Coffee Bar….

Yes.  This looks familiar.

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I just loved it so much in My Favorite Emily’s house…

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that I made it in our old house…

DIY in Real Life: Coffee Bar Before & After

then made it again in the new house!

So is it a lack of creativity or just a matter of I know what I like??! Ha!

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Actually the buffet fits here even better than the old house! Yay for that!!

Fun fact: This buffet belonged to Handsome Man’s great grandpa and grandma!  I love love love this piece! I was unable to refinish the sides due to the veneer being too thin too sand and not being in the best shape. So I opted to paint the sides
gray and refinished the wood top. Love!

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This is a super functional area that I use every. single. day!  (I mean COFFEE, right??)

The extra open storage for dishes is nice since we don’t have a whole lot of cupboards. (We do have the pantry and that’s a ton of storage too!)

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And the cups all hanging where I can get em super easy makes me happy.

It’s no wonder this is the second thing I’m featuring in my posts of the things in my kitchen that make me happy.happy.happy!

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I love taking all my ugly store-bought containers and dumping the contents into clear glass  containers and slapping chalkboard labels onto them! 🙂

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And this lady insisted on getting her picture taken.  And with that cheesy smile, how do you resist??

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Trunk Overhaul!

So I had this trunk… This cool, old, ratty looking trunk.  It was awesome.

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Yes this trunk.

And in true Nicole fashion… I forgot to take a good before picture.  This was the only rather old picture I had of it.

Anyway… It was a little dark colored, but I really loved the natural patina. (Anyone else feel extra sophisticated saying those last two words together? No? Just me?)
I was happy to leave the trunk exactly as-is.

That is until the munchkin came along.  When they say, “kids change everything” they aren’t joking.  Even little things like trunks.

So when Emma first started scooting, she decided that for whatever reason, she liked the taste of the slightly deteriorated burlap type fabric on the outside of the trunk.

That awesome patina I once thought the trunk had became nasty-gross-stuff-I-was-constantly-fishing-out-of-my-child’s-mouth.

The trunk was no longer a source of delight.

My slightly mobile child was drawn to it like a moth to a bug zapper.

Like a flea to a hound dog.

Like a cockroach to a…. I’m just gonna stop.

We’ve been cleaning out two of the rentals where we had some bad tenants.  I obviously have bugs on the brain. Ew.

Anyway, I digress.

I decided I needed to do SOMETHING about the trunk in order to save my daughter from herself.

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First I ran some vaseline along the edges of the wood strips with the tips of my fingers.  Then I painted all of it (burlap material and all) with a light turquoise color I had.

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Then I glazed it with the same stuff I used on this table.  Which was awesome because it showed off all the texture and gave made that turquoise a tad less bright.  It deepened it to an awesome color!

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After adding industrial looking casters on the bottom, it makes a PERFECT side table in the living room that I keep chock full of games!

I love it SOOO much now!

Isn’t it awesome how sometimes circumstances force you to change something you loved only to find out you LOVE it even MORE afterwards??

SCORE!!!! 🙂

How to easily update an old refrigerator using wainscoting!

So when I posted about our sexy new refrigerator, I realized that I never posted about our old one!

 

Right after we got married, we needed a refrigerator for our old house.  And with a “just married” budget, we needed somethin’ cheap!   And so a $60 old black refrigerator entered our lives. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked!

 

And if necessity is the mother of invention… Then ugliness is the father of creativity! 🙂

 

 

And so started the update that made this refrigerator workable for 2 more years!

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First we and when I say we actually mean Handsome Man sanded the front like crazy with an orbital sander.

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Then we and when I say we actually mean Handsome Man removed the handles, smeared heavy-duty adhesive all over the front and started covering it with wainscoting.

How to make a refrigerator look... ummm... better with wainscoting at www.DIYinRealLife.comThen… And I missed a picture.  But just imagine ratchet straps like these around the top and bottom.  Great way to keep the wainscoting snug up against the refrigerator while the glue dried since we weren’t able to use nails.

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Then I just caulked all the cracks and it was ready for paint.

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I (and when I say “I,” I actually mean I!) painted it a couple shades lighter than the cupboards to avoid so much of the same gray…

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Re-attached the handles…

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And boom!  Customized refrigerator!

It wasn’t ideal perhaps… But it made a $60-dinged-and-dented-paint-splattered-old-refrigerator last 2 years.  PLUS we sold it for $40 on Craigslist after we got our new one, so I’d say that’s a SCORE!

Installing a door = HAPPINESS!

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Since this adorable munchkin is crawling everywhere, it’s become quite evident that we needed to install a door in the hallway with stairs that go to the basement and outside.

Handsome Man was going to be at Menards, so I mentioned he should look in the bargain door area for an interior door that might fit.

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And whatdoyaknow they had one!  Exactly what I would have picked.

And *drumroll* it was only 10 bucks people!  That’s what I’m talking’ about!!!

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 We <3 you Menards.  😉

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Have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate that Handsome Man is so good at this kind of stuff?  It’s just plain fantastic!

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Slid right in there and fit nearly perfectly!

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It’s still not pretty yet as I just finished caulking it.

But TODAY I think I’ll paint it!

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And it will be gorgeous!

It really does finish off the space!

And best of all, I can keep the munchkin away from the tools.

She really makes a beeline for tools.  Especially sharp ones.  Yeash!

It’s like she takes after her parents of something.

DIY Chevron Sign

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You might remember my chevron spree a few weeks back…

 

I chevron-ed this table…

This pinboard…

A few other things…

and… *drumroll*

 

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Some chevron signs.

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First I stained and painted the various boards…

Then… Using my stencil from Cutting Edge, I used my foam roller and rolled away.

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/chevron-stencil-pattern.html

Then I grabbed my wire and needle nose pliers…

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Then I drilled a few holes to attach my wire words…

DIY Chevron and Wire LOVE Sign  by www.DIYinRealLife.com

And Wahhh-lah!

DIY Chevron and Wire LOVE Sign  by www.DIYinRealLife.com

I made them to take up to the shop.  

Let’s just say I fell in love with them and kept one of course!

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The rest I delivered up to Tekamah… We’ll see how long they stick around. 😉

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Word to the wise:

Never think to yourself…

 

“Self… You’re just painting a little.  You’re just rolling paint on with a foam roller and a chevron stencil.”

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“No need to change clothes… I’m SURE you’ll be fine!”

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Because it will be at THAT point that you sit on the roller full of paint.

 

 

 

Don’t ask.  I don’t want to talk about it.

Super Cute and Ridiculously Easy Striped Table Refashion…

Realizing I never posted about this table…

 

 

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This table… (Also given to me by ANOTHER friend) I gave the striped treatment!

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Evidently I have a weakness for free tables! 😉

Super cute and ridiculously easy striped  table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

Done in my traditional gray and white… What can I say? It’s versatile!

Super cute and ridiculously easy striped  table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

It couldn’t have been easier…

I painted the base coat white…

Then taped off lines with blue painters tape in completely random widths…

(I love me some stripes!)

Then painted the gray using this method.

EASY and CUTE!

Chevron Table Re-do!

So I had one of these tables…  Only it was old.  And the top was super rough.

 

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But it was one of those tables that you see all the time.

A couple coats of paint in a fun gray and white chevron print…

And boom!!!!!

 

 

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Ca-UTE table!!!

 

 

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Love me some chevon!

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