Sittin’ Pretty! A Highchair makeover.

16 Aug

I love Luke’s wooden highchair. It fits snugly up to our kitchen table and doesn’t take up tons of space in our cozy eat-in kitchen. I also love the fact that it fits with our decor! However, being that it was a thrift store find it had some wear and tear. I thought it could use a face lift so I went to work fixing it up.

Here is what the chair looked like before (sorry about the fuzzy picture, I shot it quickly at night before I started the makeover).

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I decided to just paint the top and leave the legs as is. I wanted to leave some the original finish because I liked the warm wood tones in the kitchen and it kept some of the original charm. I used some leftover yellow paint from the garage and mixed up some chalk paint from the DIY recipe I posted about before (see here for recipe).

Here is what it looked like after the paint job.

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Then to add even more cuteness, I decided to paint the back top panel with chalkboard paint and write Luke’s name on it.

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Now Luke is sittin’ pretty in his newly designed highchair!

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I think he likes it.

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Until next time, Katrina

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DIY Chalkboard Pendant Banner

16 Aug

I ran across this chalkboard pendant banner on Pinterest and thought it was a genius idea.

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A pendant banner for every occasion! Simply decorate the pendants with chalk to match your party theme and “BAM” custom pendant banner.

With Luke’s first birthday coming up, I wanted to try to make my own DIY version. I hit my local party supply store and picked up a cheap pendant banner. The style didn’t matter because I was going to paint it. I picked up this simple blue pendant banner for $4.99.

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 First, I cut off all the blue fringe and started painting with some leftover chalkboard paint I had in the garage.

Here is what it looked like after the first coat.

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It was a little streaky, but I knew the next coat would fix that. I also remembered to peel the pendants up off of the plastic drop cloth after each coat, in order that they would not stick later.

Oh yeah, and I saved all the “blue fringe” I cut off earlier for DIY confetti for the party.

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I then covered up the blue ribbon that attached all of the triangle pendants with black and white decorative washi tape. I did this on the front and back to cover all sides and to cover the sticky back of the washi tape.

Here is my final product.

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I wrote “The Big 1” on the pendants in white chalk. This banner would be perfect to hang across the front of a high chair for a babies first birthday or across the front of a buffet table at any party. I think I will hang this in the background of Luke’s first birthday photos to remember the occasion.

I think I could paint my whole house with chalkboard paint :)! Ok, maybe not the whole house but I do have a few more projects in mind for the rest of my quart.

Until next time, Katrina

Oasis Blue, Benjamin Moore?

14 Aug

Well, some of you asked before about the paint color on my third floor, 

Here is a shot of it going up the second set of stairs. This is pretty true to color on my monitor.

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(via Young House Love)

It is suppose to be Oasis Blue that I had color matched in Olympic paint from my Benjamin Moore paint deck. At the time I thought it was a pretty good match, till I saw this photo below of the same color in another house.

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(via Decor Pad)

It seems much brighter and more intense here. So either this picture is over saturated or my color match didn’t turn out that well. Hmm…

The point is I am loving this color in the kitchen above and have been eyeing it for awhile. I just thought it was hysterical that it was actually the color I already have. Now to find a place to add this color and get it in Benjamin Moore paint this time to see if it turns out well.

Until next time, Katrina

Ikat Lovin’!

12 Aug

Still percolating my entryway makeover project. Last night I found a BEAUTIFUL ikat stencil from Olive Leaf Stencils. I immediately had a “duh, why didn’t I think of that earlier” moment. I have been wanting to add wallpaper to the entry for a long time but did not want to pay the cost of wallpaper. This is the perfect solution!

Here is what the entry would look like with the stencil (well kinda). Image

 

 

I like this idea better than the stripe (see my previous post here for my original “Makover” post where I describe the stripe idea). However, both options are great ideas.

The ikat will work perfectly here because I do not have to stencil the entire wall, just the top. I am not one of those people that can stencil an entire room and keep it straight and perfect!! No REALLY, I am NOT! GREAT DIY TIP: Keep it real! Don’t start a project that is beyond your skill level and you cannot practically accomplish. You will only leave frustrated. Attend some classes and get some knowledge to expand your skills. However, classes aren’t going to fix my “can’t keep it straight” problem. I have learned this the hard way. (Shrug) No one is perfect and I am ok with that :)!

Also, get the correct tools! I also found a great stencil level on Etsy here: CuttingEdgeStencils. This should (fingers crossed) help keep this project on the up’n’up!

Here is the entire stencil in full view. Isn’t it great! They offer a lot of amazing stencils on this site, so go check it out if you are looking for unique “wallpaper” stencils for an upcoming project. Image

 

Until next time, Katrina

Board and Batten Research

9 Aug

I’ve got a lot going on today; a little shopping, babysitting, cleaning, having friends for dinner…. and finally researching how to install board and batten. So I thought I would post the tutorials I am reading over. 

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The first tutorial is from Remodelaholic, where they share how to properly space the boards.

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The next tutorial is from Young House Love. It is a very through tutorial for simple board and batten.

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The next tutorial is from Saw Dust Girl, where she describes how to deal with outlets during the process.

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The Turquoise Home links to a bunch of helpful board and batten tutorials here.

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Another nice tutorial from Suburban Spunk, where they clued me in that I could get the boards cut at Home Depot at no extra charge! Wow, did not know that.

Welp, I’ve got a lot of reading to do to get my entry makeover started. If you are researching board and batten too, I hope this post helps. If you have installed board and batten and have any tips, please drop in and comment.

Until next time, Katrina

 

DIY Chalk Paint Experiment

7 Aug

I have been reading a lot about chalk paint recently (I know I am a little late on the band wagon). I decided to try it out for myself. I went with a DIY recipe made from supplies I already had at home for a couple of reasons. First, I didn’t want to pay for the paint, and free is always better. Second, it was a spur of the moment project and I didn’t want to wait for the paint. Sometimes impatiences works out and sometimes it doesn’t.

I grabbed a bucket of leftover paint from the garage and some baking soda from the kitchen. I went by a recipe I found on Pinterest: 1 cup paint, 1/2 baking soda, 3 tbls. water. I dumped it all in a solo cup (I didn’t want to wash anything afterwards except the brush of course :)) and stirred. Here is a glimpse of my supplies.

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Pretty simple so far.

I decided to try a couple of different ways to use the paint. First on upholstery. I have read that you can paint upholstery with chalk paint. I thought, “Well you can actually paint anything with chalk paint but should you?” I have tried painting upholstery before and it didn’t turn out well. It was hard and crusty and uncomfortable. I wanted to give it one more go just in case.

I decided to paint my ottoman. It was on clearance due to a ink mark on it. Since I brought it home it has experienced many spit-ups and other various baby spills. In other words, it has seen better days. Also, it was not exactly a color that I loved, a boring beige.

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I also decided to paint the legs on my white wingback chairs. They were a Goodwill find that I had reupholstered. I didn’t mind the wood tone legs but I thought it may be fun to change them.

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(via Young House Love)

I simply painted just as normal. After the first coat I was a little scared. The baking soda seemed to be flaking everywhere, rolling up as I brushed.

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Yikes! I didn’t give up though (well it was really too late for that).

The next day I finished the second coat. I am pretty pleased with the result.

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The paint on both pieces has a soft and ultra matte look. The ottoman looks so soft! You ask, “But is it really soft?” Well….., NO. It isn’t soft. I have plans to keep working on it. The flaky baking soda went away during the second coat and then I sprayed it with a coat of scotch guard to kinda seal it. It isn’t bad for something you put your feet on but I wouldn’t sleep on it (luckily I don’t have to). This may be a temporary redesign for this ottoman. I just spotted a new fabric outlet near my house today so there may be plans for a slipcover in its future. However, I do actually like the result for a free and easy project. The chair legs turned out perfect. I never had any doubt that they wouldn’t.

So here is a before:

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(via Young House Love)

and After:

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After the result I decided I needed to bring some of the gold accents and warmth of the wall decor down to the ottoman. So I did a new vignette on the ottoman,

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Welp, that it my DIY chalk paint experiment. Over all I would give it an A-.

Until next time, Katrina

Entry Makeover (Not a perfect picture)

6 Aug

Musing over the idea of making over the entryway. I have been thinking about this for awhile, so I thought I would put my photoshop skills to work to help me picture what the new entry would look like.

Here is the entry now.

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(via Young House Love)

Here is what it would (kinda) look like if I added board and batten and a horizontal stripe at the top.

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What do you think? I like it! Now if I could only photoshop some time to do it 😉

Until next time, Katrina

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Color Splash Painting Tips

6 Aug

I am helping a friend choose paint colors today for her house, so I have paint on my mind. I have posted painting tips before but I was watching this episode of Color Splash recently and picked up another great tip. When painting with light gray, always go with a matte finish or it could come off as a metallic silver. Now I always recommend flat paint anyway because it makes your room feel larger, but I had never thought of how a shiny finish could make a light color look metallic. Later in the episode there are more tips on how to apply paint. I was not really a fan of the design in this episode, but it was still full of helpful tips.

The Kitchen (What you didn’t see)

5 Aug

Recently you may have seen my “house crash” on Young House Love. I was so thrilled to have them over to my home and they did an amazing post about the highlights of the townhouse. However, in order to hit all the highlights and not make the post WAY too long, they didn’t show you everything (I don’t blame them, just to clarify). So I thought I would slowly go back through the house and show you some of what you missed in more detail (and straight from the horse’s mouth). Today I want to show you the heart of the home and the most dramatic change, the KITCHEN!

Below you see a before of the kitchen. This is right after we closed on the house and before we moved in. You can see I am testing paint swatches on the cabinets already. We bought the townhouse with the intention of rearranging the kitchen to make it an eat-in kitchen. In the before shots you can see that there are a lot of cabinets (in my opinion over-kill) and not enough floor space for a table.

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This is where the builders intended the table to go, underneath that chandelier. However, I didn’t want to share the living room space with a dining space. Why? Well, first of all I felt like that made it feel like every apartment we had lived in so far and I wanted it to feel like a house. Secondly, the space just wasn’t big enough for both spaces, and I always opt for more living space and less dining space.  Image

This is after we ripped out some of the cabinets on this wall. The plan was to move the fridge over here. Image

Now you can see the after. We moved the fridge into the corner from the other side of the room. We painted the cabinets, replaced the hardware and the floors. We replaced the appliances from white to stainless. We also replaced the counter tops.Image

I eventually want to raise the look of the cabinets by adding a header to the top and some crown molding. However we haven’t had a ton of time to make that happen, so for now I put a salvage find up there. It brings your eye up to the ceiling and kinda has the same effect as a header would. I also like that it adds personality to the space. I love old crusty relics!

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Here is another view of before. You can see the builder grade cabinets were not a good look. The floors were filthy and in desperate need of replacing. Also, my least favorite thing in the house, the pass-thru window, just made me frown. I personally hate pass-thru windows – another thing that I feel looks like an apartment. (Side note: my hate for pass-thru windows has recently been replaced with the fact that they are convenient for keeping an eye on my son. I still don’t like them and would rather open the wall up but it is load-bearing so that can’t happen.)

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Here is the after! Yeah, I hated my pass-thru window, so I decided to make the best of it and make it my own. I started by painting the stripes. Then I added the glass jugs and burlap curtains. I actually really like it now.

You can also see below a better view of the counter-tops and a new shiny faucet. In order to contain clutter around the sink, I purchased a cute galvanized container from Target (meant to be for flatware). It holds all the uglies that live around the sink.

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(via Young House Love) 

Here is a view of the other side of the kitchen. This is where the fridge used to live. There was also a pantry. Image

We ripped the pantry out!

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Now here is the after, with our found space for an eat-in kitchen nook. We built a banquette for lots of seating in a tight space. We also recovered our loss of storage from the remodel by adding IKEA shelving that wraps the side of the kitchen.

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(via Young House Love) 

I put locker baskets with burlap liners on the shelves to hide the stuff inside. However, so I know what is up there, I put chalkboard tags on them (I was thinking with my noggin’ :)) The chalkboard tags allow me to change what is labeled as the storage needs change.Image

Now for a few detail shots.

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 (via Young House Love)

My favorite accessory. My duck decoy!Image

More jars for pretty storage.

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That is the story of our kitchen. I hope that this inspires you to think beyond the floor plan and make your space function for you. I love our kitchen and it is finally a welcoming heart of the home.

Until next time, Katrina

It’s that time of year again! IKEA…

4 Aug

Yes, my Ikea catalog has arrived in the mail! I love to sit down and flip through pages and pages of inspiration that I can actually afford!

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I am really liking how the latest catalog is laid out. It is really easy to find all the product this time. In the past I have found it hard to decipher the product out of all the room shots. While the rooms shots are very inspirational, it is hard to see all the products and how they are being used in the space.  This time they seem to have more pages of product and info, and less pages of rooms. I like a catalog that is somewhat in the middle, inspiring spaces and also enough info to shop.

So I wanted to share a few of the new items that really caught my eye.

ImageThis hutch is SO unique and yet functional. I love the classic white and the modern lines. I think this piece would be a great way to bring a traditional space to a more transitional look. You could make this piece REALLY modern or somewhat transitional depending on what you put in it.

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ImageI LOVE this chair. It is a little pricey for IKEA at $499, but the lines are fantastic and the fabrics go from fun, to sexy, to classic. YUMMY!

ImageA classic dhurrie rug, but at IKEA pricing! HELLO!

ImageI love the simple spiral detail on these wine glasses. An elegant and yet modern glassware.

ImageThis fabric is adorable and would look amazing as a quirky addition to a traditional space, or maybe in a nursery. SO CUTE!

ImageThis chandelier is stunning, and at $99 you can’t beat it anywhere!

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ImageI have a thing for wall vases. This one is so simple and petite and I love it! $9.99 for a simple update to your wall decor.

Welp, you’ve done it again IKEA. Well done, WELL DONE! Let me know what products you guys are lovin’!

Until next time, Katrina