Dining Table Remodel on a Budget – Before & After

With just a little work and very little money- {Under $50} you can have a totally new dining set. Sander Seal the Old Table - Step one Using a sander sealer, spray all the wood. I used the type in a spray can. Paint the Dining Table - Step two Paint. I used antique white. Cover the Old Dining Set Seats - Step three Cover the seats. I used one painters drop cloth from Home Depot. {Just unscrew seats from chairs- staple new fabric to seats} Rough Sand the Edges - Step four Sand the edges for a "shabby chic" look. Add a Protective Top Coat - Step five Top the table with a polyurethane if you like {if you are using a light colored paint make sure to buy the non-yellowing polyurethane.} And there you have it, a new dining set for under $50. … [Read more...]

No Mud Room…No Problem! Turn a Closet Into a Mini Mud Room

As anyone who lives in a snowy climate knows, mud rooms are essential. If your house doesn't have a mudroom here's a great idea. Ingenuity to the rescue! Try converting a coat closet into a mini mud room. This doesn't eliminate any storage, and may actually make the space more usable. Steps to create a coat-closet mini mud room: To add charm, try lining the space with bead board. Add hooks for coats and bags. Add a bench, but leave a cubby at the bottom for a basket to hold shoes. Don’t have the perfect basket? Use a laundry basket – they’re easy to clean! This particular cushion was made with an old crib mattress – cut it in half using an electric carving knife and cover in fabric. (What? You don't have an old crib mattress laying around? Foam pads can be … [Read more...]