DIY Dining Table

DIY Dining Table | happy together
This diy dining table has been one of my biggest projects to accomplish for our new home. It took me a really long time to research and determine which plans to follow and what color to stain it, but I finally just went for it and am glad I did. I was a little intimidated to be honest. I had never used a kreg jig before, but decided it was time for me to learn it and now I use it all the time. When researching what I wanted to make, I knew I wanted it to be long enough to fit eight chairs. I had painted the six chairs from our older table and then had bought two clear chairs from Hobby Lobby that I cover with a fur like rug (lovingly referred to as the viking chairs by some of our friends). I also wanted it to be so the chairs didn’t hit the table legs in some odd way. When I finally came upon this rustic farmhouse table plan I knew it would work for what I wanted and didn’t look too complicated for a novice builder like me.

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It really didn’t take that long to put together, but I did make a few changes. I added an extra 2×4 piece to each of the end parts to make it taller. I just felt there wasn’t enough leg room without it. I also decided to just use 1″x10″x8′ wood for the top instead of the 2″x6″x8′ for a few reasons. The table was already getting really heavy so this made the table lighter and I didn’t have to put as many boards on the top since the ones I used were wider. I also decided not to add the two end pieces on the table top to save me some time. I just put all the boards together and once I attached them to the frame, I ran the saw down the edges to make them perfectly straight and even (thanks to my friend Ashley for that tip ;), then finished them off with a little thin piece of wood for a polished look. I would highly recommend this plan because it’s on the easier side and you can easily customize it. There is just one more tip. In step 2 when assembling the ends, I would use more screws when attaching the leg posts. Just trust me on that one lol, it’s something I wish I had done after accidentally having the table fall when attaching the second side end to the table rails. Either that or make sure to have someone help you during that part.

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Now for the stain, I saw this post and fell in love with the look! Half Minwax Provincial mixed with half Minwax Weathered Oak. Mine didn’t turn out quite the same, but that’s because I was using different wood. I think if I had done a different mix ratio, it might have looked more like theirs but oh well. I’m happy with it and love my new diy dining table that can now fit even more guests. -jess

Miss E’s Dresser Makeover

Dresser Makeover | happy together by jess
I would say it’s about time I started sharing some of the home diy projects that have been keeping me busy the past few months, don’t you agree? I will start with this dresser makeover that I did for miss E’s room back in the fall. It was a lovely dresser that was my mother’s when she was little. It was originally a dark stain, but my grandparents painted it white at some point and it stayed that color for a while.

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When it came to live in my room when I was a teenager, I left it white too. We repainted it yet another coat of white after I was married and as we moved and moved and moved it became more and more beat up.

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There were so many layers of paint on it (because many of the paint jobs happened before you could just look up online on how to do things right you know) that it was really hard to cover up the many spots where it had been banged off. This is a solid piece of wood furniture, so I decided to do some paint stripping and try to get down to the wood. I used CitriStrip to get the paint off and really like this product. It didn’t hurt when I accidentally got it on my skin and it didn’t smell bad. I brushed on a thick coat and waited for the paint to bubble up.

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Once it was all bubbly, I grabbed a plastic scraper and started working on it.

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There was so much paint and original varnish that I used the CitriStrip two times and even three times on a few places and sanded for a long time, but I still couldn’t get it all off. I was tired of all this by now, so I decided to embrace the chippy bohemian feel that was left.

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Since I wanted it to be lighter, I added a coat of Minwax Pickled Oak on top. I was trying for a beachy weathered kind of look. I will be honest. It took a while to grow on me because it wasn’t what I had originally wanted. But after a bit I have grown to love it. The accessories helped complete the look and brought it all together.

Dresser Makeover - coat of Minwax Pickled Oak | happy together by jess
I found these cute knobs at Hobby Lobby to put on and the runner is from Anthropologie. I made the leave garland with dried leaves I found at the craft store (I think they are silver dollar eucalyptus leaves) and they add some lovely greenery to the room. The animals and books are also from Anthro and the potted plant and frame are from Marshalls. I’m so close with miss E’s room being all done. It’s been a process, but I have slowly waited to find/make the right pieces to go in there. Hopefully I will get to share the whole room soon. -jess

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Church Coffee Shop Makeover

Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
At the beginning of the year I embarked on my biggest diy project yet: our church coffee shop makeover. Even though it took quite a while to finish up, I’m so happy with how it came out. It was fun designing and being creative with using what we already had on hand so we could be wise with our budget for it. I’m very thankful for the many people who helped make this a reality with their time and donations. It’s now a nice area to be used by the church for fellowship, classes/meetings, and provides an area for the many people who come in during the week seeking help through counseling/food bank/other needs/etc.

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Before I get into the details, let’s take a look at the before. It was a very nice spot that they had redone when the church first moved into this building. For some background, the building was originally a grocery store. Then another church bought it and started to work on the interior to make it more functional for church purposes. And after they had it, they moved on to a different building and our church moved in and began using it. It still has a lot of work to be done to be used to it’s full potential, but we are getting there. Here is the before (pics courtesy of Clark Miller) :

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As you can see, one of the most noticeable transformations was taking that wall down and opening it up. I was told this used to be a children’s area, which is why I’m sure the wall was there (to keep them in there lol). But as a coffee shop, the wall was a hindrance. If people were standing in the entrance, it was hard to get in. Now there is much more flow and it feels a lot more welcoming. We painted the whole area to brighten it up. I ended up going with Sherwin Williams Icy Avalanche (HGSW1497) in eggshell for the walls and Sherwin Williams Carbonzied in semi-gloss (HGSW1481) for the baseboards and cabinets. Since this church has a lot of foot traffic, we noticed the white baseboards on the inside would look dingy and dirty real quick. Painting the baseboards a darker color hides a lot more of the wear and tear.

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For the counter area we did a few simple things to take it up a notch. We painted the cabinets, which thankfully went perfect with the main counter tops so there was no need to replace them, but we did paint the back counter tops with special paint just for that since they were red. Someone had some of this paint they never used and it ended up being a great match to the overall color scheme. FIY, the special counter top paint stinks horribly! So if you ever do this, be prepared for that. We had the walls covered in this wood that was actually old shelving from in the back of the church. I gave it a good sanding to get rid of a lot of the scuff marks and then gave it a coat of polycrylic to protect it from food and drink splashes. We had these lights from Lowes installed to give some more ambient light which I spray painted them black to match. They changed the name of the shop to Fifteen Fifty-One, which is the address number of the church, so I created a new logo (using a template from creative market) to update it. To get it on the wall, I used a projector to project the image, traced it with a pencil, and then painted it in.

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I used premade chalkboard panels from Home Depot for the chalkboards and Nekoda Derouen framed them with wood and put them in place. We stained wood to create shelves to hold some of the supplies and I spray painted galvanized piping/flanges/caps to hold them in place (here is a great tutorial on all that).

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To help with the customer flow, I made an order here sign to place above the counter. I simply stained some wood, created the letters from vinyl on my Cricut Explore, and drilled some holes to hang it with rope.

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We also decided to make a large chalkboard menu. This was on the large side so I actually used thin wood panels that I painted with chalkboard paint. Then Nekoda put these together as well and framed them and Marybeth Anderson did the amazing chalk design. For the next little corner, I had the idea to create a more comfy and casual sitting area. Nekoda went and found these wicker shelves in church storage and added legs to create benches. He reused tops from other old benches to go on top and a lovely volunteer covered them in a drop cloth for us. The tables were old stools that he cut down and added new tops and painted. I found the metal stools at Hobby Lobby and helped make a bunch of the pillows to go with it. I also added some metal magazine holders so people can have something to look at when they are sitting here.

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The “gather” word was another word that I projected on the wall, traced, and painted. Such an easy project with a big impact! Beside that area is what I call the “testimony wall.” I wanted a place where we could share pictures, stories, and encouraging quotes/verses. I was inspired by a board idea I found on pinterest. The words “tell”, “story”, and on the word bubble, were all made from vinyl. I found the wood “your” letters from Target and painted the sides of them, and then Nekoda made those word bubbles for me. I filled in the boards with all kinds of things, but many of the printables I used were from this site.

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The other side of the coffee shop needed a little love too, so Clark designed these and we had engineer prints made and framed them.

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For a few final touches, Nekoda made this barn door to replace the old one and an awesome trashcan cover.

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All the tables used were also old tables found in the church and made over or made from scratch by Nekoda and the beautiful new flooring was installed by awesome volunteers. I still can’t believe it’s all done, but it is and functions perfectly for what we need right now. I’m currently working on the parent’s room now and can’t wait to share that. I installed my first ever board and batten wall there! Now I’m going to do one in my own home haha. Oh, and if you follow me on instagram you saw that there will be a new {free!} girls dress pattern releasing soon, so be on the lookout for that soon.

-jess

A Kitchen Nook Makeover

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We have been living in our new house for almost a whole year now and since we are settled I’m at the point of making it more functional for our family. I want to share a simple kitchen nook makeover that I did to bring purpose to an empty spot in our kitchen.

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This spot is a good amount of space but had no purpose so it seemed like wasted space. It is right where the entry of the master bedroom is, so I knew I didn’t want to fill it up too much but it needed something. After going through a few ideas, I decided that a simple shelf with hooks would work well. We have an area in our laundry room that is kind of like a mudroom but I haven’t put up any hooks in there for coats and such yet and dedicated this space for that instead. This really works best for guests as well since they come in the front door and it would be more practical and easier for them to hang purses/coats here if they wanted.

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I wanted to add some beauty to the functionality of the corner and went “shopping” in my house for decor.

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This glass jug was from a jug of apple cider we bought last fall in Tennessee. I washed it real good and took the label off and it became a great vase. The faux leaves were a buy from many years ago at a shop in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The style I try to achieve in our home has a slight Florida feel. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I know what I want in my head! hahaha I grabbed two wooden cutting boards to add up here too. We have been using these really thin plastic boards lately, so I figured why not just use these for decor until we need them? I want to get one more larger round one to be the finishing touch behind these two. It will help fill in the gap between the boards and the baskets.

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These two metal baskets were originally a mint color. I had bought them in the dollar section at Target for $3 each a while back and was waiting for a way to use them. They were the perfect width for this shelf! I spray painted them black to go with the color scheme though. I filled them with a few odds and ends from my home for now until I want to change them out.

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These two wooden candlesticks were from my visit to Magnolia Market at the Silos. I loved them but didn’t really have a place for them yet. They looked too close in height next to each other so I added two different sized candles I had to create even more of a height difference.

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I made the shelf itself from 1 x 8 pieces of wood that I painted with Sherwin Williams in Creamy (7012).  This is the trim and cabinet color in the kitchen. It looks more white on the shelf than it does on the trim so I’m guessing it has to do with the kind of wood used. I added a piece of trim to the front edge to have it fit in with the woodwork of the house more as well. The wood brackets I used were from a local store called Stines and I cut the bottoms off to make them the same length as the wood. The hooks are from Lowes here. They are a nice dark bronze which goes with all the fixtures in our home.

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I added this “Cups for Days” mug rack that I also got from Magnolia Market. It’s something I have wanted for a while and after looking around on the internet I decided their price is really comparable for all the ones I found in this similar size. It was definitely a splurge, but a classic piece that maybe one of my girls will like and use in their own houses later down the road. It is currently holding a few of my coffee cup collection from Anthropologie along with some other mugs I have. My goal is to have an extremely eclectic variety of cups and plates so I buy at least one mug and plate a year from there.

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And lastly we changed out the boring old light with this one from Lowes. I’m saving up to add this same light in our hallway to bring some cohesiveness to my light fixtures. The people who built this home used a variety of builder grade lights, you know, like how many cheap light fixtures can we add? kind of lights. Blah. I’ve been slowly replacing the ones that are most obnoxious (to me) first. Oh, and in case you wanted to know, the wall color is Willow Tree by Sherwin Williams.

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I’m so pleased this little kitchen nook makeover has brought more life and style to the kitchen and of course much more functionality! Now for the next spot in our home that needs some love…..

-jess

Magnolia Market Adventure

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Continuing on about our spring break adventures, I want to share about our trip to Waco, Texas to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos. If you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines by now I will fill you in real quick. Her and her husband, Chip, have a HGTV show called Fixer Upper and are very talented at what they do. They and their kiddos are also sweet as pie and will steal your heart. I stumbled upon their show during it’s first season and was immediately drawn to it. We were on vacation and the place had cable so I was getting an HGTV fix. I loved the show so much that from then on I started buying the new shows on itunes. Now that it’s been out for three season, you can catch some online for free and Netflix has the first two seasons available now. Anyways, after watching I came across this testimony from Joanna and that sealed the deal for my loyalty haha. So when we knew we were going to visit Round Top I looked to see how far it was to Waco and it was only two hours. We added that to our trip. It was a beautiful ride between the two cities. Such pretty farm land. We arrived at night and went to a hotel excited to start our next day with a visit to Magnolia Market.

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It was very easy to find and is right in the downtown area, super close to Baylor University and other little vintage/antique shops and food places. I will say this though, there is not a ton of convenient parking. We got there at 9:30 am since we just didn’t have anything else to do and I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to find the place, etc. There was already a small crowd but still a good amount of parking in the parking lot behind the building. When we left around 1, the parking lot was packed and many people were walking from other nearby streets to get there.

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We stood around and waited until it opened at 10 am. I saw the building where the soon to open bakery will be,

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and admired the pretty landscaping they did.

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By the time 10 am came they opened the gate by the road and the line was allowed to go up the ramp to the door. I turned around and the line was so much longer!!!! This was just about half of the line. I knew things were about to get serious. It really felt like waiting for a ride at Disney or something.

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When you first enter if you look down at the floor you are greeted with the word welcome. It’s little details like this all over the store that you will have to keep an eye out for (especially when it’s crazy crowded) but add to the charm of the store and are so Joanna.

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There are tons of beautiful displays to admire and draw inspiration from. You guys should have seen me trying to take a ton of pics before all those people made it through the door lol.Continue Reading