Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's the little things :)

Sometimes things stop and make you think. You think about all the things that don't matter and all the little things that really matter. For me, it's the only way to keep my sanity. For those of you who know me, know that I am a very emotional person. I interpret things the wrong way, and usually will over analyze a lot. I've been trying to help myself by taking the situation and looking at it in the overall grand scheme of things. "Is this really worth the emotional roller coaster your putting yourself through?" I like to think that I'm putting things more into perspective, and it helps.

This couple's interview will stop and make you think, it's the little things. It's the same way with my husband and I. I always make time to think about the little things that make our relationship so special. Take time to watch this video, it will warm your heart.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dresser Redo!

An impromptu trip to goodwill led me to this amazing dresser I snagged for only $20!! It wasn't until we brought it home that we found out that it's a Thomasville dresser! Great stuff! The only step I have left is to either fix or replace the tracks.

Here are some during shots. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bentley Street on facebook

Hey everyone!
If you haven't already noticed our blog has a facebook page! This is where I post a link to a new blog post, or I will post links to other blog posts I've found. You can either find us here on facebook, or click the like button the upper right hand corner of the page (picture shown below).

We love getting more fans! Please post questions and pictures on our wall! We'd love to see your home redos!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Goodwill Nightstand Reveal!!

So.. I never want to spend more than $50 on a piece of furniture again!! Steve is probably grinning from ear to ear reading that because about a month ago, you would have never heard those words come from my mouth. But seriously, if you find the right piece, take the time to bring it back to life, it'll look like a brand new piece that you spent top dollar for. I found this nightstand at goodwill for $15! I really wish they had the matching one because they would be perfect in our bedroom but they just had the one. It's final destination will be in the guest room, which has yet to be revealed (it needs some major work).

For now its my temporary nightstand, which definitely does not match Steve's :) as seen in our previous post.
Here are the before and after pictures. Total project cost around $30.

It might not look much different, but the piece was in pretty good condition from the start. I gave it a good sanding. primed and spray painted it Rust-oleum's Heirloom White, and I replaced the hardware with more modern handles from Lowes.

When I took the old hardware off, I noticed that the new hardware required a new set of holes to be able to fit. We filled the old holes with wood filler, sanded it level, and measured for our new holes.
So what do you think of our new $30 nightstand? Has anyone else refinished an old piece of furniture?? I'd love to see your pictures or hear tips and advice that you've learned along the way!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sleeping like kings!

Well.. not really.. but close! Steve and I purchased our very first king size bed. We've had the bed frame and headboard in our house for a couple weeks and this past weekend we bought a mattress so we were finally able to put it together.

Remember a few posts back when I was debating between two separate headboards? Well we ended up going with the overlapping squares headboard. I did LOVE the morocco headboard, but the price was just not what we wanted to spend on a headboard. Also the bed frame we got was the Narrow Leg Bed frame from West Elm.

So here it is! Our new bed! What do you think?? Please ignore the non-matching nightstands.. that is just a current solution to our lack of matching ones :).

We had also made a post about mattress shopping, and for those curious we ended up going ikea, which was a good move! We anticipated spending atleast $1000 on a king mattress, but only ended up paying $549. So far after two nights so good! It's still a little firm but we figure it will break in soon, and if not we will purchase this. We had one of these on our last bed and it was amazing!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mattress Shopping

Hey everyone!
So Steve and I received our new king headboard and frame (post to come soon don't worry ;)), and now were in need of a new king size mattress. We are completely new to the mattress buying process and would appreciate any advice on where to go, where not to go, and mainly what to expect.

Thanks in advance!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Drum Table Reveal

Hey everyone!

So remember my secret project I was ECSTATIC about? Well that completely fell through :(. I had found a dresser at a thrift store that I wanted to completely redo for only $40!, but when I went to go pick it up, it had a sold sign on it. See picture below.

Oh well, I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Anyways I ended up finding this cute drum table (that's what my mom calls it) for only $10!! Being my first furniture transformation I learned a lot. Here are before and after shots of the table.

1. Sanded with electric sander. 
2. Spray painted primer, two cans.
3. Spray painted two coats. 
4. Brush painted top of table.
5. Replaced hardware. 

What I learned. 
1. Be patient between coats!
2. A "pinkish" undertone means that the stain is bleeding through and more primer is needed. 
3. Practice means perfect. 
4. Sanding is your friend.
5. I love that this table only cost me $10, and around $30 to completely redo, with a grand total of $40!

So what do you think about my very first furniture transformation??