The Re-Refinished Table- ORC Week 5

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ahhhhhh! It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, which means the big reveal is next week! I’ve made good progress over the past week, but I’m still nervous about finishing on time.

OK, let’s talk about what I finished this week and what’s still left to-do. My boyfriend mounted the metal cup rack on the wall and now I just need to fill it up with my ironstone cup and creamer collection. I also patched up the nail holes in the wall and touched up the paint. I love the cup rack, but I think the wall needs something else…it’s never ending!



I also hung some artwork, although I consider this more of a kitchen project than a dining room project. BUT since this is all one space and I don’t want to write a post just for 2 small canvases, I’m sharing them here. The basil and rosemary pictures are from HomeGoods ($16.99/set) and I love how they (plus the roman shade) add a little color to this previously white and boring space.



My biggest project this week was re-refinishing the tabletop. I had to sand the hell out of the top to get the new and old stain off. I’m SO sick of sanding! Once it was finally all sanded down, I did the same white wash/stain treatment as before and it turned out nice, but didn’t match the bench…whomp whomp whomp. 



It think the amount of white in the white wash and the amount of drying time changes the finish from being either distressed gray or distressed brown. So, I applied another coat of white wash and stain…and it turned out better, but it's still a little lighter than the bench (although it's hard to tell from the pictures). At that point, I was so over it, so I decided to call it good. I sealed the set with some matte poly to protect the finish I worked so hard on.



Now I just need to move everything out of the garage and set it up inside the house. So I’m doing pretty well on the big projects, but I still have to figure out the accessories and finishing touches and that part always takes me forever to put together… OK, let’s take a quick look at the to-do list: 


Buy farmhouse table and matching bench
Refinish table and bench tops
Paint table and bench legs?
Sell old table on Craigslist
Buy 2 wood dining chairs
Paint dining chairs?
Buy 2 upholstered captain’s chairs
Buy/Hang ironstone cup rack
Replace light fixture – maybe?
Sew faux roman shade/valance
Touch up paint

Accessories/finishing touches 


If you need to catch up on the previous weeks, you can see them here:
Week 1 – Dining Room Mood Board
Week 2 – Furniture and Deliveries
Week 3 – Progress?
Week 4 – Finished Roman Shade and Stained Bench


And don’t forget to check out the official participants here and the other linking participants here. There’s some serious talent in both groups!



Roman Shade and Bench Perfection - ORC Week 4

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It’s Week 4 of the One Room Challenge! Only two weeks left until the big reveal! If everything goes well over the next couple weeks, I’ll be fine, but I had a pretty big fail this week and it’s thrown me off my game a bit.

Let’s start with the good news:

The cup rack that I ordered is going to work on the wall! I had to turn all of the metal pegs by hand (my hand still hurts), but I’m so happy my plan worked out. Now I just have to figure out how to hang it…


In other news, I finished the roman shade for the backdoor window! I used this video tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens. It was not as easy of a project as the video made it seem, but I love how it turned out and I love that it actually works and we can close it if we need to. The fabric is this ikat print from Zazzle. 


The bench is officially done and the finish is perfection! I’m thrilled with how it turned out! I used this method from Thrifty and Chic to get the weathered wood look and it was so easy. 


And now the bad news, the finish on the table is not perfection. It’s a streaky, splotchy mess! I must not have sanded the table top well enough or evenly, so it turned out terrible. Now I have to start over and I’m pretty bummed. I just hope that when I re-do it, I can get the finish to match the bench.


In order to finish in time, by next week I need to have the table re-stained, hang the cup rack, patch holes/touch up paint on the wall, and sell my old set, so I can bring the new one in.

OK, let’s take a quick look at the to-do list:

 
Buy farmhouse table and matching bench
Refinish table and bench tops
Paint table and bench legs?
Sell old table on Craigslist
Buy 2 wood dining chairs
Paint dining chairs?
Buy 2 upholstered captain’s chairs
Buy/Hang ironstone cup rack
Replace light fixture – maybe?
Sew roman shade
Touch up paint
Accessories/finishing touches


Don't forget to check out the Week 4 progress from the official participants here and the other linking participants here

Or if you need to catch up on my One Room Challenge progress, follow the links to read Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3!



Dining Room Progress? - ORC Week 3

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yikes! The One Room Challenge is half over and I’m definitely not half finished with my dining room. I’m starting to feel the time crunch! On the plus side, all of the large pieces have been ordered and have been delivered/are scheduled to be delivered this week. The cup rack is scheduled to be delivered this week…although, I’m still not sure if it’s going to work on that wall or not. If not, I have a backup plan, but of course that means another project will be added to my to-do list. Hopefully I can make the cup rack work…

I also ordered a pair of upholstered chairs for the ends of the table. They are actually the same chairs I ordered the first time, but a different color fabric. I think the charcoal will be a nice contrast with all of the white furniture and won’t look completely out of place because our sectional is a similar color. The chairs are scheduled to be delivered today.


In other news, re-staining the dining bench has been more difficult than I thought it would be. I sanded it down over the weekend and started to re-stain it, but hated the color, so I had to sand it down again and try again. I spent a lot of time this week researching different finishes, so I have a new plan now that I’m going to try this weekend. Right now it just has a coat of Minwax Weathered Oak.  



I also put the dining table together this week. I had originally planned to just work on the bench in case I messed it up. I figured that way I could still return the table and only be out like $50, but I decided to go all-in and work on both at the same time. I’m mostly worried if I do them separately, the finishes might not match and I don’t want them to look wonky next to each other. In the picture below, the table has the original finish and the bench has been sanded plus one coat of stain.


So yeah, not a lot of progress…I’m definitely starting to worry, as per usual with the ORC. In order to get back on track and meet the deadline, by next week I want to have the table and bench stained, make an official decision on if the cup rack will work or not, and finish the roman shade for the back door.

Oh, and thanks for all the feedback on painting the table/bench/chairs! Most of you suggested waiting until everything is put together and living with it as-is for awhile before painting anything. I think that’s pretty solid advice, so that’s my plan for now. OK, here’s the official to-do list: 

Buy farmhouse table and matching bench
Refinish table and bench tops
Paint table and bench legs?
Sell old table on Craigslist
Buy 2 wood dining chairs
Paint dining chairs?
Buy 2 upholstered captain’s chairs
Hang ironstone cup rack
Replace light fixture – maybe?
Sew faux roman shade/valance
Accessories/finishing touches 



Don't forget to check out the official participants here and the other linking participants here! There's some really talented people out there and I'm getting excited to see the finished rooms!


Spring Cleaning: Pantry

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I’m officially in spring cleaning mode! A couple weeks ago I cleaned out the master bedroom closet and this past weekend I cleaned out the pantry. If you are a long time follower you might remember when I cleaned up my pantry a few years ago, if not you can see the before/after pictures here…you can also see a picture of Ringo with his head in the dog food bag and a teeny tiny Abby puppy. I barely remember her that small…Anyway, this is what my pantry looked like after it had been cleaned up 3 years ago:


This is what it looks like now:


Yep, the mess (plus 3 years worth of random purchases) has taken over. It’s not nearly as bad as it originally was, but it could definitely use some spring cleaning/organizing. I decided to work shelf by shelf, so I started by clearing each shelf and then wiped it down. Then I just sorted everything into keep, donate, and trash piles. It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years! As I put the “keep” things back I tried to organize them on designated shelves and containers.


I ended up with a big donate pile and filled quite a bit of our trash can too. I found a lot of food that expired in 2013…I’m so glad that the pantry is finally clean, but man, that was a lot of work. It took me about 3 hours to clean/organize everything! I was exhausted by the time I was done. It was worth it though – look how good the pantry looks now!


 
 
 
Now that it’s all clean, I’m inspired to finish up the room. I just need to find and hang some hooks and maybe a cute print? My to-do list is short, so this should be finished soon!


Furniture and Other Deliveries – ORC Week 2

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Packages are arriving and my to-do list is growing with each delivery…First, let’s talk about the dining table and bench. I ordered this Better Homes and Gardens table from Wal-Mart and this matching bench. They are the perfect size and the price can’t be beat (about $200 after tax for both pieces). So far I’ve only put together the bench, but I’m happy with the quality. I don’t love the light wood top, so I’m going to sand and re-stain it.


I also ordered a pair of dining chairs to go opposite the bench. They are the ‘Safavieh Eleanor X Back’ chairs from my mood board and I love them. I got them on sale from Overstock, but they were still more than the table and bench combined. Oh, and I have a quick tip if you plan on ordering from Overstock or Wayfair – make sure you price check both sites and Amazon! When I ordered these chairs, they were $80 more on Wayfair! That’s a big price difference. Amazon was the most expensive in this case, but in the past they’ve been the cheapest (example: my entry bench).


So here’s the problem – everything is a different shade of white…and not in an intentional and cozy layered way. A lot of the other white furniture pieces in my house are different shades of white, but they are pretty similar in color, so it’s not too distracting. Plus they aren’t right next to each other, so it’s not that obvious. Unfortunately, the table/bench and chairs are vastly different shades and it’s even more obvious when they are together. So my options are:

1) Paint the table, bench, and chairs the same shade of white
2) Paint the table and bench light blue, then paint the chairs white
3) Leave the table and bench as-is, but paint the chairs light blue 
4) Leave all of it as-is and just deal with it


Decisions, decisions…It’s hard to tell in the picture below, but they really are all different shades of white.


In other news, I ordered a cup holder wall rack from Décor Steals last week. I’m hoping it’ll be here in time, but shipping from there always takes FOR-EV-ER, so we’ll see. I’m also not positive it’ll work in that space. I really need a short and wide rack, but this one is skinny and tall. I’m hoping I can either flip it or make it work some other way. If not, I’ll put it elsewhere and come up with a different idea for decorating the wall.

http://blueeggbrownnest.com/decor-steals-design-ingenuity-event-wall-mounted-drying-rack/


I also received the fabric that I ordered to make the valance/shade for the back door. This was my first time ordering fabric from Zazzle, but I was impressed with their selection and quality. Oh and for full disclosure, I was provided a gift card to buy fabric and create a project. I’m still trying to decide what type of valance/shade I want to sew for the window.


Oh, and I did order a pair of upholstered chairs too, but I didn’t like the color of the fabric once they arrived so I returned them to Target. Oh, and a quick side story: I was at Target a couple days after I returned the chairs and I saw the box of chairs for sale in the furniture department. As I looked for the price (out of curiosity) I noticed a label on the side of the box that had my full name and address on the box. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but I was kind of pissed that my personal information was left on the box and put out for anyone to see. Granted, I should have checked the box before I returned it, but I think Target should have also checked and removed my information. So my PSA for the day: Make sure you double check your box and remove all of the address stickers before returning something to Target. And yes, I did stop and rip the label off myself.


So basically my story for week 2 is that I spent a lot of money, but don’t have any progress to show yet. This week I’m hoping to get the tabletop and bench sanded and stained, so I can start using them and sell my old set. I also need to make a final decision on what pieces to paint and I still need to find a pair of upholstered chairs

Before this gets any longer, let’s take a peek at the to-do list:

Buy farmhouse table and matching bench
Refinish table and bench tops
Paint table and bench legs?
Sell old table on Craigslist
Buy 2 wood dining chairs
Paint dining chairs?
Buy 2 upholstered captain’s chairs
Build ironstone cup rack
Replace light fixture – maybe?
Sew faux roman shade/valance
Accessories/finishing touches


Oh, and don't forget to stop by Calling it Home and check out the other linking participants' progress!



Front Porch Refresh

Monday, April 6, 2015

Today a few of my blog friends and I are joining together to share some outdoor inspiration. Now that spring is here, I think most of us have outdoor projects on the brain. We are planning a huge backyard landscaping project soon, but we need lots of help and equipment, so today I decided to focus on the front porch instead. Curb appeal is so important and our house is seriously lacking it. One of these days I’m going to repaint the brown trim, but I have to get HOA approval first and I really don’t want to deal with that nonsense. Someday…

Anyway, today I’m sharing a quick front porch refresh that I completed over the weekend. For reference, this is how our front porch has looked ever since I took down the Christmas decorations at the beginning of the year.


Yeah, so pretty much nothing except for a winter wreath, door mat, and one weed that survived the weed killer.

I started by switching out the wreaths. I’ve used this yellow flower one for the past 2 spring/summers and it’s still in pretty decent shape. I think it'll survive one more season. It was originally from HomeGoods. I also bought a new door mat from Target. The door mat in the above pictures is actually pretty new, but after reading this "Decorating Don'ts" post from Jamiee Rose about door mat size, I decided to switch it out with a larger one. And she is totally right because the larger size does make a big difference!


I wanted to add some color, so I planted a variety of flowers in pots from Wal-Mart ($18/each) and placed them flanking the front door. It looks so much more welcoming!


One day I’d love to add a small bench to the porch. Maybe that should be my next building project!

 
 

For more outdoor inspiration, be sure to visit the lovely ladies below:

Decorating Delirium
A Small Town Rambler
This Crazy Thing Called Life
Glamista Home


Dining Room Mood Board – ORC Week1

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy One Room Challenge Day! I’m so excited to join Linda and the other participants in this 6-week room makeover madness! I’ve participated in the past 2 challenges and I can honestly say that my laundry room and master bathroom wouldn’t look nearly as good if I hadn’t joined the ORC. It’s great motivation! Make sure you stop by Calling It Home and check out the other linking participants!

http://www.callingithome.com/

OK, let’s get into the room plan! I’ve decided to makeover my dining room for this challenge. Some of you might remember that I shared this mood board a couple months ago, but I haven’t made any progress since then. I figured the ORC would be just the kick in the pants I need to get moving!


As you can see, I don’t have a separate dining room. There’s just a space between the living room and kitchen. This picture shows the space in relation to the other rooms.



I don’t dislike anything about this room, but I’m ready to change up a few things so it’s more my style. I think sometimes you can get so overwhelmed by ideas on blogs and Pinterest that you can end up with a room that you like, but isn’t really your style. I think that’s especially true if you are a new home owner and don’t really know your style yet…at least that’s all true for me.


Anyway, the black pedestal table and chair set is from Wal-Mart and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It’s held up really well over the years. My only complaint is that black tables are impossible to keep clean! They show every little crumb. Anyway, other than the table, I haven’t done much to the dining room space except add a couple pictures from Hobby Lobby (I painted the mats and frames).



I put together this mood board to help pull of my ideas together and set a clear plan. Of course all of the items and finishes are subject to change, but this is the general direction I’m heading:

 I’ve always loved these farmhouse style tables, but I didn’t think I’d have room for a rectangular table in this space. I was wrong…that’s why you should always measure. So, my plan is to buy a farmhouse table and matching bench. The rest of the seating will be a mix of chairs. Right now our table only seats 4, so it’ll be nice to have the additional seating.

On the wall, I want to hang a cup rack for my ironstone tea cups. I’ve amassed quite a collection over the past couple years and would love to have somewhere to display them. I think this will end up being a DIY project. 

Right now we have a ceiling fan in the dining space, but I’d love to replace it with a beautiful fixture. I love the idea, but I also love ceiling fans in the summer. I know they are terrible design wise, but they are so practical…especially in hot climates like Phoenix. So I’m kind of undecided on replacing the fan or not…

Lastly, I want to sew either a faux roman shade or just a valance for the window in the back door. Right now it just has a cheap mini blind that’s missing a few slats. I think that bright fabric will add some fun color to the space.

If you didn’t feel like reading all of that, here’s the plan in simple to-do list form:

Buy farmhouse table and matching bench
Refinish wood table and bench tops

Sell old table on Craigslist
Buy 2 wood dining chairs
Buy 2 upholstered captain’s chairs
Build ironstone cup rack
Replace light fixture – maybe?
Sew faux roman shade/valance
Accessories/finishing touches


Let the challenge begin!

Sources:
China Cabinet / Light Fixture / Cup Rack / Fabric / Dining Chairs / Striped Upholstered Chairs / Dining Table / Dining Bench / Lavender Arrangement




Spring Cleaning: Master Bedroom Closet

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to start cleaning and organizing! Actually, it’s felt like spring in Phoenix since like February, but I’m sure those of you still dealing with snow don’t want to hear that. Just like I don’t want to hear about your nice weather this summer when I’m dying of heat stroke in Phoenix. Anyway, I’ve decided to start working my way around the house to clean and organize some our messiest spaces. I decided to start with my closet because it’s completely out of control and I’m sick of dealing with the mess every morning.

If you are a long time follower you might remember that I’ve cleaned out my closet a couple times before…the mess just keeps coming back! Plus I have a “no more hangers” shopping rule, so once they fill up, I have to clean out my clothes before I can buy anything new. I’ve officially hit that point. Anyway, this is what my closet looked like before I started cleaning/organizing:

 
 
I started by sorting through my shoes and picking them all up off the floor. I bought a lot of boots over the winter and as you can see, they all ended up in a pile on the floor. I put those and the rest of my shoes away in their boxes plus bagged up some shoes I no longer want. You can actually see the floor now! Yay!


Next I went through my clothes. I tried to be pretty ruthless and only keep things that I love. Harder said than done, but I made great progress. Here’s my donate pile!


And after all of that, here’s how my closet looks now. Oh, and look closely in the mirror, you can see Ringo sleeping on our bed:


So much better! It really didn’t take that long either. I got all of this done after work one day before starting dinner. I probably should have done this months ago…story of my life!

Are you doing any spring cleaning in your house? I still need to clean out the pantry...


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