Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Geometric Table Makeover

In my last post I shared my kitchen makeover with you guys.

I'm still in love with it and I'm so happy every time I step foot into my newly redecorated kitchen.

BUT...this damn ugly table was ruining my life and I needed it to be redone ASAP. I was looking for some inspiration and it was hard to settle with one idea.

My Dad and I built this table about a year ago. He had this tabletop that he got from my uncle a while back, and we went to the lumber yard for the legs. It's really sturdy and did the job while we used it as counter space, but I wanted a place to sit in my kitchen. A few weeks ago I found these persimmon colored stools on Craigslist for $15! They matched my Kitchen-Aid perfectly!

So back to my makeover...I know I wanted something that stood out, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to get crazy with colors, or glitter. Don't judge me, I thought about covering the whole thing with sparkles lol.

I looked and looked until I stumbled upon this really creative DIY. Once I saw it I  was like "That's it!"

Not only do I love the tutorial but I love that the blog is run by two other gay/queer (however they identify themselves) men. Personally, I feel like it's hard to find other men out there who like crafting and DIY-ing and also other men who don't feel the need to make everything hyper-masculine when they actually do craft. Please check out all of their tutorials!

I loved the geometric patterns and colors that they used. The finished result was well worth their wait.

I wanted a different color scheme and I loved the gold that I incorporated in my kitchen and I felt like I wanted the table to be a key piece of furniture, and what a better way to tie the entire room together than to use those accent colors on my table?

So I decided to use white as the background and then gold for the triangles. First I sanded the table, wiped it clean with a damp cloth, and then took off any excess debris with a tack cloth. Then I sprayed the table with Krylon semi-gloss white, I ended up using two cans to get a clean and even finish.

Excuse the horrible photos

*Remember: When you're using spray paint, don't hold the nozzle down and just attack your surface. You want to fire multiple light shots and stay at last 8-12 inches away. If you're too close or stay in one spot too long, then you start to create puddles and nasty streaks that make your end result look sloppy and unattractive. Do multiple light coats, rather than fewer heavy coats. 

After following their instructions here, I started to tape off the sections to form the pattern. It took a lot of trial and error since I didn't have a long enough straight edge and I would get confused about where I was placing my tape (on the inside or outside of my mark).

I made dashes so I knew what side the tape would go on

I was like "FINALLY!" 

After about an hour or so I was finished. I then sprayed it with the Rustoleum gold spray paint. Like I noted above, take your time with the spray paint and do multiple light coats rather than a few heavy coats. Once the paint was dry I took the tape off and checked for any pencil marks that were left on the table. I erased the pencil marks, and then brushed off any debris.

Don't worry, the second coat will make it look a lot more even

I let it dry for about an hour, then topped everything with Krylon's lacquer finish. I used about two coats, waiting 15 minutes between each coat. I let it be for about an hour, then took it indoors to cool off from the sun (I didn't have any shade on my roof). It was time for me and my cat to take a little nap...

I absolutely love the end results! The geometric pattern looks so great, the gold pops so well against the white, and it's a complete 180 from that sad grey/purple table I had before.

What do you think?

Later this week I'll be modifying the table so the legs sit farther from each other. Right now it's kind of cramped when two people are sitting on the stools. After I do that, I'll end up painting the table legs white. I'll be sure to keep you updated when I finalize the complete look.

Questions? Comments? Feedback?


Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's Spring!

Finally! Spring is here, and I couldn't be happier. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and everything sucks just a little less.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I decided to get brave and try growing my own herbs.

If you haven't already noticed from my Instagram feed...I kind of have a plant obsession. First is started with succulents, then it went to air plants, and then I got ambitious and started collecting house plants.

I guess it was only a matter of time until I started growing from seeds.

I will keep you posted on the progress.

Until then, let me show you how I pot plants.

First you'll need:

-Coffee filters/Newspaper
-Measuring cup or scoop for soil (Optional)
-90's R&B playlist (Not optional)

Grab your coffee filters, get them wet, and tear them to pieces. I like using filters because they allow water to drain through the bottom of the pot, and they keep the dirt and rocks from falling out.

Next, grab some pebbles and drop them in the bottom of your pot. I use this trick when I'm potting succulents for terrariums. It will help with the drainage, which won't leave your roots rotted or soil soggy.

Now add your soil...

Time for some seeds!



Poke some holes into your soil and add 2-5 seeds in each hole. Some of the seeds will be duds and you'll want to plant a little extra, but don't plant too many or it will cause the seedlings to be over crowded and they won't grow.

Cover with a little extra soil, and feel free to label your pots how ever you want...just in case you forget which seeds are in which pot lol. In my case I opted for colored chalk.

Now add some water to your pots, let them drain completely, and set in your windowsill.

Now cross your fingers that these little bastards grow...oh...too much?

I'll try to keep you posted on a weekly basis. I planted these babies 3-16-14



Update: 3-23-14

My thyme has sprouted! It's a little woo woo, but it will take some "thyme"..........(crickets)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kitchen Makeover!

Words can't begin to describe how much I love my new kitchen makeover.

Slowly but surely my roommates and I talked about painting the walls and adding some decor to make it feel more "lived in". Well months passed, work got busier, our time became occupied with our lovers, and we tried to avoid my evil cat who stalks us in the hallways. Well one day I saw this DIY kitchen storage post on Pinterest, the storage idea was cute but all I could concentrate on was the amazing color on the walls. It was a really beautiful deep colored pink. I know, I know..."Pink walls? That will get old quick". Normally I would agree with you, but these walls were amazing! The pink had hints of red so it wasn't obnoxiously in your face pink, but more of a bold "take a look at me and enjoy the view" kind of pink.

Before: It's cute and has a lot of potential!
$15 Bar stools that I found on Craigslist. They match my Kitchen-Aid perfectly! 

I picked up some swatches from my work and took them home for some evaluation. After a couple of days of tough decision making, my roommate and I decided to go with Dutch Boy's "Cerise Sorbet".

The next day I started painting and realized that this color was going to take about three coats to get an even finish.

"Pink is the flavor"

I'm going to be honest, once I finished my first coat I was like....."this looks like shit". I started having mini pink panic attacks, but waited offing myself until I finished the second coat.

Things eventually came together and I was starting to see my original vision of a amazing pink kitchen.

After my second coat I started to repaint some old shelves and frames. I used Krylon Fusion satin white for my shelves, and then Rustoleum gold for my frames.

Best gold spray paint out there

The next day I added my third coat early in the morning and then by 5pm I was ready to start hanging all my shelves and frames!

Before (I have plant obsession)

Shelves before a coat of paint

Two coats of Krylon's white fusion paint

I also picked up a really cute cookie jar that looked like a San Francisco house and put it above the stove with some other knickknacks.

All in all, it ended up looking really amazing! There are some last minute details that I want to add, like some more frames and some more plants, but so far I'm in love!

What do you think?


Before the chalkboard paint went up


Now...the living room....(it's a nightmare)

p.s. Stay tuned for my kitchen table makeover!