Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Another Addition to the Ever Changing Breakfast Nook

I think I have a fascination with benches lately, with my Barn wood Bench and my Barn wood Stool. 
Since I made my Kitchen Table, we only had 4 chairs with the table.  Well, JP has come home from college on winter break, and had a Christmas Party with all his friends.  We had over 18 "young adults".  They were everywhere. 
Then we hosted my husbands side of the family for Christmas Day lunch.  The house was full again.  So I had an idea on how to make more room at the new table.


Here is the top of the bench.  I used left over barn wood for this project.

I also used left over 4x4's for the legs.  I also cut them at a 10 degree angle on the top and bottom.

I then attached the 4x4's to some leftover barn wood at the top of the legs.  Then turn the legs up on the top boards and attached them with screws.

I then painted the legs and used a mixture of vegetable oil and vinegar on the bench seat.  Then sealed with poly.

Here is the new bench.  I love it.  Too bad, I did not have time before Christmas to make bench.  Oh well.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Something Old is New Again

These are our chairs that match our patio table.  We bought the set many years ago.  The chairs were made from a type of plastic caning.  Over time they have dry rotted and started to come apart.  

As you can see, we could not sit in the chairs any longer. 
The other week, John and I were working in the back yard cleaning up limbs. 
John said he was going to take them to the dump.  I immediately screamed NO!. 
The frames are still good.   But did not want to throw them away.  I had thought about trying to find the old fashion webbing, but could not find it anywhere.  Then I thought about the new mesh material. 
Then out of the blue, John said "Why don't you throw some wood on it."
I could not believe I had not thought of it.  So..... 
So we took off the old seats and washed down the chairs.

I used 1x3 for the seat and back.  I also used 1/4 x 2 inch carriage bolts with a hex nut on the back.  Also used a 5/16 drill bit to drill the holes through the wood and chair frame.  They used poly on the wood.

Now I just need a chair cushion.  I love the set now.


Whose ready for  a cookout?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Barnwood Stool

What to do with left over barn wood?
Make a stool.  There was extra wood left over from
when I made my Barn Wood Bench.  So I thought
why not make a stool.

I used the extra pieces from the old fence post and one piece from the old beam.

I nailed and screwed everything together.
 Gave it a coat of Dark Walnut stain.
Then painted the base white.  Let it dry, then sanded.

I love my new stool.  Too cute.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Barnwood Bench

 One afternoon at my mothers, my husband and I were helping mow the yard and cut the bushes back.  I went out to the barn and found some wonderful treasures.
 I discovered an old beam from the barn, an old ladder, and an old fence post.  But the best find was an old board from my Grandfather's chicken coop. (the one leaning)

John (Darling hubby) and I have been wanting a bench for our bedroom.  To go at the end of our bed.
So I pulled together the old beam from the barn and fence post and some other wood from the barn.

 The beam was over 4 inches thick.
 Here is the bench all together. 

Now the bench is stained.  (Sorry about the pic.  It is very light)

After the stained dried, I then painted the base white.  After the paint dried, I then sanded down the base.

 Here is the bench in it's place of honor.  Then end of our bed.  I love it.  Plus it is a little bit of history from my family. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Decorating Bra's For A Cause

Who out there knows about Bra's for a Cause?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I have not had Breast Cancer, but I have had melanoma.  My father had melanoma, and 20+ years later passed away from colon cancer.  So my family is very aware of cancer and all about being preventative. 
At the local Hospital I work at, they sponsor an event called Tickled Pink.  The event is for women.  They have a silent auction and the Bra's for a Cause.  All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Awareness. 

 So a few co-workers (Robin, Joyce, Shantel and Angie)  and I joined in the fun.  Here are a few bras we decorated one night after work.

This one is Boo-Bee.

This one is Treasure Chest.

This one is Sea Cup.

Robin's daughter made this one.  It is called Cupcake.
Yes the names are cheesy, but fun.  This was so fun to work together and decorate the bra's.  The bra's will be displayed at our Mall for all who visit to vote on.  Then will be displayed at to the Tickled Pink event.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hometalk and DIY Desk Ideas

How many of you have heard about Hometalk?  If you haven't you seriously need to check it out.
It a wonderful community of homeowners, do it yourselfers and home improvement peeps who enjoy sharing ideas and advice about home and gardening.
There are all kinds of wonderful ideas, tips and tricks.  You can also share your own projects, as well as ask questions to the Hometalk community!
I just put a DIY Desk Ideas Board together and you can see it and follow me by clicking the image below.  


 Please come on over and check it out!
Hometalk Rocks!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Major Changes and nothing to do with DIY

Our family has had a few major changes this past summer.
From Senior Prom 2013

Will graduating Elementary School (5th Grade) and will be going to Middle School.

JP graduated as Magna Cum Laude from High School. 
(We are still not sure who he gets his grade point average from.)

 (JP has the bow tie on)
Family Vacation at the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
This is the view from our room, there was actually a wedding on the beach.

I am a lite sleeper and usually do not sleep in late, unless I am sick.  So I would go down by the pool and read while everyone else slept.  One morning my wonderful hubby brought me a cup of coffee.  Now that is service.  I love that man.
We also got to visit with my hubby's best friend, Chad.  We have not seen him in about 8 years.
This is Chad and Thersea (his Mom).  We spent a wonderful day at Lake Norman.

John and Chad.  A lifelong friendship.  We always just pick up from when we last saw each other.
Then it was time to take JP to Appalachian State University.

Here is JP in his ASU gear. 
I am so proud of the man he has become.
Brotherly love.  A little rough housing before JP leaves.
JP's last night at home, JP was finishing packing.  Around 1:00 am, I came in to check on him and this is what I walk in on.  JP telling his buddy Sammy bye.  It was a very sad moment.

Then when the Suburban was all packed. 
There was no room left.  
JP and his roommate David.  They are actually best friends.  David lives right behind us.  They have been friends since kindergarten. 
JP loves all things outdoors.  Within the first couples of weeks at college.  A bunch of them went hiking.  One of his friends snapped this photo.  Beautiful North Carolina Mountains.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Ever Changing Breakfast Nook

Many, many years ago, I purchased this round table and chairs from a furniture consignment shop.  The oak table top has taken some serious torture from my boys since it was purchased.  We thought about giving the set away several times and finding something new. 

 Notice the buffet on the left side.  It is also in the same light oak color.  Not so pretty anymore.

(see the pretty blue valances)

I then sanded down the table top, not sure of what it would do to the top of the table.  But once I started sanding, I knew it was going to turn out beautiful.  Then I cleaned the table based, lightly sanded then spray painted the table base.
For some crazy reason I painted the table base, chairs and buffet BLACK and dyed my curtains brown.  Which was fine for a while. But since I just painted my cabinets white, the breakfast nook was just too dark.
So fast forward a year and I decided to make a new kitchen table.  Due to my boys getting bigger, and we could not push the chairs under the table .  The table apron was too low.  Also since I move my pie safe into the kitchen, we could not get around the table very well.
This table was made from wood from my parents barn and several old fence post.
I also made open shelves from the same wood.  I love these shelves.  I found the idea at Keeping It Cozy
When I made the new table.  I also painted the buffet white.

Much brighter now.  I also took down the dark brown curtains.  I then made new curtain rods out of electrical conduit.  Then I purchased some white curtains from Ikea.  We also played switcheroo with the chandeliers in our house.  This one came from our Dinning room.  One of my neighbors gave us one for our dinning room. 

 Now we can travel around the table and can access the pie safe.  I love this piece, it was my Grandmothers (from my Mother's side).
I love my Breakfast Nook now.