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.

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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!

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!

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. 
DIY Remote Caddy - thefrontpoarch.comKick the clutter, DIY Remote Caddy - thefrontpoarch.comWhat’s in your remote caddy?

Polka Dot Mushroom Tutorial

Summer is upon us and as you know I’ve been working on sprucing up my backyard which is still a HUGE work in progress. This week I took some time to work on the front for a little while and so I’m here today with another garden mushroom tutorial.

Garden Mushroom Tutorial - thefrontpoarch.omSince I made my last piece of garden art, I’ve been on the hunt for another perfect mushroom pairing. I’ve had the most luck finding awesome pieces at the ReStore but I also hunt Goodwill and flea markets. This particular pairing is a large, standard sized vase and the bowl from a light fixture.

Polk Dot Mushroom Before & AfterThere’s no magic to finding the right stem and cap combo, just go with whatever you like!

Start by painting white circle on the inside of you bowl. If you’re using craft paint like I did it will probably take 3 coats. Then paint the entire bowl with the color of your choosing. I opted for red and again it took several coats.

How to paint a polka dot mushroomOnce your paint is dry you’ll want to find a few good sized rocks to put in the bottom of your vase. Without them your mushroom will probably be top heavy and fall over.

Put rocks in the bottom for weightNext, super glue. Spread a thin layer around the top rim and place your mushroom cap on top. I let mine set while we were out of town for the weekend leaving it alone for 2 days would do the trick I think.

DIY Polka Dot MushroomPlace it in your garden and enjoy!

PS – You can also see how I made my original mushroom and how I upcycled that iron pineapple in the background.

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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Painted Hutch RenovationReading Nook - thefrontpoarch.comEver repaired veneer successfully??

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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Master Bedroom Reveal - thefrontpoarch.comMr. & Mrs. Pillow from the frontpoarch.com

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?

Coral Headboarch - thefrontpoarch.comThis beauty.Coral Headboarch 1 - thefrontpoarch.comMaster Reno 3

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

TFP Master 1Here’s the after!

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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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Foot Stool 1

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

 

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!

Mid Century 4

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.

Mid Century 6

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!

Mid Century 3

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.

Mid Century 5Mid Century 1

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?