Thursday, April 16, 2015

Built-in Wall-to-Wall Window Bench and Plate Rack : One Room Challenge Week 3

I'm always racing against the clock to get my One Room Challenge posts up on Thursday!

This week was a busy week for my husband.  He almost finished our wall-to-wall window bench and plate racks.  He redirected the floor vent so the air/heat will now come out a grate in the front of the window bench.  All that's left is filling, caulking, painting, and adding in the plate rack guards.  We have something special planned for those and I can't wait until they're in place.

This week I hope to start painting our hutch and buffet and my husband is going to pick up drywall and crown molding to address the nasty textured ceiling situation!

Last week I shared the rest of our plans for the space AND hopefully we'll get to all of them.

Ready to see how the other participants rooms are coming along?  Stop over at the One Room Challenge weekly link party to check them all out!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dining Room Progress and Plans : One Room Challenge Week 2

A week has already flown by in the One Room Challenge!

Last Thursday I shared before images of our dining room.

Over this past week I have continued to gather inspiration and hammer down our plans for the space.

(Please be courteous and click through to Pin images from original sources.)

I would love a rustic table with white top to pair with our dark bentwoods.

via Light Locations
Grove House Holiday 5
via Heather Bullard
Bead board backed plate racks are happening!

The buffet and hutch are going to be painted in Layla's Mint, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.

Layla's Mint Collage

I'm obsessed with using Iola Rose wallpaper somewhere in the room.


I would love to strip down our bench and give it a worn weathered look.

Lydia Bench
Lydia Bench via Ballard Designs
These beautiful soaps have inspired my color palette.

via Varpunen
We gathered supplies this week and began working on our massive wall to wall window seat/bench and plate rack built-in!!  I had a chance to pencil out the exact layout of the plate racks and hubby built the bench and rerouted the duct work.

Here's the only picture proof I have of the project so far.

That's the front of some wall to wall seating, right there!

We're on our way!  Lots left to do but progress has been made.

Now, don't forget to visit all the other One Room Challenge rooms over at Calling It Home.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

One Room Challenge: Dining Room Makeover

What time is it?

Makeover time!

Today starts the beginning of another round of the one and only One Room Challenge.

What is the One Room Challenge you ask?  It's a six week event hosted by Linda of Calling It Home where bloggers and designers around the web completely overhaul a room in their home.

We joined in the One Room Challenge for the first time in the fall when we tackled our boys' shared bedroom.

It was so great to set a timeline for finishing their room.  It gave me the motivation to get. it. done.

This time around we're going to tackle our dining room!  I have big plans. BIG!  So big we may or may not get done in time.   Consider this your advance warning...we may need to go over the six week timeline.  

Did I mention I'm also training for and running a race the first weekend of May.  I'm not a runner, never have been, but I'm doing it!  I'm joining up with a team of 11 other DIY bloggers to run the American Odyssey Relay.  Or team captain Cassie got us all together and as a team we'll be running a total of 200 miles from Gettysburg to Washington D.C.

Crazy right!?

I may be insane to pile the ORC on top BUT I need the motivation.  I have tons of ideas now it's time to get moving on them.  I haven't put together an official design board yet.  Hubs and I are still discussing and hammering down the details of the final plan.  I'll update you when we do.

Today I'll leave you with some before images of our space.  Keep in mind that the room was full of boxes and junk until two weekends ago when I needed the space to host my sister's baby shower.  We moved in at the end of August and haven't worked on this room at all.

 Lots to do!!

Don't forget to stop over to the Once Room Challenge link up to see the other rooms being worked on.

I'll keep you posted on how we're doing!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vintage Floral Oil Painting Inspired Dresser

The fireplace in our house at one point had a fire downdraft.  
It charred the inside of the fireplace as well as the decorative wood beam at the mouth of the fireplace.  
One day, when I was cleaning up around the fireplace, I had the thought that Miss Mustard Seed's Typewriter Milk Paint is a dead ringer for soot.  
I'm not sure why my mind constantly weaves crazy winding webs, but while I was on the track of comparing Typewriter to soot, my mind then jumped to comparing Typewriter to the deep dark waxy looking background of many vintage floral oil paintings.
I knew then that I was going to recreate a vintage oil painting on a dresser.
The only basic requirement was that the dresser needed to have a flat front.
Thankfully, we were given a dresser a few weeks prior that would work perfectly.

First, I printed out a picture of the floral oil painting I fell in love with when I created our kitchen design board.

We swapped the original dresser hardware for inexpensive wood knobs and after painting the dresser with 2 coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter I projected the image onto the dresser.  

I penciled out the form of the original painting and then mixed up some colors with basic acrylic craft paint.  I painted as I mixed, only swapping out or fully cleaning my brushes between the vase, petals, leaves, and flower centers.  I liked the varied colors and textures that came about by dipping my brush in different colors while leaving the last stroke's color underneath.

I sealed the piece with two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly.  It gave it a truly authentic "oil painting" luster.  The milk paint chipped to perfection only adding to the vintage feel of this piece.

If you are local and interested in purchasing this dresser it is available for purchase at Cassie and Sarah's Sweet Clover Barn Sale.

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