So after I promised more finished and styled photos of both the hutch and the fauxdenza, I just left you hanging. Sorry peeps, there just haven't been many non-work hours that I could put towards project work! But today, I'm back with some progress. I had mentioned that we wanted to put up some shelving over the fauxdenza.
We I decided to do this for a couple reasons - we have high ceilings so needed to fill the wall a bit higher so there didn't seem to be endless space above it (which was the same reason we moved the hutch to the opposite wall). I like the versatility of shelves because I can easily change whatever is displayed on them with ease. Over the weekend, I spent a couple days sanding, conditioning, staining and sealing some pine to turn into shelves. In truth, this project has been dragging on for weeks. I ordered the brackets from The Container Store at least a month ago - when they arrived, I decided I wanted to paint them gold. So I did that. Then.... I waited. I'm not sure what I was waiting for. Motivation? Eventually, we picked up a 20" wide x 72" long piece of pine and had the fine folk at Home Depot cut it to the width that we wanted it at (9"). Then I waited some more. Finally, I got down to business this weekend. Here was how I spent my Friday (happy vacation day) and part of my Saturday.
I started by sanding using fine grit on the palm sander. Once that was done, I wiped them down and let them dry. After that, I applied wood conditioner. As a result of my
extreme excitement impatience, I may not have really let it soak in before attacking with stain. Ooops. I used Minwax Dark Walnut and did 2 thin/light coats. I let it dry 24 hours (trust me, I could barely stand the waiting. Patience is not a virtue that I was blessed with). On Saturday, I put a coat of poly on and called it a day. In terms of staining wood anyway.
Kris and I started to install the shelves and I am not kidding - it took 3 trips to Home Depot to get 'er done. Ridiculous. I wanted a laser level (I'm lazy) and we needed a new stud finder (not the manly type). We have fire rated walls on that side which means 2 layers of drywall = our cheapie stud finder no likey. We failed to consider that fire rated walls = double thickness = longer screws. Siiiiigh. It went a little like this:
- Kris goes to Home Depot and gets stud finder and laser level.
- Kris gets home and we open up said new equipment.
- New stud finder does not include a battery and does not mention anything on packaging about what kind of battery you need (irrrrrritating).
- Kris goes back to Home Depot to get a 9v battery, because we obviously do not stock those in house.
- Kris comes home with battery. Yay.
- We use said stud finder to find studs (weird). Studs are incredibly awkwardly placed. In the way that shelf brackets shouldn't be.
- Plan B - we will use toggle bolts. Begin to pre-drill and install.
- Toggle bolts are not long enough to catch behind wall.
- I go to Home Depot for longer toggle bolts so Kris doesn't kill me or the wall. Kris opens a beer.
- I get home with 2 longer lengths of toggle bolts. Brackets installed, shelves on wall. Yay. I open beer.
Oh, before I sanded and stained, I had Kris cut 2 notches down the length of the wood so that I could lean picture frames. It's like a little ledge to keep them from sliding or falling. Turns out, I probably should have told him exactly where I wanted them. Ooops. They are a bit far out from the edge so the frames actually have to lean quite a bit. Oh well. You can see them well in this shot.
|Notches for leaning my picture frames|
|Oooooh laser level, you're so fancy.|
|Shelves on the wall, SHELVES ON THE WALL!!!|
|The dustbuster is a key design feature|
|Yes, my greenery is still alive and kicking. Albeit a little droopy.|
|Oh, brackets... you are so prettyyyyyy|
Here's where I'm at tonight... slowly growing. The sideboard is covered with blank frames, art, photos and images that I'm playing around with. I'm having a really tough time coming up with a way to mix the art in with photos and making the colours work but not match. Some of the art you see includes the diy art I posted about here. Oh, and I am fully aware that big picture frame is too big. Just trying to work with what I got!
I'm sure nothing will stay where it is so I'm just going to have to slowly shuffle things and change frames around. If you have any suggestions on how to mix art, colours, etc to give it less of a matchy-matchy-planned look, I'm all ears. I seem to have a hard time stepping back and thinking of new ideas once I've got stuff up there! I feel like I might need some word or graphic prints to break up the abstracts. I'm really trying to not fill the house with photos of us everywhere you look. Trying.
Oh, and I've filled the hutch up too - so once I get this done and some frames on the walls, I will have some dining room reveal photos to share!!
So.... are you a styling whiz, or do you struggle with it a little like I do? Spill. Tips and tricks wanted.