Kitchen barstool makeover

These bar stools have been through so much while living in this house. Poor things.

They’ve been white. Silver. Wood. Now? Blue and white. Yes……. Success.

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You can Google how to tape/paint chevron and get 1000 different ways. I just measured a grid and taped as straight as I could. :) Slap some paint on ‘er, stain the edges a bit and she’s done!

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How about you? Any recent furniture transformations lately?

Dining room light switcheroo.

Once we slowly started to phase out the yellow in the dining room kitchen area I had one problem.

The yellow lighting.

Ick, it just ruined everything. It gave the new paint a definite yellow hue and it just wasn’t us. I’ve been a big fan of seeded glass for a long time now. It’s vintage and beachy and glamorous and isn’t thick so it will let off the best amount of light possible. Which is something I want. I love me some light.

They’re actually for fans but who’s paying attention anyways right? All I know is they’re 5.00 a piece and lovely. Look I finally, after YEARS fixed that light. I liked it lower, but to be honest my child likes to stand on the chairs and swing it, so it had to go up. Maybe one day we can lower it a tad but for now it works for our family and that’s what really matters in design okay? Okay.

It also casts off the prettiest glow at night. And, I pinky swear I’m going to just make the first cut in those curtains and put them up this week. It’s just hard, it’s a lot of fabric and I go back and forth on it. :) But.. for now, I’m sure. So…I’m gonna do it ya’ll. I’m gonna do it.

And it will be fabulous. Just like my pretty light.

Even ugly dressers have feelings

It’s true. Even the ugliest dressers out there want to be loved. So today, I show you how to do just that.

It started with Sarah, she had the fan-freakin tastic dresser in her kitchen, genius. I loved it. This was way back when I first started blogging, then Chris wanted to recreate it and I drooled as I saw her take a walmart version to new heights. All the while keeping it in my idea file, you know.. in my head. Because, this was before the wonders of pintrest.

Anyway then time went by and I couldn’t find anything just right. Boo. But then, Mrs. Bower fancied up this lovely thing and I knew.. It was time to up my game.

I stalked Craigslist for a long long time looking for just the right dresser. With no such luck. Then one glorious day I found one, and it was eerily similar to Katie Bowers, so I emailed him as fast as my little fingers could and what do you know, it was still available. And, best part? Forty bucks. Yup, for the price of dinner out I had a brand new to me dresser that would soon look amazing if I had anything to do with it.

I brought it home and assessed the damage. First though, dang. This isn’t worth 40.00.

Ha.
Jokes on me I guess.

But, I still wanted a freakin’ dresser in my dining room! So I fixed up the dings and dents with wood filler, sanded, primed and painted it with what seemed like 100 never ending coats. The key to getting paint to stick is to give it curing time. True story. All the furniture I’ve done before in a rush gets ruined oh so fast, but with my dining room table I took my time. Let that baby cure, used the right brushes and rollers and it’s help up through everything and still looks great.

So paint, wait, sand, wipe down, paint, wait, sand wipe and then top coat. Got it? Good.

{I used a foam roller for most of it and touched it up with a foam brush, they’re cheap and I don’t feel bad throwing them away when I’m done. They also don’t leave brush strokes or roller marks. I primed that baby with Zinnser primer and used the no VOC paint from Lowes because I had it on hand, if I wanted to put a little more money into it I would have gotten a little bit more creamy white, this one is pretty cool toned but, eh, cheap Rachelle won this one. :) I used Deft top coat because it doesn’t yellow, it’s also the same thing we used on the table and it held up so well! }

Then comes the jewelry. I even used the same hardware as KB. Hate me, I know. But I love the vintage look and the contrast against the white. It works okay, don’t mess with perfection. These may or may not have cost the same price as the dresser. But they sure are pretty, right?

So there she is. In all her glory. I think she looks like a million bucks personally, and she’s the best dresser-wanna-be-buffet I’ve ever seen. Better yet, right now she’s hiding the missing trim from the leaky window that’s yet to be fixed.

The top two drawers are a little wonky but I think I can live with it. I’m afraid to try and fix it and mess it up more.

Does anyone else see two faces here? No? Just me?

I plan on keeping my rotating decor items in the bottom drawers and my bigger cooking items and serving dishes in the top drawers.

Plus anything else I can think of, since I have 6 more drawers of storage now! Whoop! Right now there’s lots of room though, score!
Now, I think it’s time to finally cut up the fabric for the curtains don’t you? Ugh, I’ve been dreading it for a year now. It’s on that to do list ;)
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