Our Living Room Refresh

Our living room is one of the spaces I would rarely show on Instagram, yet it is the room we spend the most time in as a family. We never painted it when we moved in. The color was a darker gray than the rest of our home and it had a bluish undertone. We bought a large gray sectional when we moved in from a liquidation store nearby. When we got it home and in the room, we realized that it didn’t fit exactly like we’d hoped and it was a bit large for the space.

We made it work for a couple of years until I got the idea to give this room a refresh. I’m slowly working through every room in our house to make it “my favorite room”. What I mean is that if I don’t love a space in my home, I try to transform it into a something that I love so that every room eventually feels like “my favorite”.

The Before

This is the before photo of the room. The large gray sectional and gray walls made the space feel small and dark, despite it being the room in our house with the most windows. We sold the sectional on Facebook Marketplace for $500. We also sold an old rug for $15.

What We Changed

We started off by painting the walls in Swiss Coffee by Behr. This creamy off-white helped brighten the space so much! Paint and supplies cost $40.

We also moved an Ikea Ektorp chair and ottoman that we had in our son’s nursery into this room. We found another Ikea Ektorp sofa on marketplace that came with an additional ottoman for $75. We bought a new cover for $50 from Ikea and cleaned up the inside cushions of the couch. We sold the ottoman that came with it for $20. The new sofa ended up costing us a total of only $105. I found some new pillow covers and spent $25 at Hobby Lobby.

Eventually, to finish the room refresh, we will add a new rug and coffee table. I’ll share those additions once we find what we are looking for on Instagram!

The Cost Breakdown

We made $535 off of selling our sectional, an old rug, and the ottoman that came with the new sofa. In the end, we only spent $350 of it on a new couch/cover, paint, a new rug, coffee table, and pillow covers. We actually made money off of giving this room an update!

The After

I’m so happy with how this room turned out! To view the process in more detail, check out my highlights on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse.

Thank you for reading and God bless!

Krista

Sources:

Paint- Swiss Coffee by Behr

Sofa, Ottoman, and Armchair- Ikea Ektorp in Lofallet Beige found on Facebook Marketplace

Curtains- Ikea Hilja in white

Wall Decor- Distressed White Arch on clearance at Hobby Lobby

Rug- Chunky Jute Rug from rugsusa.com

Coffee Table- sold to us by my mom who got it years ago at Christmas Tree Shops

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Antique Buffet Makeover with Chalk Paint

I finally got around to painting and distressing my antique buffet table! I’ve always wanted a white buffet and now this one is a perfect focal point for our back living area.

This antique buffet was a Facebook Marketplace find. I originally had a tv stand that I found at a liquidation store, and although it was beautiful and sturdy, it wasn’t solid wood or very unique. I had been on the lookout for a buffet to refinish for quite some time, but they can be pricey. When I found this one for along with the huge hutch I refinished in my dining room for $75 each on marketplace, I was thrilled! I sold my other tv stand for $140 and ended up with two solid wood antique pieces instead of one manufactured piece of furniture.

While the black wasn’t terrible, it was too dark for the room. We are refreshing our back living area right now and the white just brightens up the space. The photo below is what it looked like in our living room once we brought it home.

First, I painted the whole thing with two coats of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White. I used a regular angled paint brush.

Then, I took a couple of pieces of 80 grit sandpaper and distressed it by hand. I haven’t sealed it yet, but plan on doing so soon with a water-based polycrylic.

I am loving how it turned out! Refinishing a piece of furniture can be daunting, but it wasn’t hard at all! You can check out another piece I refinished here.

Be sure to check out my Instagram page @faith.and.farmhouse for more decor ideas and before and afters!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Krista

Thrift Store Decor

I am a big believer that something doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. And sometimes the things that are most beautiful don’t cost anything at all. Most of my decor and furniture in my home is secondhand. I love giving old decor pieces a new life and purpose in my home. Today, I will share with you some of my best secondhand finds. I hope to encourage you to do the same!

As a current stay-at-home mom and former teacher, when it comes to decorating I don’t have a big budget. I’ve always been frugal, and buying new home decor can really add up. I’ve learned how to find secondhand decor and furniture at a fraction of the cost of what it would have been to buy something new. I rarely ever buy something full price. My favorite places to shop secondhand are Goodwill, thrift stores, and Facebook Marketplace. You really have to look for good deals, which can take more time and patience, but in the end it is worth it and it saves so much money!

Secondhand Furniture

Both of my dining tables, my sofa, two armchairs, three ottomans, an antique church pew, a hutch, and a few small tables and shelves are all secondhand finds.

My antique church pew in my entryway was found on Facebook Marketplace for only $75!

This hutch I found at Goodwill for only $35. I painted it with chalk paint and replaced the drawer pulls. Now it looks amazing!

This dining table is solid wood and was only $100 from Facebook Marketplace.

This table was a hand-me-down from my parents that I refinished. You can check out my blog post on refinishing this table here.

This IKEA Ektorp slipcover sofa, armchair, and ottoman were $130 on Facebook Marketplace. We bought new beige covers from IKEA and cleaned up the cushions a bit, but they were sturdy and still in great shape! This set would have cost at least $750 if bought new.

We found another IKEA Ektorp armchair and ottoman set for $30. This one already had beige slipcovers and was in near new condition. I simply washed the slipcovers!

We found the matching ottoman to our sectional sofa on a random trip to Goodwill. It was only $10 compared to $150 online!

This adorable scalloped shelf was only $10 at Goodwill. It went perfectly in my daughter’s nursery!

Thrift Store Decor Finds

This photo is from one trip to Goodwill. These buffalo check pillows were $3 each. I brought them home and washed them in hot water and color safe bleach. They look perfect on my church pew!

These antique books are from Goodwill, as well as the candlestick. The books are old Bibles and hymnals and cost a total of $10. This antique brass candlestick only cost $3! I’ve also found other brass candlesticks at Goodwill and thrift shops for under $5.

This super cute wreath was only $2 at my local Goodwill and looks great in my daughter’s nursery! Check out the rest of her nursery here.

I also found these shelf brackets for $1 each at Goodwill that I used to build this wall shelf!

This tobacco basket was $2 and the white vase was only $3 at Goodwill.

These lanterns were both found at Goodwill. The big one was $4 and the small one was only $3.

These signs were $6 each from my local Goodwill. They all had Walmart tags still on them!

Shop Secondhand!

I hope that after seeing all of the great deals I’ve found shopping secondhand that you are inspired to do the same! It saves so much money and is actually a lot of fun! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @faith.and.farmhouse for more decorating inspiration! God Bless!

With Love,

Krista

How to Refinish a Table, Farmhouse Style

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I had never refinished a piece of furniture in my life. What I learned was that refinishing an old oak table, though not exactly easy, was well worth the time and effort.

A Thoughtful Gift

This solid, round oak table was where my husband and I sat and ate many meals, some great, others not so much, during our first few years of marriage.  It was a hand-me-down table from my parents.  They had it sitting around in a garage and knew we needed a place to sit and eat.  We didn’t have too many pieces of furniture starting out.  My husband was still taking college classes while working full-time and I had just graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and was looking for my first teaching job.  Even though it didn’t look the best; the finish was peeling in places and it was stained that orange-ish color that made it look straight from the 90’s, we welcomed this table with thankful hearts.  

Time for  a Change

We bought our first house together in the spring of 2018.  We had just welcomed our little girl into the world and we were ready to stop renting and buy a place of our own.  I knew before we even found our home that I wanted something that I could decorate farmhouse-style.  I’ve always loved seeing the transformations that Joanna Gaines does to the houses on Fixer Upper and I couldn’t wait to bring that farmhouse feel into our future home.  When our offer was accepted on a home with two dining spaces, an eat-in kitchen and a formal dining area, I knew that it wouldn’t be in the budget to buy two new dining tables.  I was going to have to update our current dining table in order to get the look I was hoping for.  I had never refinished a piece of furniture in my life.  What I learned was that refinishing an old oak table, though not exactly easy, was well worth the time and effort.

The hand-me-down oak table in the dining room of our rental home. I hated those green countertops!

Doing Some Research

First off, I started doing my research into how to refinish a table. I knew that I wanted a white base with a dark walnut stained top. I found another blog tutorial online that proved to be very helpful from @makingitinthemountains. Her tutorial online about how she refinished her kitchen table was exactly what I was looking for! I also found a few other tutorials and googled the basics on sanding and staining. With it being a free, secondhand table, I decided to take a shot and refinish it.

Gathering the Supplies

I knew I wanted to stain my tabletop a dark, deep color. After researching different stain colors and brands, I went with Miniwax Dark Walnut stain. What’s great is most of my supplies for this table are available on Amazon, so I didn’t even have to go out for too many supplies. Click on the images featured to purchase on Amazon.

Miniwax Dark Walnut Stain

After reading something about how belt sanders can leave marks, but palm sanders may not leave as many, I went out and bought a palm sander that proved to be very handy (pun intended).

Black + Decker Mouse Detail Sander

I definitely didn’t have the time to sand the entire table, and I knew that chalk paint allows the paint to stick on finished surfaces without sanding. I purchased a can of Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint in Linen White. I love how easy it is to use!

Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White

I used a cheap foam paintbrush that I had lying around so it wouldn’t show too many brushstrokes, but a good, high-quality paintbrush is all you really need.

To seal the top, I bought a can of Miniwax polyurethane. This is the one I used:

Miniwax Polyurethane in Clear Satin

Sanding

The key to sanding is starting with the most abrasive (lowest number) of grits first and then moving onto the finer (higher number) grits. You’ll want to make sure you get off ALL of the original finish. It needs to get down to bare wood in order for the stain not to look blotchy. It took me at least an hour and a half to completely sand the finish off of the top. I probably should have continued to sand a bit longer to smooth out any scratches, but with a young baby and busy evenings, I didn’t have that much time. I’ve read where you can use stripper and scrape the finish off first but I didn’t have the tools and I chose to just try to sand it down. Overall, it worked pretty well!

The Before Photo of the Table

Staining

After completely sanding the top down to bare wood, I applied the liquid stain using a staining sponge to the top in even strokes going with the grain. Make sure you don’t leave too much excess stain piled up and just sitting there. You can also apply the stain with a clean t-shirt or clean cloths. I used the sponge and wiped the excess up with a cloth. I let it dry overnight. I applied a second coat of stain the next day and waited for it to dry overnight as well.

Sealing

After the stain had dried, I used the polyurethane to seal the top. I was advised to go with polyurethane vs. polycrylic by the salesman at Menards, so I went with it! It has held up so far. Be sure to apply a thin coat and not too thick, otherwise you’ll end up with bubbles like I did. I had to sand down a couple spots where it bubbled up before doing a second coat of polycrylic, which was frustrating. After fixing my mistake, I did two more coats of polyurethane. Overall, I did three coats and it still looks great! Because I was teaching at the time and only getting to work during the evening hours while dealing with dinner, bath time, and bedtime, I waited about a week before I painted the base. This allowed time for the polyurethane to really set and seal properly.

Painting

Painting the base white was the easiest part. I purposefully chose to refinish the top before painting the bottom because I knew that I would drip stain. I didn’t want to paint the bottom white until all of the staining was finished. I painted the base with three coats of chalk paint one evening and it only took me about an hour total. The paint was completely dry the next morning!

It is (re)Finished!

I am so happy that I decided to take a leap of faith and refinish a piece of furniture, staining and everything, all by myself. It looks so much better and has more of a farmhouse feel to it now! I see similar orange oak tables all of the time for dirt cheap at Goodwill, garage sales, secondhand shops, etc. If you’re thinking about refinishing a piece of furniture, I say do it! I now have a beautiful, solid wood farmhouse table that didn’t cost much at all! Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think or if I can help answer any questions you may have!

My Finished Farmhouse Table