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!

The 2014 Line-up: Storage that works

If I could give my house one goal for 2014 it would be storage that works. I’m excellent at purging a space and organizing everything for a pretty reveal but keeping it that way is another story all together.Under the kitchen sink

I always feel like there is ample room to grow and adjust in any given space but then one day I look up and realize that I was completely wrong and all my efforts have turned into a stash worthy of hoarder status. 
Fabric Storage

Can I get an amen??

Master ClosetSo here it is, the proverbial new year’s list of goals/incentives/points of stress/accomplishments or whatever you want to call it.  Either way, I’m writing it down which for me means that I will actually work towards accomplishing it.

  • usable storage for my kitchen, including but not limited to cabinets and drawers
  • this will likely be a part of a larger kitchen reno, but more on that later

Junk Drawers Cabinet Storage

 

  • usable storage in the craft/sewing room

Craft Closet Bottom of craft closet

  • portable storage for the hall closet
  • usable storage for my shoes and occasional items like sweaters, shorts, etc.

Master Closet

  • last but not least, paint the freaking living room. I almost pulled the trigger on this project before the holidays but I realized I had just enough time to either paint or put up the Christmas decorations. I chose decorations. More on that later as well.

So what are your goals for 2014?

Happy New Year’s my friends!

 

Gold Rush

You may have noticed. . . but I’ve been on a gold kick lately. . . .

Like this Remote Caddy Upgrade,

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lots of things in our Master Bedroom Reno,

Jewelry Display from thefrontpoarch.com Master Reno 3 Master Reno 2 and this DIY Mustache Wreath.Make your own mustache wreath! thefrontpoarch.comI haven’t always been a fan of gold but the more I use it, the more I love it.

I love these Dipped Branches,

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail I LOVE my golden pumpkin, Fall Painted Pumpkin this Circle Garland has a special place in my heart, Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnailand of course I’m still swooning over the Tassel Garland I jut made.
Make your own tassel garland - thefrontpoarch.comAny colors you’ve been swooning over lately?

Glove Box Organizer

If you’re like me, the contents of your glove box usually look something like this:

Stuff from my glove boxCoupons, tire info, maps. . . .and who can ever find your insurance when you need it?

For several years now I’ve been making these Glove Box Organizers for our cars and today I’m sharing them with you!DIY Glove Box OrganizerHere’s what you’ll need:

  • A small file folder, I buy mine at the dollar store for $1
  • Label maker or pen
  • Current contents of your glove box

Receipt organizer, label maker and stuff fom glove boxSort through your pile of paperwork and decide what labels you’ll need to make. I went with Insurance, Tires, Napkins, Coupons and Maps.

Print labels using your label maker or write on the little paper inserts that come with your file folder. Oh, and be sure to spell insurance correctly! Douh!

Labels for glove boxPack your file folder with its’ contents and you’re all set!

Glove Box OrganizerNow when your husband someone needs to find the insurance quickly, you’ll know exactly where it is!

Easily find your insurance cardWe keep one of these in both of our cars and use them frequently!

DIY Glove Box Organizer

Make your own: Dipped Branches

Remember that one time I got some sticks from my yard and turned them into a faux mantle and then they got recycled again into driftwood art?

Well I’m at it again with these custom dipped branches.How to make Dipped Branches from thefrontpoarch.com

I started with several branches that I picked up from around my yard.

Branches from the yardThey got trimmed and cut down to size and then separated into 2 piles based on size.

Trimmed BranchesNext, I chose my paint colors; purple, green and gold. I haven’t told you this yet but I’ve dreaming of painting my living room in a peacock color scheme and I know these will fit it well when I do. They’ll also probably make an appearance at the upcoming bridal shower.

I set up my paint station again, just like I did for my dipped votives and set to work.

Painting StationIf you’re doing this at home, as a part of your paint station you’re going to need a place to hang the drying branches. I have a wire shelf just above my laundry area which I used to hang my branches on.

Start by tying a piece of fishing line (or string) on the ‘top’ part of each branch. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be tight enough not to slip off. If you have a lot of bark like I did, this won’t be a problem!

Tie fishing line on branch

If you have spray paint, towards the ‘bottom’ part of each branch, tape off where you want the dip line for the first color. 
Taping off BranchesThen paint away! I found it less messy to hold the stick vertically and spray downward toward drop cloth.

Branch spray painted goldImmediately hang the branch to dry and repeat with the remaining branches. I chose to work with one color at a time, first I did gold (which took 2 coats). . .

Gold Dipped Branches

. . . and then purple and green. For branches that you’re actually going to dip into a paint can/bucket, you don’t need to tape off a ‘dip’ line, just dunk away! You’ll notice that on my purple dipped branches I did use tape because my purple paint can wasn’t very tall so I used a brush to help me out on the first layer. First coat - dipped branchesAfter the paint dried for 24 hours, I dipped a 2nd and on some even a 3rd layer of paint and just like that they were done.

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I’m still looking for an appropriate container for the larger branches to call home but until then I’ll just enjoy these beauties.

How to make Dipped Branches from thefrontpoarch.comWhat fun things have you made out of material found in the great outdoors?

 

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?

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 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.

House Tour Guest Bath

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

2012 House Tour BathHouse Tour Shower Curtain

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.

2012 House Tour Guest RoomHouse Tour Guest Bedroom

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!

2012 House Tour Master Bath

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!
House Tour Master BathHouse Tour Master Bathroom

That’s all for this year and I can’t wait to see what big changes the 2014 tour will bring!

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!