DIY: Lightweight Railroad Tie Mantel
One of the DIY projects we tackled much earlier than expected was our fireplace mantel. After we gray-washed the walls we knew we wouldn’t be able to live with waiting on lime-washing the bricks, but we thought we could handle the dated mantel for a while. Well, that didn’t happen.
DIY: How to Refinish a China Cabinet
We hunted for a china cabinet for two years and yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds. It is an unfortunate truth that our china – a not particularly fine 1920s half-set purchased from a vintage shop in the Midwest for a song – sat in a box, untouched, since before we even moved into this house. (more…)
DIY: How to Turn A Window into A Mirror
Our house, built in 1960, has many large rooms, an attention to detail in trim work, and a certain charm that new-built houses tend to lack. That said, it is missing the grand foyer I’ve so loved in many homes. The ceiling opens into the second floor above the staircase, but the rest of the foyer appears rather small. It should come as no surprise, then, that on our first tour of the house – when we already knew this was the one – we decided a mirror on the largest wall would help the room feel lighter.