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Joyful Summer Home Tour 2017

I am so happy to be a part of the Joyful Spring Home Tour this week. If you’re coming from Farm House on Boone or My Vintage Porch, welcome!  There are so many talented bloggers that I have teamed up with to bring you this tour. Their homes are gorgeous and you will just love having a peek at how they have styled their homes for the summer. Be sure to follow the schedule at the bottom of this post to see all the homes.

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It may sound crazy but I love having my kids home from school! There are no schedules or routines. Just fun days of spontaneous activities that we can do. No alarm clocks or rushing our the door. It is nice to just slow down and enjoy the day or whatever may come our way. We really enjoy spending time at all our local splash pads. The cities around us all have splash pads that the kids can play at for free. We usually take a bunch of snacks, water toys, and blankets or lawn chairs. We can easily spend the entire day camped out there playing.

I feel like this laid back summer vibe crosses over into my decor in my home for the summer. I like to keep it simple and clean (big surprise). My mantel has no garland or banners. When I first took down my Easter decor, it felt a little sparse and naked. I quickly got used to the simplicity and now I love it.  The coffee tables keep that neutral look with a few wood and white elements. I really think having a neutral canvas creates a calm atmosphere for a space. It is fun to add in my pops of color for holidays. However, I still love a simple neutral palette, when all that is gone.

My dining table just has a small centerpiece. A brass bowl with some white hydrangeas. I don’t like to put anything too tall in the center of my table. It just gets in the way at dinner time. It makes it easy for the family to pull out a chair, start eating and share the day. We thought about doing built in shelves next to the fireplace when we moved into the house. I found these Ballard Design shelves instead. They were a great price and it is something we can take with us if we ever move.

My kitchen is easily the room we spend the most time in. After school snacks (now summer snacks), all the meals we cook and just talking. It is the gathering spot in our home. My daughter left her stick horse on the bar stool. I was going to move it out of the picture. I decided to leave it because it reminds me of the sweet moments we share as a family in this room. It was just fitting for this area. It is fun to hear and see them playing while Mr. Whitelane and I cook (mostly Mr. Whitelane). 🙂

Finally, I wanted to show the summer refresh I did in the laundry room. I know, it’s just a laundry room. I feel like I spend the other half of my life in here though. It might as well be cute, right? It is a narrow room making it a little difficult to photograph. I am so glad we put a sink in this laundry room. It has come in handy so many times. We recently switched out the faucet in the kitchen and put it in here. I like this stainless faucet a lot better than the builder basic chrome faucet that was here previously. Mr. Whitelane and I also added the laundry drying pole across the top of the sink. I am a wierdo about drying certain clothes in the dryer. This drying pole has been a life saver. I also found this cute succulent at the Target Dollar Spot. The soap pump was a Home Goods Find from a few years ago. I finished off this little area of the laundry room with a glass jar of clothespins. I just think it’s cute and adds some depth to the space.

I hope you have enjoyed this little summer tour of mine. Be sure to continue the fun over the next few days and check out the other bloggers in the lineup below. Hop on over to Lisa at Farmhouse on Boone and Natalie at My Vintage Porch next to see their tours today!

June 1st- Laura at Meaningful Spaces, Stephanie at Belle Amour Blog, and Marci at Lemons to Lovelys. 

June 2nd- Hayley at A House with Books, Jordan at JorDecor, and Kim at Kim Power Style.

 

 

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Joyful Spring Home Tour

The following post contains affiliate links and sponsored by Hayneedle. Read my full disclosure here.

Today I am joining in on the Joyful Spring home tour, sponsored by hayneedle.com, along with 14 other amazing bloggers. If you are coming from The Porch Light Cottage or Delightfully Noted, welcome! Be sure to follow the schedule at the bottom of the post to check out all the spring tours. Also, there is an awesome hayneedle.com giveaway at the bottom of this post.  I love blog hopping and you will not be disappointed by these talented ladies.

Spring officially starts in a week. Considering it snowed last week, I am beyond excited for it to start warming up! I always get excited to decorate for Spring. It means that we are finally getting past the cold and ready to start fresh. Don’t get me wrong, I love having all four seasons in Utah. It is so fun to experience each new season.

One of my favorite spots to decorate is my World Market Everett Table. Easter and Spring are when I venture out and add some color around the house. I picked up this egg garland and grass bunnies at Michael’s. The wreath was a Home Goods find. My husband refers to this as the hallway of shiplap. I just love the character that shiplap gives our entry.

I haven’t shown much of this front room, right off the entry. It has been a work in progress. We have our piano and a sofa in here. I am still loving this DIY framed botanical gallery to go above the sofa. The perfect rug for this room is still out there. I just need to find it and bring it home.

My living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other. I love open concept spaces. It just feels like there is more room. I can also be a part of all the action going on in the other areas while cooking in the kitchen.

This adorable mad hatter hat, egg garland, and big bunny (on the coffee table) are from Michael’s.

 

This rolling pin was actually at the Target Dollar Spot for Valentine’s Day. I thought it carried over to Easter perfectly too.  My kids just love turning on this marquee bunny from Michael’s. The poor mini chicks have also taken quite the beating from my little ones. I don’t know if they will survive another Eater around here. 🙂


Ok, let me tell you about the best shopping experience ever, hayneedle.com. It is like Home Goods, T.J. Maxx, and Target all combined but better! Way cuter selection and the prices are AMAZING! The best part is that I get to do all my shopping while wearing my pajamas in bed. I don’t have to drag my kids in and out of a million stores to find one thing I am looking for. I had the hardest time trying to decide what I wanted to order for this spring tour. There may, or may not, be a whole cart full items still waiting to be purchased. 🙂 Hayneedle was so kind to send me this duvet set and bench for my master bedroom spring refresh. I have been searching for the perfect duvet for this bedroom since we moved in. I am in love with the look and feel of this duvet. It is like sleeping in luxury hotel bedding. Since the name is Luxury Hotel Microfiber Set, totally makes sense now!  Mr. Whitelane even thinks it feels super comfy.

A bench is a necessity in our bedroom. Mr. Whitelane wakes up way earlier than me. Every time he puts on his shoes, he sits on the end of the bed. I am a light sleeper and I would always wake up. Not anymore. This bench has saved me many minutes of sleep. I love the black metal base that ties into our barn door. Best of all, it was so easy to assemble and came right to my front door. It has also withstood the kid superhero test. Many jumps later, still going strong. It was my first time ordering with hayneedle.com and I am definitely hooked! Hayneedle is also giving away a $250 shopping spree to one of you! Click HERE to enter your email and follow @hayneedle on Instagram. Contest runs until March 20th. Good luck!

Don’t worry, the tour doesn’t stop here. Go check out these other awesome ladies in the schedule below. We have loved putting the Joyful Spring Home Tour together. It has been such fun showing you our spring decor and working with hayneedle.com. Tomorrow is the final day of the tour. So, don’t miss out! Make sure you visit all the blogs from earlier this week as well.

Tour Schedule

Monday March 13

Monday

Maison de Pax | Lemons to Lovelys | TIDBITS | Belle Amour Blog

Tuesday March 14

Tuesday

The Mountain View Cottage | Kim Power Style | Meaningful Spaces | My Vintage Porch

Wednesday March 15

Wednesday

The Porch Light Cottage | White Lane Decor | Delightfully Noted

March 16

Thursday

JorDecor | Farmhouse On Boone | A House With Books

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Dining Table Re-Makeover

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Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love all things pretty and the color white. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find out more.

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I finally did it! I have been talking about it long enough. I refinished my dining room table. Wow! I am glad it is over. I know you remember this table from my last makeover post. It has been through a lot of makeovers through the years. The table was due for another refinish. I decided to leave the table apron and legs white. I just tackled refinishing the top. I wanted a light neutral wood color, almost a driftwood color. I taped off the apron and got to work.

 

I thought I was going to just sand it down and put on a new stain. Well, I started sanding with 100 grit sandpaper. I quickly realized I would be sanding for days before I got anywhere. I was thinking the table was so old and the finish was already peeling off, that the sanding would take it right off. I was wrong, so wrong. I decided to try Citristrip. I put a thick coat on and let it sit for an hour and a half. I came back to scrape it off and the table was still really cherry looking. It was not taking off all the stain. I did another coat of Citristrip and that still did not take it all off. I was in my Mother-in-Law’s shed. I looked around and found some very old paint stripper. It was almost gone but I got what I could on a small section of the table. Sure enough, I could finally start to see some raw wood. WOO HOO! I went to the store and grabbed another can of Klean Strip Premium Stripper and put on a thick coat. I scrapped it off to find the raw wood. I then took 150 grit sandpaper and gave it a good sanding. I was little sad to realize that the raw wood still had a lot of red in it. I wiped it all down with Mineral Spirits and let that dry. I then put on my wood conditioner and let that dry.

This is the small spot I started sanding. Don’t mind my makeshift stand from some old 80’s end table bases I found in the shed.

Here it is with the Citristrip drying before I scraped it off.

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Finally, raw wood after my two coats of Klean Strip.

Next came the stain. I thought I would use my typical “Early American” by Minwax. I was worried about it bringing out, even more, red tones. I decided to cut it with Minwax “Golden Oak”. It did break down some of the redwood in the table but not completely. I wiped it on with a foam brush and let it dry. I then wiped on some shellac so that the liming wax would adhere better. After the shellac dried I took a large metal putty knife and worked the liming wax into the wood going the direction of the wood grain. I then took #0000 steel wool and buffed it out (in the direction of the woodgrain) until I liked the look of the liming wax. I then decided to seal it all in with Citrus Shield Premium Paste Wax in “neutral”. I love how it turned out. I am thinking I might attempt to do the apron and legs of the table too now.

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Now for the finished product all sealed in with my paste wax. I haven’t decorated or decided what I want to put in the middle of the table yet. I could not get a good full shot of the table either. Our house is a big construction site/ moving site right now. We have a lot of projects going on over here and have not even finished unpacking yet. There is brown paper down all over the floors, so this is the best I could do. I will share more pictures as soon as some of our projects are done.

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Kate

Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love all things pretty and the color white. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find out more.

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Some of my blog posts, ads, and banners contain "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate compensation. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and truly feel you will enjoy too! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” White Lane Decor is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Double Duty Dining Table

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Kate

Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love all things pretty and the color white. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find out more.

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Some of my blog posts, ads, and banners contain "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate compensation. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and truly feel you will enjoy too! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” White Lane Decor is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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This dining table has been through two big transformations. When I was first getting into my “do it yourself” era; I picked this table up at an online yard sale page. That was six years ago. A sweet lady was getting rid of the table and six chairs. I didn’t love the chairs it came with so I needed up selling them. By the time I sold the chairs, I had practically recouped my money for the table. I got a great deal. She had used the table in her basement coming in from the pool. It was a place mostly just for the grandkids to come in and eat snacks after swimming. The cherry wood table top was in great condition. A few scratches and water marks but nothing some Restore- A -Finish couldn’t fix.

I really didn’t want to sand down the top and stain it again. Restore- A- Finish is this awesome product I like to use. I used fine steel wool to brush it on and scrub some of the problem areas. Then you just wipe it off with a clean lint-free rag. It really brought this table top back to life. Most local hardware stores sell it in a variety of colors to match your wood.

As you can see, the green base and legs of the table were not working for my style. In the first round of this makeover, I primed with my Kilz spray primer around the skirt of the top and the legs. Once that had dried for 90 minutes, I used Almond colored Krylon spray paint. This made it a cream color. After that had cured for 24 hours, I then glazed the base and legs. I used minimax jacobean stain as my glaze. Glaze just means you wipe a finish on and off, to give it an aged dirty look. Keep in mind this was six years ago and was really big at the time. I then put it all together and loved the way it looked. I even bought some crystal knobs at Hobby Lobby for the two front drawers.

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I searched all the yard sale pages and found six chairs that were all different styles. I really liked the eclectic look. I also spray painted, glazed, and reupholstered them. It was really funky but I was going through a phase of figuring out my decorative style. I really liked color, I guess?? It was a great table and we used it two more years. I then realized all that color had to go. I sold off all the chairs I had searched so hard to find. I then took the table back apart and primed and spray painted it again. This time, I knew my style a lot better and went with white. I loved the style of the table and knew there was no need to spend money on a totally different table. Just a little paint would fix it up and make it work in our townhouse. Once it was all white, I had to find chairs to match again.

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IKEA had the perfect white chairs for a great price. The bonus was the matching barstools. I love the X back design. They fit so well with my newly painted table and I just love how it looks.

Now that we are building a new house, I think this table will get its third makeover in almost seven years. I still really like the shape and lines. I also still love all the white chairs and table base. However, the table top is about due for its makeover. I will probably break down and finally sand it all off. I think I want to whitewash the top. I have never done anything like that before so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. I still have seven months before that happens and the new house will be done. So, be on the lookout around that time for this tables third makeover.

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Kate

Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love all things pretty and the color white. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find out more.

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Some of my blog posts, ads, and banners contain "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate compensation. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and truly feel you will enjoy too! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” White Lane Decor is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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