Master Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

The Before…

Now that hurricane Irma is over and life is getting back to normal, it was time to finish up what I started a while back and get our master bedroom makeover done.

You might be asking, ‘a master bedroom makeover? Already’?  Didn’t you just move into the House house like a year ago?  Well, yes we did.  However, I never liked how the master bedroom looked, specifically the paint color.  The tone of the blue was just ‘off’ somehow.  I usually LOVE blue and our dining room, living room and office are blue, but there was just something about this blue that wasn’t doing it for me.  So, I never really finished the room in the first place.

I told my husband I wanted to paint it, and he said, ‘Go for it, but you’re on your own’.  He hates to paint.  Then I told him I was thinking of painting it white and he said ‘White is not a color’.  HA!  But, he let me paint it white anyway and we both like the way it turned out.

We’ve had this Tommy Bahama bedroom set for about 7 years.  It’s okay.  My husband and I both like it.  I probably wouldn’t pick something like it out today, but I figured my husband wasn’t gonna let me buy a whole new bedroom set so I better find a way to decorate around it.  The rest of my house has a coastal/beachy look but this bedroom set makes me think more carribean/tropical.  It is Tommy Bahama after all. 😉 I was thinking white with green accents would look much better.  And to top it all off I was trying to do all this on a small budget.

Master Bedroom Makeover….During…

So, I painted all by myself.  Well, the kids kinda helped, but I did most of the work.  And guess what?  Painting kinda sucks.  Especially when you don’t have a ton of time to do it, in between kids after school activities, homework, running everyday errands, trying to go to the gym, and blah blah blah.  It took longer than I thought it would take.  And then when it came time to paint the wall behind the bed, well, that was no fun.  This bed is heavy.  We weren’t able to lift it up out of the way, or even slide it.  Instead, we had to take the whole dang thing apart.  Let’s just say there may have been some swearing going on from both me and my husband, and maybe I questioned myself with “why did I start this damn project???”.

Anyway, the painting all got done eventually.  It took about a week.

Master Bedroom Makeover…After…

Here is how it turned out. Still not 100% done, but looks a whole lot different.

I ordered the duvet cover from Wayfair for only $36.99.  Have you ever ordered anything from Wayfair?  They have the best stuff, free shipping and easy returns not to mention great prices too. Anyway, this duvet is super soft, nice quality for the price, and the perfect color.

The euro shams came from Wayfair too.  I wanted plain white and these were the cheapest ones I could find at $17.99 a piece.  The euro shams are the large square pillows and the covers can be EXPENSIVE!

I downloaded these prints below for FREE, and you can too, from this web site.  I bought the 11×14 sized frames at Michael’s when they were buy one/get one free.

The below prints I got on  I recently discovered that you can download all sorts of amazing photography and artwork on etsy for really cheap!  Did you guys know this?  Am I the only one who didn’t know this?  I found these on the shop called GoodVibesMotel and they cost around $7 each.  Once they are downloaded to your computer, you then have to upload them to one of the many websites that can handle printing.  After shopping around a bit I found out that Walgreens prints poster sized prints. Many places don’t.  I found a coupon online for 40% off and ordered both 2’x3′ prints right from my computer and was able to pick them up the same day!  They came out to a little less than $20 a piece.  Then I bought these frames at Michael’s for 50% off.  Aren’t they cute?

I found the curtains on Wayfair too and think they tie everything together nicely.  They are a little more ‘crinkly’ in person than I expected but I like the color and the print so I kept them.

New master bedroom curtains
New master bedroom curtains

Lastly, I found the little green bench that you see at the foot of the bed at Tuesday Morning for $99.

I am in search of the perfect picture or some type of artwork for above the bed and also have my eye on these lamps for the nightstands.

Overall, I did not spend very much money on this room.  I really tried to find as many bargains as I could.

Here is one last Master Bedroom Makeover Before/After.  Looks a little different don’t ya think?

Featuring a Friends Amazing Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Makeover….

My friend (Jamie) redesigned her kitchen and it is so gorgeous I just had to share it with y’all.  Jamie and her family live in my neighborhood and bought their house several years ago.  As I’ve mentioned before, most of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the 80’s and many have not been updated ever, or for a very long time.  Jamie is in the design business and has amazing taste and style.  She and her handy husband did a lot of the work themselves, and were able to complete their kitchen makeover without the huge price tag.

If you missed the post about my own kitchen reveal you can find it here.

The Before…

First, let’s take a look at the kitchen before pictures. She didn’t have a whole lot of them to share, but you get the idea.  Here was the kitchen when they bought the house.  Nice, but a little outdated, dark and just sort of blah.

The After… 

Pretty different, wouldn’t you say?

The Details…

They replaced all the cabinets and installed a classic subway tile backsplash.  The gorgeous countertop is a honed Calcutta Apuano marble with 3 waterfall edges.  The cabinetry hardware is from School House Electric, the pendant lighting is Kitchler, and the sconce above the sink is Hudson Valley lighting.  They put up custom shiplap from sheets of plywood that they ripped to size, painted, and installed. They handmade the gorgeous barn doors from Brazilian wood that were former car pallets.  So cool.  (I really wish we had installed some barn doors somewhere in the House house, but I digress.)

They installed French doors, where there used to be a window, that leads out to the back yard.  The beautiful and cozy banquette was also custom made by Jamie’s husband. The art above the banquette is a DIY that features a beautiful indigo textile covered by acrylic sheets.  The lantern above the dining table is from Visual Comfort.

Pretty nice job they did, huh?  I just love their style!  What do you guys think?

Jamie and family are moving away, unfortunately.  But, they were able to sell this house (not surprisingly) very quickly.  Who wouldn’t want to cook in this kitchen?

Fun Friday Finds

Check out these fun items I found for you…..

How adorable is this coral colored rug for your coastal home?

Bethany Indoor/Outdoor Rug – $47.99

from: Wayfair

A 9 piece outdoor dining set?  I could use one of these.  Love this one.

9-Piece Alfredo Patio Dining Set – $1,540.99

from: Wayfair

I’ve always wanted one of these.  They look so comfy.

Arbor Swing Chair with Stand Color: Peridot – $559.99

from: Wayfair

Or, this is a much cheaper option.

Parker Woven Cotton Chair Hammock – $54.99

from: Wayfair

I love this wreath!  Classic and will go with any style.

Classic Elegance / Preserved Boxwood Wreath – $42.50

from: Decor Steals

Some fun beachy art.

Umbrella 4 Piece Framed Photographic Print Set – $53.85

from: Wayfair

Refinishing Bar Stools to Look New Again

A weekend DIY project…

I posted these refinished bar stools on social media and people seemed to like them, so I thought I’d put together a short tutorial on how I refinished them.

We inherited these hunter green bars stools from a house we bought and then later sold.  The previously home owners had left them.  I’ve wanted to refinish them ever since, and I finally did it! Here is how….

Refinished Bar Stools, Before
Refinished Bar Stools, Before

Dealing with the legs…

First, we took the tops off.  These are the kind of stools that spin around.  The hardware needed some WD40 anyway since some of them didn’t spin so great anymore. My husband took care of that while I did the rest.

I started by lightly sanding the stools legs.  I just wanted to scuff them up a bit so the paint would have something to stick to.

Then, I spray painted the legs using this Valspar paint with a built in primer.  I used one whole can per chair, and even bought an extra can, just in case, and used that whole can too doing touch ups. I flipped them upside down, sprayed, waited for them to dry, and then flipped them right side up and did the same, to make sure I didn’t miss any spots.

Dealing with the Tops…

I sanded the tops thinking that I’d try to stain them the same color as the top of this refinished table I did a while ago.  However, they looked terrible!  They just weren’t taking the stain the same way the table did.  We have a lot of left over paint in the garage, so I took a look and decided to use the wall color from our dining room instead of the stain.  And yes, that looked much better!  You can see in the picture below the one top I hadn’t yet painted.  Looked terrible, right? That was with at least 2 coats of stain. Maybe if I keep adding layers of stain it would have looked better?  I dunno. I didn’t think so.

Painting the tops of the stools
Painting the tops of the stools

After I painted all of them I was thinking, hmmmm, it needs something more. They seemed a little boring.  So off to Hobby Lobby I went looking for a stencil.  I originally was looking for a shell, preferably a starfish, but they didn’t have one.  Then I found this anchor and thought, bingo.

Back to our garage I went to figure out what color to use for the stencil.  I was going to use white but decided to use TopSail, which is the color in our living room, and such a pale blue that it looks almost white.  After they dried there were a few spots that needed to be touched up, which I did using a small paintbrush.  Easy peasy and they don’t look half bad!

Refinished Bar Stools, After
Refinished Bar Stools, After

Last but not least…

I added a few coats of polyurethane to prevent any chipping.  I was told to use water based, instead of oil based, to prevent yellowing.  We’ll see how it holds up.

I really like how they came out and they will be perfect for extra seating when we are entertaining. Also, the kids like to sit in these stools in front of the aquarium and check out the fish.

I’ve got a table to tackle next.  Stay tuned for that.  I hope you found this helpful.

Pallet Flag Fence

What to do with leftover pallets…

A while back I wrote a post about all the cool projects friends made with the leftover pallets from our renovation.  We saved some for ourselves too, and went back and forth with different ideas on what to do with them.  Here is what we finally used them for.

We have a very large backyard and we love it.  Last summer we put pavers down in the back section to make a sports area for the kids, and a sitting, fire pit area for the adults.  However, a piece (a triangle really) of the neighbors yard sticks into the back corner of this section.  This area of their yard is basically overgrown weeds.  To section it off my husband used the bunch of pallets, leftover from our renovation, as a makeshift fence.  It looked kind of cool and rustic, but he had an even better idea.  He wanted to paint it to look like a flag.  A pallet flag fence?  I must admit, I was like,”huh, what”?  I didn’t really see his vision, but he did, so I told him to go for it.

Neighbors area, before fence

The Tutorial…

Here is how he did it.  It is pretty self explanatory, but I’ll elaborate anyway.

  1. Buy some red, white, and blue paint.
  2. Lay all the pallets on the grass and start painting.
  3. Alternate red or white paint, and then paint 3 slats blue. We used 9 pallets and painted the first 4 with 3 slats of blue.

Once it was all painted and dried he put up the fence to see how it looked.

pallet flag fence before stars
pallet flag fence before stars

Not bad!  But we both agreed that it needed stars to make it really look like a flag.  So my husband cut out a star stencil and he got back to work.

Adding stars to our pallet flag fence
Adding stars to our pallet flag fence

And viola, here is how it looks now….Not a bad way to use up all those old pallets.

What do y’all think?


Living Room Reveal

Our Living Room…Before and After…

I’m back after a month hiatus.  Why so long?  Where was I?  Well, my mother-in-law was here for 10 days, then 4 of my high school girlfriends came for a long weekend.  We had SO MUCH FUN.  Then my boys had Spring Break and we went to Key Largo for 4 days which was also SO MUCH FUN. Busy busy!  Time to get back to reality.

The Before…

I decided to show you the entire living room hoping that you’d get a better idea of what our main living area looks like, and just how much it has changed since we bought this house.  This is where we spend most of our time.  You may remember my kitchen reveal, my dining table, bar area, and my aquarium post where you got a glimpse into this space, but today I am going to show you the entire thing.

I’ve been putting off showing you the entire living room space because I feel like it is still somewhat unfinished.  A new couch in this space would be sweet, and we definitely need a larger rug, and something to cover up the back of the sofa too.  For now I’m trying to make do with the stuff we already have (and have painted most of our old dark brown furniture white).

Anyway, here is how the living room and kitchen looked before.

The After…

Now, the living room is HUGE.  It measures approximately 26′ W x 31′ L (including the kitchen).  When we were renovating, we decided to add on to the back of the house by basically enclosing the old lanai.  This added about 10 feet to the back of the living room and the office/gym area.  We also tore down the wall and half wall you see in the before pictures that separated the dining room and living room.

This is how it looks today.  You can see it is much more open without that wall, and the room is large!

Decorating such a big room is challenging, especially when you don’t have a zillion dollars to buy all new stuff or hire someone to help you out, and there are only so many pictures in magazines, Pinterest, Houzz, etc that you can look at for idea’s and inspiration. I tried to keep a beachy/coastal vibe in here like the rest of the house.  I’ve painted all of our old dark brown furniture white, except a few things, which are on my to-do list.  The walls are a pale blue (Topsail by Sherwin Williams) and the floors are distressed light wood.

Half of the room is devoted to tv watching and so our couch faces the very large 75 inch tv (which actually doesn’t look that large on this very long wall).  As you can see,  looking at the back of that very long couch is not ideal,  so we need to get something for the back of it.  A long bench maybe or a long console table? Any idea’s?

Living Room, view from tv wall
Living Room Reveal, view of tv wall
Living Room Reveal, view of tv wall
Living Room Reveal, view of tv wall
Living Room Reveal, view of tv wall

The other half of the room contains the bar, aquarium, and our kitchen dining area (where we eat most of our meals). Here is the room from just about every angle I could think of.

We had these white shelves so we put them up on either side of the tv to hold my vintage camera collection and some family photos.

This is how it looks from the kitchen sink.  Not a bad view of the pool and backyard huh? Those sliders open up completely which is amazing for entertaining and to experience true indoor/outdoor living year round here in Florida (except when its too hot, then we shut those babies and stay inside and crank the A/C).

Living room reveal - View from the kitchen sink.
Living room reveal – View from the kitchen sink.

That is all I have for now.  I hope you enjoyed this post and now get a good sense of how this whole room looks and can appreciate all the work we did to this house. It truly looks completely different.

Any questions, comments?

Adding an Aquarium to our Living Room…

An Aquarium?  In our Living Room?

I must admit I was VERY skeptical about adding an aquarium to our living space.  I mean, they are not exactly an interior designer’s dream.  Am I right?  You don’t usually see them in pictures of living rooms in the home design magazines or on the design tv shows, unless they are the super fancy ones like on the show Tanked.  But, my husband and boys really wanted one, so I reluctantly agreed.  And I am happy that I did.

Since we don’t have the kind of money to invite the TV show Tanked into our home to build an amazing, huge and super cool aquarium, we had to settle on one we found at PetSmart.  It is a 55 gallon tank, which is a pretty good size.

The first thing we had to do was build the stand that you see in the below picture to hold the tank.  My husband saves everything, so we had the cabinets (which we previously used as a seating bench in our old kitchen), the legs (which are leftover rails from our staircase railing), and even the screws to attach them.  Score!  When my husband said he was going to build this cabinet, I was skeptical, but it doesn’t look half bad and there is plenty of room in it to hold all the fish tank supplies.

We took the kids to the pet store to help us pick out the stuff that goes into the tank, i.e. the plants and decor.  Of course they both went straight for the SpongeBob stuff.  We let them pick out a few ‘kid’ things and then my husband and I picked out some ‘grown up’ stuff.

Here is how it looks, complete with a mini Bikini Bottom (that’s where SpongeBob lives, for those without kids and who don’t watch SpongeBob) including SpongeBob’s pineapple home, Squidward’s house and the Crusty Crab. LOL!!!…

Filling the tank…  

We didn’t know this, being fish tank newbies, but you need to fill the tank with fresh water, not tap.  Well, you can use tap water but then you have to treat it with chemicals and then there is a waiting period before you can add fish, and we were all anxious to add the fish.  So, what do you do when you need 55 gallons of fresh water?  You go to Sam’s Club and buy 10 cases of water to fill the tank.  OMG!  It took a while, and there were bottles everywhere, but we got the job done.

Here it is filled with water and waiting for fish.

We waited over night before we went back to the pet store to pick out our fish.  We decided to go with freshwater fish vs. saltwater fish.  Again, we are newbies and apparently salt water fish are not for newbies.  Salt water fish are prettier and larger (and way more expensive too), but we managed to find some colorful and pretty freshwater fish.  The experts say to only add a few fish to the tank at a time to see how they do and so they can acclimate to the tank.  We each picked one for a total of 4 fish.

We’ve had them for a few weeks now and none of them have died or eaten each other!  Whew!  The kids and the cats are fascinated by them. And, I have to admit, the tank looks better than I thought.

Here is one final look,

Do you have a fish tank?  Do you love it or hate it? Any advice for us?


DIY Wine Cork Project…

What to do with all your saved wine corks…

First off, I can’t believe its been over 3 weeks since I’ve posted anything.  First my son’s birthday, then Christmas, then New Year’s, then I lost a friend to breast cancer and had a hard week getting thru that. Anyway, I am back and ready to share this little project with you.  Hope you enjoy.

Are you a wine drinker like me?  Do you save all your corks like me too?  Then they sit there in a vase or jar or something forever and you think, what the hell am I gonna do with all these, but you can’t seem to throw them all away?  Sound familiar?  Well, I finally decided to do something with all of mine and make this DIY wine cork sign.  And it was super easy!

DIY wine cork project…

I wanted to write out either the word “cheers” or “BAR” to hang above our bar area. I headed to Hobby Lobby to see what they had for wooden letters and decided on these.  These letters are about 10 inches high, are very thin, and cost less than 2 dollars each.  They also had some cursive letters that I liked, but they were not as tall as these, and I wanted them pretty tall. I am sure most craft stores carry similar wooden letters, in case you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you.

DIY wine cork project
DIY Bar Sign using wine corks

First, I sorted my corks and arranged them on the ‘B’ before gluing them down.  After messing around with different patterns, I decided to go from light on the top to dark on the bottom.  Second, I glued them down with my fabulous glue gun.  That is pretty much all there is to it!  I told ya it was easy.

I must admit that about half way thru the ‘A’, I’d used up all my corks, and then had to ask friends if I could have theirs.  This B alone has around 70 corks!!!  That is a whole lotta wine.  Luckily I know a few big wine drinkers who were willing to donate their stash to me so I could finish. 😉

DIY wine cork project
DIY Wine Cork Sign

One last thing.  These letters did not come with anything on the back for hanging, so my husband nailed some small sawtooth hangers on so we could hang them up.

Easy Peasy!  AND, here is the final product…

DIY wine cork project
DIY Wine Cork BAR sign

A few more pictures…

I found the ‘House Winery’ sign on Amazon.  It is an old wine barrel top, customized with our last name and est. date.  (We put 2016 since that is the year we moved into the House house.)

It hangs above the bar that I refinished a while back, using the same technique as my dining table. Looks much better in our space.

Hope you enjoyed this simple and extremely easy little project.

Have you ever done anything with all your wine corks?  I’d love to see.

Guest Room Reveal

Guest Bedroom Reveal…

Hey All!

I hope you all had fantastic Turkey Day’s!  We hosted our first Thanksgiving at the House house, and I must say it was great.  We had family here and some friends who were visiting from out of town.  It was low-key and wonderful and we had a lot of laughs, and lots of food and wine.  And the turkey was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.

The Before…

But, enough about Thanksgiving. Today, I thought I’d show y’all our guest bedroom.

I did not take many ‘before’ pictures of this room.  It was just a room with one window and one closet.  Big whoop!  Nothing to exciting, which is probably why I didn’t take any photos of it.  These are the photos from the real estate listing.  Sorry about the quality.  As you can see it was pretty dark and dreary in there.

And here are some before picture of the outside of house.  The guest room is located behind the arched rock wall.  The house originally was about 2000 square feet with a split floor plan.  Master bedroom and bath on one side and two bedrooms with another bath on the other.  Living room, kitchen and dining room were in the middle of the house. Since we now use the old master bedroom as an office/gym and have added three bedrooms upstairs, this area of the house became what we call ‘the guest wing’.  This guest bedroom I’m about to reveal, a den that guests can use as a tv room (but also serves as a man cave for my husband – it has all his sports pictures in it) and a bathroom.  Our old house had an 800 square foot guest house so we feel like this ‘wing’ makes up for losing that.


And here is a picture of the room before the new front window was installed and before it even had a wall. This is the view from the now dining room.


We ended up extending the wall out into the dining area about a foot, and adding a beautiful window, new drywall, new carpet and of course paint.

Guest bedroom today… 

And this is the bedroom now.

The room is a collection of old furniture, curtains and lamps, that we’ve had forever (since we don’t plan on buying anything new at the moment). I tried my best to make it look as nice as possible, and as comfortable as possible for our guests, and living in Florida we do get our fair share of guests.

This bedroom set is probably 15 years old, at least.  My husband bought it while we were dating and we used it for a very long time. It is not the most up-to-date set, but it does the trick for a guest room.  We wanted to have a king sized bed in there and this is a king set.  The photographs above the bed are from some of our travels over the years. We traveled a lot before we had kids. Actually, we’ve traveled quiet a bit with our kids too.  The curtains we used in our master bedroom at least 3 houses ago (we’ve moved a lot!), but kept just in case.  Same with the lamps. Overall it doesn’t look half bad for a bunch of old stuff.

Here is the before/after from the outside of the house. Bye bye, outdated rock arch wall thingy.  Hello, new gorgeous window.

And one more before/after of the inside


I’m not sure if I’ve told ya how much we love our windows.  We live on a fairly busy street.  I mean, it is not a highway, but it is the main road coming into this neighborhood and lots of cars go up and down it all day long.  But, let me tell ya, these windows are so thick and sound proof that you can not hear a thing.  No cars going by, nothing. I talked all about these windows back when we had to pick them out.  They are hurricane impact windows and were very expensive but really were worth the price.

Gearing up for Christmas… 

We are busy decorating our house for the holidays.  Our neighborhood is famous for it’s Christmas lights and displays and people come on tour buses, and in cars from all over Naples to check out the lights.  The pressure is on.  I’ll be sure to post some video and pictures once we are all done.  I’m also working on a quick and easy Christmas DIY project I will tell you all about soon.  Remember these trees I made last year?  And a reader (and friend) made this.

Refinishing a Dark Wood Table

Refinishing our dark wood table was something I’ve wanted to do since we moved into the House house, but I was a little afraid of ruining it.  I loved this table, and it’s color, when we first bought it over 12 years ago but it just didn’t look right in our new home.  We use it as a kitchen table for casual everyday meals when we are not sitting at our enormous kitchen island, or in our dining room.  It was a dark chocolate brown and I was unsure if I’d ever be able to lighten it up.  Well, thankfully I was, and I am so happy with the result.  Here is a step by step of how I did it.


Klean Strip paint stripper
Klean Strip after wash
paintbrush cleaner
hand sander with different paper grits
stain, I used Minwax Weathered Oak
polyurethane, I used Minwax Satin Polycrylic Protective Finish
chalk paint (to paint the legs)
wax sealer
safety glasses

Step 1:  Stripping the paint…

The first thing you need to do when refinishing a piece of furniture is strip off all the old paint using a paint stripper.  A very nice guy at Home Depot helped me pick one out.  He recommended Klean Strip, as shown below.  You just apply a coat of it, wait a few minutes, then scrape it off.  I had to do this several times as I was working outside and it was very hot and humid so some of the stripper dried too quickly.  I only did the top of this table since I planned to paint the legs white.  Once you are done stripping the paint off, you then need to apply some Paint Stripper After Wash.  I used Klean-Strip.  This product essentially removes any paint residue left from the stripping process.  To use, follow the instructions on the back of the can and make sure you wear gloves and safety googles.

Here is how it looked after using the stripper and after wash.  Again, I used several coats. It was still too dark for my liking, so I started sanding.

Refinishing a Dark wood table
Refinishing a Dark wood table

Step 2: Sanding…

Please make sure you wear a mask and safety googles if you attempt this. Thankfully, we have a hand sander and the thing is awesome.  Although it is very messy and very noisy.  I used a few different sand paper grits when doing this.  I started with 80 and then went up to 220 to finish it off.

I continued to sand until I liked how it looked.  I was going for a ‘farm house’ feel.  I could have kept sanding until all the colors were even but I was happy with the uneven, weathered look.

Step 3: Staining…

Once I was done sanding I had to decide what stain color to use so I went back to Home Depot to pick one out.  I suppose I could have just left it the way it was but I thought using some stain would enhance the color.  First I tried using some left over white pickling stain (as you can see on the far right part of the table) that I had in the garage, but I wasn’t happy with it.  I ended up choosing Weathered Oak by Minwax after searching Pinterest for ideas.

Before you begin applying the stain make sure to clean up all the dust. I used a damp rag, then a dry one to get rid of every last speck of dust.

I applied 2 thin coats of stain and was happy with the way it looked.  Here is a picture of the different stages of color.

Step 4: Apply Polyurethane and Paint the Legs…  

I waited overnight for the stain to dry thoroughly before applying the polyurethane.  The back of the can said to to apply at least 2 coats of poly, but I thought it needed at least 4.  This is a dining table after all,  and I wanted to protect it from getting water damage, scratches, etc.  This stage takes a while since you have to wait for it to dry for 3-4 hours in between coats.  You also need to sand lightly in between each coat.

Refinishing a dark wood table
Polyurethane Oak stain about to be applied

After I applied each coat of poly I started painting the legs white.  I used chalk paint that I mixed myself using this recipe that I found online, or can can purchase chalk paint at many hardware stores and online.

1/3 cup plaster of Paris
1/3 cup water
mix these 2 ingredients together first
then add 1 cup of paint
and stir until smooth and mixed thoroughly.

For those who don’t know, chalk paint is awesome.  It allows you to paint most furniture without having to sand or anything else. Since the wood was so dark the legs needed about 3-4 coats of paint. Once that was totally dry I brushed on a little wax sealer and I was done.

I love how it came out. This whole process took around 3 days since you have to wait for things to dry. There isn’t much you can do to speed up the process, but it is worth it in the end.

Before and after. Refinishing a dark dining table
Before and after. Refinishing a dark dining table

Finishing Touches…

I found this adorable settee at Tuesday Morning.  I had been eyeing the exact one online at Wayfair but a friend spotted this for me and I couldn’t believe it.  It is perfect.  The artwork is from Home Goods.  I wasn’t sure if I was crazy about the chairs, which are from West Elm, but I think it works, for now at least.  The last thing I would like to do is add some sort of light fixture above the table, but I’ve got to convince my husband first.  Adding things means $$$.

Here is one more look at the Before and After.  Much better don’t ya think?

I am so happy with how it came out and am now inspired to tackle our bar which is the same dark stain.  Stay tuned for that project!

What do you think?