Monday, February 16, 2015

The Kitchen...dun dun dun

Oh the kitchen and it's 90's fabulous golden oak cabinets. The beautiful border and cream hardware. One word: yuck! We kept waiting and delaying starting on it, we had finished all the major projects, except for the kitchen.

Yikes!!  It was soo bad!  I really wanted it done, but I was dreading painting the cabinets.  Replacing them was wayyy out of the budget.  I really wanted a grey green color on the cabinets

But Sissy wasn't diggin' it and to be honest it didn't really go with the rest of the house. We had settled on grey bottom cabinets and white on the top.  So we bought the paint and then proceeded to leave it in the closet for the next 6 months.  Sis went on a road trip to Idaho, so out of boredom I decided to just go for it.
 Since we have oak cabinets we needed to use something to help fill the grain. My Dad happened to have a bucket of Sherwin Williams Natural Filler, so we used that.  I just painted on a thin layer, let it dry, and then sanded like a mad woman. If you have an open grain wood this really is an important step. The grain was very visible without the filler.

 After the filler, comes the primer. I rolled on 2 coats on oil based Zinsers. Then you sand. We rolled on 3-4 coats of Snowbound. This process took FOR.E.VER. Paint the front let it dry, flip paint the back let it dry, and over and over and over again. Sounding like fun yet?
 I sanded them again really well and took them to my dad for the final coat. He sprayed on the final coat and then I covered them with a thin coat of polyacrylic. and tada we have white cabinets!
I did the uppers first to see what we thought and how the painting would work.  I decided the kitchen needed a little warmth so I decided to attempt restaining the wood on the bottom cabinets.

The restaining was definitely way easier than painting.  Apparently this whole process traumatized me so much that I didn't even take pictures.  But here's an in between shot to hold you over!

It's already so much better!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Last Minute Valentine's Day Decor

We had our monthly Bunko party at our house last night.  We had a thousand changes in plan which led to a last minute theme change.  Sissy and I decided to do a "pink out," everyone wore pink and we were going to decorate all in pink.  The only problem is, we had been planning on a fiesta theme until a few days ago.  Nothing like the last minute and late night crafting! 

To go with our pink them I decided to whip up a few of these cute hearts.

I was half way into the process before I realized I hadn't taken pictures.  I cut out hearts out of cardboard first.  Then I dipped the tips of coffee filters into water with food coloring.  I would have let them air dry, but I was short on time so I stuck them in the oven on the lowest setting. (The lowest mine would go was 170.)

 Then just twist the middle of the coffee filter to make a "flower."

I used a hole puncher to make holes in my cardboard heart.  I made a ton of holes along the edges, but I ended up only using about half of the holes.

 Then start putting your filter flowers into the holes until it is all covered.  And you have simple, cheap, and most importantly super cute Valentine's decorations!
One down, three to go!  I am going to attempt this with letters this weekend.  The filter flowers look similar to carnations, so I thought it might make cute decor for wedding or baby showers.  I'll let you know how it goes!  What do you think, love it or leave it?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

More Progress

I found a few iPhone pics of the tile laying in progress.  I eventually learned the key to laying this pattern is to get a lot of tile on the wall first and then space it.  (My daddy may or may not have said that in the first 5 minutes and approximately 2 hours later I started listening! hehe oops)

Blurry photos are better than no photos... Right??

It's a mess now, but it is going to look great!  Especially once Daddy finishes the "window" above the sink.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Belmont Phase 1 Complete

Here's take three at blogging!  The last year has been insane with school and work and a million other things.  This year is going to be just as nuts since now I get to help plan a wedding!!  My sissy sue is getting married!!!!  I just finished my class yesterday and I SWORE to myself last week that I would only work on one project at a time.  That all went out the window as soon as I got home.  I started 3 yesterday, oops...  I like to keep busy so it's all good :)  Since my last post was about the inspiration for the Belmont house, I thought I would share some progress shots. 
This is the kitchen around Christmas time, since then we have *finally* put up the backsplash.  I can't wait to get some pics of it and share them.  I love laying tile (I know I'm weird), I think it is because it makes such a huge impact. 

Daddy is slowly tackling the outside.  The toothpick columns are gone and a wrought iron rail is on it's way!  I can't wait to get everything finished.  We were way overdue for an update!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Belmont Ideas

Blogging take two!  It has been a long time since I have posted, life got really busy after Nicaragua.  My parents have almost finished their remodel now; the interior just needs some final touches.  These are a few of my inspiration photos.

I loooove this island, although the rest is a little too modern for them.

These were the idea boards I put together for them.

*SPOILER ALERT nothing made the cut except the couch!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rustic Wood Cake Stand

It seems like wedding season has changed in recent years from summer to early fall.  My facebook feed has been filled lately with wedding pictures and updates.  To {attempt to} get in the spirit of things, I thought I would share a wedding cake stand I did a few months ago.  This is only a semi tutorial because one of the steps requires having a super awesome dad cut things for you.  Anywhoo...  This was an inspiration photo sent to me by a bride.

We both loved the cake stand and I wanted something similar.  They are really hard to find though and a little pricey, so of course I decided to make my own.  I had my dad cut the wood for me, because he is awesome like that.  He said he just used a chainsaw to cut thin wood cookies {yes that is really what they are called} and then a small tree for the pedestal. 

I was in a hurry to use them the first time so I took a not recommended short cut here.  What you should do here, is wrap them in paper bags or put them in the freezer for several weeks to dry slowly.  What I did was put them in the oven on a low temp to kill all the buggies and dry the wood a bit.  Not recommended because the cookies definitely cracked.  If you dry them slowly the wood will not crack.
So pretend like you have nice uncracked wood cookies here.  I sanded down both sides of each with a belt sander.
Then I stacked the pieces in the order I wanted them.

  I drilled a hole through the cookie and the pedestal at the same time.  Then through the bottom of the next pedestal.

I cut three inch sections of a dowel rod and used that to connect the middle tiers.  The bottom and top tier I connected with screws for extra stability.  The dowel rods in the middle allows me to disassemble it for transportation and rearrange the cookies to add or take away layers.
Then just clean it really well and you are finished!

I love the way it turned out.  The look was perfect for the feel of the wedding.  This was one of my favorite cakes and weddings to date.  I love when weddings {and interiors} completely reflect the couple's personalities.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The saga continues...

I have to admit once I tracked Duncan down, he sat neglected in my garage for almost a year.  I was just overwhelmed with the thought of upholstering an entire couch.  So I just put it off, and put it off, and put it off again.  Then when I finally decided to start, I realized I was going to need at least ten yards of good fabric.  I realize that $35 a yard is not that bad for upholstery fabric, but I like a bargain.  I loved this fabric from Dwell Studio in the toffee colorway and found it at my favorite fabric store.  You know I have their sale schedule memorized by heart so I just had to be patient.  I ended up getting it 40% off.  Woop whoop!! 

And then I got to work, removing a million kazillion staples.  I really have no set method to my madness.  I make sure to document every step with pictures and take notes.

This couch once I got it apart was even more work than I had expected.  The springs were gone in most of them and a lot of the webbing was rotted as well. 

At this point, I gave up for a week until Erin had a fit and said it had to be finished and out of the living room.  She loves living with me...
I used this tutorial as a guide for the webbing and spring tying.  My poor fingers were so sore by the end!

Then it was on to the upholstering.  I used the removed fabric as a pattern for the new fabric and started putting it back together.  The cushions once I finished them looked a little flat, so I made down inserts to go on the top.  I really wanted down cushions, but it was just way to expensive and messy.  Those stupid feathers get everywhere!

And the back view.
I do kinda love it.  This was a live and learn project for me.  In retrospect, I would have hired out the spring tying and webbing it was a pain and it's not super comfy since I was a first timer.  And I probably would have chosen a bright solid linen fabric.  I wanted something graphic, but by the time I finished I was already a little tired of it.  Since I have been away for a few months though looking at pictures it looks fresh again, winner!
Before and after