Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Rustic Charm in the Dining Room

We had an older china cabinet in our dining room, 
and every time the boys walked around the house or 
dogs took off running around the house the items 
in the china cabinet would rattle so bad.  
I thought the glass would break

This is the china cabinet.  It also would not hold all of my "stuff".  If I wanted to use something in the back or at the bottom, I had to take most everything out and then put it back in.

When looking on Pinterest trying to get some ideas for our dining.  I came across this WONDERFUL idea from Wood Grain Cottage Dining Room Open Shelving. (Please check out Shayna's post about her DIY shelving.  
It is a great tutorial.)

So I showed my hubby and he said "let's go for it".  So we did.

Here I am with the load of wood from Lowes.  See the hint of red lights at the hatch door in the back.  That is because the back hatch was tied closed but was open a little from the 12 foot boards we used.

One last picture of the old china cabinet.
(Sorry, I always have several projects going.  See my table)

This was my Friday night job, when I came home from work.  Staining all the wood.  Also took some sand paper to just knock some of the edges off the wood.

This is what most of my projects look like when I am trying to make sure I know where all the studs are.  The ones going up the wall in the middle are for the spacing of the shelves.

This is from the other side of the dining room.  

Here we are installing the side supports.  You want to make sure you get your heavy duty long screws into the studs.

Our wall was just under 12 feet.  For the top 3 shelves I used 2x10x12 pine.  The lower 2 shelves, I used (2) 2x8x12 per shelf.  Because of the width of the room is almost 12 feet, we did put a 2x3 support in the middle of the shelf.  Attached to the stud and then we also attached the shelf to the support.

We totally love them.  I was able to show off so much of my family's treasures.  It is such easy access.  

Here is another view from the other side of the dining room.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope this will inspire you as I was.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

....And the changes keep going

Once the ceiling was repaired, the painting done, all the laminate flooring replaced and the hardwood floors redone.  

You stand back and look at other rooms in the house that could be "refreshed".  

We started looking at our "Home Office".

(17 years in this house has been harsh on the carpets)

We ripped out the carpets.

Removed the chair railing.

We installed laminate floors.  They are from Lowes.  Weathered Hickory.

We repainted the walls "Cream in my Coffee" by Valspar.

Now time for some wall to wall shelves.

Things were moving very fast and I did not get a picture of installing the plywood on top and bottom of the shelves.  But that is what we did.

Now time for some stain.  Minwax's Dark Walnut.

Now, time to make access for plugs for lamps.

We did not put the plywood on the bottom of the lowest shelf.  No one can see under it, unless they get on the floor.  

We love them.  They add so much character to the room and actually make it look bigger.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A little rain will fall ... in your den

Our normal weekday morning routine is that my husband will be the first one to get up, he lets out Sammy and Layla, and then makes the coffee.  All the while I roll over and turn on the TV for the morning news and then whine constantly about not wanting to get up.
While on the morning of Thursday, February 5th, normal routine started, but as soon as my husband made it down stairs with the dogs, he came running back up stairs and made a mad dash to the boys bathroom.

I sat up in bed and said, "what is wrong".  John said "It is raining in the den".  Well me being myself.  I did not believe him.  I jump up and went down the stairs and turned the corner into our den and yep. Walked into an inch of water.  It WAS raining in 5 yes 5 places from our ceiling.  

Come to find out the boys toilet was stopped and we did not know it.

So I stayed home from work that day to mop and mop and mop up water.  Also to dry whatever I could.  We called our insurance company and they told us to get in contact with Servpro.

We ended up with 10 fans and 2 huge dehumidifiers in our house.  It sounded like airplane engines going constantly.

The guys were really quick to start work, and I was trying to stay out of their way as they worked.  So I went to the garage to work on a belated Christmas gift for my oldest son JP.  His cornhole set  My husband came to find me and said " you just have to come see this".  I walked back into the den and they guys were literally pulling up the floor I had so loving just put down under 2 years ago.

Well so much for me staying in the room.  The guys wanted to know what was wrong and my husband told them, that I had installed all the flooring in the downstairs and could not watch them pull it up in under 15 minutes.

Before all the water, I had started to repaint our kitchen and den.  I love the Tuscan feel in the kitchen, but if something got on the wall and I washed it, well the glaze would come off.  Also the original paint on the kitchen walls was French Vanilla by Behr, had been on the walls for over 14 years.  So, it was time to re-paint.  I chose Antique Stone 347-2.  I have seen the Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict) use it and thought it would be a wonderful color in the house.  Well, I love it.

Of course, when you start in one place to "fix up" it slowly moves into several areas.  We also had to repaint all the walls in the den, where water had came down the walls.

More pictures to come.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

More Creative Ways to Upcycle a Picket Fence

With summer fast approaching, kids out of school and schedules changing. 
I love to create things at this time of year.

  And what better than to Upcycle Picket Fences. 

For which everyone knows I love to Upcycle and/or Recycle. 
To give old items a new purpose. 

Here are several more project that show different ways to be creative at upcycling Picket Fences.

You can click on the photo below to go my board and see all the wonderful projects.  Hope this gives you inspiration to upcycle your own items.



Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Changes In Our House and Building Furniture

This past summer, JP (my oldest) decided not to live in the dorm again this year, but to rent an apartment with some friends of his.

So, one day as we are talking about him moving into this apartment.  JP ask me to make him a bed and some other items for the apartment.  His bed from his bedroom here at home was just a frame, but he wanted a "real" bed for the apartment.

So we looked through the internet and Pinterest and came across a Farmhouse style bed frame.

Here is the start of the head board and (below) the foot board.
Here are the post for the footboard.
The footboard all together.
The headboard and footboard.

Now the frame has been added.
She is coming along very well.
JP wanted it stained Dark Walnut.  I love it.

Now she has her side rails.

Beautiful.  JP worked for a summer camp this past summer.  So when he finally came home - two days before he was to leave for school.  We were able to surprise him with his bed.
Sorry for the blurry picture. 
But here is his room in his apartment. 
Momma had a hard time with this.  As he totally moved out of our house.
But I believe he loves his new bed.
I might have to make me one.
Thank you for stopping by.