Category Archives: Furniture refinishing

Updated and painted butler’s pantry cabinets

Well here is the final post on these cabinets… I shared with you part of my process in post 1 and how we added molding and feet in post 2, but now they are finally complete and I can share with you the final results!

Just to refresh your memory this is what we started with…

Before butler's pantry cabinets

And we ended up with these!!!

Painted and remodeled kitchen butler's pantry cabinets

Super smooth paint finish, using Benjamin Moore’s White Dove paint color and spraying the door and drawer fronts.

Painted and remodeled kitchen butler's pantry cabinets

I replaced the hideous patterned glass in the doors with custom cut mirrors. I love how mush light they reflect back into the kitchen! They cost $50 for both and I installed them the same way the original glass was installed.

Painted and remodeled kitchen butler's pantry cabinets

The additional molding added just enough detail on the sides.

Adding molding to cabinets

Adding molding to cabinets

I couldn’t be happier with the hardware I chose. They are graphite in color, even though they look a little ORB in the pictures, they truly are more like a very dark grey finish in person.

Painted and remodeled kitchen butler's pantry cabinets

They are a tad difficult to install because the back plates are actually separate from the handle, but I’m digging the more industrial vibe and how the color picks up on the color in the granite. If you’re interested in them you can find them here.

Industrial style graphite cabinet pulls

This crisp, clean, modernized feel of the cabinets really updates the look of the whole space so now I’m excited to get the rest of the kitchen cabinets done!‘

Before and After of updated butler's pantry cabinets

This project took W-A-Y longer than it should have, but most of that was my “fault” as I was in no hurry to make it a priority. I also made very sure to allow the appropriate amount of time between paint coats. I really hate painting cabinets, but I would do it again and again because I know how much I love the final results! To do it right takes time and patience, but when done correctly the paint job should last for a very long time.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

K

Adding feet and molding to cabinets

Adding feet and decorative molding to the butler’s pantry cabinets was a pretty straightforward and easy project. We started off with these cabinets.

butlers pantry cabinets

I removed the shoe molding from the kick plate and we dry fit a 4” piece of poplar wood which is very smooth and solid. We chose to use solid wood instead of MDF because we were routering the top and MDF doesn’t look as crisp/sharp as real wood does when routered in my opinion.

adding feet to cabinets

I also installed one of the doors back on temporarily to ensure that it would fit once the molding was attached… I don’t always think ahead, but when I do I sure as shit am happy about it in the end! So the door fit and we were back on to the next step…

adding feet to cabinets

Using SmartDraw I designed the exact cutout I wanted for the feet. We did consider adding 4 feet (one for each set of cabinets) but in the end opted for just 2 which I am so glad we did!

cabinet foot template

My Super Awesome Hubby used the jigsaw to cutout the design and the router to add a nice ogee edge to the top. Since the wood is placed against about 1.5” of cabinet face all I needed to do was nail it directly into the face, very sturdy and simple. I then filled in all of the nail holes and a long dent I didn’t see when we bought the piece, I use spackling for this process rather than wood filler as it is quick to dry and sands very easily.

adding feet to cabinets

I also added a small chair rail backer piece of molding to the sides of both of the top and bottom cabinets. Just used some Loctite and 1.5” nails and it’s not going anywhere.

adding feet and decorative molding to cabinets

Once everything is filled, sanded and caulked we can move on to priming and painting!

adding feet and decorative molding to cabinets

I’m almost finished with the the door and drawer fronts, hope to share the finished product with you soon!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

K

Kitchen cabinets and a little R&R

So I have this project I’m working on and I am doing a pretty good job of not letting it stress me out or make it a priority in any way… the project is painting all of the kitchen cabinets, but I’m starting with the buffet / butler’s pantry area just off of the kitchen.

This is what I started with, not too bad, the cabinet color is pleasing, but what the pictures don’t show is quite a bit of damage (one door broken, prior owner’s dog chewed on corners etc.).

Kitchen Cabinets Before

Not only did I want to paint my cabinets white, but I wanted to beef them up a bit. My final color choice was White Dove by Benjamin Moore (in Advance Satin), I saw so many pretty examples of this color and since my countertops are staying the paint tone worked perfectly with them. I removed and labeled all of the door and drawer fronts, lightly sanded (repaired) and cleaned the cabinets and then hand painted the boxes and trim.

Painting and embellishing kitchen cabinets White Dove

I also added the same trim to the sides as I did on the island and my Hubby made a beautiful set of “feet” for the base which I think makes the piece feel more like a custom piece.

Painting and embellishing kitchen cabinets White Dove

The cabinet doors and drawers are getting all new handle placement so I filled and repaired the original holes and used my Critter sprayer to spray them in the garage so I could have a beautiful streak free finish. And this is where I’m at after 3 weeks of working on them off and on…

Painting and embellishing kitchen cabinets White Dove

As you can see I still have 3 door fronts to finish (and a glass decision to make), my Critter sprayer is being a total B-I-A-T-C-H and keeps spitting chunks of paint onto the cabinet surfaces so I’m waiting for some warmer weather to tryout a new sprayer to see if I can get things working properly again… this is hugely frustrating for me, but I have plenty of other things to work on in the meantime.

So last week I left the work behind and me, my Super Awesome Hubby and the last daughter packed up and went camping at Red River Gorge for her spring break. We had a fabulous 4 day/3 night stay with lots of campfires, Uno, stories told and many beautiful hikes.

We had an awesome camp site right next to the creek… and despite what this picture may indicate we hiked miles and miles of beautiful woodland trails!

Camping in the Red River Gorge

I happen to catch these two enjoying some much needed (no electronics) father daughter time… I just love the fact that at almost 14 she still wants to hold our hands from time to time.

Father and Daughter time

So we’re back home and I’ve got to get back to painting (eventually), I’ve already removed the door and drawer fronts off of the rest of the base cabinets in the kitchen and I will slowly be working my way through them. For me this is not a race to get them done, I have no deadlines so I’m taking my time and making sure that this paint job is done properly so I won’t have to do it again! And while I’m waiting for paint and filler to dry I can enjoy some gardening and planting my new plants! We had a great time at the Starview greenhouses yesterday, I’m sure that this place will be my go-to for all of my garden plants, it was fabulous… just look at all of my lovelies! I’m also growing quite a bit from seed as well…

Plants to plant in the garden

And this little absolutely stunning true black Petunia just stole my heart and it is going to find a prominent place in the garden where I can enjoy looking at it everyday!

Black Petunia

Also there is SO much going on in Louisville now, the Derby may only be a one day affair to some but for this town the celebration starts a month in advance of the races and we have plans to enjoy as much of the festivities as possible!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

Thonet Chairs Refinishing Complete!

Well Happy 2016 to you all! Over at our home we had a very busy Christmas Holiday with our normal household of 3 humans and 2 dogs increasing to 9 humans and 4 dogs!!! It was crazy and lots of fun, but I’m glad we’re back to normal capacity now! Believe it or not I did get the Thonet chairs finished by Thanksgiving and I would have posted about them earlier, but with all of the blogosphere hyper focused on Christmas decorating I felt like this little post might get lost in the shuffle and I totally think it’s worth checking out… just saying Open-mouthed smile

So you may remember that I started off with this set (plus a couple more I picked up later) of Thonet chairs. (If not you can check out the post I wrote on the refinishing process here) Man have I forgotten how ugly these were to begin with!!

Vintage Thonet Chairs

This is where I left off while I moved on to refinishing the farmhouse table, see I wasn’t 100%sure how I wanted them finished so they sat here empty for a couple of weeks as I thought on it…

Vintage Thonet Chair Update

I had initially thought I wanted to use faux leather on the seats to help with the inevitable cleanup, but after looking at several (let say 10 or so) samples I couldn’t find one that I liked enough… they were either too shiny, too fake looking or just not the right shade. So I ended up finding this very extremely soft grey crocodile embossed velvet.

Velvet Croc Zinc Fabric

Of course this fabric was the most expensive fabric I looked at (isn’t that how it always goes!), at $28.00 a yard, but I only needed 3 yards. The cost breakdown of the chairs is: $80/set of 8 chairs + fabric $92 + paint $25 + $10 repair product = $207 or $26 per chair, which is pretty freaking awesome don’t you think!?

To reupholster the seat cushions I just cut the fabric off, using a sharp knife and cutting as close to the staples as possible. There were a ton of staples and honestly I just didn’t want to remove them, had I been upholstering these for someone else I would have probably started with a new wood seat and foam as that would have been less time consuming than removing all of the staples.

Reupholstering chair seats

I chose to leave the original bottoms (less the previous owners address stickers) and stapled the fabric right near the old staples, it worked like a charm and only took me about an hour to do all 8 seats. Having said that though I should mention that I do have an electric stapler that uses very fine staples, I would never have been able to recover them so quickly with a manual staple gun, you know the old saying about using the right tools for the job!!

Look at that gorgeous velvet!

Reupholstered Thonet Chair Seats

Originally I was thinking I would paint the chairs grey (which is why I used a grey primer) but once I found my fabric I decided to paint the chairs Benjamin Moore’s Linen White in Advance Satin. I sprayed about 4 light coats on each of the chairs, which would have been less had I primed them with white primer instead of gray Baring teeth smile but oh well!

Updated Thonet chair set, new upholstery and paint

I tried to get a good picture of an area that I repaired, I will say that the repairs are about 99.9% invisible! I think they look like they were built this way originally and I’m pretty proud of the job I did…

Repaired Thonet chair backs

Updated Thonet chair set

I’m really digging the different shades of “white” I used, it helps make the table feel like it is less of a set and more of a collection… if that makes sense?!

Thonet chair set and farmhouse table updated

Now that I have all 8 chairs in they really are a little snug around the table, but one day I will be able to used both ends of the table and it will be the perfect amount of chairs! I love the finished look of the chairs and I am so happy I took the time to update them. I hope this post may inspire you one day to take on a project like this, it really was pretty simple!

Thanks as always for stopping by! By the way I’d love to hear what you think about this project!

K

Our Much Loved and Abused Farmhouse Table

Our poor kitchen table has seen so much abuse love since we purchased it 13 years ago. It’s been the center of most of our family activities in three homes now and it has withstood all that we did to it.

Our beloved table was made by a Virginia based company, Hoskins Creek Table Company, and is 8ft long but only 33” wide. We bought such a long table to accommodate our girls and all of the friends they might bring home, believe it or not we fit 17 kids here one time! However, it was also our everyday family eating space, craft table, sewing table, homework table and even one time I caught a VERY bad Weimaraner sunning himself on it!

Here we are at our home in Montpelier, VA, celebrating the first of many birthdays that our table will see, it was only a few months old at this point and had yet to see any real abuse.

Farmhouse table

I know for a FACT when we moved into house number two in Short Pump, VA this table had dog claw marks on it (thanks to the aforementioned Weimaraner), glitter that wouldn’t come off (my bad) and more than a few blemishes from random acts. Still, it looked like a wonderfully worn table and we all loved it! This was the last birthday celebrated in this home before we moved to Kentucky and you can see the abuse clearly!

Abused farmhouse table

Here is the table once we were mostly settled in our Louisville, KY home. In order to keep the table we did have to “loose” one of the ends in order to maintain the flow from one room to the next, but the table fit well enough. If I’m being honest a smaller (probably round) table would have worked much better, but I just can’t bear to let this table and all of it’s memories go!

Farmhouse table

So here we are in 2015 and I am ready to change up the table, nothing drastic, just lighter colors and some new chairs. Our youngest daughter is 13 and way past the destructive stage, our Weimaraner who loved to sun himself on it passed away long ago and it’s just the three of us here now as the two older girls are either in college or have joined the working world. Anyway, most of the time we sit at the kitchen island to eat our meals and the poor table gets very little use these days.

So here it is with it’s fresh new update guaranteed to last for another 13 years!

Refinished farmhouse table

First we removed the old wax finish and lightly sanded the table to remove some of the scratches, mainly the dog claw marks and the annoying blemishes.

Refinished farmhouse table

The final grit we used on the sander was 220 which gives the table a perfectly smooth feel.

Lightening up the farmhouse table

We then oiled the surface with Natural Watco Oil which allows the beauty of the wood to shine through. The final result is a table top that is about half as dark as the original finish.

Refinishing table and pine tabletop

After the oil had to time to do its thing we then waxed the surface with clear wax and buffed it to a beautiful sheen!

Refinished natural pine table top

The combination of the oil and wax has restored the natural beauty and durability to this Southern Yellow Pine.

Refinished natural pine table top

You can still see dents, marks and small scratches as evidence that this table has history, but gone are the glitter and truly ugly spots on the table.

Refinished natural pine table top

For the base I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre, did some light distressing, sealed it with clear wax and buffed it to a soft sheen. I really like the lighter feel of the table with this combination.

Refinished farmhouse table, natural finish and Old Ochre

One of the other things I adore about this table is the “old world” craftsmanship that was used to build it. Wood peg joinery on the legs and old style nails to attach the top to the base really adds to the overall character of the piece.

Refinished farmhouse table, natural finish and Old Ochre

I have all of the new chairs for this table primed and the seats reupholstered I just need to spray the final paint coat on them and they’ll be ready to go! Everything should be done just in time for Thanksgiving…

I will say that I’m so happy that we were able to keep this table and with just a little bit of work update it to fit our style today. Hopefully one day this table will be passed down to one of our girls who will enjoy watching her kids craft, play, eat and grow up using the same table she did as a child… the thought makes me well up with tears…

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time!

K

Updating some not quite vintage Thonet chairs

These hideous lovely Thonet chairs are circa 1986, not quite vintage, but not far from being vintage either. If you’re curious the chairs were made by Shelby Williams Industries which purchased Thonet Industries U.S.A in the mid 80’s and continued to make the iconic bentwood chairs. I know these are pretty ugly, but I bought them for $10 a piece which I thought was a steal! Pictured below are the 6 I originally purchased, the seller wanted to keep 2 of the set of 8 for some reason, but I was able to go back and buy the other 2 because 8 really worked better at my table than 6… it was super nice of her to sell them to me, but I will tell you her husband was “thrilled to get rid of the ugly chairs”!

Upholstered Thonet dining chairs

All of the chairs were structurally sound and very sturdy, but not exactly the look I wanted. So I set about making them a better fit for our family.

I started with removing the fabric from the chair backs. The seats were just plywood covered fabric that were easily removed by unscrewing a couple of screws from underneath.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

I used my needle nosed pliers to grab hold of the piping and by pulling it away I was able to remove 99% of the staples holding the front fabric the frame… by the way please use gloves doing this kind of work, it will save your hands for sure!

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

Underneath of the fabric is batten covered foam easily removed by just pulling on it.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

Behind the foam is cardboard which is stapled onto the frame, I just pulled that off but most of the staples didn’t come off with it unfortunately.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

Behind the cardboard is the back of the fabric, again I used my pliers to remove the back and most of the staples.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

At that point I had an open back chair, which looked so light and airy I was pretty sure that was the way I wanted to keep it, the problem was the bottom back stringer rod, it looked weird and needed to go. I used my jig saw to cut the stringer off and then used a flexible fine toothed handsaw to cut as close to the wood as possible.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

And this is what I ended up with, a wood frame with a grove running all around the back and a couple of handfuls of staples to remove.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

As a small side note I purchased these Kobalt 4.5” pliers a few years ago, they make removing staples so much easier and they cost about $6. This was the tool I used to remove all of the carpet pad staples from the upstairs subfloor so we could install the hardwood floors. It would be a great addition to your toolbox!

Kobalt 4.5-in Pliers

Next I used my pliers to remove any staples that still remained.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

Then I mixed my wood filler, below is my favorite 2 part wood filler, it is awesome for filling large holes and rebuilding parts of furniture. The down side is that you must work fast as it starts to dry in about 5 minutes, but that is also the upside of the product. You can carve it with a knife after just a few minutes of applying it and you can sand it in about 30 minutes. It’s pretty stinky and you most certainly want to wear gloves, but it’s a fantastic product!

Minwax High Performance Wood Filler

I basically globbed (very technical term) the wood filler in the holes and then sanded the areas down with 120 grit sandpaper on my mouse sander. I would usually use my orbital sander, but for this application the mouse sander was easier to control and rotate back and forth to maintain the round shape of the wood.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

I then inspected each area and added a second coat of filler where necessary and repeated the sanding process as well. This is an example of what most of the areas looked like once everything was filled and sanded.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

Before priming each chair I took a piece of 150 grit sandpaper and lightly hand sanded the rest of the chair. I then cleaned the chairs with a paper towel and Formula 409. My plan is to paint these chairs a shade of grey, so I chose to prime them with grey spray paint.

updating / refinishing Thonet upholstered dining chairs

I’m still trying to decide what color to paint them and I’ve picked up several swatches of fabric but none of them is just right, so the chairs will not be finished for a little while yet. However, they’ll need to be finished by Thanksgiving because I already sold the chairs we were using (oops!) at least this “problem” will keep me motivated to finish them!

Also, I would like to point out that each chair took me about 30 minutes to get to this primed point. I can guarantee you that if I had chosen to reupholster the seat backs it would have taken me at least 3 times as long. So even though this looks like a lot of work it was less work and expense than if I had reupholstered them, plus I like them this way so much more!

Hopefully I’ll find some fabric soon, any suggestions you may have for fabric choices are always welcome!! Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

Sometimes you just get lucky!

On Craig’s List that is… jez, get your mind out of the gutter Winking smile

So seriously though, I have had the worst luck with finding furniture on Craig’s List here in Louisville, KY. I’m not sure what the deal is, but people don’t sell or buy as much on CL here as they did in VA (or in NJ where one of my sisters live). So here’s my plea to all of you “Louisvillians” out there… post your stuff on Craig’s List (and buy stuff too) lets get this ball rolling here!!! I personally am still in the midst of our master bathroom remodel and I’m not ready to start refinishing furniture quite yet, but I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for good pieces, which is where this story truly begins (sorry for taking the long way around)…

So I was searching through CL, as I do every morning while I drink my coffee and listen to the news, when I ran across these chairs that had just been listed an hour or so ago.

Baker mid-century Regency modern barrel back chairs

(These are pictures are of them once I got them home.)

Let me tell you they are in FABULOUS shape, they were given to a lady by her mother-in-law who was the original owner and they were used as bedroom chairs, rarely if ever sat in. The foam cushions were in perfect condition, the velvet was immaculate and the wood looked barely touched! For chairs from the 60’s that’s pretty impressive!

Baker mid-century Regency modern barrel back chairs

What drew me to these chairs in the first place were the incredible backs!

Trying to find out a little more about the chairs I did some research on them and found the exact same pair listed on 1stdibs (mine came with the little pillows too but they obscure the back so I don’t want to use them)

1stdibs ad

In case you didn’t bother to read the listing above I will tell you the price they wanted for their pair… $4,500!! Now I’m not saying they are (or are not) worth $4,500, but you can bet your sweet ass that I didn’t pay that for mine! Want to know how much I scored mine for…  the bargain basement deal of $50 for the pair!!! Yes, a pretty darn good deal if I say so myself!

Well the green color cushions don’t really go with my color scheme and I just don’t have the time to sew new covers right now so I decided to try and dye them. I removed the covers, washed them in a mild detergent then used RIT DyeMore Synthetic “Graphite” (following the directions on the product). For whatever reason my simple brain cannot grasp the color wheel or what happens if you have green and you add graphite to it! So rather than trying to figure it out I just thought I’d try it and if it turned out horrible I’d just have to find time to make new covers.

Well H-E-L-L-O lovelies…

Baker mid-century Regency modern barrel back chairs

So apparently green and grey make navy blue, FABULOUS!!! The picture shows them lighter than they actually are, which is a very dark navy almost black out of the light, so I actually got lucky twice!

I washed them in cold water after I dyed them (using no detergent) and hung them to dry. They were a tad snug to get back on the foam, but everything fit back in just fine. I think that’s pretty awesome for a $5 bottle of dye don’t you!?

I’m not 100% sure where they will go, I’m think our new master closet for now or maybe the master bedroom. I really don’t care where they go as long as I get to see them everyday!

So be sure to check your local Craig’s List, you’ll never know what treasures you might find!

As always thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

Linking up to these parties!

Life on Virginia Street, Designer Trapped in a Lawyers Body

Little progress, a fun project and anxiety embarrassment, oh my!

So we’ve made very little progress in the bathroom, but here are some pictures of the progress we have made:

We ran new wiring and installed new vanity lights over both vanity areas.

master bathroom renovation

We repaired the area around the tub with green board and a ton of mud

master bathroom renovation

We installed a wallpaper focal wall on my closet side (I’m sooo in love with it)

wallpaper focal wall master closet

We have tiled some of the shower walls (hoping to get to the herringbone top section this weekend)

tiling shower master bathroom

We have the flooring, but we don’t want to install it until we finish the tiling so we don’t mess them up, tiling is a dirty job!

So because I just need a break from the bathroom progress I bought and am updating a super cute drafting table for my little artist… the drawers are almost done.

drafting table drawers

And on a personal note I am working with my eye doctor to deal with this GPC (Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis) problem I am having with my eyes. GPC is an allergic reaction to my contacts, but since I have been wearing glasses for almost a year straight I’m very confused as to why my eyelids are reacting to something that is not there. Anyway, I basically have swollen upper lids, can’t wear my contacts and have problems with bright light. So I am currently running through a course of steroid drops, which can cause eye pressure issues so the doctor needs to check my eye pressure. Well I’m not ashamed to say I have pretty high anxiety levels when people are “messing” with my eyes or teeth, I don’t know why but I’m just afraid they will poke or knock them out or do something irreversible. The lady came in to do the test and I lost it, I started crying tearing up and asking if I HAD to do it today, couldn’t I do it another day (you would have thought I was 4, not 43)?! It was so embarrassing, they finally convinced me to take the test, which was much less of an ordeal than I made it out to be, but the whole thing was draining for me… and probably the doctor’s staff as well. I also did something very similar at my dentist several years back when they were going to measure my gum height. I saw her “coming at me” with this very long, sharp curved instrument and I was all… “Umm, what are you doing?” She said she had done this test several times on me before (I had been seeing this dentist for well over 20 years), but I didn’t believe her and wouldn’t let them preform the test. They gave me a prescription for valium to take before I came to the next visit, I never had to take it and next time I was fine, but I think that there are times of the month that I am far more anxious or maybe even crazy feeling than others… I should figure that shit out and not schedule appointments during that “time” I think!

Well I guess I better get back to work! Thanks for letting me share!

K

The really big mess we’re making in the basement…

So we REALLY are making a HUGE mess in the basement, lots of dust and tools, but I couldn’t be happier! We finished painting over the awful faux finish wall treatment and are in the process of updating the built-in entertainment area. Just so you know I wanted to hire someone to paint the basement because it was a lot and I just wanted it done, but with a price quote of $1,300 not including paint I decided to put on my big girl panties and get it done (with a lot of help from my Super Awesome Hubby too!) I wanted to share with you the progress of the TV wall though, as I am super thrilled with how it’s coming along.

This is what the basement built-in entertainment area looked like just before we moved in. While some of you might possibly think the walls look good, trust me, in person they were pretty bad. These are really nice built-ins however, but that TV area was made for one of those mack daddy TV’s, you remember the SUPER deep ones? All of the wires you see sticking out of the wall are for the cable and the surround sound.

Basement media wall before

Removing the deep TV built-in and the narrow cabinet beside it was no picnic let me tell you! They built them in place so the backs of the cabinets were actually the drywall part of the wall. The long holes you see snaking along the top of the wall near the ceiling are where we ran the speaker wire up so that we could install the in wall speakers here. We also moved the electric outlets and finished out the wires in the wall for a cleaner look.

Basement media wall in progress

The speakers came with a template that we traced around and then cutout the drywall to house the units.

Basement media wall in progress

We have installed this same V-groove wood planks on this wall as we have in the girl’s bathroom and the laundry room. First and most importantly it covers up all of the holes we made in the drywall, but also it will provide a nice background texture for what we are planning to do…

Basement media wall in progress

I hope everyone knows you can get your primer tinted for free right? I had my Kilz tinted as dark gray as possible to help with the final coat.

Basement media wall in progress

My SAH and I designed this cabinet to hold all of our components under the TV. We used our handy Kreg Jig to help with this project!

Basement media wall in progress

Basement media wall in progress

Ok, so this is where we finished up this weekend. Are you digging the black wall or is it just a tad too much for you? I think this will be the perfect backdrop for the TV and some decorative items on the shelves.

I will finish priming and painting it this week so the only thing that will be left to do is find a TV for this spot… and let me tell you my Hubby is SO looking forward to that part of the project!

Basement media wall in progress

Ideally he wants something this BIG, but we’ll see (excuse the crude Photoshop mock up). It’s a very large area and can hold an 80” TV. In case you were wondering about the scale of this area it’s 12’ wide by 10’ tall. This potential TV is why we removed the skinny built in, gotta have as much TV space as possible for watching football right?!

Basement media wall in progress

So it’s coming along slowly, but I have to blame that on the weather. It’s been so gorgeous here in Louisville, KY recently that I have been doing as much outside as I can… pretty soon winter will be here and I will be stuck inside then anyway!

I hope you all are having beautiful Fall weather too! Thanks so much for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

Beautiful Vintage Bed Makeover

Hey guys! Well I’m FINALLY working on a piece of furniture Smile, it’s for Brie, but I am working on furniture!

So I purchased a full size vintage wood bed off of Craig’s List for $125, which is not a bad price but not super good either (I’ll explain later). I had a heck of a time finding a “nice” full sized bed that would work for my youngest daughter, so when I saw this one come up I immediately contacted the guy. However, I didn’t put the entire bed together (wood rails) to ensure stability (bad, bad Susan), I just made sure that the rails were the right ones by testing them in the slots. Anyway, when I got started on the bed and put it together it was SUPER wobbly! I don’t have the skills necessary to fix it, plus one of the wood rails already had a REALLY bad repair done to it, so I decided to look for an alternative. I found this great US company STL Beds that make metal replacement rails for vintage beds (among other things). After printing out their template to make sure it would work with my frame I purchased the No.1 Full Hook Side Rails. Hooking them up was pretty straightforward, you are not supposed to use wood slats, and let me tell you this bedframe is now T-I-G-H-T! It doesn’t move or wiggle or make any creaking sounds at all, which my daughter is thrilled about!

So this is the vintage bedframe I started with, great bones just needs a little love and a little less paint on it…

BEFORE

Vintage wood full bed

You could see a lot of wear on the rails.

Vintage wood full bed

Those two black marks on the right and left was some kind of hardcore stuff to get off…

Vintage wood full bed

More wear…

Vintage wood full bedVintage wood full bed

I used 3 products to clean and restore this bed, Murphy Oil Soap, Howard Restore-A-Finish and Howard Feed-N-Wax. Let me tell you I use the Murphy Oil soap all of the time to clean pieces I am going to paint or refinish. I smells great and cleans fabulously, perfect for cleaning out old smelly cabinets or drawers.

How to restore furniture

My process was to spray the oil soap on the wood, scrub (with the grain) the wood with 0000 steel wool then wipe it down with a cloth until clean. This took me about an hour because the bed was filthy and had a lot of wax buildup on it. Below you can see the grey streaks of wax still to remove.

How to restore furniture

After cleaning it I let it dry out overnight and then came back and applied the Restore-A-Finish according to the directions. The last step was to wax it with the Feed-N-Wax product according to it’s directions… BTW this stuff smells like oranges too! This is what it looked like after the Restore-A-Finish was applied.

How to restore furniture

The bed is all set up now in Brie’s finished room (which I will share soon), it turned out even more beautifully than I could have hoped. Just look at the gorgeous graining on the wood!

AFTER

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

Swoon worthy…

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

All of the rails now look great, not brand new, but great! Certainly it is not showing its age anymore! Yes, I know I need a bed skirt… priorities people Winking smile

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

It seriously will be a piece that she can use for years to come and hopefully pass down to her kids!

Gorgeous Restored vintage full sized bed

I want to mention that a lot of the time you will see me painting pieces, but I don’t always. If the piece is salvageable and looks best in it’s original state then that is what I will do. I could NEVER had painted this piece after seeing the beautiful natural graining of this wood, but had I been unable to save the veneer then painting would have been an option.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation of this bed and I cannot say enough about how happy I am with the new steel rails I purchased for it! Let me know what you think!

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

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