Basement Gym Floor

Let’s face it, getting to the gym with three kids and the cost can be a bit difficult. Instead of having my basement as a catch all we decided to turn it into a home gym. It’s all finished except for the flooring. First thing was to clear it all out and paint the walls and get started on the floor.

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We decided to epoxy the cement floor. Before I could paint on the epoxy I had to clean the floors and let them dry. Epoxy paint has very strong fumes so you want to make sure you wear a mask at all times. I worked from one corner of the basement to the next. You want to work in small sections and sprinkle the colored paint chips as you go. Now that I think of it, I should have added a little glitter to the mix. After the floor was covered, I started fans to help it dry faster and get out some fumes.

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The great thing about epoxy flooring is that its super tough and durable. This is great for a gym floor or garage floors as well. After the floor was completely dry we added corner round to the base boards. Now that our gym flooring is complete we need to add work out equipment and some decor of course.

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DIY Towel Rack

This boring towel rack just couldn’t hold up in my boys bathroom! So I took it down and made my own from pallet wood.

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With multiple kids sharing a bathroom it’s nice to have a place for everyones towel. I got a free pallet from work that had the perfect pieces for this project. I took it apart, cut the wood pieces to size, sanded them down and then did a little white washing.

 

 

I spray painted hardware pieces from Lowe’s with a dark hammered metal spray paint and then pre drilled holes in the wood before screwing them in place.  Once the hardware was all screwed in I simply attached each piece together and hung it on the wall. The top piece of wood is the only one actually attached to the wall, the rest simply hang from one another.

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Once on the wall, I measured, marked and hung the towel hooks. Now every kid has a place for their towel. Hopefully this will help keep them off the floor (I wish).

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Dresser Up-do

This dresser is in bad shape. There is a chipped corner on one of the drawers and the top piece peeled right off. Try not to overlook pieces because they have a little wear and tear, most can be fixed.

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I fixed the broken drawer corner with this amazing stuff (Minwax Wood Filler). I applied the wood filler two times to get the corner in the right shape before painting. Then I painted everything this beautiful blue color that I had left over from the night stand I did for my boy’s room. I repainted all of the hardware with a gold spray paint and even switched out and added a couple new knobs. I sealed the entire piece with a clear wax sealant and then started on the top.

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Instead of completely building a whole new top, I decided to lay peel and stick tiles that look like wood planks. The adhesive on the back won’t be strong enough to stick to the textured top so I used a super strong adhesive to adhere them. Just to be sure the would stick, covered the top with weights so that there would be pressure on the tiles as the glue dried.

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After all of the final touch up were done I added the new hardware an this baby is ready for a new home. This one sold before I was able to dress it up with decor for pictures.

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Bankers Chair

I had been searching for a bankers chair that will go with my old desk that I have yet to re do and I almost bought one from craigslist. On a weekend trip to my parents I noticed my mom had one sitting in her basement that she picked up from an auction. She did not get it for any specific reason but thought it was neat. She didn’t really want/need it and gave it to me. YAY!!! It’s very worn and so dirty that it almost looks burnt in areas. It is also missing two of the vintage wood wheels that I will have to do some searching for.
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I pulled out the cushion insert, took it in the back yard and sanded that bad boy for probably two hours! It looks so much better and the wood is beautiful. Now I need to clean up the metal gears before I can finish beautifying the wood.

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I stained the wood and then fixed the cushion by replacing the padding and adding a fun fur top. Hobby Lobby did not have the white fur material I was looking for but I found pillow cover that would do the trick.

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I first had to take the existing top off, which was not easy. Then I cut padding to size and cover with the fur material. I attached it all with a staple gun. The hardest part was probably fitting the seat back into the chair. But it’s finally done and my ugly office chair is no more.

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Whitewashed Bed

I lovely bed but after changing out my comforter and painting the walls, its just too dark. I want to keep the wood look but need to lighten it up so I chose to whitewash it.

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This process is so easy and fast! I use a mixture of white paint and water. I brushed my mixture on in sections and then went back over it with a cloth to wipe off the excess paint.

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Don’t be scared! Yes, I know that the first step looks a little scary but the end result is beautiful! Trust me. Once I have the headboard done, I know I love it! You can do this as much as needed to get the end result you want. I touched up a few areas here and there but I only needed to go over the bed one time.

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This seriously only took an hour at the most and made such a huge difference. I’m loving my new bed color with the darker walls. It only took Mr. Modish the whole day to realize I had painted the bed (he likes it too).

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Entertainment Center Update

My entertainment center is looking a little sad! It did not help matters at all that my dog as a puppy decided to chew on the bottom. This was a cheap piece to begin with but instead of spending tons of money buying a new one, I decided to update what I have. First step is to repair the bite marks with this amazing wood filler (seriously amazing product!).

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Now that the holes are gone, it’s time for paint. I used chalky paint from Lowe’s, the color is called kid gloves. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure I would never buy my boys white gloves. This took a little more paint due to the faux wood parts and because I am painting white over black. Then I sealed the outside and shelf fronts with the wax sealant.

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I wanted this piece to have a little more personality so I made a quick trip to Lowe’s to buy 3, 1 x 6 x 8 pieces of lumber. I cut them down to fit the top and screwed them in from underneath the top of the piece. I chose to keep the wood as is, but they could be stained any color, sealed and then done! Now the fun part to add the decor! This was such a little change and so easy but makes a big difference. I just love it!!! Don’t worry the bottom shelf is now no longer empty.

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From Busted to Beautiful!

This is one of the coolest pieces I have found to date and I’m so excited I finally got around to it. It was in rough condition and needed a little repair and a whole lot of love. The drawers were broken, along with some of the shelving, hinges and doors. After fixing the drawers and shelves I lightly sanded the entire piece. I want the piece to keep its naturally distressed look so there is no need to completely strip it. Its old, beautiful and has had many miles on it and I want that to show. I also decided that for the inside,  I would keep the sides and back piece the original color. I just couldn’t cover up all that personality.

My first step is to paint the entire piece a light gray with my chalky paint. once it’s all dry I dry brushed a darker grey over the entire piece. This will allow all of the flaws and edges to come out (which I love)!

The doors needed a little extra love. The woven wire accents were barely hanging on and very dingy looking and there are two open spaces with nothing behind them. I took all the metal off and painted it with a dark metal spray paint. I re-attached the metal pieces with a staple gun and added glass to the open areas of the doors. All that’s left to do is add the clear sealing wax and done. Now to find this beautiful pie cabinet a new home.

I love this piece so much that it will be really hard to let this one go. I may just have to rearrange my house and find it a permanent spot. This is my final product, let me know what you think and if you have any painting tips you wold like me to share.

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