Monthly Archives: August 2015

Easy Peasy lace curtains

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Easy Peasy lace curtains

As part of my summer diningroom makeover project, I needed some quick and easy curtains to finish it up. Our diningroom had shutters, so the purpose of the curtains was purely decorative. I wanted something antique and delicate looking, so I was excited when I found this lace at Fabricland…

  

I also bought these curtain rods, and clips which were both on sale.   

The rods and rings were just what I wanted, and for the right price, so I bought them, but the problem was that I wanted them to be silver, so I gave them a really quick sand wih some very fine sandpaper, broke out the silver spraypaint, and started spraying. 

To evenly coat the rings with the spray paint, I clipped them onto a roll of newspaper so I could spray one side, then flip them all over at once.  

And I gave the rods a quick coat of silver too.  The rings I bought open when you squeeze them, so I just had to sew a quick seam to turn under the top an bottom of the curtains, then clip them on! (I liked these so much I bought some more for another project… Will keep you posted)   I didn’t even measure, I just folded the fabric a few times and clipped the rings on the folds.   Then, I screwed in the brackets that came with the rods, hung them on, and popped them into place. Easiest curtains I have ever made… And cute too! 

Here they are, done and hung!   
   

As you can see, I tied them back, and my plan is to add a little hook on the wall to hold them back. I’ve added hooks to my list for the next time I am at Home Depot.

The last two little things I need to do to the diningroom is add the curtain hooks, and  I still have to attach the drawer pulls to the buffet…. But the good news is, the chairs are all done! 

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Diningroom is Done! 

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Diningroom is Done! 

 Yahoo! I am finally ready to share our new diningroom! If you follow my blog, I have posted a couple times this summer about how to refinish chairs and antiquing furniture, as this has been a summer long project….but now everything is done and I’m ready for the grand reveal!  I will fully admit that I did get a little carried away. I was just supposed to be recovering a couple chairs in June. But we ended up redoing the whole room top to bottom. This is what it looked like before…     It wasn’t horrible…It wasn’t my favourite room in the house, but I could live with it. But then, I bought these cool chairs! My plan was to paint and reupholster them, but they wouldn’t fit under my table! 

So I decided that we might as well update the dining room. I sold all of our furniture, including our table and chairs, as well as the hutch, (and most of the stuff inside of them too) and I bought this beauty of a table for $100 off of Kijiji….  

And was given this hutch that my grandfather made…  

Plus, I decided to keep the buffet from our old set. We still need storage for John’s frequent trips to Costco… So we had a hutch, table, chairs, and a buffet, none of which were the same colour, style or finish. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me, so I busted out my favourite Behr paint (cottage white)..

 Btw, am I the only one that thinks he paint colour names are important? John and I have an ongoing debate…

We sanded, painted, and antiqued the table…

  Buffet and hutch….

And reupholstered and painted the chairs…

We also repainted the dining room and I bought some fancy blue and white China…. (Ask me about that deal next time you see me…. Fantastic Facebook buy and sell deal… Thanks for hooking me up Marlee! -see I gave you credit this time!) 

And tada! (Imagine a drumroll here …….)

       

Still a couple details to finish, like sewing the table runner, and hanging the chandelier I bought….(another great facebook deal) I just have to figure out what the weight limit is for a standard chandelier… Any one know? 

 Anyways, I am really happy with the the way everything works together now. I think all the old mismatched pieces work pretty well together. The best part is that by the time I sold all of our existing furniture, and some of the stuff inside of the hutch, we ended up making over $1000 dollars! Not bad eh? 

We have also been working on redecorating Dylan’s room… Stay tuned for some great sports decorating ideas! 

5 Minute Watermelon Fruit Flan

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5 Minute Watermelon Fruit Flan

   

So I saw this picture on pinterest, and thought “we can do that” (which by the way, I think about almost everything I see on Pinterest) but the difference is we actually tried this one…. The boys were away all week at camp, and we thought they needed a special dessert to come home to.

We bought a plain shell from the grocery store, as well as some raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, chocolate chips, and vanilla pudding. I think you are supposed to use custard, but I couldn’t find it ready-made in the grocery store, and didn’t want to have to buy and make it from the powder, or scratch… So I thought vanilla pudding would work just as well!   

So, we cracked open two pudding cups and spread them around.   

Then we peeled and sliced some kiwi, and placed them nicely around the edge. It took two kiwis.   

Then we cut up strawberries and tried to place them so the skin was facing out.   

And we thought some raspberries would be yummy too, so we scattered them around.  

And we filled in the middle with strawberries.Then added chocolate chips for the seeds.      

The boys couldn’t tell that it was supposed to be a watermelon, but they were impressed anyways…I think it was easier to see the watermelon resemblance when it was sliced.    
And the most important thing was that it was yummy! 

Btw, I am just about finished the diningroom. Have also just redecorated Dylan’s room- working on a sports theme! Can’t wait to show you pics!

Antiquing furniture

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Antiquing furniture

I can’t believe it is August already! July has flown by as it usually does. I wanted to share with you what has been taking up most of my time in the last few weeks… Here is a quick update for those of you who haven’t read the last few posts of my blog…l bought these beautiful chairs on Kijiji for a great price…

  
I ended up getting a little carried away, planning to refinish some for the dining room, and also a couple for the family room, but I changed my mind on the family room and then they wouldn’t fit under the diningroom table. So, I ended up with a few extra. So, i refinished the ones I didn’t want, and sold them…. Here are pictures of the ones I have already finished and sold…

  

Made and sold two of these black and white ones…
Also made and sold two of these ones…  

Refinished and sold just one like this…  

And did two like this for John’s mom…  

And, after finishing this one, I decided that I really wanted to keep a few for the dining room….(By a few, I mean 8…. If you are counting, that is 16 in total! Lol)

  

So, as I already mentioned, the chairs didn’t fit under our table…so I had no choice but to sell my dining room table, chairs, and hutch... That makes sense right? Don’t worry, I am completely aware of how ridiculous that sounds… 

Here are a couple pics of the diningroom furniture I used to have…

   

And, here are some pics of the mismatched pieces I had to start with… A hutch that my grandfather made, which I really wanted to keep… 

  

A buffet that John’s parents gave to us when they moved out of their house (and I painted black)…
A table I bought off of Kijiji last week (pictured in the back of my van in pieces… What was I thinking?)    

And, eight of my chairs… Which I still need to finish… 

As you can see, none of the pieces are new (or even nice looking!), none of them even remotely match each other, and they all need to be refinished. Whew. (But, before you think I have totally lost it, by the time I have redecorated and have my completely new diningroom set, I will have made well over $1000 more than I spent… So hours and hours of work + old furniture + selling perfectly fine existing furniture = $1000!) im not quite so crazy now am I ?

I’m not ready to show you my new dining room yet, but I will let you in on the technique I used to paint all of the furniture. 

I started by sanding everything. Sounds like a lot of work, but I just sanded enough to take the shine off. I used a mouse sander, and just did a quick sanding. I am a loyal Behr paint customer. It is the only paint I use for furniture and walls. For these pieces I used the Behr paint and primer in one, so no need to switch paints. With most of the pieces, I did however need 3 coats of paint. You can see on the photo below what it looked like after the first coat, then the second coat.

  

I was debating whether I should antique all of the surfaces, but then as I was painting, I noticed a few places that the paint had started to already come off, like the hinges…  

So, I figured, rather that stressing everytime a chair bumped into the table, or one of the kids swung the door open too wide, I would just rough it up myself…so here is what it looked like with three shiny new coats of paint…  

Then, I gently rubbed off all of the spots I thought would be bumped and worn anyways with a piece of fine grind sandpaper (150 grit) this piece was the buffet that was black, so I sanded really lightly so I didn’t end up with huge black patches…  

My favourite parts to antique were the parts with the details, like the corners…  

Then, to make it look a little more aged, I used a light brown chestnut gel stain, and painted it in the cracks with a fine brush.  

Then used a cloth to wipe it off, leaving just a little in the cracks…    

Like I said, I have a bit more painting and stapling to do before I show you the whole diningroom, but I used the same technique for the chairs… 

 The table… 

 

And the hutch… 

 I also bought some antique looking types of drawer pulls and knobs. 

  

 But, that’s all you get to see for now… After putting in a few long days in a row of sanding and painting, my arms were aching, and I was starting to lose feeling in my fingers, so I got a lecture from my mom, and was told to take a break. (Thanks mom, love you for caring!) So, it’s getting done, but I’m paying close attention to my wrist and working slowly, just like my mom told me.

I will be sure to send you pictures of the whole dining room when everything is done!