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Chalk Paint + Rifle Paper Co. Wallpaper Hutch Reveal

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Today I wanted to share a favorite project of mine that I completed last year, but hasn’t made it onto this blog. I have done a LOT of furniture  makeovers in my life time, but this one I’m pretty sure tops them all!

Here is what it looked like before. It had great bones, and was a Thomasville made hutch, so it was high quality and in pristine condition… I almost felt guilty that I wanted to change it so badly. But I had high hopes.

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I didn’t want to have to sand or prep the Hutch that much, so I contacted my friends from Lolly Jane, because I knew they carried BBFrosch chalk paint powder (you can order it here). You can find more info here on their blog, but basically it turns any brand any color of paint into chalk paint. Chalk paint is so great because it requires very little prep work, and has a really hard finish. It is a really great option when you’re refinishing furniture. The color I chose was Armitage Grey by Valspar. It is a super pretty grey color, and that was my base coat. I later added White Lime Wax over the top to achieve the unique finish, but we’ll touch on that later.

Here is what it looked like:HutchBefore1

After the grey coat, I mixed some BBFrosch chalk paint powder with Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore for the inside of the hutch.

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After painting the inside, which was probably the hardest part because of all the nooks and crannies I added gift wrap sheets by Rifle Paper Co. (order online here) onto the back of the hutch using matte Mod Podge. It was really simple. The trick is to add a layer of Mod Podge onto the surface you’re applying it to, as well as the back of the paper. Once you apply it, smooth it gently, I used a foam brush from the Craft Store. Once it dries apply another coat over the top of Mod Podge. This is why it’s important to choose the Matte Finish, in order to keep the sheen down.

The final step was to add the white lime wax on the paint, this totally transformed the Grey color to something aged and really unique. You can order lime wax here.Hutch - 31Hutch - 34
Hutch - 2Hutch - 60I have to say, I have used the products mentioned in this post for other things from big products such as my kitchen cabinets as well as smaller furniture makeovers and I just can not say enough good things about them!

 

Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack

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When we started our master bedroom renovation I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted our nightstands to look like. We were down one dresser after selling our old set so I needed our nightstands to function as dressers as well. I had a hard time finding any vintage dressers i liked that were within my budget so I took to searching pinterest. Then I found THESE from Dear Lillie. So I decided to go ahead and try to hack the Ikea Tarva dresser. Here she is in all her glory.

TARVA 3-drawer chest IKEA Made of solid wood, which is a durable and warm natural material.

So it’s nothing special but I liked the idea of having a blank canvas to work with.

Supplies: Ikea Tarva Dresser- Found HERE

White pine trim- This is the slimmest trim available at lowe’s or home depot. Usually comes in about 10ft lenghts

Paint- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

New hardware- I bought mine at Lowes and Hobby Lobby

Furniture feet and plates- I used THESE plates and THESE feet

Waddell 2.43-in Table Leg Straight Top Plate 4-in Mixed Maple Classic Bun Feet Wood Table Leg

Okay, now to get started…

  1. Follow those awesome Ikea instructions and start building your dresser! By the second dresser I was a pro. The first was not so fun and may have the top on backwards. Oh well….
  2. Do not build it all the way yet. You’ll want to leave off the feet and those little trim pieces on the bottom. (you’ll actually never put these on if you choose to use new feet)
  3. Next trim the drawers. Cut the pine trim to the length of the drawer and then the remaining width. Once all the trim pieces are cut you can nail or glue and clamp the pieces in place. I nailed mine because I am not patient enough for glue. Make sure to fill the holes if you nail them.IMG_8395
  4. Now paint the dresser and legs! I used Benjamin Moore Hale navy. It is quite literally the BEST navy ever. Looks great in every light and doesn’t cast any purple or greys. Come to find out later, it is the same navy Jenna painted her master bedroom!
  5. Turn your dresser upside down and attach the plates.  The base of the dresser isn’t super wide so I was only able to get three screws in each plate but it seems to be plenty sturdy.IMG_9298
  6. Screw the legs in. I painted one set of legs to match the navy dresser. The other set my husband kind of liked the raw wood, so I left it for now. We will see if they stay. What do you think?
  7. I distressed my dressers a little bit.
  8. Now you get to add your hardware!! I wanted kind of a his and hers feel so I went with a little girlier hardware on my dresser.Master Reno 2Master Reno 6Master Reno 4Master Reno 3DSC_0749

When I first started on this project I went into it thinking it was going to be an inexpensive project. Not true. Okay it is probably a little cheaper than a dresser you would buy brand new. It did end up costing me more than I expected though, which is part of why they took me so long to finish. I sort of had a hard time putting so much money into an ikea product. I do really love how they look in the room though.  So my final thought would be this: the quality of the dresser is so-so, you really are paying to have a dresser you can completely customize to your space. For me in this particular space and as a nightstand it works 🙂

Jenna’s Christmas Home Tour.

Hey guys! I am so excited to share my simple holiday home with you all today. I love a neutral home, my house is probably the epitome of a blank slate. Around the holidays I like to add pops of red in, along with some cozy texture. I also really love the added greenery at every turn too.

My entry way wall is one of my favorite projects, and ever since we added the board and batten detail, I have been dreaming of it adorned with evergreen garland.

You won’t even believe that Rylen + I made the garland out of tree scraps from the Lowe’s tree lot this year. It was SUPER simple and about as inexpensive as it gets, we will share more on it later. For now, I’ll just show you the pretty end product. Because do people even read the text that goes with a home tour post? I hardly do.. haha.
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Our front playroom/sitting room is finally taking shape. I added an Ektorp sectional, jute rug, and rearranged the room. The slipcover is still REALLY wrinkled from the packaging, I keep telling myself to steam it… but the other half of me believes the wrinkles will eventually fall out on their own. We shall see how it goes.CHRISTMAS - 1 (1)

Simple is an understatement when it comes to our tree this year, I have a curious 2 year old, and instead of fighting him about ornaments I just decided to go sans ornaments this year. I don’t hate it.

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And here is our family room area all decked out for the holiday.

Starting of course with my favorite corner, I have a new rug ordered but it seems to have gotten eaten by UPS, so don’t mind the rug-less room. I’m sure it bothers me more than it bothers anyone else. I just like my rooms grounded with rugs if given an option.

I love the little pom pom garland we made at our recent craft night.

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Thanks for stopping by my holiday house! 

Buffalo Check Wall

 

neutral fall home tourAs some of you may have seen on Instagram, I recently painted a buffalo check wall in my hallway. I knew when we very first looked at this home that this wall needed something special. I had a completely different idea of what i wanted to create in this space but due to lack of funds and a husband that was not on board with my original plan (lame) I decided to try a quick fix until we could do what we really wanted to do here. Little did i know, I would LOVE it and not want to change it. EVER. I originally saw THIS treatment done by Holly Mathis in a gorgeous home she helped design. We love Holly. Everything she touches is gold. So after seeing her gorgeous room I pulled out my trusty Pinterest to look for tutorials and only found a couple. I mostly followed this one done by Southern Living but i’m going to share with you a few things i found helpful.

Supplies:

-latex paint (you’ll need a base color and a color for your stripes)

-acrylic glaze (found normally in a can in the paint section at your hardware store)

-something to mix your paint and glaze in

-foam roller

-painters tape (i tried frog tape for the first time and it worked great)

  1. First you need to figure out how big you want your stripes to be. I wanted mine on a fairly large scale. Around 12″ is what I had in mind. If at all possible you want your horizontal lines to divide evenly into the height of your wall. Example: If my wall was 96″ tall and I wanted my stripes 12″ then 96 divided by 12 would give me 8 evenly spaced 12″ stripes. Of course my wall was not an easily divisible number so my stripes ended up being 11 3/4″. Your vertical stripes will be the same width. It may help to draw it out on paper if it doesn’t make sense in your head.
  2. So now i know my measurements. Decide what you want you base color to be. Then paint your whole wall that color. I used Benjamin Moore Snowfall white.
  3. Now the fun part! Once your wall is completely dry, Tape off your horizontal stripes. I was lazy and used my husbands eyes instead of a level to get them straight. I measured each side of the wall and put a little pencil mark where each stripe should be then put the tape on one end and pulled it over to my other mark. If any thing looked a little off we just moved it a bit. Very technical, I Know 🙂 This worked well for me but if you are in doubt, use a level! 
  4. To make sure my lines were crisp, I went back and painted my base color over the edges of the tape lines to seal it and make sure nothing leaked. I put little pieces of tape on every other stripe so I would remember to leave those white.
  5. Now you get to mix your paint! I used latex paint with an eggshell sheen. I wanted it to be subtle so I used the same color I have throughout my home which is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter lightened 50%.  I believe any latex paint will do the trick. Mix one part paint to two parts glaze. The glaze is just a clear/ milkyish looking stuff. It’s found normally in a can by the paint section. Once this is mixed, roll it on every other stripe. Use a paint roller, NOT a paint brush. I tried brushing on in some spots and because of the glaze, it made it all splotchy. So make sure to JUST roll it. Try to go over it as evenly as possible and only do 1-2 coats. Be sure if you did 2 coats on one stripe to do two coats on all the stripes. The more coats you do, the darker it’ll be. It WILL look kind of splotchy. DON’T GIVE UP at this point!!!! I thought it looked terrible and almost painted over it, but just wait.
  6. Now pull the tape, you don’t have to wait till it dries to do this.Buffalo check wall
  7. I let the horizontal stripes dry overnight but you could probably do it sooner. You just want to make sure its completely dry. Now tape you vertical lines the same way. Since i couldn’t seal these tape lines with the white paint I just used frog tape and pressed REALLY hard to make sure I didn’t have any leakage. You could also use the clear glaze to seal the tape but the frog tape worked just fine. buffalo check wall 2
  8. Now paint your vertical stripes. Once again, It’s supposed to look sort of transparent. Do NOT feel like you have to keep rolling coats on because it will ruin the effect of it being darker where they overlap.
  9. Pull the tape and your done! Buffalo check wall1neutral fall home tour

I love the visual interest this wall adds. I also noticed I have a thing for  buffalo check. It’s ALL over my house. I may need an intervention. Ever since creating this I’ve been dreaming all sorts of colorful buffalo check walls. Jenna’s house is next!!

Copper Wire Pumpkins

Have you guys heard?! We were published!! Okay so it was online and not in print so I’m not sure if that technically counts, but we were pretty darn excited about it! We were thrilled to be approached by Ashley at Little Glass Jar early this fall to create a fun fall tutorial. Ashley is the editor of the Ready, Set, DYI column in the fabulous new magazine Everything Home. This magazine is UH-mazing! We loved reading every page. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you need to! You can find our tutorial we created HERE.

Over here at The Collected House, we LOVE pumpkins. The more character (AKA: lopsided, bumps, discolorations etc.) the better. So naturally we decided on pumpkins for our tutorial.  We loved how easy these copper wire pumpkins were to create and how unique they are. They lend themselves to so much creativity which is another reason we love them! You can make them short, tall, fat, skinny, and in any color! We chose to use copper but you could use any type of wire or even paint them! Here are a few more of our favorites.

This is one of my personal favorites. It was made by wrapping the wire around a water bottle. This one has the most loops for a fuller look.copper pumpkins 7

This was from the same water bottle but then we flattened the sides.

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This one was made by wrapping the wire vertically around a jar of peanut butter. It has flatter sides for a taller appearance.

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We had so much fun experimenting with different gauges of wire and different shapes. We would love to see what other people come up with. Be sure to tag us if you decide to make some!

 

DIY Concrete Floors

Today I thought I would share some info on our freshly poured stained concrete floors we did throughout all the common areas of our home.

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This was quite the labor of love, I think it probably requires a medium amount of DIY skill, and determination to complete… but totally worth the money you save! I lost track of all the receipts, but I think it ended up costing about $1 a square foot doing it all ourselves.

The first thing we did was watch a lot of YouTube. This particular set of videos we found really helpful. We ordered this set of Concrete Tools from Amazon and picked up the rest of the supplies at Lowe’s.

We previously had laminate floors, so they came up relatively easy.  We put plastic protective sheeting all over the walls to protect from spatter and other nonsense.

We didn’t need to repair our foundation before we laid the concrete, because it is self leveling so it filled in the minor cracks, and fixed our uneven concrete foundation pretty well on it’s own.  You need to mop + vacuum your floor to make it AS CLEAN as possible before you lay your concrete. We applied a bonding agent that we picked up from Lowe’s and let it dry before we started pouring concrete. It can be found in the flooring section of your local Lowe’s.

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Following the video tutorials, we mixed, poured, and raked the concrete. You have to work really fast at this step, and have multiple pairs of hands helping. I was in charge of mixing, and my husband did the pouring. The key we found is that you really need to roll over them A LOT with the spiked metal roller to get all the air bubbles out. Here is our floors freshly poured.

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It takes about 12 hours for it to be able to walk on, we went to the mountains with Rylen’s family while it dried. That worked out nicely.

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When we got home the following night they had dried a pretty dark grey, we noticed that some parts bubbled where we didn’t roll out the air bubbles enough. I’m not super worried about it, but my husband is scheming how to fix them. I think concrete floors are okay if you aren’t a perfectionist, if you are, doing them yourself might drive you crazy. I kinda like the personality.

I stained them a solid coat cement stain we picked up at Sherwin Williams. You can literally pick any paint color, and have the concrete stain tinted… which I thought was pretty cool. Then we sealed it with sealer also purchased at Sherwin Williams.

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Overall, I am really happy with the results. It is durable, and really easy to clean as well as sanitize which is great for little kids!

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Light & Bright Kitchen Renovation Reveal

Welcome to our VERY FIRST blog post! EEK! We are just two girls who like a good house project, and perhaps could be called transformation addicts. We are  so excited to have you all join us as we adventure along turning our houses into homes. We have been wanting to put this blog together for a WHILE & are so excited to finally join forces and collaborate together!

We are kicking this blog off right with a great post about Rylen’s kitchen renovation. It is an amazing transformation that is for sure! You won’t believe how this space looked when Rylen first bought her home, it was dark, not her style, and felt really closed off from the rest of the great room.

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And the after:
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DSC_0517The biggest change in this whole space, other than the light airy feeling, is the island. It was pie shaped and split leveled. We had it framed out to be a large rectangle, and then made to look more like a piece of furniture by adding board & batten detail around. Oh & took out the bar height level. AMAZING. Now it is the kind of island you WANT to gather around in your kitchen.

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The granite detail on the island is called an ogee edge & the back surrounding countertops you might notice are straighter & chunkier it’s called an eased edge. I love the added interest the island edging adds to the space.

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The barstools were ordered from Four Chairs Furniture. I searched forever to find counter height, tabouret style barstools that wouldn’t break the budget. I was thrilled when I found these, they are great quality, and I think are a total steal! They make the space. DSC_0528 DSC_0521

This little bookshelf nook by the sink is really handy for cookbook storage. Love the little detail it adds.DSC_0519

The sink was replaced with a cast iron single basin Koehler sink, and the gooseneck faucet really adds the farmhouse feel that I wanted.

What do you think? Amazing right?! It went from a dark corner to inviting and one of my favorite features in our house.

Details: Cabinets: Snowfall by Benjamin Moore, Island: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, Granite: Alaskan Classic

Sources:

Barstools: Four Chairs Furniture Faucet: Wayfair Sink: Faucet Direct