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Cookbook Shelf {a furniture makeover}

Hi there! How was your weekend? ‘Tis the season for our weekends to be dictated by football…and boy…there were a lot of ups and downs. We’re Texas fans if that tells you anything. Wompwomp.

…But y’all know I’m squeezing projects in between football games! This weekend I finished up a cookbook shelf for my Momma. :)

Cookbook Shelf in Heirloom WhiteThe before of this guy was pretty sad. He had been used and abused. Beat up…and I’m pretty sure a cat got to him. However, this shelf has beautiful lines and details…and fits perfectly between the pantry and built in desk area in my parents’ kitchen.

cook book shelf beforeTo start this makeover, I gave the entire shelf a good sanding and a coat of spray primer. It’s always good to prime pieces that are older, made of dark wood, or sporting some battle wounds. It will help the paint go on much nicer. I used Rustoleum’s Heirloom White {I love this white!}.

Cookbook Shelf in Heirloom WhiteI am loving this shelf’s new look! My favorite part of this cookbook shelf is the sides. The detailing reminds me of a stained glass window. Beautiful!

Cookbook Shelf in Heirloom White

 

Cookbook Shelf in Heirloom White - blue and white plates

 

Cookbook Shelf in Heirloom White - mason jarsThe crisp white makes my Mom’s pretty things pop, and looks beautiful with the other colors in the kitchen. It is such a wonderful addition to have – being able to store her cookbooks in an easily accessible area and also have more room to display things that are special to my mom.

Cookbook Shelf in Heirloom White

 

Cookbook Shelf in Heirloom WhiteI’m so glad my Mom loves her new shelf! I can’t get enough of doing projects for the people I love! :)

Have a great day!

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E-A-T! {DIY Faux Metal Letters}

Our plans for a kitchen makeover have been put off a few times for one reason or another. I’m sure many of you can probably relate to this. You have all of your plans in place, you’re ready to go. Something breaks {like your fridge, car… or everything in the house all at once}. You walk through the 5 stages of grief {because ALLTHETHINGS keep breaking}. And then you start saving again. You know…general home ownership-ness. :)

Whether it’s because of budgetary reasons, or living in a rental —  I would say most of us are having to live with what we’ve got, or work around certain design elements that we just aren’t in love with. One of the ways I’ve learned to work with what I have, is to add accessories and art that are “me”. I add smaller elements that I love to help a space feel more personal and homey. Creating your own art and accessories is budget-friendly and adds that extra personal touch.

The wall space above my stove was looking a bit sad, so I decided to create something that would spruce up the area now, but also look great when we are able to update the kitchen. I’ve always been a fan of typography {Which probably comes from being the daughter of an art director, and then marrying a graphic designer. Keep your comic sans to yourself, thankyouverymuch.}. I have long admired the zinc letters from Anthropologie, but at $18 a pop… I just couldn’t. I’m definitely one of “those people” that looks at a price tag, chokes a bit and then says “Psshh….I could make that!”. So, that is exactly what I set off to do!

DIY Faux Metal LettersI bought the paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby for $2.47 a piece. Hob Lob also often puts these on sale {40% off I think?}, so if you wait until they do, you can get even more bang for your buck.

DIY Faux Metal Letters -- start with paper mache lettersSpray a good coat of Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze onto the letters and wait for it to dry. Spray paint typically takes about 20 minutes to dry before you’re ready for the next coat. Unless you live in the tropics like me and are dealing with 1000% humidity — then give it about 30 minutes.

DIY Faux Metal Letters -- start with oil rubbed bronze spray paintOnce the first coat is dry, it is time to add the main color. I used Krylon’s hammered silver. I allowed that coat to dry, and then lightly sanded the letters to add some more texture. I gave them one last coat of the silver, and then sanded again, but even lighter this time, to create that distressed metal look.

DIY Faux Metal Letters And there you go! If I wouldn’t have told you they were actually paper mache, you wouldn’t even know! I hung the letters over the stove with my trusty command strips.

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

What part of your house are you trying to work with or around? What are your methods for making a space feel more like it belongs to you?

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Filing Cabinet Re-Do

I’ve been using the same plastic file box to keep my paperwork organized since high school. Now that we’re supposed to be grown ups {or something of the sort} and have a house and consequently, a great deal of paper to keep track of…we have found ourselves in need of a filing system upgrade. I can think of approximately a million and three things that are more exciting to spend money on than a new filing cabinet, so I was pretty pumped when I scored this little fella for $7. I found him on a Facebook re-sale page for our community {It serves the same purpose as Craigslist, but only for our little section of our huge city}.

Filing Cabinet Re-do : Like a Saturday

The filing cabinet was beat up and boring, so of course, I decided to attack it with a couple of cans of spray paint. I still wanted it to have an industrial look, but with a modern twist, so I went with a two-toned look.

Filing Cabinet Re-do : Like a Saturday

I painted the drawer fronts with a glossy white, and the rest of the cabinet in a glossy grey. I believe the color was winter grey {Rustoleum} but I already tossed the can. It only took 3 light coats to get good coverage.

Filing Cabinet Re-do : Like a Saturday

This guy now lives next to my desk in my  office nook. It’s awesome to have added a little extra surface space in my corner {especially for when I have the sewing machine out}. My craft caddy lives here when it’s not following me around the house.

Filing Cabinet Re-do : Like a Saturday

Filing Cabinet Re-do : Like a Saturday

Next up on the to-do list is reorganizing our files and coming up with a good system. Do you have any tips you use when keeping your paperwork organized?

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