Everything But the Kitchen Sink!

Well, the deck is finished (for the most part) now we are on to the next project!

The drain on my fiberglass kitchen sink has been cracked since we moved in.  Well, it finally got so bad it started leaking so we had to bite the bullet and purchase a new sink.  Of course, we could have just purchased a new drain but this was my chance to finally get the farmhouse sink I had been dreaming of.

Issue #1:  my kitchen is super small and the previous owner installed a small dishwasher which thew off the entire symmetry of the cabinets.  We would have to completely remove the existing countertop, add tile, and reformat the cabinets under the sink.

Issue #2:  My husband is no carpenter.

Here we go!

Kitchen before the reno!

 

Removed sink and countertop
Removed laminate
Added new countertop.

 

I will update when we finish…..

 

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Decked Out!

Well, I messed up!  I thought I had posted a deck update back in August but when I looked this morning, I saw that it was still in “draft” status.

At any rate, here is our finished deck!  We still have some tweaking to do but I hope you love it as much as we do.

 

Patio Set Makeover

Hello everyone!

If you have been keeping up with my site, you know the hubby and I are rebuilding our deck.  With this redo comes the much needed task of updating the old patio set my mother-in-love gave us several years ago.  It is quite old and has already been recovered once but it is showing signs of wear and some of the fabric was tearing.

So I picked a fun fabric online and took the chairs apart so I could make a pattern.

I am loving the new look!

How is the deck rebuild going, you ask!!!  Well, it is coming along but not near fast enough for my taste.  I will post some progress photos later on today.

 

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After
Bring on the cool weather!

Deck Reno 2017

Hi all!

I decided to share some updated photos of the deck renovation.  Although we still have a bit to do, we are on the downhill slide.

So far we have removed all of the original deck flooring, shored up the frame (which was a job) adding joist hangers at each intersection, added new flooring, added new handrails, and have started priming and painting.

We still need to finish the handrails, skirting, and stain the floor but we are waiting to make sure the flooring is completely dry.  We will also need to sand the flooring a bit to remove the factory ink from the decking (and my paint splatter).

I will be sure to post more of the finished product; hopefully sooner rather than later.

 

Deck the Deck?

No, it’s not Christmas in July; just a very HOT project we decided to start during the hottest part of the year.

Our deck has really taken a downward turn since we purchased the house 2 years ago.  It was so beautiful when we purchased it but didn’t recognize all of the telltale signs of decay under the paint.

Soooo this past weekend we decided to do something about our rotten handrails, warped deck boards, and pealing paint.

This will be an ongoing post as I am not sure when we will actually finish the project. Here are a few photos of the deck BEFORE and during the demo:

Our Deck has an odd layout:  a small 10 foot landing coming off the dining room; then a larger 20 ft area; then narrow again with an elevated area around a sunken hot-tub.  We plan to keep most of the footprint the same but will lower the area around the tub.  We are hoping this will allow for easier entrance into and out of the hot tub (we aren’t getting any younger).

Stay posted for the ongoing transformation.

Vanity Update – update

After much searching and nearly two years of work (and procrastination), we finally have a finished vanity.

If you missed the BEFORE, you can check it out below, or visit the “Vanity Update” link for the full transformation journey.

It took some time to find the perfect mirror as the original dresser did not have one.  I was actually torn between two different ones but ended up with the one below and I am quite happy with the finished product.

 

A Couch to Swoon For!

via Daily Prompt: Paint

A few months ago I found this swan fainting couch for a mere $20.  I loved the fact that it was a fainting sofa and that it was so inexpensive so I jumped at the chance to make it something more.

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It had some damage; an angry cat and a wobbly let but, all-in-all, it was sturdy and fixable.

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We started by taking the entire piece apart.  We always work carefully and take a lot of pictures so we will know how it goes back together.

My initial hope was to strip the finish and bring out the natural wood and reupholster with a light colored fabric.  However, when we tried to strip the finish it was nearly impenetrable.

We tried several techniques and products but eventually gave up.  The wood under the finished was very usual and would not take stain well so we stopped working in the couch and started some other projects.

Finally, after a few months of research, I decided to go ahead and paint the couch.  I am not a fan of painting furniture but this had to be an exception as the wood was nothing that would take a stain or could even be treated to preserve the natural look.  (I am thinking it is made of Poplar).

I started by cleaning out all of the little nooks and crannies and wiping down to remove any dust and grime.  Next, I primed each piece with Kilz.

Once I added a couple of coats of paint, it was time I took the piece inside so I could add the finishing touches.  Even though it may seem less practical, I like to do the detail work in my house.  My shop tends to be dusty and I hated to risk messing up the white finish.

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I decided to go with an antiquing glaze instead of distressing by sanding (not a fan as it tends to damage the wood).

This was my first large project with the glaze and I was very pleased.  Just look at the detail!

Next, it was time to add the seating.  Since the original board under the foam was broken, we chose to cut a new piece of plywood for a nice sturdy seat.

We were able to reuse most of the original foam.  I used the original fabric for a pattern and began the task of rebuilding.

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It took some time and much “discussion” over the correct way to add the seating but we finally agreed to disagree and did the best we could.

I have a few more staples to add and the trim but it looks like it will be a beautiful piece.

TA DA!!!!  Finally Finished!  (now to get it sold)

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Nana’s Yellow Table

It must be something about owning a yellow house.  Everything yellow seems to catch my eye.

When I found this table in my mother’s house after she passed away I thought it was too cute to throw out so I decided to take it home and show it some love.

I started by taking it completely apart and sanding it down.  Some of the dowel rods with missing in the rack so I had to purchase and cut new ones to fill in the gaps.

Then I applied 2 coats of white paint and put it back together.

 

Once the table was back together, I had to start working on the top.  There was a hole in the top where a lamp was once attached so I to seal the hole with wood filler and paint over it.

A few months ago I ran across a table online that had been tiled using old broken china.  I loved the look and set our to find the perfect pink plates to do something similar.  However, I never was able to find the right plates for the job; or to complete the look I had in my head.

While garage sale shopping with my girlfriend, I stumbled upon a set of 10 plates for $3.  I initially passed them up but finally decided I could not pass up a $3 deal… surely, I would find SOMETHING  to do with 10 daisy plates.

Eventually I got impatient and decided to forgo the pink table top and opted to use the yellow daisy plates for my little magazine table.

 

I carefully cut each piece and laid it out on my work space so the pattern would line up.  After I was sure I had enough tiles cut, I placed them on the table top to see exactly how I wanted it to look.  (please be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses)

Once I had it all laid out like I wanted it, I used tile adhesive to attach each piece to the table top.  You can do this a couple of ways:  you can spread the adhesive on the full table using a tile trowel or you and do like I did and put the adhesive on each individual piece and lay them one at a time.

The reason I chose to do it that was is because all of the pieces were different widths and shapes and it was nearly impossible to get them even.

I let the adhesive dry overnight and added non-sanded grout the next day and let that dry overnight.  The next day, I sealed the grout with grout sealer.

I had initially thought about leaving the table while but the yellow daisies seem to get lost in the white table so I decided to paint the table yellow and add a light brown glaze to bring out the golden brown tones of the daisy petals.

Finally, it was time to add a coat of poly.  I always try to use poly just to add extra durability.  The last thing you want it for your paint to chip away.

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I am very happy with the way it turned out.

Vanity Update!

When my husband and I moved into our home last year we were confused by the pedestal sink sitting in our bedroom.  It was set in an area all of it’s own beside the door that let to the toilet and tub.  I know immediately what I wanted to do with the space.

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Before!

I found a beautiful brass basin and fixture set at a garage sale just after we moved in but finding the perfect dresser took over a year.

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During the transformation.  I forgot to take a photo before we cut the holes.

We cut holes in the top and sanded the entire dresser to prepare for the new poly-stain and fixtures.

I applied 2 coats of poly stain and we took it into the house to start the installation.  I applied 2 more coats of poly stain and my husband made adjustments to the drawers so they would remain somewhat functional.

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Before the last 2 coats of poly stain and before I repainted the drawer pulls.

I still have to paint the drawer pulls to match and take new pictures AFTER the last 2 coats of poly but you can get a general idea of how if is going to look.

I still need to find the perfect mirror so stay tuned….

Ooh La La

Like many of my projects, I found this old trunk at a garage sale and knew I wanted to do something with it.  It was spray painted with an ugly gold paint over some sort of melted lettering, “Daddy’s work shoes”.

For the first few years, I stored Christmas decorations in it and just forgot about it.  Finally, I decided it was time to do something with the pitiful trunk.

The first thing I had to do was strip the horrible paint off and try to remove the melted lettering.  Initially, I thought it was hot glue but it turned out to be some kind of blue and red melted rubber that came off relatively easily with the paint thinner.

Next, I cleaned the inside.  I tore out all of the paper lining and vacuumed to remove any loose debris.

I decided to paint it an off white and try my hand at distressing.  I am not much for distressing furniture but, as you can tell from the pictures, it was already pretty distressed.

I just do not see the point in sanding and banging up perfectly good furniture to make it look old.  I am trying to come around to this new trend and try to make things others will like so I thought I would give it a shot and enhance the dings and scuffs already present.  After all, if I plan on ever making any money at this, I have to be able to set out of my comfort zone.

I sprayed one coat of primer before adding 2 coats of the off-white then lightly sanded the outside around corners and edges.

Next I broke out a stencil I had purchased and stenciled the top and front of the trunk. After the stencil dried for 24 hours I distressed a little more and added a coat of matte poly to give it a little protection.

The lining was a nice pink fabric I had on hand and I trimmed the lining with a taupe gimp to give it a more finished look and added durability.

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It has now found it’s temporary home in my booth at a local flea market.