Monday, October 20, 2014

Master Bedroom || DIY Greek Key Curtains

The updating in our Master Bedroom has been progressing, like molasses, but still moving.  I had sincerely hoped that before I even got pregnant I would be close to complete on this bad boy.  Maybe that goal was a little overly ambitious and not to mention I seriously change my "style mind" often which leads to constantly "re-homing" of things throughout the house!  Rambling on...but point being is that in my crazy life I have to be OK with having ANY progress! So on that note I FINALLY have new Drapery in the master!

Yumm Yumm Yumm.   Nothing new and outragous here, I'm not breaking the mold....just doing what I love!   And that my friends is Greek Key ANYTHING!  I just can't get enough.  These are the Ritva Curtains from Ikea, hemmed to size, backed with dirt cheap black out fabric from JoAnn's and ironed on Greek key Trim from MJTrim.   Ironed using Stitch Whitchery.

I think what I enjoy the most about these bad boys is the new blackout fabric.   It keeps the room so nice and cozy in the early mornings!  Which was especially great when the baby was sleeping in the room with us and we were both taking naps...ahh...naaapppss....I miss those....

So in case you forgot what our SAD master looked like when we moved's glimpse 
Check out the previous curtains (left when moved in).  Such an improvement!
The trim was not exactly cheap (about $9/yard)...I'm sure the neighbors heard Andy GULP when I ordered, but the Ikea Curtains (about $40 for 2, I needed 4)  combined with my mad sewing skills did offset the cost.  And by mad sewing skills I mean = hemming curtains is seriously the easiest DIY project out there.
So while this wasn't a cheap DIY project, we did save a ton of money when compared to custom curtains.  And when I signed up at MjTrim new customers get a 15% off coupon.... mamma loves coupons!   

Thanks for stopping by, love yas!


This Post is Linked to:
houseontheway - Twirl and Take a Bow
ishouldbemoppingthefloor - Inspiration monday

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How the Heck are you!

So it's been just about a million years since I posted and I have to anyone out there!  No one point I had amassed a small but mighty group of regular readers and I flew the coup.  Literally, I got knocked up and just plain disappeared!   I stopped posting, passed most of my DIY wish list off to my Dad and laid my fine little booty on the couch.  My daily routines of pinterest, late night projects and hanging out with my virtual bloggie peeps went by the wayside for ice cream sundays and watching Party Down South and Chrisley Knows Best.
But lets not kid here, there have been some pretty fun undocumented projects that went down in the past 6 month...but my "get up and go" nature literally took a nose dive. Not just because of the pregnancy/baby, sick dog and just plain exhaustion from NON-STOP projects...I got poisoned!   Don't freak...not for was more of a mental state.   You know, it is not easy for anyone who puts them self "out there" as a DIY/Home Improvement "blogger", a mother, a wife...or better yet a human being who breathes, to prevent comparison from getting the best of them.   It just got sad that something I love so dearly - my blog and DIY'ing - just pooped me out because of the emotional sides of it.  "Is this cool enough", "Wow [insert regularly read blogs name]house looks so snazzy", "Wow what a crazy DIY project, why didn't I think of that".   And then there's the guilt when people tell me that my blog makes them feel bad about themselves!   GAH...that one just tears me apart.  No one wants anyone to feel bad about themselves...this blog is a place for love.  Love of DIY, Sharing Creative Ideas and Love of the cutest stinking baby you have ever seen...Boom in your face!

So now that you have seen the cutest stinking baby ever...I hope to heck you didn't compare your dang kid to mine!   

If you did...please stop reading immediately!  
Everything I just said went way over your head!  
Shut the computer, have a drink and come back once you have chilled the heck out!

So, I think I'm back, at least for now.   I have long list of projects to share with you and if I can find the time between my sassy almost 4 year old and my little stinky 6 month old you might get a peak inside our DIY chaos.   I would certainly love to have you along for the ride!  
This is my new it, print it, burn it in your eyeballs...and then lets have some DIY fun!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Den Fireplace Transformation || Reveal

Finally...the fireplace refacing is complete!   I am so excited to share with you the truly dramatic transformation that this fireplace/built-in self has undergone! 
 Like I have said from the beginning of this project...there wasn't anything wrong with the floor to ceiling just wasn't my style!   This new craftsman style fireplace just gives so much more dimension to the room.   The crown molding, custom woodworking - THANK YOU DAD - and new dramatic mantel just make me want to sing and shout and let it all out! 
oh yes and who doesn't also LOVE the Fancy Pantsy new Tile surround!  You can read about that Phase of the project {HERE}.
so to jog your is a shot of my Inspiration...I posted all about it {HERE}.  I have to say that aside from a few modifications...I think I nailed it!
 and now for my favorite...Before and Afters!

 and close ups!
so for those of you who are actually looking for the detailed posts on how I accomplished this major project you can jump back and see how things progressed!
Final Phases were adding the woodwork, trim and crown molding
oh yes and the Mantel...what a disaster that was!   I can't even attempt to "how to" that beast of a project...but none the less we I have lessons learned 
1) I have poor geometry skills.  2) measure twice cut once.  3) always get a second opinion like from someone who knows what they are doing Dad.
and now that the Brick Fireplace Refacing is complete we have slated sometime post baby to add cabinets to the sides/bottom halves of these built-ins and then also install some under shelf lighting.
And lets not forget to address the useless ceiling light that we have in here and oh and yes I need some new fab artwork to hang!
So once the Holiday Hoopla slows down I can get back to work on the garage dreamin' project!  Remember that BIG Project I started and stopped so I could indulge in this new fireplace!?! Well we are about to complete phase 3 of 5 and things are progressing.  Well only because my Dad is Amazing and continues to donate his DIY genius and priceless time to my crazy Ideas!  I'm spoiled to have his help..but HE created the DIY monster I've become so how could he not want to help out and see what type of crazy I'm getting myself into!  
PS did I mention that my in-laws got me a 9 gallon shop vac for my Birthday!  Woot Woot!!! The other day I spent 2 hours vacuuming that was pure joy.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Den Fireplace Part 3 || Cover old Brick with Tile

And I'm back today with the next phase of your Den Fireplace Project!   Progress is being made and things are shaping up to be near completion by Thanksgiving....which is good since I typically host every year!   So here is where I left off...
Den Fireplace Inspiration
Den Fireplace Project Phase 1  ||  Adding Drywall
Den Fireplace Project Phase 2  ||  Tape, Corner Bead and Make Seamless

and for today...

Den Fireplace Project Phase 3  ||  Cover old Brick with Tile

This part of the project was way more fun and interesting then Phase 1 and 2 when I learned that Dry Walling is just not my thang.   I actually really enjoy tiling and have done a few other tile projects in the house...Herringbone Tile Floor ||  Kitchen BackSplash || Laundry Room Subway Tile.

My original inspiration was a grey modern slightly contemporary look.  I REALLY REALLY wanted to use a marble carrera in a subway or mosaic pattern.  But after researching and speaking to some tile professionals I was shy'd away from this because we have a real wood burning fireplace.   One thing I didn't notice when gathering inspiration was that I was inspired by non-wood burning fireplaces!   And why does that matter you may ask...well apparently the tile that you use is significantly different from a non-functioning vs, gas burning vs. wood burning.  Marble and similar products can actually change color on a wood fireplace due to heat and soot.  I was told to focus more on a porcelain tile...and sadly I found it very difficult to find tiles that I LOVED in this category.  But finally I came across my tile of choice; it was in my budget, a green product and had a very beautiful color and pattern.  
I also decided to forgo my original plan of a subway or mosaic pattern and went with a larger tile.   After spending days scrubbing soot off of the old brick I decided less grout to clean and manage would be a life saver for me.   And in the end I found that large tiles reduced the brain teasing math needed to tile all the angles/corners and also reduced the physical labor...which my pregnant self was thankful for! 

Den Fireplace Project Phase 3  ||  Cover old Brick with Tile

Update an old Brick Fireplace with Tile :  How To
Clean, Clean and Clean the bricks - I used a dawn soap, white vinegar and warm water solution.  To scrub the brick I used a wire brush and wiped away suds and soot with a warm rag.

Add a even Layer of Thin-Set Mortar to Bricks - once clean and dry, I added a layer of thin-set mortar over the bricks.   This will help create a level surface and assist in the tile bonding to the bricks.  Prepare according to package (I prefer to use the powder vs the pre-mixed)   my consistency was mayo/creamy peanut butter.  Make sure it is not too watery or the mortar will not adhear in a smooth consistancy and can drip.

Start Tiling - one trick I learned is that you should use wood to create a level ledge that will keep the top bricks in place. This top area is best completed first.   Then work around...I don't have a thorough "How To" on Tiling but you do it once and you will never forget's so simple.   YouTube has endless tutorials...
Grout your Tile - once the tiles are set and mortar is dry (wait over 24 hours at least) then you can grout.  Again, check out YouTube for good "How To's"...

Seal your Grout - ok finally I have a decent sealing grout tutorial to offer you!

Update an old Brick Fireplace with Tile :  Materials Used
  • Tile of choice - make sure to buy extra
  • Thin Set-Mortar - this bag is large...but it has gotten me through multiple tile projects....just don't set it on unsealed concrete and it will last forever. 
  • Spacers and trowels
  • Tile Saw 
  • Grout of Choice - (remember 1/16 spacers and smaller you can use non-sanded grout...anything larger go with a sanded grout)
  • grout float
  • Buckets for mixing mortar and grout
  • Grout Sealant - tutorial here
Update an old Brick Fireplace with Tile :  Project Time Frame

  • Tiling took a total of 8 hours (2 - 4 hour days)
  • Grouting took a total of 3 hours. 

So there you have it...progress is being made.  Next week I think I will have to unleash this project into the world and do my favorite Before and After's.   There really is one more phase to the project and that is all the word working and mantel building...but I fear this post would ruin the before and after I'm gunna do things a little backwards here.

So lets do some time traveling to 2 years ago when we moved into the house...
And then you have about 6 months ago...only thing changed is we painted the shelves Dove White and walls Moonshine Grey both from Benjamin Moore.
and progress on the project..

So I'll be back soon with a fireplace Reveal...and let me tell you things are lookin' good!   I'm so excited to share with you all!