Saturday, April 26, 2014

Kids Table & Chairs

I got a request for a kids play table and chairs. I was so excited because I had been wanting to try this project for a while. I decided to use the Clara table plans from the amazing Ana White! The only thing I changed were the legs - my friend wanted the legs slightly at an angle. Other than that I followed her plans and they worked out perfectly! I love how simple her plans are - building for dummies here ^_^

I thought it would be fun to do a gold dipped look on the legs of the chairs and table. Ta-dah!

Farmhouse Table

So I got a request from a friend of mine who wanted a farmhouse table for her dining room! We browsed Pinterest together pinning photos of tables she liked the best. She decided on a classic farmhouse table with simple 4x4 legs. She opted for the breadboards on the end of the planked table top. Here it is being put together - first I built the apron then attached it to the table top boards.

Next came the breadboards...and a whole ton of sanding haha. 

She wanted creamy white legs with a tiny bit of distressing. *Ignore my messy shop please...I plan to clean it soon...really.* ;)

Ikea Rast Hack Copy Cat

Hello everyone! My mother-in-law has been in search of nightstands for quite some time and wasn't having much luck finding something she loved. She asked me to help and I immediately hit up Pinterest for some inspiration! I stumbled onto a few Ikea hacks and fell in love with the Ikea Rast dresser hack from TheTurquoiseHome. If only I were as creative as that! My blog should be titled big fat copycat... *wink* Now Ikea is just under 3 hours away from me...sigh. But thankfully I was already planning a trip that weekend so it worked out perfectly. Here are the dressers before...well sort of. As usual I got ahead of myself and started working before I took a before picture haha...

Materals I used:

Lattice  - 9 pieces at 8ft 
Wood glue
8 ft of baseboard
2 - 1x4x8 for planked top
1 - 1x3x6 for planked top
(or any combination of scrap wood you may have laying around)
Paint, stain, etc.

I am not the best at taking in-between pictures but I did manage to snag one!

After this came several coats of paint, some glazing, and polycrylic to seal and protect. Since i needed 6 knobs for each nightstand I knew it could get pricey! Enter Ebay. 99 cent knobs plus free shipping. ^_^ 

And here is the finished product!

Now my mother-in-law needs matching bedside lamps to make it complete :) 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lucy Dresser

I had been on the hunt for a small chest to use in my entry way for a while! I had this empty wall that was really needing some love. :) I have this slight addiction to browsing craigslist on a daily basis, but sometimes it pays off! I scored this beauty for $60! It did take me over half an hour on good ol' Kentucky backroads to find the place....but still. I was a happy girl!

I had some leftover paint I had used in my office and decided to use it up. Sherwin Williams - Valspar vanilla bean! Its such a soft yellow... I just love it.

I wish I had taken pictures while taking the THREE layers of veneer off the top of this dresser....can you say nightmare? I finally stole my husbands hand planer and that seemed to do the trick. Here it is with a stripped top and one coat of paint. I stained the top with Minwax Special Walnut ( I think...hehe) and distressed the dresser for an antique look. I sealed the top with Johnson's Paste Wax. I have since discovered Annie Sloan's wax....I don't think I'll ever use paste wax again!!!