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May 2017

Console Table Redo…

Are you guys getting sick of all my DIY painted furniture projects?  I hope not cause here is another one.  I would like to present my console table redo. 😉

Changing up this old table…

This console table is pretty old.  It used to have a TV on top of it for years, until we moved into the House house and started using it as an actual console table.  Except, it didn’t match anything once I painted all our other old dark wood furniture.  So, guess what I did?  Yup, I painted it.  But I added a map to the top to make it a little different.  Here is how I did my console table redo.

console table before
console table before

Step 1, the map…

I’ve been wanting to add a map to a piece of furniture after seeing a few projects on Pinterest that I liked, and thought what better place than my console table redo.  I started searching for one and was having trouble finding a map that fit.  This table is 42″ long and they don’t really make maps that big, at least none that I could find.  I did however find this stuff called a ‘project roll’ at Joann’s (see pic below).  It is almost like wrapping paper, except a little thicker. Bonus, it was on sale for $2.99! It still wasn’t long enough though so I had to cut it to size.  I mean, it was plenty long, as you can see below, only the map kept repeating itself and everytime it repeated there was a border. After brainstorming a bit, I decided to cut off the top and bottom border and then the middle border too. I had to overlap where I cut off the border, by matching up the exact location on the map.  Sounds complicated but it wasn’t.

It looked like this, see below.  You can see that the continents repeat but you can’t really see where I cut the border off and glued it back together.  I wanted North America to be in the middle, but as you can see there are 2 Asia’s, Europe’s, Africa’s, etc., one on either side.

First I used an exacto knife to cut it down, then I used the actual console table as a template and some scissors to make sure it fit perfectly.

Step Two, Painting…

Since I still had some leftover, I used this same blue that I used to paint this bar area shown below, and these bar stools.  It is also the same color as our dining room.

 

I brought the table outside to my “workshop”, aka the covered lanai, and started painting it.  I gave the top one coat and the rest three.  I wanted the top to be blue underneath the map since I cut the map so there is a slight border, maybe 1/8″ all the way around.

Step 3, Adding the Map…

To add the map to the table, I used Mod Podge to glue it in place.  I started at one end and slowly kept appling glue to the table top and then slowly sticking the map to the table.  Once it was all glued I tried to smooth out any bubbles.

Once dry, I applied 2 more coats of Mod Podge on top of the map to seal it, then 3 coats of Sealer. I used Minwax, Water Based Polycrylic Clear Finish.  I have to admit that all the bubbles on the top were freaking me out!  I kept smoothing them down with a rolling pin and my fingers, and the edge of a spatula, but some of them were stubborn.  I even popped a few with a pin.  I kept thinking, OMG what did I do, this looks terrible.  Anyway, after it sat and dried overnight all the bubbles magically disappeared! Whew!!!

And,that is pretty much it!  Overall, I really like how it came out.  Using left over paint and other materials in our garage, it only took me a couple of hours and a couple of dollars to do!  The only thing I had to buy was the map, and that only cost $2.99!

Here are some more before/after shots.  I styled it using the same stuff as before; a collection of shells, white vases and a shadow box that my bridesmaids made me the year I got married of all our wedding memorabilia.

What do you guys think?  Do you have any projects to share with me?

Our Year in Review…

A recap of our first year in the House house…

To all my mamma readers out there, I truly hope you had great Mother’s Days!  Mine was great. I got some nice gifts from my husband and kids, including a coupon book from my 10 year old for free hugs and other cute things, and my husband made breakfast (which hardly EVER happens).  My mother lives close by and my mother-in-law was visiting, so we took an all day boat ride with the kids.  It was a great day.

Anyway, speaking of Mother’s Day, I can’t believe that this Mother’s Day marked our one year anniversary of moving into the House house.  One year!  What?  That sure flew by. I thought I’d write up a year in review post to recap all the things we’ve done this year.  So much has happened inside and outside of the house, and there is still more to do.  Being a home owner is a never ending process.  Constantly decorating, rearranging, maintaining, stuff like that. Right?

So far in the past year, I’ve revealed; the kitchen, living room, dining room, guest bedroom, laundry room, and guest bathroom.  There are many more rooms that still need ‘revealing’ that I’ll get to eventually. Some are still not reveal-worthy in my opinion.  😉

Projects…

Also, in the past year I’ve been busy becoming a furniture refinisher/painter/updater/DIYer and have painted and refinished lots of our old furniture.  For example this dining table, these bar stools, this bar area, and our kitchen bar area too (what, doesn’t every house have 2 bar area’s??), my husband built this pallet fence, and also a few other items I never even posted anything about.  AND, I’ve got a few more pieces that I plan to tackle too.

Other stuff…

We got through out first Halloween here and handed out 14 JUMBO bags of candy.  It was crazy.  We live on the main road so had lots and lots and LOTS of trick or treaters.

We also survived our First Christmas here and I even wrote a whole post about these amazing balls (hehehe balls) that I made, and these easy wine bottles.  People warned us about living here during Christmas time.  You need to decorate your house to the nines and the traffic can get out of control.  People come from all over the place to drive through here to see the lights for pretty much the whole month of December, including tour buses and golf carts from all over not only from our neighborhood, but neighboring ones too.  Christmas Eve was crazy.  There is so much traffic that the cars go about 2 miles per hour through here.  If you see a friend in their car passing your house, you can literally have a full conversation with them as they are driving by. Many nights we had beers/wine/drinks with a fire pit and some friends in the front yard and we loved every minute of it.  Yes it is a HUGE pain in the ass putting up, and especially taking down, all the decorations, but it was all worth it.

Other random stuff…

We added an aquarium and have had many fish funerals since.  Oops! But most of the fish are surviving and many are going strong and getting huge.  Its been a bit of a learning curve figuring out which fish get along and won’t eat each other.

My husband and I went to the Super Bowl and had quite the experience.

Overall we’ve had a great year here.  It is so nice being in a neighborhood with so many kids and so many great parents too.  We look forward to many more years in the House house.

Playhouse Makeover

Check out what our neighbors did with another neighbors old playhouse they were giving away.

Y’all know I love a good makeover and upcycling story as I’ve done of lot of makoever-ing and upcycling myself.  As much as I’d love to be able to throw away all my old furniture and get all new stuff, it isn’t happening at the House house, at least not right now.  So since we’ve moved in here I’ve painted and/or updated a lot of our old stuff.  Like my dining room table, these old bar stools, some left over wood pallets, and even these wine corks just to name a few.  Anyway, I thought I’d show you how my neighbors made over this old playhouse.   Yay for makoevers!

Before…

Here is the before picture of the playhouse.  Our neighbor’s 2 girls had outgrown it so they passed it off to our neighbors across the street who’s little girl just turned 2.  It is the perfect size for her.  It was cute before, but definitely had seen better days.  The stain was fading from the sides and the blue trim was looking a little dull.

Kids Playhouse, Before
Kids Playhouse, Before

What they did…

This wasn’t a difficult project, just time consuming.

After they got it home (they live just 2 houses away from each other) they (mostly Bob, the dad) started working on it.

First, he sanded the sides and roof using a hand sander.  This took some time.  These projects are never ‘quick’, especially when you work full time and have 2 kids at home.

Once that was finished, he re-stained the sides and roof to freshen it up. He used a different color stain for both.

Lastly, he painted the trim and door purple (their daughters favorite color) and the accents pink.  He also got creative with the door and used a piece of wainscoting to fill in the bottom half.

Overall this was not to difficult and look how stinkin’ cute it came out!

I think it’s safe to say their daughter loves it.  Look how happy she is in it! And guess what, my boys like it too (and they are 8 and 10), and this little one’s brother (who is 9) and all the neighborhood kids.  They’ve been over there playing in it, even though some of them barely fit.

See what you can do with a little elbow grease and some creativity? And it saved them lots of money not having to buy a new house. These playhouses are not cheap!  Good job neighbors!

Check out one last before/after…