Remote Caddy Upgrade

After we painted a new media center and added a chevron print frame to cover the holes we made in the wall, I began to notice that our remote caddy was in desperate need of an update.Old Remote Caddy

Here it is, dark, hidden and full of everything. . . except TV remotes! A wireless mouse, my extra set of glasses remotes to 3 fans, 2 of which we don’t own any more and various pens, key chains and some spare change.Remote Caddy - before

Where are the key chains you ask? On the couch, next to floppy pillows and the left over candy container from last night. Cool, right? Needless to say, something had to give.

Old RemotesAs per usual, I’m not big into trends. I tend to stray more on the side of classics that have stood the test of time but when I stumbled across the geometric tray at Hobby Lobby I couldn’t leave without it.

Remote Caddy BeforeIt quickly got a few coats of gold paint, the bottom got some coral and then several coats of high gloss finish and there you have it!

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Isn’t she a beaut?

I also purged the occupants of the previous remote caddy and have committed to only keep these 2 remotes, the ones we actually use, in it. 
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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.

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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?

Bathroom Update

As most projects go, I have a lot of inspiration in the beginning and am really excited about the ‘reveal’. That is until I get bitten by the next inspiration bug and move onto another project. This is exactly what happened with the guest bath. At the first of the year I had BIG dreams for this space, and even painted a shower curtain and made some art, but did I make that bubble chandelier? Nope. Haven’t even thought about it.

Today I’m here to tell you that I have made a few small updates, here’s what the guest bath is looking like these days.

Bathroom Update 4I finally made myself sit down and reupholster this original-to-the-house vanity stool.

Bathroom Update 1I won’t be posting a tutorial, but the process I used was pretty similar to my recently redone foot stool (or these dining room chairs).

Bathroom Update 2Here’s the finished product and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to do this! Check out this beauty!

Bathroom Update 3On our anniversary getaway a few weeks ago I picked up this shelving unit from Ikea. I’ve been hoping to find a small shelf for several months now and I just kept coming back to this one so we took the plunge and bought it!

When we moved in last year, I quickly figured out that this bathroom was going to need some more storage space. Although the counter is really long, it’s also really narrow which means that after you put a few decorations out guests barely have any room for their toiletries.

Bathroom Update 5And these beauties on top? I purchased them at Hobby Lobby and the ‘upgraded’ them. A tutorial is coming later this week!

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Have you made any small progress on a big project lately?

DIY Foot Stool

Make a foot stool from a side table - thefrontpoarch.comA few years ago my mom came across and old side table that at one time had a penny finish on the top. It had since be removed, and the surface was in rough shape. The table had a home in my brother’s college apartment but when he graduated and moved on, the table made it back to my mom. I’m not one to let free furniture go so I brought it to my house where it sat for a few weeks.

Foot Stool 2Instead of trying to refinish the top, I opted to transform the table into a foot stool for the red smoking chair in my reading nook. Here’s the before and after!Foot Stool Before & After from thefrontpoarch.com

To transform a side table of your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • old side table (mine was about 24″ tall)
  • 4″ foam, large enough to cover your table
  • fabric of your choice
  • paint of your choice
  • spray adhesive
  • serrated knife or electric knife
  • scissors
  • staple gun

The first step is to remove the legs, this makes it easier to paint and since my table was already the height I wanted, I trimmed the legs down about 3″. The legs on my table were a bit stubborn but nothing a little WD-40 and elbow (or finger) grease wouldn’t take care of.Foot Stool 3

You’ll then want to paint your legs and any part of your table that might be visible. Now it’s time to attach your foam to the top of your table. I just happened to have this photo adhesive on hand and it did the trick. Generally, you spray a layer on each surface and wait a few minutes for the glue to get tacky, then adhere them together.

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Foot Stool 6Next, using your serrated knife, begin to trim the foam to the size of your table. For me, this meant trimming the corners off to make the square foam into a circle.

*Disclaimer* Be VERY careful when cutting the foam! It can be a bit tricky to get the cut started but do NOT try to use your fingers to help the blade along.

Foot Stool 7Use your scissors to soften the corners of the foam all the way and trim off any excess foam in order to complete your shape.

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Similar to Reupholstering Dining Room Chairs make a sandwich, starting with your fabric, print side down, then the foam and the table top (the latter 2 should be attached). Start by stapling 2 points, here, 1 on the left and right side.Foot Stool 9Staple the 2 opposite points, top and bottom and then turn it over to make sure that your fabric tension is correct. Lookin’ good!

Foot Stool 11Continue stapling all the way around, being sure to pull the extra fabric down into pleats.

Foot Stool 10Enlist your handy husband to reattach the legs. . . .

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. . . . and trim the excess fabric from the bottom.Foot Stool 12Turn that sucker over and prop you feet up, you just made an awesome foot stool!

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Have you ever repurposed a side table for another fabulous use?DIY Foot Stool from thefrontpoarch.com

 

How to make a camera bag. . . .from a camera bag. . . .

I mentioned earlier this week that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect camera bag for my recently acquired Sony Nex-5 and today I’m back with the perfect custom solution that you can make out of any bag!

DIY Camera Bag

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bag or purse large enough to hold your camera and needed accessories
  • Batting
  • Fabric of choice
  • Coordinating thread
  • Velcro
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron & ironing board

Make your own camer bag - thefrontpoarch.comLet’s start with the bag, my bag just happens to be a vintage camera bag that I acquired from my photo-loving Grandad. (Thus the title of this post.) Like most bags, it didn’t have quite enough padding so the first step is adding enough cushion to protect your camera.

Start by measuring the length and width of the bottom and both sides of your bag. Mine was 3″ wide by 26″ long. I added 1″ to the width and 6″ to the length (3 per side) and cut the needed dimensions from my fabric. With right sides together, pin your sleeve with the pins running perpendicular to the long edge.

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Next, stitch along the long edge. . . .

Camera Bag Tutorial 5. . . . and turn the sleeve right side out.

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You then want to cut strips of batting to stuff into your sleeve. The thinnest batting I could find was 1″ and I wanted something a little thinner so I tore the batting in half to make 2 1/2″ layers.

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Next it’s time to cut strips of the batting. Since my sleeve was 3″ wide I cut strips that were 2 3/4″ so they would fit snuggly inside.

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Next, on one end only, create a finished edge by rolling the unfinished edge inward. Press the new seam.Camera Bag Tutorial 8

Double stitch your finished edge and attached a piece of velcro. It doesn’t matter which side of the velcro you attach to the sleeve, I chose the ‘hook’ side.

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Now it’s time to fit your sleeve to your bag and make measurements for the second unfinished edge.

As you can see, I had to trim several inches off of my sleeve. Trim your fabric and batting to fit making sure to cut the batting about 1″ shorter than your fabric so you’ll have enough fabric to turn under. Repeat the finished edge process on this end, double stitching the fold and attaching the velcro.

Camera Bag Tutorial 11Now for the back piece. I cut a rectangle that was slightly wider that the back of my bag and double the length. Here it is folded over.

Camera Bag Tutorial 12Then, cut a piece of batting that is exactly the size of the back of you bag.

Camera Bag Tutorial 13Insert the batting inbetween the folded fabric, like a pocket and stitch around the 3 open edges.

Camera Bag Tutorial 16Now you’re ready to assemble! I put the back piece in first with just a small piece of velcro at the top with the idea that the sleeve would mostly hold that piece in place.

How to make a camera bag from a purse - thefrontpoarch.comTo attach the sleeve, cut a piece of ‘loop’ velcro, line it up with the hook piece on the fabric. Attach the adhesive side to the bag and let it set overnight.

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Attach the other end of the sleeve and you’re done!

I made another shorter sleeve to serve as a divider between my camera and extra lens.DIY Camer Bag from thefrontpoarch.comEnjoy your new custom bag!DIY Camera Bag

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?

 

Color of the Year: Emerald

This year Pantone named Emerald as the color of the year. . . . .

TFP EC 14. . . . .isn’t it just dreamy?? Since I’m usually looking for an excuse to paint something our entertainment center got a fresh coat!Turn an old dresser into an entertainment center! From thefrontpoarch.comWe started with hiding our TV cables the hard way and then acquired this dresser from my grandparents’ weekend home. The mirror and the first 2 drawers were removed.

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Using the drawers as a template, Phillip traced and cut 2 shelves for the top.

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It then sat in our living room for about a month until I worked up the courage to actually paint it. The first time I showed Phillip the paint color he said, “. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . I won’t say anything until you get done.” I took it as him saying, GO FOR IT!!!

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I had some of Valspar’s Wet Pavement in Satin left from painting my Vintage Serving Tray so I started by spraying the interior gray and painting the interior of the drawers. If you paint the drawers guides, be sure to give them a lite sanding before replacing your drawers so that they will still slide in and out easily. TFP EC 5Then the fun began! The color I purchased was Valspar’s Luscious Green in Gloss and it t took 3 coats to get a smooth even, finish. I opted to paint the legs gray which I’m not too crazy about but I’m hoping they will grow on me.

TFP EC 12As per usual, Leland came to help. . . .until he tried to lick the wet paint and I kicked him out of the garage.

TFP EC 4Now that all is said and done, this beauty sits in my living room.

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Before I painted the dresser I found this tag attached to the back and was overjoyed to find out that it was the original sales tag when this piece was sold to my grandparents. Judging from their address, my guess is that they purchased it in the mid-50’s.

TFP EC 11The drawers now hold movies, video games and kids toys for visiting friends.

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Have you repurposed an old piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

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!

Kitchen Desk Restoration

When we were working on my dream eat-in kitchen I mentioned that I finally got tired of looking at the ugly blue laminate on the built-in desk in the kitchen. Luckily for me, this beauty was underneath. . .

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So 2 weeks ago I drug out the sander and set to work.

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Most of the desk was covered in the glue left over from the laminate but there wasn’t any poly or other finish so it made the sanding process fairly easy. After a few passes you could already tell the difference in the color of the wood.

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It then got a few coats of my favorite Minwax Poly Shades Bombay Mahogany and an extra coat of poly just for good measure. Here’s the after:

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(Just imagine that my kitchen chairs have already been painted and reupholstered.)TFP Kitchen Desk 5

The desktop has space for my cookbooks and my recipe card box. . .

TFP Kitchen Desk 6. . . and remember that hippo is recently thrifted for $1? Turns out his mouth is the perfect size for my iPhone which comes in handy when I’m making my grocery list from recipes that I’ve pinned on Pinterest.

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Here’s the before:

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And the after:

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Do you prefer wood that is painted or stained? A mixture of both? I’d love to hear what you think!