DIY Welcome Mat

It was sunny outside on Saturday and I was excited to be able to spray paint a project again. When I moved into the house I bought a large doormat with the intention of doing this... 9 months later I'm finally doing it!

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Supplies needed: 

  1.  plain door mat (ikea) 
  2. masking tape
  3. spray paint
  4. glitter coat spray paint
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Tape off your word of choice, I went with a quick easy one to start.  

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Spray the entire mat evenly with your spray paint. This did take an entire can of paint.  If it was a lighter color I would even buy two cans of paint.

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Spray with the glitter coat and let dry before pulling off the tape. 

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Hi ✌🏼️ 

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All in all this took me about 20 minutes from start to finish and is too dang cute on my porch!

Dining Room Reveal

After being in the house for 9 months I can finally say that one room is done done. No small item is left on its to do list and I'm pretty excited and happy with the turn out. Now to keep plugging along in the other rooms. The living room and entry way are a close second to being done. Just need to finish the painting the trim. 

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Unfortunately I didn't take too many good before, here is the only one I can find from move in day. Everything was an aged beige and yellowy when I moved in and I couldn't wait to make everything bright.  We started with a base of Benjamin Moore's intense white in pretty much every room.

White Modern Dining Chairs ll Silver Metal Dining Chairs ll West Elm Dining Table (no longer available in white) ll West Elm Rug (no longer available) ll Bar Cart ll Bar Cart DIY ll Wall Urchins ll West Elm Drapes (no longer available) ll Salvaged Light Fixture (similar) ll Live Edge Bench DIY

White Modern Dining Chairs ll Silver Metal Dining Chairs ll West Elm Dining Table (no longer available in white) ll West Elm Rug (no longer available) ll Bar Cart ll Bar Cart DIY ll Wall Urchins ll West Elm Drapes (no longer available) ll Salvaged Light Fixture (similar) ll Live Edge Bench DIY

The house has great molding and I really wanted to show it off. I wanted to do a dark dark gray that almost looked back but wasn't too drastic against Benjamin Moore's intense white. After staring at paint swatches taped the wall for a month I picked Ralph Lauren's basalt in semi-gloss. 

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The mix of grays, whites and wood makes me love the cool but warm feeling of the room. I've added small small pops of color with the rug, mirror, and bench legs.  

DIY Live Edge Bench

I'm a fan and reader of Yellow Brick Home and swoon weekly over their updates and projects. They always have a fun, clean, quirky, and modern look all rolled into one space. A year+ ago they made this bench and I haven't stopped thinking of it since.  

When I purchased my dining room table and needed to figure out seating for 6 I decided it was the perfect place for a bench like Kim and Scott's. I looked online at benches similar and they all started about $130+ shipping. I decided to make it more difficult on myself (story of my life) and make one!

I found a live edge slab farm/dealer/man about 45 minutes from my house and made an appointment to look in his barns. This sounds slightly sketch but it totally wasn't. I figured my dad would enjoy the outing and invited him along to Live Edge Wood Slabs - Duvall, WA.  Saturday's are by appointment only, so call prior to the weekend.

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Once out there he let us wonder around looking at all the different types and sizes of wood.  I ended up finding a 4ft piece of Maple that was my predetermined perfect length. 

About two weeks later I finally had time to sand it and get legs ordered. I used my RYOBI sander that I got for Christmas. I started with a 80 grit, moved to a 120, and finished it with a 220. I sanded the corners and edges so people's clothing wouldn't get caught. But I only lightly used the 220 on some of the thicker bark edges to leave it intact. I used the miniwax spray polyeuratganr in a matte finish to seal the wood. I didn't want it to be shiny and slippery for people to sit on. 

Looking online for hair pin legs I found you could order a set of 4 for about $60. I was sure I could find them for less. I landed on Amazon looking and found this bench. It was only $39 and all the reviews were from people who bought it to use the legs on something else. 

Once the bench came I drilled holes into the bottom of the bench to screw in the legs and VIOLA!!  

I'm so so happy and beyond proud of the outcome and how my dining room table looks!

The Small Things

This weekend felt like I took care of lots of little non-fun things. Such as replacing light switches, outlets, and plates with bright white ones instead of the off white and painting my kitchen ceiling. Super exciting....

So crisp and clean! 

So crisp and clean! 

Even though they are boring items they sure make the kitchen look closer to being done. 

I did get into a room that I'be been waiting patiently for. 

Next to my house is what was my grandpas house and we now rent it out. We are currently in between renters and doing some work before we find the next ones. Lucky for me there is a room full of items left over from my grandparents and great aunt.  

this beauty was original to the house

this beauty was original to the house

And now it's front and center in my dining room.  

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I had been looking at different flush mount brass Sputnik fixtures but hadn't pulled the trigger yet.  This defiantly fits the feel I was going for!!

I also sanded and decided on a stain for the buffet that I'm refinishing. I'm still deciding if it's for me or sale. 

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On top and the bottom it's going to be stained s red mahogany with white doors. I can't wait to see how it turns out! 

Holidays

With the holidays and not taking any day off of work for them not a lot on my list got done. I could write a really long boring post about how my dad and brother dug a ditch, filled it with pipe, gravel, etc to help with my winter time flooding in my unfinished basement but that would be so boring and not have any pretty pictures.  

 

Instead here are a couple of small things I got done and worked on. 

I rehung my kitchen shelf

I rehung my kitchen shelf

Now that my basement doesn't flood and I can start dreaming about a painted concrete floor and a work bench (swoon).  

I have a paint station to work on items for the shop.  

I have a paint station to work on items for the shop.  

I'm currently selling some small crafts at a local vintage store as well as on etsy.  

I dropped 3 window paintings off on Saturday

I dropped 3 window paintings off on Saturday

When I wasn't painting or hanging out with my family for the holidays I hung out with lots of friends who were home. 

And attended my 10 year reunion 

And attended my 10 year reunion 

Zee pretty much thought nonstop human interaction for four days straight was the best thing ever.  

just relaxing by the fire

just relaxing by the fire

 Now that the holidays are over and packed away hopefully I'll have time to get some projects done.  

THE LIST FOR 2016

- repaint lower kitchen cabinets

- hallway built in

- shelves in my bedroom

- dining room bench

- finish the kitchen in general

- LIGHT FIXTURES

- artwork in the stairwell

- black trim, black trim, and more black trim

- outside paint refresh

- YARD/DECK