The Friday Five

Friday, May 22, 2015

One – Cinderella Wall

Last Saturday I was in downtown Mesa to do some antique shopping and I finally found the Cinderella wall mural! I’m not sure who painted it or how long it’s been there (it looks like it’s been there awhile), but it’s really cool. Unfortunately, there was a car parked next to it, so I couldn’t get a picture straight on, but I was still able to get a few good pictures. If you are in the area, it’s behind the buildings on Main Street between Surf& Ski and Tre Bella.

Two – Ringo and Abby

It’s been awhile since I shared a doggie picture, so here’s one that I took of Ringo and Abby yesterday. I love those two goobers!

Three – Jenna Sue Design Co.

Please pin from original source. Thanks!

Did you all see Jenna Sue’s bathroom reveal during the One Room Challenge? Seriously, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. It’s stunning! Although I should have known it was going to be amazing because I love pretty much everything she does. I think she is one of the most talented DIY bloggers out there right now. I highly recommend following her, if you don’t already!

Four – Denver/Colorado Springs

My boyfriend and I are headed to Colorado in the middle of June to attend a couple of weddings. We’re flying into Denver on a Friday and the first wedding is Saturday afternoon. Then on Sunday we are driving down to Colorado Springs for another wedding. We’ll have a free day on Monday and then we are flying back on Tuesday. We won’t have much free time, but if anyone has any must-see/must-eat recommendations please let me know!

Five – Memorial Weekend

Does anyone have anything fun planned over the weekend? My boyfriend is going out of town for a bachelor party camping weekend, so my mom is going to come down and we are going to spend the weekend shopping.  The thrift store closest to my house is having a 50%-off sale on Saturday and a nearby antique mall is having a storewide sale, so we’re definitely going to hit those. I’m also hoping to get a couple projects done over the long weekend, so I actually have something to blog about next week. 

Dining Room Source List and Budget Breakdown

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Today we’re back in the dining room and I’m sharing my source list and budget breakdown from the One Room Challenge. I had planned on including all of this in my reveal post, but work was crazy last week and I didn’t have a spare moment to pull everything together. I barely got my reveal post up! Anyway, let’s start with the source list. I think I covered everything in the pictures, but if you see something you are curious about and I didn’t cover, let me know. Oh, and thank you for all of the kind comments on my reveal post! I'm so happy with how the room turned out and I'm glad you all liked it too.

Dining Table: Wal-Mart
Dining Bench: Wal-Mart
Dining Table and Bench Stain: Tutorial from Thrifty and Chic
Gray Upholstered Chairs: Target
White X-Back Chairs: Overstock
Wall Mounted Cup Rack: Décor Steals
Roman Shade Fabric: Zazzle
Table Runner: World Market
Centerpiece Tray/Basket: Big Lots (in stores only)
Cups and Dishes are all ironstone from my collection (mostly from thrift stores)

OK, now let’s talk money – I knew this wouldn’t be a cheap project because I had to buy all new furniture. I tried to buy everything on sale and I think I ended up getting pretty good deals on everything, so I’m happy with the total.

Dining Table and Bench: $205
Gray Upholstered Chairs: $140
White X-Back Chairs: $270
Wall Mounted Cup Rack: $80
Command Strips (to hang saucers): $9
Roman Shade Fabric: Free (thanks Zazzle!)
Table Runner: $10 (25%-off coupon)
Centerpiece Tray/Basket: $8
Stain/Sandpaper/Poly/Supplies: ~$60
Total: $782

BUT, I sold my old dining table on a Facebook yard sale group for $100, so my total is really $682.

Lastly, let’s talk about the to-do list. Once I set up the table and chairs inside I realized the finishes didn’t look bad together, so I decided not to paint anything. I owe a big thank you to everyone who suggested that I put it all together and live with it before painting anything. You definitely saved me a lot of unnecessary work. 

In other to-do list news, I decided not to replace the ceiling fan with a light fixture. I just couldn’t do it. I know light fixtures are so much better looking, but ceiling fans are a must in Phoenix. We use that one quite a bit if we are working at that table, so I decided to keep it.

That being said, everything has been crossed off my to-do list except one small project that I decided to add last minute - I want to hang a wood sign above the cup rack. I think the wall needs something else and I would love a boulangerie sign like this one or something similar. I was hoping to find one, but I think I’ll end up must making it myself. I already bought the wood, so hopefully this project will get crossed off soon and I’ll officially be done.

Buy farmhouse table and matching bench
Refinish table and bench tops
Paint table and bench legs?
- removed
Sell old table on Craigslist
Buy 2 wood dining chairs
Paint dining chairs?
- removed
Buy 2 upholstered captain’s chairs
Buy/Hang ironstone cup rack
Replace light fixture – maybe?
- removed
Sew faux roman shade/valance
Touch up paint

Accessories/finishing touches

Overall I’m so happy with how my dining room turned out and I had a great time participating in the One Room Challenge. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

My Favorite Spot in Our Home

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Today I’m joining up with a few of my blog friends to share our favorite spots in our homes. My favorite spot was an easy choice – it’s the corner seat of our sectional.

It’s the most comfortable spot on the couch and it’s perfect for lounging while watching TV or reading. It’s also perfect for cuddling doggies =)

I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent an entire day in that spot binge watching the first season of Vikings while I was home sick one day. Abby spent most of the day sleeping on the cushion next to me.  Actually, I’m pretty sure this picture of Ringo and I cuddling in that spot is from that day. If I hadn’t been sick, it would have been one of the best days ever…actually, it still was a great day. 

The sectional is the Ethan from Broyhill and I bought it at a local furniture store (more details here). It’s my biggest furniture splurge to date, but it was totally worth it. If you are going to splurge, it should be on couches or beds IMHO. We’ve had it for two years and my only complaint is that some of the back cushions are starting to rip away from the back. Probably because Ringo likes to stand/lay up there and I don’t think they were built to hold a 65 pound dog day after day…

Anyway, the corner seat on our sectional is by far my favorite spot and I dream of being there while I’m stuck in my cubicle at work (least favorite spot). 

What’s your favorite spot in your house?

Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs and see the other favorite spots around the home!

Decorating Delirium
A Small Town Rambler
This Crazy Thing Called Life
Glamista Home

Dining Room Reveal – ORC Week 6

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The big reveal is finally here and I’m so happy with how my dining room turned out! I won’t spend too much time blabbing, so we can get right to the “after” pictures. But first, let’s look back and see how the room looked 6 weeks ago. Not bad, but nothing special.

I made a lot of changes and finished quite a few projects over the past six weeks: I bought a lot of new furniture, refinished a dining table and bench (twice), made a roman shade, and hung new artwork/items on the wall. OK, enough talking, let’s look at some after pictures!

I love it!!! All of that time sanding the table and bench was definitely worth it. I’m so happy how they turned out! Well, I’m happy with the whole room, but those are definitely my favorite pieces. As a quick reminder, I used this method to get that driftwood finish.

I’m still working on a source list and adding up my receipts, so I’ll be back next week with all the details. Today let’s just keep it about the pictures. *UPDATE* Check out the source list and budget details here

I can’t end this post without sending a HUGE thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for creating and hosting the challenge. I never would have had to motivation to get this all done so quickly and my dining room would still look like the before pictures. Also, don’t forget to check out the big reveals from the official participants here and the linking participants here.

If you need to catch up on the previous weeks, you can see them here:
Week 1 – Dining Room Mood Board
Week 2 – Furniture and Deliveries
Week 3 – Progress?
Week 4 – Finished Roman Shade and Stained Bench

Week 5 - Re-Refinished Table and Cup Rack

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