So This Bar Walks Into a Sun Room

The area of the sun room where the bar is going to go has a width of 9 feet, 10 inches.  Kind of a weird dimension but certainly big enough for lots of good storage which I sorely need with a kitchen that’s only 10 x 10.

IKEA’s kitchen cabinets are the source of much discussion on the Interwebs (have you heard they are coming out with a new line?) and I have read a bunch about them over the course of the past three years.  The general consensus seems to be that while they are not without their challenges/downsides, they are a pretty good product for the money.

Using IKEA’s Kitchen Planner, I created a room with the same dimensions as the sun room and then went about planning out which cabinets would maximize space and meet my storage needs.  Here is what I ended up with.

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On the left of this image is a 18″ cabinet with a top drawer and bottom pull out function that we are going to use to store the dog’s food containers.  In the middle are (2) 36″ cabinets with standard shelves, and on the right is a 24″ cabinet with a top drawer and standard shelves below.  I plan to use the middle cabinets to store my larger kitchen electrics and serving platters and the 24″ cabinet and drawer will be for booze and bar items.  All of this stuff is currently housed in the basement so it will be really nice to have it up on the main level.

After planning out the layout online, we went into the IKEA store and went over everything with their Kitchen Planning Staff.  They helped us to make a few tweaks and ensure that we ordered all the necessary components.  Some of the items were in stock and some had to be delivered, but we had everything in our possession in just about a week.  It’s important to go over the contents of your order soon after you receive it all as it’s common to have missing or incorrect items.  We did have one thing wrong but we called customer service and they sent us a shipping label to return the incorrect item and shipped us out the correct piece right away.

Assembling the cabinet bases was pretty easy, but not necessarily uncomplicated, much like any other IKEA product.  We managed to assemble all four cabinet bases in an hour and a half.

Rather than using IKEA’s stock legs and toekicks, we decided to build our own base for the cabinets so that we could customize the height.  We wanted it to be bar height (slightly higher than an average kitchen counter) so we cut two  2×8′ wood boards so that they would run the length of the bar wall.

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Then we placed cross members (also 2×8′) between them wherever the edges of the cabinets would sit.

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The width of the base is slightly narrower than the width of the cabinets (21″ vs. 24″) so that the cabinets sit out a bit from the base.  Once we had the base in place, we leveled it with shims and then placed a few screws through the bottom of the cabinets into the 2×8’s.

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The visible toekick of the base will be clad with the same trim that goes around the rest of the room so the cabinets feel built into the space.

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On top of the cabinets Mark screwed in sheets of 3/4″ plywood which is what the countertop will sit on.

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We have decided to DIY concert countertops because of the cost savings and we think the look will tie in nicely with the barn board accent wall.  So that’s the next step in this process and we hope to get started on them next weekend.  Of course we’ll share on the details as we go!

 

Entirely Recovered

Over the Labor Day Weekend Mark and I tackled recovering the dining chairs.  The chairs came to us with a red toile fabric that wasn’t awful, but just didn’t go with the color scheme of the new sun room.

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A long time ago I order a bunch of swatches online.  We decided that grey would be a nice, complimentary neutral.  After looking them over we decided on this one and ordered up two yards.

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You guys, this is the easiest project!  It took Mark and I less than an hour, we did it together, and no one used a swear word.  All we did was remove the seat pad from the chair using a screw driver to remove each screw.

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Super Cool Side-Note:  This table and chairs was made in Tell City, Indiana, which is very close to the small town where Mark grew up.  This wouldn’t be that amazing if this table we from Mark’s side of the family, but it’s not!  As I have mentioned before, it was my late grandmother’s and my mom recalls her saving her pennies to buy this and how excited she was when I finally came all the way from Indiana to be hers.

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Okay, back to the instructions.  Once we had the seat pad removed from the chairs, we places the pad on top of the fabric and measured how much we would need.

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Since the fabric we chose was thick and you couldn’t see the old fabric underneath, we just went right over top with our new fabric.  We started with one of us holding the fabric straight while the other one used a staple gun to attach it to the wood.

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Once the first side was stapled into place we did the opposite side by one of us stretching the fabric so it was taught and the other one stapling into place.

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For the corners we folded the fabric like so

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And then added staples all along the creases to get a nice clean edge.

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Here are all four chairs all recovered and happy!

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You may remember that we had a mirror in here before.

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It serves two purposes; it helps the room appear wider and it also covers up the window opening from the powder room. (Remember that this sun room is an addition to the original house so that used to be an exterior window.)

Our plan was to take the old mirror out of it’s original, cheap frame and create a frame out of the leftover barn board.  Mark got the mirror out of the frame and into the new one, but just as he was tightening one last screw to make sure the old mirror was firmly fastened into its new frame, CRACK!  The mirror broke. *Cue deflating balloon.*

So since the frame was already made, Mark found a glass place by his office and had a new mirror cut to those dimensions. We were more careful installing it this time and here is the finished product.

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So now both our sitting area and dining area are complete, that just leaves the bar area. Remember our plan here to use kitchen cabinets to create additional storage and a bar area.  On Sunday we braved the masses at IKEA and purchased the cabinets we needed to fill the space.  More on that process to come.

On Being A Quitter

I saw this today on Apartment Therapy and it really spoke to me.

Why I am a Quitter (and You Should Be Too!)

The article talks about how you shouldn’t continue to fight objects and issues in your house just out of principle.  If something in your home isn’t working for you anymore, get rid of it, even if you paid good money for it.  It’s not worth the emotional cost to hold onto it.

One of the things on my to-do list for this fall is a clean, and de-clutter of the basement. There’s a bunch of stuff down there that we don’t need or use and we are hanging onto it primarily because at one time one of us bought it.  I am going to remember this article when it is time to clean out down there.

Happy Monday Everyone!

 

Have A Seat

Kids, are you ready to see the finished seating side of the sun room?  Are you?  Well you have to wait!  Just kidding, you control your own mouse, scroll down if you want.  But first let me entice you with some details.

I have already discussed how we decided to re-upholster the chairs in a white Sunbrella fabric. They were delivered this past week and I am in love with them. So glad we saved and then splurged.

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I may have mentioned that the coffee table is my late grandmother’s.  I love the marbled wood top.

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It has a matching side table with this super-handy pull out tray so you don’t have to use coasters.

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In case you are wondering about the decor items, the sphere thingy, candle and holder on the coffee table are all from Tar-jay.  The candle holder base was originally brown/wood tone, so I spayed it white. The books were ordered off Amazon but were used and really inexpensive.  I ordered colors and topics that I thought would go together and hoped that two or three would work size-wise.  I think I ordered four or five books for a total of $10 and these were the ones that worked best.  The adorable front crock and candle holders were a birthday gift from my sister and brother in law and I can’t believe how perfect they are for the side table.  I believe she got them at a boutique where they live near the beach in North Carolina.

This trunk turned plant stand is also a family heirloom, from my father’s side.  This trunk was originally my great, great Aunt’s or someone of that nature and the legend is that she was a Boomer Sooner in Oklahoma and this was the trunk she had with her on her wagon when she squatted on her land. The plant is a dwarf meyer lemon tree that I ordered from Four Winds Growers in California.  I have no idea if I will be able to keep this thing alive long enough to produce any lemons, but I have been trying!

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I ordered this ladder shelf from Target over a year ago thinking that it would work in the family room, but it never really felt right in there so it’s been out here ever since we painted the walls.  I finally finished decorating it by adding some black and white photos from our wedding.

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The last piece of the piece of the puzzle over here is the rug.  I knew from the beginning I wanted a striped rug with the stripes running the opposite way from the floor tiles because I thought it would help the room appear wider.  Since I already have yellow accents in the room, I thought navy would be a nice, contrasting semi-neutral that I can layer more seasonal colors on top of with pillows, etc.  I hunted around for over 6 months until I settled on this outdoor rug from Dash and Albert.

I liked it best because in addition to being low maintenance, the stripes run the right direction.

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So now, without further ado, here’s the finished* sun room seating area!

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*Okay, so it’s not quite finished.  We have found that it would be nice to have some form of seating on the other side of the chairs. Something modular and small.  Like these poufs also from Dash and Albert.

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But #1, they are out of stock, and #2 they are $231 each.  Wowza!  I think the natural and textured look of these coupled with the striped rug and white chairs would be amazing, but I just don’t know about spending that kind of coin on a “pouf.”  Anyone know where I can get the look for less?

We’re slowly working our way from one side of the room to the other, putting the finishing touches on this project.  The next step is the dining table area where we need to re-cover the chairs in a more neutral fabric and add a mirror.  From there we will tackle the bar area and be done sir, done!

We ordered the fabric for the chairs and it arrived this week as well so maybe we’ll find time this week or weekend to get that done.  We’ll see!

A Shower for Jean

Several of my friends are expecting babies this summer and fall.  In fact one friend had a baby boy just last week!  Yesterday I co-hosted a shower for my sweet friend Jean who is expecting a baby boy of her own in just about a month.

We decided on a fox theme for the shower because Jean and her husband Adam love the book “Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Ronald Dahl and are using a fox theme in their nursery.  We ordered print your own invitations off Etsy and printed them on paper from Paper Source.

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For the table decor, I pulled the orange tones from the invitation and added navy blue because the parents-to-be met while attending UVa.

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One of the other hosts is so crafty, she created this adorable door wreath and banner.  Jean’s last name is Goldberg, so friends and family have affectionately been calling her bun “Goldbaby.”

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You might notice that the “b” in “boy” is missing in the above photo, but we caught that it had fallen off, and re-attached it before the party started.  I just didn’t get a chance to snap another photo.

The food was a combo of homemade items like deviled eggs, fruit salad, an egg, blue cheese and tomato tart, tarragon chicken salad sandwiches, and ham biscuits along with store-bought stuffed artichokes and crab cakes.  For dessert we did chocolate pots de creme which people could eat while Jean opened her presents.

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Jean sweetly offered to provide the favor and we loved the mini champagne bottles with tags that read, “Pop When Jeannie Does.”

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It was such a nice afternoon showering one of my best friends.  Today I am recovering from all of the excitement.

Oh and I’ll leave you with an update on the chairs for the sun room. Since I had planned to take last Friday off so I could get the house ready for Jean’s shower, it also gave me the opportunity to drop off the chairs at the upholstery store so they should be re-covered in about two weeks. I can’t wait to see them and share them with you guys.

Happy Summer

Hi Everyone!

How is your summer a-goin’? We have had great weather for our neck of the woods and have been enjoying it as much as we can. We joined a pool this year and it has been a great motivator to stop cleaning and working on the house and just relax and enjoy summer. We have been almost every weekend and it’s a great way to enjoy the nice weather while also saving money. (Although we paid a one-time, upfront fee, while we are at the pool we aren’t actively spending any money.)

This has allowed us to save up to reupholster the chairs in the sun room. Remember these guys?IMG_0297

I have learned that the cost for this type of work varies greatly by region.  And as we continue to realize, the cost in our area is really high.  Additionally, we have decided to have them recovered in Sunbrella fabric which, while super durable and low maintenance, is not cheap.  We are still getting quotes,but it’s looking like it will cost somewhere between $1,200 and $1,500 all told. Ouch.

With such a high price tag, we had to consider just buying new chairs as there are many options that would have been cheaper.  After alot of thought we decided to spend the extra money and have our current chairs re-done.  Here are the reasons why:

  • These were my mother’s chairs.  She gave them to me when she replaced them in her house with her mother’s chairs and I didn’t like the idea of getting rid of well-made, family furniture.
  • They are a good size for the space and they are comfortable.  Many of the new chairs we liked were larger in scale and didn’t fit the room as well.
  • Sunbrella fabric has tons upsides.  If the dogs jump on them with muddy paws, or someone spills wine or food, that’s no problem.  Plus the versatility of the fabric means we have more options for where to use them down the road.

So that’s where we are.  Saving our pennies has meant holding off on other projects as well, which has been good for us after a big year of DIY.

Getting these chairs done will be another big step towards 100% completion of the sun room. But the mismatched chairs are still functional as-is and we have fully enjoyed using the space for everything from weekend morning coffee to evening cocktails.  Last week we had 13 people over for dinner for the first time in a long time and we loved being able to have the space open to the rest of the house for easy party flow.  It was hot and humid that evening, but the AC unit worked great and you couldn’t tell that it was being cooled separately from the rest of the house.

I hope everyone is having a great summer.  As this Miller Lite commercial reminds us, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

The One About the Yellow Door

A few weeks ago I finally got around to painting the exterior side of our sun room door.  We are going to keep the interior side white, but thought it might be fun to put a color on the exterior side.  We wanted something bright and cheery that would compliment the brick.

I was willing to be a little daring with this paint color since this door is on the back of the house.  I thought about a limey green, red of course, as well a charcoal, black and navy like our front door.  In the end we settled on a nice bright yellow.  Nothing too mustard or too highlighter, but definitively bright and yellow.  Unlike the hallway, I didn’t over think this paint choice too much.  After living with a few chips taped to the door for about a week, we settled on Behr’s “Sunflower.”  I bought I quart in Behr Exterior Premium Plus paint in a semi-gloss finish.

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I removed the hardware and started using a narrow brush on the trim between the glass.  I didn’t tape the windows off because it’s pretty easy to removed dried paint from glass with a razor blade.  I actually was able to just use the “manicure” technique of using my thumb and a paper towel to wipe up runs as I went.

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It probably took me a hour, maybe a little more, to go around each of the windows.  When I was done, I used a brush to get into the crevices of the panels before breaking out my foam rolling for the wide, flat parts.  That took about 15 minutes.

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The good news was that the window trim didn’t need a full second coat so it took about half the time to just go over it all a second time.  I did a full second coat on the rest of the door, waiting for it to try before re-installing the hardware and viola!

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The color is bright, but I like it and think it’s a fun surprise on the back of the house.

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What did everyone do this  weekend?  Any good DIY projects I should know about?

In the Running for Most-Patriotic – Front Door Division

Before I started the blog, Mark and I painted our cream front door a nice greyish navy called Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.  It turns out it’s a very popular color, but we chose it simply by holding up one of Mark’s favorite T-shirts to the color wheel and finding the closest match.  We love to color and painted our outdoor shutters to match.

The navy color allows for lots of fun wreath options.  This spring I have had this pretty yellow forsythia wreath.

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In the fall and winter, red looks great as well.  Here’s my holiday wreath from last year.

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I’ve never had just the right thing for summer however, so this year I decided to go where no woman has gone before.  Just kidding, I decided to be like everyone else and DIY a burlap wreath.  Seriously, I hate to even post a picture of it because I think Pinterest might explode if someone pins one more burlap wreath, but here we go.

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Cute right?  I was amazed at how easy it was.  I am really not a crafter, but after watching some video instructions, it seemed easy enough and it was.  Here’s how I did it.

I went to Michael’s (armed with coupons, of course!) and bought 1 metal wreath “loom” in the appropriate size; 1 10 yard roll of burlap ribbon/fabric, and 1 10 ft. roll of red, white and blue gingham ribbon.  Does anyone see a problem?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Bueller?

I bought 10 yards of burlap, but only 10 feet of red, white and blue ribbon.  Math man, math.  Anyway, I didn’t actually figure this out until later in the process when I was out of ribbon, but not burlap.  So let’s proceed for now.

From the beginning my vision was to find a nice patriotic ribbon that was about 2/3 of the width of the burlap which was 5″ wide.  I was thrilled to find this pretty gingham style in just the width I wanted.  I also think the gingham combined with the burlap gives off just the amount of “country chic” that I was going for.

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I got out my glue gun and started gluing the ribbon right in the middle of the burlap.  I put down some newspaper underneath where I was working so that I wouldn’t get any glue that seeped through the burlap on my table.  It didn’t take more than 20 minutes to do this.  When I got to the end of my ribbon and discovered that I still had about a quarter of my burlap left to go, I realized my math mistake and ran back to Michael’s for another spool.

Once the ribbon was glued to the burlap, I started the wreath.  There are lots of good videos and tutorials online and I can’t find the exact video that I used anymore, but basically here’s what you do.  Start by using a pipe cleaner to attached one end of the burlap to the wreath.  I made a heart with the burlap and strung the pipe cleaner through the middle.

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Then I wrapped the ends of the pipe cleaner around the wreath.

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The video I watched tells you to wrap the burlap through the three rings like this.

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After weaving the burlap through one time, I realized an issue. Since I had glued the ribbon to only one side of the burlap, I couldn’t just weave it through the three layers of wire going forward because that would mean that half of burlap showing would be the “back” half without the ribbon.  Bummer.

I sat there and fussed with it for a while and realized that I could twist the burlap on the back side of the wreath before pulling it through where necessary and that would allow the front side of the burlap to always be on the front side of the wreath.

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This also made the wreath a little more “curly” than the example in the video and I liked the way that it looked.

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It didn’t take more than 20 minutes to go all the way around.  The 10 yards of burlap was just the right amount and I used the extra ribbon to create the bow.

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All told, I probably spent about $20 and 1 hour on this project (not including trips to the store.)  Pretty easy on both the wallet and the clock.  You could definitely embellish more with some painted stars and/or flags or by adding a wood letter/monogram in the middle, but I tend to like simple things and decided to live it with as is this year and then maybe add to it next year.

Between this wreath and our Hale Navy door, I would say that we are more than ready for Memorial Day.  I hope everyone has a nice weekend.  We don’t have alot planned for once, which is nice.

 

Curtains in the Sunroom

In order to complete the stairway project, we had to make several trips to IKEA for the frames that we used.  While we were there, we also decided to pick up what we would need to install curtains in the sun room.  At 30+ linear feet of windows to cover, we needed a budget-friendly solution to say the least.

Through various blogs, I have heard good things about IKEA’s VIVAN curtains, which cost just about $10 for two panels.  They come in white, and have an unhemmed bottom so that you can customize them to any length you want.  They are semi-transparent, but not see-through, which was fine for this purpose, and they look light and airy as the sunlight can stream through them.  They also have a these loops on the back to affix them to the curtain rod in a way that makes them look more high end than their price tag.

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To hang the curtain, we also bought their RACKA curtain rod system in grey.  We got everything home and Mark set to work on hanging the rods.  He measured the full length of the room and then divided by four to determine where to put the the support bars.  Seems like good logic, no?  Well after he was finished and took a step back, we realized, not so much.

I apologize for not taking a picture of what it looked like, but hopefully I can explain it.  See the plan is for the panels to gather at the posts between each set of windows.

So it actually makes the most sense to have the support bars positioned there are well so that they covered when the curtains are open.  Mark was disappointed in himself for not thinking about that the first time, but it didn’t take him long to readjust the configuration.

From there it was all about getting the curtains hemmed to the right height.  I think the “right height” for curtains is totally a personal preference thing.  For these curtains, I wanted them to “pool” a bit on the floor to help soften the angles of the room.  Mark didn’t really agree with this philospophy, but he let me win this battle and away we went.

I used this no-sew hemming tutorial to hem the curtains to my desired length.  This explains why the ironing board was in the sun room when I had my stain fiasco.  Sadly, I lost two newly hung curtains in that debacle, but luckily we had over bought on the panels so I was able to quickly replace the ruined ones without another trip to IKEA.

After measuring to determine the length we wanted, Mark helped me mark on each of the panels with a pencil where I would need to apply the hem tape.  To do this, we used a tape measure and a level.  We first took the tape measure and measured up 22″ from the end of the curtain and made a mark at one end of the panel. Then we did the same in the middle of the panel and again at the other end.  I took the level and drew a faint line across the whole panel.

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Then I got my hem tape, pulled off the paper on one side of it, and laid it just under the line I had draw.  I got my iron (which I had set on medium/high but no steam) and went over the tape until it stuck to the curtain on the back side (about two passes).  I also fixed a piece to the side of the hem on each side as well.

Then I peeled the other side’s paper off the tape and placed the edge of the curtain over it to the line I had drawn.  It doesn’t stick to the hem tape until you iron it, you can fuss with it to make sure it’s straight before “sealing” it with a few passes of the iron.

I could do about half a panel width on my ironing board, so I did one side of the panel and then the other.  I would say that it took me probably about 2 hours (maybe a little longer) to get all 14 panels done.  Each panel covers on pane of windows so there is enough to entirely cover all the windows should we want to at any time.  So far, the only ones that we close are on the side of the room that faced the neighbor’s house.

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I think the curtains soften the room up quite a bit and they also help with noise control.  Overall, I think the cost for this was a little less than $200.  That’s well under $6 a linear foot.  Not a bad deal at all.

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It’s been about 10 months since we started this sun room project and we’re about 80% of the way there.  When we started our To-Do list included:

  • Remove the existing drop ceiling and replace the foot of old, fiberglass insulation.
  • Create a cathedral ceiling by adding support beams and re-installing the ceiling panels at an angle.
  • Replace the existing jalousie windows with double hung casements.
  • Demo this outdoor kitchen and replace it with a bar area complete with upper and lower cabinets and shelving, and a counter top.

We’ve completed everything on the list except installing the bar area, we’re still saving our pennies for that one.  We also need to have the two chairs reupholstered, but the price tag for that turns out to be about double what we budgeted for (isn’t it always with trades around here!) so we are saving a bit more before we do that as well.  I also want to add a rug under those chairs (I have one picked out, again just waiting for the bank account to go up first) and my mom is sending me a coffee table of my grandmother’s that I think will finish that side of the room off nicely.  I hope to have the chairs re-done, the rug purchased, and the table arrive from mom before July 4.

 

DIY Disasters: Handrail Edition Part 2

So I was feeling pretty good about myself having rescued the maple banister from disaster, or at the very least, expensive replacement.  Since the trusty oak handrail had taken the Poly Shades stain pretty well the first time, I figured just a few more coats of that, and we would be good to go.  But as Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend!

A few more coats of the poly shades and the handrail was still reddish with lots of wood grain showing through.  It looked nothing like the banister.

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So I whipped out my sample can of Minwax stain in Jacobean since that was what did the trick on the banister, and gave that a try.   What a mess!  I think since the handrail is basically round, I couldn’t control the stain as well and it would run and pool and generally looked awful.  Not to mention is was messy as all get out (which it really wasn’t when I did the banister, I didn’t have single issue with controlling the flow of the stain) and the wood grain was still showing through.

I tried this step over a weekend when it was fairly nice outside and I was able to set the hand rail up in the yard on saw horses and do my work.  By the end of the weekend, as the failed stain attempt was curing and not yet dry, a storm moved into our region so I had to relocate the operation to the sun porch.

By now we were running out of time to complete this project before my parents arrival, to say nothing of the fact that we had been living without a handrail for about a week. #safetylast.  So one morning before work I decided to try another approach.  I mixed a batch of roughly 2 parts stain with 1 part Poly Shades.  My hope was the gel-like consistency of the Poly Shades would alleviate my consistency problem while still providing dark, solid cover to the wood.

I mixed the batch in a plastic cup on the workbench in the garage and then brought it into the sun room and set it on the ironing board that I had in there for another project I’ve yet to tell you about. Under the ironing board and the saw horses with the handrail on top was a big canvas drop cloth.  I have absolutely no idea how it happened, but as I reached for the foam brush in the cup of stain mix, somehow I pushed the cup over causing it to fall off the ironing board away from the drop cloth and spill stain all.over.the.new.sunroom.floor.

pausing for dramatic effect, because believe you me, there was drama.

You guys, the terror.  I can still hardly talk about it.  Without thinking, I ran to the kitchen and grabbed from the door of the refrigerator four bottles of water (two flat, two sparkling) and dumped them all over where the stain was.  I guess my thought was to try and keep the stain from sinking in.  Then I ran to the basement pantry where I keep a huge thing of baking soda and I dumped baking soda all over the liquid mess.  Then I started grabbing towels and mopping everything up.  Mind you, I am home alone, with the dogs at seven in the morning.  The dogs thought I had lost my marbles and they were probably right.

I started to calm down when, in the process of mopping up the liquid, I noticed that most of it was not sticking t0/staining the floor.  In the places where I had manages to soak the stain with water right away, I was miraculously able to wipe most of the stain away.

In the areas where stain had splattered or simply didn’t come right up when wiped, I grabbed a bottle of club soda, some more baking soda , and a magic eraser and went to work scrubbing.  In about 45 minutes, I had managed to pretty much clean everything up and the floor appeared largely unhurt. I was so relieved.  Still shaking, but relieved.

Needless to say, that was the last time I tried to do anything indoors.  I waited until the following weekend when it was warm and sunny out and continued my quest to ebonize this damn hand rail.  After a coat of the stain/poly shades mix, I came to the realization that stain alone simply wasn’t going to produce the almost black look that the banister had.  Time for plan D, or E, or Z, I am not sure at this point.

This time I thinned a little bit of black paint and added it to some of the Poly Shades. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  I finally got the dark, almost black look that the banister had.  It only took me about 7 coats/tries, oh and my sanity.  A small price to pay!

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Once the hand rail had completely dried.  I added two thin coats of sealant.  I recently bought this stuff because I read that it does not yellow over time and is eco-friendly.

I also gave the existing hardware a couple of thin coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

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When everything was dry, we re-attached it the wall, stood back and said “wow, that was close!”

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I really don’t recommend you follow any of the steps that I have outlined in the last two posts.  Best practices for DIY, they are not.  But sometimes you just have to play the hand you’re dealt and luckily for us this time, it all worked out in the end.  If I could go back and do it all over again, would I chose the same course?  Oh hell no.  But live and learn and move on to the next project.

And so that’s the end of this story and the end of our stairway renovation project.  We are still saving our pennies for some expensive finishing touches to the sun room, but I have a couple of other little projects to share with you in the coming weeks.  Including why I had the ironing board in the sun room in the first place!