More Trim Work

We haven’t been posting alot on here lately. It’s not that we haven’t been doing anything but just the opposite. We are so busy we haven’t had the time to post.
With that,  we leave you with a before and after photo of the door leading into the garage. We recently replaced the trim and it made a huge difference!
We are also wrapping up the kitchen island project!  It’s almost complete and ready to show off!  Let me tell you,  it’s amazing! 

Craigslist Dresser Makeover

I love shopping Craigslist but I usually don’t buy most of the stuff that I want too. If the price isn’t too high, I tend to not want to drive all over to pick stuff up. I don’t have a truck or a trailer so most often, it takes me two trips to get things home in our SUV.  
So when I came across the two pieces below for $25 and the location happening to be 1 mile from our home, I couldn’t pass it up. I emailed the guy immediately and picked up the pieces not long after.  Both pieces for $25 bucks! Actually, the dresser for $25 and he threw the unmatching nightstand in for free. 
In the original condition, the pieces were in good shape. The dresser was 100% real wood but was missing a handle. The nightstand was half wood/ MDF and had some water damage to the top that was usually hidden by a glass top. 

Since winter was setting in fast, I opted to not do my usual 5 coat/color routine and instead, simply sanded and went straight for the primary paint.  After a good sanding to help the paint adhere, I grabbed some left over paint from our kitchen cabinets (Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation) and went to work. 

Don’t mind my messy garage.

I did three coats of this color, followed by a good amount of distressing and glaze.  Distressing has to be my most favorite part. 🙂

The hardware that I used was left over from the kitchen cabinets that I did happen to also get on  Craigslist a few years back. They looked good in their native color and condition so I just had to drill new holes in the drawers and attach them.

I was pretty happy with how they turned out. As a bonus, I was able to sell this set for $125. In the end, it was a nice little profit. 🙂

Pick A Color. Any Color

and by any color, I mean either white or the existing wall color.  Currently I am working on painting the honey oak trim in our home and the room I am currently on is the dining room. This one is a beast. It has floor trim with quarter round. It has chair rail. It has crown molding with another trim piece about 6 inches below. Combine that with multiple colors and I now have an issue.

The issue comes from the color black between ceiling trim pieces. Previously it looked pretty good because it went with the oak trim and matched the wall paint below the chair rail.

Now that I have painted the trim white, the black just doesn’t fit in.  I posted a picture of it on our Facebook page asking for recommendations on if painting the wall to white to match the trim would look ok. I was surprised when I received some recommendations to actually paint the wall to match the color below the trim. I never thought of that.

After thinking about it a bit, I started to lean that way. However, I am still not 100% convinced that is the way to go. So for now I have primed the wall and that’s it. Now comes the part where I need to decide what direction to go with the paint. Thoughts?

Time Off

Ashley and I are getting ready to welcome the newest member into our family so my time posting will slow down for a bit. Don’t worry though, I still have plenty of DIY projects and posts in the works, it might just take a bit longer to get them up. I am thinking the first one back will be our new nursery which is amazing!

In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of my garage wall. Yes, I am painting my garage walls. Basically I had 8 gallons of paint that I needed to get rid of so I combined them all into a very large bucket and am using that to paint my garage.

I am also working on a total revamp to my workspace and when finished should allow me to work on projects easier without impacting my families ability to use the garage.

See you in a bit!

Kitchen Cabinet Sneak Preview

Ashley and I have been pretty busy on the kitchen. It’s taking a bit longer to do than I hoped it would but considering our hectic schedule and the inability to keep the doors off all day because of the kids, I think we are doing pretty well with it.  Below are two pictures to give you an idea of what we are doing. This project is turning out better than I could have imagined and I am very happy with the results.