Is there anything more motivating than hosting for the holidays to get the house in shape? I think not. Last weekend, we started ticking off our to-do list before the in-laws arrive. I delegating the painting in the kitchen to my fiance while I tackled an easier project - finishing off the living room.
We didn't pay much attention to the windows in our One Room Challenge Living Room reveal... and for good reason. They need a lot of help. The windows themselves are quite old and drafty and I'm really hoping it's our last winter with them. The framing is uneven, and the sills, well...
They may look alright from a distance, but the tops are completely worn, roughed up, and have become raw from lack of care. The trim under the sill is actually in decent shape, but we knew when we started this living room project together that we would want paint or stain them. That's where Minwax came in!
After meeting the awesome team and learning more about their year-long campaign "Made with love. Finished with Minwax" I totally jumped on the bandwagon with their message. Keeping history in the home - whether through heirlooms or original architecture - is so important to me, and that's what their message is all about. And it's been even more important since I've really started to build a home with my future husband.
This is just the first of many projects you're going to see us use their product for around the house, but I wanted to start small with the windows!
First step was sanding everything down to get out the blemishes and create a nice even surface for the stain to absorb. You may notice that we used the 1-Step Floor Finish in Aged Leather for this project, but you could use any of their 1-step products for trim! We just happened to need a floor finish for the other project we're going to be tackling later (hint hint!) and wanted the stain to match.
Next, I grabbed a brush and started layering on the stain, following the instructions on the can to keep things nice and even and to do the whole piece at once. I let it dry a few hours before the second coat, and then...
Hello gorgeous new window sills!! I absolutely love the way they look! And you can see how nicely they tie into some of the darker accent pieces and hardware we have going on in the house. In fact, all of our switchplates and curtain rods are that aged brass, so the trim really sets them off nicely!
The lovely team at Minwax said it would be easy and now I can say it absolutely was. Using the 1-step stain was awesome. The coverage was great and not having to go over things with a final polyurethane coat was so helpful! (Meanwhile, back in the kitchen... fiance is still painting...)
So, I decided to add a little Christmas cheer to the setting with some swag and flowers! Also - remember this bench? Yep, it's the one that we wanted originally for our One Room Challenge and was out of stock. But we've got it now!! It's become a great little place to plop bags and perch on and I love the texture it brings to the room!
The final product just feels much more sophisticated and more original to the house too! I'm so grateful for this beautiful home, but making it our home feels really special. I think we're definitely living up to the 'Made with Love' motto!
Next project? See that window peeking out on the left? We're going to stain her dark too, and tackle that floor in the entry that has been so neglected. Plus... a serious DIY that you guys are going to LOVE. Well, I know I'm going to love. It's much bigger than this one, so stay tuned for that in January! In the meantime, you can discover projects big and small over on the Minwax Facebook page!
Any guesses what our big project will be?