Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY Concrete Desktop

 Hi friends!  If you follow me on instagram then you know I have been a LITTLE busy working on our kitchen.  I have been covered in dust, paint, and dirt for the past four days.  Painting our kitchen cabinets is definitely the biggest {& most exhausting} project I have ever done.  Now we are just waiting for everything to cure before we put all the cabinets and drawers back... tick tock tick tock... 

Last summer, {yes, last summer},  I decided I wanted to make an outdoor table with a concrete tabletop.  Here was my inspiration from {Pottery Barn}:

 There was NO way I was going to spend $2000 on an outdoor table.  I ended up making the concrete tabletop while we had a covered patio in our rental, and then two weeks later our 11th house offer was accepted. I love our house but we do not have a covered patio, and that is is why we now have a concrete top desk.  I am always an over-sharer.  I used tutorials from {Little Green Notebook} and {Kara Paslay} as my guides during this projects.

DIY Concrete Tabletop


Hollow Door
Putty Knife
Concrete Trowel {like this, I tried a drywall knife but I didn't like it}
Big Sponge
Sandpaper {60, 120, 220}
Concrete Sealer & Brush

*You will need to find a local distributor. 

First, rough up your door with the 60 grit sandpaper.  Now mix up the concrete according to the package.  I added a little bit of extra water to help with the consistency. 

Next I added the concrete to the door with the drywall knife. I was a little bit nervous using concrete, but it was very easy to work with!  On the third round I discovered using a concrete trowel was MUCH EASIER.  Goodbye, drywall knife... 

After your concrete dries you want to sand the table until it is smooth using the 120 grit sandpaper.  Now add your second coat of concrete and this time cover the edges. Make sure you use a putty knife on the bottom of the table to get a somewhat clean edge. :)  ***I was still using the drywall knife but I should of been using a trowel and sponge. 

Use your 120 sandpaper again until the concrete smooths out again.  On the third round of concrete Tall Tan Man's cousin taught me a MUCH better way to spread concrete.  First off, don't be afraid to add more water directly onto the table.  Second, use a sponge!  Holy cow, this project just got a million times more AWESOME!

Now you can leave the texture from the sponge or you can go over the table with 220 grit sandpaper.  Lastly, seal your table with concrete sealer twice. 

This might be one of my favorite projects, ever!  If there is ever a next time I would definitely use the sponge on all three applications of concrete.  I would also not be as afraid of pouring water on the table except during the first application.   

One last thing I want to mention is that the concrete has character.  Originally I wanted an even gray finish, but that is just not how this concrete works. I ended up loving how the table looked!

I hope you are having a great week!  I am headed up to the mountains to see some of my favorite people!  Wooo hooo


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Friday, March 20, 2015

Extending Kitchen Cabinets to the Ceiling

We have some REALLY EXCITING things going on in the kitchen right now!!!  I can barely contain my excitement.  :)  I showed you that picture to make sure you remembered where we started...  

Removing the island made the room look so much more open. You can see more detailed progress posts {here and here}.  Unfortunately, I still felt like there was something missing from the room.  After a couple debates and a lot of google searching we decided to extended the cabinets to the ceiling.  Tall Tan Man started by attaching wood blocks {he used a 2x2} 3/4 inch away from the edge of the cabinet. 

He also attached blocks to the ceiling that were the same distance from the edge of the cabinet.  

Next he used his favorite new tool, a nail gun, to attach 1x10's to the wood blocks.  We were really lucky, because we had exactly 10 inches above the cabinets to the ceiling. 

For the first time since we moved in our kitchen actually felt like it was coming together {even if it was just a tiny bit}!

Up next he added trim to hide the seam between the cabinets and the new wood.  

We bought the trim at Home Depot, AND for the first time in my life the trim I wanted was the cheapest one.  :)  We also bought the crown molding at Home Depot.

Tall Tan Man loved every moment of it...

That stud muffin only messed up on one cut {and it was his first cut}!!! 

Lastly, TTM went through and caulked the trim and molding. 

Guess what...  Everything is getting painted over SPRING BREAK!  Guess what...  I am on SPRING BREAK!  I really love being a teacher {seriously, I do}.  I have been telling people that we are painting the cabinets white and I have gotten two reactions.  

Oh, they are going to look amazing!!!
You are painting the wood?

Yes, I am PAINTING the wood and it is going to look AMAZING!  Please let me know if you have any questions about this post.  I hope you have the happiest of Fridays!     


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