The Buffet

I have said before that the buffet in my dining room is my most favorite spot to decorate. I like it even more now that the dining room is redone.  I was hoping to have completed the redo on my pie safe by now but we had a little hiccup in the refinishing process so I will post that as soon as it is done.  So in the meantime I will share some pictures of my freshly decorated buffet.  The hilarious thing about my buffet is I never use it as a buffet, I always have decorations on it!

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I love how it kind of has a vintage school-house feel with the chalkboard wall.
(I’m going to have to work on my handwriting if I’m going to put it up on my walls!)

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I love my “Off for the honeymoon” post card I found at a flea market for 25 cents.  What caught my attention is the look on her face!

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Do you have a favorite decorating spot in your house?

With love,
Lauren

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Dining Room Redo Part 2

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A few weeks ago I told Joel I want to take more risks with the décor in our home.  I don’t feel like I am a huge risk taker when it comes to our home.  I usually play it safe with color or the accessories I put in it.  I think my desire to take more risks is a theme that keeps showing itself in every area of my life.  I don’t want to spend my life clinging safety.  I definitely don’t want to be foolish but I most definitely don’t want to live in fear of the what-ifs.

So this room redo presented the perfect opportunity to take a risk.  After putting up the board and batten paneling we were trying to decide on a color.  The room needed to be repainted but we were stuck between painting it the old color, Garden Sage by Sherwin Williams or going in a completely different direction.  We chose a completely different direction!

I had seen black walls in a few magazines and on Pintrest and loved the contrast of dark walls and light trim.  We thought maybe dark blue or green would look good but we just couldn’t land it.  Then I said lets paint it with chalkboard paint and we can draw on it for holidays or write scripture or notes to each other.  Joel said ok and so it was decided.

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Stay tuned for the post on the pie safe makeover.

In order to draw the eye to the windows I painted the window sashes in Latte by Sherwin Williams.

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Here is the before, after and after one more time.

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After first makeover

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After second makeover

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This room is an ever evolving room! I am in the process of making over the pie safe and will share the post as soon as it is completed. Also on my to-do list is,

A tutorial on how to get great looking window treatments on the cheap
Hang new art work
Makeover the dining table
Add a few new accessories

I think this room is going to keep me busy for the rest of the summer!

I want to add another thought. Here I go on my over analytical thinking.  Hope it makes sense.

I don’t think the risks I am taking define me.  What I mean is that they are not who I am.  I am learning that if God asked me to give up my home and all the “risks” I get to take with it I will not loose my identity.  I will be ok and will still have worth!  Does that make sense?  I don’t want the risks I take (or the lack of risks I take) to be a response to fear I want them to be an overflow of the security I have in Jesus.  I want my answer to be yes when God calls me to take a risk no matter how scary it is.  My home and the way it looks is not who I am.  But I do think the risks I take are a reflection of what God is doing in my heart.  The longer I know God the more secure I become and the less afraid I am to step out in faith.

With love,
Lauren

Dining Room Redo Part 1

So the conversation went something like this….

Joel: I want to do something fun with you.
Me: Ok well if we do something outside it has to be in water or we need to find something to do indoors.
Joel: Want to redo the dining room?
Me: Ok! (not totally sure what he has in mind but TOTALLY pumped about the possibilities)

An hour later we found ourselves measuring the dining room, making a material list and heading to Lowes.  This is what I love about our relationship, we know what we enjoy and we have fun together.  I would follow Joel into any adventure!  Yet, I don’t consider myself very spontaneous, Joel would argue I am the very opposite of spontaneous.  I don’t like it when plans change actually I get really frustrated when plans change.  I set my course then I don’t deviate except when it comes to any project on the house especially when he suggests it as a form of entertainment.  We do all of our projects on a very strict budget and often plan months in advance before we take one on.  We have done all of our remodeling with cash except when we had central ac and heat installed.  So you can only imagine my excitement when Joel said I think we can find some room in our budget to work on the dining room.

Joel has been wanting to put up board and batten paneling somewhere in our house and the dining room seemed like the perfect place for it. The space that we now call our dining room was originally a sleeping porch and was later closed in and used as a master bedroom.  We converted it to a dining room because you have to walk through the space to get to the second bedroom.  This room was one of the things that made me fall in love with the house before we bought it.  I loved the wall of windows across the back and how the natural light beamed in.

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We started our interior remodeling journey over three years ago, in the dining room.  This was the first time I experienced demo, putting up drywall, putting up crown moulding, using a miter saw, drill and nail gun and a whole slew of other DIY firsts.  I loved the finished space.  It was exactly what I had envisioned.

Here it is after we remodeled it.

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After our trip to Lowes we ran into the storm of the year! We pulled into a gas station in a weak attempt to save our cheap plywood! You should have seen us once we got home, running eight foot sheets of plywood across our front yard and into our front door. HILARIOUS!

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We started by setting up shop in our laundry room.  We have an awesomely-big, disgustingly-dingy laundry room that serves as a workshop during projects.

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Then we adhered plywood to the wall using adhesive and a nail gun.  The room looked awful with the pinky/peach plywood.

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Eliza got her first lesson in how to use the nail gun.

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Once the plywood was up we put up the batten pieces.

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Once those pieces were up we primed it all.

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It took us a week and a day to complete our little Sunday afternoon project.  I have to say I am pretty impressed with our speediness especially with a 6 month old that is teething and wants to be held constantly.

Stay tuned for the finished space. It is quite the transformation!!!

With love,
Lauren

Furniture… My Canvas Of Choice

I would like to say hi to all my new subscribers!  Welcome to The Rescued Home.  Hope you enjoy following along as we continue in our DIY adventure.

I’m sitting on my couch, eating hummus (which is amazing because I never thought I would touch the stuff again after my first trimester), baby is sleeping, a storm is rolling in… life is good.  I have been meaning to write this post for almost two weeks now! It seems once house work is done, family is tended to and I am able to get in some down time I just don’t have space in my life to sit at the computer for an extended amount of time.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  So here I am with a window of time to write and I’m taking it, the laundry can wait!

Furniture is my canvas of choice!  Ever since I was a little girl I loved to take an old piece of unwanted furniture and transform it into something beautiful.   My mom taught me how to have a steady hand and I actually love painting.  I wouldn’t consider myself an artist when it comes to painting.  Don’t give me an actual canvas and ask me to paint anything more advanced than what a five-year old could paint but give me an old dresser and voila I feel like Michelangelo!

I had a friend contact me about refinishing her daughter’s dresser.  I accepted the job on the terms that I couldn’t promise a quick turn around.  Before Eliza I knew how long it would take to refinish a piece but after baby I had no idea.  Surprisingly, I was able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  The process looked different, I would paint for about 30 minutes then stop to feed Eliza, then paint for another 30 and stop to put her down for a nap, then paint for 2 hours then stop to play with her, you get the picture.  Where I used to just plow through a project I have now learned to work quickly when time allows.  Much like this blog post, my fingers are moving much faster with anticipation that I will hear a little squeal come from the other room telling my time alone is up!

Here is the dresser before.

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Here is the inspiration picture.

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I found the picture here Classic Casual Home 

Here is the finished dresser.

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And it looks like my time is up!

Stay tuned for my next post.  We started a new project in the dining room and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

With love,
Lauren

Aging Terra Cotta Pots Tutorial

Hi everyone hope your week is off to a good start. I wanted to share this tutorial I wrote a while back. It was highlighted at gardenista.com and seems to be pretty popular so I wanted to share it with all my faithful readers! Hope you enjoy and thank you for following The Rescued Home.

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I have been wanting to plant some herbs for a while.  I know Spring has passed and we are well into Summer but I have come to discover when remodeling a house along with trying to live a normal life things like planting herbs in Spring has to wait until Summer.  And I am ok with being one season behind! I will probably get my 4th of July decorations up in time for labor day:) So I was hanging out at a garden center with my so-very-awesome sister-in-law, Allie, the other day and I decided I would buy some herbs.  This led to me  having to buy more potting soil and pots. I love the look of herbs in a kitchen windowsill and I have an awesome one above my sink.


I went to Lowes, Wal-Mart and some local garden shops and found the cheapest terra cotta pots were at Wal-Mart.  I probably spent the money I saved from…

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