How are you doing? I hope you all had a great weekend. For us it’s been calm and unproductive: we’ve been busy watching movies and eating popcorn. Due to the bad weather we’ve been having in Montreal, almost all my projects have taken a back seat.
Some of you might remember that May 20th was Nate’s birthday. Our lucky boy, celebrated his second birthday twice this year: a party with hubby’s family and another one with my family. Unfortunately not everyone was able to make it but we made sure he had a great time. The same weekend of his birthday, my sister-in-law, gave Nate his first real hair cut with an electric clipper. He was crying and screaming the whole time. Holding on to me for dear life. We had to stop before completing the hair cut for fear of irreversibly traumatising him for life. I think we succeeded. It was difficult taking pictures of him but I still managed to take some. My brother took a video of this event and I plan on teasing Nate with the pictures and video by showing them to his future girlfriends (Oh! what a terrible mommy, I will be!)
Here is Nate at my hubby’s parents house sporting his new hair cut and opening his gifts. His grandma, decorated the house with a Spiderman theme. She did a great job. Lately, Nate is obsessed with Spiderman. Let’s see what next year’s theme will be!
This is one of his birthday cake’s (a delicious Tiramisu cake). I like the fun Spiderman candle:
Here are the cupcakes I prepared that same afternoon from cake mix. I added blue and red food coloring to the icing to match the Spiderman theme. I added a lot of food coloring to the icing but I never managed to get the colors I wanted. Sorry, I didn’t take pictures of everything because I was lacking time and Nate was being extremely demanding that day and the next:
We also got him “piñatas” and filled them with candy. We looked for a Spiderman one but we only found a “Cars” one. It’s OK because he loves it too. Only days later with my parents, we found a Spiderman “piñata”. So our little man was very lucky to get two of them:
Now, here is his second birthday cake. He was excited and waiving his hands in the air when he saw it for the first time:
This huge cake lasted several days in our house and I’m the one who ate most of what was left:
OK, enough about me eating cake. I have a DIY project that I’m very excited to share with you today. Some of you already know, I am a huge fan of IKEA. So it’s no surprise that I’ve been longing for this small BEKVAM kitchen cart since the day we moved in our house and started shopping around for our kitchen items. I never bought it because it was too small and I didn’t have space or a corner to tuck it away. I forgot all about it, until our kitchen renovation was finally over last October. But, hubby really wanted an island in the middle of the kitchen that wouldn’t take a lot of space. So, we went with the GROLAND island instead, we don’t regret it, it’s perfect for our space.
I did it again, boring you with these unnecessary details but I had to write them down, so you could understand why I’m so excited about this project.
Remember, a few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was working on different projects at the same time and I showed you a picture of this old side table:
Well, this old side table has been in our family for a while; it was in our living room, then my mother used it in her house to store sewing materials and now it’s back in our house. I knew, I wanted to update it, give it a new look with a fresh coat of paint. I was thinking of painting it pink for my craft room, then I thought of spray painting it in glossy white to go with our basement décor. I was prepared to start working on this, I had 3 cans of gloss white spray paint ready when I changed my mind of what I was going to do with this side table. I was browsing the famous “apartment therapy” site from my iPhone, admiring their home tours of the week. Stumbled, onto one of their pictures showing us the exact IKEA kitchen cart, I want. I loved how the owners transformed it with a coat of paint and told myself I would get one and paint it too. Just like that, it clicked, I got off the couch, told hubby we needed to go to the hardware store and look for more yellow paint.
Now, please let me share with you how I transformed this old side table into this mini kitchen rolling cart:
Hubby prepared the table by cleaning it and sanding it.
We really need to get a sanding machine as soon as possible to save ourselves time:
We started working on this table a few weeks ago, but we’ve been having poor weather. Last week, I wanted to take more pictures of the cart, so you could see how we are using it but natural light has not been available. This is also one of the reasons, I delayed this post.
This is Nate and our little dog Angel in the yard. When hubby was preparing the table for the paint, I was working on this other project involving mason jars but we had to stop working on them because Nate thought it would be fun for him to smash these jars on his small truck:
This is the paint I used for this project. I was nervous of not spray painting this piece of furniture and leaving ugly paint brush marks on it. I have to admit that spray painting is still my number one preference.
I started by using a roller but I didn’t like the look, so I used two different paint brushes for this project; a medium size brush and a small brush for the spots I couldn’t easily reach with the medium one.
After the first coat of paint; I let it dry for 2 days because too much paint collected at the bottom of the legs and they were glued to the plastic cover. I sanded the entire table again and gave it a second coat of paint without putting too much paint on the brushes. I don’t know why but this year I’m having tons of unexpected issues when painting furniture. I think, it’s because I’m taking pictures while working and trying to get too many things done at the same time for the blog and last year I hadn’t start blogging yet so I wasn’t as distracted:
We bought a dark stain for the top, however after seeing it sanded and how well it looked next to our island, we decided to leave it natural and only protect it with polyurethane. So, I asked hubby to sand the top very well again. I am loving this ‘real/natural wood’ look that’s going on in our kitchen:
We pulled the cart outside on one sunny day to continue working on it:
I wanted to add handles to this tiny cart, so we could easily move it around our kitchen. We went to the hardware store and found these two towel bars at Reno Depot for only $3.99 each. Because the sides of the cart are so small, these were the only available option:
Here is hubby drilling them to the cart:
Here is a picture of the cart in our kitchen, we were making sure it looked well next to our island and bar stools. The cart doesn’t take too much space and if needed it can easily be moved around:
OK, I know, it’s one of these long posts but don’t leave just yet, there is only four more steps left to finish this project:
I wanted to add extra storage space to the bottom of the cart by adding a few pieces of wood. I used my miter saw for this step but you could use a hand saw instead if you are not too scared of using your hubby’s work tools:
I thought I took the exact measurements while hubby was preparing the barbecue but in my next pictures you will see I was off by a bit:
It doesn’t look that bad once painted and glued to the cart.
hubby sanded them lightly to remove the splinters:
To keep Nate occupied while I was painting the pieces of wood. I gave him yellow craft paint and sanded pieces of extra wood for him to play with. He was concentrated at his new task and happy to be helping mommy:
Nate, before his new hair cut:
I wanted to drill or nail these pieces of wood to the table but the wood used would split, so I decided to glue them instead:
In the pictures below, you will not be able to see it very well, but the first piece of wood was warped because it was left out in the rain for several days after working on our downstairs balcony (future post).
Can you see what I’m talking about? If you look closely at the kitchen cart, it’s the first piece of wood that is warped. I don’t mind it anymore, it adds an “antique” feel!
Another important feature that we decided to add to this piece is: wheels to the four legs, making it a functional kitchen rolling cart:
With the handles and wheels, it’s easy to move it around when preparing food. Unfortunately, Nathan is liking this cart too much; I find mixing bowls in my living room every day:
You might have also noticed the two baskets on the island. I gave them a coat of white paint and are now used to store my mixing bowls. If you read my previous post, you remember how I used one of the baskets to organize my kitchen counter:
I love, how I was able to turn this piece into three functional projects:
The difficult parts of this project were:
- taking the piece of furniture outside and inside of the house too many times because of the bad weather
- finding time for hubby to sand it (3 times)
- keeping Nate occupied
Since, the renovation, I’ve been craving color in our kitchen and added a few red accessories to it. Now, with the yellow bar stools and kitchen cart; our kitchen is full of color. We’ve been living with our kitchen cart for over two weeks and I love it, it’s the first thing you see when you come in to the space:
It might not be the exact duplicate of the IKEA kitchen cart; it’s much smaller but it’s functional and only cost us $23.00 for the paint and towel bars. I have a lot of yellow paint left over, I guess yellow will be my go to color of the summer this year for me and my blogger-friend Krista! If you haven’t checked out Krista’s blog, you should, she inspires me every time with her projects.
Hope your week started great!
Thanks again for stopping by!
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