April 2019 - Like Honey

From Retro to Rustic: Our 70's Farmhouse Table Makeover + Dining Room REVEAL!


I'm so excited I can FINALLY share my dining room with you all! It's been a long time coming and I couldn't be happier with the results! Since I know some of you have been asking about the details, let me jump right into them:

THE BEFORE



Things were a little ugly for a while around here...I wish I had a good before photo of the seats in those chairs (you can see them a little in the first photo above). The whole set was a Craigslist find from a few years ago that was in excellent shape for it's age, but unfortunately also very yellow. Y'all know I love a pop of yellow in my home decor but this was on another level and looked more like the yellowing 40 years of cigarette smoke leaves behind. I fell in love with the design on the base, the original caning, and the beautiful solid wood tabletop, not to mention the fact that with both leaves attached, this table is over 8 feet long! The ability to host large get-togethers is so important to me!



This set has a pretty heavy base with an intricate design, so sanding was pretty rough (no pun intended). Our best friend during this whole ordeal was without a doubt this paint sprayer! We got it on sale around Black Friday when we remodeled our kitchen cabinets (more on that later!) but as much as we've used it and as handy as it has become, I would completely pay full price for it. You have no idea how handy the sprayer was when it came to that caning!! If you're looking into painting your cabinets or doing a larger paint project, I highly recommend investing in a paint sprayer. You will never look at a furniture remodel the same way again!

We used a random white paint we had lying around in the basement, but we did use a good bonding primer to help the paint adhere since we knew there was no way we'd be able to sand every nook and cranny perfectly. I think it really helped and on my next project I wont worry about the sanding quite as much as I used to!

Are you ready for the big reveal??

THE AFTER



So. Much. Better. I like to think of my decor style as a cross between farmhouse, french cottage, and traditional. I knew the white paint would really brighten up the whole room and breath new life into this beautiful dining set. I chose not to make any changes to the table top since it's in wonderful shape and has such a stunning wood grain design.




As you can see, we also reupholstered the seat cushions. The original foam pad was completely disintegrated inside the old, crusty golden velour that once adorned them, so it was obviously time to go. I had an idea of what I wanted on these seats, but when I walked through the upholstery aisles of Hobby Lobby, this simple taupe microsuede material really caught my eye. I loved how soft and supple it felt and how it added some dimension to the white chairs while still keeping with my neutral theme. Keeping the table and seats neutral means I can change the rest of my decor at will which is important to this holiday-obsessed gal.

Now let's get on to the rest of the decor in here.

THE DETAILS




Two of my favorite elements in my dining room are the giant round tobacco basket and the rustic metal barn lights! Both were FREE to me which shows just how much thrifting and junking can turn into treasure hunting. My father-in-law is a contractor, so he will often come home with random pieces "gifted" to him by grateful clients. This tobacco basket was one of those items and I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it when I saw it in his basement, but I just knew I had to have it. Thanks, David! The light fixture was a find from my grandma's church yard sale a few years ago. It hadn't sold and was on the curb for donation when I spotted it. My grandma snagged it for me and Preston and I hauled it home, having no idea if it would fit our space or even work! Sometimes you just have to take the risk and TRY something to really see how it will turn out.



Once I had those two "anchor" pieces, the rest of the decor was simple. These are just cheap Walmart frames (eventually I'll upgrade to something a little more sturdy) but I like how they seem to finalize the sort of gallery wall I've made here and add a little symmetry. As for the tabletop, it's always changing! I swap out the table runner on wash days and sometimes don't use it at all (life with kids). The centerpiece is ever-changing, too, to fit holiday themes and depending on my mood! I love having fresh flowers in the house, but find faux ones much more cost-effective. Hobby Lobby has lots of realistic stems and bushes to choose from, like the magnolias and billy balls in my current set up. You can see more about the wooden trivet in this post.


I think the most important thing I learned throughout this remodel--and all the home improvements over the past year--is to stay flexible! Sometimes you have a picture of how something is going to look in your head but then find a great sale or another fabulous find and your original plans may have to change. Don't feel like you have to change everything all at once, either, or you could end up stuck with something you settled for when you were desperate to call the remodel done.

As you can see from the lack of trim, our house is far from finished and that's okay! I've enjoyed cultivating a space that encompasses my unique design style and grows along with us! Enjoy the journey, y'all!

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Dining Table Set // Vintage

Paint Sprayer // Amazon

Paint + Primer // Lowe's

Seat Fabric // Hobby Lobby

Table Runner // Target

Trivet // Target (similar)

Vase // Bed Bath & Beyond (similar)

Flowers // Hobby Lobby

Curtains // TJ Maxx

Tobacco Basket // Vintage

Frames // Walmart (multipack, here) -- Photos by JLD Photography

Light Fixture // Thrifted


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Striped Off The Shoulder Bow Top


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“Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal...” Admittedly, this outfit does make me feel a little bit like the WB Frog 😂 but there’s just something about this bow tie top that makes me smile! I snagged it on clearance for only $8 at J Crew a while back and couldn’t wait for it to warm up enough for me to wear it!

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In order to lighten this top up and make it feel extra spring-y and casual, I opted for a straw hat and sandals with white jeans. I think I took it from dapper dan to summer vacay and I love it! If youfollow me on Instagram, you've definitely seen these sandals popping up lately! They’re SO comfortable and only $8...I may just have to get an extra pair because I can totally see myself wearing these out over the summer!

Something about this top just called my name and I had to have it. Have you ever been shopping and just couldn’t say no to something even though you weren’t sure how to style it? Sometimes I love the challenge of finding a new way to style something!
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4 Straw Accessories You Need In Your Closet This Spring


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Straw bags are everywhere and they've been popping up this time of year for years! Straw bags are one of the most timeless accessories for spring and summer and SO versatile--they literally go with everything! But this year, it's not just about the bag! While I've gathered a few gorgeous and affordable basket bags for you to tote, I've also rounded up 3 other straw accessories your closet needs for spring and summer! Trust me, you'll wear them with everything.

SHOP STRAW TOTES


SHOP STRAW SHOES


SHOP STRAW EARRINGS


SHOP STRAW HATS




Circle Straw Crossbody (similar) // Sunglasses // Straw Hat // Circle Earrings // Wedges

Straw hats have been around for hundreds of years, of course, but I love how trendy hats have become in general! I recently added this beauty to my collection and while I know it was a little pricey, the vintage charm and timeless trend justified my need. I also picked up these lightweight straw-thread earrings a while back for our upcoming vacation and have already worn them a few times! The white goes with everything and it really feels like you're wearing nothing!

Of course, straw/jute shoes aren't really a new thing either. Espadrilles always pop back in stores this time of year, but I don't always see them in styles I love. Thankfully, I found several this year that look similar to my jute wrapped wedges I still love!

Wicker, rattan, straw--whatever you call it, it's definitely here to stay! I just love the texture it gives to a breezy summer outfit, while being neutral in color and not too heavy! It really adds a little something to a basic sundress! Which of these straw styles is your favorite trend to try? Do you have a timeless accessory you don't see going out of style any time soon?


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The Prettiest Blue Maxi Dress


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Suffice it to say, when I saw this blue maxi hanging on the rack, I HAD to have it. Something about it just called my name and when I tried it on I fell in love! I actually have very few maxi dresses since I usually have to have them altered for my small frame, but this high-low hem works perfectly with wedges! I can't get enough of the boho, 70's kind of vibes I'm getting with this dress!

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You know me, though. I had to give this look a little feminine flair with the addition of my beloved straw bow hat! I finally splurged on this Tuckernuck hat and couldn't be happier with it! You can definitely tell the quality is there, especially when I compare it to my cheaper Target hats, and a bonus is that it's packable! I won't have to worry too much about packing it on trips or storing it over winter. This beauty is gonna last me for years to come and it's vintage-inspired style is one I'll never get tired of.

I can't recommend this hat enough, even with the price tag being a lot more than I normally spend on a hat. I would suggest getting a bow color that goes with everything (I chose ivory) and ditching the monogram so that it has resale value should you ever decide to part with it. I will say, I put this hat in my cart and left it for a day or two and over the course of those two days received 2 different emails offering a discount of 10% off and then 15% off in a marketing effort to get me to commit. Obviously, it worked! Tuckernuck has free shipping and returns all the time and it arrived really quickly, so I'm really happy with my purchase and will be leaving items on hold more often for those tempting discounts!






It's not often that I splurge on accessories or find maxi dresses that fit me just right, so this outfit is one to remember! I know I'll be repeating it often this spring and summer (hello, casual Kentucky Derby style)! What do you think of this take on feminine, retro style?



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The Ultimate Easter Dress Round Up -- All UNDER $75!



Easter Sunday is coming up quick! I thought I already had a dress ready for the occasion, but I don't love the way it fits so I'm on the hunt for something new! I thought I'd share a few of the finds I saw along the way so you could do less digging and more celebrating this year! Best of all, all of my picks are under $75, many under $50! Always affordable around here!

SHOP MY EASTER DRESS PICKS BY COLOR BELOW:

WHITE DRESSES


PINK, PUPRPLE, AND RED DRESSES


ORANGE AND YELLOW DRESSES


GREEN AND BLUE DRESSES






I'm totally partial to a pretty floral during spring, so it's not surprise that there are quite a few floral frocks in this round up! I tried to branch away from the typical white and blush options by throwing in a few orange and green dresses I love! Who am I kidding, though, I'll definitely be wearing white or blush for Easter this year! I guess I'll just have to find a different excuse for buying all the other colors ;)

Which one of my picks was your favorite? Have you figured out what you're wearing for Easter Sunday yet?


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