Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stairs Reveal


It is FINALLY here. After soooo long my stairs (well, the ones going to the family room, the other ones going upstairs are still waiting for the makeover) are D.O.N.E. It was work but it is soooo worth it. Remember I told you about the process here? Well, we just finished them last week. Here they are:




Wall color: Maison Blanche by Sherwin Williams

We also changed the carpet to laminated flooring. We used Traffic Master laminate flooring from Home Depot (99 cents a square feet, yeah!) because it was a great deal and had great reviews. So far it has been great. We also did our family room. Remember the inspiration? Stay tuned because the reveal is coming soon! ;-)


I don't know if you noticed, but the stair railing also got a makeover! I stripped the glossy finish and sanded it really good. Then I applied two coats of Varathane gel in Dark Walnut. After it dried I applied two coats of Policrylic. It used to be the oak orangey look.
Hello there gorgeous!
  (did you notice the big bag of  Hot Wheels tracks upstairs? ha ha)

Since I forgot to take a picture of the "before" these stairs with the carpet are the ones going upstairs (we have a tri-level home) but they are actually the same, just opposite directions)
What do you think? quite a change, huh! The most important thing is that I do not have all that horrible accumulated dust and junk in our carpet. My oldest son is allergic to dust mites and this helps a little.The cons is that some dust does show on the dark wood. I love it though!


Now we get to do this AGAIN!!!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

For the Soul Sundays


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Garage Sale Table Makeover


I found this table at a garage sale for $15 and it was love at first sight. I saw it and I immediately envisioned how I would paint it and distress it. I needed a table for out living room and this was perfect.

I cleaned it really well with soap and water and let it dry outside. Then I primed it using Zinsser BIN primer.


I let it cure for 24 hours. I painted it using some leftover paint that I had, that happened to be Rustoleum white semi gloss paint.
I then applied dark stain that I had from painting the bathroom cabinets, it comes in the Rustoleum's Cabinet Transformation Kit, but any kind of stain would do. I applied a generous amount using a brush and then I wiped it off using a cheesecloth.
I let it dry and then I distressed it using a fine grit sandpaper. I cleaned it good and applied two coats of Policrylyc, sanding and cleaning in between coats. I actually let it cure in the garage for a week before bringing it inside and decorating it on top. One tip: if you don't know whether to use Polyurethane or Policrylic keep in mind that Polyurethane yellows over time if the surface is white...I found out the hard way! So I use Polyurethane for surfaces that are painted with dark colors. If I use chalk paint, wax is the best.







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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pillow Makeover Using Curtain Fabric

Since we got new couches in our family room, the pillows we used to have do not match the cottage-y decor we (well, I) want to archive. I had to get creative and used a curtain that I bought in the Goodwill (for less that 2 dollars I think) which is really good quality fabric for really cheap! This is a great trick, in the linen section at the Goodwill they have linens that maybe you would not use in your home but they can  be great fabric for projects, and this also for clothes! Remember my old shirt pillow slipcover for mt daughter's room?

The striped pillow had seen better days and it has stains...
The process is pretty much self explanatory, but since we have three little angels running around in our house and making messes, I wanted to make it easy to remove so I can toss it in the washer to keep it clean.
I laid the fabric on the floor and put the pillow on top for measurements. I made a fold in the middle, kind of looking like an "envelope," folding one about 3/4 of the way and the other one only 1/2 of the way, in this manner:


Then I cut and pinned so the fabric would not move while sewing:


I sewed both sides:



Turned it inside out:


This is what I looks like!! What I love the best is: perfect seams that I did not have to do since I used the seams from the curtain that were professionally done!
I inserted the pillow and then she looked really pretty.





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Friday, August 16, 2013

Stairs Makeover, Part 1

We have been going through a lot of changes in our home. We have been living here for almost 9 years and I have to say the carpet is in pretty bad shape, especially the carpet on the stairs. We decided that carpet and kids do not go together so we are slowly getting rid of our carpet throughout the house.
The plan consisted of using the underlying wood and stain and paint it, but of course it was not like that. We discovered the wood underneath was in pretty bad shape, and even though I tried my best to patch it, it did not look right. So what we did is we bought pine treads at Home Depot and also pine risers, they are pretty inexpensive, about $7 each. We sanded and sanded and stained the treads with dark walnut stain.
Here are the stairs before:


 Here is my husband removing the ugly carpet, it is a lot of work and they had like million staples under the padding!

Here is how they looked after we were done removing the carpet:


See the wood? YIKES!


We sanded and stained the treads, and primed and painted the risers white:


Here we were presenting the layout (see the first step on the bottom). We just nailed the risers to the existing ones and glued the treads using super super super glue.


My husband also decided to do a stair skirt trim (thanks honey) and he did a great job, he used inexpensive MDF and patiently drew a pattern to cut that fit perfectly on the stairs. Before installing it we primed and painted it white and also applied two coats of high gloss polycrylic to everything.
We are almost done! Stay tuned for the reveal! It looks awesome!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Family Room

We are in the process of redecorating or family room. We have wanted to do this for the longest time. Now it is finally happening since we definitely need to remove our carpet. It is really old. We are going to replace that with laminate flooring in the entire house, and we will say goodbye to carpet forever.
I love the online board Olioboard, in which you can design online how you would like the room to be. I know what I want and I have in mind, but I struggle to put things together. Now that I envisioned what I want, it is time to start working. Of course none of the stuff in the pictures will be purchased, but it will be made by me ;-) since all of this is unbelievable expensive. This is what I have in mind:
I would say my style is french country-cottage but with some color. I do not like everything white, even though I love neutrals. My style is more neutrals with a pop of color. I love rustic, distressed furniture and patterned fabric, including french script. A month ago I got some couches at Craigslist that look like the one in the picture. I am planning to find fabrics close to those in the picture (and if I do not find them, I'll stencil them!), and everything else will be OK with a coat of color. I love this look!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Easiest Lollipops!

My kids were getting a little bored and we needed something to do on that gray, rainy day. I saw this on Pinterest and I knew I had to give it a try: Jolly Ranchers Lollipops!! (from Miss Information Blog)
All you need is:
Candies, sticks (we did not have lollipop sticks and used craft sticks), aluminum foil, cooking spray.
First, preheat the oven to 200 degrees, I made the mistake to burn the candy first on a really hot oven! Put aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and spray it with a little bit of cooking spray.
Take pieces of candy and align them as you like.




Bake for about 4 minutes, please turn the oven light on and watch them carefully. While they are still melted, insert the lollipop stick into the candy. Let cool.


Ta da!

The kiddos approve!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Antique Buffet Makeover

I found this buffet on Craigslist about a month ago. It was love at first sight. I had been trying to find something like this for my living room, but they tend to be expensive since they are old. I found this one for a very reasonable price and I did not have to think it twice.

  Apparently the family had a cat that scratched the legs pretty good. One of the knobs was missing. My first thought was to try chalk paint. A good friend of mine tried Annie Sloan chalk paint and she told me that there was no prep, just paint...my kind of job. This buffet was so dark that I decided to prime it anyway. I cleaned it first really good first, then I filled the scratches with wood filler and sanded it using a fine grit sandpaper. Then I applied a coat of primer, I like the BIN or BONDZ primer by Zinsser.


It was harder than I thought...this has so many crevices that I had to make sure everything was covered. I tried using regular paint and THERE WERE SOME STAINS COMING THROUGH THE PAINT! They must have used a very good dark stain on this piece! I primed the stains again using BIN and problem solved. I then got the Annie Sloan chalk paint in pure white and applied two coats. Let me tell you, my friend was right. The paint sticks like glue and distresses wonderfully. I used a very nice brush for this. After I let it dry I applied one coat of the Annie Sloan clear wax, then distressed it a little bit, cleaned it and applied a second coat of wax again. I let it cure for 24 hours and then went shopping for some knobs.
I found these at the Hobby Lobby that were 50% off...yay!

These were the results:




Here is a closer look of the distressing:






I loved the results. Chalk paint is a keeper!

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