DIY Sofa Table

I recently decided to sell my coffee table and go with this round ottoman my friend found for me via @whimseygirldesign’s daily farmhouse décor deals, available at Wayfair. I was excited for the change, but I knew I needed to find an alternative place to put my coffee in the morning, and wine at night.

I follow several interior designers on Instagram; one particular favorite is Rachel at @shadesofblueinteriors. She’s definitely worth a follow if you’re looking for some inspiration. One day I noticed this sofa table behind her couch and I became obsessed. I asked her where she got hers and she responded letting me know that she and her husband actually built it themselves; she did her own design (as they often do), but pointed me in the direction of where she knew online plans were for something similar. You can find those plans here via @jennasuedesign and give her a follow because she’s also super inspiring.

Ryan and I have gotten pretty handy over the past three years of home owning, but building actual furniture is something we hadn’t attempted. Ryan’s a civil engineer, so he has the right skills needed to follow a design and I was confident he could do it.

Here are some pictures of the process from start to finish.

We definitely learned some things along the way and will be slightly altering the design if we decide to build another one. A friend of mine wants one, so we’ll likely tweak the design to our liking. Not to say there’s anything wrong with Jenna Sue’s – her design totally works.

I mixed my own stain to give it that rustic Restoration Hardware look. After I was done staining, I went back over it with 220 grit sandpaper to rough it up a little. I then used Finishing Wax and did another light sanding job to rough it up a little more. I used Benjamin Moore paint in White Dove for the legs.

Since I’m sharing so many of my favorite Instagram accounts for design inspo, I should also include Aly McDaniel at @thedowntownaly – her feed is super inspiring and it helped me style my new sofa table. Give her a follow if you like farmhouse décor and also her Instagram stories are hilarious.

 

Preston’s Nursery

I was deprived of the pleasure of decorating Porter’s nursery since we moved into our house less than two months before he was born and were undergoing multiple larger scale house projects at the time (first world problems, I know). It felt like torture with him being my first baby. I wanted so badly for him to have the perfect room, but I just didn’t have the physical energy to pull it off AND unpack our house. Once I adjust to being a mom of two, I’ll take on curating Porter’s little boy room.

So of course I had so much fun decorating Preston’s nursery! Unfortunately for him, he got stuck with the smallest room in the house, which made me even more determined to make sure it was cute. Living in a small space is all the rage these days right? 😉

I was originally inspired by a room I saw in a Restoration Hardware Baby & Child catalog (below), which gave me the idea to go with a nautical theme. I didn’t want your typical nautical colors (red, white and blue), so it was nice to see nautical decor with more muted tones.

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My version of this room evolved as I started putting it together. I wasn’t trying to replicate this room — it was just my inspiration. The first major purchase was the rope pendant light and from there, things just slowly came together. I included sources below for anyone that’s curious about where I purchased what! So excited for baby Preston to be hanging out in his room instead of inside my belly haha. 🙂

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Wall Color – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Matte Finish

Rope Orb Pendant Light – RH Baby & Child

Antique Spindle Crib – RH Baby & Child

Wood Plank Nautical Art (on either side of window) – RH Baby & Child

Mini Mariner’s Table Lamp (next to chair) – RH Baby & Child

Anchor Print Crib Fitted Sheet – RH Baby & Child

Crib Bumper – RH Baby & Child

Chambray Whale Mobile – RH Baby & Child

Nautical Wheel (above crib) – Hobby Lobby

Circle Mariner’s Mirror – Hobby Lobby

Floating Shelves – Old shelving I’ve had sitting for years

Rack containing books – “Spice Rack” from Ikea painted white

Yachting Magazine from 1943 -Antique Store

Sail Boat decoration (on shelf) – used as decor at my Sprinkle

“AHOY” banner – Etsy

“My Little Boy” print – Alice and Ivory (follow @aliceandivory on Insta)

Changing Pad Cover – Pottery Barn Kids

Chair/Glider – Wayfair

Faux Fur Pillow – Amazon

Dresser/Changing Table – Purchased in 2013 from Salvation Army for $70, painted Benjamin Moore White Dove in Semi-Gloss Finish

Diaper Crate – Home Goods

Toy Crate – Home Goods

Blanket Ladder – Made locally

Striped Curtains – Tuesday Morning

Faux Sheepskin Rug – Home Goods

 

 

 

 

 

Bar Stool Redo

Thanks partly to the crash of 2008 and Pinterest, millenials have perfected the art of taking cheap thrift store (and in some cases, perhaps even side of the road) finds and transforming them into stylish furniture pieces worthy of a chic home. It’s become so common, I almost felt it pointless to even bother writing about this — but every time I complete a project, I get questions as to what I did, step by step. So here it is.

To be honest, I sort of rushed through this particular piece. We are in the midst of a kitchen remodel (with a side project of tiling the bathroom floor), so I’ve been sort of drowning in projects lately.

I’m in my 24th week of pregnancy, and my second trimester energy burst is already starting to decline. That’s actually the only reason I did this project — I needed a form of seating in the kitchen and a single bar stool seemed like the best option.

If I had it my way, I would have just ordered this one from Restoration Hardware in antique white. But alas, we’re putting money into the kitchen and I’m a stay at home mom, married to a civil engineer, not a man with a trust fund (side note, I wouldn’t trade my Ryan for ANYONE).

So on a random Wednesday, Porter and I went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore and I immediately spotted this beauty:

Ok, maybe it’s actually quite hideous, but then I turned it into this:

It’s super easy, but you’ll need these items:

  • 150-ish grit sand paper
  • Rubbing alcohol or vinegar and a rag
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Screw driver

Here’s how to do it:

1) Unscrew the cushion. You can usually find the screws by turning the chair upside down (probably one screw near each corner), remove the cushion, set aside.

2) Lightly sand the wood (just rough it up a little) using 150-ish grit sand paper. People hate sanding, but it really helps the adhesion and it honestly doesn’t take that long. Like I said, it’s a super light sand. Shouldn’t take you more than 3 minutes.

2) Spray it down with alcohol or vinegar and wipe debris away.

3) Add a layer of primer. I used this one. I love spray primers for projects like these because they’re so convenient. Let it dry for 30 minutes or so, then it’s ready for your first layer of paint.

4) Pick your paint. I used a sample paint I had leftover from picking a wall color for baby #2. The color is Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist and the cane back section is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (my most favorite white paint EVER). I applied it with a brush and I actually didn’t notice any brush strokes after the second coat. I just buy middle range brushes from Home Depot. They’re nothing too special, but they’re not the super cheapo ones.

5) Reupholster the cushion.

  • Remove the nasty 80’s material using an exacto knife and try not to think about how many gross butts have sat on it over the years.
  • Decide about a foam replacement. In my case, the foam was actually in pretty good shape, so I decided to keep it. Again, drowning in projects over here and didn’t feel like driving to Michael’s to buy a new one. But in some cases, you will need to. Just ask an employee where to find chair cushion foam.
  • Place your chosen fabric upside down, place your cushion on top of that. Cut the fabric into the shape of your cushion, but leave 3 inches or so extra fabric on each side so that you have enough to pull over and secure with a staple gun. If the fabric ends up covering the screw holes (mine did) then just poke a hole through the fabric right at the screw hole so you can get the screw back in without twisting the fabric. Tip, pull the fabric as tightly as you can, then secure with staples.

6) Place the cushion back onto the chair and screw it it. I recommend waiting a full day to do this so that you don’t scratch your paint in the process.

I was much more meticulous about painting my kitchen cabinets, which I will be writing about soon, but this was a quick project that enabled me to have a place to sit as my pregnancy continues to limit me physically. The first time I redid a chair, it took me longer to do. But once you do a couple, it becomes routine and easy.

No more excuses to have ugly chairs now haha. Xo