I can’t believe February is already half way over! Wow! That was fast! I have several projects coming up in the next few weeks that I will be sharing with you. Just in case any of you are ready for a winter project, I have a kitchen makeover for you today. This is a project I did a few years ago. It was the kitchen island at our previous house. The entire time we lived there I wanted to do something to the finish on the cabinets. I was not a fan of the color of the cabinets and because of the door style I didn’t really want to paint them. I wanted the cabinets to be a deeper richer color. I wasn’t sure what product I needed to use over the existing finish, but I knew I did not want to strip them! No thanks! Ha!
I did some research online and came across General Finishes Gel Stain. This was the ticket! You can use this directly over another finish.
The 1st step in this process is to clean the cabinets.
I used 409 spray. That’s usually my 1st step to refinishing or painting any piece of furniture. It breaks down built up grease and oil.
2nd step clean with 409 spray! Yes, I know it’s the same as 1st step. In the kitchen you will have a lot more build up than another piece if furniture.
3rd step use a sanding block with Fine Grit. Basically you just want to go over the cabinet surface really well.
Not trying to take off the finish just braking down the sealer a bit.
4th step clean again with 409 to remove any dust or left over dirt/ grime.
5th step remove the doors, drawers and hardware.
Now the fun part begins. Time for the 1st coat of Gel Stain.
I used a sponge brush. Brush on the stain to cover all of the old stain color. It’s going to be a little translucent at this point it almost looks like you’re giving the cabinets a glaze. Don’t worry it will cover beautifully after the 3rd coat.
I had to do 3 coats of Gel Stain to cover and get a smooth look.
Now, this is very, very important, you must follow the instructions on the drying time. Good conditions drying time is 6 to 8 hours between coats. Damp conditions are 24 hours between coats.
It’s hard not to get in a hurry between coats. Trust me, If you don’t follow these instructions it can cause the previous coat to lift back off messing up your finish. (I know this for a fact, Don’t ask me how. Lol)
After 3 coats of Gel Stain your next step will be to coat cabinets with the clear urethane top coat.
After that dries you’re home free! All that’s left is to replace your hardware(or put on the new hardware) and put the doors on and drawers in.
Now sit back and enjoy your new kitchen!!!
All in all this is not a hard project. Time consuming, yes but not hard. It will make a huge difference in updating your kitchen! I’ve heard Realtors say “Kitchens and bathrooms sell a house” and I believe it! Just a few weeks after I finished this project we got a contract on our house! Yeah!
I hope you enjoyed the before and after pictures. Maybe this will inspire anyone that has been considering a kitchen make over to go for it!
I was so excited when I found them! They were exactly the look I was going for. Soft, Sweet and Romantic. I also like the fact that they were pink and green and not your typical red for Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, I love a crisp red and white table setting especially for Valentines, but these caught my eye and took this table in a different direction.
The Rose dishes were defiantly my inspiration for this table so I planned everything else around them. First, I covered the table top with a winter white, linen tablecloth. Next, I placed a plain burlap runner topped with a white lace runner I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
In the center I used an empty pillow cover. It was exactly the color and texture I wanted. I thought, “why not?”
The tiered plate server holds extra cups on the bottom and extra plates on top. To top it all off, cupcakes! Yes, they’re fake, but aren’t they pretty?The two small ones are candles from the dollar tree. The other two are from Hobby Lobby.
To the right, I used a pedestal bowl that my son gave to me, topped with the base to one of my cloches and 3 candles wrapped with twine.
I grouped 3 candles in mercury glass containers in front of that.
On the left side of the table I used the cream and sugar containers and the water pitcher that matched my dishes. I also used the matching water pitcher in lieu of a vase for my fresh flowers.
I love the look of layered plates. It looks so pretty to see different colors, patterns and edges on each plate. Sometimes just a 1/4 of an inch shows, it’s just enough to take your table from ordinary to extraordinary.
My mother let me borrow her white charger plates. The square plates and matching cups were also from Etsy. The green and cream leaf patterned dishes came from The Rusty Rooster.
The beige dishes with the chocolate edge are Pier 1.
I found the solid green scalloped edge plates on Etsy. It is topped with the Rose salad plate.
If possible, I purchase dishes in a set of six or eight. However, I won’t pass up a great pattern if a set is not available.
I love to mix and match. Even if there are only two, they can be used on each end of the table to add to the mix.
The rose dishes and the white square plates were sold in a set of four. I decided to mix it up a little! I have basically the same dishes on each end of the table, just different sizes plus a cup on each end.
To the left of the plate I used layered napkins. The bottom layer being a neutral plaid. The napkins on top I made from linen fabric and frayed the edges. I found this sweet burlap and lace ribbon with the pearl edging at Hobby Lobby. I used it instead of a napkin ring. Then I added a few pink rose buds nestled behind the ribbon.
Well, the count down to Valentine’s Day is on! In the next few days I have several tablescapes to share with you.
I love seasonal decorating. Actually, I love any form of decorating, especially when my children are involved.This past weekend was the DHS Sweetheart Dance. The kids went to dinner before the dance. Several other moms pitched in to help decorate the tables. This was a very fun project!
I wanted the tables to be beautiful as well as functional. The kids needed to see each other and be able to talk and visit.
A great way to achieve this is to keep the center pieces tall and slender. White tablecloths were topped with a burlap runner. The candlesticks in the center are a weathered distressed finish.
My mom let us borrow these fabulous arrangements. We placed one on each end of the table. At the top of the container are white hydrangeas mixed with tiny red roses. White lilies are placed in the center along with white sticks for height. A few vines and greenery run along the center of the table
For added sparkle, fairy lights are sprinkled throughout the table. Isn’t that just dreamy????
Each place setting started with a silver charger plate. The flatware was placed in the center of the charger. The knife straight with the forks and spoon crossed over the top. They were tied together with red satin ribbon. The napkin was in the shape of a rose and placed beside the charger. A sprig of boxwood tied with twine bow was nestled behind it. The place cards were hand written in calligraphy on white and silver patterned card stock.
The chairs were dressed with bows made of burlap and red satin ribbon. A few tiny red roses add an extra special touch.
Check out that beautiful view!
The table looks even prettier after dark!
Now, the tables are set, the pictures are made and it’s time for dinner!
Good afternoon! Today I have a little different before-and-after to share with you. A Necktie Converted into a Bow Tie.
As the mom of two boys I realized years ago that to be a great “Boy Mom” there were several things I needed to do. I made a mental checklist that keeps growing as time goes on. ✔ Learn to whistle really,really loudly! (You never know when you’re going to need to get someone’s attention! LOL) ✔ Memorize poison control’s telephone number. ✔ Be able to touch, hold and trap a lizard without saying Eeeeewww! ✔ Catch a wasp to feed to the lizard without getting stung! (That’s a tough one, I’m not gonna lie!)
✔Bait a hook
✔Remove a hook from inside a fish. Those are just a few off the top of my head. Recently, there were a couple more I realized I needed to add to my list.
This year, my youngest son is a freshman in high school. When homecoming rolled around we were on a mission to find a navy bow tie. Not just any navy bow tie mind you, the perfect navy bow tie! After several trips to Chattanooga, Calhoun, Dalton and the surrounding area we finally bought a bow tie! Several actually! After we decided which one would match the best we would return the others. At some point during all this shopping, I realized a couple of things.
One, there are way more neckties to choose from than bow ties.
Two, it was time I learned how to make a bow tie! How hard could it be, right?
My first challenge was figuring out what kind of material to use. I love the new cotton bow ties, but they look like they’re more summer than fall. Silk is beautiful, but a little too expensive to practice on! When I went to an estate sale with my oldest son I found the perfect thing! There it was, bigger than life! A whole box of ties! Not bow ties, neckties that were waiting to be transformed!
Here are a few supplies you will need:
Iron on interfacing
A bow tie kit. I ordered mine from Amazon.
A necktie or fabric.
A sewing machine or a needle and thread.
The first step is to take the ties apart. Just use the seam ripper and open up all the seams.
Next I pressed out all of the creases.
You’ll want your tie to have body. I used an iron on interfacing. Just press it on the back side of the tie according to the directions on interfacing.
I needed a pattern to go by. I decided to use a tie we had purchased previously. I placed it on a piece of white paper and traced around it.
I added 1/4 to 1/2 an inch extra all the way around to allow for my seams. (If you don’t have a tie to make a pattern email me and I’ll send you a copy of mine)
Now that I have my pattern, I placed it out on the backside of the tie then traced around it. You need 4 pieces total. A front and back for each end of the tie.
Cut out all 4 pieces.
Now place the measurement ribbon (that came with the bow tie kit) face up on the right side of the longest piece fabric. Make sure to place it where the measurements will be correct. (I marked this place on my pattern. If you’re using a tie to go by just lay them together and go by that.) If you want to stitch the ribbon down you can. I just pinned mine in place.
Next, put right sides together and stitch all 3 sides leaving the small end open.
This part is a little tricky. You need to cut off the corners and snip into the curves. Don’t cut so far that you get into the seam. The purpose of this step is to make the tie nice and flat. If not it will bunch up and look messy.
Now, the fun part. You need to turn it inside out. I used a large plastic straw. You can use anything that’s long enough to be able to thread it all the way through. Smooth it out. You may need to stick a needle into the corners a pull the out a little. Just work with it a few minutes and get it into shape.
Time for the iron. Some people hate to iron! When your sewing it is a must! A nice hot iron can make the difference in a project looking “homemade” and “custom-made”.
There are two metal pieces that come with the bow tie kit. One looks like an oval the other looks like a T. Place both pieces of the tie fronts together. Thread them through the oval piece together.
Take the T shaped metal piece from the bow tie kit and place it on the end of the piece that has the measurement ribbon.
Fold the ruff edges in and stitch. You can find it into a point and it makes it easier to get through the metal tie piece.
Fold the fabric down and stitch flat. Fold the other side of the tie that’s coming out of the oval metal piece down. Stitch it together. You will still have two pieces to the tie, they are just connected with the oval piece now.
Now, the piece of metal that looks like a T will go into one of the slots on the measurement ribbon.
And there you have it a beautiful bow tie!
I found this great YouTube video and learned how to tie a bow tie.