Sunday, February 26, 2017

Antique Turned Wine Cabinet

I have had this antique sheet music cabinet for a long time.


I've used it for various kinds of storage over the years, but I've always wanted to revamp it somehow. I finally settled on the great idea of turning it into a wine bar/storage area. The first thing I did was pull off the back which was warped and rotten. Then I pulled out a few of the shelves to make room for some wine glass holders. I had to put a new back on. I chose to paint some bead board with a pop of color. Here's the result:

It works out great. I especially like how well it fits in this little space in the kitchen. I also like how nice it looks with this pallet wine rack my brother and sister in law gave us for Christmas.

What do you think? I think I love it. I also think I need a glass of wine to celebrate.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Guest Room Update

Last fall we switched our daughter's room and the guest room around. It took me forever to get things to what I consider pretty well finished in the room and even longer to get the whole thing actually cleaned all at one time. :) Despite that, the results are great and I'm so excited to finally be able to show them off.

The bed is pushed up next to the wall just inside the door. I did this because we don't have guests super often and I wanted to make plenty of space for the office portion of the room. The dark gray stripe on the wall was yellow when our daughter used this room. I opted to paint it a dark glossy gray to keep the wall color fairly neutral.

I used a small folding plant stand for a side table as there isn't much room between the bed and the doorway.

I love me a good artwork wall for a focal point. I had all the pieces on this wall already.
This shelf was in the room when it was Maddy's. I decided to leave it because it works so well in the space. (For those wondering, yes, I did take it down to repaint the stripe even though I was very tempted to be lazy!)
Here's the desk and work space. I'm pretty pleased with how this desk looks in the space. This was the desk in my office uptown previously. It fits really nicely in here.
I found the chair at a local thrift store. It's just the right size for the space, and it swivels. It must have been repainted by someone at some point, but they did a nice job. It's very light gray in color.

One of my biggest feats was probably reorganizing the closet! My Hubby cut an extra piece of closet shelf we had lying around and it helped immensely with the storage issues.
Another piece of furniture formerly from my office. It displays things pretty nicely along with the bookcases made from crates I snagged long ago at a garage sale.
That's pretty much the 360 degree tour of our guest room/office. I just hope I can keep it clean enough to actually work in here on a regular basis. Now, I'm off to drink some tea and edit future posts. Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Storage Crates

As a part of the guest room update, I needed some storage in the closet. I found some unfinished wood crates on sale at Menards and decided they would be perfect.

To finish them, I used a gray stain to make them look weathered.

Here's how one of them looks in its new home:

I think it's a great solution for the guest room closet. The stain gives just a hint of color while still showing the wood grain. I think I need to use this stain more often! I will be revealing the entire guest room tomorrow.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ceiling Fan Update

My husband recently put a ceiling fan in the guest room. It's a used fan, but it's a Hunter and really good quality. The only problem with it is that it looked rather dated. It has the 90's brass color and the shades were not really attractive. Here's what it looked like:

I apologize for the quality of these pictures. It was extremely difficult to get anything with the way the lighting works in this room.

I didn't mind the brass so much, as the room as some industrial notes. So, I opted to try changing out the shades and see what happens.

Such a difference with almost no work. I added a $2 bulb cage from the hardware store and an Edison bulb and look at the change!

I love the look!  It just goes to show you not every change has to be drastic in order to make a difference. I finally finished this guest room, so I will be doing a reveal of the whole space as soon as I figure out how to work my new camera flash. Hopefully, it will help these pictures turn out better.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pinspiration: Key and Sunglasses Drop Space

Hey y’all! I’m back!! I started a new full time job in December, and things have been crazy! I now have a daily commute, so time for projects has been limited. But, I do have a few new things to share and I’m hoping to post them all in a semi-timely manner!

I decided to start things off in this renewal of posting by starting with another Pinspiration for you. I saw this pin (a project by Gina over at Shabby Creek Cottage).

I thought it was a great idea since my hubby is forever looking for his keys. The instructions are pretty straight forward. I used a board from the Menards odds and ends bin ($1.79!) I bought the pipe straps and coat hooks there as well. I opted for 1 inch straps instead of the ½ inch Gina suggested, mostly because I like big sunglasses and I have many pairs. I liked the copper straps, but none of the coat hooks Menards had matched. Instead, I bought the cheapest nickel plated ones and spray painted them with metallic copper paint I had on hand. I think they match pretty well.

I ended up painting my board off white and then dry brushing it with gold chalk paint. I think it turned out pretty good. It's got just a hint of a metallic sheen. Here’s the final project all loaded up:

And here it is in the entryway next to another former Pinspiration project:

What do you think? I think it was a fast, easy and satisfying project. Don’t settle for dull, live a refinished life!

p.s. Sorry the pictures are a little dark and off-colored, I tried multiple ways to get these to turn out, but I've never been able to get decent pictures in my entryway! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The First 2015 Holiday Projects!

I'm so excited for Christmas this year and all that it entails. I posted about my office decorations a few days ago. I've also gotten a few holiday projects done so far and I love them!!! Both projects involved cutting vinyl on my Cricut Explore.

First, is a jingle bell shadow box. This one is so fun.

I also did a reindeer name sign. I've been admiring similar ones on Pinterest and the like for some time now and I finally made one for myself.

Have you started any holiday projects yet? Now I just need to finish cleaning my house so I can put up the rest of the Christmas decorations. I have the tree up and decorated, but that's as far as I've gotten.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Office Holiday Tour

I have started decorating for Christmas at home, but I only have the tree done so far. My office, however has quite a few up. So, I thought I would share those.

This year, I went with a theme for the tree.  I decided to go with the song "Sleigh Ride." 

Half view of the front of the office:

Here's the whole front view with a panoramic picture. It distorts the space somewhat, but gives a good idea of what is placed where. 

The waiting area chairs with some little trees.

I found this lovely iced garland for super cheap at the thrift store.

It's hard to get a good picture through the window due to the reflection, but I have a little bottle tree display along with a sleigh.

A little twig and light display:

More trees:

Coat hook snowflakes:

I love Christmas decorating so much! I can't wait to decorate the house and show it off! More holiday decorating to come!

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!