Saturday, December 21, 2013

When one door opens...

When one door opens... make a headboard! Or coffee table!

We have a friend recently who purchased a fixer-upper home in the country outside Junction City. When I say fixer-upper, I mean total gut and redo. It looks like someone walked out of the house in 1970 and never came back, which I think is pretty cool. He was replacing all the doors, windows, cabinets -- basically everything inside and out, and asked if we'd be interested in any of it. Ummm.... hello? Of course!! The first thing that caught my eye was doors throughout the house. Not only are they solid wood (and oh so heavy) they are really cute! We picked up two of these five-panel doors, one with some fancy original hardware and door knob. 


We transformed door #1 into this amazing king sized headboard. How gorgeous is that distressed paint??? 





As for door #2, we built this super cute coffee table! The original paint color was an off color yellow, which we quickly decided was a no-no for this table. So, we painted it a bright and cheery turquoise! 




We have one more door left and we're having a hard time deciding what to do with it! Any ideas?? 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Follow us on Instagram

We have joined Instagram --- http://instagram.com/againstthegraindesigns

Be sure to follow us for previews of our for sale pieces, revamps and custom built furniture.



Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Monday, December 9, 2013

NEW Monogrammed Headboards

We had a special request from a client to add a monogram to her custom farmhouse headboard. We loved the idea and the result, so we're going to add this as an option on any of our custom made headboards or complete beds for an additional $10. Email us at againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com for more information or to place your order!



Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 





Friday, December 6, 2013

Kansas Barn Sale 2013


I know many of you heard me raving on Facebook about the Kansas Barn Sale earlier this fall. Yes, fall. I am just getting around to unloading the pictures off my camera and blogging about this amazing event. Procrastination much? Well, I think I get a pass since I was growing and birthing a baby. Anyways, The Kansas Barn Sale - SO amazing. Everyone should be heading to their website -- http://kansasbarnsale.blogspot.com/ or Facebook page - Kansas Barn Sale on Facebook right after you finishing reading this post. 


Hears the scoop - Its an annual event for crafters, antique dealers, junkers and hoarders alike. The 2013 event was held on October 5th just outside of Wichita in a barn (yup, the bright red kind too!) outside of a town called Hesston. Its free to attend and I'll keep you posted on the vendor fees -- we are looking into joining the event next year. It was about a two hour drive for us but we made a day of it, hitting up a diner for breakfast along the way and stopping at some of our favorite stores on the way back. The parking situation at the event was a little chaotic, but once we got parked and in, we were good to go. There was live music, several food vendors, a mini pumpkin patch and lots and lots and lots of vendors. It was my Mecca. 

Here some of our favorite finds of the day -- 




Love that rustic clock! 


How perfect for kids! Love this idea.

I tried to come up with something to do with these old bed coils, but couldn't think of anything. Any ideas?? They are so cool looking and I just know they could be repurposed into something amazing. 



This may be my new favorite color. 





We spent an hour or two walking around ohh-ing and awe-ing at everything. I had to restrain myself from buying everything in site but we did come home with a few goodies. 

Remember the rusty "R" I hung on Reid's nursery door? We bought it from a vendor out of Wichita. I paired it with a painted frame and a burlap tie! We also scooped up a few locker shelf to hold diapers/wipes/baby products on his changing table, a mirror we've hung in our living room and some funky shaped doors we've repurposed into chalkboards! I could have bought so much more, but luckily for my bank account we had a limited amount of space in the car! 


I am so excited about the 2014 event and will keep you all posted once they announce the date. In the meantime, we're riding high on the inspiration we got at the event with lots of ideas and fun projects to come!! Stay tuned friends! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Welcome to the World Reid!

Better late than never! I am super excited to introduce Reid Matthew Bowie. Born on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 5:14 a.m. The past month have been such a blur and we are slowly adjusting to life with a newborn. Unfortunately Against the Grain has had to take a back seat lately BUT we are planning on starting 2014 with some new projects and some new promotions! Thank you all for being so patient with us as we catch up on messages and emails. Our response time is longer, but we promise we will get back to you!! In the meantime, we are working one project at a time and spending lots of snuggling with our sweet little man. 


Friday, September 27, 2013

Our Nursery Preview

Well we are only 5 short weeks away from the arrival of Baby Bowie! Many of you have asked for pictures of the nursery. Well ask and you shall receive friends! 

We moved into this house in June, so we had a blank canvas to work with which was nice. 

     

We picked up a matching dresser set at a yard sale when we first found out I was pregnant. Originally we hadn't planned on using them in the nursery, but after I started painting them I knew I had to keep them. They are solid wood with a lot of funky detail. You seriously don't find furniture made like this anymore. The only downside is my unborn child has more clothing space than I do! JEALOUS!! 






I chose a muted, matte grey color for the dressers. I wanted to stay pretty neutral so we wouldn't have to repaint them anytime soon and decided to keep the original hardware. Yes its a little funky and out there, but that's my style and I love it. We did add new, wood tops to the dressers since there was a lot of damage to them. We stained them using Minwax's Jacobean.

On to the crib-- Being a decently handy person with a husband who can build amazingly beautiful furniture I figured this would be the easy part. WRONG! This was practically a test of our marriage. The worst directions ever written + mislabeled parts and pieces + one teeny tiny alan wrench = chaos.  After at least an hour we finally figured it out. Here's to hoping we don't have to do that ever again! 



For a long time the room sat pretty empty with random piles of baby crap stuff everywhere. I was waiting to find some inspiration. I knew I didn't want a traditional "theme" for the nursery - no ducks, no frogs, no baby blue, no Cars or Dora the Explorer. Finally I found my "inspiration piece" - at a yard sale, go figure. It was a $3 ceramic lamp base. It had no shade and needed a new lighting system, but it was cute and turquoise! From there things just fell into place. 


I found this bedding set online and decided to stick with the turquoise, orange and grey colors as my non-traditional "theme."





The room is not quiet finished yet - we have some pictures to hang and a floating bookshelf to install. I'm also on the hunt for a rug to finish everything off. I'll post more pictures once the baby arrives. For now his name is still a secret and its hanging on the wall above the crib so I couldn't post any complete pictures of the room. Only 5 weeks to go -- fingers cross they fly by! 


Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Our Living Room: Coffee Table Reveal

We've been in our new house almost two whole months already! I can't believe how fast time is flying by. We are slowly getting settled and starting to put together rooms. The first one on my list was the living room! Here's the space we had to work with. 

Pretty bare and sad without any furniture in there. It didn't last long - we quickly filled the room up! One of the main issues I had was our coffee table. We purchased it when we lived in Georgia at Ikea and it was a great table -- but a little large for our current living room. 


So, Nick and I had been on the hunt for a new table since we moved in. I was super happy when Nick can home with this beauty (not!) from our local DAV thrift store. Fortunately, I could see his vision and knew it'd be perfect once we were finished with it. The added bonus of this table -- there is a center drawer with a radio and record player!! A musical coffee table??? Yes please! 


A little back story on this piece. First - it had no top. There should have been tile or wood inserts in the top, but those were conveniently missing. Hey, one less thing for us to throw away, so we were ok with it! Second - its ugly, but it was only $7.50! Score! We picked our paint color and got to work. There are two speakers on each end of the coffee table - I forgot to snap a before pic of these, but they were pretty ugly. To hide the ugliness we covered the speakers with a funky orange, blue and grey fabric. Final step was adding a new top and a few coats of poly - we choose to stain ours with Minwax's Jacobean. 







Here's our living room with our old coffee table. 

AND with the new coffee table!



A few days adding the new coffee table, we added this fun chevron wood wall art. My husband surprised me with it, isn't he the best? It fit the space perfectly and looks extra good hanging above our revamped cabinet. 


We are one step closer to finishing the living room - yay!! More pictures to come, so stay tuned. 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley