Happy Tuesday friends!
It's a rainy day here in St. Louis, but you know what they say...'if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes'.
Truth be told, I've been waiting since about 6am for the rain to stop. But of course it couldn't end before my morning commute to work. Is it just in St. Louis, or do people everywhere act like they've never seen rain before? Baffles me every time.
When we got home from work yesterday, Dane and I photographed our latest project so that I could get a post ready for later this week, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you!! I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but TOOT TOOT!! Haha. It just turned out so much better than I imagined!
If you remember from my last post, this cute little desk first belonged to Dane and then his sister Katie. They got it from old family friends, Polly and Phurman, who were like another set of grandparents to them. I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them, but my inner old lady (her name is Elanore) told me that Polly probably liked florals like we do, so when I saw the bright colors of this fabric at Joann's, I just had to.
Before I get too far ahead of myself, let's just go back a smidge. I really want you to see what this desk looked like before it's makeover. The transformation really is pretty amazing!
Right?? Although I'm sure it was quite the looker in it's prime, the red just wasn't working anymore. As you can see in the photo, the top had been well used. So we carefully removed the top, stripped it of it's old stain, and applied a new stain to give it a nice new look in a color that worked better with what we were envisioning.
The body of the desk was a piece of cake. Well, the painting process was anyway. I easily spent 20 minutes at Lowe's examining their gray options. Grays are so tricky! They're either too blue, too green, too purple, too beige, you get it. But finally I landed on this beauty, Valspar's Urban Sunrise. It's so pretty and looks great next to the fabric I found! Using our HomeRight spray gun, we had the first coat of paint on in under 5 minutes! I really don't know how I functioned before my spray gun.
Next was the fun part (for me anyway)! I had been drooling over lined drawers for quite some time now, but never had the right application for it. When this desk was offered to us to fix up, I just had to jump at the opportunity. The process of lining the drawers was SO easy!! The best part about it is instant gratification. I'm a little impatient and can't (or won't) wait for results, so the fact that I could see the fabric attached right away was good for me.
I'd love to see you tackle your own fabric lined drawers, so I'm going to be posting a 'how-to' post later this week. You'll be so glad you did...promise! It's a great way to create a little pop of color without seriously committing to the bright colors in your space. While Dane loves bright colors, he doesn't love bright flowers as much as I do, so keeping the pattern hidden until opened is a great compromise for us (also a fun surprise each time a drawer is opened), and your friends and family will think you're a rock star designer for thinking outside the box. ;) Do it!
Thanks for stopping by! -We'll chat soon. :)
We hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did!
We spent time with family, took the dogs for a walk, learned how to do yoga (thanks Ash!), found homes for the hall tree and night stands we JUST posted for sale, and even managed to get a few chores done! It was probably the most productive weekend we've had in a while.
I had been wanting to try yoga for awhile, but could never find any good YouTube videos of beginner sessions. We did find one video we thought sounded promising about a year ago, called Yoga for Beginners...or something like that. All was going well until they went to handstand positions. ..I'm sorry, what?! You want me to do what?! Hard pass. I mean, I couldn't do it even if I tried. I have ZERO upper body strength. I can't even do a cartwheel.
So when my sister came into town after her yoga class Saturday afternoon, I was dying for her to teach me a few moves! So Dane and I headed over to my parent's house early Sunday morning for breakfast and a yoga lesson.
Two things I dislike about today's experience:
I'm guilty of being one of those girls who has 5-6 pairs of yoga pants but does not do yoga. I bought my first pair to run in...but turns out I don't like running anymore either. :)
Amongst all of the awesomeness this past weekend, we also managed to get our hands on a few more projects. This desk was first used by Dane, and then his sister Katie, so it’s special. I know whatever I do to it has to be just as special. It needs a fun feature or something!
I’ve been inspired lately by lined drawers, but with these drawers being so deep, I’ll have to do more than just the bottom. I’m thinking of lining the interior and exterior sides of the drawers as well so that you don’t miss the pattern when items are in the drawers.
Here are just a few of the inspiration photos I’ve been digging lately.
I cannot wait to get started on this project! Be sure to check back for updates on our progress!
Have any of you lined drawers with fun paper or fabric before? I'd love to see your end products in the comments below! :)
Thanks for stopping by!
What? It isn't Sunday?? :)
I wanted to throw in a mid-ish week post for you all just to keep you on your toes! In all honesty, I'd like to up my blogging game and post at least twice a week. As it turns out, I have a lot to say...which is weird because I'm generally a pretty quiet person.
Would you believe me if I told you my neighbor pulled this adorable mudroom bench from the dumpster for me? Well, believe it because its true!
Of course it didn't look this cute when we got it. It was in pretty bad shape and SO dirty, but still a very solid piece. There was absolutely no way Dane and I could watch it go out like that. It still had so much life left!
How cute would these hooks look with adorable school backpacks hanging from them?! If only I had kids who could use this little beauty...cough cough, Dane..cough. :) I'm only kidding (kinda).
So until we decide to have a few little ones of our own, I'll keep planning our lives on Pinterest and refurbishing adorable furniture for other parents to use. As long as I can save good pieces like this mudroom bench from the dumpster, all is well with my soul. :)
Oh the possibilities for storage! I'm all about hiding junk! If hidden correctly, I almost get the sense that I'm organized!
What's your best tip for staying organized? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!
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With the upcoming school year fast approaching, organization products and tips seem to be flooding my social media accounts, and I'm loving every ounce of it!
For those of you who haven't had the chance to get to know me yet, I'm a bit of an organization nerd. I LOVE making lists! They just seem to make my days go so much smoother. And don't get me started on new planners, notebooks, and colorful pens!
>>A bit of an honest moment here, (and don't you judge me!) but I typically have about 3 planners I use all at one time. I have my 'master' planner, which my mom bought me for Christmas from Day Designer, a smaller on-the-go planner I bought to keep in my purse (since the other is SO heavy), and then the calendar built into my iPhone so that I can see both my schedule and Dane's schedule all in one place. I know, I may be crazy...but at least I'm crazy organized! ;)
Today I want to share with you my absolute favorite place for our family lists and reminders: my magnetic chalkboard wall!
This wall was 100% Dane's idea, and I love him a little more for it. :) We made this wall a short time after we had moved into our house, and it's been a favorite feature of ours ever since. We use it every week!
We put important notes there, a quick grocery list, inspirational quotes, a welcome message for our out of town guests, or even fun chalk art when we're feeling extra creative.
The best part about this magnetic chalkboard wall (other than the fact that it's magnetic), is that it was so simple to do! Here's what you'll need:
We first rolled on three layers of the magnetic primer, just to make sure our magnets were able to stick the way we wanted them to. Then we rolled on 2 layers of the chalkboard paint, and boom! Done! Told you it was easy to do!
Now go enjoy your new magnetic chalkboard wall. We'll chat again later. :)
I hope you're enjoying your Sunday! As you may have seen on our Instagram earlier this morning, my day started with a certain puppy begging for a belly rub.
I mean, as much as I would've appreciated sleeping in a little bit longer, I can't complain about waking up to Hudson's sweet little face!
Anyway, today I wanted to share with you a makeover I did sometime last summer of a lowboy buffet. For those of you who don't know, a lowboy buffet is just a buffet that sits lower to the ground. I'm not sure how others like to use their lowboys, but I thought this one looked great under my back dining room windows.
Let's start off with the befores and afters.
I found this beauty while scrolling through Craigslist one day, and instantly fell in love with its charm.
Have you ever shown up to a Craigslist meeting and been completely surprised by the actual size of a piece? I feel like no matter how many times I test the measurements, the pieces always look so much smaller in person! Every time.
When I brought this home, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the top. All of those scratches and water marks needed to go. After some serious sanding and a little help from my wood stripper, the top was good as new!
For this design, I had pictured a two-toned look. I decided to go with a chalk paint I'd make myself using Behr's Sonic Silver, and then a dark wood stain for the top to give it a dramatic farmhouse look.
It was important to me to be able to highlight the original hardware, so the light grey paint color was perfect!
I especially loved the top silverware drawer this piece had. I'm not sure if it was the organizing geek in me or what my deal was, but I love a good silverware drawer! My future house will definitely have room for a dreamy buffet with a silverware drawer (among many other things my tiny city house does not).
Oh! I almost forgot! I wanted to give you guys a sneak peek on a project I'm going to get my hands on soon. 🤗
Eeekk!! The entire set. The ENTIRE set! 😍
The buffet, the table, the chairs, all mine. I've got big plans for these things and cannot wait to share them all with you! While it isn't in my possession ((yet)), it has been set aside for me by a family friend. We're just working on a time that works best for both of us to meet up so that I can bring it home with me.
No idea where this will fit in our little house (next to all of our other furniture pieces waiting for homes), but I'll keep you posted on that as well.
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