Friday, February 26, 2016

Neutral Tufted Bench DIY (Sort of)

Let me start off by saying I had no plans to pick up a bench, to make a bench, nothing bench related at all. However sometimes things drop into your lap and you just can't help but to run with it! Am I right? Ok, here is the story. I was wondering around TJMaxx (a normal thing for me, lets be honest). As I walked though the area with the furniture I came across this bench. I have always loved them but I never want to pay the amount they go for. This was…..wait for it…..$17! Ummm what!? My first thought was what is wrong with it, and my second thought was just grab it and run. After taking a closer look I realized that it was that price because it had no legs with it. I talked to a sales associate and she told me that apparently they lost the legs somewhere in the warehouse so they were selling just the top of the bench. It was originally $35 (and I guess I am the only crazy one to want it) but had since been marked down even more. I decided to snatch it up and take it home with me.

Here is a horrible iPhone picture of the top after I brought it home. The next step was to pick up some legs.

I made a trip to Lowes to see what they had available. I was trying to make this as cheap as possible since this wasn't something I was planning on doing. I finally grabbed 6 legs, bare wood with the screw already in the leg. They were only about $5 each and with my military discount came to about $26 total. Lowes and Home Depot both offer military discounts if you didn't know! 

Since obviously the legs are a different color then the top I knew I would be painting this little bench of mine. I screwed the legs in to make sure I liked the look before painting. 

All the legs are different colors so I was painting this for sure. I already had chalk paint on hand so I went to town and had a little painting party by myself. A little HGTV and it goes pretty quickly. I did two coats and then let it dry over night. I then sanded down a few spots so it looked nice and worn and then sealed it with a little wax. Such an easy project! Before I show you the end result I wanted give you the total dollar amount and what these usually run for. I found the same bench on Overstock for over $200 and I only spent around $50 total for mine! I would say thats a win! 

Alright so here is how it turned out! I kind of love it! 

I am so glad I decided to grab that bench top when I saw it. I ended up with a one of a kind bench at a fraction of the cost! I wasn't sure where I was going to put this beauty and I ended up trying it at my dining room table. At first I wasn't sure but it is growing on me and I really like how it looks there at the moment. Who knows if it will stay there but for now I am enjoying this adorable bench. 

I hope this encourages you to look at pieces that might be broken or missing pieces and see past that. You can get a great deal on something because of those reasons! What do you think of the end result? Would you have snatched up the bench top with no legs like I did? As I say all the time I would love to hear from you! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Glider Chair Makeover

I haven't done a ton of DIY stuff on the blog and I am trying to get better at sharing things I do around here. I recently found this wood glider when I was poking around Goodwill a couple of weeks ago and I thought, you know, that could be a pretty easy makeover. It was marked at $25, which of course was was to much in my eyes so I asked one of the workers if they could go down on that and she gave it to me for $14! That I could handle so I happily brought it home. The wood color was not something that would fit in my home and it had no cushions of any type so I came up a plan. Paint (of course) and making a sort of cushion for the bottom. I will walk you through it all but first, here is what it looked like before I got my hands on it.

Someone decided this was his new bed at the time so sorry I didn't take a better picture without the pillow and blanket. You do get to see the color of the wood. In the picture below you can see the seat. Its just some fabric stapled over the springs in the chair.

 The first thing I wanted to do is paint it. I decided to try out Home Depots Chalky paint to see how it compares to some of the well known chalk paint. It worked pretty much the same except some of the paint discolored due to the finish on the wood. I am not sure if that would have happened with some of the better brands. Either way it wasn't bad for the price. Painting this thing was a bit of a pain. It took several coats and a lot of turning the chair in different angles to get to all the nooks and crannies!

Once painted I decided to make a cushion. I don't sew so the best way for me was to buy some foam and batting, staple that down onto the chair, then nail down fabric over that. So off to the store I went.

-Staple gun ( I already had)
-Hammer and Scissors (also already had)
-Foam cushion
-Fabric (I ordered an old grain sack off of Etsy)
-Nail heads

The foam was already the right size so I placed that down and then cut the batting to a little bigger then the foam so it would cover the foam completely. (Sorry about all the night shots, I do most projects in the middle of the night!)

Once cut I stapled down the batting to the chair. I actually ended up pulling some of these out when putting the nails in but it held it in place while I was nailing. 

I then cut the grain sack at the seam and then laid it out how I wanted it. I got a good deal on this one because of the stain on the fabric but I knew I didn't need that part so it worked out perfectly! I wanted the writing to show to add some character. I cut that to size (to fit over the batting and cushion).

I then nailed the tacks all the way around the border. Again, not a quick option. It took a little trial and error but I finally got it done. The best way was to roll the fabric up under the batting a little to make a clean edge and then nail it down into place. This was you don't see the threads where I cut the fabric. Its not perfect, not in a perfect line, but thats the beauty in it right? I wanted it to look hand done and fun, not perfect! This entire project was a learning experience! 

Finally the finished product! It took a bit longer then expected (like pretty much every project I do!) but I really like how it turned out. It is super comfortable to sit in, especially with the large pillow to lean against so all in all I think this transformation was a success. 

I picked up the chair to go in this spot in my house but since its a glider I am not sure its going to work here (not enough room for the chair to rock). After all that work I may have to turn around and sell it but it was a lot of fun to up cycle either way! What do you think? Would you do things differently? I would love to hear from you! Thank you so much for stopping by as always! You all keep me motivated to do the things I love and I appreciate every one of you!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Cozy Guest Bedroom

I am finally sharing a never before seen room in our house, the Guest Bedroom! I have gotten it to a place where I feel comfortable sharing it (I know, about time!). This room is bit different then the rest of the house. It is the only room that has color in it. Some of our old stuff has ended up in this room and it is still in pretty good shape so there is no reason for us to get rid of any of it. It works out nicely in this room. It also isn't the largest room in the world so its a bit hard to get pictures but here we go! 

The first thing you see when you come to this room are these adorable signs from Down Grace Lane. They are super adorable and great quality! I thought they would be perfect on the outside of the door to get that hotel feel. I used command strips to adhere them to the door. I love them! (She has some great signs if you are interested, look up Down Grace Lane on Etsy to see what she offers)

The focal point of our Cozy Guest Bedroom is the bed and the basket art above the bed. It took me awhile to figure out what to do over the bed and I finally came across this idea on Instagram and instantly wanted to try it. I picked up most of the baskets at thrift stores so this was a really cheap project. I love the texture it brings to the room.  

I kept the bedding pretty light and white. No surprise there that I like neutrals haha. The side tables are from ikea that we have had for a long time. I want to eventually get some bigger side tables but for now they will do just fine.  The bed frame is also from ikea and used to be in our master bedroom before we upgraded to a king bed. 

On the other side of the room are a few items that mean a lot to me. My dad built the ladder and crates for me and the painting over the shelves and under the mirror were painted by my grandmother. One of my favorite things to have are family items around my home. I also have some family pictures on the shelves along with a few things from our travels. 

For more art I printed out several photos I took on our travels. I like to dabble in photography so its a fun touch to add. I ordered them online at Target and framed them in frames from Home Goods. Those candle scones I have had for years and years and they also work well in this room. 

I really wanted to create a simple cozy room that guests could feel comfortable in. It isn't fussy or to busy so hopefully when people come to stay they can relax in this little room. It is also fun to step out of my normal decor and change it up a little in a different part of the house. I keep this room closed off from animals so it is kind of its own separate space from the rest of my home. I wanted to share because I know not everyone wants neutral and I wanted to show you how I use a little color. I hope it inspires you! How do you decorate your guest space? Do you change things up or keep it the same as the rest of your home? I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment and thanks as always for stopping by this little blog of mine! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Rustic Industrial Office Space

I am branching out a little from my normal white decor and sharing a project I worked on in my husbands man cave/office. Since this is his space he wanted to go with a darker more industrial feel. Its another decor style that I love so it will fun helping him design this room! There is so much we need to do to this space but I wanted to share the desk space with you for now.

Ok, first off, how cool is that desk and chair!? We came across this at a flea market and we both fell in love! It was pulled form an old mission here in California and has SO much character. From the wood pegs (instead of nails), to the metal accents, and can we talk about the leather on that chair!? It is also a great size. It is perfect to throw a laptop on or to do some paper work. (Do you think he will notice if I sneak in there and use it once in awhile?) 

It isn't a huge desk so I didn't want to add a lot of decor, just a few touches. I used some old mason jars to house pens and paper clips. The metal paper weight is from target. I also added a few old books, a "cigar lounge" candle and a little succulent. The gun print I scored at Hobby Lobby on sale for under $20. I thought it would be a great piece for a man space. 

The light ended up being one of my favorite things! I recently ordered a surprise box from Decor Steals and was so happy to find that light in with the goodies! I actually almost bought it when it was on the site and then didn't. It was definitely my favorite thing in my surprise box. I knew immediately that I wanted to use this in my husbands space since this is the exact feel he wants. I wanted to find a way to use it more as a desk lamp and came up with the unique idea of hanging it inside an old crate that I had. You know when you envision something in your head and you aren't sure how it will turn out? This turned out exactly as I planned! I am so in love with it and it was so easy to do! 

I wanted to show you how it looks with the light on. I picked up an edison bulb at Home Depot to use in the lamp. I am slightly obsessed with edison bulbs! 

Here is a closer look at that chair. I need to reinforce the bottom and add a little padding. We want to do all the work underneath the chair because we don't want to take off and ruin the amazing worn leather. 

Here is a couple of shots I took at night so you could see the lamp better. 

This little space is the inspiration for the rest of the room. I would love to paint the walls a dark grey or add a faux brick wall in here. Since its my husbands room I need to talk over the details he wants before moving forward. The room is a bit to white at the moment for what we want to do. I am not sure when we will be working on this room but for now I will enjoy this little corner! What do you think of this style? As always I would love to hear your thoughts and thank you so so much for stopping by!