From Trunk to Table!

I mentioned in passing in this post that we are in the process of redoing our master closet. (Yikes, that was a month ago and we haven’t made any progress since!) But we do have the carpet out of there!

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But one positive thing in starting the closet makeover is I had to totally clean it out! And if you remember the pictures from the Under the Staircase Closet , then you know just how much stuff might have been in the master closet!

Back in one corner, under a couple of pillows, bags, and purses, was this trunk that I bought at a garage sale several years ago. Not much to look at, but still in decent condition. (even after two moves) I was using it and another oversize tub to store pictures and scrapbooks. I was able to sort through the pictures (discarding duplicates), throw out old photo albums from the ’70’s, and just get rid of some stuff! What was left fit into a small storage box that now sits on a shelf in the closet!

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So that left me with an empty trunk once again. And this is what I did with it.

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I turned it into a super cute table with storage!

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It was a pretty simple project. I did the usual primer and paint steps. After it was completely dry, Mr. drilled holes in the bottom and hammered threaded inserts in the inside of the trunk for the legs .

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To keep paint from getting all over my hands while painting the legs, I poked holes into the bottom of some cheap plastic cups. I was then able to screw the legs into the holes and viola…instant “keep paint off my hands leg holder thingy”!

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I cut off the old handle, wrapped jute around a piece of cord, and hot glued it in place. I thought this gave it more of a coastal look.

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I plan on using it as a coffee table and storing a couple of light throws and maybe the various remotes we have in it.

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Y’all have a great day!

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Entryway Makeover: Keeping Memories Alive

WARNING! …if you don’t like painted wood, don’t read any further! There, I warned you.

This piece started out as a 1935 era Singer sewing machine, which belonged to my paternal great-grandma. I remember making Christmas stockings on it when I was in grade school, in the early 1970’s.

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When my great-grandma passed away, my Mamaw inherited it, and around 20 years ago…I inherited it!

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The cabinet looks in good shape and all in the above picture, but let’s take a closer look…

At some point, the flip lid had been wet and the wood warped and mildewed. Mamaw had covered it with contact paper and this is what it looked like when I took the paper off. Yuck!

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I’m not sure what this was, (and I don’t think I want to know) but it was not having any part of coming off!

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And this was just years of wear & tear, dirt, and who knows what all!

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After three hours of removing screws and hardware, I ended up with this.

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Since the top was pretty much a goner, Mr. cut a new top, I sanded it, and put a dark stain on it. (pretend you don’t see a baggie on my hand! We ran out of gloves!)

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We set up a painting area in the garage for me to spray paint the metal frame. I’m not sure how well everyone else can spray paint, but it’s like a fog storm when I spray paint!! I then put a coat of primer and two coats of Behr Youthful Coral on the drawer boxes and drawers. You might remember that we used this same color in “The Closet Under the Staircase”. You can read about that makeover here, here, and here.

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I painted the side of the drawers white so they would look pretty when pulled out. And the ornate work on the sides of the frame really popped once we painted them white!

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My entryway has been bare and boring since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. But no more!

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And of course, we always have to have that before and after shot!

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I’m super thrilled with the finished product and with my entryway all together! Instead of just being pushed into a corner and gathering dust, I’m able to use my desk everyday and enjoy the memories of where it came from!

Y’all have a great day!

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“Be~You~tiful” Jewelry Vanity

My daughter was given this secretary desk a few years ago but has never had the room for it in her apartment; therefore, it has been stored in our garage this whole time. And since I have been looking at several different ways to store my jewelry, I thought this little desk would fit the job!

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But it wasn’t in the best of shape. In fact, it was in pretty bad shape! I removed the drop down piece entirely, as the wood veneer on the front of it was peeling off and it would have caused more damage if we had tried to remove it completely. (we tried…no success) And due to the fact that it is so extremely humid here, one of the drawer shelves had completely fallen off. So after quite a bit of wood glue and wood filler, Mr. used clamps to hold everything in place and we left it to dry overnight.

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Once it was primed and painted, I made a pattern on the computer and printed out what I wanted to paint on the desk part of my vanity. Talk about nerve-wracking!! I’m not a fan of painting words, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

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I changed the original wooden knobs to a simple, brushed nickel for the top drawers and glass knobs for the lower drawer. I then had to decide what to do with the drawers. I used cord piping and velveteen fabric and made a ring holder out of one of the top drawers. I cut individual pieces of the cord to fit into the drawer, then wrapped and glued each piece with fabric. Then I glued each one in place in the drawer.

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And viola…ring holder!

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I then made a template for the large lower drawer and cut velveteen to fit into it to hold my bracelets.

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We’re in the process of doing a master closet makeover and I’m hoping to make room in our closet for this. How awesome will it be to have my jewelry right there while picking out my clothes for the day!

Of course, we have to have a before and after shot!

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Y’all have a great day! And remember to always “Be You”!

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Upcycled Kitchen Island

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!

I’m back after a three month absence and have lots to share with you, and am so excited about the first project I have to show you!

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If you read this post, you’ll remember this initially started out as a four drawer chest of drawers that somehow ended up looking like this after our move from Oklahoma to Houston!

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Not wanting to give up on using this piece somewhere in our house, I moved it into the kitchen and laid the leftover piece of quartz from our countertops on top of it. I wanted to make sure there was enough room in the kitchen and to see if we would really use it enough to justify a kitchen island. There was and we did!

So I got to work! I removed the front piece between where the top and second drawer should be and the bottom trim piece. They didn’t fit the look I was going for.

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I then had to fill in LOTS of scratches, dings, and holes with wood filler; even rebuilding a corner that had been knocked off on one of the drawers. Mr. added beadboard to the sides and back that was leftover from our backsplash we installed back in February. He also cut out a shelf to go above the top drawer.

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I primed and painted the chest and the drawers with a white enamel and added hardware that matched our kitchen cabinets. I painted the outer sides of the drawers a fun color (same as the kitchen desk) and lined them and the shelf with the cute paper that I’m lining the bottom kitchen cabinets with. We had the edges of the quartz top smoothed & polished and glued it on using Liquid Nails.

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But who knew that the little towel rods on the sides would be the hardest items to find! I wanted something that wasn’t big or that would stick out. We went to several stores with no luck! I searched online with no success! The closest I had found was a special order drawer pull at Home Depot for $20! That was what I had paid for the entire chest at the auction!! We finally found what I was looking for at Ikea. Two for $7.99! Score! They were perfect to hang my towels Mr. bought me in Galveston!

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This gives me a place to store my plastic containers and lids, my crock with my cake decorating spatulas, a few of my cookbooks, and those cute whale measuring cups that my daughter gave to me at Christmas!

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And one more look at the before and after.

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Y’all have a great day!

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Capiz Shell Chandelier

As some of you know, Mr. and I recently returned from a cruise. At breakfast on the last day,  we sat with a couple we didn’t know. After our good mornings, I asked, “How are y’all?”. The gentleman immediately replied, “you must be from Oklahoma or Texas”. (he was an Oklahoma transplant originally from California)  I love living in an area where someone knows where you are from by just saying one word! And if any of y’all are wondering….yes, we are! Born, raised, and lived in Oklahoma until 10 months ago when we moved to Texas!

Mr. and I are still trying to recover from our vacation and get back into the swing of things. He really dreaded putting on slacks and socks yesterday, instead of shorts and flip flops! Five years ago, you would have never caught Mr. in a pair of flip flops. But now-a-days, they are a way of life! And that is the atmosphere I’m hoping to create for our home here in Texas. Relaxing, fun, and beachy. So this weekend, we worked on a lighting project for the hallway between our bedroom and the guest bathroom.

A couple of weeks ago, I was at Home Goods and I saw a tea light chandelier made out of capiz shells. Absolute gorgeousness! The only thing is, I didn’t buy it. That is a huge mistake I have made in the past at Home Goods. If you see ANYTHING that you think you might want, you MUST buy it right then! Why, you ask? Because it will be gone when you decide that you really do want it and go back for it! This has happened more than once to me. Anyhoo, a few days later, I saw this on Pinterest and was completely ecstatic!!

Capiz Shell chandelier

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/139752394660153981/

I’m thinking, “Oh my gosh, that’s the light at Home Goods with directions on how to turn it into a light”! Then reality sets in and I remember I didn’t buy it! But in the back of my mind I’m kind of thinking it might still be there. I make a mad dash to Home Goods with no such luck. But I did get a really cute orange, wire basket for my laundry room! As I’m checking out, I decide I’m going to try one more store and see if they might have one. So off to Katy I drive, which is about 30 minutes away. And lo and behold, THEY HAD ONE,,,,AND a little one to match! And what’s a girl to do when she finds two capiz shell, tea light chandeliers? Buy both! Which is what I did. When Mr. got home that evening, I showed him my prized possessions of the day and how we can make them into chandeliers.

So this past weekend, that is what we did. This is the light that we started with. Ugly and boring, right?

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We used the directions from the above pin from Pinterest just as a guideline, as Mr. used different items to mount the light socket inside the chandelier.

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We started by removing the tea lights from inside of the chandelier.

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Mr. used a crossbar with two mending brackets on each side to screw the metal rod into. (the rod is from the old light fixture that we removed and painted silver before using) He wired the light socket and threaded the wire up through the rod. (Mr. is an electrician by trade, so we used a brand new socket and electrical wire) He then zip tied the crossbar to the frame of the chandelier. (be sure and pull the ties tight and trim the excess)

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We pulled the wires through the ceiling canopy and tightened it to the rod with a washer and nut. Mr. wired the light in the ceiling and attached the canopy to the ceiling.

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All in all, it took less than two hours from start to finish. I’m so excited about my new light.

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I love the design it showers on the walls and ceiling at night! Sort of like a disco ball, don’t you think?

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It’s not U..G..L..Y any longer!

We had a good visit with my mom last week. We went shopping for curtains for her living room, but ended up with only a valance for her kitchen window. Spent a day in Galveston, eating lunch and going to a big, tourist, gift shop on the beach…Murdoch’s Gift Shop. I love touristy shops! I’m a sucker for ’em and all the stuff in ’em! I bought the cutest shell mobile for my kitchen.

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I was finally able to get my table and chairs finished for the breakfast area. Spray painting and the Houston humidity does not jive well together. Especially in August!! I painted the table inside the house but spray painted the chairs in the garage and then put them outside in the sun to dry. It was overcast and every time it would start sprinkling, Mr. and I would make a mad dash to get them back inside the garage and then back outside to dry in the sun.  This went on for several hours.  But I am sooo happy with the outcome. The color is Glidden Canary Song and I finished it with MinWax Paste Finishing Wax.

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I bought the table and three chairs at a junk store in Oklahoma and the bench came from IKEA. I had already started priming the pedestal when I remembered that I needed to take a before picture! I still need to find some fabric and make cushions for the chairs and bench. I’m thinking something colorful and cheery.

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Phase 1 of the Kitchen makeover is complete. And what a difference paint makes!!  The kitchen was “U..G..L..Y!!!  You ain’t got no alibi. You UGLY!!” (those who watched SNL in the ’90’s will understand my little UGLY cheer) ;0)  The wallpaper was blue with mauve roses & light green leaves, cabinet hardware was gold (which matched the hardware throughout the house), and the diamond, backsplash tiles were dark green!

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The upper cabinets were in decent shape, but the bottom ones had mild water damage. (looked like the previous owners would hang wet towels/dishrags over the doors to let dry, so the finish was coming off) The electric cooktop had also seen better days, as all the coils were sprung. Therefore, all the oil would stay on one side of the pan, which meant you had to cook on one side of your frying pan! :0) Of course the new cooktop wouldn’t fit in the old hole. So with a little painters tape and a saw, Mr. cut a bigger hole and installed a new ceramic cooktop.

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But the real change came with the paint.  We painted the cabinets in Valspar Enamel white, the walls in Valspar Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue, and the desk in Valspar Nautical. We changed out all the hardware (pulls, hinges and door knobs) to a brush nickel finish.

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I’m still up in the air about what type of countertops I want.  I know I want a light grey color, but can’t make up my mind whether I want grey stone or concrete countertops. But for now, I’m pretty excited about how it looks so far!