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DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

Would you make a DIY storage bench from old dresser if you could have both extra seating and the storage?  We are in the middle of a conversion folks! So happy to be back and build a project everyone! Arm is feeling better  I thank you all for your warm wishes to get well fast – see it worked – so even though it snowed today, I am taking advantage of feeling good and whipping out a project inside the house today –  DIY storage bench from old dresser.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

From the moment I found this dresser, I knew it was destine to be part of our villa.  Look at the fab lines this baby has – You can’t get furniture like this any more.  This is Sligh Furniture made for John A Colby and Sons out of Chicago (check out the history links to the piece and you will see why I could not part with it).

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

We are prepping for upgrades to our living/dining/kitchen combo inside our villa.  Hubby, and daughter helped me out by finishing the colors on the walls – so I could set up my design boards for colors of the next few projects on our list for the next few months.These little boards are the road map that helps you get a room to its finished state, allowing you to enjoy every feature inside it.  The fabrics are from Hancock Fabrics, tile back-splash is from Home Depot, wood flooring will be from Boardwalk Hardwood Floors, and counters are open for bid with the first bid coming in from Aphrodite Granite – Most are local small businesses here in St Louis.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

While prepping the color boards and choosing all my fabrics, I looked over at an old sleigh dresser I painted into Valspar Man Cave Grey from Lowe’s and AS Old White a couple months ago.  I feel in love with this piece because it’s awesome storage, but after looking closer, I will now turn this piece into something functional a DIY storage bench from old dresser for our living needs was the perfect project to tackle in this cold.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

This one piece of furniture will act as room divider between living and dining, providing seating for our living room and storage for all those extra place settings I use on a nightly bases and want in our dining room.  Yes readers, I am Linda and I have a dishware collection problem – but what a great problem to have 😉

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Over the next few days I will show you how we will take this one dresser and make it all we need to enhance our living and storage space, and make our life better living in a smaller space! So stay tuned as we go through the process over a couple days – with the arm issue, I will be taking this one slow so I hope the three day post on this piece will not drive anyone crazy – because I value all my readers and following bloggers, so thank you all for the patience.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Well, I am off to get to work on our new DIY storage bench from old dresser!  Keep warm everyone (we are at -3 with the wind in St Louis today – I know that its worse in other places, but for St Louis – this is COLD, which is why  I am working inside today).

Post you more progress soon!

Linda 🙂

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

The Villa Goes Shades of Gray

Happy Sunday everyone! We are going gaga over at Hello I Live Here for Shades of Gray. We have started the process to change our rooms to this color and the furniture will not be far behind. (No worries I recruited hubby to do my shades of gray painting – so I am following doctors orders 😉 He’s awesome to help a girl out).

Shades of Gray

I know, we have only been here a year, however the gold colors for us are no longer working as we are working hard to change our small villa to that homey feel through a new color and furnishings we have found or build to fit the space we live, including a cooler paint tones of shades of gray.

Shades of Gray

Various shades of gray are neutral, balanced colors, and in cool tones you can go as conservative in decor, or turn around and evoke strong finishes with shades of gray that will totally support your decor loves.  Shades of gray are those moody type of sophisticated colors that just get along with others.

Paint colors

Our visions boards are going wild since completing the Master Bathroom Makeover Series with all the great shades of gray and a few pops of colors into each room.  If you missed the the posts, you can click here to read the posts and see what we have changed so far to date.

Grey

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

DIY Tile Project

Board and Batten Wainscoting

With all the shades of gray peaking at us from the master bathroom, we moved from the into the master bedroom taking out all the old gold colors, painting all the walls the lighter gray, and the accent walls into the darker gray from Pantone String by Valspar from Lowe’s, and Behr Collonade Gray for the dark walls from Home Depot. This is the result so far 🙂  and We are loving it!!!!

Shades of Gray

See, from gold to gray – it’s a great change for us! But know this is the start – we are not done yet as we now plan the build in book/closets, new bench seating and upgrade the bed platform.

Shades of Gray

It’s true – the DIY Decorating Ripple Effect has taken hold, so we know this train will not be stopping anytime soon!

Shades of Gray

Stop by tomorrow – hubby will be done painting the combo room walls of the kitchen, dining, and living room – and I will be busy making my next inspiration boards for these three rooms and what we will be adding to them.  Until next post have an awesome Sunday everyone!!!

🙂 Linda

Grey

Grey paint colors

To go grey or not to go grey – that is the question?

Hello readers todays post is all about the color grey!  Today we are working on some of our inside projects – you know two at once like many of us bloggers do on a daily basis.  While waiting for my new piece of furniture to dry with the first coat of Annie Sloan color, I decided to move to the walls as we are painting our villa a new grey color to contrast with our new more comfy living style instead of our heavy old world style left over from the previous home decor that we sold.

Grey paint colors

Many decorators and DIYers are loving the color grey right now, including Hello I Live Here.  Not too long ago we finished our master bathroom series which was a five part upgrade.  Then we went to the Master bedroom where we embellished the walls with a wonderful grey color.  Once it went up, hubby for the first time, could understand the why the DIY decorating ripple effect happens (remember that post?)  Then here came the planning boards.

Grey

Since paint the master we are now moving through the first floor of the Villa.  We have made some progress by using the same color combinations we did in the master bedroom (which I will blog real soon for you) – We are working on the lighter walls this week and will choose the walls to receive the darker accent color as we did in the bedroom.

Grey paint colorsWe are using Valspar  from Lowe’s and Behr Ultra with primer from Home Depot – Collonade Gray which will provide that tradition twist of cool neutral color we are looking for.  I used Behr because it seems to cover these walls in one coat, where other brands were taking two with the sample swatches, and because we are a west facing home and the cool tones help keep our rooms looking welcoming, cheerful and homey, which is why we chose a gray with cool hues.  With this color we will be using Valspar’s String on our focal walls, which will accent nicely and bring that little bit of drama the room craves.  This will be accomplished using the 80/20 rule, 80% neutral, and 20% strong helping to balance the our rooms.

Grey painted rooms

As we progress with our paint project, we will post you some snap shots of what we have left to complete.  Once the paint goes up, we will be letting the excitement begin with the next project on our list, but we don’t want to give it all away in one post!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! Until next post, may the forces of grey be with you!

Linda

DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

Paint colors

DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

Do you know what the DIY ripple effect is?  It’s what one DIY project can bring on when you start redecorating just one room in your home.  You all know what I am talking about – you start making over one room, and that room connects to another, so you have to make over that room, and before you know it –BAM! DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT – the whole house has been redecorated due to one room being changed.

Well, that’s what’s happening right now in our little villa.  It all started when I had to build in the laundry room.  You remember the wire shelving that nearly impaled me when it came off the wall (if you missed the story, click the link here and read up).  This one tiny room started the whole darn thing.  It moved from the laundry room to putting in a book case in a rather bland stairwell (post click here), and then moved to minor changes in the guest bath with a new towel rack built from two old shutters (click here for post), and has sailed right over to the master bathroom make over.

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Yep, it was only going to be a little board and batten (featured on Bob Vila), and then moved to a little master bathroom storage (click here for post), with a vanity make over (click post here), and we are still not done, because now I need to add just a little tile, and do something with that plan white shower, and builder grade mirror.  Oh, don’t forget now I need to make a storage system for under the sinks!

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Well, it hasn’t stopped there – Because I painted the wonderful Valspar “Shaken not Stirred” color and James bond up that room, it was an awful effect when you looked from the master bedroom into the now beautiful master bathroom.  What was a girl to do other than, you got it…do a small make over on the master bedroom!  After all it all connects doesn’t it? Who wants to lay there looking at what did not get done! 😉

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECTSo now, I am finishing the master bath, and by all means jumped the ladder right into the master bedroom and started changing the paint color to HGTV paint color colonel grey all why the hubby is murmuring behind me those little words…oh no, the DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, its a sickness!  The curse of many home owners for centuries – we love the ripple effect, them … no so much!

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Well, we all know it’s not going to stop there because sitting here writing this post, I can now see the fancy new paint color looming out the door of the master bedroom to the living area – I just can’t turn my eyes from that problem…so, once the bedroom is completed, what do you think will happen?  The Tidal wave of THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT will start rolling right on out that door and into this room like a wave on a shore.  Let’s just hope hubby’s not home when I start remodeling those rooms.  After all, every man needs some surprise in his life!

Overall, it’s been a great start over the last six months building our DIY blog, Hello I Live Here, so, here’s to THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, without it The Home Depot and Lowe’s would be two very sad places, and Hello I Live Here would have nothing to share with you – win win in my book!! 😉

Tell us about your ripple effect by leave us a comment below, after all you can’t leave a girl out here in ripple effect world alone!  Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by everyone.

Linda 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity – Part III Master Bath Makeover

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Welcome to part III of our master bathroom update on updating a bathroom vanity.  Yesterday, we shared how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), and our master bathroom storage we build in the first two parts of the master bathroom makeover.

Today, my post is about the updating a bathroom vanity, that was builder grade, with a splash of color.  I never liked the lighter cabinetry when we purchased our Villa, and I knew I would be updating a bathroom vanity as soon as I could with paint – there is nothing more dull then a vanity you dislike!  So let’s get started on making this dull vanity shine. 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s what you will need for updating a bathroom vanity, which can be purchased from Lowe’s and The Home Depot :

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s the process Hello I Live Here used:

First, we cleaned down the vanity and let dry. Next, we removed the hardware, doors, drawers and false fronts.  Make sure you use painters tape to keep your walls clean if your vanity touches them.)  Then, I used liquid sand and let dry. (Our vanity had a clear finish, using liquid sand before I painted, helped to adhere the primer/paint.)

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Once dry we applied our primer to both sides of the doors, drawer fronts/false panels, and the frame.  We lightly sanded in between the primer and paint color.  Using a tact cloth we removed the excess sand dust and put added the paint color to the vanity.  Once dry repeat a second coat.  After the drying process (the next day) I added two coats of quick dry polyurethane for protection.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Finish the project by reattaching the doors, drawers/false fronts, and adding your new hardware.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Your project is now ready for you to enjoy!

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

I love painting pieces, but the most important thing on a bathroom vanity is to take your time and prep the vanity properly to make sure you don’t have to redo the piece.  I hope you enjoyed Part III of our Bathroom makeover series.  I will be back tomorrow to show you what we do to update the vanity top and mirror/lighting in Part IV.

Have a great night everyone!!

Linda