Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Upcycled Coffee Table Turned Upholstered Bench

Hello Remodelaholics! I’m Tasha and I blog over at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body about thrifty DIY projects and home renovations.  You may remember some of my other contributor posts, like the one about how to transform an outdated, cultured marble vanity with concrete or my popular post about how we built a wood screen to hide the ugly utility boxes on the side of our house.  I am very much a Remodelaholic and I always feel like I am in very good company over here 🙂 

Today I’m here to share an inexpensive and easy DIY furniture project with you. I still get sticker shock sometimes when I shop for furniture, so we often end up making pieces ourselves or coming up with creative upcycles from thrift store finds. 

This upcycled coffee table turned upholstered bench will change the way you look at thrift store furniture! A beautiful makeover plus a smart tip for re-attaching upholstered bench seats when you can't use the original hardware.

When it came time to find a pretty, upholstered bench for one of our daughter’s rooms, I quickly realized we couldn’t afford the one from One Kings Lane I fell in love with, so I headed out to my favorite thrift store! I didn’t find an upholstered bench, but I DID find an inexpensive coffee table that I could turn into one myself! 

How to Turn a Thrifted Upcycled Coffee Table into an Upholstered Bench

I was so excited to start this project that I totally forgot to take a photo of my coffee table before I started working on it. OOOPS! But if you go into any thrift store or consignment store, you are likely to find one almost identical to it–the mass produced versions seem to be a dime a dozen. This is close to how mine looked before I got started.

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

I started by removing the top of the coffee table by unscrewing the top from the base. Then I painted it with 2 coats of Amy Howard One Step Paint in Tick Tock. 

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

While the paint dried, I placed some old foam (similar here) on top of the coffee table top and secured it by wrapping batting (like this) around it and stapling it securely to the bottom.

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

I then wrapped my fabric over the entire piece and stapled it securely to the bottom as well. I used exactly 1 yard of this fabric.

Upholstered Bench Remodelaholic 2

Next, I secured the coffee table base back onto the now-upholstered coffee table top. Since the piece was now too thick to use the original holes that secured the top to the base, I counter-sunk these metal rings that I found at Home Depot into the coffee table base and used longer screws to secure the upholstered top into place. 

How to re-attach an upholstered bench top that is too thick for the original hardware -- super smart tip!

You can see two of them in the photo below.

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

I finished it off by applying some antiquing wax to the wood portion to add some depth and interest to the paint. And voila! About 3 hours later (which included the time for the paint to dry), here’s the finished project!

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

Easy upholstered bench tutorial!

Isn’t it cute?! It looks perfect in our little girl’s room 🙂

I would love for you to head over to my blog, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, to check out my DIY home improvement projects and more budget-friendly decor ideas, including how we turned a closet into a bed nook in this same roomthe trick to painting laminate Ikea furniture, and my brand new printable art shop

Avery's Room 3 Attley's Room 1

More creative furniture upcycles:

IKEA dresser and old wardrobe upcycled into built-in closet

upcycled cassette organizer and chair into unique display table

old cribs upcycled into sitting room couch

old desk turned into kitchen island

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Monday, October 16, 2017

ABC’s Mike Bellaman Appointed to Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion for all Americans

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta  to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.

“I am excited to join Secretary Acosta’s task force to expand opportunities to citizens nationwide who want to live the American Dream while helping to build and rebuild our country,” said Bellaman. “As the president promised in his election night acceptance speech, every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential under his administration. That sentiment will drive this task force as we work to promote affordable education and rewarding jobs for all Americans.”

According to the order, the task force will submit to the president strategies and proposals focused on four areas:

  • Federal initiatives to promote apprenticeships;
  • Administrative and legislative reforms facilitating the formation and success of apprenticeship programs;
  • The most effective strategies for creating industry-recognized apprenticeships; and
  • The most effective strategies for amplifying and encouraging private-sector initiatives to promote apprenticeships.

The task force’s membership represents a wide range of American companies as well as trade, industry and educational groups. The task force comes at a critical time for industries like construction, which employs about 7.5 million people. By ABC’s estimates, the construction industry needs to hire 500,000 skilled workers to fill a backlog of existing jobs. That number could balloon to more than one million job vacancies if Congress and the president approve a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. Reducing barriers to meet the needs of the construction industry and America’s workforce is vital to fill this gap.

“This is an opportune moment for the next generation of American workers and a valuable step for the American economy,” Bellaman said. “Regardless of their access to higher education, all Americans deserve the chance to acquire a variety of skills that can lead to high-paying and fulfilling careers. I am ready to collaborate with my task force colleagues to recommend to the Trump administration the most effective strategies to expand apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.”

Wells Fargo Reports: Through Hurricane Effects, CPI Inflation Looked Anemic

Consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in September as gasoline prices surged in the wake of recent hurricanes. Core inflation rose less than expected and suggests the trend in inflation remains rather tepid.

Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane

As was widely expected, the Consumer Price Index posted one of its largest monthly gains of recent years in September amid a jump in energy prices. The combination of refinery outages following Hurricane Harvey and millions of Floridians hitting the road to avoid the path of Hurricane Irma sent gasoline prices up 13.1 percent in September. All told, gasoline accounted for about three-quarters of the headline’s 0.5 percent increase last month.

Beyond energy, however, the effects of Harvey and Irma appeared much more modest. Replacement demand for autos following the storms was not enough to arrest the slide in prices that has been in train since early this year. Despite a 12-year high in new vehicle sales, prices slid 0.4 percent.Used vehicle prices were also down (0.2 percent), although the drops in August and September were the smallest of this year.

Hotel prices may have gotten a lift from the large-scale evacuations, but the 1.5 percent rise in September does not look unusually large relative to the swings in recent months; the lodging away from home index has swung by a greater magnitude in four of the previous five months.

Excluding food and energy, the core index suggests the trend in inflation remains weak relative to the start of the year. Core inflation rose 0.1 percent, which was enough to bring the 3-month annualized rate up to 2.0 percent. While that is above the current year-ago rate and points to the 12-month change edging a bit higher in the coming months, it continues to run below the roughly 2.2 percent pace of late last year.

Core services rose more moderately in September (up 0.2 percent) amid more subdued gains in shelter costs, medical care, and transportation. Meanwhile, core goods prices fell for a seventh consecutive month due to the aforementioned declines in prices for autos, but also apparel, prescription drugs, and household furnishings.

Transitory or Persistent Is Still an Open Question for the Fed

At a time when the Fed is closely examining all inflation data for clues about whether the slowdown that began last spring is likely to be temporary or persistent, today’s CPI report does not provide much comfort. As indicated in the statement and minutes following the September meeting, FOMC members expected to see inflation lifted temporarily by the hurricane-related bump in gasoline and other items last month. Yet the modest increase in core inflation is likely to keep many Fed officials concerned about the near-term path of inflation and whether another rate hike will be warranted in December. Fortunately for the data-dependent Fed, there will be two more CPI and PCE inflation reports before the December decision, meaning there is still time for greater clarity to emerge.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Wells Fargo Securities

Caterpillar to Enter Utility Vehicle Market

Caterpillar announces plans to enter the utility vehicle market. The company has entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. and will offer UTV models sold through participating Cat® dealerships starting in 2018.

“We are excited about our introduction of the first-ever Cat UTV models. We look forward to offering a vehicle specifically designed to serve the needs of our existing as well as new customers,” says Steve Schoening, product manager. “Cat utility vehicles will offer exceptional performance and stability at full load, superior reliability, and a quiet, spacious operator environment.”

The new Cat UTV models were developed in collaboration with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a division of Textron Inc. Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. (TSV) manufactures utility vehicles and equipment to serve numerous industries, marketed under a number of brands. TSV product lines include Cushman utility vehicles, Textron Off Road side-by-sides and ATVs, Arctic Cat snowmobiles, Jacobsen professional turf equipment and E-Z-GO golf cars.

Featuring a rugged steel cargo bed, the new UTVs from Caterpillar reliably handle up to 1,000 lb (450 kg) of material and tools, and they offer 2,000-lb (900-kg) towing capacity. The UTVs also provide ample headroom and legroom for tall riders.

“Cat UTVs offer easy-to-access service points for maintenance, and customers can rely on the unmatched service and support offered by participating Cat dealers to keep their UTVs working at peak performance,” adds Schoening.

… more to come.

Create a Timeless Farmhouse Bathroom That Will Stand the Test of Time

HI Guys! It is Kristin from Postbox Designs E-Design back with another custom Mood Board JUST FOR YOU! I may be a designer, but I’m also a Mom of 3 so functionality, durability, and style (of course) always tops my list whenever I work on a project for a client or in my own home. And while it is fun to play around with trends in some areas of our homes (I’m a throw pillow hoarder), in some places you want classic and timeless. And a bathroom design is one of them. I’ve been designing bathrooms for over 13 years now and I have watched a LOT of trends come and go. Most people only remodel a bathroom once or twice in their lives so today I wanted to give you a bathroom that you will love years from now.

How to create a timeless farmhouse bathroom that is both Fixer Upper fashionable and classically designed | Best classic bathroom features | Best trending bathroom styles and accessories | Best bathroom paint colors

I know we all shed a tear when we found out recently that this season would be the last of Fixer Upper. We have all come to love the rustic, Farmhouse look-much in thanks to the Gaines. However, like many styles, shiplap will eventually be replaced by something new (blasphemy, I know!). So on first glance today’s Mood Board might look simply like another Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover. But I want you to look closely…a lot of the more rustic Farmhouse elements are in the accessories. Most of the main pieces (the ones that are costly and difficult to replace) are actually pretty classic looks.

But before I break down today’s Mood Board and show you where to buy everything, here are some bathrooms that hit the perfect mix of Farmhouse style while still being classic:

Classic Farmhouse Bathrooms

This bathroom is gorgeous with some elegant Farmhouse details. But this airy bathroom will feel just as beautiful years from now due to all of the classic elements:

Classic Farmhouse Bathroom Inspiration

Pure Salt Interiors

This is one of my own makeovers. I helped my client turn her boring “builder bathroom” into a Farmhouse Bathroom with a polished look. Adding in delicate details like this arched mirror, polished plumbing, and marble flooring keeps it elegant.

Classic Farmhouse Bathroom Inspiration

Postbox Designs

This Farmhouse Bathroom is actually quite rustic. But the wood ceilings, neutral shiplap, and matte black lighting fixtures are neutral and classic. I can imagine seeing this bathroom a decade ago or a decade from now and still loving it:

Classic Farmhouse Bathroom Inspiration

Williams and Spade

A pedestal sink is always going to be beautiful. Add in a penny tile floor, white freestanding bathtub, and original wood you have a authentic Farmhouse look. They warmed up the white space with this vintage style dresser for extra storage (usually a must when using pedestal sinks).

Classic Farmhouse Bathroom Inspiration

Better Homes and Gardens

 

And finally here is today’s Farmhouse Bathroom Mood Board and how you can find all of these pieces for yourself! Just click below on each item number to take you right to the source:

How to create a timeless farmhouse bathroom that is both Fixer Upper fashionable and classically designed | Best classic bathroom features | Best trending bathroom styles and accessories | Best bathroom paint colors

Farmhouse Bathroom Sources (contains affiliate links)

1: cement tile   2: faucet   3: beaded chandelier   4: swing-arm sconce   
5: wood stool   6: towel   7: subway tile   8: wall hooks   
9: bathtub   10: vanity   11: mirror   
12 paint color, BM “Simply White”   13: tile  14: shower fixtures

5 Features of a Timeless Bathroom

1. Classic Plumbing Fixtures

Some people may not know this-but the finish of your plumbing fixtures can easily double or triple the cost! Finishes like oil rubbed bronze and nickel tend to be the highest, but I’m a huge fan of polished chrome for a lot of reasons.

  1. Polished Chrome is always the most cost effective.
  2. Polished Chrome is the most timeless (other finishes have come and gone, but PC has always been in the game!)
  3. It is the easiest finish to clean.

So while I want you to go with the finish you love, just remember-you are not looking at just a faucet, but also shower trim, bathtub faucet, toilet trip lever….the costs can add up. And these plumbing fixtures can be more complicated and costly to change out down the line. 

DESIGNER TIP: One of the biggest questions I get from my clients when designing a bathroom or kitchen: 

“Can you mix metal finishes?”

Yes! Yes! Yes! In fact, it is the best way to go. I would almost always use plumbing fixtures in the same finish. But then I would use a DIFFERENT finish for items like light fixtures and cabinet hardware. If you want to introduce a third finish (I wouldn’t do more than that), try a different finish for your mirrors.

2. Simple and Classic Shower Tile

Tiling your shower is one of the very most expensive places to tile: there are lots of cuts and corners that need to be made. And a shower has an entire system behind it to keep it waterproof, so replacing shower tile involves a lot more than simply the tile itself. So this is not a place to go trendy, but to stay neutral. I know subway tile is all the rage right now-but it is actually a pretty simple, classic look that has been around for decades. For that reason, I personally like the classic 3×6 size versus some of the elongated sizes, or different colors. When choosing your shower floor tile, be aware that not every tile is going to work! Typically you will want to stay at the 2×2 size or smaller (it minimizes a slippery surface), and the tile must be rated not only for a shower, but for a floor as well (for example you don’t want to use a glossy tile for your shower floor).

A note about natural stone: I love these gorgeous marble showers as much as the rest of you! But a warning: they are much higher maintenance. Any natural stone (marble, travertine, etc.) must be sealed on a regular basis. And if you happen to have hard water or well water, I would stay away from these materials as they can be etched or stained over time.

3: Simple Timeless Vanity

I loved this Pottery Barn vanity in the Mood Board because of its straight, simple lines and classic marble counter top. This wood vanity is a great way to warm up an otherwise very white bathroom. Another classic choice is a white Shaker style door vanity-this clean look stands the test of time. Again, this real marble is going to be more maintenance, so if this space is being used by kids (or you want next-to-no maintenance) try a quartz product instead.

4: Sleek White Bathtub

This sleek freestanding bathtub can fit into a myriad of styles, and white never goes out of style in a bathroom. If you are going to add a freestanding tub into your bathroom be aware that the special plumbing tends to be more expensive than the average tub filler. Fillers for freestanding tubs can be placed on the floor or the tub itself-so be sure you know which one your bathtub allows.

5: Classic Tile Flooring

I actually struggled with this one because cement tiles ARE going to be more trendy than a lot of other looks. But so many of my clients are wanting this gorgeous look incorporated into their bathrooms, so I decided to include it in my Mood Board above. I did decide to use a black and white pattern which I believe is going to last longer (and easier to work with down the line) than its colored counterparts. To go even more classic, try a mid-range gray tile, or wood floors. (If children will be using the bathroom I would suggest going with ceramic tiles made to look like wood floors).

If you want to see a more polished, neutural bathroom, you can also check out another Bathroom Mood Board I created for Remodelaholic and this 8 Tiles Under $10 Round-Up

Affordable Neutral Tiles for Bathroom and Kitchens

4 Places to Go Trendy In Your Bathroom

I’m certainly not suggesting a plain and boring beige bathroom simply so it won’t go out of style…I’m a designer and I LOVE pretty, fun, trendy things! 🙂 But for my own home and for my clients, I try to add these elements in places that are much easier to change out. So introduce your favorite trend in places like:

1. Popular Charming Light Fixtures

Swing arm fixtures are really fun and popular and this farmhouse style one in the Mood Board adds a lot of charm to the space. But it can easily be swapped out down the road. Same with this pretty beaded chandelier that could go over a bathtub, as general lighting, or in a toilet compartment. Also be aware that there ARE very strict codes regarding light fixtures over bathtubs! So double check with your contractor, or your area’s regulations, before adding one.

I actually think of lot of these bathroom light fixtures will stand the test of time, so you can also check out these 11 Bathroom Vanity Fixtures (that clock in at $85 or under!)

2: Stylish Cabinet Hardware

Any DIYer can pull off this update. If you love those gold and brass bathrooms, try adding pops of this metal in places like your cabinet hardware or light fixture. If you go gold for plumbing fixtures, just be aware it is a much more expensive swap that will likely require a plumber.

3: Contemporary Artwork and Accessories

These Turkish towels in the Mood Board add some color and texture to the space, without any permanent decisions.

4: Chic Mirrors

I actually think these metal mirrors are pretty classic looking and gender neutral. But you can get a great focal point for not a lot of time or effort. Be sure to look outside of “vanity mirrors” and look for mirrors originally designed for a living space, like Cassity used in her bathroom here.

5: Trending Paint Colors

The easiest and least expensive update. Make sure to go with a paint formulated for bathrooms for ultimate durability. Here are some of my favorites paints to use (in a bathroom or any other room!):

Favorite Paint Colors

I hope this Mood Board gave you some ideas and inspiration for your Dream Bathroom. And when designing your bathroom (or working with a designer) be sure to choose items that will stand the test of time. You can see more Bathroom Mood Boards or Farmhouses Style Mood Boards along with real Postbox Project makeovers right HERE. I also love to share free design ideas and answer your questions over on Facebook and Instagram. Or finally, check out my Bathroom Pinterest page and you will be sure to find images to inspire your next makeover.

Until next time,

Kristin


More timeless and stylish bathroom ideas:

Buffalo Check Bathroom StyleBuffalo Check Farmhouse Bathroom. Love the blue and white gingham walls, modern light fixture, striped towels, black iron hooks, medicine cabinet and wall-mount faucet.

Bold Color Bathroom IdeasBold Bathroom Color and Design | Tips and Decor Picks | Colorful Bathrooms 

30 bathroom storage ideas

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cheap & Easy Halloween Decor: Dollar Store Gold Skeletons

Happy Saturday, Remodelaholics! Today we have a really fun, cheap, and easy (a DIYers favorite three words, right?) Halloween decor idea for you. I saw some clever shelf-sitting gold skeletons in a local store here but the sticker price was a little steep for me for Halloween decorating, so I hit up the dollar store and the craft supply section at Walmart and made my own!

How to Make Gold Skeletons to Sit on a Mantel or Shelf

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It was a fun project and I’m so thrilled with how they turned out! I’ve always thought the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” statues were just kind of a silly fun thing to add character to a room, but for Halloween and in GOLD, I seriously love these guys. They’re quirky and cute and it was a fun dollar store hack to make some uniquely spooky Halloween decor for my mantel. 

Gold Skeletons From The Dollar Store @remodelaholic

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall Doormats

I was recently looking for a new fall doormat, and fell down a major rabbit hole of inspiration and fall goodness!

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In addition to regular big box stores, sites like Etsy now have so many cute and on-trend doormats that make me want to switch mine out on a weekly basis! Not only are most of the options out there really cute, but they are obviously very functional in the fall and winter months to keep from tracking dirt, slush and grime into our homes.

Cute And Affordable Fall Doormats Options featured on Remodelaholic.com

Today I thought I’d share some of the cutest options out there.

We shared this doormat on Facebook a few weeks ago, and it went wild. It seems like far too many of us can relate to the printed expression!

This next version seems to be a popular choice for many big Instagram accounts, and the cute saying would work year-round.

This Hello Goodbye doormat is a major budget find, but the cute script is so on-trend and looks more expensive than it actually is!

This Hello doormat is a fun option because it comes in six colors and two sizes!

This antler doormat would look adorable on your porch for the fall and winter months alike!

This diamond doormat bears a striking resemblance to a Dash & Albert pattern, but for a fraction of the cost!

We’ve gathered a collection of even more of our favorites below! Simply click and of the image (you may have to double-tap on mobile) to learn more about any of the fall doormats shown.

Let the fall decorating commence!

More fall decor ideas:

Affordable Fall Throws Under $30 2017

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