with antique wax If you’re not sure which wax to choose then check out this great chart from The Golden Sycamore which shows you how all the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints look with different waxes.

Miss mustrad seed's boxwood vanity

Check me out over at Remodelaholic!

I know I promised the staircase reveal this week, but I’ve been sadly slacking on getting the finishing touches done, so look for that next week. Instead this week one of our projects is being featured over at Remodelaholic! I was featured on RemodelaholicRemodelaholic is a DIYers dream blog with projects and ideas from thousands of bloggers all brought together in one place. If you are not following them you are definitely missing out. In fact I follow them via e-mail, pinterest, instagram, and facebook just to make sure I don’t miss a project!

You can click here to check out my post here and please leave some love in the comments while you are there!

New Year, New Projects

With the New Year inevitably comes New Year’s Resolutions and ours not surprisingly all center around making our house feel more like a home. Before I start in on our 2014 goals; however, let’s do a quick wrap up of 2013 which was admittedly a big year for our family:

Rented out our first home:

house front after

Bought our dream home:

current house

Renovated our kitchen:

open shelving, herringbone backsplash

Fireplace Makeover:

faux chimney makeover

Now that we are finally wrapping up the kitchen renovation and the family room makeover, we are excited to start 2014 by working on some of other more neglected rooms. Here’s a brief outline of our goals for the new year along with our tentative time table.

January

We starting off the year by tackling stage one of the foyer which will include a new paint job, white wainscoting, a new light fixture, as well as a DIY console table and decor.

Foyer

March

Weather permitting, March will hopefully see us back outside where we will continue to tackle creating a green lawn as well as finally starting to work on our screened-in porch. The porch will get a nice bright coat of white paint, new screens and doors, a new fan, and hopefully a new tiled floor.

Screend Porch

May

Warmer weather means gardening time! We will continue to tackle the front garden beds and hopefully get them planted out with perennials. The house will also get a thorough power washing.

curb appeal

July

The hot weather will probably send us back to hibernating inside, so I am hoping to tackle the kitchen stairs makeover and possibly some additional painting inside. We will be ripping up all of the carpet, refinishing the stair treads, and painting the balustrades.

stairs

Fall

Once the weather cools down enough to get back outside, we’d love to finally get started working on the portico for our front steps.  Also, money permitting we are also hoping to replace all the windows on the front of the house (those storm windows are killing me).

current house

Winter

Before the holidays set in I hope to finish the front stairs makeover. We’re using the kitchen stairs as our little experiment, so hopefully they turn out well. The stairs are the second and final stage of the foyer makeover.

stairs

As always stay tuned to see if we are able to stay on schedule as well as finish all of these projects by the end of the year. Oh, and before you think that our lives totally revolve around our house, one of goals is also to go to Europe in October for Cody’s 30th birthday!

Get Inspired Weekend Pinning Party #19

It’s Pinning Time!

What’s a link party? A link party is a get together that bloggers have to share and promote their latest blog creations. Some are recipes, crafts, some are blogging tips or even cleaning tips. But, they are AWESOME! Lots and lots of work go into these posts with some major PINWORTHY stuff. So get ready, browse around over the next few days and check out the growing list and pin away!

Get Inspired Pinterest Link Party Bloggers, get ready to linkup!

  1. Linkup your DIY projects, crafts, recipes, tutorials, anything goes as long as it’s something created by you.
  2. This hop is featured on 6 blogs!
  3. The weekly co-hosts will be selecting the WINNING PINS at each week’s party.
  4. Every week, each FEATURED PINNER will be given the option to co-host the following week’s party! 🙂

Our Featured PIN”s will be a REQUIRED re-pin in order to link-up the following week! The number of times your Featured Pin will get re-pinned depends on the amount of link-ups we have that week.

Yes, we’re making it MORE FUN to Link-up with us 🙂

So here we go…

FIRST

  • Follow your Hosts on Pinterest (TOP ROW) & Re-pin last weeks WINNERS (2nd ROW).

NOTE: Do not forget to PIN the winners! If you win this week you want to be pinned right? 🙂

NOW

    • Linkup up no more than 2 PINs on linky below.(These are your PIN URL’s not your post. Old or new but not the same ones each week.)
  • Visit and pin the other links in your link row. <–Important: Everyone deserves some pins 😀

 

 

  • Post our NEW button on your sidebar or hop page.

You can edit the size in the HTML code to fit your blog.

Get Inspired With Us Pinning Party!

If you won last week CONGRATS!! GRAB YOUR FEATURED PIN!

Get Inspired With Us Pinning Party!

 

Get Inspired Weekend Pinning Party #18

It’s Pinning Time!

What’s a link party? A link party is a get together that bloggers have to share and promote their latest blog creations. Some are recipes, crafts, some are blogging tips or even cleaning tips. But, they are AWESOME! Lots and lots of work go into these posts with some major PINWORTHY stuff. So get ready, browse around over the next few days and check out the growing list and pin away!

Get Inspired Pinterest Link Party
Bloggers, get ready to linkup!

  1. Linkup your DIY projects, crafts, recipes, tutorials, anything goes as long as it’s something created by you.
  2. This hop is featured on 6 blogs!
  3. The weekly co-hosts will be selecting the WINNING PINS at each week’s party.
  4. Every week, each FEATURED PINNER will be given the option to co-host the following week’s party! 🙂

Our Featured PIN”s will be a REQUIRED re-pin in order to link-up the following week! The number of times your Featured Pin will get re-pinned depends on the amount of link-ups we have that week.

Yes, we’re making it MORE FUN to Link-up with us 🙂

So here we go…

FIRST

  • Follow your Hosts on Pinterest (TOP ROW) & Re-pin last weeks WINNERS (2nd ROW).

NOTE: Do not forget to PIN the winners! If you win this week you want to be pinned right? 🙂



NOW

  • Linkup up no more than 2 PINs on linky below.(These are your PIN URL’s not your post. Old or new but not the same ones each week.)
  • Visit and pin the other links in your link row. <–Important: Everyone deserves some pins 😀
  • Tweet about it!
  • Post our NEW button on your sidebar or hop page.

You can edit the size in the HTML code to fit your blog.

Get Inspired With Us Pinning Party!

 

 

If you won last week CONGRATS!! GRAB YOUR FEATURED PIN!

 

Get Inspired With Us Pinning Party!



Get Inspired Weekend Pinning Party #15

It’s a Pinning Link Party!

What is a link party is? It’s a get together that bloggers have to share and promote their latest blog creations. Some are recipes, crafts, some are blogging tips or even cleaning tips. But, they are AWESOME! Lots and lots of work go into these posts with some major PINWORTHY stuff. So get ready, browse around over the next few days and check out the growing list and pin away!

Get Inspired Pinterest Link Party

Here’s the rundown…

  1. Linkup your DIY projects, crafts, recipes, tutorials, anything goes as long as it’s something created by you.
  2. This hop will now be featured on 6 blogs! We have 3 WEEKLY co-host spots and YOU could be next weeks co-host!
  3. The weekly co-hosts will be selecting the FEATURED PINS at each week’s party.
  4. Every week, each FEATURED PINNER will be given the option to co-host the FOLLOWING week’s party! 🙂

Our Featured PIN”s will be a REQUIRED re-pin in order to link-up the following week! That means, if you are Featured, and we have 60 link-up’s that weekend, your PIN will be RE-PINNED 66 times including the hosts & co-hosts. The number of times your Featured Pin will get re-pinned depends on the amount of link-ups we have that week.

Yes, we’re making it MORE FUN to Link-up with us 🙂

So here we go…

FIRST

  • Follow your Hosts on Pinterest (TOP ROW) & Re-pin last weeks WINNERS (2nd ROW).

NOW

  • Linkup up no more than 2 PINs on linky below.(These are your PIN URL’s not your post. Old or new but not the same ones each week.)
  • To make this easy and to make sure EVERYONE get’s PINNED:
  • Re-pin ALL other links in your link row.
  • Tweet about it!
  • Post our NEW button on your sidebar or hop page.

There are 2 sizes below to choose from.

Get Inspired With Us Pinning Party!

 

 

Get Inspired With Us Pinning Party!

 

If you won last week CONGRATS!! GRAB YOUR FEATURED PIN!

Get Inspired With Us Pinning Party!

 

Day 27: Going-a-Visiting

As in the old fashion idea of actually just walking over and visiting with neighbors. I think in an internet age this is an idea we should bring back into fashion. Tonight we decided to put our kids in the stroller and walk over to our friends/neighbor’s house down the street. It was a really nice night for a walk and the kids were excited to get out of the house. When we got to the house the kids were happy to explore a new environment and play with new puppies. I actually found that I was able to enjoy the time with our friends and kids easier because I was away from all the daily distractions of home. I also think it was a nice way to teach our kids how to be sociable in person and not just online. Everyone had such a great time that we actually decided to make it a weekly tradition. So, I challenge you to go out and visit with a friend for no other reason that to just talk!

 

31 days to a closer family

Day 13: Arts and Crafts

I used to do a ton of craft projects with the kids, but lately work and renovations have gotten in the way. For family time tonight we decided to try a project that Sophie and I had done last year: fingerprint fall trees. Lizzie had been a little monster earlier in the day but woke up from a 5 hour nap in good spirits……for about 5 minutes. I really thought she’d be excited about painting since it’s not something I’ve allowed her to do much, but she had no desire to even try until Cody let her sit in his lap.

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Once she got into she actually did a pretty good job. Sophie pretty much attacked her paper with paint. Her tree last year actually came out much better, but I tried to give her less supervision and more artistic license this year.

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It was nice to do something creative with the kids and see how much they have progressed in the last year with their imagination. Unfortunately for our quality time, the microwave started over heating while we were painting (it was cooking our spaghetti squash for dinner). Considering it is brand new, it was a pretty big distraction for Cody and I. I’m hoping to get in a couple of other fall crafts this season, and hopefully I can time it so Lizzie is in a better mood.

 

31 days to a closer family