Farmhouse Table Part 2

Friday, March 30, 2012


After we finished priming and painting the frame of the table, we began to work on the top. First, we had to determine what pattern we wanted for the top and we settled on 2 x 6’s that run the length of the table and 2 x 8’s  on each end. We used the framing to screw all of the boards into place.

The next part was our least favorite - sanding. I do not recommend sanding anything in an apartment (because of the noise and the mess), but considering we didn't have any other option we just went for it. As you'll see below, our kitchen counters accumulated quite a bit of dust and we had to clean multiple days thereafter as the dust settled.
On Monday, I will post the third and final post for the table!

Peak Farmhouse Table

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Our dining room table has quite a story behind it...
Between various trips to furniture stores and finding inspiration through blogs, my husband and I decided to try our hand at building our very own farmhouse table.  One blog I found that was a great source of inspiration was Little Bits of Bliss.  I came across this post where she described how they created their own farmhouse table using a base from a table they already had and adding a planked table top. My husband I decided to use a combination of her instructions, guidance from Ana-White.com, and trial and error!

Our very first step was looking for a table and we finally settled on one we found locally on craiglist. We removed the top and decided to just use the base and add boards to create a plank effect for the top. Above is the picture of the beginnings of our dining room table.


Now the building part began... Step one was to create a stronger frame that would be able to support the weight of the boards and also allow the boards to be fastened to the frame throughout the top. We added 2x2's to span the width of the table and countersunk screws into the sides. Next, we had to fill in the holes with wood putty and sand them down along the sides to create a smooth finish. We then primed the entire base of the table.

DIY Art

Monday, March 26, 2012


Looking for an idea for an easy piece of artwork using things around the house? Well, that's what I needed when I was decorating our guest bath.  Being on a tight budget, I decided to create my own piece of art using the shower curtain as inspiration.

Supplies:
  • 2 Different Size Bowls
  • 2+ Different Paint Colors (preferable matching the room you're using it in!)
  • Plate or Container for the Paint (will need to be able to fit the bowls)
  • Cardstock Paper
  • Frame (I bought one on clearance at Target or you can use one you have)

Instructions:
First,  dip the the rim of the bowl into the paint and then press it firmly on the paper. Sometimes I would do this twice so it would have multiple rings. Then repeat this step alternating between the colors of paint and the different size bowls. There isn't a pattern, so just have fun with it! In the end, we have a fun piece of art that cost us less than $5 and took very little time to complete. Use your imagination, you could do this with squares or whatever size containers you have in the kitchen!

Sending Cards & Letters

Friday, March 23, 2012


Writing letters is something that I've enjoyed doing since I was a kid, which fortunately goes hand in hand with my love for stationery. Between gifts, purchases, and working at Hallmark, I have a nice collection of cards and paper that I store in two boxes. I have one box that has cards sorted by occasion and the other one has generic cards and blank stationery.  Although I have this nice system, too often the boxes are left untouched for months. One goal I set for myself this year is to send one card per week. The goal is really a combination of realizing that I have a lot of stationery that needs to be used and also the fact that sending a letter is a great way to maintain friendships from a distance. Plus, I have pretty much banned myself from buying any new stationery until I use what I have, so that is a pretty good incentive!

What about you? Whether you have gorgeous stationery stored away or you just want to pull out a yellow notepad and write a friend, we all have someone in our lives that would enjoy receiving a handwritten note this week.  Obviously, you could send an email, but who doesn't enjoy seeing something besides a #10 white envelope in their mailbox?  So get out some paper and write!  

Afternoon Sweets

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

While living in the DC area, my husband and I have tried to make the most of living here by being intentional about taking part in the usual tourist events and attractions. Just this past weekend we went downtown for the Cherry Blossom Festival. After taking a ferry ride to see the blossoms, we decided to spend the afternoon in Georgetown. Of course there are many options for desserts in the area, but we decided to try Baked & Wired, a local bakery and coffee shop.  The sign outside was quite charming and inside you were greeted with a countertop filled with cookies, cupcakes and other pastries.  There was a separate counter where you could get coffee, but in the 70 degree weather we decided to pass. I couldn't help but take a few pictures to capture the fun display and variety of options. I'll leave you with some pictures and will probably make you wish you had some sweets. Enjoy!


A Hint of Easter

Monday, March 19, 2012

It's hard to believe Easter is just around the corner. Although I don't go all out with full Easter decor, I do have a few pieces that I try to put out each year. It's actually funny because my small collection began when I was in elementary school. I am pretty sure that I am the only fifth grader to buy an Easter tree!  The other pieces came from gifts my parents sent for Easter and small purchases I have made along the way. 

Sometimes it's just nice to add a few simple touches to celebrate and remind us of Easter. The only thing I need to do now is dye some Easter eggs!



An Intro to Shabby Cheap

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What happens when you're unemployed for months and spend too much time reading blogs? You find a new hobby. Last year my husband and I started our adventures in refinishing and building furniture. He appropriately gave it the term of shabby cheap, so I found it only appropriate to tag these posts as such.

Before we invested too much time and money, we decided to start with something small. After visits to several local thrift shops we settled on an end table. As with most home projects, we had at least two trips to Lowe's or Home Depot before we finally got started. Our first step was to sand down the glossy finish to find out exactly what we were working with (we weren't sure if it was actually wood or not!).



After sanding, we painted a coat of primer and then a coat of white paint. Of course, we couldn't leave the gold drawer pull, so we switched it out with one we bought at the Restoration Hardware Outlet. The project didn't take more than a couple of days and in the end, we ended up with a lovely end table and a newfound love for shabby cheap DIY projects. And finally... the long awaited before and after photo!


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