Fast & Easy Table Runner

I have been really wanting a table runner in the dining room for a while now, but I had no idea what I wanted it to look like.  Well, I googled “table runner ideas” and discovered a lot of really cool ones!

I was torn between a table runner that was painted to look like a really long ruler across the table (the teacher in me just LOVED that), and a table runner made out of wood shims.  After asking several people for their opinion, I decided to go with the wooden shims table runner.

The best part about this project was that it cost me less than $10 to complete! Also, I think it’s completely adorable (that may be because I made it…).

I went to Home Depot & bought this pack of shims for $3.98.  I bought 2 packs because I wasn’t sure how many I was going to need.  I also talked to an associate there and they said that the cedar would stain really well.  Turns out I only needed 1 pack of the shims, but my husband has claimed the other pack for himself!

I laid the shims out on the table and took measurements on how long they were and how wide.

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Once I had the measurements I took them all into the basement and first sanded them down as best I could, and then I stained them (tops and all 4 edges).  I stained them with the same stain we used on our coffee table since I wanted to try for a weathered look, and I didn’t want them to be too dark and match too much with our wood floors.  I LOVE this stain because it already has poly in it, so I didn’t have to worry about trying to poly all of them afterwards.

 

 

Once they were all stained I went upstairs and looked around my fabric pile.  I cut a piece of fabric that was about 1.5 inches shorter in length than the shims, and also about 1 inch shorter in width.  I used Power Grab glue to glue each piece onto the fabric.  After letting it dry for a few hours we carried it upstairs & put it on our dining table!  I think it looks fabulous.

I am still at a loss as to what do to for a fall tablescape.  Let me know if you have any ideas! Thanks 🙂

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Our Guest Bath Reno

 

Guest Bathroom Before & After

ATTENTION ALL WHO ACTUALLY READ THIS BLOG:  Let me start of by sharing with you the biggest lesson learned from this reno: Different plumbing fixture brands each have their own type of shower valve in the wall behind the shower, and each brand will only work with their own shower valve.  So, if you currently have a Moen shower wall faucet and plan to install say, a Kohler wall faucet, you will have to replace the valve in the wall. We learned this the HARD way and it cost us a lot of time!!

Okay, that being said, this project was actually a lot of fun and I learned a lot through the process!  We had originally not planned on renovating this space until later this fall, but during the summer I took two graduate courses, and one of my professors let us choose literally anything to do for our project as long as we fulfilled the learning requirements. Hellooooo new bathroom.

The space feels so completely different and it’s just so nice to go into this bathroom and actually enjoy how it looks!

Here are some of the pictures of what it looked like when we bought the house last year:

As you can see it was full of white boring-ness (and it was also pretty gross. The white grout lines were not very white anymore).  It was definitely time for some upgrades! In a nutshell we replaced the old tile with a beautiful new ceramic tile floor, added a frame around the mirror, spray painted the light fixture, replaced all the faucets, and added that beautiful piece of moulding by the shower to hang a towel or robe.  (And of course we painted the entire space: ceiling, walls, and trim).

Keep reading if you’re interested in how we made these changes 🙂

Our Laundry Room: An Unexpected Journey

Laundry Room

My husband and I unexpectedly decided to renovate our laundry room while we were also renovating our guest bathroom that is located on the other side of the laundry room wall.  While we were renovating the bathroom we cut a big hole in the wall so that we could see the pipes behind the shower, and well, since our laundry space had a big hole in the wall and the machines were removed we thought we would just go for it!

We are so happy with how the space turned out.  I am especially happy because now doing laundry will be such a happier chore!

Here are some more of the before pictures:

Our house is ten years old, and while we cleaned it thoroughly when we bought it last summer, I did not think to move the dryer out of the room and clean under it. That was a big mistake: YUCK!

The finished product:

From Garbage to Gorgeous

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I don’t know if I ever pictured myself as someone who found so much happiness in gaining other people’s trash, but here we are.  We absolutely love this table, and the BEST part is that it was made out of a dining table that one of our neighbors threw away!

We had been planning on building a custom coffee table for a while now because we were being pretty picky about what we wanted.  So it was pretty perfect when we discovered this dining table just waiting for us to rescue it and convert it into our beautiful coffee table!  The dining table was 3.5 ft by 5 ft, and while that is a really large table for a coffee table, it fits our space perfectly.

This process was not as easy as it might look: it involved a lot of steps, but we couldn’t be happier with the end result.  This was mainly a project my husband worked on, but I’m going to do my best to go through the process!

Our Adorable Yellow Side Table

Yellow Table

So this table isn’t vintage or antique, and it doesn’t necessarily have a cool background story.  It’s a side table from Target that I bought when I lived in my old home to use as a nightstand in my guest bedroom.

Since there wasn’t anything wrong with the table I decided to use it as a side table in our living room.  It was kind of perfect because we only really had space for one side table due to the way we laid out our furniture.

I REALLY love this table now that it’s a cheerful yellow.  It’s the same yellow we used on our dining room chairs (Twenty Carat by Behr), and I just think it brings a certain element of happiness to our room!

Updating this table was really easy:

1. I cleaned the table using TSP cleaner to remove any grease and dirt.
2. I sanded the table to ensure that the primer would stick to it. I had to be careful when sanding because this table is mostly veneer, so I didn’t want to mess that up because it could have ruined the look of the table.
3. I cleaned all of the dust off of the table. I first used a wet rag and then a dry rag to wipe it down.
4. I dissembled the drawer and put all of the hardware aside.
5. I primed the table and the face & sides of the door using Behr Stain Blocking Primer. This was the first time we’ve used this primer and we really liked it! You can find it here.
6.  After the primer dried I gave it a coat of yellow paint.  You want to make sure not to spray/paint so much paint at once that it builds up, so multiple coats of primer or paint may be necessary to get the perfect finish!
7. After a few days of letting the paint cure I added poly to the top of the table and to the shelf.  I gave them 3 coats of poly.  In between each coat I lightly sanded those areas to make sure that the poly would stick.
8. After letting the poly cure for 2 days it was ready to bring upstairs!

Our finished end table means we’re one step closer to finishing our living room!

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