How to Remove Veneer or Laminate from Furniture

Monday, May 5, 2014

Last summer I stripped this pretty girl down to the bones and found that she wasn't in terrible shape. If interested, click here to read about all about How to Strip Painted Furniture.

Unfortunately, I left her outside for a couple of days and she got rained on while I was at work. You know what that means -- the veneer started pulling up from the drawers and the top.

Removing veneer is new territory for me. After a bit of Googling, I found two methods and I decided to test them both in hopes of finding the easiest.

The first method is described as the easiest.
  1. Soak an old towel in water and place it over the furniture you're hoping to remove veneer from.
  2. Let it sit for at least an hour to loosen the veneer from the drawer. 
  3. Use a putty knife or chisel to peel veneer away from furniture. 

This method did not have the best results for me. I let my two drawers sit for two hours hoping the veneer would pull away but to no avail.

As you can see from the pictures above the edges pulled away easy enough but the middle of the drawer still needed a lot of work. On to the second method.

Here's what you'll need:
  • iron (set to steam)
  • putty knife
  • measuring cup of water for iron
  • bowl of water
  • old wash cloth 

Wet the wash cloth and lay over the veneer folded in half, working in small sections. 

Lay the iron over the wash cloth and let sit for about a minute. Remove the wash cloth from the section carefully. It will stick to the bottom of the iron, so be careful.

Place your putty knife at the edge of the moistened section at a slight angle. Ease the knife under the laminate, driving it in a forward motion.

Working in small sections, it took me about a half hour to complete a whole drawer.

And here's the pile of laminate. You can see from the width of the strips about how much I was able to get off at a time.

I found this process to be much easier and faster than the first method. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm still working on removing veneer from the rest of the dresser. This is the first time I've ever done anything like this before, so let me know if you have any tips or advice. I look forward to hearing from you. Until next time!

Online Design Styler - Full Circle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Well, she picked a couch!

Just as a reminder, a few weeks ago I put together this living room consultation for my bestie.

And today, she finally placed an order for two of these pretty babies from Ashley's Furniture:
Ignore those pillows. They come with the couch and while I love a good stripe and paisley print, I just don't think that these fabrics do anything for this beautiful piece of furniture. I have some big plans for this one to really brighten it up. Just wait and see. We're waiting until they come in before purchasing anything extra, such as an accent chair, fabric for pillows and curtains, end tables, etc. 

Here is the setup she choose for the room, so you can get an idea of what we're working with:

Yay, I'm all smiles here. I'm pretty excited to get it all together, see the final product, and leave my friend with a room that makes her beam.

Liebster Award

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Honest Room was nominated for a Liebster Award by Meet the B's and I couldn't be happier!

The Liebster is an award for bloggers with 500 or less followers as a way to get to know each other and build a blogging community. It was so much fun getting to know Nicole over at Meet the B's and the other nominees that I had to participate.

Here are the rules:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. 
  • Answer the 11 questions you're given. 
  • Nominate 11 other new bloggers with less than 500 followers. 
  • Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer. 
  • Tag you nominees and leave them a comment on their blog so they know that you nominated them. 

Yay! Here goes nothin'.

  1. How long have you been blogging? Three months, I'm a true newbie. 
  2. What made you decide to start blogging? I love decorating and DIY projects. I was also inspired by a good real-life friend of mine, HomeStyleReport and all the fun she was having in the blogging community. 
  3. What is your favorite blog to read and what draws you to them? The Lettered Cottage - I love her flea market style and her ability to pull together a room with found items and DIY projects. 
  4. What is your decorating style? I would consider my style to be a little bit of everything. I love flea market or vintage pieces mixed with modern fabrics and prints. 
  5. What is your favorite color? I love yellow. I can't wear it because it makes me look like I just got over a bad case of the flu but I love the way it makes a room smile. 
  6. What type of food do you enjoy cooking the most? I'm a soup girl. I just tried out Beneath My Heart's copycat of Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup and I cannot get enough. I would make it everyday. 
  7. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them! We have a beautiful kitty name Bogart (after the famous Humphrey Bogart, my one and only celebrity crush). He's a pain in the butt but we love him all the same. 
  8. What is your favorite room in your house and why? I love our living room. It's mixed with all my favorite family pieces. We use my Nanny's old dresser for our TV stand, my mom's pie safe as our entryway table, two quilts from my granny, and tons of family photos and frames. 
  9. Describe yourself in three words. Enthusiastic, sensitive, and impulsive. 
  10. Does anyone in your personal life know that you blog? I've been very open about blogging. I love to share ideas with friends and family. 
  11. Where do you see your blog one year from now? This is a hard one. I really don't have any crazy plans for my blog. I would like to continue blogging about things I love while seeking out others in the blogging community for collaboration and friendship.
And now for some more are my 11 nominees:

And here are your questions (don't judge me but I stole a couple from Meet the B's):
  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Why did you start blogging? Has it turned out to be what you expected?
  3. What's the story behind your blog name?
  4. What has been your most popular post?
  5. What is your motto or tagline?
  6. What is your favorite blog to read and what draws you to them?
  7. What is your decorating style?
  8. Gold or silver?
  9. Name one of your bucket list items.
  10. How do you spend your weekends?
  11. Where do find most of your home decor inspiration? (store, blog, magazine)

Oh, and let's follow Meet the B's lead, if I nominated you, follow me AND the rest of the 11 nominees on some form of social media. We can grow together and support each other in our own little blogging community.

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Living Room Consultation - Online Design Styler

Friday, March 14, 2014

My best friend in the whole world has had a hard time figuring out the layout of her very large living room. With an open floor plan, she has found it difficult to create a room that feels separate from her dining room and foyer but still a part of the rest of the house.

Her family enjoys hosting parties and a get-together or two, so she needs an entertaining space that accommodates a group but still provides the utmost comfort for her growing family.

Check out the layouts below to get a sense of the space:

I've had a hard time convincing my friend to flip flop her room and move the TV unit to the large open wall. I talked her into doing it once before but she didn't like how the space flowed, so this layout will allow for that openness that she likes but doesn't block that big beautiful window on the left wall.

And because I couldn't help myself. Here are two layouts that switch the focal point of the room to the largest wall:

I don't know how to tell you enough how indecisive she is...haha. I've given her two options below for a color scheme. The first is bright and colorful with lots of pattern. I really love how the colors play off each other without being too overwhelming.

The neutral palette below is designed to more calming, relaxing, and might be a bit more soothing to the eye. It's really whatever strikes your fancy because I'm in love with both!

Here are some features of the room:

Given the large size of this space, seating can be maximized by using two sofas but it's important to break up these large pieces by adding chairs to balance the room.

I love chairs and I love the airiness that switching out a sofa with two chairs would allow. Mixing fabrics and leather upholstery help ground the room.

Small end tables in metal and mixed finishes keep the room from feeling too catalog-y and are able to be moved around as needed.

Hanging framed art around the TV helps "disguise" it within the gallery wall.

My friend currently is obsessed with apothecary cabinets and when I saw the beaut above at Anthropologie, I knew that she would love it. It really isn't a budget piece but I think a DIY option similar to Ana White's apothecary console would do the trick (and I just happen to know that her husband is pretty handy).

I loved working on this cozy space for my bestie and I can't wait to see what she puts together! Hopefully, this will convince her husband that an oversized la-z-boy recliner isn't a MUST.

Thanks for stopping by!

If you're interested in design consultation for all or part of a room, click here. Hope to hear from you soon.

Like It, Love It, Buy It

Monday, March 3, 2014

Kentucky has been hit with the storm of the century and cabin fever has officially set in. Being snowed in does have its advantages and I'm feeling quite inspired. Today is my first post for the Like It, Love It, Buy It series. I think the title explains the series for itself. So, let's get started.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

I'm obsessed with everything on this list but I've been dying to purchase the earl grey tea towel since seeing Liz Marie's DIY Tea Towel Art.

And who didn't fall in love with The Lettered Cottage's herb crates.

Now I must go purchase these favorites items before they sell out! 

Home Style Report

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

People let me tell you bout' my best friend.

Or..maybe I should say, "Haavvee met Home Style Report?"

This little gal is one of my best real-life friends and she's got herself a pretty amazing blog that features everything from skincare, DIY projects, stylized scenarios, and recipes. This girl can do it all. Jenn has been blogging since the purchase of their beautiful Cape Cod in 2012 and they've done so many updates, upgrades, and repairs that you have to see it to believe it.

My favorite has to be the Accent Wall Reveal  in their Kitchen..

and her future plans for kitchen decor.

She's pretty amazing, wouldn't you say? Don't miss out on this one!

Home Style Report: Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest - Twitter

Resolutions for the Home 2014 - Part 1

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Just because you live in a rental, doesn't mean that you can't make it your own. We'd love to renovate but know that it just doesn't make sense to put money into something that isn't yours. I'm determined to make this place feel like home and for the past year, we've done just that.

Cassie over at Hi Sugarplum! inspired me to create a specific list of home goals for the year to keep me on track and to hold myself accountable. Think of this list as part one. I'm not yet ready to show you the kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, and second bedroom/closet (it's pretty small). Those rooms are definitely the problem rooms. Let's take a look at the easy stuff first.


The dresser in the above photo was my grandmothers and was originally painted a horrendous hunter green. We left it "unfinished" because we like the rustic look against the stark white walls. The hardware is also original and will be replaced when we decide what we eventually want to do with this piece. 


Add Art Above the Couch
Bamboo Blinds for the Windows
Find Art for the Empty Frame Above the Dresser/TV Stand
Dresser/TV Stand Update
Update Pillows on Couch
Push Dresser/TV Stand to Left and Purchase Chair



Crown Moulding for Bookcases
Finish Dresser for Bedroom (storing in dining room until finished -- no judgement)
Recover and Add Extra Cushioning to Dining Room Chairs
Sand Dining Room Chairs and Table (Paint, Stain?)
Replace Table Below Window

It's nice to see our goals all laid out for this year. The projects really aren't that bad, so I'm not overwhelmed yet. I have plans for the big projects above and I'll share the details later. I'd love to hear what you guys think. Ideas, suggestions, tips? 

Stay tuned for part 2! This is where the real problems come in. Your mouth is going to drop to the floor when you see the size of the bedrooms that I'm working with here and the horrendously outdated kitchen and bathroom. 

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