The Tale of Two Nightstands

We are finally settled into our new house with our new baby. And I am finally getting around to re-do our master bedroom. I had not liked the furniture arrangement when we first moved in. Plus the rug, curtains and bedding just didn’t look right in the new room.

We also needed larger nightstands as I am forever knocking things off mine. Anyway in my normal fashion I didn’t want to pay full price for new ones.

So I have been on a hunt for several months. This is the style I was looking for.

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I spotted these solid oak nightstands at a local antique shop near my home. I thought they had potential, and I liked the fact that they were solid wood.

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So I purchased them. And then promptly cut the legs off.

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Once I got to this point I painted the furniture with my new favorite paint, Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black to match my bed.

Next I went on a search for an inexpensive leg option. I found several that I liked on Amazon in the $15 each range, but since I needed 8 of them I kept looking.

Amazon came to the rescue with these sofa legs with steel hardware for $5.00 each.

So I grabbed 8 and a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint for the metal foot.

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I also ordered cup pulls from Amazon that fit the holes already drilled in the drawers, $2.19 each.

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Once they were all painted my husband cut some simple 2×4 supports to hold the new furniture legs.

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Viola! Can you even believe the difference?

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This is hands down my favorite furniture project I have ever worked on.

I think they will pair so well with my other bedroom furniture, new rug and bedding.

Thanks for reading!

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Highchair Makeover- Part 2

Thanks for all your design opinions on social media for this makeover. I decided to go green with a stained tray, but I used a very brown, almost distressed looking stain and a lighter green than the kelly in the inspiration photo.

Here is the used Graco highchair before:

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My sister-in-law Holly recommended I use Fusion Paint. It’s called mineral paint, kinda like chalk paint, but needs minimal prep and no waxing is required.

I really liked working with it, and you can’t beat the price for specialty paint.

The color options are beautiful!

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Disassembled, thanks to my husband.

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After one coat.

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Sanding, sanding and more sanding. It look quite a while to get that faux cherry finish off of the tray.

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For the tray I went with a brown stain with no red in it. It took about four coats to get it good and dark. But I love the finished product. I do plan to seal the tray with a kid-safe food-safe sealer.

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The tray finish didn’t turn out perfectly, but I am kinda glad it didn’t because then when Parker bangs on it with a fork and sippy cup I won’t be worried about the finish :)

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Highchair Makeover- Part 1

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I scored a used Graco highchair on one of those local yard sale Facebook pages. The highchair is super sturdy and sound, but the finish is rough looking/not my style.

So I need help picking a new finish. What would you do?

Green paint with stained top.

Painted with place setting.

Painted with “dipped” legs.

Navy paint with distressing.

Or a blue stain similar to the TV stand I refinished a few years ago.

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My sleep deprived brain needs some assistance on this makeover!

Living Room Lamp Project

Well we are slowly getting settled into our new home.
I am trying not to spend much on new things we may “need” since we did just buy a house and we are having a baby and all:)
But I did need a couple lamps for the living room b/c there is no ceiling fixture in that room.
Enter these two yard sale lamps from a few years ago.

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Add a little spray paint and some simple white shades.

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And tada! Huge pop of color for super cheap!

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Now I am just on the hunt for two matching end tables!

Home Improvement: A Built-in Pantry

So this odd little closet is stuck in behind the A/C return on the other side of this wall.

It originally had bi-fold doors in front of it, but the doors were awkward so we got rid of them.

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Then a couple years went by, we painted our cabinets and updated a few other things.

And then it became very obvious that it was TIME to do something about this eye sore.

I came up with a game plan of removing the white wire shelving and replacing it with painted shelves.

We also added the same ship lap paneling that I used on the back hall project a few weeks ago.

After:

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Project Total:

Stair treads used as shelves: $40

Paneling leftover from the hall project: $0

Paint and caulk leftover from previous projects: $0

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It now holds all my baking staples, dish cloths, paper products, towels and trash bags.

Home Improvement: $67 Faux Plank Wainscot Hall Treatment

So a while back I did a mini makeover on our back hall.

I used frames from around my home, a clearance rug and a $3 Goodwill fixture.

See the full makeover process here.

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But my plan was to finish off this back hall with some sort of treatment to make it look more polished.

The hall leads to the master bedroom and the garage.

I liked beadboard but I felt like our house is too modern for that look. I also like the look of planking (aka shiplap) but didn’t want to spend the $$$ on it since we won’t be in this house that much longer (at least that’s the plan).

So this hall sat without a treatment for  1 1/2 years.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago I finally had an inspiration for what I could do.

I took the measurements to Home Depot, tracked down someone that could help me, and had them cut sheets of paneling in the sizes that I needed to finish the hall.

But because I wanted a planked look I had the panels cut with the vertical lines running horizontal.

While the panels were being cut I found simple 1.5 and 2.5 inch trim pieces that I liked.

While I was there I also purchased hooks because this space will be used for coats and the dog leash etc.

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I came home and laid everything out to check to see that it fit.

THEN… I got to use the nail gun. If you need to boost your confidence, you need to learn to use a nail gun.

EMPOWERED is the best way to describe how it feels to use it!

Power tools are the greatest.

I did have my husband help me cut the hole for the outlet because I did not trust myself to not mess it up.

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 Anyway, then I filled all the holes I made with the nail gun, and painted everything twice.

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Real life: Unmade bed and laundry basket in the background.

I have not decided if I am going to put up the hooks yet.

I will see how I like it without them first.

Cost Breakdown:

$34 – 2 sheets of 8 ‘ paneling

$25 – 6 pieces of trim

$8 – 3 hooks

Paint, nails, caulk and wood puddy leftover from previous projects were not included in the total.

Retail Therapy: A Trip to Goodwill

 I get asked occasionally how I put my home together from so many thrift and consignment store finds.

My brain is weird number one and my style is eclectic so that helps, but I also put together vignettes in my head to help me a picture how something will look with the other items that I own.

And sometimes I go so far as to put stuff together in the store to see how I like it together so I can determine if the said item is really a good buy.

Because a $10 chair is a great deal but if you bring a $10 chair home and you can’t use it you wasted your money regardless of how good a deal it was.

And when you thrift or consignment shop you don’t have the luxury of going home to measure or really taking much time at all to decide because  when you come back the item is almost always is gone…

Because of the Goodwill vultures! Hang on to your treasures while you are in the store. Finders keepers!

So last week I quickly put together an arrangement with

canvas art $25,

gold book ends $5,

a bronze lamp $8,

yellow wing back chair $80,

and a turquoise ottoman $12.

PS. If you saw a red head putting room arrangements together in a Goodwill store last Friday that was me. I got lots of crazy stares.

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These bookends would probably get spray painted white if they came home with me.

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 And I would buy a bright white drum lamp shade to replace the grody cream one.

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Tips for Goodwill Shopping

 

I love how this little reading nook came together in 15 minutes for under $150. That’s chic cheap!

Home Improvement: Stenciling an Accent Wall at Rebecca Illsley’s Home

 I had the privilege of helping a friend (and my hair dresser) with an accent wall in her home a few weekends ago.

Rebecca chose the French Floral Damask wall stencil from Royal Designs for me to use.

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The stenciling process was incredibly easy with the help of  instructional videos online, but there were three basic steps that really helped us complete this project successfully.

  • Type of design: Because we used an irregular design matching up the pattern was very easy (and didn’t have to be perfect).  If we had used a geometric pattern or similar I would have been pulling my hair out. Painting perfection is not one of my strong points.

 

  • Type of paint and roller: A semi-gloss paint was used as the stencil paint over a base coat of flat paint. The base coat of flat paint quickly absorbed the semi-gloss stencil paint making the process go very quickly. Using a sponge roller with very little paint makes the process go quickly with not a lot of excess paint on the stencil (because lots of paint on the stencil smears on the wall as you go).

 

  • Paint color selection: We chose to use two tone application. Because there was not a lot of contrast between the two colors, we were able to hide our “oops” very easily.

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Using a sponge roller and a 8 ft ladder, my sister Nancee Lee and I completed the whole wall in about 4 hrs start to finish.

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 I didn’t have to start in the middle of the wall but I wanted to make sure the pattern was centered.

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We used painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place while we rolled the paint on.

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 Stenciling near electrical outlets can be tricky but not impossible. Just go slow and paint around the outlet without painting over it.

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Roll slowly as you get close to the trim. Using a dry roller is especially important here because you don’t want any drips!

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 Nancee Lee touched up the edges near the trim with q-tip and extra paint.

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 Tada!

The semi-gloss paint really sets off the design against the flat paint. It’s a HUGE impression for very little money, especially in comparison with the price of wall paper.

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I have loved working on so many rooms in Rebecca’s new home!

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Housekeeping and a Deal on Design

If you were hoping this was a blog post on how to clean your 4 bedroom home in 15 minutes you have come to the wrong place.

But if you have been reading this blog long you already know that.

Because let’s be honest. I have a cleaning lady.

I can’t be a wife/stepmom, cook, clean, work two jobs, write a blog and try to get in shape all by myself. It takes a village to raise me keep me sane.

And if I am really being honest I would rather work two jobs that have to clean my house anyway.

But I did want to share a couple things blog-related.

First off if you would like to receive my blog in your inbox weekly see the button below for details.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Secondly, I have a new facebook page for all my local design work plus deals on furniture and accessories and tips for sprucing up your home.

Thirdly, I have a new simple website for my decorating business now. HRP Interiors

And for the spring I am offering a deal on my e-design work (for e-design details click here).

Get 30% off the price of an e-design package.

This process has worked great with clients as far away as Alaska! Email me at hrpinteriors@yahoo.com if you are interested. I would love to help you refresh your space for 2015.