Can you believe it's almost April?! Time seems to be FLYING by!! I feel like just last week Dane and I were ringing in the new year with our friends and a glass of champagne, and this weekend we'll be celebrating Easter!
Here in St. Louis, we're getting a head start on the whole 'April showers bring May flowers' thing. It's been raining for four days now. Four! And while I am absolutely obsessed with my new rain boots, I'd really like to give a new pair of flats a try. I'm also obsessed with flats. I'm becoming quite obsessed with shoes...which is unfortunate considering the size of my tiny closet.
For those of you who are new to our blog, our little house on Dresden Avenue is 104 years old...maybe 105 now? We have a lot of original character still in our home and I'm so in love with it! I just wish it had room for all of my stuff! I guess it keeps me from becoming a true hoarder.
You should've seen my living room when we were photographing this last custom dresser project for our last client, Demi. We legit looked like furniture hoarders. I had both couches squished against our bay window and my rug rolled up and shoved into a corner just to get a few good shots. I should've taken a photo of the situation for documentation; #reallife.
Demi's dresser was originally a dull white color, but had a nice contrast with it's dark pulls. And that faux key hole is so cute! She had a photo of inspiration which showcased a green dresser with heavy distressing. It took on a very worn look and had 'old world' vibes.
If you've ever refurbished a piece of furniture yourself, you know that distressing isn't something you typically add anywhere. To look authentic, I like to distress the piece where it would naturally wear. The edges and corners are a good place to start. We want this to look real people!! I was going for a 'boxed in a shipping container, on a boat from Italy' kind of vibe. Please don't ask me where I come up with these stories. I honestly have no idea. I'm a wacko...let's just leave that there.
Anywho...the dresser project we're currently working on for another client has wooden details we're adding, and I think if I could do this green dresser again, I would've liked to add details to help add a feminine touch and to give myself more details to distress for Demi.
For this green dresser, we also added a bit of an antique wax for extra aging. I didn't want it to overwhelm the piece, so I used a dry brush technique to keep it light and airy. I am SO happy with how this piece turned out! My living room looked so rich with this beautiful pop of color off to the side!
While I love working with these old details, my heart lies with clean lines, fun geometric patterns and lots of texture! I have an old buffet that I'm hoping to mix styles with. It's about six feet in length and has nice curvy lines. I'm thinking of painting it a nice shade of blue and adding fun drawer liners to the inside. I'll keep you posted on that because I'll definitely want opinions! If you have any fun ideas you'd like to see on the dresser, let us know in the comments below!
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When you walk through the door of our 100+ year old house, you pretty much immediately walk into our dining room. For the first few years, we had a very large vintage secretary desk along the wall that we used to collect our mail, throw our keys on, and keep our junk. We all have one..... its that spot in your house that just seems to collect anything and everything.
This secretary desk was so big and so chunky, it took up so much space. And in our 1064 square foot home, every square foot is precious. So we relocated the desk and needed to find something to work in its place. We started combing through Pinterest, Houzz, and many other DIY websites to get ideas on what we might like. And then AH-HA! -"Let's build what we want!" We used some ideas we found online and modified them into an awesome console table that would go with the style of our home.
For this build, we went to our local big box home supply store and bought standard construction grade lumber. Before all builds, its important to remember to take your time and select your boards carefully. Look down the length of the boards, while on edge, and look for obvious bowing or twisting. Its an easy technique you can use to select the best lumber.
There are many ways to modify our plans to fit your space. Here is how we built ours:
(4) 2’’ x 2’’ x 8’ boards
(2) 2’’ x 3’’ x 8’ boards
(1) 2” x 6’’ x 8’ board
(3) 2’’ x 10’’ x 8’ boards
(4) 2x2s @ 48’’ for aprons
(4) 2x3s @ 28’’ for legs
(7) 2x3s @ 10’’ for leg braces and middle support
(1) 2x6 @ 63" for the top
(3) 2x10s @ 63" for the shelves and the top
Mitre Saw, Circular Saw, or Hand Saw
Pocket Hole Jig
2 1/2 " Pocket Hole Screws
2 1/2" Wood Screws
* For best results a right angle drill and clamps will come in handy, but are not necessary.
After the pocket holes have been successfully drilled, now is the ideal time to sand. Sanding after it is all assembled would be more difficult. The time on this could vary depending on the type of sanding you are doing. We used a hand sander at 80 grit, followed by 120 grit and it took about 45 minutes.
The hard work is over, and now its the easy part. Time to finish the project! At this point, your table is ready for paint or stain. We chose to stain the shelves with Special Walnut by Minwax and then used three coats of satin Polyurethane to protect it. For the base, we first primed with Kilz and then painted it in Ultra White by Valspar. We followed that up with a layer of furniture wax to keep the paint protected.
The last step is to take 2 1/2" screws and attach the shelves to the aprons by screwing them in from the bottom. This will hide your screws.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR DONE!!! Wasn't that a fantastic and rewarding project?! We had a blast making this little beauty for our home and hope you did as well. This is one of our favorite DIY furniture build projects. Tell us what you think of the project or tell us about your favorite DIY projects in the comments below.
Dane and I are spending most of the day inside today because it's colder than a polar bear's nip nips out there! We've been working on a few new projects, all using different brushes. So many brushes! Which lead me to this post. I want to share with you all of the different brush options you have when working on your own projects! Why haven't we done this already?!
Choosing the right brush for your project can be intimidating. There are so many choices! So we've put together a list of our favorite types of brushes to use, along with a few good uses for each type.
So there you have it! Now of course there are a TON of other options out there! So many that we have yet to try! Let us know your favorite brush to use and why you like it. We're always open to trying new products!
I wanted to share with you today a DIY project that will take your average coffee table to the next level!
Would you believe me if I told you this update only cost me $25? I know..mind blowing! Right?
When Dane and I were about to move into our first home together, we were on a tight budget (still are) and were in desperate need for furniture to fill our home.
My Dad found this coffee table in the FREE category of Craigslist, so I jumped on the opportunity. I mean, who doesn't love free?!
I already had black paint handy, so that's the color it became. And that's the color it's been for 3.5 years.
For this update, I painted the table base a color I had on hand: Lighthouse Shadows by Valspar. My handy HomeRight Spray Gun helped me finish the job in no time!
After the paint dried, we added a pre-made tabletop we bought at Home Depot for just $25! We applied Wood Glue to the existing table top and applied the pre-made tabletop over it to dry. To help keep the table top sturdy and guaranteed to stay for many years, we also put a few screws into the bottom to hold it in place.
We then applied a Walnut stain to the top to give it some rusticness and color contrast. I prefer to rub my stain in with a paper towel instead of brushing it on with a brush because I feel I have more control that way.
After the table was completely dried, we added a few coats of wax to the base and Polyurethane to the table top to protect them from everyday wear and tear.
For any of you who have used Poly before, you may be too familiar with the bumpy finish it can leave. I've learned the best way to sand a finished wood product down is to use a brown paper bag. It allows you to smooth the surface without leaving the chalky finish left by sanding blocks.
We hope you enjoyed this simple DIY and hope to see you tackle your own furniture projects! We'd love to see what you've created!
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For those of you who follow me on social media (click here for Facebook/click here for Instagram), you may be familiar with the recent emerald green end table Dane and I completed. I have to say, I became a liiiiiiiittle obsessed with the rich color!
When Dane and I were first preparing to move into our first home together, I went with my natural instincts and painted all of our furniture black. I love black (it's my favorite color)! It's classy and timeless and dramatic and....just pretty! But as life goes on, I realize that black just doesn't work in our tiny house. It's too dark. So I've slowly been adding color back into our home and to be honest, I'm LOVING it!!
My most recent plan of action is to paint all of the walls the same neutral color and then add bright pops of color into each room. After this project, I've decided emerald will have to be my pop of color for our living room. It's just too good to pass up!
Truth be told, I can't even take complete credit for this beautiful piece. This vision belongs completely to my mom. She had bought this piece a while back and couldn't find the time to give it a makeover as she had hoped. So it was my house or the dumpster for this guy! Of course I jumped in and immediately saved this nice little table, and decided to carry out my mom's vision to the end.
On the left is her inspiration photo, and on the right is our finished product:
When making over old pieces, my favorite part is watching the first layer of paint go on. I love the instant gratification I get from watching the furniture turn from one dull piece into something amazing and beautiful!
Now, for the color used...I'm not sure of the exact name because it wasn't on the little sample bottle she gave me to paint with, but I can tell you that when I paint my very own emerald end tables, I'll be using Valspar's Poker Green. It's dangerously close!
After the paint had dried, we waxed it completely, using Valspar's Sealing Wax. Then after that had dried, I slowly added Valspar's Antiquing Wax. When doing this, it's important to seal before antiquing because the antiquing is something you paint on and wipe off. Without a seal already on the piece, the wax won't wipe off nicely. I'll write a how-to post soon so you can see what I mean.
Now that I've found my pop for my living room, I'll need pops for my other rooms as well. Do you have any bright pops in your home? I'd love to see your photos for inspirations! Please share your ideas in the comments below!