Monday, October 19, 2020

DIY stair makeover

Who loves Beige carpet on stairs? I know there are some people out there who love it. It's great for kids and pets and definitely cuts down on sound going up and down stairs.  But I was eager to know what was underneath them. So I began to pull up the carpet and to our wonderful surprise there were half decent steps made from pine wood but the risers were a bit iffy.  In my head I thought I could paint at least paint the steps and risers and get a wonderful look when complete.  Then a friend steered me in the direction of adding at least a runner to the stairs because it really prevents bad injuries if someone falls.  So here is a post on how DIY your stair case. 

                                        
First get some plyers and begin to pull up the carpet and pieces of nails used to hold down the carpet. You'll need a garbage bag to hold everything. Once everything is removed it's recommended to fill in the holes with wood putty. We then used a belt sander to smooth down each step. We taped up plastic sheeting on the top and bottom of stairs to cut down on the dust. 

                          

Even with sanding you can see these were in no condition to use a wood stain. I chose to paint them with Benjamin Moore's indoor/outdoor floor paint. The color I originally chose was Black Fox, but it looked too brown. So I switched to Wrought Iron. It's more of a Charcoal Gray. Afterwards I also applied 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic. You can see the pressed board risers are not great looking. Here's where I got an idea to apply vinyl strips of wallpaper. I also decided that railing needed paint too.



After spending too much money on these vinyl strips from Etsy and applying them as directed, the finished look was bumpy and wrinkled.  Boo.  I loved the pattern, but I couldn't fathom leaving them as is. 


So I headed to Lowes where I found beadboard wood pieces. We were able to cut them to size with a saw and installed them using a nail gun. We caulked around the edges and painted them with a glossy white interior/exterior paint in a high gloss finish. Then we cut out a carpet pad into individual sections and used carpet tape to stick to each step.


With a electric staple gun we began to staple down these beautiful runners called Caro from Anthropologie. I had to order three total. Make sure to measure each step including over the lip to determine how much carpet you will need. This rug was 30" wide which I liked because our stairs are 44" total and it gave me 7" of free space on either side.  We stapled the rug up under each lip and at the base to secure it. When I was to the very bottom and had to make a cut of the rug, we used a carpet binder and hot glue to finish off the edge. 


I sprayed each runner with Scotch Guard to improve performance of the rug. It's made of 100" wool so has some abilities to repel moisture.  I am very happy with the way it turned out. My kids think it looks old fashioned. I told them I'll put a bowl of hard candies at the bottom of the stairs to complete the feeling. 😂 


Hope this inspires you to remove your old carpet from the stairs. Hope everyone is staying sane and looking forward to Halloween! 

xo
Cathleen

Monday, June 29, 2020

DIY Pantry Makeover

Our Pantry Makeover is complete. Call it crazy to clean out a pantry in the middle of a pandemic, but I'm getting stir crazy!  It took at least a month to complete because I did what I could during the week and my husband did other things during the weekend. I have linked all the sources at the very bottom. 

xo
Cathleen


BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

The pantry may be on the bit fancy side. Why else would it be anything less! LOL.  It starts with this beautiful glass door and crystal knob. I used 2 coats of white wood stain with a clear glossy finish. I love that a glass door allows the entire space to feel bigger and give a view into it to show off the pretty wallpaper.




All of the shelves were built so it has a nice built-in look. Joe added wood to the floor and ceiling with rope trim to finish off some of the vertical shelves. The lower shelves are a great space for appliances and extra food storage.



The wine fridge was something I thought of when dreaming up the perfect pantry. Now was the time to put one in since we were custom building the shelves.


I wanted a pantry that could serve both as food storage, but also as a "butler's pantry." Joe added a cut out hole in the counter so that we could run an extension cord to plug in appliances like our bread maker or a coffee pot. We can also set this up as a beverage station for parties.


The pantry is both beautiful and functional. The wallpaper makes it so pretty in here and the shelves provide way more storage than before as they go right to the ceiling.


We are mostly a vegetarian household so you see a lot of grain/pasta storage. We also need our trash/recycling bins in here because we have a funny Airedale who likes to trash surf.







The under cabinet lighting is a pretty cool feature. We can dim them to several different levels and it creates wonderful ambient lighting. What's also cool is that it's motion censored with the wave of your hand.







The labels were made on my computer. I bought a special Font on Etsy and clear printer paper on Amazon.


The light fixture, with it's sea glass adds a little bit of a coastal feel.









The Carrara marble backsplash was pretty easy to install. We used a ready mixed Epoxy and a white grout. There were no outlets to work around and I bought a size tile that fit nicely with 5 exact layers. We made sure to check that the counter was level before dry fitting our tile. The backsplash has a matte finish, but the counter tiles have a glossy finish.







I hope you like it and inspires you to create the pantry of your dreams.

Sources/Cost Breakdown
Wood - Lowes $800
Wall Paint -  Benjamin Moore Paper White Already owned
White Wood Stain -Minwax $30
Clear Finish - Minwax $9.98
Paint on Lower shelves - BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Paint: Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel in Ultra Pure White 3750 (I purchased a gallon size). The Color was custom color matched. $37
Door - Steves and Sons - $309
Door Handle - Nostalgic Warehouse $69.99
Wine Fridge - Kalorik - $499 (we got it on sale for $349.99)
Light Fixture - Kichler Kona Kay - $129
Food Storage - OXO Good Grips $17.99 x 7 = $135.68 (with tax)
Glass Food Containers - Crate and Barrel Heritage Hill Glass Jars - $19.95 x 6 = $128.97
Small Glass Jars - Yuleer - $40
Spahetti Container  Rubber Maid - $15.99
Cereal Dispensers - Zevro - $45.99 x 2 = $99.10
Labels - Avery - $12.20
Spice Mason Jars - Willdan- $19.95
Gray Extension Cord - GE - $9.95
Large White Baskets- Sweetzer & Orange Large Woven Cotton Rope Storage Basket $21.87 x 4=94.26
Metal Baskets- RISATORP $12.99 x 3 = 42.05
White Plastic Baskets- Variera - $4.50 x 10 = 48.49
Tile for Backsplash - Somer Tile 2 cases - $251.04
Tile for Countertop - Satori - $1.89 x 30 = $64.45
Grout/Supplies (Epoxy, Trowel, Float, Grout) - $50
Under Cabinet Lighting - Black and Decker - $69.99
Wallpaper - Anthropologie Wildflower Study - $148.00
Trim -Rope Trim Lowes - $50
USB Wallcharger - Amazon $19.97
Mix and Match Napkins - Simply Whimsical $12.99
Marble Bowls - Lenox $13.99 x 6 =$83.94
Mistakes - $100 (tried marble and an epoxy counter top -failed twice!)
Total to Redo Pantry $3,474


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

DIY Pea Pebble Fire ring

It's usually always better to do things right the first time, which is something I'm still figuring out. When I decided to put in a fire ring in the backyard, I was thinking all I had to do was add landscape fabric in a circle formation and dump some pea gravel on it. Well as you can see from this pic, it didn't exactly hold up over time. You see there were gaps in the landscape fabric which meant my invasive Bermuda grass just kept creeping up. And then there is the border, or lack of border which started to drive me crazy. I like neat defined edges, especially when doing mowing and edging.  
BEFORE


AFTER 

This time I measured out a perfect ring with strings from the middle to the edge and spray painted as as I went along. I needed 60 feet of rubber edging and a lot of sweat equity to dig out the ring and push the 6" border down into the ground.  I added 20 more bags of pea gravel once the border was complete. 


A few weeks before I finished the ring, I also gave the chairs a good scrub and spray painted them with outdoor dark gray spray paint. 




The results are so much better and inviting.  Our garden along the fence as been spruced up too with the addition of a horse sculpture, citronella candles, landscape lights, and yard decorations.



I found the cute Navy Blue throw pillows and light blue blankets from my local At Home store.



Summer nights got a whole lot sweeter. Now to finish the patio project I started and wrap up our pantry makeover! Stay tuned.

xo
Cathleen


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