Breakfast nook! Done! …For now.

Ya know when you finally decide you want something, and you think you’re gonna just bite the bullet and get it, but then a bunch of stuff happens and you never get around to actually purchasing said item, but then it’s Christmas time and your mom buys it for you anyways?

I do.

Because that’s how these pretties ended up in my possession…

They’re the Lucas Wood Grain Accent¬†Chairs from Overstock.

And I LOVE them.

I will say, that when they arrived, there were a few surprises. ¬†Not necessarily bad surprises, but just aspects that I wasn’t expecting. ¬† First, the “wood grain” that they speak of is not on the legs as I’d assumed.

It’s¬†the texture on the seats…

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At first, I was sort of put off by this as I was expecting smooth plastic, but it’s actually kind of grown on me and now I’m totally fine with it.

The second surprise was that it turned out that the wood legs are much lighter than they appeared in the pictures online.

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I was expecting more of a walnut tone, but they’re almost¬†blonde. ¬† They’re not offensive by any means, Thus, I’m living with them as is right now. ¬†I might consider darkening them with Polyshades at a later time… or possibly even lightening them with the Sunbleached Polyshades that I purchased in this post to make them blend more with the table. ¬†Right now, they’re slightly more yellow than the table. ¬†I’m not sure if you’ve gathered this about me by now, but “accidental yellow” isn’t really my thing. ¬†Either way, something will eventually get done. ¬† I’m fine with them for now, though.

Functionality-wise, the chairs are pretty comfortable. ¬†And they’re lightweight which is nice. ¬† The one issue we’ve had so far was that Lucas sat on the edge of a chair, and it tipped right over. ¬† ¬†Hopefully, this isn’t an ongoing thing with stability. ¬†It’s only happened once, so maybe it was random.

In any case, stylistically, ¬†they’re EXACTLY what I wanted for this space. ¬†I can’t wait to show you!!! ¬†But before the grand reveal, let’s take a look at the evolution of this space, shall we??

After moving in, the nook consisted of a mish-mosh of stuff we had from our last house. ¬†And the layout confused me as the lighting fixture wasn’t centered (It was too close to the doors, so a table couldn’t be directly underneath it while still allowing the doors to open) and I wasn’t certain of the traffic flow as of yet, which lead to this uncomfortable weirdness…

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After a few months, I realized that a table could easily be centered and still allow adequate flow in the space. ¬†We installed a new lighting fixture¬†and swagged it farther away from the door so that it could be hung directly above the table…

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Next, I found a beat-up pedestal table for $40 on Craigslist and refinished it¬†a lovely sunbleached color. ¬†I’m still completely enamored with how it turned out. ¬†Plus, the circular table GREATLY improved flow and the pedestal helped to reduce visual clutter in the space….

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But those red bird chairs, just weren’t doing it for me, so as an interim step until we could afford new dining chairs, I recovered the seats with a neutral fabric (and added a thrifted pot and awesome sauce vintage shoe mirror)…

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And now, the piece de resistance, the cheese to my macaroni, the peas to my carrots… Our new dining chairs…

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I have to say that I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now with this space. ¬† I love the dimension and style that the chairs offer.
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And the black metal accents on the chairs really tie into the lighting fixture nicely.

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I pretty much want to stare at these pictures forever like a total creeper…

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Aerial shot!!!

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Heart bubbles are coming out of my eyes right now.

That’s strange, right?

I KNOW.

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Anyhoo, now that this area of the room is close to completion, we’re hoping to set our sights on the outdated kitchen portion of the room that I’ve conveniently not included in these shots. ¬† Hopefully soon we’ll be getting¬†estimates for new countertops. ¬† Then, FINALLY¬†we’ll be replacing the appliances.

So, wish us luck with that! ¬† In any case, we’re LOVING the breakfast nook where it’s currently at and can’t wait to create a a kitchen that compliments it.

You guys have a great weekend and stay warm!! ūüôā

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“I’ve got nice legs.” – Our Nightstand

You guys. ¬†I painted furniture. ¬† And I’m here to admit. ¬†It felt good. ¬†Reeealllyyyyy. Good.

Ever since we moved into our house, we’ve been mainly focused on larger projects. ¬†Taking care of major surfaces. ¬† Correcting wrongs that needed to be righted. ¬†Floors. ¬† Walls. ¬† Windows. ¬†Front doors. ¬† Pool resurfacing. ¬†Rotted wall fixing. ¬†Roof repair. ¬†Basically, trying to set the stage so that we CAN decorate and do it right. ¬†I mean, sure, some decor has crept in there, but it just hasn’t been the main¬†focus yet in the way it was with our last house. ¬†A new construction with no major issues… Thus, decor was really the ONLY focus then. ¬† I feel like we’re getting slowly there, though. ¬† Slowly. ¬† And happily. ¬† ūüôā

But… BUT… I painted furniture, y’all.

I feel like it’s been forever since I did that.

And it didn’t disappoint.

Ya see, I hit up a local antique mall last weekend and found this beaut of a nightstand…
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I’m sorry about this picture. ¬†Somehow in my excitement to make over this badboy, this was the ONLY sad ‘before’ pic that I took. ¬† Oopsie. ¬† As you can see, I thought he would work well in the guest room to replace his dumpier predecessor. ¬†His leggy profile made the space feel lighter which was totally my goal.

I have to say that I was so excited when I found him. ¬† The antique mall that I purchased him from tends to be a bit ¬†of a pricier one, but I thought I’d check it out anyways since it was close to home. ¬† So, when I stumbled upon this little guy and a glance at his price tag revealed that he was only $29 (!!!), I pretty much sprinted to the cashier. ¬† He was in need of some love, but sturdy. ¬†A perfect find for me.

Now, when it comes to wood, many of you may know that I’m usually a purist. ¬†Especially with antique furniture. ¬†I like keeping wood-toned things wood to be true to the piece. ¬†That is, unless the finish is damaged beyond repair or super ugly. ¬† And in this case, the finish was uber fugly. ¬†For real. ¬† ¬†I’m sorry. ¬†It just was. ¬†The lines of the nightstand were retro. ¬†The finish… dated. ¬† It’s hard to tell from my blurry before picture, but it was a red mahogany tone. ¬†But not good mahogany. ¬†Fake, bright red mahogany. ¬†And really, really glossy. ¬†But, damaged in spots also. ¬†Some scratches and chips. Wrinkling in the finish. ¬†The whole chebang. ¬†And it clashed with… well, pretty much every other wood tone I have in the house.

So, I decided to paint it. (Gasp! I KNOW!!!)

I gave it a light sanding with a fine grade sanding block, then wiped it down with some liquid deglosser to ensure a nice dull surface that would better accept paint…

I wiped it down with tack cloth (which decided to photobomb in the right-hand corner). ¬†You’re welcome for that. ūüėČ

Then, I gave it two thin and even coats of Valspar’s paint+primer semi-gloss in Ebony Field (leftover from when I painted the back door in our last house).

I sanded lightly with an extra fine sanding block between coats and wiped it down again with my BFF, tack cloth.  And then I let it cure for a few days before moving it.

Now, let’s move on to the¬†brass accents and hardware. ¬† I sort of worked on them throughout the process, so you’ll see some pics from before and after painting the table. ¬†The knobs weren’t in the greatest shape…

That wasn’t just tarnish. ¬† The brass coating seemed to have worn away with time. ¬†Because of this, I doubted that I could rejuvenate them as is. ¬†I wanted them to sort-of match the leg accents, although I knew it wouldn’t likely be a perfect match. ¬†First, I tried spray painting them with some leftover Rustoleum Universal in Pure Gold…

But, the results when compared to the leg accents looked really plastic-y…

Not exactly what I was going for.

So, I decided to¬†try¬†a new product. ¬† I’d read about Rub n’ Buff on several blogs and was intrigued. ¬†Apparently, you simply rub it on to achieve a metallic sheen. ¬†So, I ordered a tube on Amazon for just under $7…

The directions recommended rubbing a small amount onto your surface with a finger or a soft cloth.   So, I started with the legs.

Which is when I started talking to myself.

Which despite popular belief, means only good things.

“Holy WOW!!!”,

“Geez! ¬†This stuff is amazeballs!”,

“Where have you been all my life??”.

All *may* have escaped my lips as I astoundedly rubbed the magical solution on. ¬† This beautiful stuff covered imperfections almost instantaneously with just a tiny amount and gave a gorgeous metallic sheen that I’ve yet to find with paint.

Here’s a before…

And after…

I probably should’ve taped off the leg, but it’s nothing a little touch-up paint couldn’t cure. ¬† ¬†That brass piece literally took me all of 15 seconds to do. ¬† I completed all four legs and then treated the knobs as seen in this “after” shot…

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Metallic and lovely.

And what do ya know…. They ended up matching perfectly after all. ¬†The knobs look a bit “rosy” here, but in person they’re definitely more of a gold. ¬†I can’t attest to how well Rub n’ Buff wears, but I’ll keep y’all updated. ¬†In any case, it was such a quick fix, that I’m sure I can handle re-treating the metal accents as needed.

And here’s the table in it’s entirety…

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I chose to simply accessorize with a cute lamp (found at Marshall’s a while back), some books, a shot of me and Lucas when he was only 18 hours old, and one of my easy mirrored planters (which are still rockin’ it, BTW). ¬†This guy was in our bedroom atrium and wasn’t getting adequate light, so I moved him. ¬†I’ll have an atrium update soon since I’ve been an accessorizing fool as of late. ¬† Actually, I’ll have a lot of updates soon. ¬†I’ve been a busy bee this weekend. ¬†ūüėČ

Anyhoo, back to the point. ¬†Here’s a view of the room from the doorway as it stands now…
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So, that’s my little painting project this week. ¬† Like I said, I’ve got more in store including a few breakfast nook, living room and atrium updates as well as the results of moving our fence. ¬†Joey and his dad are hard at it out there and it’s looking awesome. ¬† So, have a great rest of your weekend! ¬†Until next time…

*** For updated pics of this space, check out this (adding a new awesome $12 lamp) and this (creating DIY burlap wall art).***

TDC Before and After