The Finished China Cabinet

Well it took forever and a day, but the $5 china cabinet is finally finished!

I first introduced you to the china cabinet herethen told you about my re-building plans here.  

Along the way, many improvements were made like scraping off the gold etching on the glass.

But finally everything came together and the result is…AMAZING!  
Let me remind you what it looked like before.

This little beauty has been both rewarding to work on, and a nightmare.  I was faced with many challenges that were new to me such as: pocket screws, counter setting screws, attaching such a huge top piece to a base and making it was sturdy so that it doesn’t topple over.  But in the end, everyone who saw it in person was in awe and that made it all worth it!  I’m happy to say that this past Sunday, the china cabinet went to its new home and the new owner was absolutely thrilled… and so was I.
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Removing Grout Haze

My floors are down and grouted…holla!  After weeks of floor issues in the kitchen, I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The problem I’m facing now is dreaded grout haze on my tile.  I asked my tile guy how to remove it and he said I just needed to sponge it down with warm water a few times…seriously?? A few??
So I decided to try out some Pinterest ideas and it turns out, I only needed one!
Distilled White Vinegar and Water!
Here is my before…
Ok, so you really can’t see it here… but I promise, it had a ton of grout haze.
I mixed 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water (I used one cup of vinegar and 4 cups of warm water) and wiped down the tile.  You can see below where I missed a section.  The side with no haze was completely dry, that’s how big the difference is.  
It was almost like the vinegar and water solution ate it right off!  The best part?  It’s completely chemical free and there was no “vinegar-ey” smell when it dried!
There are so many awesome uses for vinegar!  What have you used it for?
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Saving A Side Table – Trash to Treasure

Today I am going to show you one of my latest projects.  I really feel like this is a “trash to treasure” type of deal.  My storage war hubby brought home this broken side table that he purchased for $1.50.  YES!  ONE DOLLAR AND FIFTY CENTS.

When I asked what he planned on doing with this gem, he said “I’m going to put shoe polish on it and cover up the scratches.”  Whaaaat???  I think he needs to stick to FINDING the pieces and I’ll work on bringing them back to life.

The first thing I did was clean this piece… really good.  When I pulled the drawer out, it fell out and tipped over.  I noticed that the track guide thingy in the back of the drawer was missing.  So I purchased this one from Lowe’s and attached it to the bottom of the drawer.  It worked PERFECTLY!

I then decided to paint the body of the table with FolkArt Chalk Paint.  I chose the color Sheepskin and I loved it!  After that, I sanded down the top until only bare wood was showing.  I started doing it by hand and it took forever, so I grabbed my mouse sander and knocked it out very quickly.  I did go back over it by hand with a finer grit sandpaper to make it super smooth.
Next I stained the top with Rustoleum Kona wood stain.  I put two coats on and it gave the top a beautiful dark color.  Three coats of polyurethane and this gem was complete!  Oh, I also gave the piece a very light distressed look by using the stain rag and carefully going over some of the raised parts and outside edges… I am not a fan of dark wax, it makes my pieces look dirty (probably user error).
Are you ready for the final product?
I LOVE IT!  I won’t lie either, I almost kept this, but decided it needed a new home.  From the time I listed it, until it sold was approximately 8 minutes.  Wow!
Here is a comparison:
I could work on pieces like this all day.  It really is amazing to see something that was probably going to be trash, get transformed into a treasure.  The new owner was so excited!
Have you transformed trash to treasure?  Isn’t it fabulous?!
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Kitchen Floor Update

It’s been a busy couple of weeks!  Remember when I told you about the water coming up from our kitchen floor that resulted in my freak out and tearing out part of our kitchen floor?

Well thanks to my wonderful aunt, I was reminded “Hey you have homeowner’s insurance, call them.”  Why did I forget that???
So my insurance company sent out an adjuster and YES it is covered!  So now instead of me patching the flooring, I’m opting to have a professional install tile.  I’ve tiled before and I really liked doing it, but with the water damage, I want to make sure that the subfloor isn’t damaged or doesn’t need to be replaced in parts.  A professional will be able to do this much easier and quicker than I could.  
Now the fun part begins!  I have picked a contractor and he does FABULOUS work!  I have also picked out my tile which I am super excited about.  
I found it at Lowe’s and immediately fell in love with it.  Here is a link to the tile I am going to use.  It’s the wood look tile, 48″ long tiles… perfect!!  It really looks like wood!  I’ve gone back and forth with the grout, spent HOURS searching Pinterest and other blogs and photos and I have finally chosen to do small 1/16″ grout lines filled with black grout.  
I’m out of town this week for work, but will purchase the tile when I get back (I also got a 10% off coupon from Lowe’s emailed to me, nice timing!) and hopefully have this project knocked out the first or 2nd week of March.  I’m so excited!
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Remove Gold Etching From Glass

Remember when I told you about my $5 China Cabinet and the photo that I posted of the doors with the gold “faux” etching?  Removing this baked on decoration almost got the best of me.  I tried scraping it off with a razor blade and all it did was scratch off little lines.  My son even said “Hey Mom, do you think that will take you one week or two to get that piece of glass done?”  I didn’t answer him, because I thought for sure it would be longer than that.  I tried looking up tutorials, helpful hints, everything I could find… but everyone just said to buy new glass to put in the doors.

Then I remembered my brand spankin’ new bottle of  Herbal Authority Tea Tree Oil .  I have been a big believer in this stuff for years.  We use it on scrapes, cuts, insect bites, I’ve used it to remove stain from my hands, rust from the pulls for the china cabinet, I put a few drops in the bath for the dogs and it repels fleas/kills and ticks.  Keeper of the Home has 25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil that you can take a look at here.  It’s AWESOME!

So I mixed about 15 drops with some hot water, let it sit for about 5 minutes.


I then removed the blade from my utility knife and held it at a 45 degree angle against the gold line.
And look how smoothly it came off!
Within 10 minutes I had all of the gold removed from one of the pieces of glass.  Shattering my son’s estimate of 1 to 2 weeks!  I was left with this pile of gold goop.
I now have nice clean glass to put back in the doors of my china cabinet! Hooray for not having to buy new!
Just to show you how great this stuff is, I used it on this chair that hubby got from his storage wars expeditions.  It sat for about 5 minutes then I was able to scrape the paint right off without damaging the wood!
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