Mid-Century TLC

When I revealed my mid-century jewelry display, you might have noticed that the low dresser I used was in need of some repair.

Master Bedroom Reno 3Well, not only did the veneer need some love, the bottom drawer had completely fallen apart and in the photo above, I just shoved the drawer front in an snapped a pic before it could fall out.

Most of the time it looked like this:
House Tour Small DresserI finally had some time and energy to give this little gem so first thing was first, I sat out to glue the drawer together. Here is where I started.

Broken drawerLike any good DIY-er, I gathered the few supplies I had on hand, determined to complete this project without purchasing any additional tools.Glue, clamps and a ragNow, if you’re thinking ‘those clamps don’t look big enough’ you would be correct. To do any kind of major wood working/repair you need legit clamps like this one but again, I was determined not to purchase anything for this project so I made do.

Glueing a drawer togetherI started by cleaning all the surfaces that were going to be glued and fitted them into place before I applied the glue. Once the side piece was in place it was mostly holding together except for the hinge so I used my way-too-small clamp to ghetto rig a solution. Again, I don’t recommend trying this at home.

Not the correct way to clampAfter that glue set (about an hour) I repeated the process with the drawer front. This time there was enough tension coming from the 3 complete sides so I didn’t have to ghetto-clamp anything.

Glue the front onAnd that ladies and gentlemen is what I call a successful project!

Completed drawerThe second item on the agenda was the top drawer which as you can tell, was missing quite a bit of veneer. There is a soft spot in my heart for veneer but this piece was too far damaged to be repaired. Plus, since so much of it was already gone, I could tell there was a workable piece of wood underneath!

Broken veneerSee what I mean?

I was able to remove most of it with a wood chisel and hammer but I had to use this technique for both ends which proved to be the most stubborn. After that it got a good sanding and a few coats of primer. . .

Veneer removed, paiting. . . and then a pop of color!

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Isn’t she a beaut??
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2013 House Tour: Part 3

The Front PoarchHello and welcome to the final installment of our 2013 House Tour here at The Front Poarch! Last week I showed you the front of our house and the new sectional we found on Craig’s List, not onto the rest of the house!

Just off the entryway, is the main hallway . . .

House Tour Hallway Entry. . . which got a major face lift this spring. 2012 House Tour Hallway

House Tour HallwayOff the hallway you’ll find all 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

House Tour Hallway LayoutThe guest bath is up first, do you remember the plaid wall paper?2012 House Tour Guest BathThe look of this bathroom changed drastically when we removed the wall paper, textured and painted the walls. We also created a custom sign and more recently, reupholstered the vanity stool and made some DIY Dipped Votives.

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The blue curtain and rod got replaced by this DIY Bubble Shower Curtain and after Christmas I also made some custom driftwood art.

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The office has gotten some major organization, although still lacking a real design direction.

2012 House Tour OfficeHouse Tour OfficeMy sewing corner is up and running and I finally have a permanent home for my Silhouette and my new computer!

House Tour Sewing CornerHouse Tour Sewing DetailsHouse Tour Craft CornerThe guest bedroom got a lot of attention when we first moved in and probably went through the least amount of change in the past year.

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We did add a few pieces of original art and the ever-increasing globe collection.

House Tour Guest RoomHouse Tour Guest Room DetailsI had to hunt for a decent picture of the master from last summer, that has to tell you something about how much I wasn’t a fan of it. The theme continues, tan tan and more tan.

2012 Hour Tour MasterJust before summer started, I redid the entire room including painting a stripe all the way around the room. . . .
House Tour Master BedroomHouse Tour Master Dresser. . . painting this hutch to create a reading nook and creating a custom jewelry displayHouse Tour Master Reading NookLast but not least, the master bath!

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After we took down the wallpaper and painted the bathroom, not much has changed but be sure to stay tuned because big updates are coming next week!
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That’s all for this year and I can’t wait to see what big changes the 2014 tour will bring!

Custom Mr. & Mrs. Pillows

Happy 4th of July! I know I’m a little late but the 4th is my absolute favorite holiday out of the entire year. We all spent a fun filled weekend with my family in Fredericksburg. Several of you have asked about the pillow I made for our bed so I thought I’d give a tutorial on how to make your own custom pillows.Mr. & Mrs. Pillow from the frontpoarch.comI knew I wanted navy pillows with a pop of color and I found the perfect gold ribbon at Hobby Lobby.

Gold RibbonNext, you want to cut strips of ribbon and stage them on your pillow so you’ll know exactly where to place them.

Also, don’t judge me by my pillows. I’m always on the hunt for ragged looking pillows at garage sales because a little fabric can go a long way!

Letters for custom pillowsBefore you attach the ribbon to the pillow go through and turn over the edge on all of your ribbon pieces. I did this with my hot glue gun, just be sure to turn enough ribbon so you don’t burn your fingers!

Custom letters for pillowMake a simple pillow cover and hot glue your ribbon onto each cover and you’re done!

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Master Reno: How to Paint a Stripe

As a part of my Master Reno series, today I’m sharing a tutorial on How to Paint a Stripe.How to Paint a StripeLast fall I color blocked my dining room and I used a similar procedure for the stripe. The first step is to decide on the width of your stripe and where you want it placed. My stripe is 18″ wide and starts 20″ from the ceiling.

Start with a pencil and your tape measure and go around the room making small marks at 20″. (Sorry for the blurry photo, it’s hard to hold a tape measure AND take a photo!)

Measuring to paint a stripeThen go back around and mark 18″ down from your original mark. Using painter’s tape, go around and mark off your stripe area being sure to place the top piece above your 20″ mark and the bottom piece below your 38″ mark.

Tape off section for a stripe - thefrontpoarch.comI had a couple of long stretches and quite a few short stretches and I have to say, the shorter parts are so much easier to tape! Even when you’ve made good marks, it still seems like the long parts aren’t even! (In my house anyways!)

Taped off section for wall stripe - thefrontpoarch.comWith your paint of choice, start by cutting in the tape edges, just as you would around molding. Once the edges have been cut in, go back and roll the middle section with a small roller. For a consistent texture, I would recommend doing the entire second coat with a roller, being careful not to roll over your tape.

While the paint is still wet, remove the tape and touch up the edges with your brush as needed. Wait for it to dry and there you have it!

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How to Paint a StripeSpeaking of room renovations, have you been keeping up the play-by-play renovation that Mandy is doing over Vintage Revivals? I love seeing her thought processes come to life!

Master Reno: Hutch

When I hit the Mid-Century Furniture Jackpot a couple of weeks ago I knew that the 2-piece hutch was going to be my favorite piece. As we were purchase the furniture I noticed a small tear in the veneer and optimistically thought, oh I can easily fix that!Hutch LaminateWhat I didn’t realize was that the crack wasn’t just surface level, it went all the way through!

Hole in VeneerSo in lieu of trying to repair a section of the veneer we opted instead to create a new backing for the entire piece. We started with 1/8″ plywood and used the old backing as template to cut the new one.

Cutting Hutch Backing

It then got primed and painted coral, the same color as my headboard. The handy husband then re-attached it for me.Nailing Hutch Backing

And here’s the finished product!

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Master Reno: Jewelry Display

As a part of our Master Bedroom Renovation, I sold my large vanity and created this jewelry display using the low dresser from the mid-century furniture jackpot.Master Bedroom Reno 3I started with 2 large frames from my stash. . .

Frames for jewelry station. . . that got a few coats of gold paint.

Frames for jewelry displayI picked up some cup hooks and Lowe’s and placed each frame in our vice grip using a washcloth as a bumper. This kept the frame steady enough to drill holes in, without damaging the new paint job.

Jewelry display - thefrontpoarch.comI drilled holes along the inner rim of the top of each frame, screwed in the hooks and hung my necklaces on them!

Hooks on Jewelry Display

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Hanging jewelry display

I also found this small vase at the dollar store and dipped it, similar to what I did with my Dipped Votives.

Dipped vase for braceletsIt now holds bracelets next to the dessert stand that I found at Goodwill.

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This small frame got a fresh coat of paint and now holds all my fabric flowers.

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How do you display your jewelry?

Master Reno: Reveal

For a while now I’ve been working on renovating our master bedroom and I have to say, it’s been quite a challenge. This was the last room in the house that I’ve done because for many, many months I didn’t have any inspiration. I wanted some that felt warm and inviting without being too girly and that is where my greatest challenge came. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon navy and coral and I knew I was in love.

Enough of me talking . . . here’s the big reveal!

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Our dresser got some custom artwork and a new charging station.

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Next to the closets I created a jewelry station.Master Bedroom Reno 3And in the other corner, a reading nook with a certain mid-century hutch.Master Reno 1Master Reno 2What’s behind all those pillows?

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Just as a refresher, here’s what it looked like before. . .

TFP Master 1Here’s the after!

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The Mid-Century Jackpot

Last weekend we hit the mid-century furniture jackpot and I’m so giddy with excitement, I couldn’t help but share the find with you!

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I’d been watching a posting on Craig’s List for about 3 months (apparently Abilene isn’t a hot bed of mid-century furniture lovers) and the seller had lowered the price from $350 to $225.

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We arranged to meet the seller and after looking at the furniture and seeing that it was in really rough shape, the Craig’s List King offered him $150 for the whole set. . . . . . and he took it!

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The set includes a chest of drawers, a night stand, a low dresser and this hutch will find a home in our Master bedroom renovation.

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I’m not sure where the rest of it will end up just yet but I just couldn’t pass up these beauties. Did you see the gold, color blocked, tapered feet? The top drawers with recessed pulls? The hardware? I’m pretty sure it’s original and what’s left is in great shape.

Mid Century 7You had me at tapered feet.. . . . .. .

Find any amazing Craig’s List deals lately?

 

A year in the making – 1 Year Blogiversary

365 days ago, a dream of mine became a reality.TFP Sign

It started probably a year before that when I stumbled across a blog called House of Hepworths. Who even knew DIY blogs existed? It was the first one I’d ever heard of and I was instantly infatuated with Alison and her amazing DIY skills. I was hooked. I read every post she’d ever written and waited anxiously for new posts to be published (yeah. . . I was kind of a creeper). I began to dream and really think, I could do that!

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At the time we lived in a tiny 2-bedroom duplex whose owner barely let us install a ceiling fan (it had NO ceiling fans. . . in the middle of west Texas. . . . yeah, not smart) so I knew a DIY blog was out of the question as long as we lived there. Time went on and I began to follow other blogs like I Heart Organizing and Primitive and Proper and as the DIY bug grew within me and I worked on small projects around our home.

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In January of 2012 this all changed when, through a series of God sized events, we bought our first home. I was ECSTATIC. Long before we moved my head began to spin with renovation ideas, paint colors and flooring options. (Side Note: I didn’t join Pinterest for a long time because my friend Katie told me it was like my brain on steroids. She was right.) I immediately knew the time had come to launch my very own blog, and that my friends is how it all began.

I was so excited I had probably 2-3 posts written before we moved. That’s right, in two weeks time I packed our entire house, we cleaned our new house, did all the techy stuff that goes along with starting a blog and I wrote several posts. Oh yeah, and we both worked a full time job. Needless to say, we were pumped about this dream coming true.

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Over the past year we’ve learned a lot. A LOT. We’ve learned about working together and communication. We’ve learned that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want something to drink. We’ve learned that I am a mouse. . . .and I want a cookie. We’ve learned that I have big dreams and can always see the final product where as Phillip never sees the final product and often says things to me like,

“You aren’t finished with that project. . . are you?”

“You want to paint what?”

“Those things don’t match.”

Yet he always loves the result. It’s been an entertaining year of growth and discovery.

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I’ve learned 3 things about myself over the past 12 months;

  • I love to dream up big projects and see them through to completion.
  • I love writing about what I’ve done. I do the staging, shooting and editing. . . .so that I can write.
  • I love that there are people out there whom I’ve never met who actually read the things I write. It never ceases to amaze me.

So to you, faithful reader, thank you. Thank you for reading, dreaming and learning with me. You are the reason that I continue to write so thanks for the encouragement and love.

Speaking of love . . . . wouldn’t you just LOVE to win a new purse?? I thought so.

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Without further adieu, the winner is. . . .Heather Jernigan!

Heather be sure to check your email for prize details.

 

Here’s to many, many more DIYing years to come!