Laundry Room Floor Revamp

Hello!

Do any of you remember a couple of years ago when I stripped out the linoleum in our old bathrooms and stained the plywood? Here’s a refresher:

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The bathrooms in our previous house already had a nice smooth plywood floor, so I stained them and polyed them. And I LOVED THEM! Then we moved.

I wanted to do something similar in our new house, but the bathroom floors were just a regular plywood so I put ardex in the master bath and the half bath/mudroom. The boys’ bathroom is getting something different, I don’t know what yet, but something, but I want to wait until we replace the single vanity to a double.

Tom wasn’t convinced of this process for an entire room, so I told him I would test it out in the laundry room and see what we think. Instead of a full sheet, I decided to have Home Depot cut up some nice 3/4 inch maple plywood into 6 inch strips so that it looks like planks. I think if I do this somewhere else in the house I will go to the lumber yard and have them send the sheets through their machine, it’s flat and they get a more precise cut. Home Depot did great, but their cuts aren’t perfect, and I knew that going in. It’s the laundry room, and imperfection is a-okay in there. Or anywhere really….

I started by finding a straight line. 12 inches from the wall all the way down the wall. Then I drew a line and went off of that. Remember, no wall is perfectly straight. It just can’t be. So, we work with what we’ve got and do the best we can!

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I dry fit everything in. Left it, then nailed it in with our pneumatic nail gun. I made sure I pulled and pushed everything as tight as I could so the cracks and creases were minimal. Then after that, I sealed it with poly.

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Our laundry room isn’t huge, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t like to do laundry, so the less room I have, the faster I get out.

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I absolutely love it. Seriously. I can hardly stand it. It makes me happy to see it! Of course, now I want to do it all over the upstairs. Tom is going to kill me.

Side note: See that dryer vent?! Well, the builders should have moved it over to the right about 4 inches, it doesn’t line up properly with the dryer and I am having a massive swear session trying to get the vent tube from the dryer to hook up and stay attached. It is driving me bonkers. Totally. But at least we have a nice floor…

Shoot me any questions you have. My email is not letting me respond properly, so I will answer any questions/comments here!

Shop White Butterfly

Good Morning! I wanted to pop in and give you a quick update on furniture business. It seems that Facebook is making it difficult for people to see any posts from my WB Business Page, and although I can’t blame them for needing/wanting to make money, it is rather frustrating to have only a small percentage of people even see posts from me.

If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area there are several ways that you can shop White Butterfly Furniture! You can go right here to www.whitebutterflyfurniture.com. And click on the tap that says “Shop White Butterfly” then click on ‘Available’.

You can also head down to Carver Junk Company, in the cutest little town in Carver County, Carver, MN.  We are open on the third weekend of every month. And sometimes we have special Saturday one day sales or extra special Wednesday preview sales! You can check their Facebook page for all those updates.

If you’ve got custom work you need done, let me know! I’d be happy to help you out. I can give you a quick quote with just a photo and some measurements.

I will also update the pick your paint page as often as I can. Pieces get through the workshop pretty quickly having to stock at Carver Junk, so sometimes I don’t have time to post them. But send me a message if you are looking for something specific and I can keep an eye out for it.

Feel free to email me with any questions you may have! I am taking the week off to spend with family and do some treasure hunting, but I will be back with some make-overs and a few house updates next week!

Have a fantastic 4th of July!

xo

K

Paint Sprayer

Good morning!

I thought I’d give you a little review of my sprayer experience so far. Just for review, I bought an inexpensive sprayer a few years ago from Harbor Freight, which is a type of hardware store. I kept putting off learning to use it out of fear. I didn’t want to mess up a piece of furniture!

But, the time finally came a few weeks ago when I found a very heavy duty and sturdy, but super inexpensive dresser at a barn sale that needed a bunch of work. So, I figured if it doesn’t work on this dresser, NBD (that’s ‘no big deal’ to you folks that aren’t up on your kid speak).

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I had to re-glue the top because it had split, so I got to use my new big clamps. That was exciting! (It’s the little things people!) Then there were several drawers that needed to be glued and then I filled all the old pull holes, sanded them down, cleaned it up and then got out the sprayer.

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I don’t have a picture of the sprayer, because, well, I broke it. I dropped it and it broke. So….now I need a new one, but this one was only $15. So, not a big loss. Plus there are a couple of other things I want different, anyway. But more on that in a minute.

I took some duck egg chalk paint and mixed it with a little water. The LVLP (Low Volume Low Pressure) sprayer that I used required a lot of paint in the sprayer, but left a lot in the bottom, so I could just pour it back into the container when I was done with the piece. The bucket is on the bottom and sucks it up, so, the next one I buy is going to have the paint bucket on top so it flows down instead of being sucked up. (Does any of this make sense?)

The thing is, you just have to go for it. I go for it with everything else, I don’t know why I was so freaked out about this!

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I LOVED USING IT! It worked great. I think the top flow will be even better. I distressed it lightly and then waxed it. I also found a bunch of great old wood knobs that I rubbed some MMS Tung Oil onto and I think they just look great with this dresser!

I love the sprayer! I did a couple of other pieces with it, but I don’t think I will be able to use it on every piece, some pieces just require a brush, and I really like the look of the brush strokes too! The drying time is a bit longer with the water mixed in, but the short spraying time makes it easy to deal with!

Let me know what questions you have, if you have any!

Kirsty

 

A quick desk makeover

Good morning! Bringing back Make-Over Monday….maybe. If I can keep up.

School is out, but we’ve got swimming lessons, summer school, track, furniture hunting, golf, beach time, playing, naps, cabin trips, the list goes on! Needless to say when people see me around town with all 4 boys they say, “You must be busy!” And as annoying as I find it when they say that….it’s totally true.

Here’s a quick makeover I did on a desk I found at a garage sale. I actually got three pieces at one sale, which was a total score!

A couple of year ago I got a pneumatic sprayer and I have never used it, until now. I decided to start on a simple piece and I’ll show you that piece later, but after I got used to the sprayer, I was unstoppable so I decided to use it on this antique desk.

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The sides on this piece flip up and make the table top bigger, which I think is so cool!

I watered down some Paris Gray Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and sprayed two coats onto the desk, changed out the pulls to some bright red ones and distressed it a bunch and then waxed it. It turned out great!

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I love the red pulls with the gray. It’s a nice pop of color!

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This is currently for sale at Carver Junk Company!

Kirsty

Front Door Change-A-Roo

We’ve lived in our house for 18 months. In those 18 months our front door has been 3 colors. Three. That’s the number 3.

First it was navy. And it looked good, but it was a tiny bit different than the shutters, and that kind of bugged.

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Then we did yellow. And we loved it! It was bold and different and bright!

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But it was so last year. And when we were driving to pick up a piece of furniture on Saturday we saw this bright orange door, and both of us knew that our door needed to be orange. So on Monday I grabbed some Annie Sloan Barcelona and painted the door.

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And we LOVE it. It turned out exactly as I had expected. It goes so well with the navy and gray. They just look great together!

Happy Thursday everyone!

K

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