Need Your Vote: Campaign-Style Dining Buffet Refinish

Last weekend I sold my antique hutch that we used in our dining room. I loved it, and it was one of the first pieces we bought as a couple right after getting married. However, I was ready to transition from the tall oak hutch to more of a buffet piece that felt a bit more sleek.

Antique Hutch

Antique Hutch

When searching for inspiration, I kept coming back to an image I saw on Little Green Notebook (told you I LOVE her). There was this fabulous side table with gold/brass brackets and hardware. I adored the straight lines and almost industrial look of the piece. Then I saw another re-do she had done at her old house of a kitchen island and was hooked.

Side Table - Little Green Notebook

Side Table – Little Green Notebook

 

Campaign Style Kitchen Island - Little Green Notebook

Campaign Style Kitchen Island – Little Green Notebook

So I Googled “campaign style furniture” and found that the original pieces were actually built for military purposes and were made to break down easily so they would travel well. The brackets were added to the edges to help keep the furniture from getting beaten up during long hauls.

Clearly that is not the purpose today, nor do manufacturers really make true campaign-style furniture anymore – at least not that I’ve seen. However, DIY-ers have revived this style and transformed everyday furniture into campaign-looking pieces. All you need is some furniture with straight lines, paint, and hardware.

Kelly Green Campaign Dresser - Lonny Magazine

Kelly Green Campaign Dresser – Lonny Magazine

My mission last weekend at the West Bottoms Flea Market was to find a dresser that I could also transform. My hubby loves the task of helping me find exactly what I’m looking for, and we ended up with exactly the kind of piece we wanted. Straight lines, blank slate, and six drawers – and just $75!

Campaign-Style Buffet Before Photo - www.middleredefined.com Campaign-Style Buffet Before Photo – http://www.middleredefined.com/caption

Here’s where I need your help!! I am torn on what color to paint it. My options are:

1. Paint the buffet charcoal, like my original inspiration. However, I would probably paint my walls white if I go that route.

2. Paint the buffet a bright color, like mint or yellow but keep the walls the dark grey-blue they are now. If I do that, I will probably paint my chairs cream.

Either way, I’m removing the framed coffee sacks hanging on the wall and will do a large piece of art directly above the buffet. What that will look like will depend on the color of the buffet. I want it to be a statement piece because my dining room is the first thing you see when you walk in my house. Please comment, text, or send me a message on Facebook to give me your opinion. Thanks for your thoughts!

 

Turning a Lampshade Into a Drum Shade

So, it’s Monday. And I usually start the week off with a recipe. However, today I’m going to jump right into where I left off Friday – turning an oversized lampshade into a hanging drum shade. As I mentioned in my last post, I love, love, love the huge linen drum shades from South of Market. So I decided to figure out how to make my own. My solution was to use a large lamp shade, and I found the perfect one at Good Juju for $12! Isn’t she glorious?

Vintage Lampshade

Vintage Lampshade

When I got it home, I had to fixure out what kind of fabric to cover it with. I wanted the look of linen or burlap, but not something too thick that it wouldn’t let light through. Another blogger I check out from time to time, Our Vintage Home Love, creates tons of DIY projects and often uses canvas painters drop cloth as her fabric. You read that right, painters drop cloth! It was exactly the right shade (no pun intended) and thickness I was looking for, so I decided to try it.

Covering the Lampshade

Covering the Lampshade

First, I laid it out and cut the height that I needed. Then, I used fabric glue to start attaching the bottom. What I realized when I moved to the top was that the top was slightly smaller in diameter than the bottom. That meant everything was not going to lay perfectly flat. Not to worry, no reason we can just make it have a French provincial-feel and gather the top, right? So that’s what I did, and I ended up loving the look! As I attached the bottom, I would just make my way to the top and gather up a bit of the fabric – and then glue the extra to the other side to hold it in place.

Completed Lampshade

Completed Lampshade

When I got to the seam, I simply cut a straight line and glued it right up the side. The next part wasn’t quite as easy. I had a hard time finding hanging light kits that were all in one package last Summer when I was doing this project. However, now they are all over the place, like this one. So I bought all the parts I needed – wiring, chain, and light bulb holder (that’s the official term), and Jill’s fabulous husband came over to help us install it. I really wish I had a picture of him and my husband up on our kitchen table installing it, but I unfortunately didn’t get one. For a payment of a home cooked meal and some wine, he was kind enough to help us out.

Less is More - Middle Redefined

Less is More – Middle Redefined

It turned out exactly like I wanted. It feels just the right amount of laid back simplicity. Hope it inspires you to make your own drum shade too!

 

Master Bedroom Inspiration

I’m super excited that the time has finally come to redo our master bedroom! I mean, we have been living with carpet in our bathroom (why do builders do that???) for almost two years!! We had several other things on our list to get done before tackling the master, but we’re ready! So I’ve scoured Pinterest for ideas and want to share the direction I’m going to get your feedback.

First, I’m planning to redo my DIY upholstered headboard. I currently have black and white stripes, but I’m thinking of going with a grey suede. I’m totally going to add nail heads to it like the one below. The room was designed by Kerrisdale Design. I’m loving the bright creamy walls, white side tables, and white bedding with pops of color. That’s what I’m going for.

Kerrisdaledesign.com

Kerrisdaledesign.com

 

This room, featured by Belle Maison, looks so luxurious with the charcoal grey, satin-y headboard, and gold accessories. I adore the simple circle artwork on both sides of the bed, and I’ve pinned this photo because I’m going to do my own version. Who can’t make circles on some paper and frame it? So simple, but I think it’s so fun!

 

Belle Maison

Belle Maison

What I’m trying to figure out is what accent color(s) to do. I’ve thought about corral, pale blue, rose, emerald green…as you can see I really haven’t nailed that down. This adorable room was featured on House of Turquoise, which is one of my favorite blogs to visit. What accent color do you think I should do?

House of Turquoise

House of Turquoise

I’ll have ”before” and “progress” pictures to show you in the next couple of weeks! Happy Friday everyone!

Welcome Home

Curb appeal speaks volume to the overall look and feel to your home. Want a quick fix?  Treat your front door to this easy two step update.

First, slap on a new fun paint color to your front door. In our case, we took an once maroon colored front door and chose a cool navy inspired hue.

Next, add a personal touch with a monogram.  I chose this moss covered letter “H” found on Etsy.  This “H” has adorned our front door now for the past year and a half and it still looks great!

I love the thought of having something green around that doesn’t require watering but still has major “welcoming” impact on a budget!

Front Door - New Blue Hue - Moss Covered Monogram www.middleredefined.com

Front Door – New Blue Hue – Moss Covered Monogram http://www.middleredefined.com/caption

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Welcoming Front Door Entrance

Welcoming Front Door Entrance

Stay tuned for my next front door decor – can’t wait to show it to you!

Cookin’ Honey

As in honey oak EXPLOSION that was happening in our kitchen when we moved in…

Awkward island shape

Awkward island shape

Wasted empty space + ceiling fan = no bueno

Wasted empty space + ceiling fan = no bueno

I have a serious problem with ceiling fans…I need to get over it.  Believe me now?  HONEY OAK in your face.

First step, PAINT.  Cabinets.  Walls.  Trim.

Refinish cabinets.

Refinish cabinets.

Fresh paint on walls - grey hue

Fresh paint on walls – grey hue

Refinish hardwoods

Refinish hardwoods

Progress.  So. much. better.
Next step, get rid of that island and refinish the hardwoods.
Beautiful dark hardwood floors

Beautiful dark hardwood floors

I have to sweep my floors almost daily but it is worth it. LOVE them.

Replace old square tile with glass subway tile.

Replace old square tile with glass subway tile.

Next remove the awful white square tiles…

Replace with beautiful glass subway tile in a subtle gray hue…obsessed with subway tile.

Then I do what I do best…SHOP…on craigslist of course.  I really wish I had a before pic of this puppy.  It was an old, honey oak (of course) console that the mister did what he does best…refinish…antique… and slapped some granite on the top.  My father in law built a base for it, new hardware, sealed it and put rollers on the drawers to make a trash can slide out of the right side.  And voila…custom kitchen island for less than $150!
Redo - buffet turned custom kitchen island.

Redo – buffet turned custom kitchen island.

Next, remove the ceiling fan and add some wonderful pendant lights…

Replace ceiling fan for killer pendant drop lights

Replace ceiling fan for killer pendant drop lights

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Three drop down pendant lights - replace ceiling fan

Three drop down pendant lights – replace ceiling fan

And some DIY artwork done on a Saturday night with a couple bottles of wine…Custom subway art

Custom subway art
Moral of this story….
Life with a toddler and a baby + new home with honey oak, house fans, bad tile, awkward island and early 90s fixtures = Saturday night house projects.
Maybe I should learn how to cook now?!!  Look for Erica’s wonderful posts on cooking – she is the master chef.

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