Life Love Larson: January 2011


Friday, January 28, 2011

Chest of Drawers Makeover

I had my sister send me some additional pics of my niece's room. She found a great chest of drawers on Craigslist and gave it a major makeover. I love how this dresser turned out!



I love the knob and pull it more character...


I love the idea of putting a dresser or chest of drawers next to the bed in place of a nightstand. Mia has a queen size bed and a wall of closets, so this was the best space for it. Side note: upholstered headboard is from Target (online), rug is from Target, and bedding is the Brooke Collection from Pottery Barn Kids. Thanks for sharing, sis!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Old School" Desk

A friend recently asked me about a school desk I have in my kid's playroom, so I thought I would share its story with all of you! I stumbled across this great old desk a few months back at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. This is the same place where I found my newly painted dresser for a great price. Don't you just love a great deal??!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New (Old) Kitchen Table: Staining

I decided a few months ago that I was over the stain on our kitchen table and chairs (sort of an oak tone). The set was in great shape (solid wood, nice size), but it was dated looking and the top was scratched. And let's face it...I have two toddlers who smear ketchup and peanut butter all over it, so purchasing a new one didn't seem like the right idea.

Here are the before shots:

I had never stained anything before (I have since done my coffee table), but I figured if I totally screwed it up, I would be able to paint it or figure something out! Luckily, I found out that staining is really hard to screw up, so don't be scared-go for it!

You will need a sander, gloves, stain, a polyurethane, and several soft cloths (I used old cut up t-shirts).

Also, don't forget your PATIENCE! :) I say this because the actual staining takes about a minute, but you have to wait for each coat to dry before starting the next. I did 3 or 4 coats of stain, and several coats of poly. This table gets used a lot, so I wanted to make sure it was sealed really well. We ate on TV trays for a few days!

Sand away, and make sure to wipe the table clean before staining. Add a little stain to your cloth and work in the direction of the wood grain. Once the stain is on, wipe off with a different cloth. Allow time to dry and repeat until you achieve the color you want. I used Minwax's Dark Walnut stain (the darkest you can get before Ebony). Easy peasy.

After one coat:
After several coats:

After shots:

Finally, the table is stained a dark walnut! I also just found two chairs for the ends of the table (we only had 4 chairs for the table instead of 6 and I wanted something that didn't match) at the Pottery Barn Outlet. Original price: $229 per chair, marked down to $114 per chair, marked down again to $89 per chair, and that day all dining chairs were an additional 25% off. So, I got each chair for $67 and change! I'll take it!

While I am at it, we also recently replaced the lighting above the table. A big shout out to my husband for his patience with all the projects and for hanging this bad boy! This is the ugly builder grade one...

And this is the new, simple black one from Lowe's...still haven't decided...shades or no shades?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shower Curtain Curtains

I was instantly inspired by this post at If you haven't checked out her blog, you should. Period. Everything she does is amazing. She updated a bathroom with her friend recently, and one part really stuck out for me...

Curtains over the bathtub!

image via

I have this exact same set up in my master bathroom and it is exactly what that room needed! So, in typical Andrea fashion, I got right to work on it. I found a cute curtain rod at Lowe's on sale for $8.64 and had the handy hub hang it so it could fit 63" curtains (which I didn't have at the time). Unlike Centsational Girl, I don't sew, so it was not even an option for me to hem 84" curtains like she did (maybe in my next life I will learn :). However, my quest to find cute, patterned, 63" curtains turned out to be harder than I thought...

Then, my to my luck, my mom and I were shopping at the Crate and Barrel Outlet this week and came across some cute shower curtains on sale. I mean really on sale-$6.95 each!!! So, I started to think about what shower curatins would look like on the window. Hmmmmm......

I bought two of them just because I had to try it! Shower curtains are 72", so I wasn't sure if they were going to hang down too long, but they ended up being just perfect. I decided to hang them from ring clips and put one on every space you would normally put a shower curtain ring. How easy is that for getting them equal distance apart!

Purchased 2 packages of 12 clips at Hobby Lobby for $6.99 each

These turned out exactly how I imagined, and I don't really think you can tell they are shower curtains! It was just the punch that our master bathroom needed! What do you think??

Friday, January 7, 2011

Coffee Filter Wreath

I came across this coffee filter wreath via another blog a few months back, so I decided to try one for myself. It really didn't take long, it's super easy, and super affordable. How cute for a kitchen/breakfast area (especially if you LOVE coffee)! I made one for my mom when when she was here last, and she carried it home on the plane!

I went for a larger diameter, flat wreath (3.99 at Michael's, use 40% off coupon, cheap!) to make more of a statement, purchased 200 generic coffee filters at the grocery store for a a few bucks, and used a glue gun I have laying around. I finished it off with a little black grosgrain ribbon I already had, and voila!

I have also had people ask me about the yarn wreaths. You can find a tutorial here.