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DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-over

Old Town Paints Part IV Final

Good morning everyone!  I am sitting here at 6:00 with a large frosty diet coke finishing up the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.  For those of you who missed the last three parts of the hutch story, I will put the links here for Part I-III in the post so you can catch up.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Completing this DIY China Hutch Make-over was a challenge.  I started out picking up this cute little, worn out hutch that needed a good updating; it had broken pieces, was full of 1970’s faux plastic pieces they passed off as wood trim and just looked yucky!

Bottom of China Hutch
Bottom of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

When we started the DIY China Hutch Make-over, I was initially just going to paint it and say ta-da!  But, for some reason, that was not sitting well with me.  I just could not get settle with the broken trim, and ugly faux wood, so I ripped it apart and gave it a good recycle that today’s generation could love.

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In part I, we showed you how we cut off the old trim and re-styled the top of the China Hutch using our Ryobi Tools to provide a fresh look that fits today’s style. (See part I Here).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Front 1x3 installed
Front 1×3 installed

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Part II showed you the bottom of the DIY China hutch Make-Over, which actually detaches from the top (Read Part II Here)

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before and After

This was no small undertaking because, as you know from my posts, I reserve the right to change my design mind at any given time… and well that’s just what happened on the bottom.  (Click here to read part II).  Initially I was thinking to build three cabinet doors, including one to replace the center faux wood section that did not open.  I worked hard on trimming the bottom to match the new top trims and thought – wow I am almost done.  This was a snap! – WRONG – After building the two side doors, the middle door just didn’t work.  It was like a sore thumb, and I HATED it…pushing me to reach down into my design bag and draw up yet another design, leading to Part III and another trip to the Home Depot.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In Part III of the post, the final design was born as we showed you how we how I changed my mind from using three doors to two doors, and a custom built  wine rack for the center where the third door would have lived.  The DIY China Hutch Make-Over design turned out excellent and I love the way you can now hold 12 awesome bottles of wine.  (Click here to read Part III).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, after much ado, we bring you the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

We put out a call to our readers to choose the paint color.  After calculating the vote we came up with a pale green and old white combination (we wanted a little contrast for the piece – so we choose two of the most popular voted colors by our readers on Facebook and Hometalk – thank you all for your help). The colors are stunning – Drool!

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Looking to continue the theme for the DIY China Hutch Make-Over I set out to find a new paint color I stumbled on to Old Town Paints.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I was impressed with their 54 color selection, and how close I could get to your color choices.  I contacted Old Town Paints to ship my colors because there were no retailers close by St Louis Missouri that carry this wonderful paint.  (Hear that shops – distributors needed for great paint and your shop could be the great home of Old Town Paint – You’re welcome!)

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Sasha, the owner of Old Town Paints was kind enough to ship us out Soft Moss, Cottage White, Antiquing Glaze, and a Clear Matted Finish.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a creature of habit, I was nervous to try something new, but did it anyway and was so glad I gave Old Town Paint a try.   This fab little company was started by Sasha Gareau (consignment store owner) and here fiancé Bobby Bouck (his family has been in the paint business for over 50 years!)  Starting her consignment store, Sasha used a competing paint for her painted furniture, but did not like the expense of the paint.  So what’s a girl to do?  Sasha created her own paint line – Old Town Paint.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Old Town Paint is a Chalk Paint Style Finish made here in the USA.  According to Sasha, she and Bobby sat down with a chemist, and after months of trial and error, the chemist helped them create a non-toxic paint, that had a chalk paint style finish, which launched Old Town paint in April of 2013, and the movement of their paint has been growing ever since – want to try it?  You can order by click here.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a research nut (from my old instructional design writing days), I took to the internet to find pieces painted with Old Town Paint.  I featured several of them on my Facebook to see your reaction – you loved them! Since all those I spoke to who used the paint also loved them, I took the plunge and used Old Town Paint on this project.  I have to say – it was easy to use.  The paint is very silky and adhered in one coat and accepted the matching finishes like it was butter on bread.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

All things that spoke to me for this project because like Sasha and Bobby creating their paint took time, so did the re-building of this china hutch – so what better product to debut the piece to our readers than Old Town Paint, right?  Two master pieces that have come together – I can hear the two singing in harmony from here, can you? ;-).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I enjoyed this paint that comes in 54 lovely colors because it can also be used as a color wash, regular smooth paint, or can be applied thick to create texture (which will be great when I show you another product I discovered this week in a later post).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

But one of the best bonuses… no need to prime or prepare prior to painting!  It was a dream come true – which makes me scream out – why don’t more paint shops in St Louis carry this jewel of a paint? Want to read more on this paint stop by their site at http://www.oldtownpaints.com  I was glad I tried this paint.  Very impressed and I will order it for a future project I blog.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Just look at the silky photos of the rebirth of this DIY China Hutch Make-over. Isn’t she stunning 🙂

Bead board back ground DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over Moldings added

I could not be more proud of the piece you all helped me build. So What do you think of the finished china hutch make-over that has been the longest, on-going project for Hello I Live Here in our history of an existing blog?

Bead board back ground

Sorry again it took so long, the nasty cold winter (Mother Nature – you know who you are) stopped us in our tracks this year.  I can tell you I have lived in St Louis for over 14 years and this is by far the WORST winter I have ever had (I threatened to move West every single day – hubby started to take me serous – a girl can dream about beach living again can’t she? 😉

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Well, I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow our blog and to Old Town Paints and owner Sasha and Bobby for partnering with Hello I Live Here to get this project complete 🙂 .  I love writing and sharing my zany projects that are often shown on Bob Vila Nation, Ryobi Nation, and Hometalk  and other social media we use for Hello I Live Here.  Also, thank you for hanging in there with us as we fought the ugly weather to bring you our final post on our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Happy Thursday and here’s to many warmer days for us all (just not to warm Missouri or I will have to look into that move west) 😉

–Linda

DIY Chalkboard

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY Chalkboard

Hello everyone – our post today – DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames.  That’s right we all know we have loads upon loads of old frames large and small laying in our basements just begging to be loved again.  How can you use it you ask?  DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames is a great way to reuse those old forgotten pieces.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

This frame was an old print that hung in our over-sized wine room in our other home.  Knowing we would never use it here in the new Villa, we decided to store it for a day I needed an upcycle project on a bad weather day.  Well, you all know we have had 6 long, long months of winter and some days to harsh to work even in the shop with heat.  Guess what – we had two 80 degree days in a row, and last night after completing the china hutch part III with the Old Town Paint (oops new post alert of a great new product 🙂 )  – the threat of snow…yep snow…yet again hit St Louis and we dropped to 29 degrees in hours but the snow never came – just the blazing cold!!!!  This cold weather is totally cutting into my shop time and make me a very surly person.  Not to mention I want to complete my projects for Ryobi Nation and Bob Vila Nation 🙂  – warning for Mother Nature 🙂 .

Painted Pieces

What’s a girl to do today?  An inside project of course – Awhile back I had painted the inside of this frame with Chalkboard paint and stuck it on the wall.  The DIY Chalkboard is it’s used daily and we love the board.  The frame matched great with the old decor, but now that we have gone cottage and grey, the frame would never do.  Being locked up yet another day with cold weather I was trotting past the wall talking to my sister on the phone when I ripped this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames down from the wall and up-cycled that old frame to match my new decor.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I whipped out some left over Annie Sloan Old Ochre paint left in the bottom of the old can and whipped it on to this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames hanging on the wall.  I then took what I had mixed for a cute pair of side tables (Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Louis Blue) and added that to the inside of the frame giving that little bit of pop I wanted for this piece.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

Once done drying, I added clear wax, let set for a bit, then followed that by dark wax, let dry and added clear over.

sloan wax kit
Sloan wax kit

After both dried, I added another coat of clear wax, buffed and returned to the wall.  How cute is it now?  And it now drives me less nuts locked in here from the cold when I walk past and see how it matches my new decor – you can’t beat that for a quick DIY Chalkboard project.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live HereStarting tomorrow we are to have nice weather here in St Louis.  Our next few weeks of our blog are going to be dedicated to new products we are trying.  I think you will love them all – I hope you love the new products we are about to show you – they are all wonderful and give a girl options when she’s tired of using the same old same old.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I will introduce each product to you, give you background on it, how to order it, and my experience with the product.  I will be keeping them all a secret until I start using their product as I want each product to have its own platform as I introduce them.

First up will start tomorrow as we complete Part III final of our China Hutch Redo – That’s right – it’s finally done, and no one is more happy then the Hello I Live Here crew!  Until tomorrow’s post, have a wonderful evening and stay WARM. 🙂

Linda

Lumens Lighting

Lumens Lighting or Lumens.com

Have you been to Lumens.com yet? I am in the process of looking for a new chandy for my crafts room. I need something that provides great light, but still gets my style. I love lighting and as most of you know, I would hang a chandy anywhere if I had more ceilings 😉 This would be for my new crafts room space – you know me – I want this:

spriral chandy

But, because it’s a crafts room, I want to keep it simple yet elegant. I am looking to go with a strong Restoration design, the Quorum Hinge Pendant No. 804 which is a wide metal shade that has a broad spread of light via a White Tiffany glass shade. The swivel canopy means it’s adaptable for use on sloped ceilings, and various rod lengths make it easy to adjust for different ceiling heights giving me the perfect light I will need over my crafts table.  Isn’t she beautiful!  Shinny and bright – just like I like.

Lumens Lighting

Now that I narrowed it down, I started looking at other choices for you know, the time I may need something else 😉 Here are some great ones I just love, all can be ordered from Lumens and delivered right to the door. You have to love that kind of service!

The Schonbek Lighting Trilliane Chandelier is a Schonbek signature, with a classic form well-suited to contemporary or eclectic settings. This is due to its unique configuration of inverted clear Swarovski ELEMENTS or SPECTRA crystal pendalogues, an innovative design element that suggests the growth of natural mineral crystal. Available in two sizes.

Lumens Lighting

Faceted crystals surround an inner chandelier frame like necklaces accenting a woman dressed to the nines. Available with 3 or 6 lights, the Feiss Leila Chandelier elegantly illuminates a room and sparkles with confidence whether on or off. A Burnished Silver finish completes the look.

Lumens Lighting

The James R. Moder Broadway Linear Crystal Chandelier is old-world, crystal magnificence in a contemporary setting. Crystals hang from both ends of multiple strands that can be wound around the central fixture. Truly, no two Broadway chandeliers are the same, as the strands can be positioned randomly, creating a unique layer of crystal on both sides of the Candelabra lamps.

Lumens Lighting

Sleek and sophisticated with twisted tubing. The shade of the ET2 Spiral Drum Pendant is comprised of numerous aluminum tubes, which have been twisted into refractive spirals that create a diamond-like sparkle. The impact of this jewel-like shimmer is further enhanced by strands of K9 crystals within. Available in two sizes from Lumens Lighting

spriral chandy

Even though I dream about the extra ones posted, I am in love with the simple pendent that should arrive soon for my crafts space we are in the middle of designing. Well, I just thought I would share my findings with you guys incase you are looking for that special something. Having options like Lumens Lighting is a gift in my book. Until we finish up our storage for the kitchen we are working on – Have an awesome time looking for some great lighting for your nest.

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Liver Here – may the chandy be with you! 😉

Linda

(all photos in this post are complements of Lumens.com – Please stop by and show them some love)

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Garage Storage Organization - Before and After

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Regardless of what the groundhog said, spring is well on its way and being prepared is our only chance at staying on top of things. One of the best places to start your spring preparation is the garage. You’ve got your gardening tools, bikes, and other equipment that are vital for spring weather. Here are 10 spring garage organization tips for tackling and organizing that often ignored space.

  10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

1. Get Some Help: Recruit your kids, family members, or friends to help you work on the space. Depending on the workload, garage organizing can be a bit intimidating all alone. Make lunch for your helpers or give them refreshments for their hard work.

2. Designate: You need to determine what goes where and keep it that way. Garden tools go in the back left corner, while snowboard equipment goes in the front left, etc. This way you won’t lose things because you know where they’re supposed to be.

3. Label: Don’t be afraid to print out some labels and stick them on drawers, shelves, and boxes. It’s better to be over organized than the opposite!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

4. Different Size Boxes: Find the right size boxes or containers that’s appropriate for the item. If you have a bunch of screws, find a small size container to put them in. Find a big box or bin to fill with sports equipment.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

5. Invest in Shelving: You’ll be surprised at how much space is revealed when you find some good, sturdy shelving to install. Not only will you be able to store your things off the ground, but you can hang things too!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

6. Take Breaks: I know the key may be to get it done as fast as possible, but if you need a break, take it! When you start getting tired, things start getting harder and the work will seem aggravating. Take a step back and take the time to regroup.

7. By Season: If your equipment is out of season, you can store it high above using overhead racks to get it out of the way until next year. This will allow more access to your frequently used items that season.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

8. Do You Need It: Determine if it’s something you’ll really be using. If those roller blades have been sitting in your garage for the past 10 years without being touched, it’s probably time to get rid of them.

9. Be Charitable: Instead of throwing things in the garbage, make a pile to give to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other thrift store. Someone else will find use out of what you think is junk.

10. Reward Yourself: Once that garage is looking spiffy, treat yourself to a nice meal or a new manicure, or something that you love!

Garage Storage Organization - Monkey bar SolutionGetting your garage spring ready isn’t too hard. With these 10 spring garage organization tips, a little help and a bit of motivation, your garage will be looking spotless in no time! For more information and tips, visit http://www.garagesolutionsstlouis.com/.

Guest Post Written By Madison Aki in support of Garage Solutions of St Louis, a Monkey Bars Authorized Dealer.

Under Cabinet Drawers

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Under Cabinet Drawers

Hi Everyone!!!  Right now it’s all about storage in our shop today as we show you how we increased our kitchen storage using Under Cabinet Drawers.  What are these drawers I speak of you ask? – Only the greatest thing since slide bread!

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Living in a small space requires you to figure out how to use every single inch of unused space.  We brought you posts to complete in between the stud cabinets featured in our Master Bathroom Storage post listed on Bob Vila Nation a while back.  It was an awesome space saver giving us room to move around in a small bathroom without the cabinet hanging on the wall.

Today we teamed up with our good friends over at D. Lawless Hardware to bring you Under Cabinet Drawers for your kitchen space.  If you are not familiar with D. Lawless Hardware, you need to be.  They sell a large range of needed things from drawer pulls to drawer glides, which they furnished for today’s post.  They ship directly to your door making it super easy to get your projects planned and implemented so you can start using that lost space.

If you recall last week we installed a Sear’s trash compactor in a retro fitted kitchen cabinet.    It was a choice I do not regret, but since I lost some cabinet space, I need to find a way to reclaim it.  I needed storage for all the baggies and stuff that lived inside that half of the cabinet, which started my research into motion.  I got lucky with a Family Handyman article that provided nice DIY project instructions for completing the Under Cabinet Drawers DIY Project.

The Under Cabinet Drawers, also called Toe Kick Drawers, provide 4” of storage under cabinet storage space for things like baggie storage, cookie sheets, lids for pots and pans and oven mitts and towels.  You cannot beat a drawer and if you can put it where no one knows it’s there it’s like having a secret when your guest watches glide the drawer out.

Here’s what you will need to complete the drawers:

Materials List

1 – 2’ x 4’ sheet of ¾” birch plywood for the drawer sides (we built four drawers that ranged between 15” and 34”)

1 – 4’x8’ sheet of ¼” birch plywood for the drawer and cradle bottoms

12’ of 1×4 pine for the cradle sides

Drawer pulls

Wood glue

5/8” and 1 3/16” nails (We use a Ryobi nail gun.  If you use brad nails be sure to pilot to prevent splitting your wood)

4 sets of 18” full extension side mount drawer glides (We used 18” Length Quantum Full Extension Ball Bearing Slide provided by D Lawless Hardware)

Hardwood for the drawer fronts – 3 ¾” (Cut to size depending on your under counter space)

What we did to build the drawers:

The first part of this Under Cabinet Drawers build requires you to remove the toe kick and under cabinet fronts so you can determine your cabinet measurements.  As suggested by the Family Handyman article you only need three measurements, the under cabinet width, depth and height.  This will allow you to determine the measurements for your Under Cabinet Drawers and the special cradle that makes all this possible.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Remove Toe Kick and cut drawer sides

With your measurements in hand it was time to start cutting the drawer sides.  Luckily we had several partial sheets of 3/4” birch plywood from other projects.  Using an assembly line approach, we ripped all our under cabinet drawer sides to 3” and cut the drawer fronts and sides to length.  The drawers were attached with Titebond glue and 1 3/16” nails and our Ryobi nail gun.  Before attaching the drawer bottoms, we slide the drawers under the cabinet for a dry fit.  Perfect!

Under Cabinet Drawers - Build the drawer sides

The drawer bottoms were made from ¼” birch ply.  We purchased four 2×4 sheets from The Home Depot.  To measure the drawer bottoms we laid the drawer on top and drew a line marking the edges.  The ¼” ply was then ripped to size and attached Titebond glue and 5/8” nails using our Ryobi nail gun.

With the drawers built we cut the cradle sides the same length as the drawer sides.  We then measured for the drawer glides.  Since we wanted the tops of our under cabinet drawer to align with the cradle tops we measured 2” from the bottom of the cradle and 1 ¾” from the bottom of the drawer and drew a line.  Our drawers would be attached using this center line as our guide.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Build the cradle

With the drawer glides attached we joined the under cabinet drawers to the cradle.  We then placed the ¼” birch plywood beneath and traced a line to mark the size of the cradle bottom.  Before attaching the cradle bottom we did another dry fit.  Then the cradle bottom was attached using titebond glue and 5/8” nails and our Ryobi Nail Gun.

With the under cabinet drawers and cradles complete, it was time to attach the cradle sides to the under cabinet frames.  We used our Ryobi angle and predrilled a hole and used two #6 1 ½” screws for each cradle side.

Under Cabinet Drawers - Attach cradle cabinet base

The final step was to cut and attach the under cabinet drawer fronts. We had some left over Poplar that we ripped to 3 ¾” width.  This provided about 1/8” space for the drawer front to clear the cabinet.  We decided to use Poplar versus hardwood because we will be painting our kitchen cabinets soon (that is right, another future post).

Under Cabinet Drawers - Wonderful storage

Now that the drawers are built, you can see the amazing storage we created.  We want to thank D Lawless Hardware for providing their versatile 18” Length Quantum Full Extension Ball Bearing Slide.  They are a full service hardware provider, so make sure you visit their page to order the items you may need for your projects, or to save money on your drawer pulls.  They are customer service friendly and quick with response to your order needs.

Well, that’s our post for today thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Until or next storage saving post – have an awesome night!

Linda –

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