Flip Those End Tables!

My neighbor was having a garage sale recently. Let me tell you – I loves me some garage sales! They give you an opportunity to get to know the neighborhood and make some awesome purchases. We got our little guy an adorable monster hat for only $0.25! The most exciting purchase from this sale had to be the solid wood end tables, though.

 

 

I got them for only $4 a piece! You really cannot beat that price. Plus, they have a unique look to them that initially had me puzzled as to how I wanted to refinish them.

After some Pinteresting, I had a plan. I love the two-tone table look that involves a dark wood stain on top and a light paint accent on the legs. It just seems timeless to me.

I have redone the stain on furniture before, like in this post. I know there are multiple ways to remove stain from wood, but I prefer to just sand it off. I did the tops of the tables when my dad suggested just taking the tables apart so I wouldn’t have to sand around the spindles. I am so grateful for this idea since that would have been a pain!

 

 

With the stain all removed, I decided to tape off the bottom of the tables so we could easily spray paint the legs. Initially, I was going to paint the spindles and legs by hand, but my dad convinced me that spray paint was the way to go. Can you tell I get most of my DIY skills from my parents?

For the spindles, we punched holes in cardboard so we could easily spray paint all the spindles at once by standing them up. Here is a pic of the set up:

 

 

Spray painting was much faster and easier. The picture above shows the spindles with one hand painted coat. I am so glad we spray painted them instead.

Next, we got to do the staining. I chose a dark walnut stain. When my dad applied the first coat, I couldn’t get over how gorgeous it looked!

 

 

The tables were put back together with some finagling and wood glue.

 

 

Initially, I tried selling these bad boys at a craft market. Honestly, I am just going to keep these tables for myself!

 

 

Tell me what you think! This is one of my favorite DIYs to date!

 

 

XOXO…PB

Wall of Art for the Stairway

I found this gallery wall on Pinterest many months ago, and it made me long for a stairwell of my own.

 

Image Source: sunset.com

 

I love the black and gold frames mixed together. The staggered arrangement placed in the corner is such a unique idea. When we moved to a home with its very own stairwell, I knew I would have to mimic this idea.

I had several pieces of art I wanted to include, but not all of my frames were in the black and gold family. Luckily, we had spray paint on hand, and I could easily create the look I desired.

 

 

After this, it was simply a matter of arranging. When I do gallery walls, I try not to worry so much about spacing and just go with my gut when hanging different pieces. One thing I do recommend is to hang the largest pieces first and fill in around them.

 

 

My favorite part about my new gallery wall is that it has room to grow! I can’t wait to see where my flea market adventures and boutique shopping take this little decor feature in the future!

 

 

 

 

This would look great with any metallic color – silver, copper, bronze – you name it! In this space, I really like how the gold stands out against the gray walls.

How would you decorate your stairwell? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO…PB

 

Decluttering the Laundry Room

My husband suggested I do this post since not every DIY requires a cute little product as a result!

Our laundry room is the location of all of my craft materials, laundry essentials, and dangerous electronics that we need to keep out of the baby’s reach. It also houses the utilities. Despite this, it is a pretty big laundry room that just needs a little love. I will probably do a couple of posts about the progress we have made in making it a great place to clean clothes.

The first step was simple…more shelving! Ideally, we would have come up with a beautiful, vintage-inspired hideout for all of the random paint and fabric I own. Realistically, we don’t have the time or energy. This doesn’t mean we can’t have organization and simplicity, however.

We already had a white wire shelf above the washer and dryer, so we just decided to add a few more higher up. The effect was less clutter on the ground and just a bigger looking room in general! I know this shelving will last and we can use cute baskets to make it fit our style over time.

 

 

It is definitely a work in progress, but at least we now have floor space!

XOXO…PB