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DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

(Disclosure: While you will find that I'm clearly obsessed with General Finishes, this is nota sponsored post. I truly love their products!)

Hey friends! If you follow me on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, you know I've been a pretty busy girl the last few weeks. My Mom and I completed 10 pieces in just one week and I was sooo thankful and excited to get all of it done! My favorite project(s)? My DIY coffee bar and dining room makeover! Just so we can fully appreciate this makeover, let's take it way back (a year ago) to when my roomie and I first moved in:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

It's a rental house so we're very limited in what we can do. There's a lot of things I don't like -- the outdated kitchen cabinets, the wood trim, etc. Even so, I have to work with what I have (and what I can afford). After a year, this is what the dining room and kitchen looked like:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

(I apologize for not cleaning before taking before pictures, but it was like: "Quick, take before pictures so we can get to work!")

The Kitchen Island:

You guys are going to think I'm crazy because I just posted the Before and After: Kitchen Island post two months ago, but once I realized I wanted to keep the piece, it had to be brighter!

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

The Details:

Paint: General Finishes Holiday Red

Glaze: General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

Top Coat: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat

Baskets: Were on sale (and I had a coupon) at Michaels!

The Kitchen Table and Chairs:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

My Mom got this set at a garage sale a few years ago and then eventually gifted it to me. It was poorly painted by whoever owned it previously, though, and (as a painter) I felt like I needed to explain to guests that I didn't paint it every time someone came over. It also had large scratches across the top. I replaced the white chairs with two mismatched chairs that matched the style of the table better. Then, I sanded everything down (I sanded the table top down to the bare wood) before painting.

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

The Details:

Paint on legs: General Finishes Patina Green

Paint on the table top and the 4 chairs: General Finishes Lamp Black

Glaze on Legs: General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

Top Coat: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat (two coats for extra durability)

Fabric on chairs: found at Joann's Fabrics

Owl salt and pepper shakers: from TJMaxx

Faux potted plant: from Ikea

The New Coffee Bar:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

I had other plans for the china cabinet in our music room, and I wanted to create more counter space where the china cabinet was -- as you can see from the pictures above, we don't have a lot of it (the other side of the kitchen is mostly the fridge and stove). After seeing so many amazing DIY coffee bars on Pinterest, I decided to create my own! Added bonus -- moving the coffee pot and such over to that side of the room would free up some space on the counter!

My Mom and roomie found this perfect piece for $30 at Picker's Paradise:

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

I removed all of the doors and hardware and gave everything a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. I knew I wanted to go with a single knob, so I filled in one of the two hardware holes from each door with paintable putty as well.

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

(I still wanted to display some of my Nana's china, of course!)

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!
DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

The Details:

Paint on piece: General Finishes Patina Green

Glaze on piece: General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze

Top Coat: General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat (two coats for extra durability)

Hardware: pulls are from Lowes and knobs are from Pier 1

Shelves: These were once in my Mom's house, but she likes to move things around more than I do, so she gave them to me!

Accessories: The light up globe is a $5 estate sale find, the adorable milk bottles with straws were a birthday gift from my friend Dana, the water dispenser is from World Market, and everything else was thrifted or from garage sales. The red tea/cocoa holder was painted with General Finishes Holiday Red.

So what do you think? Huge difference, right!?

DIY Coffee Bar and Dining Room Makeover!

I'm so happy with the way it turned out -- it's so bright and colorful and it makes me smile every time I walk in the room!

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#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!

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Remember when I posted in September that a new series was coming soon called "#RentalProbs" and then I didn't write about it until January? Yeah, me either. Sometimes life gets crazy, I suppose!  I feel like I've finally settled into the new rental house with my roomie, though, and we've already started updating a few things. I wanted to start this series because it can be so frustrating to live in a rental (especially as a blogger/DIYer), but it doesn't have to be! This series will have multiple posts and possibly reader features of rental before and afters if you guys are interested!

First up:

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!

Not digging those lovely off white or builder beige walls? Here are 10 DIY projects you can do when you can't paint:

**Please pin all photos from their original source**

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!

1. Bring color in through furniture and rugs.

This might be a given, but I love adding pops of color and personality to my home with bright pieces of furniture. Paint your dresser aqua mint, buy a colorful accent chair for your living room, or paint your dining room table. Another practical way to bring in color is adding rugs! I've found practically all of my rugs at garage sales, thrift stores, and Craigslist for less than $50. You might have bland walls, but you'll at least have furniture and rugs that draw your eye away from them!

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Chasing Paper]

2. Try removable / temporary wallpaper.

I write this reluctantly because, truth be told, I'm too chicken to try removable wallpaper. I'm so scared that it would leave a residue or it would be my luck that it wouldn't come off at all. Even so, there are removable wallpaper companies like Tempaper, Chasing Paper (pictured above), and Casart Coverings that make me want to be brave. Has anyone tried removable wallpaper before? If so, leave a comment below!

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Crazy Wonderful]

3. Create your own "temporary wallpaper"with paper.

If you're a chicken like I am, you can create your own temporary wallpaper with bulletin board paper like Shelley at Crazy Wonderful did. My roommate in college basically did this same concept except with wrapping paper and it turned out awesome! This seems like a safer version of the removable wallpaper / fabric option because I know Command Strips work really well and I've never had a problem with them leaving residue or damaging the walls at all.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Effortless Style]

4. Make fun stripes with electrical tape!

Aren't the stripes above from Effortless Style amazing? You would never guess that the stripes were created with 2" wide electrical tape. Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. suggested using electrical tape on your walls, too, but she created different patterns and shapes with hers! There are so many possibilities and patterns you can create.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Apartment Therapy and One Kings Lane]

5. Wall to wall curtains!

It might sound strange, but you can curtain an entire wall (even if there aren't any windows on that wall). This treatment adds color, texture, and warmth... or it might be your only solution to cover up Spiderman (click on the link to read a hilarious story from View Along the Way).

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo on right via Urban Outfitters]

6. Hang fabric, a tapestry, or a quilt.

Urban Outfitters has a ton of awesome tapestries that you can hang on your wall! My favorite is the Kerala Tapestry (pictured right) because it has a vintage vibe. You could also achieve the same look with an old quilt or create your own "tapestry" with a drop cloth and paint. I suggest hanging them with clear tacks (like I did with my drop cloth backdrop) because tacks have smaller holes than nails (aka less damage to the walls).

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via Wit & Whistle]

7. Create a huge photo mural.

Cover one wall with a DIY photo mural like Wit & Whistle did! I love the way the black and white print warms the space and adds interest to an otherwise plain wall. She even shares how you can create your own photo mural with any photo of your choice!

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo via HGTV]

8. Install a fabric feature wall!

HGTV shares this fabulous tutorial on how to install a fabric feature wall and it totally fascinates me! Select a fabric of your choice, and with the help of liquid starch, you can create an awesome focal wall! According to the tutorial, it leaves no damage on your wall when you're ready to leave your rental or just switch things up.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photos via Classy Clutter, Abby's Vinyl Wall Art Etsy Shop, and Girl Loves Glam]

9. Use vinyl wall decals!

All of the wall art created above were made with (drum roll please)... vinyl! Yes, completely removable vinyl. Classy Clutter designed her own DIY floral wallpaper (pictured left) with gold vinyl and her Silhouette Cameo, while Girl Loves Glam made a simple geometric vinyl design for her wall (pictured right)! For those of you not interested in the DIY route, there are several Etsy shops that sell pre-made and custom vinyl decals like this trendy chevron kitchen blacksplash from Abby's Vinyl Wall Art (pictured in the center). I've used vinyl before, so I know first hand that it doesn't leave any damage on your walls.

#RentalProbs -- When You Can't Paint!
[Photo credits going clockwise: Two Twenty One, 6th Street Design School, Revolutionaries, and DIY Home Design Pins]

10. Cover the walls with art!

There are sooo many incredible DIY wall art ideas! In my own home, I created an embroidery hoop wall art collage (pictured bottom left) and it added so much fun and personality to my living room. I also have a vintage-style gallery wall in my bedroom. If you don't want the commitment of a gallery wall, try a photo ledge like Two Twenty One did (pictured top left), that way you can easily change out the art (and there will be less holes in the wall). You can also make large wall art with a shower curtain or frame wall paper! Can't put any holes in the wall? Lean your art against the wall like the photo in the bottom left!

What would you add to the list? Leave your ideas in the comment section below and I'll add them to the bottom of this post! You can also take a picture of your own #RentalProbs and post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #RentalProbs!

What other #RentalProbs posts do you want to see? Right now I'm planning on:

  • When the floor is ugly
  • When the kitchen is hideous
  • When the bathroom is beastly
  • When there's no storage
  • When the lighting is outdated

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Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

 

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

The greatest part of my faux fireplace is that I could take it with me when I moved into the new rental! It's the first thing you see when you walk into the house, so I wanted it to look awesome. With the rush of moving in, though, it's looked like this:

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

It's not awful, but it's not great. The embroidery hoop collage was relocated above the couch at the new house, and I wanted to tie in all of the bright colors. I was scared to make such a big change, but it was time to add color to the mantle. Instead of a boring brown, I spray painted the frame "Seaside" by Rustoleum. 

When I put the frame back on the mantle, it was way too bright, so I distressed the frame with a sanding block and then glazed it with Martha Stewart's Muscovado metallic glaze. I don't like what Martha said about bloggers, but the woman makes an awesome and affordable glaze ($4-$5). 

The glaze just took it over the top and I got so giddy about the result! It brought out all of the details of the frame and toned down the color. Perfection!

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

It's still a work in progress, but here's the mantle now:

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

I grabbed my "custom" mason jar candles, books, and a few other accessories. I got the typewriter art from my Mom for my birthday -- it's oh so adorable and from Ikea! All of the other accessories are from thrift stores or garage sales.

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!



Here's a side by side before and after:

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!
Even though the next picture is a grainy iPhone picture, I wanted to show the rest of the room so you can see how it ties everything together. The panoramic feature on my iPhone is fun!

Mantle Ideas: Adding a Bit of Color!

What do you think?! Do you like the transformation so far?

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;