Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dark Tung Oil Butcher Block Countertops

This is our second time using butcher block countertops in a kitchen remodel. There are several reasons why I love them, they're affordable, easy to install and look great. 

We tried using as many green products as we could, so in this kitchen remodel I wanted to use all  natural tung oil.
There are many tung oil products out there but only a few are pure tung oil.
Here are just a few of the advantages of using pure tung oil:
  • Doesn't form a glossy finish
  • Forms a flexible water proof finish
  • FDA approved for food contact
  • Doesn't darken over time like linseed oil
  • Resists abrasion and acids

I found a dark tung oil from the Real Milk Paint Company which adds a rich beautiful patina.
They also sell many other environmentally friendly products including paint.

Real pure tung oil is non-toxic so it's a great choice for a countertops, however most people recommend thinning pure tung oil with mineral spirits, turpentine or naphtha. If you add these solvents to thin the tung oil it is no longer non-toxic. 

The Real Milk Paint Company has a great solution for this, they recommend and sell a citrus solvent to mix with tung oil, which allows it to remain non-toxic. This was really important to me.

Let me tell you it was so easy to apply. I followed their applications instructions on the bottle, and also found tips and suggestions on their website.


I even used it on the kitchen island top, I love it and 
trust me I'll be using this stuff again on other projects.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cottage Kitchen-Before and After

Today, I'm sharing our kitchen reno at the beach cottage.
The before kitchen was obviously not the original 1955's kitchen and it was gross to say the least. 
I think we removed in cabinets in record time because they were hardly secure and the counter-tops weren't even attached. We donated all of the cabinets and appliances.



We kept the sink in the original location to save money, but relocated the fridge next to the sink
We saved space by using smaller appliances like a 24" dishwasher and smaller counter-depth fridge.


I decided that I wanted a normal size stove, so to save money
 I found a great used slide-in on craigslist for $100.00

I wanted open shelving rather than upper cabinets, the space is small so I didn't want to crowd it, plus adding shelving rather than cabinets saves a ton of money. 
The kitchen accessories are a mix of new and vintage, I made the fresh oysters sign from an old piece of wood that we found in the attic, I love how it turned out.

In a later post I will show you how we used galvanized piping for the shelf supports.

Stayed tuned for more info on beautiful counter tops.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beach Cottage Sitting Room - Before and After

Finally, I can start sharing some before and afters with you.

Our beach cottage living space is narrow and long, so for furniture placement I decided to split it into 2 sitting areas, one for reading and relaxing and one for tv watching.


 The before pictures of the sitting room area, which originally in the 1950's was the porch area. 
I didn't like the built in cabinets for several reasons, 1) the doors dropped down which would make it difficult to use, 2) took up valuable floor space, 3) poorly made.
So we ripped them out and gained space to add seating.

I found these cute vintage rattan chairs on craigslist.
I spray painted them with Krylon Catalina Mist, and recovered the cushions.

I removed the vinyl blinds and replaced them with bamboo roman blinds.

 The slipcover loveseat and rug is from Ikea, an estate sale trunk
 along with vintage and handmade coastal inspired accents.
The pillow fabrics are some of my fabric designs available at Spoonflower.

The entire cottage had stained v-groove wood walls, some of the wood needed replacing 
so rather than trying to match it I decided to paint it white. 
It really lightens the rooms up and also adds that beachy vibe I was going for.
 I'll be posting about the floors in a later post.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Beach Cottage Exterior Progress

 I know, I know, I have been missing in action for the past few months, 
we’ve been working hard on the beach cottage and progress is for sure happening. 

We pretty much only work there on the weekends and sometimes a long weekend.

There is nothing better than taking a break from all the work and walking a few houses down, 
putting your feet in the sand and floating on a raft in the gorgeous turquoise water,
 I love every minute of it. 

Here is a picture of what the cottage looked like when we purchased it.
 It was built in 1955.



We had the roof on the house replaced, we painted the exterior a lovely shade of aqua, 
painted the picket fence and added the arbor. 

We still need to do some front yard landscaping and redo the railing on the 
roof deck and put a couple of coats of white paint on the trim and roof deck. 

I promise I’ll be sharing more pictures along the way, there is a ton of progress to see.