Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Remember the entertainment center we turned into a wine cabinet? Well, we also made two other projects using the adjacent sides to the center cabinet.
For this project, we created a reading nook for our seven year old, Ava.
I wish we could take all the credit for Ava’s room, but she chose the color palette and fabric for this particular project.
Here’s the side shelf we had to work with.
She chose a fabric that matched the aqua and pink theme in her room perfectly. An extra bonus was the 60 % off sticker price from JoAnn Fabrics.
I worked with Jason to staple the batting and then the fabric to a piece of plywood for the bench. Tip: Use the tush test to help decide how much batting to use.
Alcohol Consumed: 2 Miller Lites (one for Jason, one for me)
Assistance: Yes, Ava!
Friday, June 17, 2011
I have been searching high and low for a chandelier to go into our bedroom. We wanted to replace the old ceiling fan with something a little more eye catching.
I found THE CHANDELIER in a small thrift store nearby. As you can see from the photos, it wasn't in the best condition but it did have potential. At $35, it was impossible to pass by.
Step 1. The first thing I did was removed everything I could. I took off each light holder and removed all the old wiring.
Step 2. The CLEANING. This was the worst step by far. I used Windex and a microfiber rag to scrub each glass piece one by one.
Step 3. Used sand paper to rough up eveything I needed to paint. We decided to go with white, so I used Polar Bear White paint and a small brush to carefully paint everything.
Step 4. After the paint was dry, I added new white lamp wiring from Home Depot. Attaching the wire was a little tricky because the original had metal wiring. I decided to go with plastic zip ties. The zip ties worked great to hold the wire to the metal frame while I connected everything. Finally, I finished the chandeleir with new socket covers.
Step 5. Removed the old ceiling fan!
This project was well worth the work. Now the only problem is that our daughter wants one in her room too. Final photos are below. If you have any questions or want to take on a chandeleir project of your own please let me know if you need any tips, or have any ideas on how to make the project quicker.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Roughly nine months ago, I discovered this pool of talent in the blogosphere. Bloggers like Sarah, Amanda, Melissa, and Lindsay who showcased their creations, and were kind enough to post tutorials.
Burlap seemed to be all the rage among the craft bloggers back in the fall. I dreamed of a wreath trimmed in burlap and fall ornaments, or a wall hanging with our family’s initials. Then, I came across Lindsay’s tutorial for a burlap table runner to drape over our brand-spanking new Amish-built farmhouse table. I was immediately smitten, and just knew: I HAD TO MAKE THAT RUNNER!
I have absolutely no experience sewing, which was blatantly apparent to the woman selling the machines at JoAnn Fabric the day I went in to ask questions. She said “foot” I thought “pedal,” she said “bobbin” I though “thimble” – if there were ever a sign that I should quit, it was then. Rather than face scorn from the community I was so eager to join, I figured I could buy the machine online where I could enjoy anonymity and a salesperson who wouldn’t scoff at my poor sewing vernacular.
I’ve included a photo below of our 8ft burlap table runner. In hindsight, burlap isn’t an ideal material for a sewing virgin to work with, but I was committed. When you look closely, you’ll notice the runner does not follow a straight path, it balloons in some areas and concaves in others, but I made it and I love it for all of it’s flaws, not in spite of them (sort of like our first child).
Project Difficulty: If you can sew a straight line, you’re golden.
Alcohol Consumed: Two beers
Assistance: My mom
*Would love to hear about your firsts (if you can remember back that far)!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Repurposing an old entertainment center
Linking to A Diamond In the Stuff's Party"
While Carolyn chased around the kids, I shuffled through the pile. The guy behind me started yelling in Spanish; it doesn't occur to me that he's yelling at ME until Carolyn clues me in. Apparently he didn't like the way I was handing his plates. Of course when I asked him "how much?" he replied "$25 a plate, $175 for the group." So we moved on.
An hour later, as we're leaving the flea market, Carolyn asked to try one more time with the guy for the plates. I agreed because I really liked them too. I decided to stay out of view in case this guy held a grudge. So of course Carolyn swoops in and works her charm. She gets 7 license plates for $25. The man told her a story about this guy who wanted the signs earlier, but he didn't like his attitude so he charged him $25 a plate.
I guess my lesson is to send in the bride to do the negatitions. Anyway, we have them up in our side entry way now and I think it adds a nice touch to an otherwise boring wall. Take a look.
Since summer has arrived early here in the Northeast, I want to focus this first post on one of our favorite rooms - our porch.
When we bought our home in June of 2010, the porch flooring was less than desirable. After vacuuming and cleaning the bejeezus out of the tiles, it still looked like this.
Now, thanks to some outdoor carpet, mosquito netting (from Ikea), and wicker furniture from Craig's list, it looks like this.
This project cost us less than $500 and roughly half a case of Corona to complete (children not included).
Project Difficulty: The only real challenge here was laying the carpet so that the seams match.
Alcohol Consumed: Half a case of Corona stretched over the course of a month.
Assistance: Jason and Carr
You may be wondering while I am showing you a closet door that I found as someone's trash. This is going to be our new headboard.
The first thing I did was remove all the hardware. Then I cut it down to size for a queen bed leaving about 3 inches on each side to hang out. I used a 1 x 6 x 8 for the top ledge and some old crown molding as a decorative trim.
This photo shows eveything attached. After that I sanded, primed and painted it white. I then sanded it again to give it a distressed look. Below is the finished product.
We decided to go with Behr Twlight Gray. I also got the paint with the primer in it as well just to make sure we didn't see anymore blue.You can see below that I also added the chair rail which I primed and painted white. We were really happy with the final result.
The next thing to do is to trash the old bed. Check back to see the new bed.