Storage Bench Makeover

Hey Ya’ll!!

Boy it has been a while since I posted. Things have been super crazy now that I am back to working full time. I miss my #housewifelife in Kentucky. LOL.  Maybe one day I can return to that life……..but until then……hhhmmmmm…I digress….

Today I am going to be showing you how I made over my storage bench in our living room. It was pretty simple to do. It’s just finding the time to do it these days. Here is a picture of it all finished. You would never know that there is a large, weight challenged cat laying behind those pillows on the back of the couch. LOL.

So, when you move as much as we do I feel like I am constantly changing my decor and my colors. I love color and have such a hard time picking a color scheme for our home. Of course, my husband loves that. Not at all. I am on that rustic chic look now. If that makes any sense at all. The home we live in now has hardwood floors and it felt so cold and we need something to “ground” the space and anchor the room. So we bought a rug at Lowes, that by the way my husband hated and reluctantly bought. I loved it and once we got it in the living room he decided that it wasn’t so bad. Here is my rug.

So there you have it…..my color inspiration for the combined living room and dining room area.

Moving on to the purpose of this post. There is this storage bench that we dug out of the dumpster at our apartment complex back in Texas. There was nothing wrong with it so we hauled it out and cleaned it up. I painted it and upholstered the top of it. It matched our decor at the time, but about 4 moves later it no longer matches our decor or my taste. So I decided to once again paint it and recover the top.

I decided to start make the bench look like stained wood again. So I first painted the bench brown all over using CeCe Caldwell’s Paints Texas Tea.  After that I chose to wet distress it to see some of that white peak through. Keep in mind that this bench or chest…whatever you want to call it….has a lot of dents, dings, scrape marks in the wood and overall wear and tear. The distressing helps accentuate that even more.

Here is a picture of what it looked like after I wet distressed the brown paint.

Next, I decided to white wash it with Young Kansas Wheat by CeCe Caldwell’s. I added water to this to make it very thin. I brushed on a thin coat and immediately wiped back the excess.

Again, I wet distressed to see a bit more brown.

Next, I added stain over top of this and wiped back the excess. In the picture below you can see the difference the stain makes. I used my favorite stain which is Walnut Grove by CeCe Caldwell’s. It is the perfect color stain and so easy to use and the best part….it doesn’t stink.

I then removed the old fabric from the bench and recovered it with a pretty off white material that has a linen look to it. You can see slight flecks of brown in the fabric. Once I completed that I attached the top to the bench again. You can see the basic steps in the picture collage below.

I then decided to make a couple of pillows for the top of the bench. The ones that were there were a fuschia color and that obviously wasn’t going to work. Luckily, they were pillow covers with a zipper so I could easily remove them and change them out. I decided to do a burnt orange color fabric from JoAnn Fabric. At some point I will do a tutorial on how to sew a pillow and make your own piping.

 Here is a picture of my completed pillow. One more to go. I decided to make it an envelop pillow cover and add some cute wood looking buttons.

There ya go! All done. Way better than what it used to be.

Hope you enjoyed this quick little makeover. Stay tuned for my next makover……my craft room. Oh Lord…what a makeover it will be. There is no color scheme in there currently. It is a complete mess and just tragic looking. Yes, tragic would be a good word for this room. I can’t wait to show you when it is done. My colors are a dark blue, a creamy yellow, white and gold. I am so excited. Finally, I will have a beautiful craft room that I am not ashamed of and won’t make my husband cringe every time he steps foot in there.

Until then my friends. Stay crafty.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

DIY Valentine's Day Decorations

Hey! Welcome back. Glad you are here.

Things here are super busy with unpacking and getting the house all arranged how I want it, but I still fit in some crafting here and there. I normally never decorate for Valentine’s Day day, but then again, I have never had a entry way to decorate either. So, I thought it would be fun to transform our entry way into a Valentine’s Day explosion. I love it. It is so cute….if I do say so myself. I can totally see me decorating this little area for each holiday or season. Going to be so fun. Not sure I will do Saint Patrick’s Day or not, but definitely do a spring theme soon. Well, that is once it starts to look like spring up here in northern Indiana. That very well may not be until late April. LOL.

So here is a collage of all my DIY Valentine’s Day decorations.

DIY Valentine's Day Decorations
My DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations
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DIY Christmas Tree Garland

Hey friends! Glad to see you back. Today I have short post about how to make your own DIY country Christmas tree garland. It’s seriously going to be my shortest post ever because it is THAT easy.

In my previous post about how to make your own country Christmas tree skirt I talked about living in a cabin in the woods of Kentucky and that it was only fitting to have a “Country Cabin” themed Christmas tree and decor. Well,…that is one reason. The other is that I can’t find any of our tree decorations anywhere in our storage unit without unpacking every box in there. Ummm NO!

Here is what I made. Granted it isn’t on the tree yet, but you get the idea.

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So here is how I did it. Are you ready for this super long tutorial? LOL. This won’t take long. But I wanted to share it with you because I think it is cute and I can’t wait to see it on the tree.

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DIY Country Cabin Christmas Tree Skirt

Create your own Christmas tree skirt

Welcome back everyone. Well, Halloween is over and we are now in November and we all know what that means……start thinking about Christmas. I know, I know. It seems like poor Thanksgiving sometimes gets passed over and we skip right from costumes and candy to Santa Clause and Christmas trees. I always cringe a little when I go to stores and I see Christmas decorations up even before Halloween, but it’s the nature of the beast. But, in my defense, I have to get started early on my Christmas decorations this year since I am making most of them. Yup…..making most of them. Crazy. I know.

Since we moved here to Kentucky and most of our stuff is still in storage and will continue to be until we move again, I can’t find my Christmas stuff. I found the tree and some wrapping paper, but no decorations. Why is your stuff still in storage you ask? Well, with my husband’s job we will be moving a lot. I joined him here in Kentucky in July, but he had been here since January of 2016. We are supposed to be moving to the next job site in Pennsylvania at the end of January 2017 so there is no point unpacking what I will have to pack again in a couple months.

This makes decorating a…..hmmm what’s a good word I could use here?…….oh yeh a NIGHTMARE. I have a lot of pretty things and cool pieces, but I don’t really feel like taking it all out of storage and just to pack it back up again.

Anyway, enough about that. Due to this dilemma I decided since we are in a cabin in the woods of Kentucky what better place to have a country Christmas.

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Our country cabin in the woods of Kentucky.
Our country cabin in the woods of Kentucky.

On to the project. 

 Follow along and you can see how I made this skirt and it shows how you can make one too.

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