Monday, August 31, 2015

A Painted Kitchen Table

Well hello my friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! 

I am so thrilled to have this project done -- I've sat on this for a year now. If you've been around for awhile you know it sometimes can take me eons to figure out what I want to do with a space. I will live with it for a long time before I know what I want. 

This works well for me because I usually love the end result -- but as you know it usually means I take seriously forever to complete a space. Our kitchen is no different. I've had the ideas of what I want to do in my mind for a very long time. Years I've planned it out. When we took down the wall in the family room last year my plans changed a bit because we were able to really move things around in a way I wasn't expecting. 

That included moving our kitchen table from over by the cramped bay window to between the family room and kitchen. I cannot even express to you how much better this works! Last year I found a new, bigger table after a long search:
I just couldn't decide how I wanted to finish it. The table is rubber wood and has held up GREAT. The top is made up of sections of wood, almost like a butcher block, but the sections of wood are smaller. It doesn't have the look of long planks of wood like other wood tables do. 

For that reason I wasn't sure I wanted to stain it -- I'm sure it would have turned out just fine, but I was also wanting to do something different than my typical stained top and painted legs (I've done that twice now). The natural look was pretty but we have so much beige in this room already -- the island top is a lighter wood, the table, the walls, the sofa -- all were the same tone: 
I needed some contrast! So I made a decision a few months ago and finally got it finished up yesterday. I just love it! 

Here's a pic of how the wax held up -- horribly: 
wax on kitchen table
One of you warned me about this when I shared how I did it. I used a regular furniture wax on the table and buffed it like crazy. It looked great at first! But it did not hold up well at ALL. You can see there how gross it looked -- that was a clean table! No matter what I did it looked like that. 

So it was time to get that wax off of there. I used a 150 grit sandpaper (I used sheets that I wrapped around an older sanding block):
sanding furniture
You can also use an electric sander but I find they leave marks occasionally and the dust gets a little crazy. Mine has a dust catcher and it still escapes. I wanted to avoid having to take this beast outside (it's heavy!) so I did the sanding myself. It didn't take long at all -- I actually loathe sanding but it wasn't bad. 

Because I was painting and not staining, I didn't have to get every bit of the wax off. If you are staining you need to sand really well to get any residue off: 
painting a kitchen table
You'll want to wipe down the table well to remove all dust, then make sure it's completely dry before moving on. 

I did two coats of BIN primer on the table first: 

I used a small sponge roller to do everything -- the top, the apron and the legs. I knew immediately I was going to love the new look:
BIN primer on kitchen table
The primer gave me a good idea because I was going white. And I LOVE it!: 
white kitchen table wood chairs
It is SO lovely! I love the look of the white table with the wood floor and chairs. 

I wanted to pull in the lightness of the trim on the walls. Going dark on top felt too heavy to me: 
painting a kitchen table
I did two coats of primer and one coat of semi-gloss white on top, two coats on the legs and skirt. I liked that I could still see the grain just a bit with the one coat on top so I stopped there. 

I haven't put a poly on it yet -- I'm thinking the semi-gloss will be enough, but we'll see. I'll let you know how it holds up. I've never done a white table before! I'm not afraid of markers or crayons because I can scrub this finish just fine, that's why I use it on our walls. :)

I feel like the white lets the pretty lines of the table really shine: 
how to paint a kitchen table
I also considered gray -- but I have enough of that in this space. Black was an option for a hot second but again, it felt too heavy. We already have a large dark gray fireplace and a massive island in the same color. 

This feels right and I'm so glad I waited to decide what I wanted to do: 
white table with wood chairs
I didn't distress it at all -- distressing stresses me out. I'll let that happen on it's own, cause you know it's going to happen. 

I couldn't resist putting some fall decor out on the "new" table -- I got these beauties from HomeGoods and TJ Maxx. The runner was also from HomeGoods:
bowl of velvet pumpkins
I have a bit of an obsession with those velvet pumpkins -- I started collecting them last year. They are so pretty. Just a note -- it takes a few weeks for paint (especially glossier paint) to fully cure. So you'll want to baby it a bit at first. 

Here's a fun before and after -- this view soon after we had the doors installed: 
solid wood unfinished table
And that view now: 
white table in kitchen
I think I can finally call this part of the kitchen DONE. Whoot!

I love that the light seems to stand out even more now too -- everything kind of melted together before. I'll let you know how the table holds up and if I make any adjustments over time. 

The drywall guys were supposed to be here today but had to move to tomorrow -- I cannot wait to get the walls in the kitchen closed up! Since I'm at a bit of a standstill I'm heading out to the garage today to decrapify. Wish me luck!! a 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Magazine Dump

Happy happy Friday! I'm excited because as I speak the lights in the kitchen are going up (well, being wired anyway, I'll install them when they arrive from Amazon later today) and the drywall will all be patched and beautiful by the end of day Monday.

AND I shopped for the countertops yesterday and found THE ONE. Oh my. I dreamed about it last night, no lie. I'm so stinking excited. It will be the biggest expense in our kitchen renovation but I'm OK with that since I'm doing most of the work myself. Just gotta break it to the husband. ;)

I've mentioned lately that I'm on a purging rampage of late and it has continued even during the renovation. I am taking a good hard look at how we use things, how often we use them and if they make us happy.

Part of that purge includes my stash of magazines. I've told you before that I have a problem with magazines. I love them, I hoard them, I can't get enough of them. Magazines or catalogs -- I'm not picky. The start of the month makes me especially giddy because I know the new ones will be on their way to the stands soon.

But I have wayyyy too many. I've taken a good hard look at the ones I really love and subscriptions I want to keep up. I'm slowly going through those that I have piled up and keeping images I love.

I've decided to start sharing some of my favorite images here with you, and I'll group them in similar categories -- today it's decorating bookcases. These are actually all from catalogs, which I enjoy more than magazines. They are pure decor -- no fluff, no articles, no recipes (although I do love those occasionally too). And the best part? Totally free. Blogs and catalogs are where it's at!

This one is from Birch Lane -- I just started getting this catalog and I LOVE it. The prices are up there with Pottery Barn so I don't know that I'll purchase a lot from them, but the pages are just gorgeous and chock full of inspiration. The bookcase in this one isn't the focus of the picture but I had to include it:
styling bookcases
So well done! I love the mix of industrial-type items and more traditional ones. Love the layering as well. 

This simple one is from CB2 has a more industrial/modern feel. I love the use of plants: 
bookcases with plants
They definitely add some softness to this look, right? I'm a plant lover and find that they are the perfect addition when accessorizing. They fill in spaces so nicely and add some much needed life. 

I love this idea for a bookcase -- this is more of a hutch but why not turn it into a wine bar?: 
bookcase wine bar
Install some glass hangers, add cutting boards, cookbooks and it would look lovely in a den or dining room. The custom wine storage isn't really needed -- look for bottle storage that would fit into your shelving.

I love the use of accessories and baskets in this Pottery Barn image:
decorating bookcases
They help to hide the not-so-pretty stuff. And look -- they have a magazine obsession too! Ha!

Speaking of baskets -- who's to say you can't use them on every shelf? I quite love this look: 
baskets in bookcases
This would be great for office storage or in a craft room. You can find inexpensive baskets at Marshalls, TJ Maxx and HomeGoods all the time. The plant in the basket is another go-to for me as well. :) 

Here's another Birch Lane image that I loved: 
how to decorate bookcases
This is more of an etagere and they treated this with a lighter look that is really well done. 

I think this may be one of my favorites -- again, I love the layers. When decorating in general you want to layer and vary the heights of items whenever possible: 
decorating bookcases
You want your eye to travel up and down when looking at it -- it's visually pleasing for most. :) This one is a little busy but feels right for this time of year. I showed you how I've been adding more layers to our home in anticipation of the fall season. 

I shared my tips on decorating shelves here -- it took me a while to figure out what I wanted on our library bookcases but I've been really happy with them: 
And when I get it the way I like it, I don't change it for a very long time. ;) 

Do you have any magazines or catalogs that you love? Do you hang on to them too long like I do, or do you go through them pretty quickly? I want to be you if so. 

Have a great weekend!