Months before we moved into Old Salt Farm I started searching for kitchen stools. Our plans called for a big island that would fit our six kids, and I wanted…
When we built our first house, we had walk-in closets in every bedroom, with plenty of built-in drawer and hanging space, thus eliminating the need for dressers. A few years down…
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!
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!