Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So many little time....

I have so many projects that I want to finish and I just haven't had the time to start them.  I had no idea becoming the Taxi driver for my girls could consume so much of my evenings!  Anyways, below are some projects I plan on finishing in the next month.

This AWESOME lamp shade from Mama Says Sew

And this beautiful headboard from !Cheap Like A Birdie!

Redoing my kitchen barstools to something similar to these from Talking Dollars and Sense

And I still love these book bundles from Christina's Adventures

And these decor balls from House of Hepworths

Obviously there is A LOT of amazing ideas out there but these are a few of my favorites and are definetly on my To Do List!  Time to get crafting!!!!

Jennifer :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dining Room Makeover

My dining room table was a hand-me-down from my Dad's house.  At the time all I really wanted was the hutch to house my HUGE collection of Disney snowglobes (I know, not the traditional way of using a china hutch, but I always thought of it as more of an oversized curio cabinet! LOL)  Anywho, the hutch and table were honey oak color that was screaming 1984 and not really my thing, but served a purpose...until I started watching HGTV (love that channel).  I saw them paint a dining room table and thought "Hey, I can do that!"

Only one major problem stood in the way, sanding!  What!  Sanding...I don't want to have to sand all of this to be able to paint it!  Not to mention we don't have a garage which meant this all needed to be done in the house.  Of course, that night I was on a mission to figure out how to re-do my 1984 dining set without sanding.  After a few hours of research I fell in love with this site.  Chris's inspiration was AMAZING!!  Love, love, love it!!!  And the best part was NO SANDING!!!

Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the way the dining room set looked before, but I did take quite of few of the process.  Since we don't have a garage (hint, hint honey...I NEED a garage!) all of this had to be done where else, but the middle of the dining room.  Of course the Mr. thought I had lost my mind and had forwarned me that if it came out like crap we were not going out and buying a new dining room set (I failed to mention that we were hosting Monday Night Football at our house that Monday and I had this crazy idea on Thursday).  Me, being the over confident one, set out on the mission  never looking back!

So our dining room was transformed to this:
Keep in mind that the only entrance to our kitchen is on the left hand side of this photo...Needless to say, the kids and I dined on McDonalds, doughnuts and PB&J's all weekend since we not only didn't have a place to eat but also no easy entrance to the kitchen (I know, I'm bound to win Mom of the Year award for that! LOL).

Then to this (you can kind of see a pic the "before" hutch on the right):

And this:

To finally this :)

Of course, I hadn't had my tablescape done yet, but this was good enough to have the guys over.  Later I decided I hated the backs of the chairs staying the oak color so I painted them as well.  Also when I did my tablescape, I decided that the antique brass pulls didn't work and I later switched them out to black round knobs.

I followed the directions exactly in Chris's post at Just a Girl and everything worked out perfectly!  The only thing I would add is that the paint has to cure about a good week or two before it will become resistant to dings.  I still think the key was in the primer.  I will never change from Zissner's Cover and Stain...Plus now I am a huge fan of the Benjamin Moore paint.  Worth every cent eventhough I had to call 4 different paint stores to find it and finally De Vaul paints in Santa Ana pulled through (yeah, that was fun trying to explain to the Mr. why I needed to go all the way to Santa Ana to buy paint when Ace hardware is across the street!)...Only took 2 coats to cover everything keeping in mind I used the cheap foam brushes from Wal-mart and a foam roller).

Total cost for the project:
Primer - $8
Paint - around $40 (I bought 2 cans because I wanted to make sure I didn't run out!)
Hardware - $30 from Lowes
Brushes and Roller - $10 (I bought a few extra roller brushes to switch in between coats)
Chair covers - $20 on clearance at JoAnns!  I still have a few yards of extra!!

Total cost $118!!! 
What a bargain for a whole new dining room set!!!  Plus I had extra paint, primer, and brushes for future projects :)  And yeah, the Mr. was very impressed with the final outcome ;)

Monday, February 21, 2011

No Mantle....That means a Holiday Tablescape!

After reading so many different blogs about these amazing mantles that everyone decorates for the different holidays, I was really upset that we do NOT have a mantle.  What is one to do without a mantle??  Decorate your dining room table!

This was my before table....Never liked it, but it was functional

There were 2 main things that came to thought when I decided to do this....First, it had to be CHEAP and it had to be interchangable.  And then my transformed my table into this:

The most expensive piece on this table is the runner...BIG splurge at Target for $17 (Later, I realized I could have cut a piece of burlap and got the same effect)!  A breakdown of the pieces are as follows:
  • Runner - $17
  • Lanterns - $7 each
  • Apothecary jars - $6 each
  • Large Vase - $5 (a clearance bargain!)
  • Branches - $7
  • Vase fillers - $12 (combination of coffee beans from Trader Joes and vase filler from Ikea)

I know that sounds expensive but I am able to switch out the decor every month to match the holiday for under $5 using the dollar aisles at Target and Michaels...To me that is money well spent!

The above picture was for Valentines Day...Below is what I have done for St. Patricks Day

I love it!!!

So many options....hmmmmm

All in all, I absolutely love it and it isn't overkill...Which is good otherwise I don't think I would have had the Mr. on board for this project! 

Stay tuned, I'll post more soon!!!

Jennifer :)