Cherry and White Farmhouse Kitchen Table Revamp

For the longest time I have wanted a kitchen table with white legs, a wooden top and white chairs. I think a set like that is just beautiful and would match the look we are going for in our home just perfect! So I set out on a search – I have been to countless furniture stores and have several on my amazon wish list – but haven’t been able to find anything I love within my price range.

While browsing the internet one night for said table – I noticed that some of the photos I was looking at were “refinished” tables and I thought “I could do that!!!” and “why didn’t I think of that!?”

The next day I busted out my tool box and started taking apart my kitchen chairs so I could create my own Cherry and White Farmhouse Kitchen Table Revamp!

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Awesome right!!?? I am totally in love with my new revamped kitchen table! I love contrast of the cherry and the white base and chairs and it looks awesome with the board and batten walls!

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Are you thinking of revamping your kitchen table? Here is a tutorial for you!! Here is a really crappy shot of what I was starting with:

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I took apart each chair and sanded each one and all the legs down. I also took the table top off the base and sanded down the base too.

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Next I took them all out to my garage and set up a “painting booth” and got to work painting them. I like to go to Wal-Mart or the dollar store and buy cheap plastic rectangle tablecloths to use for painting – they are easy for me to move around and are super cheap! I also wiped down the entire surface of each chair, leg and base with mineral spirits. I wanted to make sure there was nothing on them that would ruin the paint job.

 

I used my Homeright Finish Max to spray paint. I thinned out some primer first and primed each piece. The Finish Max is a dream and the paint goes on so smooth – but primer is a little gritty so before I applied my paint I used a sponge sander and sanded each piece.

After everything was primed and sanded, I started painting. I used the color Antique White by Glidden color matched in a Behr Semi-Gloss Enamel. I added a few tablespoons of water to each batch to thin the paint. This project is definitely a labor of love because I was at it all day long! You want to make sure you do quick, thin layers – over and over and over!

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After my chairs and base was painted, I used the Finish Max to apply three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. Then I set them in my house and let them cure for about a week.

Next was time to build the table top.

For the table top, I simply used 1×6’s that are glued and pocket screwed together. I cut 7 pieces at 57” and two pieces at 50.5”. The overall length of the table is just under 6 feet long.

I used my Kreg Jig and drilled about 8 pocket holes on one side of all but one of the seven 57” pieces.

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Then I glued the edge of each piece and using 1 1/4” pocket screws and a clamp, I screwed them together.

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After everything was dry, I built the bottom frame. I used 2x4s and measured it so it would have a 3” overhang on each side of the table. I also measured the middle so it would sit on the base.

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Before I assembled the frame, I drilled pocket holes into the 2×4’s so I would be able to attach the frame to the top. I used wood glue and 2.5” screws to secure the frame to the top.

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I added a 1×4 table skirt on the outside of the 2×4’s and then used my pin nailer to attach them. If you wanted to – you could miter your ends so they are nice and crisp – but I wanted mine a bit more rugged so I left the ends showing… and honestly, you don’t even really see them anyway. I used natural putty from minwax to putty any places I felt needed it and gave the table a quick sand down.

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I screwed the table top into the new white base from the bottom using 3” wood screws…

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… then I opened my back door and simply stained the table in place! I used a cherry finish and I love it! I applied three coats of stain and three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

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I love the color and it matches are real, natural color cherry floors really well!

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I love they way our dinning room is playing out and I love having an awesome kitchen table that accents our farmhouse/craftsman style so well! I really love how bright and clean it looks!

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If you guys decide to revamp your kitchen table I would love to see it!! And if you liked this project will you pretty please pin it!

Thanks friends and have a great day today!!

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White Subway Tile Backsplash

I am in la, la, la love with my white subway tile backsplash. When we set the first few tiles I sort of gritted my teeth and hoped I had made the right decision but every day I just love it more and more! I love the contrast of the white tile and gray grout with the granite counter tops and (hopefully soon) cherry cabinets!

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Are you ready for a picture overload??

Here we go!!

A couple before and after’s….

  

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It’s quite the difference huh? The white makes our kitchen so much brighter and cleaner and adds such a fun farmhouse aspect to our home.

(farmhouse may or may not be a little bit of foreshadowing!!) {wink!} {wink!}

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One of my favorite things about the new tile, is that it goes up and over the window around the sink. At first we only had it as high as the tile underneath the cabinets, but then changed our minds and carried it all the way up and it was the best decision.

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Another fun decision we made that we both really love is replacing our white outlet covers for silver covers. We purchased ours from Home Depot and they are actually nickel covers and you can find them here. I love the simple step detail of the covers. It adds a bit of personality without being “too much.”

 

What do you think? Do you guys like the subway tile? Do you guys have it in your kitchens? Are you thinking about it now!!

I hope so!!

If you are on the fence – do it! You will love it!

To create this look in your home you can find all the tips and tutorials you need here:

How To Use A Tile Saw
How to Cut Tile for an Outlet
Create a Subway Tile Backsplash
How to Grout Tile
How to Seal Tile

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How to Seal Tile and Grout

Let’s talk sealer shall we?!  We have tiled and grouted and scrubbed the tile clean and now it is time to protect all our hard work! I know nothing about good sealers so I went to Home Depot and looked around at the ones they had. I compared a few by looking at the bottles and finally settled on this one:

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SurfaceGard Maximum Strength Sealer — in a spray bottle.

I bought for a few reasons, the first being I was tiling  backsplash and I liked that I could just spray it onto the wall. Second, it is made for natural stone, tile, grout and masonry. Third, it is “supposed” to protect for 20 years. Lastly… it didn’t get too bad of reviews.

All I did was spray it on all over the tile. Easy right?

I made sure I sprayed it on in a uniform pattern and made sure all my sprays overlapped. I paid close attention to the grout lines and the amount of sealer they were absorbing – if I felt there was a spot that was absorbing too quickly or was too dry, I would give it another quick spray.

After waiting about 5 minutes I wiped off all the extra sealer with a clean dry rag.

Because we like to over-do some things…. I repeated the process one more time just to make sure it was really sealed!

I sealed the tile in the morning and waited until the evening to really utilize my kitchen. You only need to wait about 3 hours for it to fully dry but since I did two coats I personally wanted to wait just a bit longer.

We have had this backsplash finished since July. Surprise! This project was one of the many projects we completed over the summer while we were gearing up to start our blog and share with you. Since it has been done since July… I feel I can give you a better  and honest review of the tile sealer.

I really love it and have not had any problems with it. One time I splashed bright red spaghetti sauce all over the backsplash by the stovetop and was able to wipe it all off without any hassle and my grout looked just fine. Some people give advice and suggest to reseal every 6 months but our sealer is holding up just fine and we haven’t had any problems. In the summer, I may reseal around the sink and the stovetop because those are wiped down on a regular basis just to be extra sure they are sealed in tight but other than that we have had no problems and our grout and tile still look awesome!

On Friday, I will show you the finished project!! I am so excited!

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How to Grout Tile

Are you ready to grout? Has your tile cured for at least 48 hours? Yes!!?? Then let’s grout!

You will need:

  • Grout
  • A grout float
  • A large grout sponge
  • A large bowl of luke warm water
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    A grout float is a float with a smooth bottom side and the best sponge to buy is a large one with a scrubber on one side and a sponge on the other!

I am really excited about this post because I (Amanda) did all the work! I grouted my new backsplash! Woot! Woot! I’ll admit, I was nervous but once I started it was pretty easy and once I found my groove there was no turning back!

How to Grout Tile:

Add a small amount of grout to the bottom of your grout float.

Using the float, push the grout into the open lines of your tile. There are no tips or tricks really – it sort of comes natural. You push in the grout and then smooth it out and move onto the next line. You want to make sure that you fill the entire space with grout so there are no holes or air bubbles.

I did it small space by small space so the grout wouldn’t dry too much by the time I went to wipe off the excess. Use the scrubber side of your sponge and wipe off as much grout as you can. Make sure that you wipe off with flat and straight motions. Wiping grout out of the grout lines defeats the purpose a little bit (wink!)

When you have most of it off, flip the sponge over and wipe off the remaining grout. You shouldn’t have too much to wipe off but make sure it is as nice and clean as you can get it. You will still have a little bit of grout left of the tiles, it will pretty much just look like dirty water but let the grout dry for 48 hours.

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After 48 hours you can seal the grout. Before you apply your sealer, give the tile one more good scrub. I like to clean each tile one by one. It is tedious – but it would drive me nuts to seal a dirty tile and then have to see it every day!

This tutorial is for a backsplash, but you would use the same exact steps to grout any tile (shower surround, flooring, bathroom backsplash, walls and so on). Just make sure you press the grout in and clean it up really nice.

Tomorrow I will show you the grout sealer that I purchased and used and I’ll tell you why I went with the one I did.

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How to Create a Subway Tile Backsplash

Hello Friends! How was your weekend!? I was able to knock-out a couple organizational projects (I love to deep clean in January!) one of which we will be sharing – soon… I hope! But today we are going to show you how to tile a subway tile backsplash!

For this project you can use any rectangular tile you want and adjust the measurements as necessary. We picked out a White Daltile 3” x 6” tile from Home Depot. I am not sure how much they are per tile, but a box is only $22! We bought 4 boxes and had more than enough. The best part is that we could bring back the tiles we didn’t use. Okay… that’s not the best part… the best part is our amazing white tile subway backsplash… the returning part is just a fun little perk!

For our backsplash we used 1/8” tile spacers. We had a mixture of purple ones and white ones. I tried to take pictures with the purple ones so you can see them better. We like to dump ours in a paper bowl for easy access.

The mortar we used is a thin set pre-mixed mortar that we bought at Home Depot. I loved this because there was no mixing and no mess – we could just get to work! You also want to make sure you use thin set mortar on your backsplash. It is the perfect consistency so your tiles stay put and isn’t too thick.

You also want to make sure you use a slotted blade! Why? Because the cutouts create space between the tile and the wall and when you press the tile onto the wall it “sucks” it on so it stays better! Simply put your mortar on your tile and when you scrape off the extra, the slots will make the lines for the mortar you need to use.

 

Set your tile saw up somewhere close and outside since it is a water saw and let’s get to work!

For our backsplash, we started on the side of the kitchen with a bar top counter and a window and went from there. The most important part of tiling is making sure you are inline and straight. You want to make sure all your lines line up both horizontally and vertically. One of the best ways to do this is to take your level and make a line on your wall so you know where your tiles should line up.

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You may also want to play around with your design to make sure you like how the tiles will fall. I wanted a longer tile to overhang the bar top so we started there and made our lines and cuts based off that tile. Since our tile is 6” we have a line drawn at 6” and at 9”.

(Sorry about the awesome picture… taking a picture into the light of the window is a challenge for me!)

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With our lines drawn we cut and mortared up our first tile! To mark your tile, simply take a permanent marker and mark the tile where it touches the pen line. This makes it easier to get an accurate cut then trying to measure and mark from under the bar top.

At first we thought we wanted a little space between the countertop and the tile (you can see the purple spacers), but after placing a few we decided against it and simply put the tile onto the counter. Our counter is level so it makes a good starting “line.” After placing the first few tiles, we were on a roll.

 

We had a few outlets and light switches to cut around. You can find the tutorial on how to cut out the outlets here.  Remember to step back every so often and make sure all your lines are lining up.

Whenever we came to a “tricky” spot, we would bust out the level, draw a simple little line and keep on going. This ensured we would cut the tile where it needed to be cut and ease the pain of screwing up.

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After all the tile was done and set and before we grouted, we sealed the tile to the counter with a premium waterproof (clear) permanent silicone. We didn’t want to take the chance of something getting under the tile and since it is the kitchen – you want it waterproof!

Apply a small bead and then simply smooth it out with your finger.

 

Now we wait for the mortar to cure and then we grout!! I am so excited about this project that I feel like I have been in a permanent state of “happy dances!” since we finished it!

Want to know how to grout? Good!! Because we a a tutorial for that too!!

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How to Cut Tile for an Outlet

Now that you know how to cut tile with a tile saw, lets get down to business! Today we are going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to cut small tile for an outlet. It may seem super complicated… but it’s not and when you see how easy it really is you may start thinking about adding tile for your backsplash!

First, hold the tile up to the wall where you will be placing it and (using a permanent marker) mark where the cutout for the outlet box is width wise.

With your tile facing the same way, move it to the side of the outlet and position it where it will go and mark the tile length-wise.

Using a level, so your line is nice and straight and well… level {wink!} …draw a line using your mark length-wise.

 

Use your level and do the same for the width marks.

You will now have a nice little outline of the outlet.

Take your tile to your tile saw and cut out the outlet piece.

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You may have seen this tile before because we used this tile in our post and video about how to use a tile saw. You will want to watch the video! Spencer walks you through the whole process of cutting the tile and gives lots of good tips to make it easier for you. I have embedded it below but here is a link in case it won’t pull up for you.

Your cut out piece will slip nicely over your outlet…

And will pretty much look freakin’ awesome!!

Now that we have shown you some tips and tricks for creating a backsplash, next up… How to Tile a Backsplash!

See you Monday!

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How to Use a Tile Saw

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Hey Friends! Amanda here and today Spencer and I are going to show you how to use a tile saw! Since I am dreaming of a white tile backsplash… and am getting what I am dreaming of (Yay! happy dance!!) we are going to take you through a “how to tile a backsplash” series and offer up how-to’s and tips to help build your confidence on tiling a backsplash as well. You can use these tips for almost any tiling project.

Did you know that a tile saw doesn’t cut you? We have tiled quite a few places in our home and have used a tile saw but I had no clue the “saw” wouldn’t cut you… until Spencer stuck his hand right into the blade and dang near gave me a heart attack! I threw my hands up in front of my face and just knew he had lost a finger when he simply said “amanda, it doesn’t cut you…” and after I mustered up the courage to look… sure enough… no blood. Crazy right? It will tear through ceramic and stone and porcelain but not your flesh!

Alright… here is a simple little video we made just for you to show how to use the tile saw. Enjoy!

And if you don’t care to watch the video (although I don’t know why you wouldn’t!) or can’t for some reason, here are some photos and a little tutorial just for you!

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Here is the top view of the tile saw. You can see the blade and a blackish/silverish table. That moves back and forth so you simply put your tile piece on it and slide it back and forth. We mostly use it to steady the piece of tile we are cutting.

Mark your tile where you need to cut it. For this piece we are going to be cutting a little bit off the corner.

Line your marks up with the blade to make sure you will be cutting where you need too and then smoothly and steadily make your cuts.

   

More than likely, your cuts will not totally line up and match and you will have a small space in between cuts. Simply and carefully break the piece off.

You will have a little “tag” where the piece was being held on. Move your tile across the blade and smooth it out.

 

And you are done!

There is more white tile backsplash fun coming your way so stay tuned!

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I’m Dreaming of a White… Backsplash!

Four years ago The Contractor and I installed beautiful granite countertops in our kitchen. When faced with the decision of a matching granite backsplash – we declined… and have been backsplash-less since. For four years I have been battling the tiny little space between the counter and the wall against water and grease and Kool-aid and everything and anything that could possibly fall down between the cabinets and the wall and ruin them.

It’s sort of crappy.

Every couple months I revisit the backsplash issue but the problem is – I didn’t quite know what I wanted. We thought about doing a stainless steel backsplash but that felt a little to industrial for my taste. Then we thought about painting the backsplash a coordinating color and installing glass over it – but I wasn’t totally sold on that idea either.

I wanted something clean and fresh… and easy to clean!

About a year ago my mind wondered onto the idea of a white subway tile and I have not been able to get it out of my head since. I love the idea of clean and fresh white tile as a backsplash and now I am dreaming of it!


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It is lovely!

But then I looked at my three messy beautiful children and thought – “There is no way I would be able to keep that white grout clean… no matter how hard I tried.” and I don’t want to have to worry about it.

I would probably cry if I couldn’t get spaghetti sauce off the white grout.

and then I thought – “what if we do the grout a different color?”

A different color like GRAY! To match the paint in our home!?


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I am dying over this next photo!
I want! I want! I want!


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I am in love with it! I love the contrast of the white and the gray! It is so pretty but still clean and fresh and the grout won’t show every.single.thing!

The big test was asking Spencer what he thought….

… he loves the idea!!

So I see a brand new white subway tile backsplash in our very near future!!
{Happy Dance!}

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Where the Heck are Your Cabinet Doors?

As you are reading this blog and looking at the pictures, you will see that we are missing something HUGE in our home – in almost every room – and sometimes it is like this ginormous elephant in the room….

our cabinet doors!

When we finished our home remodel five years ago, we ran out of money and decided that we would skip the cabinet doors for a few months… and now five years later we are still missing those darn doors!

On our About Us page, I tell you that Spencer grew up in a cabinet shop and helped his dad and perfected his cabinet making ability for about 20 plus years – so why don’t we have any??

I ask myself this question a lot.

The shoemakers kids go barefoot.
The plumbers wife has leaks.
The electricians wife is in the dark.

The cabinetmakers wife – is cabinet door-less.

The Contractor insists on doing it himself. In his crazy head – no one will make them like HE will. So we would have to travel the 4 hours to the cabinet shop and miss a week of work. He knows his dad is just as good (if not better) than he — but we would have to shill out more $$$$ and speaking of money….

Three kids in a little over three years about emptied our pocketbook. 

AND – we either have money and no time or time and no money.
Such is life….

And the economy was a downer for us.

It seemed like every time we had the money something happened and the cabinet door money went somewhere else.

At first I thought everyone know we just remodeled… we will get them soon.
Then I went through a period where I was just embarrassed about it.
Now I feel like I just need to own it –

Hello, My name is Amanda and I don’t have any cabinet doors!

One of my greatest hopes for this blog is to celebrate and party with all of you when we finally install those doors!!

Hopefully THIS winter – but don’t hold your breath (I’m not!)

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