A Breath of Fresh Air

Living Room New Paint

I did it.

I painted my living room.

New Paint Color!Shortly after I wrote this post, I realized that the following weekend was a 3-day weekend because of Martin Luther King Day.

Living Room DetailsI jumped at the opportunity and set to work. The color winner was not one of my original choices, but I really do love it. It’s Valspar’s La Fonda Mirage.

Reading NookAnd so, prepare yourselves, here’s the photo dump.

Candy BarThe Front Poarch - Living Room

My first Ikea Hack has a new home next to the candy bar
Ikea Hack- Clock Candy Bar CornerNew Living Room Paint! Media Console Living Room RevealAnd the best part? Now I have the blank canvas next to the entry way. . .

Blank Wall

What would you do with it?

Dreaming of a Kitchen Reno

Last week I told you that I’ve dreamed up an entire kitchen renovation, which stemmed from a leaky faucet on our kitchen sink. And dreaming is exactly what I’ve been up to. . .

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Ever since I started thinking about going white I’ve been itching to get the paint out and over haul the whole thing.

I’ve been reading tutorials on how to paint your kitchen,

How to paint your kitchen cabinets in 10 easy steps

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 and how to make your own countertops from concrete and recycled glass.

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As well as building custom drawer organizers, under the sink storage and vertical storage for baking sheets.

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You know, as well as new light fixtures, hardware and a backsplash. No biggie.

To say that we hope to accomplish this task soon would be a lie, in fact our greatest hope is to complete it in 2014 so I think slow and steady will win this race. We have plans to break the re-haul down into manageable chunks, the first of which is a trial run on the smallest piece of countertop between the stove and the door to the garage.

Here we go!

Ikea Hack: SMYCKE Wall Clock

SMYCKE Clock Transformation

Welcome to the first Ikea hack on The Front Poarch! What’s an Ikea hack you ask?? Great question! An Ikea hack is when you take something pretty basic (from Ikea, duh) and make in infinitely more awesome! (There’s even a website dedicated to it.)

I started with this SMYCKE Wall Clock, which I’d been eyeing for sometime.

Ikea SMYCKE Clock HackThis particular clock is pretty cool to begin with because it’s made up of small, hexagon plastic tiles that can be configured to any shape.

Ikea SMYCKE ClockIt comes with a set of connectors that allow you to freely join different pieces together.Hexagon tiles fit togetherFor this hack I wanted to change up the color scheme of the tiles so I selected a few from the original set. I chose to keep the white, green and a few of the gray tiles as-is.

Original hexagon tilesSince I already had lots of regular spray paint in my stash, I purchased this Valspar primer for plastic and it worked like a dream.

Use primer for plasticEach tile then got a coat of a different shade of green, blue or purple. Once they were dry, I sat down on a sunny afternoon and set to work.

Painted clock, ready to assembleI began by laying out the tiles and playing with the arrangement. . .

Hexagon tiles around Clock. . .however, I soon attracted some unsolicited help.

PicMonkey CollageOnce I had a layout more or less complete, I started piecing the back together and pretty soon . . .

Add connectors to the back. . . the clock was complete.

Clock on wall SMYCKE Clock

Ikea Hack- SMYCKE Clock

 

White Out

I’ve been swooning over white room palettes on Pinterest lately.

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They’re just so clean and crisp. . .and they seem so bright and cheery.

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And yet every time I convince myself that I want a room to be white. . . I can’t ever quite follow through.

House Tour New CouchI love color. Like, really really really, not afraid to paint my hallway teal, love color.

And  yet, I want to love white too.

Hallway Reveal 6I often long for a room that is neutral among my sea of bold color, but then I wonder, will it stick out like a sore thumb?? Will it seem out of place?

We had a white couch which caused me to immediately paint my living room because I couldn’t stand the neutral-ness of a white couch and tan wall. And then we sold that couch less than a year later, I just couldn’t hack it.

House Tour Old CouchThe Nester wrote a great post on going white slowly in their previous home and it worked wonderfully, but I’m still nervous.

Our kitchen is quasi white but again, the thought of painting my walls white is not appealing.

Kitchen - September 2013I also often think, ‘If only I had hardwood/laminate flooring, then I would be happy with going white.’ This could be true, as in I’m over compensating with color on the walls so as to draw your eye away from our hideous flooring but I don’t know that new flooring will cause a complete change of heart.

What do you think? Is there a trend that you love but just aren’t sure that you’ll love it in your home?

Have you ‘gone white’ and loved it? Hated it?

This is the saga that never ends

Yes it goes on and on my friends! Earlier this spring I made my 1st, 2nd and 3rd attempts to hang a piece of original art in my dining room. . . and I thought I was done. A few weeks ago (about 6 months after I finally hung the painting) I came home from work to this. Painting FellBack to the drawing board.

I still really believed that the 3M Velcro Strips would work so gave it another go this time opting for 6 smaller strips instead of the 4 larger strips. Instead of super glue, I gave this Loctite Crafter’s Adhesive a try. As usual, I put adhesive on both the strips and the back of the painting, weighted each strip and let it dry for 24 hours.

3M Strips & Craft GlueThat was about 7 days ago and I’m happy to report that so far everything is still intact! So far so good!Beautiful.

As a part of my continued effort to usher in autumn, the painting now has this lovely paper bead garland.Painting with fall paper bead garlandI’ll keep you posted. What do you think, will it stay or will it fall?

Painting is back on the wall

SPS: Adding trim to the kitchen desk

That’s right another installment of the Small Project Series! The SPS are all those small things that still need to be done after a big project but you just lack the motivation to finish . . . in my case because I’m already dreaming about the next big project!

Up today is the built-in desk in my kitchen. At first glance I’m sure you’re thinking, ‘That’s looks awesome!’TFP Upholstery 17

But when you take a closer look you’ll see that we never added the trim and you can now view this huge gaping hole where the right side meets the wall. Yikes.

Adding Trim to Kitchen Desk

So last weekend I finally busted out the tape measure and cut three pieces of quarter round, 1 for the right side and 2 for where the back meets the wall.

(This was the first time I’d ever used a miter saw!)

Cutting TrimAs per usual, Phillip was gracious enough to do the hard part: nailing the trim into place! Since it is such a small space it was really hard to get in there with the nail gun much less get a decent picture of the process.

Nailing TrimWhen he was done I filled the holes and painted everything, here’s the finished product!

Kitchen Desk with TrimI know it may seem like much to you but every time I walk by and see trim instead of gaping hole, it makes my heart happy.

Desk with TrimAny small projects on the line-up for this weekend?

SPS: I finally fixed that hole next to the entryway bar

Remember that time we installed our custom counter top for the entryway bar?

Yeah. . . it’s a distant memory for me too. . .because it was in FEBRUARY!!

(March, April, May. . .)

7 months ago to be exact. (And really more than that since it actually went in before Christmas, I just blogged about it in February.)

TFP Kitchen Bar 9So hang on to your seats ladies and gentlemen [insert drumroll here] because I have finally patched that awkward rectangle on the kitchen wall!!

Finished Kitchen Bar - thefrontpoarch.com(Please ignore the blue dolly in the back ground, that’s another story for another day. . .)

Back to the awkward wall patch, the original counter stuck about 2″ further from the stone wall which made it really uncomfortable to sit at our new built-in benches. To fix the rectangle, I took the counter top off (we haven’t glued it down yet since I haven’t fixed the wall yet AND because it’s really hard to move refrigerators in and out of your kitchen with it in place. . . .again, a story for another day.)

Where was I??

I took the counter top off and sanded down the area so it would be as smooth as possible. Since the original counter was installed before the house was painted, the exposed area went all the way down to the sheet rock.

Fixing this hole. . . 6 months later - thefrontpoarch.comAfter sanding it got a good coat of primer and paint. . . .

Paint & Primer. . . and there you have it! Quick. Simple. And took so little time I regret 100% not just doing this when we installed the counter top.

Finished Kitchen Bar - thefrontpoarch.comI also took the opportunity to add a little touch up paint to some areas of the kitchen that are already showing wear and tear. We really love our high texture walls, but they do get nicked ALL the time. Behind the trash can is the worst, in less than a year it’s rubbed off an entire strip texture and the lid has left the wall grimy and generally dirty looking.

Trash Rubbing off PaintOh well, a new coat will do for now. Who knows, maybe I need a trash can guard. Anybody else had similar trouble?

 

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!

Mid-Century Recessed Drawer Pull

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Isn’t she a beaut??
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2013 House Tour: Part 2 The New Couch!

The house tour continues and today I have a story about how we got a new couch. . . again!The Front PoarchLet’s review, in the summer of 2012, our living room looked a little something like this.

2012 House Tour CouchTan, plaid and more tan.

 

We bought a new couch off of Craig’s List,  updated the legs and and painted. As I began to photograph the house for the house tour it looked like this. She was a beauty and I was perfectly content.
House Tour Living RoomUntil I saw this couch on Craig’s List the next day and was instantly in love.

House Tour New CouchIt’s a non-white sectional that is the opposite with the lounge arm on the right instead of the left which means that you can now see our beautiful curtains and look out the window!

This caused a good bit or rearranging to take place and here’s where we ended up!

Houe Tour New Cross Wall

House Tour Media ConsoleHouse Tour Candy Buffet

2012 House Tour Living RoomHouse Tour New EntryThe reading nook is still holding strong and most recently received a renovated foot stool!

2012 House Tour Reading NookHouse Tour Reading NookTour of the rest of the house is coming next week!

 

 

2013 House Tour: Part 1

Man oh man where has the summer gone? I’m in Sipapu, NM this week running with our last camp of the summer and afterward I’m looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation!

Meanwhile, it’s time again for the annual house tour and even I am in shock of how much has changed around these parts in just over a year! Because I’m always up for a trip down memory lane, I thought we’d do a little ‘before & after’ with the tour from 2012.

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2012 House Tour PorchWowza. See what I mean? Let’s see, in the past year we’ve created a seating area on the porch, hung some new bird feeders, created not 1 but 2 pieces of garden art and given that sad looking pineapple a pop of color! Th patio has gotten new planters, a water hose bin and new house numbers (1 of which has gone missing at the moment. . . .).

House Tour EntryHouse Tour Outdoor AccessoriesAnd the front door?

2012 House Tour Front DoorIt got replaced in December and a new wreath this Spring!

Hour Tour Front DoorThe entryway got a new coat of paint along with the rest of the living room.

2012 House Tour Entryway

And we made this wall into a chalk wall!House Tour EntrywayHouse Tour Open to the Living RoomThis little eat-in kitchen nook has gone through some drastic changes!

2012 House Tour Kitchen TableWe updated the bar, completed the kitchen gallery art and built some eat-in seating after we painted the entire kitchen.

House Tour Eat-in Kitchen

Across from the kitchen table, we added a screen door to our pantry and did a little bit of yarn art as well as adding this sweet command center.

House Tour Pantry

Remember that dreamy recipe nook?

2012 House Tour Recipe NookIt underwent a pretty drastic renovation and is now put to great use!

House Tour Recipe NookHouse Tour Recipe StationHere’s another reminder of the beautiful wall paper that used to grace our walls.

2012 House Tour KitchenI’m constantly amazed at what a few coats of paint can do!

House Tour KitchenHouse Tour Kitchen AccessoriesLast but not least, the dining room. I’ve even forgotten how tan everything was!

2012 House Tour Dining RoomWe colorblocked our walls and picked up this awesome vintage buffet from my grandparents house.

House Tour Dining Room

I also tried my hand at hanging un-framed art and it took not 1, not 2 but 3 attempts!

House Tour Dining Room 2Most recently, I created the Happy Day art installation and I love how it brightens up the room!

House Tour Buffet More to come soon because don’t worry, right in the middle of photographing the living room we decided to buy a new couch!