Hey guys happy Monday and welcome to another episode of DIY Mondays! Today, I’d like to share with you my latest project, my rustic / nautical sofa table. As it turns out, I was actually looking for the perfect to put behind my couch just to add a little something extra to the living room put a couple of frames up there and maybe even some lights. Still working on the decor that’s going to be a part of it though but for now, a few frames will do. At first I went around the stores looking for the perfect table and of course, I came across a bunch of different options that I did love but they were anywhere between $200 to $400. I thought they were beautiful of course, but when you really look at a table and think about it, what is it? All that any table is just a bunch of pieces of wood put together adorned with some ornamentation of some kind to add extra Flair. So, I figured, why not give this a shot and see what I can do with the supplies that I already had on hand? And the results were remarkable and I absolutely love what I came up with.
Good afternoon and happy Monday everyone! 🙂 Today’s project coming at you is a very simple one indeed. Let’s talk light switch covers! Did you just move into a home and you got a whole bunch of things that you have to buy and maybe, light switch covers are not at the top of the priority list because there are so many other things to get but at the same time those awful beige light switch covers are just an eyesore every time you go to turn on the light?
Hello everyone and happy Monday! It’s that time again to unveil the next project: my staircase.
Once I was able to get one corner of the rug up, I actually used the needle nose pliers to grab the rug and pull while I use my other hand to hold on the banister. I learned this the hard way actually, because when I first started I grabbed both ends of the carpet and pulled like a maniac and flew down the stairs. (Okay, okay….Start your laughter) Luckily, I wasn’t injured, just a few bumps and bruises, but it made me learn my lesson in implementing that little safety steps are just make sure you’re holding on at all times because you can get really hurt falling down stairs, but I’m sure you already know that! Anyway, on with the tutorial. So, you want to start by pulling one corner of the rug up get a good piece of it up and grab it with a needle nose pliers and pull and just keep doing that from one end to the other on each riser and then you’ll get to the tread and do the same thing there and continue this all the way down the stairs.
Once you remove all of the staples, go back up and check that there are no other staples present. You now have raw wood on the steps and a staple sticking out is going to cause a lot of grief if you’re walking down the stairs barefoot. Ouch, I don’t even think about it!
Once the staples are removed and all of the debris has been cleaned, you are now ready to transform your stairs to your style. In my case, I chose black and white stairs. What I wanted was a white riser and a black tread with a black banister and white spindles. Originally, I was going to paint the risers white because I thought I had extra white paint on hand and you know how I love to use things that I already have, but it turns out I actually ran out of that white paint and to buy another gallon would have cost me the same price as it was to use bead board. And the bead board, was just $20 for a super large piece and the good folks At Home Depot even cut it for me so I don’t have to worry about getting it perfectly straight. I love the bead boarding also because it adds a bit more depth and character to the stairs as opposed to just paint. However, the bead board is going to be the last step in the process because you’re not going to need to paint it, unless you want to paint it of course then by all means paint those and let them dry before you place them on the riser but for now if you’re not going to paint it, just set them aside and the first thing you’re going to do is paint the banister and spindles.
With all that done, it’s finally time to work on the treads. For the treads, I chose a stain that I actually purchased from Walmart for $13.77 and the color is called Ebony. The great thing about this particular stain is that it already has polyurethane in it so that’s one step you safe and rather than staining and then polyurethan-ing the whole staircase and having extra drying time you can just stain the stairs in one simple step. I started at the top stair again. In my case I always start at the top step because when I finish and I need the drying time I could always do some more stuff in the kitchen but you can do the opposite if you’ve got other stuff to do upstairs you could start from the bottom. Your choice. So, I went ahead and started staining tread by tread all the way down and let it seep in. It was dry in about an hour’s time and I went back to the top and did a second coat just to make sure that I didn’t miss any spots and really get that nice deep ebony color. What I love about the stain is that it seeps into the wood so you can still see the knots and lines in the wood as opposed to paint where it kind of just cakes up on there and honestly, I don’t think paint would be a good idea on steps at least on the treads anyway because that’s a place that’s going to take a lot of traffic and with temperature changes and all that traffic it’s likely to start peeling and it’s going to have a maintenance issue. So if you’ve got plywood or raw wood treads, stain would be your best go to.
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, Dina Does It! As this is my very first blog entry, I would like to introduce myself and welcome you all to my world of inspiration, DIY and so much more. I started this blog because like so many others, I wanted to make my home my own. However, also like many others, buying a home was quite the expense and getting your home just the way you like it costs time and money. I’ve never been the type to spend a whole lot of money on something, not only because I just don’t have it LOL but I’d like to think that even if I did have money I would definitely still be a creative person, down-to-earth and being economical. Let’s face it, even if you have a lot of money you won’t have it very long if you spend it foolishly. Being a homeowner for the past 8 months has really taught me a lot about myself, my home and my limits, which I’ve realized, I don’t have any. And neither do you! There is nothing that you cannot do or learn to do. The way you’re going to pay someone else to do a project for you at 150% markup, you can do that same exact project for a fraction of the cost and not to mention, you’ll gain something so much more valuable in return: the pride of doing it yourself. And when people come to your home and say wow, those floors look great or wow that coffee station is amazing! You can say, I did it myself!