The last picnic table we had cost $10. We had just moved into our first house, and I was at the township office working in paperwork, when I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables. I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move.
I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago. We've always use our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an appearance here in upstate NY, so I was very happy! I had to wait about 6 weeks for the pretreated lumber to finally dry out in order to finish it, but it's finally down, and I love it!
So, I planked my piano. YES, I did! I have been wanting to paint my piano for a very long time. Years, in fact. I don't know why I've hesitated, because normally I paint anything and everything I can get my hands on. I think a lot of it is due to the fact that the last couple of years we have been moving around a lot--three states in a two and a half years--and now that our new house will be finished in a few months, our temporary living situation will cease. Hallelujah! I haven't been able to really do any projects or decorating for years, and I'm more than ready to start digging into my mile-long list so they'll be ready when we move in.
Project #1? The piano. It's one of the few things we kept out of storage. We might be sleeping on futons, and we don't have a real kitchen table, but we have a piano! As a pianist, it was never really a question if it was coming with us or not, and now that my kids are playing too, we found the space. It's actually the piano I learned to play on, and it has a lot of sentimental value. It just needed major makeover--mostly because it just wasn't my style, and the wood was an orange-y color that didn't go with anything. So I decided to go all in--not just paint, but a update it with whole new look that would match our new farmhouse-style home. When I think farmhouse, I think of planked wood. I'm kind of obsessed. But really, how much more perfect can you get? So, yes, I planked my piano. And I LOVE it.
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Oh my goodness, the snow. And the salt. And the wet. And the mud. All of which I do not want brought into my house this winter! With no mudroom in our little apartment, I decided that we needed a shoe shelf just outside our front door, so all boots could be deposited there before coming inside. I had just been sent a Rockwell Bladerunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw to try, and knew it would be the perfect first project!
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I am in love.
I'm so happy I went with the red! (Glidden's Red Delicious...Read more about my decision.) That pop of color makes such a huge difference in my kitchen, and I can't stop staring at it. I love how it completely changes the look of the room, and the whole space (it's connected to the dining and family rooms). Being in a rental can be frustrating when you can't paint walls, but freshening, brightening, and adding pops of color with paint isn't off limits!
This post is sponsored by the Glidden brand paint for PPG, but all opinions are 100% mine.
We moved to New York from Texas just a little over two months ago, and since we were planning to build a home, we moved into a rental duplex and put pretty much everything we owned into storage. Even though we aren't going to be here too long, I kept out a few things to decorate with, and to make it feel like home. Sometimes it's hard living in a rental, when you can't make any changes, or paint any walls, and even if you could, spending money on something temporary isn't what you want to do. I feel that way about my kitchen. It isn't bad...just really white. Everything. The cabinets, floor, and appliances are all very white. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the clean, crisp feeling of white, but with no contrast, it's just too stark.
The good thing is, there's a way to brighten up any space with paint, even if it's not on the walls! Painting a piece of furniture adds a pop of color and even a focal point to any room. I have decided to makeover the stools (also white) in my kitchen, and give them a pop of color. Once we move, I'll still be able to use them in our new home, so it won't be waste of time or money to re-do them.
Project decided...now what color? What a dilemma! Thankfully, there are some really awesome resources out there to help me (and you!) choose the perfect color. Glidden has Color Palette pages that make the color selection process so much easier!
Then there's Color 101 at My Colortopia. There's a whole team that's there to help you figure out exactly what you want, and what will look best in your home. I LOVE that. You know you want gray, but what color gray? There are just too many to choose from, and it can seem overwhelming when you're trying to decide. Or maybe you aren't sure which color, and you're looking for inspiration? Either way, they can help.
For me, I was torn between two different colors. I'm a red girl, through and through, and always have been. Have you ever taken the Color Code Personality Test? Yep, I'm a red. I have loved red for as long as I can remember, and have always used it in my home. My kitchen has some red accents in it already, and it's a great color that immediately adds a punch. But...I love gray too, and thought maybe a color, but not too much color might be better. I went back and forth. And back and forth. And back and forth. I used both the Color Palette and Color 101 to help me come up with my favorite shades of both red and gray, and they were incredibly helpful as I pinpointed which ones I would use...if I could decide.
Finally, I went with my gut. That's always best.
RED!! I went with Glidden Red Delicious, and I think it's going to be perfect.
Can't wait to show you the final product, and my Kitchen Stools Makeover!
I'm kind of obsessed with barn doors. Actually...I want my own barn. ☺ That's going to have to wait though, since I'm a farmhouse girl living in the city, so I make due with cute barn doors scattered throughout my house. I've wanted to make a sliding barn door FOREVER. When we did the "great room switch" a couple of months ago, my girls moved to into what had been the office. The doors were glass french doors, so they needed to be switched out, and a sliding barn door was exactly what was needed.
Baby Caroline started crawling a couple of months ago--much earlier than I expected her to. It's so funny--with my first baby, I couldn't wait for him to crawl and walk, but by now I realize that mobility comes at a price. :) We have stairs in our house, right in the kitchen area, and where we spend the majority of our time. At the bottom of the stairs is tile, and if she fell, it would really not be good. I want her to learn how to do stairs--I think it's important-but only if I'm right behind her to catch her. So...it was time for a baby gate, and what could be cuter than one made from a barn door?
Even though it's been around for a long time, chalk paint has especially been a trend for the past couple of years, and has been gaining in popularity around the blogosphere. As someone who paints a lot of furniture, I'd wanted to try it for a long time, but really wanted to wait for the perfect project to come along first. Finally, I found THE project. Eight kitchen stools that belonged to our old dining table--the one before the lovely farmhouse table we use now--that I really wanted to use around our big island were just begging to be refinished. Six of them would fit...perfect for our kids!
We have been in dire need of dressers since we moved to Texas last year. When we built our previous home, we had walk-in closets in every room with built-in drawers and shelves that completely eliminated the need for dressers. Well--that wasn't the case in this house, and I've been trying to track down dressers for each room since we moved in. A few weeks ago, someone gave me this dresser, and even though it wasn't my my style at all, I knew I could give it a dresser makeover and it would be just the thing for my girls' room. Plus...it was free, and who can argue with that? I can make anything work if it's free! ☺It happened to be a laminate surface, which is absolutely possible to paint and use--you just need to do it the right way!
Look at the before and after...
Hello everyone! How I've missed you! I've spent the last three weeks snuggling this darling baby girl...
I'm slowly adjusting a new "normal", and life as mom of six kids. SIX. Yikes. Doesn't that sound like a lot, lol? My parents left last week, and my husband is back to work this week, so I'm on my own! It's actually going pretty well, and I have A LOT of helpers at home to hold the baby and run to get things when I need them.
My project list is literally a mile long, and I've kind of gone crazy over the last week. I really haven't been able to do much to our house since moving in 9 months ago, thanks to yucky morning sickness and being huge. :) Now we're getting ready to demolish the tile in our fireplace (yay!!!) and start on about five pieces of furniture. I need another six hours in the day. Please???
Okay...on to today's post!
We bought this house just a month before we found we were expecting another baby, and had we known, we would have added just one more bedroom to the requirement list. With all the bedrooms full, we needed to come up with a short term plan for the baby, until we could figure out a long term plan. Fortunately we have a small sitting room off of our master bedroom, and after measuring it out, thought I could make it work. Here's how I did it!