Goodbye Door, Hello Built In Cabinet – Part 2

Last week I shared how we decided to remove the exterior door to the porch and replace it with a built in cabinet that is now in between the kitchen and family room. Well, today I am excited to show you what we did with the other side of that door.

Here’s a view of the door before it was removed.

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What a difference taking out the bay window and door made to the space.

 Built In Cabinet on the Porch - The Endearing Home

Here you can see the new doorway that leads to the deck.

 Built In Cabinet on the Porch - The Endearing Home

I had a hard time visualizing what the built in would end up looking like. Here it is, installed and prepped for painting. The builder did such a great job turning our vision into a reality.

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It took me a while to decide what color to have the cabinet painted. I thought about going with a fun color, but I wanted to live with the space for a while and keep things simple. I went with the same color that the other new built in cabinet is painted on the inside of the house.

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Here’s a close up of the granite. I’m not sure what it’s called, but we really love it. The colors worked great with the floor tile, stone fireplace and paint colors. We ended up finding a remnant piece that was the perfect size for the counter top.

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We are so happy with how the built in cabinet turned out. My hubby is loving his new little fridge and my favorite part is the counter area that will be great for entertaining. I made sure that the distance between the counter top and upper cabinet was high enough for decorating, but mostly for the giant drink dispenser I purchased from Pottery Barn.

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Here’s a peek at the space from an evening when we hosted a get together with our neighbors. It was a casual evening with a fall theme of pumpkin flavored desserts and a yummy apple cider sangria.

Built In Cabinet On The Porch - The Endearing Home

Well, that’s all for now. I am off to have lunch with a sweet friend and then I have tons of catch up to do after a busy weekend. Have a great week and I will be back again soon with another project to share!

Lauren

Goodbye Door, Hello Built In Cabinet – Part 1

Well, it sure has been a long six months since construction first got started on the porch and kitchen and I am thrilled to say that it’s all now finally done! One of the projects that I have been so excited to share with you is the big change that we ended up making to our kitchen and family room by removing the door that led to the back porch. I first showed you a peek back in July which you can read all about here.

This is what the space looked like before all of the construction began.

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I was so happy to say goodbye to that door.  It was metal and when I removed the blinds a while back it was full of holes from the screws which I had no idea how to fix. I also had attempted to paint it black which I quickly realized was way more work than I thought. I tried to cover it up with some primer and it ended up looking like this for over a year until it was finally removed.

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Once the door was taken out, a huge opening for the built in cabinet was created.

Built In Cabinet - The Endearing Home

The opening looked like this for quite a while until the built in pieces were installed.

Built In Cabinet - The Endearing Home

Seeing the first piece go in was a truly happy day.

Built In Cabinet - The Endearing Home

In just a few hours the once empty space now looked like this!

Built In Cabinet - The Endearing Home

After the electrician installed the lighting and outlet the built in cabinet was now complete. I could not wait to get started styling the upper bookcase and filling the base cabinet with all of my serving pieces that had been stashed throughout the kitchen and dining room. It is so nice to now have everything all in one place.

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Here a few more views of the before.

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And now the after! The entire piece was painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster to match our existing trim color. The wood top was stained Provincial by Minwax.

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I have always loved the look of built in cabinetry and it was something I had hoped to add to our home one day. By removing the exterior door and adding the built in cabinet it makes both the family room and kitchen feel so much bigger. It is also so nice to have the extra space to display family photos and books as well as a serving area for entertaining.

Next time I will be sharing what the other side of the door now looks like and a porch reveal is coming soon too!

Have a great week!

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Lauren

Serendipity at the Liberty Antique Festival

Last weekend my husband and I took a trip to the Liberty Antique Festival here in North Carolina. I had never heard of it until my friend Shirley told me all about it and wow I am so happy she did. Despite the dreary weather we had such a fun day and it was just a short drive from home. You can read all about the festival here.

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When we first arrived I didn’t quite  know where to begin, but luckily I went with an idea of a few specific things that I was looking for and that really helped to keep me focused. With so much selection it was fairly easy to find what I was on the look out for, as well as some amazing finds that were unexpected and truly serendipitous!

My husband is not normally much of a shopper, especially when he hears the words antiques, 400 dealers and 100 acre farm, he knew he was going to be in for a long day. He took me to the festival as part of an anniversary gift and he was such a good sport and he even enjoyed it.  He did not rush me once, in fact I am the one who tired out first. I guess I have my shopping limits too. The best part of the day were the things that we picked out together for our home.

Here is just a sampling of what could be found throughout the festival and things that caught my eye.

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

Many things we looked at were way out of our budget, but there were also plenty of great deals to be found. Most of the dealers welcomed negotiating prices.

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

This demijohn was huge and was priced at $125 which seemed like a very good price considering the size.

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

I was hoping to find a vintage wool stadium throw. These were really pretty, but more than I wanted to spend.

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Lots of olive buckets.

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

I am kicking myself for not scooping up one of these big bunches of hydrangeas when I first saw them, they were such a great price at $15 each. By the time I went back they were all gone. When I started seeing everyone carrying them around I knew I was probably going to be out of luck.

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I instantly fell in love with this calico platter. When I asked the price I found out it was sold as a set along with 13 plates and 4 bowls, all in perfect condition. The entire set was priced at $100.

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I thought these primitive hand hooked rugs were so pretty.

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There were tons of wooden crates everywhere.

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I was really hoping to find an antique crock, but they were all so expensive. Will have to keep looking.

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

The patina on this copper tub was amazing.

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I see a majolica collection in my future someday, the colors are just so beautiful.

Liberty Antique Festival - The Endearing Home

By the time I had spotted this gorgeous dresser at the end of the day my shopping budget had run out. It was sad to leave behind.

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One of the highlights of the day and a moment of true serendipity was when I met the sweetest man, Mark Crumpler.

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I had overheard him mention to one of the dealers that he owned an antique shop in Blowing Rock. Being the shy person that I am, I am not normally one to chime in, but I couldn’t help but ask him which one and he replied with the name of my very favorite antique shop in Blowing Rock, Windwood Antiques. In fact I wrote a blog post about how much I love this store last year. I was so excited to meet him! Mark also owns a shop in Charlotte and a second one in Blowing Rock which I hope to visit soon!

So….are you wondering what cam home with us? Well, here’s a peek! I promise to show you where all of our treasures found new homes around the house soon.

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I also picked up one of these brown transferware plates to add to my newly started collection.

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We had such a wonderful day at the Liberty Antique Festival and can’t wait to go back when it returns in the Spring! If you live anywhere near North Carolina you should definitely check it out!

Lauren

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar

Now that my girls have outgrown going door to door trick- or-treating on Halloween, I wanted to do something special for them this year. They still have fun dressing up in costumes, but now they look forward to greeting the little ones when they come to the door and passing out candy.

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Since bags filled with candy at the end of Halloween night are a thing of the past for my girls, I thought a candy calendar would help to make Halloween fun for them.  I started by gathering up the supplies I would need. Everything was found at Michael’s with the exception of the clothespins (Dollar Tree) and the candy (Target).  I spent around $20 to make this project.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

To begin I attached the chalkboard labels to the scrapbook paper for a pop of color,  cut them out and  glued the labels to the bags.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

Next, I used my chalkboard pen to write the numbers on the labels.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

Time to fill the bags with candy treats, just a few pieces in each.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

If I do this project again next year I think I may skip this next step. The glitter paint definitely looked better in my head when I was picking it out at the store. It took a while to dry and ended up looking kind of messy. I think a gloss black paint would have looked better and would have been a lot quicker to do.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

To make this project you will need a frame and wire to hang the treat bags. I had this frame in my garage, the inside of this frame measures 16″ x 20″. I think a larger frame would have worked better so the bags would not be so squished together once they were hung with the clothespins. If you use a wood frame you will just need a staple gun to attach the picture frame wire to the back. If I had planned ahead better I would have spray painted the frame black, I think it would have been a nice contrast to the brown bags. For now this is good enough and my kids honestly only care about the candy.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

The little velvet ribbon bows were also probably not necessary, but I thought they looked cute. The ribbon was on clearance in the wedding section at Michael’s. It was 30 feet of velvet ribbon for $3.00 which I thought was a great deal and I have lots left over for other projects.

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This project took me much longer to do than I thought it would and I definitely made it more time consuming than it needed to be. I guess I just wanted so much to make Halloween still feel special for my girls and if I am being honest for me too.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

Halloween used to be one of my favorite days of the year. I loved to make costumes for my girls when they were little. Then there were the years of princess costumes, ballerinas and fairies. I so miss the the glitter, sparkles, crowns and wings. As they got older and started coming up with costume ideas of their own, it was fun to see what they would come up with. I used to love walking with my girls, holding their hands and watching them run to the neighbors doors and hearing their sweet little voices.  I miss the excitement in the air on Halloween night and seeing all of the kids in the neighborhood dressed in their costumes. Halloween at our house is a lot quieter now and the day now makes me feel a little sad as it’s just a reminder of how quickly the years fly by and your children grow up so fast.

Halloween Countdown Candy Calendar - The Endearing Home

This project took me most of the morning yesterday to complete and I did ask myself if it was really worth all the time and effort, there were honestly so many other things that I should have been doing. Those thoughts all disappeared when my girls came home from school and saw it hanging on the pantry door. They were so excited, had huge smiles on their faces and I knew in an instant it was all worth while.

Lauren

A Simple Fall Wreath

Fall is here, yay! I love working on craft projects this time of year. So, this past weekend I made a quick trip to the store to pick up a few things to make a new wreath for fall. I couldn’t wait to get started on it as soon as I got home.

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It’s very easy to get carried away buying lots of things to put on a wreath. When I try to add too much it just ends up looking like a mess, so I have learned to keep things simple. I already had the yarn and wreath on hand so I only need to pick up a few items for this project. Everything pictured was purchased at AC Moore at half off so this was an inexpensive wreath to make.

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I started by wrapping the wreath with the burlap ribbon and then to add a little interest wrapped a small portion with the green yarn.

Simple Fall Wreath - The Endearing Home

Next, I used my glue gun to add a few fall picks. The picks were a bit long so I cut off a few inches with a pair of floral wire cutters.

Simple Fall Wreath - The Endearing Home

Don’t worry about any glue showing because you can easily cover it up with a big bow.

Simple Fall Wreath - The Endearing Home

I hung the wreath on an antique window that I purchased from a local shop for $10.

Simple Fall Wreath - The Endearing Home

Simple Fall Wreath - The Endearing Home

With just a few easy to find and inexpensive supplies you can make this simple wreath too, hope you will give it a try!

Lauren

Fall Inspiration At The Farmers Market

Yesterday I took a trip to the farmers market in Raleigh in search of pumpkins and mums. Well, I sure had no trouble finding those as well as lots of fall inspiration! Farmers Market - The Endearing Home Farmers Market - The Endearing Home

When I first arrived there was so much to choose from that I didn’t quite know where to begin, but luckily I was meeting my sweet blogging friend Shirley of Housepitality Designs there. Shirley is so creative and has such a gift for decorating. I loved the pumpkin topiaries she had on her front porch last year and she gave me great tips on how to create one. I can’t wait to see her fall porch this year!

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I love the warm and vibrant colors this time of year.

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I had never seen apple gourds before, wising I picked up a few of those.

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My wallet was empty by the time I saw these beautiful flowers. Think I may need to take a trip back.   Farmers Market - The Endearing Home

I have never purchased so many pumpkins before or this early. Since I decided to keep the decorating simple on the inside of the house this year, I thought it would be fun to deck out the porches. The selection and prices at the farmers market were excellent, so it was easy to go a little overboard. Now I just need to figure out where to put all these goodies. Farmers Market - The Endearing Home

The final decorative touches on the porch will take place after we make our annual visit to a nearby pumpkin patch. Ever year we take our girls there to pick out their own to decorate for Halloween and a take a few family pictures. Now just need the weather to cool down so it actually feels like fall. Have a great weekend!

Lauren

Dollar Store Pumpkin Topiary

This is my favorite time of year and I am so excited to start doing a little fall decorating around the house. Over the years as my kids get older I find myself not going quite as overboard with the fall and Halloween decor as I used to. These days I like to keep things simple, but I do still enjoy a craft project or two.  So, on a recent trip to Dollar Tree I picked up a few pumpkins and dried moss with plans to make a pumpkin topiary.

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I started out by painting the pumpkins with some white Reclaim paint that I had on hand, however any craft paint should work too. If you can find the pumpkins that have a little texture they were easier to paint than the smooth ones. The smooth ones took several coats due to the orange bleeding through the paint.

Pumpkin Topiary - The Endearing Home

I used a ceramic container that I had on hand for my base, crumbled up a piece of newspaper to fill it and then covered the newspaper with the dried moss.

Pumpkin Topiary - The Endearing Home

Next, I put one of the pumpkins in the container and then glued them together. To add a bit of interest to the topiary I cut out some printed burlap leaves that I picked up from Joanne’s last year which you can read about here. This part was a little, ok a lot, messy which just seems to be how I roll when it comes to crafting. I then used my low temp glue gun to attach the leaves to the pumpkins. The leaves were looking a little plain so I added some glitter paint to the edges. This also helps to prevent the burlap from fraying.

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The final touch was painting the plastic pumpkin stalk with metallic craft paint.

Pumpkin Topiary - The Endearing Home

So there you have it, a simple to make and inexpensive pumpkin topiary! Oh and if you’re wondering how things are coming along with the porch, all I can say is getting those final few things done has been taking forever, but I promise to share more updates soon!

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Lauren

Tour Through Blogland

If you read lots of blogs like me, then you’ve probably seen the tour that’s been taking place throughout blogland. I have been enjoying learning more about the bloggers that I already follow and also discovering new ones, which is always fun!

I would like to thank my sweet friend Julie for inviting me to take part in the tour.

Julie of Lilacs and Longhorns

I was so excited to meet Julie at Haven this year! We became instant friends and I truly enjoyed getting to spend time with her at the conference. Julie’s blog, Lilacs and Longhorns has long been a favorite of mine! Julie has the most beautiful home that is filled with warmth and charm and is the perfect blend of both her and her husband’s decorating styles. She also shares wonderful project ideas, tasty recipes, organizing tips and so much more! If you haven’t discovered her blog already, be sure to stop by for a visit and say hello. Just wait until you see her newly remodeled kitchen, wow! I just know you will adore Julie and her blog as much as I do!

Here’s a peek at Julie’s gorgeous family room!

Lilacs and Longhorns Living Room

Ok, so now it’s time for me to share a little about myself by answering a few questions that Julie also answered on her blog.  I have to be honest and say that this part makes me a bit nervous because I am much more comfortable sharing projects than about myself. I know this may sound odd for a blogger, but I am super shy, introverted and get major anxiety in large groups, so here I am getting ready to talk about myself in blogland, yikes! Ok, deep breath, let’s get started!

What am I working on right now?

I always seem to have a long list of projects that I need to either start or finish around the house, but right now I am focused on the porch and deck. My favorite season is just around the corner and I am looking forward to taking a trip or two to the farmer’s market to pick up some pumpkins and fill the flowerpots with fall colors. In anticipation, I have been looking through all of my favorite magazines, blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. I plan to keep the decorating simple on the porch, but I have been on the hunt for a small coffee table, a pretty outdoor rug and accessories to add a few pops of color.  I am also working on a few painted pieces for the porch.

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How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Let me start out by saying that I love being a part of this genre, it is such a supportive and inspiring group! Long before I started blogging I was a blog reader. Over the years I have lost track of how many I follow and I am constantly finding new ones, but even with all of the blogs that are out there, I do think that we each have our own unique voice and style. I mostly blog about decorating (my passion), but I also like to share projects. I know and embrace that I am not a professional interior designer, power tool pro, furniture painter or an expert when it comes to crafts. My perspective on the things that I share is that if I can do it, then you can do it too! My projects usually include a list of easy to find and inexpensive supplies along with simple to follow instructions and lots of pictures.  When I share room reveals or decorating ideas I always try to include shopping sources to show that you can create a home you love on a budget from shops you have nearby or online without prices that break the bank. I also love to repurpose things that I already have around the house.

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Why do I write/create what I do?

Blogging is my creative outlet and I find so much joy in sharing all the projects I am constantly working on. One thing that I have learned over the years is that it is important to listen to your own voice when it comes to decorating. Don’t worry if a particular color is out of style, if you like it, then go for it! There was a time when I wasn’t very confident with decorating our home. I was always second guessing my choices which often led to a room never being finished or feeling quite right for our family. Once I learned to stop worrying about what I was seeing in magazines and keeping up with trends, decorating became a heck of a lot more fun and I hope to inspire others to do the same. One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to connect with others. I truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog, leave a comment or send me an e-mail, it’s what inspires me to keep blogging.

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How does your writing/creating process work?

I consider myself to be a very detail oriented, organized person who enjoys making lists and following a schedule. However, when it comes to blogging all of that seems to fly out the window. I guess it’s the creative side of me that just enjoys being carefree. So, for me I enjoy blogging the most when the entire process just happens naturally. I get inspired to work on a project or create something new, take lots of pictures, sort through and edit all of the photos and then write my post. Writing for me is the hardest part, my writing skills are definitely lacking and with every post I also make myself a bit crazy over proofreading. This is the one thing that takes me forever to finally get to the point where I can hit the publish button. Due to my struggle with writing and proofreading I tend to keep the posts short and to the point, but I do like to include lots of pictures. Photography is a big part of blogging and I love taking and editing photos even though I still have so much to learn. Blogging can be frustrating, feeling like you are constantly trying to keep up with everyone else and I realized I just can’t do it. So I do my best to post once a week and every now and then on social media.

OK, so enough about me, now it’s your turn! If you have a blog or one that you enjoy following, then I would love for you to share it in a comment! You know I love blogs, so I can’t wait to check them all out and hope you will too!

Have a great week everyone!

Lauren

My Favorite Craigslist Find Ever, RECLAIM Paint and My Very First Giveaway!

* RECLAIM provided me with paint and sealer, but all opinions are 100% my own. *

One thing I knew I wanted for our porch was a dining table that was big enough to comfortably seat eight. I started looking on Craigslist over a year ago, long before construction had even begun on the porch. This was at the top of the porch wish list and I was on a mission. Week after week I searched with no luck in finding  a dining set in the condition, style or price that I was hoping for.

I had just about given up my search, until one early lazy Saturday morning  I decided to take another peek on Craigslist. To my delight, there it was, a newly listed beautiful vintage Ethan Allen table with eight matching chairs at a price that was just too good to be true. So, I of course e-mailed the seller right away and was so relieved that they quickly responded letting me know it was still available. I immediately replied to set up a time to meet! I knew I would need my husbands help loading all of the pieces into my car so I ran upstairs, with a cup of coffee in hand to help wake him up and talking a million miles a minute about the most amazing table and chair set I just found. I told him how how it was only $500 for the entire set and it was Ethan Allen and the seller lived close by and how I searched for over a year and how much I loved it. Well, you get the idea, I was pretty darn excited! Between the coffee and all of my talking there was no way he could go back to sleep, so after a quick teeth brushing and throwing on a baseball hat off we went.

My husband was not so sure about the purchase at first, after all the porch was not even built yet, but after two trips and unloading all of the pieces into the garage he agreed it was a really great find. The chairs were in absolutely perfect condition and the table was real wood and very sturdy. The table top did have some marks and quite a few scratches, but nothing a little paint couldn’t fix and  I knew the perfect paint to use for this project, my go to, RECLAIM!

As the porch progress started moving along I knew I needed to get started on the table. However, with all of the construction going on and the kids out of school for the summer, my house was a mess, life was hectic and I was feeling completely unmotivated to start a new project.  That is until I received the most wonderful e-mail from RECLAIM. I have written about several furniture painting projects on my blog using their products and that’s how they found me. They asked if had any upcoming projects and also to tell me about one of their new products. I was thrilled to learn that RECLAIM now makes a Multi-Purpose Indoor/Outdoor Sealer and the timing could not have been better. This was seriously the most perfect product for my table and chairs which will be outdoors on our porch year round. You can read all about the sealer HERE.

Here’s what the table looked like before. The minute the roof went up we couldn’t wait to bring the table out on the porch to see how it looked, but we never brought it back inside. Between the heat and moisture the varnish started peeling off and we ended up making the table top worse.

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To prep the table I followed the instructions on the RECLAIM website. Before using their products be sure to read all of the how to’s and faq’s on their website. I am usually one to skip this part out of laziness, but they really share lots of great information and tips. I started by cleaning the entire table with Simple Green and I also wiped it down with vinegar to remove any furniture polish. I then lightly sanded the areas where the varnish had started to peel.

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After the table was prepped I gathered my supplies and got busy painting. Depending on how much paint you apply you can create either a smooth or slightly textured finish.  I am not a professional furniture painter, but I love that I can get professional looking results with this paint and it is so easy to apply!

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I had originally planned to just paint the top, but then thought it would look better to paint the entire table.

Reclaim Painted Table - The Endearing Home

I love the look of black distressed painted furniture. I am so happy with how this furniture project turned out.

Reclaim Painted Table - The Endearing Home

Here you can see a bit of the texture on the table top.

Reclaim Painted Table - The Endearing Home

Next,  I applied the sealer. RECLAIM paint is super easy to use, however, I have to admit I was having a little trouble with the sealer. Instead of drying clear it had dried a bit cloudy. I doubt I would have even noticed if I had chosen a lighter paint color. I was not sure how to fix the cloudiness so I contacted the company and they were super helpful and provided me with some great tips.  I realized the mistakes I was making were I was using too thick of a roller and I was applying too much sealer, you only have to use a tiny amount.  One 16 oz jar covers 1000 sq feet, so a little goes a long way. I have noticed that as the sealer has cured over the past few weeks the cloudiness is barely noticeable.

Reclaim Painted Table - The Endearing Home

To protect the chairs from the weather and keep them looking great, they also each got a coat of the sealer.

Reclaim Painted Table - The Endearing Home

I hated to cover up the pretty rush seats, but these chair cushions tied the look of the table and chairs together nicely and they added a little comfort too. Now I just need to order two more cushions for the additional pair of chairs that are stashed in the garage.

Reclaim Painted Table - The Endearing Home

Now for the really fun part, my very first giveaway, yay! One lucky reader of The Endearing Home blog will win a RECLAIM Cabinets, Furniture and More Makeover Kit (see photo below)! The winner can pick the color of their choice, click HERE to see color options.

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Here’s how to enter! (US residents only)
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Good Luck!

** A HUGE thank you to RECLAIM Beyond Paint for providing the giveaway and for the paint and sealer for my project!**

Lauren

Turning Our Back Porch Dreaming Into A Reality – Part 4

Wow, I can’t believe how fast this month is flying by! I also can’t believe it’s been weeks since I last updated you on the porch progress. August is always such a hectic month getting ready for the start of the school year, which is just a week away! We are also a week away, fingers crossed, from having this porch project wrapped up. Here are the latest updates to the project.

The ceiling fan is in and getting lots of use as the humidity and temperatures have really heated up here in NC.

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Sconces were added to each side of the fireplace. I found these at Home Depot.

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Porch Project - The Endearing Home

A lantern from Pottery Barn was hung above the dinging table and a dimmer switch was added to adjust the lighting which I love!

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The fan and lighting instantly made the porch feel more cozy.

Porch Project - The Endearing Home

Once the Eze Breeze windows were installed it really transformed the porch into an outdoor living space. We can also now finally enjoy sitting outside without getting bit up by mosquitoes. On the left is the window up and the right is the window down. They also open from the top so these windows have lots of options.

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Porch Project - The Endearing Home

Here’s a view of the screens and windows from the outside.

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And last but not least the door and window above have been installed.

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Well, that’s all for now. Later this week I will be sharing all the details on our dining set and an exciting announcement! Thanks so much for stopping by today and wishing you a wonderful week!

Lauren