Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Neat & Tidy" Children's Bedroom Set

We just finished up on reNEWing our 
"Stanley" five piece bedroom set .
This was by far the biggest reNEWal we've tackled so far!!!
 What were we thinking? So many pieces 18,  (I think) plus all the add ons. WHEW, glad to be done with this one! 
Gone is the dated honey oak finish  
& all the stickers, 
replaced now with an updated
  "Restoration Hardware" look in a warm gray. 

 Oh yes, once again Inspired by 
"Restoration Hardware."

This set now has everything you need to get your child's bedroom neat & tidy!!!
No need for a conventional dresser when the side pier cabinets have ample space to hold all your child's clothes. 
Loads & Loads of storage with all the drawers, cabinet & open shelving!


So,  how did we take it from 
"Ordinary" to "Extraordinary?"
Let me tell you in a short condensed kind of way.
(Kudos to my fellow Bloggers/DIYers who manage to illustrate the process step by step. How do you have the time? )

After we prepped the pieces, we applied a oil based primer followed by two cost of paint, followed by a warm glazing & finally applied two coats of polyurethane.  But before we could get to all that, we had some serious changes to make : )

The Before & After 
(In no particular order)

Doors removed from upper hutch, replaced with new industrial baskets (yes, baskets included)

Chevron Fabric foam board added, great for pinning picture, notes etc. 
Desk light added too!

Shutter "like" cabinet door replaced with chalkboard (both inside and out.) Double hook added inside for hanging : )

Original Hardware looking great in a 
oil rubbed bronze 

All the drawers were in great shape but there's always that one... We took care of that! 
Now they're all fresh with new liner : )


And lastly, vintage chair painted in a oil rubbed bronze, new "linen / burlap look" upholstery added too.



Here's the winning combination we used.
BM Paint color applied to the desk unit?
Spray paint applied to hardware & chair 


Day or night our "Neat & Tidy" bedroom set is practical & functional & ready to grow with your child :  )



**** alternative layout****
Why not put the bed between the cabinets and the desk on an adjacent wall. 

Need a bed? I see metal beds on Craigslist all the time.  Or perhaps a pallet bed, ugh oh?... we may just need to try and duplicate this one.


For pricing & dimensions 
http://www.kenzielynndesigns.com/p/furniture.html


~And for those on a budget, we are on the hunt for smaller more budget friendly treasures to be reNEWed! 


Have a Blessed Easter 

Thanks for Looking :  ) 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Whimsical & Fun Changing Table Dresser

We are so excited to share our latest reNEWal!!  We transformed a Mid Century china cabinet into a wondrous changing table/dresser for my youngest grandchild Maddie. Maddie and her  older brother Drew, (14 months older) will be sharing a bedroom soon. 

~My beautiful grandchildren~
Mackenzie~Madison~Andrew

We had been looking for a cabinet that would not only add height to their room but also storage and a temporary changing table for them.

(Please excuse all the exclamation point, there's going to be a lot!!! I get a little exclamation crazy when I'm excited about one of our projects!!! (See what I mean : ) 

What do we typically look for when we're on the hunt for a piece to reNEW? A lot of things are taken into consideration, such as the quality, functionality, rarity and sometimes something as simple as the hardware. 
As was the case with this piece.

Here's the Mid Century China Cabinet as we found it. Great bones!!!


Take a look at the sweet, vintage hardware!!!  
Yup, that's what sold us!!!
We also loved the chunky whimsical doors & curved drawers : )

We new this vintage china cabinet had EVERYTHING we needed to be reNEWed into another "one of a kind" by Kenzie Lynn Designs. What we didn't realize, was all the hours & work that would be required to do just that. Ugh!!! You 
might say we jumped right in before thinking it all the way through. 
Oh well... In the end, it was worth it! 

Our Inspiration? Restoration Hardware of course!
I just love their vision for furniture, just not the price tag that's goes with it. 


Back to our little project ....
At one time our cabinet had sliding glass doors on the hutch top (similar to the photo below)


The glass is long gone, but what we had left was 
the routed out channels on the bottom & sides 
where the glass once sat. 
Since we knew we didn't want it to look like an old china cabinet, the channels were filled in with bondo & then sanded leaving a smooth surface for priming & painting. Yea : )
(Sorry forgot to get a before photo)

The next challenge which we hadn't noticed until we got it back to the work space, was the missing
wood from the bottom front of the cabinet.  
(I'm telling you, I was blinded, the hardware was the only thing I saw on this fabulous piece!)

Forgot to get a before photo on this too!


At this point we knew we had two options, we could either replace the wood or do as we chose to do & add cute bun-like feet. We opted for adding the bun feet which added just a bit more whimsy.

We used outdoor fence toppers from Home Depot, they worked perfectly for our 
purpose & were definitely a HUGE saving!



The next little challenge was the built in  
(non-removable)  hutch shelving. 
We knew we needed more height clearance if this was going to be a functional changing table.

Hmmm...think, think, think :  )

We decided to keep the top shelf which was needed for the stability of the hutch. We did however remove the bottom shelf , which can be added on later with clips (after the diapering stage is over. ) The holes from removing the shelf were then filled in with more bondo. 

Once the custom changing tray topper was made 
& all the prep work was done we then primed, painted, glazed and polyurethaned all the pieces.




Drum roll please : ) 

Introducing our  "one of a kind" 
changing table dresser. Last night we brought it over to Maddie & Drew's bedroom.
I just couldn't resist sharing the "after" photo before getting the chance to add the accessories,  (I"ll be sharing better photos soon : )
Note to self  ***finish stenciling the wall***



For now, our  reNEWed cabinet is in it's new temporary / permanent home ???
Why is that? 
Our goal is to find a balance of feminine & masculine for their bedroom. This piece screams "girly". The question is, will we be able to bring in enough "boy" to balance the room?  Or will this "girly" piece take over the space?  
(I wouldn't want my Grandson growing up in a little girls room! ) 

So.. Will it stay? Or will it go?
That is still to be determined!!!

Our reNEWed cabinet & our Inspiration
are obviously not exact & that was never our intention but the grandness of them both can't be denied!!! 
(I know I may be a little bit bias but I like our just a tad bit more.)


What's your thoughts? We would looooove to hear from you!!!


Hope you're enjoying the Spring weather &
Thanks for Looking : ) 

Friday, April 4, 2014

reNEWing a little bit of this & a little bit of that


Those of you following us on Facebook can attest to our random postings lately. 
You might say we've been all over the place, kind of like this posting : ) 

Well, there's a reason for our madness!  When your confined to a small work area & terrible weather (hopefully not for long) there's a whole lot of multi tasking going on.  We have found it best for us, to get all the dirty prepping / sanding done, de-dusting and then begin the pretty stuff. 

At last count I think we're at about nine different
 reNEWing projects that we have either just started, in the middle of or have just finished. 

~2 projects just recently finished~

Our Fleur-de-li Antique Buffet, love, love love 
& our Marvelous Mid Century table how fun! 

The first, was this old Antique Buffet that was just screaming to be beautified! When we found this treasure we fell in love with EVERYTHING except the shiny brass hardware.  So the hardware holes were filled in & "new" Antique hardware 
pulls were ordered . 
Whenever possible we like to keep the original 
hardware.  When new hardware is needed, we use 
a bondo filler to fill in the holes so we are not 
forced to find the exact size pulls to fit the pre-
existing holes.

Before 

After
Say Hello to our newly painted & stained
 Fleur-de-lis Antique Buffet : ) 
Our "new" Antique drawers pulls are looking Mmmmmm Good!  


Our second, a recently reNEWed Mid Century Style end table/ nightstand. We chose a color we've used on a few past projects, BM Polished Slate. Who doesn't need a little pop of color in there room?  
For dimensions and pricing please 
visit our For Sale items 


Now onto the progress of everything else : ) 

There are many, many steps we take in the reNEWing of all our furniture. 
There's the prepping, sanding, priming, sanding, painting, sanding, painting, sanding, polyurethane,
 sanding, polyurethane & sanding.
 And.....sometimes the added distressing & glazing.
 Thats 12-14 steps per piece! 
(We wouldn't have it any other way : ) 
Now you too, know the secret of how we love these pieces into what they end up becoming. 

~4 Ready for polyurethane~
We're almost to the end !

We just finished adding a light glaze to a China cabinet we converted into a changing table dresser. This has been far more work than we ever anticipated, but the end result will have made it worth it! 
This one was a labor of love for my granddaughter Maddie. Can't wait to share the reveal in her room.


Antique buffet & nightstands are also ready for polyurethane. 
Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

We just finished distressing (see the razor) last night. I have to admit I have a little bit of a 
panic attack when I start distressing. You get the piece just so, and then the distressing begins. 
I Simply love the "Restoration Hardware" look!

No, the nightstands haven't been polyurethaned yet... 
But I just couldn't wait to see what the hardware would like.




~2 matching Dresser's primed & ready for Color~

Gray, Blue, Purple or perhaps just White ? 
Don't forget to check out "Our Getting ready to be reNEWed" there still just may be time to customize a furniture item to the color of your choice.
Here's the link


~4Different stages of the reNEWing process~

1.Headboard ready for paint & poly and perhaps a little fabric? 2.Mid Century Dresser; drawers have  been stained and the dresser is  being painted.  3.Bench ready for upholstery.  4.Antique table/ nightstand needs a little distressing 




Thanks for all the continued support!
Your encouragement & kind words 
is all the motivation we need! 
It is you that keeps Kenzie Lynn Designs moving forward and for that.... we are so Grateful!


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