If you all have been following along on ISPYDIY Instagram, you’ve seen that I have been putting some finishing touches on my dining room and kitchen, and giving it a bit of a Fall makeover. I was going to waiting till I had everything done to show you all photos, but I a bunch of you DMed me questions about my kitchen table while I was staining it, and I wanted to give you the details right away! A little backstory, when we were gutting the house, and vaulting the ceilings, I had the demo guys keep a bunch of the original 125-year-old 2x4s. I knew I wanted a big kitchen table for entertaining, and thought using them would be a fun homage to the house and it’s history. My carpenter pulled out the one million nails from each piece of wood, and ran them though a plainer a bunch of times, then glued and clamped the 2x4s together to create the top. I stretched up a base idea for him, and he welded it to match the vision I had in my head perfectly!
The table has been sitting unfinished for about a year and a half, because I was not sure what direction I wanted to go with it. I honestly love the unfinished wood look, but it left the room looking a bit undone. I went stain shopping an found a color I had not seen before called Minwax® Early American, and I thought it would be perfect to give the wood a richer tone and really show the character. It did exactly that! I love the color variation from one piece of wood to the next.
Next, was deciding on a top coat…gloss or matte. I tend to always go for matte satin, but I thought for a dining table that would have to withstand a lot of spills, a gloss would be better…so I ended up somewhere in the middle with a semi-gloss Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane specially formulated to use on surfaces exposed to water. No coasters for me! I was nervous because it looks SUPER glossy when it goes on, but it dried with just the right amount of sheen.
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I did some major antiquing a few weekends ago, and high on my list was dining room chairs for a Barnhouse project with my amazing longtime sponsor, Krylon® Brand.
I did not know exactly the shape I was looking for, but knew that I wanted to paint them with this SUPER pretty Krylon® Italian Olive color. I stopped at 5 different thrift stores, picking up different chairs along the way (each were only $6), thinking that I would use 4 mismatched chair and just spray-paint them all the same color. Then, on my last stop, I found 4 matching ones for $30, score!! They were that awful orange wood, and I didn’t love all the detail, but thought they might look more modern painted the beautiful deep green. They honestly turned out even better than I thought they would!!!
I started by sanding the topcoat with my mouse sander to rough up the topcoat, then sprayed on about 5 light coats of Krylon® ColorMaster™ Paint + Primer – 25% More in Satin Italian Olive, letting them dry in between each coat. Don’t worry about it being patchy the first couple coats, the key is light layers to build up the color and keep it from dripping. The color looked SO rich when it was done. The satin finish has some sheen, and I really wanted a matte finish that almost looked like chalk paint, so I tried the Krylon® Matte Finish Clear. I was super impressed with how flat the color looked after it dried! What do you all think?! All I have left to do is find a larger oval table to replace the game table I painted with chalkboard paint, and I’ll be ready to host a dinner party! (more…)
Yay! It’s time for another room makeover! My amazing friend, Melissa (everyone around here knows her as the creator of MilwaukeeHome), moved into a new house with her hubs and baby boy. The home is super cute, but they they had the dreaded statement red wall in the dining room…just like every Wisconsin home not been renovated since the 2000’s. She was using the space as a playroom, but really wanted somewhere to eat dinner as family. So we swooped in with some paint and gave the room a makeover, it’s amazing how a fresh coat can give a space a whole new life!
Can we talk about these chairs!?! I saw them at the Sauder showroom at Highpoint and became OBSESSED with finding a space to use them in. They are the perfect shade green, and the perfect matte finish. They are such a statement, I knew I wanted to keep the rest of the room a neutral palette.
Everyday dining will proooooobably not be as fancy as this setup, but we really wanted to do up the table for their little family. Sometimes it’s nice to go a little overboard for a new Mom 😉 The danger of decorating is I always end up buying an extra set for myself…ooops! So the speckled plates and matte black silverware might look familiar from pics of my house.
We put a shelving unit in a back closet area they were not using, and tuned it into a bar area. I LOVE this “You Are Here” sign (I bought one for my home too), that’s actually a framed tea towel that I found on a trip to Minnesota.
I am obsessed with the planter, and knew it would be perfect in the corner with a tree, to add a little height and greenery to the room.
I know you all have seen this art before in my bedroom, weeeelll the art I bought for the makeover did not arrive on time for the shoot, so I grabbed this one off my wall, and now it has a new home, ha! Guess it’s time to buy something new for my room #notcomplaining
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