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Farmhouse Dining Table with Extensions

I told you all last week about the table situation in our dining area. We were able to bring home our new handcrafted table late last week and we are completely loving it! It fits the space so much better than the other table. We got it locally from a woodworker in Taylorsville, Kentucky. I found him at a local peddler’s mall and took his business card. If you are local….you can find them on the web at Hahn Country Woodworks . He was able to build a table exactly to our specifications. We are really loving how it turned out! Come and take a peek…..

 

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I tried to take pics of several angles incase you may want to commission a woodworker in your local area. It really is simple construction….

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He ended up using two pieces of reclaimed walnut and two pieces of maple reclaimed for the legs. I decided on a very rough whitewash finish for the legs. farmhouse dining table with extensions @cleverlyinspired (6)

 

Top is solid pine. It is stained Minwax walnut. The satin polyurethane finish makes it look older than it is—we didn’t want it real shiny. I told him that I would love to have some extensions that I could push into the ends so that during the busy holiday periods or if I had a bigger dinner party I could easily accommodate 12 people.

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What we ended up doing is creating two 18 inch extensions for both sides that literally just slide into two holes that he fit on the ends. It really is fairly simple construction. (Stella is a fan too….such a big help she is….)

 

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You might think that this is a really expensive option…but we thought the table was really affordable. We ended up selling our Pottery Barn table along with four parson chairs for $630. I bought this table for $650 dollars. And $200 of it was actually the extensions. The everyday size of the table is 90×38. With the extensions the table is 126…10.5 FEET of table for $650!!!!! Solid wood!!! Can you tell that I LOVE this!!!!

 

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I bought the wooden chairs on Amazon (these are similar… Adeco Elm Wood Woven Rattan Vintage-Style Dining Chair Curved Leg Contrasting Back (Set of 2), Tan ….they are such a nice compliment….and actually quite comfy. My plan is to have slipcovers made for the parson chairs…maybe in this blue ticking fabric….still thinking on that…

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If you are interested in having your own table made try looking at a  local thrift shop or flea market and asking for a good carpenter. Most carpenters who do trim work also know of or do furniture themselves. Might be a good place to start.farmhouse dining table with extensions @cleverlyinspired (12)

Working on a centerpiece this weekend…can’t wait to share it! PS the new rug is from Homegoods;) Wall color is Constellation Ben Moore…here is the paint post:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Unique Chandeliers for Family room

Thank you so much for all the excitement about the horseshoe panel holders. It really makes me so happy when I share something with you that you get excited about also. It’s fun to think out of the box like that and share ideas that not only become part of your space but also become part of your conversations. Those are the things that I think make a house into a home. So now that the holidays are finished and I have finally gotten all of the Christmas stuff put away I thought I would start considering what light fixture to put in the family room. I have looked at several that I know would work great but I just wasn’t sold on any of them until I found the one that I ordered yesterday. It is a challenge finding unique lighting on a budget. All of the ones in this round up are a decent size for close to $500 (some more, some less.) As you know… I think they are in the jewelry in a room and can really add so much for not a whole lot of cash:)unique lighting on a budget @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

 

For our family room I settled on this one from West Elm. I adore the warmth….aged glass mixed with kind of a modern vibe…

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This light would work great in many situations….dining…living room…even large bedroom…..

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West Elm Glass Orb

My lame attempt of “photo shopping” it into our family room…

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I think that it is the perfect mix of clean but yet classic. I wanted something lightweight and kind of simple to balance out the darker woods. I think that it complements the dining room fixture nicely also. It is nice  that the globes are upside down so they won’t catch dust inside they will just need to be dusted on the outside…which I am sure will get done realllll often ;) #yeahright This fixture measures 42 inches long and 31 inches from ceiling. I like that I can scatter the glass globes for kind of a random look. We had considered possibly doing one of these wagon wheel lights…

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Wagon Wheel Chandelier

….but when I got to thinking about it I thought it may be too matchy-matchy considering I have a barn door table and horseshoes on my wall:) “Everybody ready for a barn yard dance…grab  your partner, two by two….”….moving on….

 

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The other one I almost bought was this uber cool Wine Bottle Chandelier. I was really almost set on it until I realized the wattage was a little bit too dim for the space. However, this seller on etsy loves to do custom pieces….and they are really great to work with….it may be a nice addition to a bar someday:) One thing that I’m learning with really tall 11 foot ceilings…. the light does not reach the ground quite as easily so you really do have to consider how much wattage you are needing. I don’t think that this wine bottle fixture would have made quite as much of a statement because of the tall ceilings and the dim light. My thinking with a rectangular shape was that the light was a little bit more spread out on the ceiling. To do a round fixture in this room I would have had to get at least 30-36 inches in diameter which drives the price sky high. I do love some of these though….and the prices on them are not bad….

 

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Wine Barrel Chandelier

 

 

 

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Wood Orb

 

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Edison Bulb

 

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Just changing out a light fixture can jump start you on to a whole new look for a room. It’s something to consider and many times if you don’t have a hardwire into place a licensed electrician can sometimes fish it through the ceiling and place one where you like. Its just something that you should consider when you’re looking at updating a space.

 

Have a great weekend friends stay warm!!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

The Paint Colors in our home

Oh I could just kiss you all! Thanks for the sweet comments about my Office Reveal.…it truly made my weekend. Thank  you thank you thank you…and feel free to keep sharing it. I will posting several more ideas from that space…much more coming up soon.

A few blogs that I read recently did post on the colors of their homes. I thought it was nice to see the whole palette all together.

Some of these rooms have not be featured on the blog. Mainly because they aren’t really all finished. But a few of you have asked for paint colors in the past so I thought I would put this together as a reference. I am going to place a quick link on the sidebar in case you ever want to come back to it in the future.

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Remember that paint plays different in every kind of light…and just because it worked in my home doesn’t necessarily mean it will work in yours. I would encourage you to try some samples and see how you like it…and go from there:)

To see pictures of the rooms that are complete….they are all listed on the sidebar of the blog. Thanks!!

Also—If you would like to read a fabulous update about The Traveling Art Project…Layla posted last week…so fun!

Have a great Monday!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Double Doors for the Entry

It is like Christmas all over again…our gorgeous double doors have arrived! They were installed on Saturday. It was supposed to rain all weekend….but we lucked out with 60 degrees and cloudy….perfect for installing a new door in the middle of January.  To review a bit…I told you about our grand master plan for the front of the house. We started researching doors a while back.

Currently we have a single door with sidelights. The whole piece measures about 84 by 67 inches. We had the contractor come out and measure….and come to find out that Lowes only offered one double door unit that would fit our rough opening. Good news is that we loved it! No more searching.
The doors are made by Pella and are a fiberglass with wood grain. It is a stainable surface and we chose to order the doors unfinished so that we could choose our own stain. The doors will be stained this week by a professional. I do not have a lot of experience using gel stain on fiberglass….so I am calling in the pros for this one.

These pictures are similar illustrations of the look we are going after…..

 

 

 

Here is a little sneak peek of the progress…..

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Here are some past post about our front door project :)

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Painted Houses

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Holiday decorating in the Kitchen

Sometimes…I get something stuck in my mind.

ok…all the time…I get something stuck in my head…

Like red and white. I heart those colors together at Christmas.

I screams tradition…well…more whispers…but you know what I mean.

I loved dressing my white cabinets for Christmas….here is what I pulled together…

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Fa la la la la…la la la la… I had most of these decorations from years past.

I did buy 4 sheets of scrapbooking paper to make some fun snowflakes to stick on the cabinets. Easy, cheap and fun! Also used a new product that I will tell you more about in another post. Paper ribbon. Love, love, love.

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On the open shelves I used some 2 inch grosgrain ribbon…along with some paper ribbon to dress up the shelves. The lanterns have some garland and berries (just secured on with some floral wire).

Joy to the World….the pretzels look so pretty…(I could go on….you know I could…)

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Silver bells….silver bells….it’s time to chill…in the coffee-bar…ahahahahah…ring a ling….hear them ring….soon it will be time for wine…..

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Oh Christmas Tree…o Christmas Tree…how lovely is this chandelier…..with my burlap pompom….

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Santa Baby….fill my stocking with a duplex…and checks…and a wreath for my sink…

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Ok…I’ll stop…now go forth and make some snowflakes.

Your family will love you.

Your friends will just roll their eyes at you…again ;)

They will love you anyway though.

 

Be sure to stop by my girls Thistlewood Farms and The Hunted Interior this week…for some more fabulous Christmas inspirations!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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