Photo of the Day: The Next Home Project

Last weekend we took on another fairly large home project – staining our deck. The previous homeowners had neglected it – the stain had wore off on the horizontal surfaces, and the wood was peeling horribly. After several hours of cleaning, power washing, and sanding, we were finally ready. It was pushing 100 degrees last weekend, so we got up early and spent both Saturday and Sunday morning staining. The finished product – Redwood Natural semi-transparent – turned out quite nice, if you ask me.

Photo of the Day: We Bought A Hutch

About a month ago, my husband and I purchased a hutch from an antique market. We’d been searching for one since we moved into our house in March, because we knew we’d quickly run out of kitchen cabinet space if we didn’t have a place to store our nicer dishes. We found this beauty for $230. It’s truly an antique – it has a note stapled to the top dating it to the early 1900s and purchased in Chicago. I wish I knew its entire history.

Because our dining room has wood floors and our dining room table is black and cherry wood toned, we made the tough decision to paint it. Yes, the wood was beautiful and could have been stained to look like new. But for our space, the paint looks perfect. (To prove that point … dining room reno photos coming soon!)

I apologize for the poor quality – this photo was taken on a cell phone in the antique store. I forgot to take a “before” photo at home.
Midway through the several coats of paint.
Our finished hutch – black exterior, white interior, and a stained table-top. It matches perfectly with our dining room table.