Finally giving my kitchen island the old world charm it has always wanted! Do you have that place in your house that every time you see it you get that UGH feeling in your gut? I do, every time I sit on my couch I can see all the unfinished trim under the Island and after 2 years I don’t think anyone is going to come back and finish it. I live in a very small 1974 ranch home. The character is nonexistent so it is up to me to create it! I love the challenge most of the time but it gets expensive. So I decided that being broke and having limited skills was no reason for me not to at least attempt an improvement to this eyesore. Budget: Under $30.00 Time: Under an hour Material 1 Sheet of Embossed Red Brick with Black Grout Hardboard Wall Panel from Lowes. $25.97. About 4 oz. of Shabby Paints Chalk-Acrylic Paint in White Ice 1 oz. of Shabby Paints Texture. (Find your local stylist here) The Plan Cut, paint then install. So I measured then marked the back of the wall panels and used my Circular saw to cut. Being able to lay all the wall panels out on my work bench made painting much easier. Paint It Aging the faux brick: This only took about 20 min to paint. I painted the grout lines in small sections, working fast so it wouldn’t dry out. Then I used a slightly damp VAX applicator sponge to thinly spread the paint out. I adjusted the pressure in areas so it was very random. Don’t over think it, let some of the brick color show through and remember the point is for it to look like old weathered brick. Video Below Install I personally used what I had, nails would have been easier to hide but I used drywall screws. I was to excited to wait on nails. Hiding Seams & Screws To minimize the seams, I butted the boards as close as possible, lining up the grout lines then applying a mix of White Ice and our Texture to those areas with my finger. Before it started to dry I used the applicator sponge to lightly smooth and blend. This will give you a gritty realistic finish and help camouflage gaps, screws or nails. That was so easy and has inspired some new ideas for this space! My husband is going to be thrilled with all my new ideas :) PS. I found the Corbels at Lowes…I’ll post on that later.
In my kitchen remodel, took this cabinet down so that I could put chunky shelving in it's place.
We have had this Ikea bookshelf for years and it is just taking up space collecting junk. One day I had an idea to turn it on it's side and repurpose it giving it new life and new function in our life.Here is what I did.We use it as extra seating in the living room (Think family Holidays!) but I may just put it at the end of the bed as a place to put my shoes on in the morning and store some things.
So glad I bit the bullet and revamped our builder grade kitchen island! It is amazing what a little plywood, 1x4 and 2x4 can do for an ordinary cabinet. Add a little paint and stain, and we have a brand new island!
We are in the middle of a kitchen makeover. We are coming to the end and I have posted all about the changes we are making to it. We are doing all of the projects on our own to save money on labor. I don't even recognize this kitchen anymore! The island was one of the things I was super excited to change.
I’m sure by now everyone has seen a dresser turned into a kitchen island—I’ve been seeing them online for a while and have been wanting to do one myself, but just haven’t found the perfect old dresser. Until now. I went into my local thrift store recently and found the perfect little diamond in the rough—I’m so happy with how it came out! We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. BEFORE: Here is a shot of the dresser when I first brought it home. I love the etched detail in the drawers, which is a big reason I decided to keep at least one of them for my finished island.
Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing a project I did a while ago, but one that remains one of my favorite budget wall art ideas! Printing some of our wedding photos as engineering prints :) (If you aren't familiar with engineering prints, they are black and white, printed on regular paper, and are designed to showcase your line drawings and graphics. These over-sized prints promote high-quality black and white line drawings in a variety of sizes. Engineering prints are ideal for architects and builders.)The first thing I did was to print some of my favorite wedding photos using the engineering print method. I had mine printed at a local staples.
This is not your typical pumpkin! Why do pumpkins need to be orange? Well in my house they don't, I wanted something that matched my farmhouse style so I designed these easy pumpkins that are rustic but elegant. So lets not waste time its October already, but these are fast and you can use them until Thanksgiving.