by laura janning

Showing posts with label Furniture Redo's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Furniture Redo's. Show all posts

Dresser Makeover....and how I saved $1,143

November 14, 2014

Oh, how I loved it when gas was $1.50 ( BTW last time was Nov,2008), a good Buy One Get One Sale, which I always seem to spend more then I normally would have,  clipping coupons that I remember to bring with me to the grocery store instead of the bottom of my handbag, using my Kohl's bucks before they expire and....... when I don't have to spend $1,143 on furniture. 

The savings story began when we were working on Lily's bedroom makeover and my husband suggested we look for a dresser and nightstand that were bigger then what she had in her room and something that she could use for a long time. She was actually 'borrowing' the guest room dresser for the last few years and I knew that she would eventually outgrow it...she is a girl after all.

Credenza Makeover....Office Progress

November 3, 2014

Little by little, the changes in my office are coming together, but that's basically how I roll these days. Sllllooooowwww.
Gone are the days where projects were finished in a weekend. Now it's more like a few months. But hey......

Here's how the credenza looked after I got my hands on it the first time. You can hear more about that here and see how the room looked  prior to these most recent changes. The room was pretty but a little too calm for the mood that I wanted in there.

Breezeway Changes Over 11 years

April 18, 2014

If there is one room in my house that needs more maintenance and updating then my hair color...... it's my breezeway. 

This room sees more foot traffic then any other space in the house. Nestled between the garage and the house, it's primary purpose is to greet you when you don't come to the front door.
So with that in mind, clutter, mounds of tennis shoes, and red Georgia clay are things that I prefer you not see when you come to visit.

Here's a few shots of the space during the last 11 years. Hopscotch anyone? Top left picture was the day we moved in. Right picture was this past Christmas. Everything else was the years in between.

I am excited about a few changes that I am about to wrap up in this space, that I think may just hold me over for the next 11 years. 

The best part, I am making the changes for next to nothing in cost, some rugs and a gallon of paint........and I can get my hair done more regularly now!

Do you have that room in your home that constantly gets the update?

I hope you have a lovely and blessed Easter. Candy, eggs, family and all that it is suppose be on this special day.

 my heart is grateful for you.


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Office Reveal

April 16, 2014

Well now that my hubby's office is finished....productivity is up this week, phone calls are getting returned, emails are getting answered and my husband is making it into his office chair each day...safely with no risk of injury.

Which was not so easy a few months ago before I decided to clear the craft room clutter and give him a safe environment in which to work in. OSHA would be happy that I am complying to standards.

This is the room when we got started. You can catch up here.
A lot of this is the craft room crap pushed to his side since we worked on both spaces simultaneously.

And this is how the space looks now.

The plan, we put a wall up, we painted the walls, painted his desk, got a new rug,  added some curtains and threw a couple of pillows on the couch

First thing was to create a wall between the two spaces. At this very moment I imagine my husband was thinking "You stay on your side and I will stay on mine". Ha...I don't blame him.

Paint the walls. I chose SW white for the top and ceiling and SW Mindful Grey for the bead board.

The table, that use to serve as my craft table and was once my sisters kitchen table 25 years ago, got freshened up and is now my husbands work desk. I sanded the top down and added 2 coats of the Mindful Grey. His old desk is now my kitchen table. You can read about that here. It's a love story. Really it is.

Since this room gets a lot of sun during the afternoon I chose a dark pewter color velvet like cotton fabric for the curtains.

The rug is indoor/outdoor from Home Decorators Collection. The Stools are from Pier One (purchased a few years ago) and I freshened them up with a couple coats of paint.

The couch/futon we have had for several years. I added some grey and jute trimmed pillows and a grey throw from PB to make it more cozy for lunch time naps. I made the pattern pillows.  The light is from IKEA and the guitar in the corner.... my husband has had it since he was a teenager. 

It is such a great space and 'we' love how it turned out.  Now, I even like coming up to his office and watching him work.... but not for too long. I would hate to be in the way of productivity.

PS- And for those of you wondering, the craft room is DONE. Can I get a  'yay baby'.  Here's a peek of the space and also what my husband walks through everyday to get to his side. I will share next week.

That we finished this project and my husband has a
 great space to work in each day


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Breakfast Room Cabinet Refresh

April 3, 2014

I am a firm believer that 3rd time is a charm, as is 4th, 5th ,6th........ Just ask my breakfast room cabinets, they'll tell you.

And if you ask the cabinets, they will blame the painting on the kitchen, who will blame it on the scratches and dings, who will blame it on the kids, who will blame it on the dog ( who did not eat the homework by the way), who will blame it on me for wanting to paint them in the first place. 

Actually, this refresh was done not because I was bored and had absolutely nothing to do, but rather, with my recent kitchen cabinet changes, I wanted  these cabinets to be the same color as the kitchen island.....Martha Stewart Nimbus Gray.

And so, that's my story..... and I am sticking to it.
What's your story when it comes to re-painting furniture multiple times?
Click here to see how this room got started and transformed.

Grateful for~
A wonderful week with the family
New tree fort

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Kitchen Progress ...and my new cows

March 5, 2014

I am sure you have all heard the expression putting the ' Cart Before the horse'.... You know the figure of speech that means doing things the wrong way or in the wrong order. Well, I have been known to put the cart before the horse a time or two, but never have I put the  'Cart Before the Cow' until this week, when I hung him......

and him....

I think the new additions look a lot like this guy down at the end of the road....my neighbor.

Don't worry, you didn't miss any big kitchen reveal. In fact, this is the status of the project as of yesterday. Primed and ready to be painted....and hanging in the garage. We are waiting on suitable weather conditions to finish the spraying.

But as I told my husband, as I hung those cows....that the decorating in our 'almost finished except for the doors' kitchen should move right along in the cart. Besides I am a tad bit giddy with excitement.

My main goal all along with the project, was to update the kitchen while keeping costs at a minimum. 
So far, so good..

My pop of color inspiration was determined when I picked up this clock that now resides over my mantel, at a local antique shop a few months ago. Since then, I have picked up a few bowls and cups to mix in with our existing white dishes that we use everyday. I picked up that blue tray at IKEA for lunch money.

My 8 year counter stools will be getting a makeover. Since they are in pretty decent shape, considering the abuse they get daily from my children,  I am going to paint the base white and replace the vinyl cover to a grey fabric that I already have.  

You can see what the counter stools will look like in the next photo.
My kitchen chairs also got a little refresh using the same color grey that I used in my island. The chair pads are from World Market. 

I look forward to completing this project with much anticipation. In fact,  when I am done ......You might even see me jump over the moon....with my cows.

So tell me, do you ever put the cart before the horse...or cow?


that my husband and boys stomach virus lasted 23 hours
 instead of 24 hours......although one little guy is still home sick.

PS- To see where my kitchen started, click here. To follow my kitchen cabinet project click here and here.


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Readers Choice Awards for 2013

January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

Well the readers have spoken. The votes are in. And based on what you enjoyed reading in 2013 at Top This Top That, here are your favorite posts from the year.

Best room switch....... Breakfast Room

Best Painting Risk of the Year........ here

Favorite Burlap Project ....... Burlap Trees

Best Place to take a nap in my house..... 
Master Bedroom Makeover

Best Fall Project....Orange Pumpkin Wreath

You couldn't get enough of ....My Donkey and My Summer Home Tour

Your favorite organization post....Organization can be stylish

Your favorite home tour when it was hot.....Summer Home Tour

Favorite collection..... 6 furniture makeovers

Your favorite home tour when it was cold....... 
Christmas Home Tour

Thank you so much for following along with me each week as I dip my brush into some paint, create, switch rooms around in my house, sit on my front porch, and listen to my donkeys. I appreciate you, the comments and questions you have left, and being able to inspire you with my projects
Looking forward to sharing 2014 with you.

Did your favorite project make my list? What was it?

Grateful for~
Ringing in the new year with love, good health and family
Seeing true friends along the way


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