This was a simple and fun project with a great result!
Here is a diamond in the rough 💎 . . . we saw potential! 🧐
This old door had six panels, but we only needed five panels for a queen sized bed headboard. That works great because Neal prefers an odd number of panels. (For my sake, glad he likes odd!😉)
A few years ago we built a fireplace on our porch overlooking the lake. We are not experts by any means, but over the years, we have gained the confidence to tackle projects by actually just jumping in with both feet! We have also learned how to be resourceful by breaking down projects step-by-step and just figuring it out by researching. Let’s just say that we have watched a lot of YouTube videos and use a “learn as we go” approach.
Below is a before and after picture of our lakeside porch. The before picture is prior to us renovating and adding an addition to our lake house, which, included adding a double window and covering the block wall with rock. The after picture encompasses other porch projects such as wrapping the cedar posts (to become white columns) and adding old barn wood on our ceiling. Our patio porch is still a work in progress. Our next step is to add flooring.
Bye-bye butcher block table and HELLO farmhouse table!
In the early 1990s (when Ryan and Emmy were toddlers😳) we moved into a house in Auburn, Alabama (War Eagle!) and bought this kitchen table from Sears. It served us through several moves and the stories it could tell from our two children growing up! Originally, it was a butcher block table with white legs; our son Ryan painted the legs black and used this for an art table/desk in his room while he was in high school.
This was one of my favorite projects for many reasons:
- it was a treasure from my father’s house;
- it is old;
- I was able to trace its history (the furniture manufacturer);
- I was able to combine two of my favorite things (chalk paint and using fabric); and
- It was also a quick transformation!
We originally had old cedar columns on our porch. As part of our porch renovation project, we decided to add an apron to frame the porch ceiling and then we wrapped the cedar columns with Hardie boards. Below is a glimpse of one of the columns. Here is a before picture (also before the outdoor fireplace and old barn wood ceiling. Notice in the picture below the old columns on the far left and that there is no apron around the edge of the ceiling.
This is a picture of the porch ceiling before we added the old barn wood.
Below is an after picture of the barn wood ceiling (also after we added the rock on the face of the house, built the fireplace, and wrapped the columns). The floor is our next project!
We found this Singer sewing machine base at an antique mall in Vestavia, Alabama several years ago. We love old things. We used it on our patio porch for several years. We used a rough (not polished) piece of granite as its countertop.
Because Neal and I have moved around so much for my career, I was finally thankful to actually have a craft room/closet to leave my sewing machine out and used it as needed without having to unpack/pack up each time. I also have more time now that I am semi-retired.
Below are two before pictures of the sewing machine base. Notice that it is very rusty.
This is my HAPPY PLACE! I can get lost for hours working on a project in this space. Actually this closet/room is adjacent to my office in our loft, so I can really spread out.
Here is a before picture. 😳
Neal laid out the backsplash. We purchased square tiles, so he made SOOOO MANY 😫cuts!He also had to cut around the electrical outlets, so more cuts! Those orange things are spacers; this is where the mortar will be applied after all the tile are in place. Continue reading “Tiling Our Kitchen Backsplash”