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Dining Room Table and Mismatched Chairs

You’ll notice a lack of BEFORE pictures in this post.  2 reasons for that:

I tend to JUMP into projects with abandon… Much too anxious to get started, I forget all about things like cameras and how people might want to…. You know… Actually SEE what my piece of junk looked like when I started.

 

Secondly…  This was before I started my blog… Or even seriously thought about *maybe* starting a blog.  Therefore… Not really on my radar screen at all.

 

So anyhoo…  Since we’re skipping BEFORE… On to the DURING and AFTERS!  🙂

 

Imagine this…

Free dining room table…. Large… Screamin’ 80’s… with a damaged laminate top.  This thing was uuuuuuuugly!  🙂

 

 

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Went to Menards…. Bought 7 – 2×6’s…    We arranged them on the tabletop… Not an easy task, because even if you spend forever picking out the straightest boards… They’ll still be a wee bit crooked.  So we arranged and rearranged and rearranged till we found they fit the closest.

To attach them,  Handsome Man just screwed them in from underneath.  He had me use my weight to our advantage… Ummmm yeah…. That’s code for… He had me sit on the table while he drilled!  😉   Whatever works, right????

 

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A little leftover stain from the wood floors….  and 6 coats of high-gloss poly sealer…

 

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Looks AWESOME, right?!?!!?  Love it!!!

 

I suppose you’re wondering about the base/legs too, right?

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I painted the legs with several coats of various gray paints… and just for good measure, I sprayed flecks of black spray paint.

 

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Sanded the living daylights out of the edges to distress…

 

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And then glazed the whole base with this miracle stuff.  Seriously?  Love what magic this glaze can preform.  😉

 

 

And the chairs!   My pretty little white mismatched chairs.  Again…. No before picture.  KICKING myself, of course!!! 🙂

 

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I did, however… Get 3 random pictures of me recovering the seats with this awesome gray vinyl I had on hand.

 

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LOVE these chairs actually!  All mismatched but painted the same.  Kinda adore the look and the price makes it even MORE attractive!!! 🙂  Especially since friends gave them all to me for freeeeeeee!   All it cost me was the paint, people.

 

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Anyone else in love as much as I am?  And cheap!  Sweetness!!!

 

 

Check out these other mismatch chairs I loooove!

 

 

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How DIY batten walls saved our lathe & plaster dining room…

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to install batten walls over less than ideal walls

 

As you can see…. Our dining room walls were a mess.  They were lathe and plaster and extremely cracked.  And to top it all off, they were COVERED with layers and layers of wallpaper like so many old houses are.  By this time the dining room came around, we had demolished and moved so many lathe and plaster walls that I was in NO mood to rip out all the lathe and plaster in ANOTHER room and drywall it.

And therefore… Necessity is the mother of other creative options that mean less dust.

Or something like that.  However the line goes.  😉 lol!

So enjoy the sega of how we went from

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To this!

 

 

Step 1: Remove the loose wallpaper.  Don’t worry about getting it all…. I’ll explain that part later.

 

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Step 2: Seal remaining wallpaper and upper walls (That will not be behind the batten walls) with GARDZ by Zinsser.

 

 

DIY in Real Life.com: How to install batten walls over less than ideal walls Step 3: We just used 1/8 inch thick sheeting found in the panelling section.  You can skip this step if you are doing this on nice drywall walls and don’t need to cover up cracks and just less than ideal walls! 🙂

 

 

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Step 4: We used 1×4’s for the batten… battens… whatever you call those boards.  😉   I opted for a taller batten wall to both cover more cracks and we have super tall ceilings so it just seemed more proportionate.  Feel free to do whatever suits your fancy!  We did the horizontal pieces and then the vertical ones but again, do whatever makes sense to you.  We didn’t glue them since we put them every 18 inches on the original studs behind the lathe and plaster.  We just went crazy with our handy dandy finish nail gun. 🙂

 

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Step 5: If you look closely, you’ll see that we used 1×2’s along the topside to finish it off.  Again, that is just a matter of preference as to how you handle the top.  There’s about as many ways as there are various shaped of trim.  And that’s a lot! 🙂

 

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Step 6:  Finally!!!!  Those cracked walls ABOVE the batten.  I had you wondering, didn’t I??  I textured the walls.  Unfortunately I neglected to take pictures of that step.  *Sigh*

All I did was get a bucket of drywall mud and a 8 inch drywall knife.  There was absolutely NO method to my madness!

Slap it on,

spread it around,

and kinda scrape it back off in a slight random curved motion.

ABSOLUTELY no right or wrong way to do this.  I didn’t leave a whole lot of mud on the wall because I didn’t want a TON of texture.  Just enough to hide what was behind it.

 

It worked PERFECTLY!!!!   Love the walls now and you totally can’t tell that they were in such bad shape at one time!  Score!!!

 

Step 7: Caulk all the cracks in the batten walls.  You MUST do this step because that’s really what finishes it off!!!

 

Step 8:  After the drywall texture has throughly dried, quickly and lightly scrape all of it.  that just takes of the pokey high spots and makes it look more finished

 

 

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Step 9: Paint 1 coat of primer on both the batten walls and the textured walls.

 

Step 10: Topcoat both as desired.  It took 2 coats of white high gloss for the batten and 3 coats of the red satin for the upper walls. (It only took 3 because I didn’t use a tinted primer and because I was painting a deep red.  Reds don’t cover the greatest! 😉 )

 

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The finished product!

 

I TOTALLY loved this super easy fix to really lousy walls!  Even if you DON’T have lousy walls, this is an AWESOME fix!!!

 

 

 

Check out some of my inspiration for the Batten Wall re-do!

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Just a Girl has an AWESOME step-by-step tutorial!

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I just read this week about how Young House Love just did a batten wall in their hallway and it really MADE their hallway! They used much thinner boards and I’m digging it!!! Fantastic!  Awesome tutorial and cost break-down.

And there are OODLES of other tutorials and styles of batten walls out there!  Get out there and just TRY it!!!  You’ll be AMAZED at how easy it is for the impact it will make!

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Dining Room…

Some of you have seen snippets of the dining room…

In the next couple days, I’ll be posting about the details:

 

*The DIY batten walls

*The built-in coffee bar

*How to install crown molding

*My “Free” Dining Room Table & Chairs Re-do

*How I updated a cheap 80’s Light Fixture to a Restoration Hardware Knock-Off 

*Not to mention the Industrial DIY Curtain Rods that I already posted a tutorial about!

 

In the meantime….  I hope you enjoy a few shots of our dining room! 🙂

DIY in Real Life: Dining Room Before and After

 

I love before and afters!  It totally shows me how far we’ve come!!!

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 The awesome batten walls that totally covered up our cracked lathe and plaster.  It looks even BETTER in person!!!

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My cheap 80’s shiny brass chandelier!  LOVE how it looks now with a coat of black paint!!!

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Twisted rope around the chain and I TOTALLY LURVE it now!!!!  Looks like something from Ballard Designs without the hefty price tag!  😉

 

 

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 And my coffee bar…

 

 

Sooooo looking forward to showing off my awesome details in the next couple of days!!!!   Whooohoooo!!!!

My Favorite Emily and a Desk Before and After….

Emily is my friend.  I don’t see her NEARLY as much as I’d like…. But let me tell you…  Emily is amazing!  One of my favorite roll-models and one of the people I have the MOST fun with.  I’ve known her for probably 18 or so years out of my 26-year life. And she still likes me!!!! 😉

 

Anyhoo…. I *love* visiting Emily!  My favorite thing is to work on some project or another while I’m there… Makes for a GREAT excuse to visit.  lol!

 

A while back this was one of our projects….   Emily blogged about it here…  Loved the re-do for this desk!!!   Be sure to check it out!!!cBeforeAfter

 

 

Blog post coming soon on what we worked on LAST time we were down there visiting!!! 🙂

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Caulked…. Primed… And top-coated! Just one more coat and its done!!!!!! I’m giddy!! 🙂

I even got a door front/back painted AND a bench I made out of pallets!  How’s THAT for a productive day??

P.S. ignore the junk in the sink. Mentally pretend its not there. 😉

My obvious problem is that I get overanxious to start a project and don’t take the time to… You know…  Clean things up???

 

Almost everything there will go on the shelves I’m painting.  So….   Ummm…..  That’s my rationalization this time!

 

You shoulda known what you were getting into when you started reading a blog called DIY in REAL LIFE!!!!!   Haha!!!

 

Ooooh! A Blue Painted Dresser Before and After!

 

The Before and After of a blue painted dresser acquired on Craigslist!

 

Because a little paint and distressing is awesome.

 

 

Complete with sugar and a coffee cup.  At that time, we didn’t have a kitchen and we kept the coffee maker in our bedroom.  Newlyweds!!!! Ha!

Can’t knock it though until YOU’VE had a coffee maker with a timer sitting on your side table and woke up to the sounds and smells of COFFEE!!!!!  🙂

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