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Modern, White, Geometric Console

25 Mar

A majority of my home furnishings are hand me downs or Ikea pieces; all of which I am extremely grateful for, most of which I hope to upgrade slowly. This week, Anthony and I finalized design plans for a new media console we commissioned a friend to build. Swap number one!

The inspiration is a piece, pictured below, that I saw on one of the design blogs I follow. I fell in love with the piece immediately but the dimensions were wrong for our living room, and the price was not pleasing either. We also were not looking to buy a new console… White Gaultier Console The inspiration console is a lengthy 76 inches and a short 23 inches high, the same height as our current console. While there is not anything offensive about our current console it looks squatty with our 20 foot vaulted ceilings and does not do much in the way of hiding the unsightly cords with our TV mounted on the wall. Here’s our setup now:

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Patio Furniture Restoration

20 Aug

Before I came into the picture, my husband bought some patio furniture that is the perfect scale for our small backyard patio.  Here’s what it looked like when he bought it from World Market.


Fast forward three years and the finish was extremely weathered.
Patio Furniture Restoration *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*
While I was busy working at the Austin Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, my husband and stepdad sanded down the furniture. The difference was so dramatic, we briefly considered sealing it without staining it. It looked so fresh. Patio Furniture Restoration *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*
Here are my husbands basic sanding tips:
  • If you can take apart of the furniture fairly easily, do it. We probably should have.
  • A power sander is a must.
  • Various sanding grit levels is helpful. We used 0220 for the most part, but used a much rougher one for the hard to reach areas where we couldn’t apply much pressure. If you use a rougher paper then you have to go back and use a lower grit afterward to smooth it out.
  • Use tack cloth to remove any remaining sawdust before staining.
Patio Furniture Restoration *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*
I wanted a dark stain, so I picked up a can of Rustoleum’s Black Cherry Wood Stain from Lowes. On Sunday, my husband and stepdad stained one of the chairs. I predict it will be about 3 weeks before Anthony and I will find time to stain the bench, table, and remaining chair, but look how well it turned out:
Refinished Patio Furniture *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*
A few tips for staining:
  • Be sure to wear rubber gloves.
  • Test out the stain by applying it to a small area on the back or underside of the wood first. Leave it on 1 minute and gently wipe it off with a cloth, then in another small area, leave it on 2 minutes and wipe, then 3 minutes to see which shade of stain you prefer. A cut up old t-shirt works perfectly works perfectly as a wiping cloth.
  • Make sure to watch for areas where the stain drips or runs down to another area. Wipe that off as soon as possible.
  • If you want a glossy finish, spray the stained furniture with polyurethane. Otherwise, seal it with a water sealer. If you choose to use a water sealer, you can brush on a thin coat each year to prevent weathering.
Now that our patio furniture is refreshed, I’m keeping my eyes open for cute outdoor pillows, a potted plant or two, and an inexpensive rug. Maybe black and white stripes?
After getting out there myself to finish staining the patio furniture, I’ve got a few tips of my own:
  • Check the weather!
After spending several hours finishing the furniture on a hot, sunny, Austin day, the evening brought heavy rainfall and wind. The storm was so strong that our power went out. How did I not see that one coming, at all? Thankfully, it seems the stain was set enough and no damage was done.
  • I also found that a natural bristle paint brush (like the goat hair ones I bought at a craft store rather than the home improvement store) prevents drips better than other brushes. So much so that I skipped the wiping step altogether.
The final product?
DIY Patio Furniture Restoration
I’m still in want of some accessories, but boy, do I love the transformation! I think the dark stain against the white stone looks great.

Chair-ity Project

29 Jun

I hate my boyfriends dining room set. I don’t even think hate is a strong enough word. I tell him how ugly it is at least once a week. Last weekend his parent’s moved and bestowed upon him a small antique dining set. Much to my chagrin, he initially brushed off the offer saying he didn’t like chairs any better than his current ones.  After picking my jaw up off the floor, I said “He’ll take ’em!” The fact of the matter is that the chairs from the antique set have a very 80’s hunter, burgundy and gold striped fabric on them. It by no means compliments the dark wood. I might even agree with him. They aren’t much, if any, better looking than the chairs that sit in his dining room now. BUT, the beauty of them lies in their potential, which I recruited my handy and talented mom to help me bring out.

This is what he currently has:

Here is the before:

Not cute, right? But when I look at them I envision linen covered cushions and I can’t help but get excited. Think: Restoration Hardware meets antique boutique. Stay tuned for the after!

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