Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Awesomeness - #3

Not sure why, but I've been really into entryways lately. Maybe it's because I've been inspired lately by historical home restoration when Netflix recently added "Rehab Addict" to its repertoire. Or perhaps just because I love a great classic entryway and dream of having a home with such a room one day.

Either way, I've been pinning them, and it's the theme of this month!

Be inspired!

Black and white - stripes and floor. Gold.

Love the simplicity of this gallery wall all the way to the fur on the rustic bench.

It's bright and cheery the moment you walk in.

"Wow" factor with that giant mirror the moment you step in. That classic chandelier combined with the modern glass entry table is executed so well here too in this rather traditional decor.

One Kings Lane
Mouldings make such a difference from builder grade to a quality craftsman look.

Christina Murphy Interiors

Neutral wall stripes, deep doorways.
found on Fieldstone Hill Design
Found on Traditional Home
Wide plank floors.

If you'd like to see more of what's been inspiring me, follow me on Pinterest!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Beef & Celeric Root Soup (Potato Substitute)

It's soup season!

I love me some soup on these chillier evenings, the aroma wafting through the house, and the ease at which one can create a feast without hovering over a stove.

One thing however that I have had to forgo in soups were any hearty potatoes (nightshade allergy), which made my Irish heart very sad. Lucky me though (it's the Irish luck), I found a great potato substitute this past summer that I'd be so bold as to say is better than potatoes (gasp!).

That wonderful food would be something called Celeric Root (you can find out more on it and how to prepare it here). Celeric has a great flavor that, especially in a soup, I would be hard-pressed to guess wasn't potato. So now my soups can every bit of this starchy goodness once again! Try it and you'll see what I mean!

You'll Need:

- 2 celeric root bulbs, skinned and chopped into bite-sized wedges
- 2 celery stems, chopped
- 4-5 carrots cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 lb cubed beef
- 2-3 shallots, peeled and chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic (not the whole head, just cloves), crushed
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- 3 tbsp dried parsley
- 1-2 chopped chives

To Start:

- brown the outside of the meat in a skillet on med-high heat
- add meat to large soup pot of boiling water (water should cover the meat by a few inches). turn onto medium heat.
- taking the rest of the ingredients, add them to the soup pot and cover. turn down to low heat and let it simmer for 2-3 hours or until meat is cooked and broth is a nice caramel-brown color.

Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How to Paint & Distress Furniture: Entry Table Makeover

This is the second of two tables my mom gave me to paint for her (see the Driftwood Gray bedside table here), and I love how it turned out!

It started as a piece that showed no style; it came originally painted a dark brown and a bearing a few chips on the tabletop, this table needed a major face-lift.

We chose a creamy off-white color from General Finishes milk paint in the color "Linen". Mom also pictured roughing the piece up to give it a chic, worn antique appearance. I've done distressing on costumes for historical films, but this was a first for furniture, so I was intrigued to try it. 

As milk paint requires no sanding or priming prep work, I was able to immediately start painting. However, because it was previously painted I started with a small test strip on the back of the piece before going further. I'm so glad I did, for as soon as the paint dried it showed lots of streaks and some bubbling. 

This told me one important fact: that brown paint was oil-based. 

Milk paint is water-based...

...oil and water don't mix.

...I was in for a ton of sanding. (silver lining: arm muscles?)

A few hours and a pair of arthritic hands later, I had worked a majority of the paint off and down to the original wood.

At last able to get to the fun part of painting, in a short while later it looked like this:

Letting it dry completely overnight, the next day I took a sponge sander and went over the edges of the table to give it more detail and "history". My favorite part is how the darker bits of the wood shows through around the border of the top edge on the tabletop.

Amazing difference from its humble beginnings! The power of paint, y'all.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Queenstown Gray - Fifty-Cent Nightstand Makeover

When it has come to furnishing our house, our bedroom has been last on our list of rooms. We didn't have anything but our 2 dressers and mattress when we started our bedroom, however I found a random side table in the attic and brought it down to the bedroom the first day we moved. I got to be the one to use it while my patient hubby, Karl, has been using a tv table for his bedside table ever since.

It was a lovely piece. Ahem.

Then a little over a month ago I went to an estate auction and came away with a 50-cent solid wood bedside table. From the beginning I had plans to paint it, so recently during a random day off I got to work on it and start its transformation.

Here's the before:

I went again with milk paint, this time it was General Finishes in Queenstown Gray, a lovely blue-gray color which ended up perfectly matching our West Elm knockoff tufted headboard.

One thing I've been finding and liking about painting furniture is that you get to discover what works for the piece as you go. I had originally thought I'd paint the entire nightstand, but as I was painting the bottom half I was starting to think it looked pretty good leaving the top untouched. Calling Karl over, he verified that he liked it with the exposed wood top too, so we went with it.

The drawer pull fixture also needed updating (and to become a bit manlier), so earlier I'd hunted around Lowe's and Home Depot but couldn't find anything close to what I had in mind. In-between paint coats I did a search online and found exactly what I'd been looking for on Knobs-4-Less. Even better, it was on sale AND had free shipping with no minimum purchase amount required. Woot!

So all I paid for was the knob itself, which came to a whopping $2.30. It also shipped really fast, arriving the day after I ordered it (I definitely will be turning to them again for future projects!).

I'd completed the 2 coats of paint the day before the fixture arrived, so all I had to do when it came was screw it on and voila! Nightstand for hubby!

Here's the final cost breakdown:
- nightstand: $0.50
- fixture: $2.30
- paint used: $2

Total = $4.80!

A bedside table and makeover all for under $5! Not a bad deal. Now Karl has a sturdy table (with a drawer to boot!) that he can call his own.

(P.S. - That's 2 tv tables we've replaced in the past 2 weeks for a mere $18 total! We're on a roll!)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Treasure Hunting - $12 Side Table

You've gotta love it when you decide on a whim to go check out Goodwill and find something that you've been looking for.  You walk in, your eyes land on it and it's love at first sight...and then you find yourself hugging it fiercely like a lion protects its kill when you discover the phenomenal price!

As luck would have it, I found such an item in such a way and yes, I did hug it.

This side table had me at hello. The bronze fixture, the style...and the $12 price tag was singing my tune.

We've been using a TV table for our living room side table since we'd moved 2 years ago, so the table was set up in a jiffy!

Looks so good! I thought for a bit about painting it, but for now I'm rather digging the scratched and worn wood and have decided to keep it as such for the time being.

Any good treasure hunts you've had recently?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Driftwood Gray Side Table

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be painting a side table for my mom.  Now that I've had a small break between film shoots, it's finally done!

The color is Driftwood by General Finish's milk paint line.  It's a nice versatile mid-tone gray that comes more from the blue family rather than brown-grays.

This is my first time trying out General Finishes milk paint, and I'm really enjoying it. You can paint straight out of the can just as you would oil-based or latex paints, so getting to skip the mixing and measuring of the paint that had to happen for Miss Mustard Seed's is a huge benefit for me. However, I've also noticed after trying several colors now of GF that unless you are using an antiquing wax as a finish versus hemp seed oil, the color will remain the same as it was out of the can; quite different from the transformation and amount of play you have with MMS.

GF dried as fast as MMS (about 30-60 minutes between coats), the furniture still didn't require prep work, takes the standard 2 coats for full coverage, and was just as great with hiding paintbrush strokes.

If you like an exact color offered by General Finishes milk paint, then go for it. If you want to have something in a bit of a different shade than what they offer, the beauty of GF paints is that they are all mixable. For example, mix Lamp Black with their Lime Green and get a dark forest green. Or Lime Green with Coastal Blue with a "dash" of Lamp Black, and you get a pretty Shamrock green.  

Overall I think having MMS and GF as choices is the best of both worlds and I'll likely be continuing to use each of them.

Any of you have specific preferences?

Note: If you'd like to buy General Finishes milk paint, you can find your local retailer who stocks it by using GF's location search.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

New Month, New Updates

Hey all!  Change is stirring! Along with the refreshingly cool autumnal air that this time of year brings, Draven Made has been getting a much needed breath of fresh air as well. If you haven't checked out the blog site in awhile, I suppose you can see that bits of it have been modified.  I've been slowly doing a lot of revamping to this site the past month, especially last week (thus the lack of a post).  More changes to come that will (hopefully!) make the blog fun and easier to navigate.

What do y'all think of the new look so far? Liking the changes? Finding new things?  Absolutely hate it?

I'll be resuming regular posts starting tomorrow (Tues), which I'm excited about as I have some furniture makeovers from this project and this swell find I've been working on to share!


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