Friday, October 21, 2011

Playing With Barn Wood

I usually like to keep my projects top secret until I can do a big before and after post, but I'm doing something totally different than anything I've ever done! I'm sure you could guess from the title, but in case you couldn't, it involves barn wood! 

Reclaimed wood is crazy popular right now. It's at all of my favorite places for extreme prices! The following are my favorites from Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and Anthropologie:



Oh, and check out how amazing this pretty chair would be with any of them. It's from Anthropologie and at $198 per chair, it will never get to be a part of my life!

So now that you know my latest inspirations wanna know what I've been working on? 
I'm building a dining room table! I'd rather not break the bank on expensive stuff... Or buy a cheapie table that I'll have to replace in a few years. My mom and I trekked out to the middle of a farm a few towns over after reading an add on Craig's List (sounds like the plot of a cheesy scary movie huh?). He chopped pieces of a barn he was tearing down for us. For $20 I got a tabletop that will look amazing!

I wanted to do some work to the wood to protect it from food and spills and make it easy to wipe. I also wanted to bring some shine to it. I started by sanding it... a lot. It was a mess and smelled like farm animals as I sanded:

Look at how dirty the waist band was after 30 min. of sanding. 
I then used the most amazing product in the universe... Howard's Feed & Wax. It was $9 at my local hardware store. I just rubbed it on and my wood looked like this. When you see it laid out you can picture it as a dining table can't you? 

That's all that I can show you for now of the table... But I will update with the finished product soon!

Want to see what my mom did with her barn wood? 
She was inspired by this post that we found on Pintrest
She wanted to leave her wood a lot more raw that I did. When my baby brother moved out my mom got to have a second guest room. She painted the room that same shade of grey, and when we found this picture we both knew it was meant to be! Here are during & after shots:
(Me & my baby brother's dog)


(See the barn door behind the chair? The farm guy threw that in.  



Recognize the rug? It's the nasty looking one I had in my painted rug post. My mom trimmed it and cleaned it up... Big time!

So here's my teaser post about my fun with barn wood!

Domestic Godess

Want to learn how to redo your stars and get some good recipes? You've come to the right blog! Allow me to show you what really accelerated my knowledge of how to cook some good food:
Before:
 After:
This was a result of a lot of grub treatment and grass seed. It's also been helped by my baby brother taking over my lawn care in exchange for food! Since he's done such a good job, I try to too! 

Here are some of my creations that you must try! They're mostly Italian and pasta involved, because that's what my brother likes!
Chicken and Pesto Stuffed Shells from Here

The only change that I make is cutting the chicken in half. It was by accident when I doubled the recipe the first time I made it, but forgot to double the chicken. It came out so great that I haven't messed with success when I've made it any other time! 

I also made this (which looks way more time consuming to make than it actually was)

Looks amazing huh? I got this recipe from Here

I showed you these Chicken Lasagna Rolls in my ADD post. I would use beef next time, but they're really good! Here is the link. I added more sauce then you'll see in their recipe.
Giant buttermilk waffles as big as my hand!
From Here
This Rosemary Chicken Bake is my most epic failure... But it's an excuse to have a glass of white wine, so I'll still give you the link

So there are a few of my favorites... I hope you enjoy them as much as I have my brother has!

Time to Decorate for Fall

Any excuse I can find to change up the decor in my house makes it my favorite time of the year! Fall really is my favorite time so decorating for it is extra fun! My Pinterest obsession was really at its height as I prepared to decorate this year. Everyone was doing such creative things with cheap things they found at the grocery store... I couldn't wait!

First I had to clear out some summer stuff

 Then I spread out my supplies
 This is the cheap stuff I saw on Pintrest that I tried to copy. I had a few bags of yellow and green split peas and lots of candy corn 
 Ready to see a Pintrest failure? Sometimes I am just not as creative as I think I am!
It's a 20 lb. train-wreck isn't it?!
I decided I had way too much going on so I tried to separate everything but the split peas again. It took forever!

Ready to see something a little more attractive?
Here are my decorating successes:

(the rug looks a lot better with the red pillows for some reason doesn't it?)

(This is as good as I could make it look... I kinda like it!)



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