Color Lovers: Dining Room Refresh

Color Lovers Blog Tour: 10 color loving bloggers working on 10 colorful rooms! Are you ready for some ideas on adding color to your home? You hit the jackpot! Follow the tour below and stay tuned! 

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The Challenge: Our dining room is looking kind of stale and uninspired. It’s hard to tell in photos but it needs a paint job pretty bad and well, while I LOVE neutrals too (have I mentioned my design-mutt style?), I am ready to add some color to my neutral base.   It’s usually looking like something along these lines…

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::yawnnnn::

Nice enough. Clean. Bland. It’s time to liven things up with some color, baby!

Before: See the patch work for nail holes, dings, cracks and scratches in the walls below? These walls require some TLC! Since this room doesn’t have direct access to a window (although behind where I’m standing to take the photo is a set of French doors in another small room), there’s little to no natural lighting so it’s important to keep paint options light and bright but oh man, if you know me, I do love being creative so I might have something special planned for that back wall. Watch out! I’m armed with my FrogTape and ready to go! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

See how dark the room typically is?

Okay friends, so here’s the plan: feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments. If they’re nice. haha. Just kidding. Constructive criticism welcome! 

Walls & ceiling: Freshen up the ceiling and walls. The walls will be neutral and light for the most part (again, those lighting issues) with the exception of maybe something fun on that back wall. The ceiling was actually a lighter shade than the precious taupe-y walls at one point but as you can tell below, definitely not clean crisp white. That’s changing! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

 Sliding door: I still swoon over this door. I’ve considered repainting it for a change /something different but I am still so in LOVE with the chartreuse color so it’s staying! However, I’m adding frosted contact paper to the windows to give the bedroom privacy (there’s currently a dark curtain there…blah). The frosted film will still allow some of that natural lighting to make it’s way into the dark dining room but provide privacy between the rooms.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

My thoughts on decorating and loving color:  I looooove bringing in color with paint and decorative accents. Why? Mostly because I love to rearrange and redecorate often. I find that keeping the furniture (those big ticket items) neutral allows for adding and changing color schemes whenever the itch to do so hits me. And I get itchy often. Wait. That doesn’t sound so good, does it? lol What I mean is…I find that my reward for ‘cleaning’ is re-arranging and redecorating. It keeps things fresh and motivates me to get the sweeping, dusting, picking up tasks done. So for me personally, change happens often in my home. It makes me happy. 

Summary: Paint and decorative accessories are easy to change so do what you love! I’m no stranger to colorful accents. Remember this fun room? Not everyone’s cup of tea but my family room was so colorful-carnival, I couldn’t help but smile in there. Ya know?

family room was once a kaleidoscope of color

eclectic family room

 

guest room/nursery

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff

Anyway…back to the dining room and adding color there! 

Keep: existing handmade barn wood dining room table, built-ins (I’m always tempted to tear those out but…they’re so functional I’d be crazy to do away with them, ya know?) and existing light fixture (still love it so working with it). Those two built-ins are actually a very light shade of blue. I’m ready for them to be white so I never have to paint them again in my lifetime.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Built In Cabinets:  I guess previous homeowners had a LOT to display since out of the 4 corners in the dining room, 3 have built-in cabinets. Well, who doesn’t love storage? So they stay. I’ve lived 10 years with being able to see what’s in the built in cabinets and it’s not always pretty. The best of intentions sometimes get out of control. My plan is to hide the contents.  I love this lace pattern privacy window film (affiliate link) on the two matching built-ins for hidden storage. Spray painting hardware. 

before…peeling light blue paint

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after will be fresh, crisp and clean.

The other built in cabinet shown below will get a fresh restyling. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Design board: I am SO super excited for this fresh colorful update!!! 

  • Update the seating. Birch Lane is an affordable shopping destination with classic designs. 
  • Add beauty to the walls. Minted has such a beautiful selection of stationery, wall art and fabrics. 
  • The Mine has a killer selection of unique fine furnishings for my plan to bring in a few feminine touches and color through decorative home accessories. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room design board: navy, blush, chartreuse and gray

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COLOR LOVERS PALETTE: 

blush, gray, navy, & chartreuse 

I am in LOVE! What are your thoughts? Not vibrant but certainly color lovin'! Think it's not colorful enough? Just wait and see! It might look muted in the plans but it's going to make my boring dining room bright and colorful! 

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I feel it's versatile. I'd have no problem adding in maroon or magenta, teal or turquoise, gold or silver, black or brown or even eggplant...lots of color options for adding colorful seasonal accessories. 

Mark your calendar! Stay tuned! On June 27th, stop back to see how a coat of paint, some DIY and a color palette of blush, gray, navy and chartreuse give my tired dining room a bright and colorful new look!

Longing for some more Color Lovers eye candy? Visit these talented blog friends in the Color Lovers tour. Prepare to be wowed and inspired!

Kelly Elko/In My Own Style/Inspired by Charm/Tatertots and Jello/Southern Hospitality

Fox Hollow Cottage/Four Generations One Roof/Jennifer Rizzo/Duke Manor Farm

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Furniture Shopping

I was recently invited to check out our local CORT Clearance Center and since the big DIY room makeover goal this year is our unfinished basement remodel/man cave, I decided to give them a visit. Shopping for discount furniture is on our radar and I’d never been to their store. Have you? @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff I enjoyed the selection of high quality CORT Certified furniture. I was surprised to learn that CORT’s furniture quality is higher than other discount brands with more durable fabric and stitching and real wood instead of particle board, etc.  CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff There was a large selection to chose from too! From bedrooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff to living rooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff to dining rooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and office furniture. CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff So many beautiful textures CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and a selection of neutral colors CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and bright fun colors (something for everyone) CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and decorative accessories CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff along with the affordable budget friendly pricing at your local clearance center. There’s an option for extra discounts when you buy furniture in sets or take advantage of the “home to go” packages. That option makes furnishing an entire room less challenging, especially when you don’t know where to begin.  CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff   What an awesome investment for people looking to furnish and decorate a room! There’s also a CORT certified 90 day guarantee – where they will repair or replace defective product within 90 days of purchase. Gotta love a company who stands behind their name!   CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff A big thanks to Jeanne and Aaron for the warm welcoming greeting and assistance! CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff Have you ever visited a CORT Clearance Center near you? Did you choose a room package? What were your thoughts? 

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Step Stool Makeover

Scoop up a step stool at the flea market, yard sales or thrift stores and give it a makeover. Thinking ahead, sweet grand baby is going to need a step stool to reach the bathroom sink to wash his little hands. This wooden flea market treasure is perfect. And of course I can’t resist the opportunity to take it from blah to cute with a little paint and FrogTape®.

flea market step stool makeover @diyshowoff

Materials I used:

  • wooden foot stool (sanded and wiped clean)
  • FrogTape and scissors
  • vinyl decal 
  • paint (I used Valspar Sea Kiss in a satin finish) and paintbrush
  • spray lacquer 

What I did: 

1. I convinced Mr. DIY to do the sanding for me. He’s much faster at that task than I. He simply sanded away the varnish leaving me a clean blank slate.

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2. Then I wiped away the saw dust with a damp cloth. 

3. Next I applied my vinyl decal to the top, burnished it and pulled away the transfer paper. 

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4. I taped off stripes using FrogTape Multi-Surface. Since the sides aren’t 90 degree angles, here is what I did: Tore off a piece of FrogTape longer than needed. I placed it in a straight line (I just eye-balled it) and folded the edges over on the ends. Using my thumbnail (or credit card), I rubbed the FrogTape on the corner. Then I gently lifted it up and using scissors, cut along the ‘white’ line. Replace and burnish tape. Repeat on each of the four sides, two rows of stripes. 

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5. Paint a coat. Let dry. Paint a second coat. 

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6. While paint is still wet, carefully remove FrogTape and vinyl decal. Then allow paint to dry over night. 

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7. Optional: sand edges for a distressed look. 

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8. Apply two light even coats of spray lacquer, allowing dry time between each coat according to instructions on the can. 

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Ta-da! A cute addition to the bathroom sink for little ones. 

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*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Industrial Milk Can turned Side Table

I’ve had old industrial milk can laying around, collecting dust (cobwebs too) just waiting for a fun DIY and repurposing it for a fun side table to add some charm to the patio seemed like just the right idea. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Materials I used:

  • found industrial milk can
  • black paint + primer in one
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • round wicker-like tray (also found…thrift store, I think) 

What I did: 

I like the distressed/dinged up paint finish but it needed a little pizazz. I gave it a good cleaning, then using FrogTape, I added some bold stripes. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

A spider crawled out of that hole too! Yikes! Once that was taken care of, using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the FrogTape to ensure crisp clean stripes.

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I applied two coats of black paint. Paint. Dry. Paint. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Right after I applied the second coat, while the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Secure a tray using whatever method you find best (glue and clamps, screws, etc.), (a round wooden table top or an old clock would be cool too) and ta-da! A fun side table for our patio: 

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I added in some coordinating accent pillows and I have a fun new look to a usually neutral area. The old industrial milk can is a great conversation starter too.  DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

LOVE IT! Have you added any fun elements to your outdoor areas this summer? 

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Side Table Makeover

Spring cleaning always inspires a bit of decorating and freshening up around the house. Today, an old side table gets a fun new look and a pop of color for the reading nook. Side table makeover:

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What I used:

  • side table
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • spray paint

What I did: 

I cleaned an old side table with a damp cloth and let it dry. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Then using my FrogTape, I taped off a design onto the table top. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Using my thumbnail, I burned the edges of the tape in order to get crisp clean lines. 

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Next, I toted it outside and applied a couple of even light coats of spray paint. 

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Before the paint dried, I removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

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The side table adds a pop of color to our reading nook and will sit between two chairs. 

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Do you have an old piece of furniture that needs an update? 

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*This post is sponsored by FrogTape.

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Jazz up baby’s crib for under $10

Need a splash of color in the nursery? Jazz up the crib with vinyl decals for less than $10! 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Crib before:

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: Happy Crafters adhesive vinyl x 2 colors 

Tools Needed: Scissors

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

The Oracle brand adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters has a grid on the back side. Using scissors, simply cut strips of adhesive vinyl to size. No vinyl cutting machine required.  

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Remove backing and place onto crib like stickers. You choose the color or colors that coordinate with your space. Best part? They’re removable! Get a fresh new look temporarily without ruining the crib’s finish. 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

After: 

Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff Jazz up your crib for under $10 with DIY adhesive vinyl decals. Tutorial @diyshowoff

Can’t go wrong with easy, affordable, temporary and cute crib decorating! 

*Please note that you should make safety your first priority. If you find that your vinyl decals are peeling up, remove vinyl immediately. We do not have any issues, I’m only sharing a decorating project that works for us. Attempt this project at your own risk. 

**This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. I love the products and the prices are affordable. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for great prices, products and inspiration for your next project. 

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Creating a Reading Nook

There’s a section of our living room near the built in shelving that I like to call our reading nook. It’s a place for displaying my DIY, decorating, home improvement book collection. A place where I enjoy curling up and flipping through the pages of the latest issue of my favorite home magazines.

Things to consider when creating a reading nook:

Bookshelves or bookcases are a must-have for display and organization. In our home, I use a section of built-ins in the living room.

Comfortable seating. I chose two Nico Accent Chairs by Sauder. I love the sturdiness, traditional design, durable linen fabric and fun print in neutral colors with nailhead trim for completing the look and function in this space.

Lighting: Everyone knows that reading in the dark was bad for our eyes, right? You’ll want to make sure there’s some sort of adequate lighting to provide a bright atmosphere for reading. I currently use a pole lamp but would love to incorporate some wall mounting lighting.

Accessories: A collection of books (and/or magazines) of course,

a warm comfy throw,

a foot stool (I’m still scouring estate and yard sales), coordinating accent pillows

and a few decorative accents that reflect your style.

Everything needed to inspire quiet time and reading. It’s my favorite spot in our living room, a little library corner.

For more design inspiration, check out the Sauder Look Book.

Do you have a designated reading space in your home? Do you have any tips to add for creating a quiet comfortable space?

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Outdoor Bistro Set Before and After

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to spruce up outdoor seating areas. The oil rubbed bronze of this bistro set matched everything nicely but it’s just so brown and tired. 

Before:

DIYShowOff Bistro Set Makeover before

Originally it was a $15 yard sale score, ivory and rusty. 

Wayyyyy before…

bistro set before @diyshowoff

Here it is better staged in our grape arbor/gazebo recycled brick patio/pathway reveal, but it gets lost…

recycled brick patio @diyshowoff

 

Here’s what I did:

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Remove the glass top. A little sanding of the rusty spots, a good wipe down (Yes! That’s Young Living Thieves household cleaner)…

Thieves cleaner

and one can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X in navy (don’t forget your mask)!, a day of dry time….

RustOleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x

…then re-insert glass, top with a couple of homemade cushions and I’m loving the new pop of color.

After:

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Much happier, isn’t it? Do you have some tired old boring outdoor furniture ready for a re-freshening? 

DIY Freestanding Mobile Pipe Coat Rack

Holiday season! That means some entertaining in our home, get-togethers with families, dinner parties (having a holiday open house today, in fact).  Time to get holiday guest ready! Did you ever notice that your own family fills up the coat closet (sometimes to the point of “avalanche!” when opening the door? Or is that just us?!)…and when guests arrive in colder months, coats are stored in the guest bedroom in a pile on a bed? Our solution: 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

A DIY moveable, mobile coat rack. I am so over the utility types that teeter, lean or fall over when filled up. Know what I mean? This industrial looking DIY coat rack is sturdy, not to mention adds a touch of rustic industrial style.

Materials I used:

  • (1) 48 inch stair tread (I used red oak but for a more budget friendly option, there was also pine)
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (color is kona and ebony)
  • foam brush for applying stain, gloves & rags, paint brush for applying polyurethane
  • Rust-Oleum Polyurethane sealer (finish is satin)
  • (4) heavy duty casters 
  • (2) 3/4″ flanges
  • (2) 24″ galvanized steel pipes
  • (2) 30″ galvanized pipes
  • (2) 3/4″ tee connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ nipple connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree street elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ caps
  • (1) 36″ galvanized pipe
  • #12 1 inch hexagon washers (screws)

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator DIY coat rack with galvanized steel pipe and casters @diyshowoff

What I did:

Soak the sticker parts of the galvanized pipes in hot soapy water. (It doesn’t take long.) Remove stickers. Dry pipes and set aside. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Finish the wood. Using the foam brush, I applied the wood stain (brush on in the same direction as the wood grain). Let sit for a few minutes then wipe away the excess with old rags. Unlike pine, the red oak wasn’t absorbing my favorite kona colored stain in as rich of a color so I also applied two coats of ebony in the same way to achieve a darker color. Stain then dries in about an hour. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

After the stain was dry, I sealed the wood using a coat of polyurethane. Simply brush on (looks a bit milky when wet but dries clear). I let that dry overnight. 

I attached the four casters to the under (unfinished) side using the hexagon screws. Be careful with the screws on the cut side of the wood. Going too close to the edge may cause the wood to crack. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Flip right side up. Set aside the nipple connectors, two street elbows and the caps. 

Next I assembled my pipe pieces. Starting with the flanges. Screw 30″ pipes into flanges.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator Then add tees to the other end of each 30″ pipe.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

 

Then add the other 30″ pipe sections (one to each tee – you’ll have two poles at this point).

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add a 90 degree elbow to the top of one pole.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Connect the 36″ galvanized pipe (center) piece. Add a 90 degree elbow to the end of the center pipe piece then add the other pole.  

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Place the pole-contraption onto the wood stair riser (I found the center by using a yard stick).  Attach flanges to the wood using the hex screws.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add nipple connectors to the center tees, then elbows then caps. This creates a space for hanging purses, hats or scarves. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Now when we’re expecting guests, we can simply roll the coat rack near the door for hanging coats. Or use it as extra hanging space in a room without a closet (or one with a packed closet). Handy to have in the laundry room too! 

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Store it in the basement, a closet, the laundry room, an office or guest room and then move near the door for parties and gatherings. Or if you have room, display near the front door entryway or mudroom area. 

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

Multi-functional Furniture: Dresser

One of my favorite pieces of furniture is a dresser because of it’s function and storage. Remember the beautiful Shoal Creek Collection dresser that I had in the guest room? It started off with it’s traditional function in our guest room.

It also served a brief stint as a console/sofa table in our family room. Keeping board games, junk, photo albums, etc. neatly organized.

An extra surface for displaying books and decorative accents.

Then it was located in our dining room. I love it’s function has a buffet and extra storage for linens and serving pieces that we don’t use every day. And of course having a clean surface means an opportunity to create a festive seasonal vignette too. When I recently co-hosted a baby shower in our home, the dresser top was perfect for displaying the woodland themed cupcake buffet (and a big hit too).

And finally, the dresser has been moved to it’s final resting place…a nursery for the new little grandson who will soon be here to serve as his dresser and a changing table (add a non slip material to the bottom of the changing pad). We’re still working on the small apartment nursery but here’s a sneak peek.

Do you use dressers in non-traditional and unexpected ways? Could you use more storage in your dining room? Don’t have a kitchen island or have room for a little extra storage for serving trays, small appliances or kitchen odds and ends? Need extra linen storage in a wide hallway? Take a look around your home. Sometimes just moving furniture around inspires a fresh new look. Have any other creative ideas? See more about Sauder here. And more styled furniture on my Fabulous Furniture Pinterest board.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

{Hospital} Bedside Table Makeover

One of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges for September is furniture makeover…

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

I just happened to score this little thrifty treasure from the thrift store…

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

for the low, low price of $3.99! A cute {hospital} bedside adjustable table in need of some TLC. 

I gave it a good cleaning then disassembled the parts. 

After taping off the casters, I gave it a few light sprays with a metallic gold spray paint. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

Once that was dry, I went back and forth on making a decision on the tray part. A shelf board would work. So would a serving tray. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

I went with the serving tray. I reassembled and used smaller wood screws to attach the tray to the frame. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover  

Now it’s a convenient bedside accessory…

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I liked that it has a lip since the tray tilts forward. Great for holding a book or tablet. 

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Adjust to the table top position for a portable desktop, breakfast in bed or bedside, chair side or couch side table.

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Makes for a pretty side table too…

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What’s your latest thrift store, estate sale, flea market find? 

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

 

Sauder Experience

With a nursery project in the works, purchasing a dresser is near the top of the furniture list.

As a part of a fun campaign, I recently shopped at Sauder.com to choose a dresser that fit our space and needs. The Expedition Design tool makes choosing a piece that fits your style easy!

I ordered the a dresser from the Shoal Creek Collection (gorgeous jamocha finish) from Sauder that will coordinate beautifully with the crib that Ali has chosen. I love the extra attention to detail.

We loved the rich dark color, beautiful hardware and extra deep drawers for more storage. Even better? I ordered it online and it was delivered to my back door. Much less complicated than hauling it home from the store.

Upon unpacking the box, it was noted that one of the boards had snapped during shipping. But rather than have to pack everything up and return to the store (that box is heavy!), I simply ordered a replacement part at no cost to me … online. It shipped the next day. Super convenient! There’s also a live chat option.

And while the DIY part of building may feel overwhelming, assembly was actually pretty easy with detailed instructions. Every piece is labeled and the drawings of each step are helpful. The only tools required are Phillip’s screwdriver and small hammer. The dresser was assembled in just a little over an hour. An affordable dresser! With slides and drawers…that easy!

It’s currently residing in our guest room, soon to be guest room + nursery space. Perfect for baby’s clothes, blankets and diapers but until those plans are underway, it provides great storage for extra linens, towels and “junk”.

Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the placement at the end of the bed too. How about you?

You’ve seen me use a dresser as a kitchen island, hallway linen storage and dining room buffet. I love non-traditional uses for furniture. And dressers are so versatile for use and function as additional storage for any room. What do you think?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Refresh Outdoor Furniture

Give old wicker furniture a refresh with spray paint. Warmer temps mean outdoor living around here, how about at your home? Our outdoor wicker furniture is normally protected by a covered patio but after a couple of years, some of the paint is peel-y and it was looking a little dingy…

wicker furniture refresh at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

  • remove chipped paint and dirt
  • wash (pressure washer works nicely!) and dry
  • a couple of light coats of Rust-Oleum Universal (gloss white)

You’d never know these yard-sale mismatched pieces needed a little DIY TLC…

wicker furniture refresh at diyshowoff.com

You’re welcome to join us for some peace and picnic time! 

wicker furniture refresh at diyshowoff.com

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16 Fabulous Leather Tutorials for the Home

Hello there friends of Roeshel! My name is Corinna and I’m the blogger behind For My Love Of. I love my home, and the process of making it a beautifully decorated home. For the past 2 years I’ve been learning and sharing different DIY home improvement and decor techniques on my blog. It’s a fun journey and I’m hoping it encourages others to take passion in their homes too. My most recent obsession in home decor is leather, so I’m pretty excited to be sharing today’s post with you- 16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials for The Home!

*Please remember to pin from the original sources listed below.

16 Fabulous DIY Leather Tutorials For The Home Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench
Might as well start big or go home, am I right? Ugly Sofa Upcycled Into Leather Safari Sling Bench by Mandi of Vintage Revivals. Incredibly impressive, using the fabric from one couch to create a sofa from bare materials! DIY Leather Herb Labels DIY Leather Herb Label by Chris Loves Julia. If you’re growing your own herbs, dress them up with cute leather labels! leather studded stump Leather Studded Stump by Anythingology blog. Everybody loves a good tree stump stool, and you can amp up a raw one with leather and upholstery tacks!

DIY Stitched Leather Stool

DIY Minimal Leather Stool Cover by Meg Kemner for Design Milk. Another fantastic stool, and so minimalistic! Personally, I think it could look really neat with colorful legs too! DIY (faux) leather accent pillow DIY Leather Accent Pillow by For My Love Of for The Love Nerds. For an easy touch of leather, and minimal tools, try adding a leather accent pillow!

hand sewn leather pillow tutorials

Pump up a basic pleather pillow with neon embroidery floss and some time and create a Hand Embroidered Leather Pillow with Pop of Neon by For My Love Of. Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf Wood & Leather Suspended Shelf by Camille Styles. Add style and texture in one easy DIY shelf!

DIY Leather Coasters

DIY Leather Coasters by Carly of Create Live Blog. For all the remnant leather fabric from other projects, you could create these fabulous coasters! DIY Leather Plant Hanger DIY Leather Plant Hanger by Steven Soria of Make Smith Leather Co. for Design Sponge. The honeycomb pattern created by the cuts in the leather is too cool for words. DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter Tutorial DIY Braided Leather Hanging Planter by For My Love Of. And because hanging planters are so practical, here’s another one using leather-like materials. DIY Leather Cabinet Handles DIY Leather Cabinet Handles by Veronica Loves Archie. Another great project for leather remnant pieces. Definitely takes the boring out of those basic white cabinets.

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY

Wood + Leather Magazine Holder DIY by A Beautiful Mess. A bit more skill is involved, but the end result is a stunning piece. Woven Stool Tutorial Woven Leather Stool Tutorial by Matt of Wood & Faulk. A great dose of leather and would make a fantastic footstool! Modern Leather Bench Tutorial

DIY Modern Leather Bench w/Hairpin Legs by Home + Style Report. I feel like this would be so practical for those of us with kids and it’s so stylish too!

 DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Leather Valet Tray

How to Make a Leather Valet Tray by Paul for Apartment Therapy. Couldn’t you find lots of uses for a leather tray like this one? DIY Leather Organizer Organize paperwork and add a dose of leather to your work space with this DIY Leather Organizer by Mandy Pellegrin for Design Sponge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of fabulous DIY projects and are inspired to try the material (faux or real) in one of your next home decor projects! Please share any of your leather projects in the comments below!

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