Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What a transformation a few coats of paint can make , I painted my dining room table black , the contrast makes for a striking mix .

I wanted to allow light into the basement staircase . I cut out some drywall to see if there were any studs in my way , and luckily there were none, so the hole could be . Where could you use a little bit of light ?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Is an island the solution to your kitchen issues???

Well I can't answer that for you , however it was the solution for my kitchen . I opted to build a large eat at island in place of the four seater table that we had lived with for 2 years since we have an ajoining dining room with a generous table I didn't feel I was loosing anything . It offers first of all visual appeal , as well as a large work surface , loads of storage and a comfortable spot to eat meals.

The work top is solid pine boards that I simply edged with pine chair rail to give it a great detail edge , we all distressed the top by beating it up with saws , chains , forks , which was a lot of fun for my oldest daughter to lend a hand to. I then stained it dark with a few coats of walnut stain , three coats of varathane , it has been a great addition . In hind sight I would have made it an inch small which would have allowed for a solid butcher block top from Ikea . My dream counter top would be soapstone though .

I used these glass doors from Ikea , they were clear so I frosted them to hide the contents inside .

It was a family affair .

Here are some during the build shots .
"your home should be your haven, a place of refuge that speaks to who you are "