Monday, July 15, 2019

The Best Dark Blue Paint, Decor and Inspiration

The best dark blue paint, decor and inspiration for creating a beautiful and stylish home.

It's no surprise that I have a love for Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore.  It's the perfect color to add a pop of contrast against light colored walls and crisp white trim.   As much as I love using deep charcoal tones in my own home, dark blue is also a perfect option for achieving beautiful moody contrast.  

Blue is a great neutral that's moody while still being cozy and calming.  It tends to be softer than charcoal or black but still offers the same classic sophistication.

       The best dark blue decor, inspiration and paint colors

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Before & After: Vintage Card Catalog Makeover

A vintage wood card catalog gets a fresh new makeover with stain and hairpin legs.

Hairpin legs provided by Crates and Pallet.  I was not otherwise compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Do you remember the 18 drawer vintage card catalog that I bought and restored last August?   I loved how it turned out so much that I decided to keep it for myself instead of taking it to the shop.  Since then, I've been lucky enough to snag a few more, including a sixty drawer card catalog and a fifteen drawer one that I recently bought from a local tool auction.  It wasn't in the best of shape, but I was able to give it a much needed makeover with a little cleaning, refinishing and new hairpin legs.  

Refinished vintage card catalog
The hairpin legs from Crates and Pallet were the perfect addition to raise the height making the card catalog ideal for an entryway, office or craft room.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Modern Industrial Motocross Boy Room Mood Board

Modern neutral motocross bedroom plans perfect for a little boy! 

If you caught Friday's renovation update post then you know our house is currently empty, the floors are almost completed and I just finished painting Owen's rooms.  

It's been over eight years since I painted his room and it desperately needed to be repainted.  His bed fits in a little alcove in his room, so you can imagine how dirty his walls have gotten over the years.  I'll spare you the details, but trust me when I say, his walls were pretty disgusting.  

Owen has a lot of opinions about his room this time around, but I'm going to try and get away with what I can while also keeping his likes and interests in mind.   Motocross and riding his dirtbike and 4-wheeler are pretty much all that interests him, so a modern industrial motocross inspired bedroom will be perfect. 
         Sherwin-Williams Eider White Painted Room

Friday, July 5, 2019

Week 10 Renovation Update: Cabinets, Empty House Tour, New Paint and Floor Stain

Week ten kitchen expansion and first-floor renovation update of our little ranch style home. 

Last time I shared a kitchen update, the drywall had just been hung and primed and now we have cabinets and new floors!  I knew this renovation was going to be a major one, but I never thought it would take 10 weeks to finally get the cabinets installed and floors refinished.  Yet, here we are and we still have a long way to go. 

It's been challenging living through an entire first-floor renovation with kids, jobs and animals, but I've managed to make it work.  Believe it or not, not having a kitchen really hasn't been that bad.  The hardest part for me has been packing and clearing out our entire first floor.  My kids like to keep everything, so you can imagine what was shoved under their beds and in their closets that they HAD to keep.  It was a long process of sorting, donating and packing, but everything is officially out of our first floor and major progress has been made.   
         Kitchen renovation progress, white shaker style cabinets

Monday, July 1, 2019

How to Repair and Replace Old Hardware Holes

Learn the easiest way to repair and replace old hardware holes to completely update an old and dated piece of furniture. 

A few weeks ago, I stopped in Goodwill on my way home from an auction and stumbled upon the perfect mid-century modern Bassett dresser.  Okay, so maybe it wasn't perfect, but it was a Bassett dresser and the price was right, so I couldn't pass it up.  Unfortunately for me,  it was raining and I was driving the truck, but I'm never one to pass up a good deal.  I loaded it in the bed of the truck, wrapped it up, tied it down and hauled it home safely.   

Mid century modern gray painted Bassett Dresser
The dresser definitely needed some work, but I knew it could be transformed with little effort and by repairing and replacing the old hardware.

Monday, June 24, 2019

How to Achieve an Aged Look With Paint

 An easy way to achieve an authentic aged look with paint! 

A couple weeks ago, I picked up eighteen metal industrial file drawers from an online auction.  They were a great price and I loved that they were full of rusty patina and character.   I wasn't planning on restoring or updating them, but after being inspired by green file drawers I knew I had to paint a few green.  I didn't want just any green though, I wanted a green that had depth, looked aged and fit the industrial style of the drawers.  Lucky for me, it's super easy to get an aged look with paint and antique wax. 

Industrial metal storage drawers

I did love the original rusty character of the industrial drawers, but the idea of cleaning them up and adding a pop of color had me too excited to leave well enough alone.  

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How to Repair Damaged Dovetail Joints

The easiest and quickest way to repair damaged dovetail joints.

Have you ever found yourself excited about a great piece of used furniture only to be totally bummed that it was damaged?  Furniture damage can be frustrating and overwhelming if you're not handy, but don't let a little damage deter you from buying great quality, used furniture. 

You never have to pass up another great piece of slightly damaged furniture again.  Many repairs like fixing damaged furniture corners, replacing or repairing chipped veneer and tightening or repairing damaged dovetail joints are super easy and require minimal skill and effort.   
Dovetail joints on furniture drawers