Sofa Table – from Drab to Fab!

September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Actually the sofa table wasn’t really drab – I loved it when I bought it 7 years ago or so. But similar to my previous post, I am really trying to move from the “yes, my house is full of hand me downs” to “yes, my house is actually decorated with a consistent theme”! This summer, it was time to tackle the sofa table (there is a matching coffee table that we also worked on, that one is coming soon!) Similar to my old wood floors which just got refinished, the color on this table was totally leaning orange (not a huge fan on my floors or my furniture, though I do like the orange in my logo!) Also, the glued laminate strip around the edges was peeling off – yes, this piece of furniture was a laminate/pressed wood, cheap affordable piece (actually ordered from Target years ago).  It definitely served its purpose, but now I needed it to fit! Since this was the first piece we tackled, we actually sanded the whole thing back to its natural state. That wasn’t easy, mind you. Mid-way through, I purchased a Dremmel! That made our lives a little easier. Sanding took a couple of days. Then the painting began. We decided to use the same high gloss paint we used on the trim in our kitchen and living room. It took about 2-3 coats. Especially in some spots where we kept seeing some staining coming through. Yes, I am sure the high [click to read more]

China Cabinet Re-Do

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love free furniture! Especially when it’s in decent shape. Before my “uncreative mom” inspiration, I would have taken the furniture and used it “as is”. However, I am not trying to create (and stick with) a common theme in my house with consistent colors and styles all throughout. So a few weeks ago, my sister calls me and says there is a free china cabinet available at her work. It was in great shape, but just wasn’t being used anymore…of course, I jumped on it. It’s a nice corner piece which fit perfectly in my kitchen/dining area. However, the light wood and gold accents just didn’t fit our updated look and definitely wasn’t consistent with my new “theme”. So, we painted the cabinet (inside and out) and spray painted the accents silver. Now, I have a great piece of furniture that holds all my crystal pieces and serving ware!