Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Farmhouse Style Coffee Table Makeover {Before and After}

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Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 Last year, my mother-in-law bought a beautiful house right by a lake. Throughout the past year, I've been helping her with some ideas on how to make it feel a little more like a "lake house" and slowing have been implementing those ideas :) We put up some board and batten, added a new rug and few different accessories. The next thing on the list was resurrecting her coffee table. Most of the furniture in her house is really dark, and so we'll be working on painting and changing things out one by one. This coffee table was the first up! Here's the before:
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 It's actually a really decent, well built coffee table and I knew it could look amazing in here with just a little paint :)
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 So, here's how I did it. First off was to sand it a little bit, to rough it up so it would take the paint better.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 Next was painting it. We used a semi-gloss white mixed with primer.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 Once the paint was dried. I added 1x6 boards to the top of the table, making it the same width and length as the top. I lucked out and somehow five boards equaled the exact width of the table :) I secured these boards on with 2" finishing nails.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 Then I sanded the boards.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 I focused heavily on the edges and corners to give it a really smooth look.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 Next was applying the stain. I used Classic Grey from Minwax. This color turned out amazing with just one coat!
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain

Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 I waited a day for the stain to set and then added some poly. We ended up using 3 coats for maximum durability :)
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 The last step was distressing it a bit. I love how the black showed through just a bit.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 Here's what the corners looked like once all done...and the color of course. After a few days, the grey ended up looking a little more brown. I think if we had added an extra coat, it would have stayed a little more grey.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain

Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 For the drawers, I was contemplating changing out the knobs, but once we put them back on they looked amazing!
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 We even distressed the legs a little bit. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it works!
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 I love how it brightened up this space so much. Now if we can get rid of those navy couches! haha. I told her, she needs to work with them, not around them. Don't decorate as if they weren't there, use the colors from them in your decor. Either way, she's getting new couches soon :)
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 Here's the top view of the coffee table display and a good idea of the stain color.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one! With Minwax Classic Grey Stain
 This rug was a Target find, it's the Maples Fretworks rug.
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one!
 Now let's look at these amazing windows that look over the lake! I think we are going to try to add some board and batten in the dining room too. We'll see :)
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one!
 Here's another before of the table:
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one!
 And after:
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one!
 Can't wait to show you more of what's in store for her house! We have planked walls, square board and batten and a ton more things to do!
Farmhouse style coffee table makeover. How to update an old coffee table into a cute farmhouse style one!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Home 7 Years Later (My 7 Year Blog Anniversary!)

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I can't believe I have been blogging for this long, 7 years! Holy cannoli batman! That doesn't just make me a dinosaur, that makes me like older than dinosaur dust! haha. I started blogging pre-Pinterest, that's telling you something :) And I have to say, so much has changed since my first couple of years of posting! Pinterest has changed everything and completely made everyone, not just me, up their game. Seriously, you should see my photography skills back in the day :) They were pathetic, dark and so unwelcoming. I just used a cheapo point and shoot camera. I think like the max megapixels was 500kb. Seriously though, that's why some of these pictures are such low quality :) Back then it didn't matter so much about photography, just about the tutorial.

Every anniversary, I like to take a walk down memory lane and pull up some old...old photos I have of my house when I first started blogging :) Some of these are embarrassing, but it just shows to tell how a little time, elbow grease, and a complete change in style can change your house! I would say my style back in the day was "Tuscan". I wanted Venetian plaster all over my walls in brown and yellows. Yeah. I'm glad that never happened! That would have been a pain to paint! A crazy thing though, all my main pieces of furniture are still around :) It just shows if you purchase neutral pieces, they can carry on with you even when you decide to change things up a bit.

Okay, ready for complete embarrassment on my part? (as I hide under the 20 pillows on my couch haha). Here you go!

My entryway before:
 And after:
 The barn doors were a HUGE change to this space, especially since the way it looked last year not just 7 years ago. I love the character it has brought to the space.
 The entryway hallway, before:
 And after:
 Another huge change to this space, even since last year. I really feel like I don't do that much throughout the year, then I look back at these pictures and see how much things have changed even since last years blog anniversary :)
 This is like one of the first blog posts I ever did. I'm not sure what it was about. We'll just say it was about how not to decorate haha. Or how to decorate and not put anything on the walls :) Anyway, front room from before:
 And after:
 Another angle of the front room before. I remember I was pretty happy about that table redo, and now I have no idea where it is. Probably in my basement somewhere :) This seriously feels like someone else's house though. I can't remember it looking like this!
 And after:

 Here's my living room before. Once again, one of my very first posts about curtains. :) I was pretty proud of this idea.
 And after! Yep, this is the same couch. And yes, it's actually still the same wall color even.
 Another before view:
 And after. Those bookshelves are the best thing I ever did to this room :)
 My dining room before. Here's where you can totally feel the Tuscan type vibe.
 And after, still the same table! :)
 My kitchen before:
 And truthfully, I had no idea this picture of my kitchen even existed! I wasn't going to show the before and after of my kitchen because nothing really has changed. But I guess it does look a bit different :) Just a new coat of paint on the walls and change out of decor and blinds.
 My master bedroom before. This is so embarrassing! Yep, I had some weird thing with putting fake flowers on the top of my headboard. Don't ask...I have no idea :) Oh and that's a sheet over the middle part of the headboard. I apparently really didn't like that headboard that much. It was my special way of making everything brown :)
 And after!
 Our old guest room:
 Which is now our little ones bedroom:
 This was one of the first iterations of what our second bedroom has changed from. I'm sparing you the very, very first picture of this room. Just imagine a junk room. :) This was when our current nursery was an office/guest room.
 And now here's the nursery:
 The guest bathroom before:
 And after:
 And our main floor bathroom before:
 And after:
 Our laundry room before:
And here's the after which we'll just pretend that it even looks 1% as decent as this today. Seriously though. I need some help. This room is a disaster! I need cabinets ASAP :)
Well, there you have it! I love going through these pictures and just remembering how much time can change things. Even from 1 year to 7 years! It's crazy. One of these days I'll have to pull out our old apartment photos and share them with you :) You'll love it, I swear! haha. They are super awesome :) I guess we'll see what this next year will bring! As I said before, I feel like I didn't do much this past year with our house, but going back through photos it shows just how much I have done even though I wish I had done more. Hope you enjoyed the small before and after tour!

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