Category Archives: DIY

Refinishing the Pantry

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With the extra paint from the console table remake and some new hardware from Home Depot, I decided to refinish the blah pantry in our kitchen.  I’ve had this pantry since college (that’s right, that long), so it was in dire need of some sprucing up!  Here are the before and afters…

Before (blech) and After (YAY!):

 

I received this piece from my mom sometime in elementary school from a craft show and haven’t let it leave my sight since – this seemed like the perfect place:

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Making an old table, new again!

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Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture of the 4-legged console table that traveled with Arion from Cherry Hill, NJ, over 6 years ago.  However, I did find one (with our beloved Bondi) that shows the original finish when we used it as an entry-way table.  We have since moved it into the “dining room” to be used for serving when we host dinner parties and hopefully for storage in the meantime (hence this DIY remake!).

First I found fabric that I would cover the open sides with, to create hidden storage underneath.

Richloom Indoor/Outdoor Coventry Spa

Then, I headed to Home Depot to pick out a paint color to match: Observatory by BEHR.

Behr Ultra 8 oz. Observatory Interior/Exterior Paint Tester #UL230-22 UL230-22 Image1

And then I painted, cut, hemmed, and accessorized:

Voila!!

I even made a little runner from the extra fabric 🙂  YAHOO!  On the table: 3, 6, and 9 month photos of mister Wes, a decorative bowl we got in Istanbul, a ceramic trivet set that we got as a gift from my friend Kerri, and a wedding photo.  Above the table, a traditional Turkish rug from Istanbul.  And under the table, well I’m not going to show you that!!  That’s why I made the coverings!!

On to the next project… our ugly white pantry in the kitchen.  Hint: I’ll be using the same paint color!!

First DIY Home Project!

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If you can’t already tell from the title, this is my first DIY Home Project blog!

First came the lonely boring window x3.  We had room darkeners up already for guests (yes, I live in Manhattan – guests sleep in the living room), but I had been really wanting to make it feel more like home…

Next came the curtains search, which can also be dubbed as evil.  I searched everywhere for ready-made curtains that I didn’t hate and didn’t cost a fortune.  Our search came up empty, which lead me to my most favorite new obsession, the blog of Young House Love.  They have a fabulous tutorial on making your own curtains, bedskirts, and well, everything else – but the curtains caught my interest.  And I decided I could do it!  So, I energized the hubs and off we went to the fashion district in NYC, to scour the fabric stores.  And guess what, Heather still isn’t satisfied with the findings.  So, on to the internet and fabric.com and 5-7 business days later, VICTORY… we have our fabric:

Next came laying it out and cutting it into three long pieces, with some extra at the end.  The width was already perfect for our windows, so I just needed the length.  I cut it to 96 inches a piece, which left room for the hem and for the drapes to fall to the floor. (Sadie also provided support from the sidelines)

Then came the hem.. and this amazing product called Heat ‘N Bond.  All I had to do was iron on the tape, take off the top layer, fold over the fabric, and iron that.. and DONE.  Awesome. Perfect. Hem.

The hubs had already hung the bronze curtain rods, so we were ready to use the matching clip rings and hang them up!!  AND VOILA!!  (ignore the iron still chillin’ below – this was before the clean-up)

For the third window on the left, which is behind our “office desk”, I used a tension rod instead to give it distinction as a different room, and when doing the hem, I just left room for the rod and slipped it in.  I also cut this one into two curtains so it was easier to tie back during the day.  So here’s the entire room – including a pillow cover I made with some of the extra fabric!  The curtains are also tied back with some of the extra fabric that was left 🙂 clever, I know!

So, friends, there you have it.  Heather being domestic with DIY projects.  I’m so inspired, I’m already brainstorming on what else I can tackle in this rental, to make it feel more like home.  Wish me luck!!!

P.S. Two more pillow/kitty pictures for good measure 🙂