DIY: Natural Weathered Wood Stain

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On our dining nook reveal post I mentioned that I  made a natural wood stain to age the top of the table. I thought I would share the deets today &my honest opinion on the process with the results. 
I got the idea from my friend who did this to her farmhouse console that we built for her. I was so intrigued I had to do it on something of my own. What is a better guinea pig than a free table?

So here is the mix after it has set. Basically I  mixed 1 cup vinegar and a couple pieces of steel wool in a jar. You have to let it set for 24 hours before you can use it. The longer you let it set the darker your wood will get. 
This mix does this weird thing to the wood, it oxidizes and changes the feel COMPLETELY into reclaimed barn wood feel.
It's a little crazy. 

Before I added Polycrylic on top my table was a really pretty light grey, the poly darkened the finish which I was a little bummed about but its totally necessary for a dining table situation to seal the wood. 
I tried it on a new piece of plywood & the results were iffy so I think it's a little unpredictable but totally cool when it does work.
Here is one last shot of the finish on our table. I kinda like that it didn't take to the whole top making it unique and much more vintage looking than it actually is.

Our home: Dining nook

Monday, March 23, 2015
I finished this space a while ago, but I have been so busy project deep I haven't had a chance to show you all the new pretty things happening!

Here is our new dining nook that looks especially pretty in front of our DIY planked wall.. (more on that later)

This whole makeover was inspired by a free farmhouse style table my Mom brought to me. She knew I could do something with it. It had an ugly yellow oak top before.
So I quickly stripped the existing finish, and used a stain made out of vinegar + steel wool for the top.
The top is aged and inconsistent grey... much like old barn wood. I kinda love it. 
I sealed it with a polycrylic + wha-la.
I left the legs as they were white, chippy, a little dirty... ya know adds character.

I paired it with some Target industrial style chairs that I found on a local yardsale page (lucky day!!) and a thrifted bench I quickly painted white. 
So pretty much, this entire area is second hand. How awesome is that?! 

Chairs similar here
Vase from Downeast Home
Dishes from Walmart
Curtains & Placemats from Target
Silk flowers Hobby Lobby
Table + Bench Thrifted

Stylish Kid Storage Ideas

Sunday, March 15, 2015
A while ago I posted a picture of our front "formal" living room on Instagram saying that we were planning on changing it into a casual sitting room & play room. Because we really need it to be functional & at this stage of our lives... pretty sitting rooms are low on our priority lists. 
At the same time this is the space everyone sees as soon as they entire into our house... so I want it to still look good & put together.
My dream is a place where kids can play and grownups can still enjoy. 
That's a hefty wishlist... according to Pinterest playrooms are colorful & casual living rooms don't include toys and kids tables. 
I think you can have both. First thing is first, hiding all the things.
Here is what I've gathered from some of my favorite go to places.

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Fresh flowers from The Bouq's.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I absolutely love fresh flowers. Anywhere & everywhere for any reason possible.
I absolutely love this bouquet that I received from The Bouq's.
I like simple but beautiful flowers. Their bouquets are perfect for just that.

All of their bouquets really highlight the beauty of the flowers.
&I love that they are completely affordable. 
Did I mention they're beautiful?

DIY Blanket Ladder.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I thought I would share my quick DIY blanket ladder that I quickly built a little while back.

This was seriously SO easy.
Isn't it funny that the simplest DIY projects tend to be your favorite? 
Honestly, this cost like $4 and took me about 15 minutes to build. 
All I did was buy inexpensive 1x2 stripes of pine from Lowes. 
I totally eyeballed the height...  mine ended up being about 6' tall and each horizontal strip is about 20". 

I simply measured, and screwed the pieces together with long wood screws. 
Stained it Dark Walnut by Minwax & wha-la.
Seriously, anyone can do it.
You can even have Lowes cut the wood to size if you aren't so sure about using a saw. 

I love having our pretty throw blankets on display and it adds a little bit of cozy to our family room. 

Farmhouse Console with Classic Grey stain.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
You might remember a couple months ago I showed you the awesome DIY Farmhouse console that my husband built for us. 
I loved it, but I quickly started thinking that the wood tones made the space feel a lot darker & smaller than I liked.
I ran across Minwax Classic Grey stain at Home Depot and knew it would have been a better choice than the Dark Walnut we had.
So... we sold that console. And my husband made me a fresh new one. 
Doesn't he rock? Ohh, the things he puts up with. 

Here is the new & improved Farmhouse Console in Classic Grey by Minwax.
I really love how the wood grain shows through.

You might notice that our TV is miniature right now... that would be because there may have been an unfortunate event involving water, a paintbrush, and an artistic 3 yr old. 
Insert angry and laughing emoticon. 

Room Reveal: Grandma's House.

Monday, October 20, 2014
I spent a couple days with my mom visiting & working on a few spaces around her house. I somehow managed to forget my good camera so I don't have beautiful pictures to share with you.
But it would be a shame to not show you a few of her pretty spaces.
My mom lives in the cutest little cottage style house. Her style is modern countryish.
I hate labeling styles because it's hard, and I think it's boring to play by a certain "style"

It started with a {few} massive hauls to Homegoods. I love that I can go anywhere &know that Homegoods will have a TON of great options.

I apologize for all the phone pictures. Our main focus was  her basement which was newly finished, complete with pretty wood floors, and pretty soft grey walls.
I did end up doing a few projects while I was there, including making cornice boards for her living room.
You can see what her room looked like last year when I first went and decorated her living room, here.
She had moved her sofas down to the basement because they were a little oversized for her formal living room &found a beautiful Pottery Barn leather sofa at Downeast Home.
The chairs are from Pier One Imports.
The rug is from Down to Earth home.
The lamps are from Black Goose Design.
The coffee table is Ikea.
The art above the fireplace is made by me :). 

I love this old copper bucket on her hearth. It was filled with Hydrangeas but we swapped it out with some fall wildflowers & greenery. I love that this arrangement looks like we gathered it from the area that she lives.

The cornice boards were quite the project because I pretty much made it up as I went. Isn't that the only way to do things? Anyways, we ended up using a foam board from Lowes which made them really lightweight which was GOOD, they didn't need any crazy hardware to be hung.
This is the fabric we used, my mom had it picked out before I got there. 

I'm a neutral girl, but sometimes a whole bunch of pretty colors on a fabric makes me so happy.

Down in her basement half of it is a sitting area, and the other half is a game area that will have built ins eventually. We used some gauzy panels from Ikea, and picked up a beautiful cowhide rug for under the area. I am a little jealous. I want a cowhide in my house... somewhere.

I am really bummed I didn't get any good pictures of the sitting area that is adjacent to this table. It is pretty & might have even had some faux fur involved.