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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

kids study nook

This is a project I've been slowly working on for a while and I have finally just about finished it. It took a little longer because of planking the wall and building the floating shelves and desk. I collected items for months that I wanted to style the shelves with. I wanted to make it all cohesive with the theme of studying and learning and this is what I ended up with...





I have numbered pots, an old tin lunch box, a flash card I made to look vintage, metal tool box, books, vintage scale and some wooden squares from Michael's that I painted with chalkboard paint then wrote the word "study." The desk is just a large piece of wood I stained and is held up by old corbels that came from an early 1900s house. On the side wall I made eye charts with my children's names. I made them on the computer one late night then framed them not sure how they would turn out, but I really like them. 




The red chair was an afterthought. I had their chair downstairs and it was solid wood from pier 1. I stained it originally and it turned out good but it was a little too much wood going on for me in this area. The back door is right across from this nook and it is painted red. So I took the leftover paint I had from the door and did almost a whitewash (I guess it would be a redwash then?) to the chair so you can still see the wood grain and some variation in the darker wood spots. It added just enough of a pop of color.


I was happy that with all the remodeling we were able to use every inch of space and try to make it useable. I had always wanted a study nook type of space for the kids to color and draw and one day be able to do homework at:)
I will do more detailed tutorials on the planking and floating shelves another time.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far! Thanks for stopping by!


Savvy Southern Style

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DIY faux wood laundry/pantry doors

Hi everybody! I've got a million projects going on right now but I thought I would share my latest one I have finished. If you have been following my blog then you know that I had to move my laundry room to a laundry closet off the kitchen so we could add back a 3rd bedroom. We framed up the closet and added all the plumbing and proper vents. Then it came to picking out the doors. I wanted a small French door look. It needed to be pretty since it is in the kitchen and well be seen all the time. I also wanted it to look like pantry doors so you would never know it is a laundry closet. We are on a budget so I search the materials section on craigslist often. One day I came across the perfect set of doors and it was exactly the right measurements...that never happens! The man said he got them at Lowes I believe and just never used them. They were new but were stored in his garage so they had got a little banged up and definitely needed a little work. We got them hung and at first I was just going to paint them white like my cabinets but then I thought these would be the perfect piece to do something a little different and something that pops in the kitchen. I have a few wood pieces here and there and the doors have a wood grain look to them (I guess it's in the door mold because these are not wood doors.) So I then decided I wanted to try a faux wood look and give them an aged look like they were 100 year old doors that I spent a lot of money on :)
   Here is the finished product...





Now I'll give a step by step tutorial for anyone that wants to transform any plain door you have 
around the house. First I stained it with a dark walnut stain. As you can see in the picture below the 
white door is the original and the other is the stained door. After I stained and wiped, it didn't turn out extremely dark because it didn't soak up the stain like a real wood door but it did enough to give it a wood base color for when I do my faux finish. This is important because if it didn't have a base color then when I do the darker color later and streak it, the white would show through and not the lighter stained wood color that gives it the real wood look.



Also if you notice the darker spots in the stained door..those were on purpose lol  I wanted a real authentic looking aged door and there are always blemishes and imperfections in very old doors so I found a way to replicate it. Before I stained I took DAP spackling and smoothed it in a couple areas 
like around edges and let it dry. Then when you stain, it stains the spackling darker then the rest of 
the door thus giving it age spots.




This is some of the spackling before stain...




This is it after stain...




After the stain has dried then it's time for the faux wood coloring. I mixed my own because I couldn't find the perfect color. I bought Valspars "journey" and then mixed a little black to it to get the deep rich brown.




Then I put a little paint on my brush and lightly brushed it on. You don't want too much paint on the 
brush or it will go on too thick. If it does go on thicker in spots just take a rag and wipe it. It needs to be very thin so you can still see the wood grain if your door has that.















The darker paint gives it the walnut wood look but you can also still see the variations of the lighter stain peaking through. Here are some more up close pictures so you can see the wood grain and color.








This is the finished door next to the white door.










Then you repeat those steps on the other door and the inside of both doors so it truly looks like wood doors when you open them. I did the trim also using the same technique so it all looks like one big old set.

Here are some finished pictures. I still need to spray paint the hinges to match the doors better. I ended up using some old white porcelain door knobs I already had instead of the oil rubbed bronze ones I had purchased from Lowes. The white just stood out more against the dark wood and went with the vintage theme I was trying to go for. 




I also added a little nook above the doors for extra storage and I thought it looked better than just framing it up and putting drywall all the way to the ceiling.



Hope you like them...it definitely gave the look I wanted. That is the first thing everyone notices when they go into the kitchen. If you want to try this, it really only took me a couple hours per door to do so it is a manageable project. 




Savvy Southern Style

Monday, February 24, 2014

DIY moss balls

How was everyone's weekend? I thought today I would share my DIY weekend project. For a while now I have been wanting moss balls for decorating but everywhere I have seen them they are $10+ a ball so after buying 4 you would have $40 invested in moss balls. I always thought that was a little crazy so I've never went through with it. Well this past week my husband picked me up an adorable shabby coffee table at an estate sale. As I was pondering what I wanted to put on top of it I came back to the moss balls. I was determined now, so on Friday I went to Joanns and found the solution. They had a nice selection of the bags of moss and had the perfect color that I wanted (I like the deeper green color.) I grabbed the last 2 bags and then bought a package of the styrofoam balls that were on sale for 40% off. I used my 40% off coupon for the moss then they also had a 15% off coupon off your entire purchase. Long story short I got the materials to make 8 moss balls for a little over $10. I was so excited...I love that store!



      This is a picture of the bag of moss I purchased.


This is after I hot glued moss on the styrofoam ball. I was pleased with the outcome.




This is a picture of the top of the coffee table. All of my moss balls are in a glass atrium type piece that I scored at TJ Maxx on clearance for $10. I loved the nautical type look of the knotted rope on top and the wooden bottom. I found this cute wooden basket with leather handles at Target. It was a raw wood color so I stained it a little darker to match all my other wood tones in the house and it gave it a more aged look I think too. Then I had 2 old vintage books I took from my collection and added them to the vignette as well because they were the perfect size and filled up the space nicely.





This is all of it together. This is the new (old) coffee table. I love the shade of green it is. 





I added the stained crates underneath because they were a perfect fit and added extra storage and I'm all about extra storage. I store blankets, a pillow and magazines underneath right now.



I didn't have a coffee table before so I'm so happy now we have a place to put drinks and feet and anything else we want. My son has already used it for a racetrack for his matchbox cars so it seems the kids like it as well:) It's a beautiful day today so I think we will spend much of it outside. Hope everyone has a good week!





Monday, February 17, 2014

open shelves in kitchen

For a long time now I've been wanting some open shelves in my kitchen. There's not a whole lot of options for places to put them in my kitchen except for one spot on the end by the hallway. It's also the spot that is most visible from other rooms in the house (if you are going to display your pretties, you want people to actually see them:)) So I had been contemplating this for months and I finally made the decision to just do it. My husband has been super busy with the bathroom remodel and doesn't have time for all my little side projects I come up with so I thought I would just tackle it myself. I decided to leave the cabinet base there and just remove the door. That way if for some reason I ever decided to go back to wanting the cabinet, I could just add the door back and call it a day. I also like the way the cabinet base framed the shelves and it all flowed nicely with the rest of the kitchen. I then removed the ugly shelves that were inside. I went to Lowe's and bought a sheet of stain-able grade wood. I traced the old shelves onto the new wood so I had exact measurements then made my cuts. I then took my stain that I already had from staining my dining room table and stained the newly cut wood.






I then painted the entire inside of the cabinet the same color as the outside of the cabinets (which is like an antique creamy white) I think it's a pretty contrast to the dark stained wood.







I also used the existing gold little brackets that were already in there to hold the shelves up but I spray painted them oil rubbed bronze, which is my go-to spray paint that I use on so many of my projects. 
(Sorry forgot to take a picture of the before and after of that).




Here is the finished project that I did by myself in very little time and with very little cost. 

















One day I may end up taking out the cabinet base and do complete open shelving but for now I am very happy with the outcome. I now have another place to display some of my treasures and it breaks up the boring row of white cabinets with some visual interest. Hope you like too!



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

1st birthday party

We are getting some snow today and it's supposed to keep snowing for the next 2 days! So on this snowy morning I thought I would finally go through some of my pictures on my camera. My little baby girl turned one a few months ago and we had a "vintage princess" themed party. I had way to much fun planning and getting all the props together for this party. I have a four year old son as well and love planning his parties too, but finally being able to plan a girly girl party with lace and pastels was a blast!:) I didn't want to spend a lot on this party so I tried to either make everything or use what was around the house. Thought I would share some of the pictures from the party...





The cake my husband and I made ourselves and I made the tutu to go around the cake stand.






Cupcakes and candies
The cupcakes I put on an old iron candle holder and put the candies in some vintage teacups and ironstone dishes.






A lot of the props I had around the house like the old chippy flower picture and the believe sign and the flowers and vintage laces.






Pink princess juice







I made the tissue paper puff balls..(there's one next to the believe sign) very simple but turned out so cute.







Her special cake to have all to herself (ended up all over the place:))











And my little princess enjoying her party...




I'm glad I finally got to look through all these...it's just a reminder how fast time really does fly by. Can't believe my babies are now 4 and 1!! Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful day and if your getting the weather like we're getting...stay warm!! I'm going to enjoy the day by the fire!
Thanks for stopping by!