Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Welcome Studio 5 Viewers


I just wanted to give a quick {{WELCOME}} to anyone stopping by from Studio 5! It was such an amazing day and I am so excited about sharing our car painted furniture with all of YOU! For anyone wanting to get ahold of me for more info, please contact me on my facebook page! www.facebook.com/navybeanlane

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Exciting News!!!


Wow! I Can’t believe it’s been 2 months since my last post! I have been keeping super busy and am so excited to let you all know that I am now a part of an awesome Facebook group called Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks! Have you heard of them?? They are a virtual boutique with over 20 different Utah crafters that all sell some pretty amazing crafts, furniture, and antiques on the page! I am so so honored and excited to be among some amazing talent and have been posting new things weekly for sale (hence the staying busy … on top of trying to enjoy summer with the four kidlets!) Please, please take a minute to go over and give us a like! I will love you forever, muah!!!


Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks Northern Utah


Enjoy your holiday and I will be back soon to show you what I have been working on!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Entertainment Center Before & After


Happy Memorial Day! We have been working a lot in the yard this weekend and are getting closer to finishing up the sprinklers in our front yard flower beds! (I’m pretty sure that was supposed to be my Mother’s day present at least one of the 6 years we have lived here … ha!) We have also been having fun spending time with family, going out to eat, and having a campfire (smores … yum!) in the backyard. The weather has been perfect and we are really just soaking it all up!


I also finished up this gem that I have been slowly working on for the past year! Remember way back in March of 2012 my mom and I started redoing her house?? Well, we found what we think was an old shoe shiners bench during our all day thrifting marathon and picked it up with the intent of turning into their new entertainment center.


I am beyond giddy with the results and am kind of wishing it was mine!



Just to refresh your memory, this is how she looked when we picked it up back in March 2012. Pretty, right?!



Then it sat … for months, until we decided to get working. We removed the old top and added some pine 1 x 2’s to beef it up and get it ready for a new top. I swear the kids love helping!



Before adding the new top I did a few alternating layers of a white and gray wash on the base. (Sorry, I didn’t get any pics!)

Once the painting was done we added the top which was just pine 1X5’s capped on each end with a 1X3. To hide the screws we countersunk them and then added 1/2” wood plugs. I love the extra bit of character that they add!



We found that even after choosing the straightest boards we could find, the top was still going to need some major sanding to smooth it all out. Thank goodness for electric sanders! I sanded the crap out of that thing until it was smooooth and then it was time for a little distressing! I just used whatever I could find around the garage; a hammer (both sides), a screw, a drill bit.



After sanding, distressing, and staining, this is what the top looked like.

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Once the top was on and stained I felt like the base needed a little more character, so I took the electric sander to it and exposed a little of the wood underneath the white wash.

Here is is after sanding.



Then I mixed up a glaze and applied it with a cheapo brush.



Here is how it looked with the stain/glaze brushed on.



And then after wiping it back off. It’s not a huge difference, but it just adds one more layer and a little more depth.



Here is the whole thing after sanding (but before glazing) and adding some new feet. After this step we added a small piece of trim right under the new top to cover a few gaps and finish off the look.



The final step was to seal it. We used Varathane polyurethane in a satin finish.



And just because I can’t get enough … here are a few more shots of the finished product!













Now I’m off to enjoy what’s left of this glorious, long Memorial weekend! I hope you are too!



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Excuses and a Feature


Hey everyone! Although I wish I had a fabulous DIY post to share with you today, I have reverted back to my old ways of starting something then starting something else before finishing said first something … grrr. Right now I am in the middle of about a million projects (at least that’s what it feels like!), and am really trying to wrap a few things up.

In my defense, I have had a numb right arm (finding out through talking with my mom that we have an annoying genetic issue (pressure palsy) that causes numbness in the arms and fingers and can last for months), so I had to halt progress for a bit while my arm healed. Things like sanding and painting were pretty much impossible for a couple weeks, but I’m glad to say it’s feeling a lot better and am back in business!

On a totally different note, I was so so excited to see that a couple of my cakes were featured along with 14 others at Disney Spoonful by Steph at Somewhat Simple. How awesome is that?!? I submitted both my Princess and Baseball Diamond cakes and they were both chosen! Lately I have been slacking in the cake department and not feeling the excitement that I usually do so this is just what I needed to get me motivated again!


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And last but not least, it is FINALLY warming up around here! It’s supposed to be in the 70’s this weekend (WOOT WOOT!!!) and I can. not. wait. to get working in the yard! We have done a bit here and there in between rainy and cold days but I’m ready to get my hands dirty and get some things under control!


Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!





Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guest Posting at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


Hey everyone! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I am guest posting over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia today! I feel like it is such an amazing opportunity and have met another really awesome blogging friend (also named Kristin Smile) through it!


Kristin’s blog is full of inspiration and ideas on how to make your home beautiful and practical all on a budget! I love it and read it often and know you will too so go give her some love and check it out!


Now I’m off to do some closet reorganization!



Monday, April 1, 2013

Changing it Up…The Evolution of a Little Boys Room {Picture Wall}


Good Morning! It’s Spring Break here and we are going to be spending a lot of time outside working in the yard (I can’t wait …. seriously it’s one of my favorite things!) and hopefully a lot less time on the computer. But before I head out I thought I would share the progress on Mason’s room. It’s been super slow progress but we’re getting there!

Since it’s been so long since I’ve updated his room, here is a picture of what we started with.



We painted and switched out the furniture. (Remember, this used to be Daxon’s room and then they did a switcheroo.)



Added some fun chevron fabric to lengthen the curtains and a memo wall.

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And here’s how it looks today. If you follow along on Facebook or Pinterest then you may recognize a couple of the changes. We found his new dresser on KSL (a local classified website), covered his lampshade and added a super fun picture wall. I drool!



I mean seriously, giant pictures of my favorite eight year old, framed in rustic pine frames that didn’t break the bank! And bonus … they even graduate in stain color from dark to light. Like I said, I drool!



I had the pictures printed off at Staples (they are engineer prints which only come in black and white on thin paper) for $13 bucks for four 24x36 pictures. Can’t beat that! Then I mounted them with spay adhesive on some 1/8” panel board for stability (you really could use anything, we just had some laying around and figured it would work). Once they were mounted on the panel board, I thought it would be nice to protect them with a finish of some sort, so I sprayed one of the pictures with a spray poly. DO NOT DO THIS!!! It totally bubbled the picture. So, I just left the rest alone and figured they were cheap enough that they could be replaced as needed.

For the frames I used this tutorial from Young House Love. They were fairly simple and to make and way cheaper than going out and buying four huge frames.



Once they were built, stained, and poly-ed, it was time to attach the pictures to the frames by nailing them right into the back of the frames. Easy Peasy!



I then attached the hanging hardware. I used two large picture hangers per picture and nailed them right into the top of each frame.



I ended up having to bend the picture hangers a bit before nailing them on because if not they were flush with the panel board and wouldn’t be able to catch the screw when I hung them.



Once they were ready to hang I traced each frame onto some brown paper, making sure to mark on each paper exactly where the nail goes. Then I taped the papers up on the wall exactly where I wanted the pictures hung and nailed a small nail into each spot that I has previously marked.



Then, I took one sheet of paper down at a time (leaving the nails in the wall). If I was hanging something light I could have just hung them at this point, but I chose to use wall anchors so that my pictures were nice and sturdy. I then took the nails out and installed the wall anchors in their place and then hung the frames.



I couldn’t be happier with the results and may have sat on the bed and stared at them for, um … awhile after I was done!



And just because I seem to stay motivated with a list, here is a list of things to still be done! Heaven help me finish this up soon!

Mason’s Room


lengthen curtains

new dresser

memo wall

plank the desk wall




Trophy Organization

Desk Lighting

Art/Pictures on wall

*Bed skirt

*Cover Lamp Shade



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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Butcher Block Island Before & After


I redid this butcher block island for a client and am giddy with the results!

The before …



And after! (A little styling never hurts either, right!?)



For the top I wanted a hand rubbed finish opposed to a manufactured finish so I decided to give Tung Oil a go. Have you used it? This was my first time and most definitely won’t be my last. I LOVE how it turned out, and after five coats it’s got to stand up to wear and tear!







The Process

Prep – Clean and sand

Prime – Zinsser Oil Base

Paint – Benjamin Moore Aura (White Dove),

then Poly with Varathane brand in Satin

Top – Sanded and then stained with 2 coats of Minwax (Dark Walnut)

and finished off with 5 coats of Tung Oil


I don’t know if it’s just the warm up in the temps or what but I have got the itch. (Not that itch … ha ha ) The furniture redo itch! I have bought a few things to refinish this week and will be posting on Facebook anything that’s up for grabs so be sure to follow along!


Thanks for reading!



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