Sunday, June 30, 2013

June Recap || Deets for July

Where the heck did the month go?  Seriously, I say this every month, I blinked and we are onto the next month...Cray Cray!    This month was wild, my head is still spinning, and I can honestly admit that I had my hands in too many "big" projects at once.  But the result of that is the Laundry Room is finally complete, I'm moving onto the decorating phase of the Master Bedroom Room Upgrade, the new fence is about 3 weekend away from being totally finished and I just revealed that we will be focusing out next efforts on the Dream Garage!

Here are a few of my favorite (and yours too) moments from this month and some sneak peak deets for July.  

PS  if you read regularly don't forget to follow along.  Thanks I'll love you for it.

It took one more month than planned, but I came in under my $200 budget and the room looks FAB-U-LOUS!

I still can't speak those words without doing a giddy jig.  I'm smiles from ear to ear and still shocked this little Bloggie's Ikea Hack's got featured!

The best free project ever and the inspiration of a hopefully new weekly topic (more on that below in the Deets for July)

This was just a cool fun project...I got cray cray with the saw.  Who doesn't love those projects!

So the Deets for July feels more like some goal setting for myself...

#1)   FINISH THE FENCE!  Yes I intended to shout that one out!  Don't get me wrong it's a great project, hard work and I'm learning some very essential building knowledge but I just enjoy more "creative" my juices are feeling slightly stifled. Here is Part 1 of Building a Fence project, hopefully Part 2 will be a Fence Reveal!

#2)  Finish and Reveal Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Dream Garage Project... 
#1) Make a Mud Room
#2) Consolidate Storage
#3) Consolidate Utility Space

#3)  I'm planning on starting a new weekly post on $5 Fabulous.   If you haven't caught on yet....I'm cheap.  I love reusing, refurbing and thrifting to make the best out of what I have.   So, if I haven't whipped up some funky fresh idea I'll grab a post to feature from one of my bloggie friends...these ladies are wicked smart and crafty! 
Here are a few examples of my projects that are 
$5 Fabulous:

#4) Finish Decorating and Final Reveal the Master Bedroom!  So pumped about this!

So I'll be back on Tuesday with a 4 day post series...$40 + 4 Projects + 4 Days.   I'm excited to show some little tweaks that resulted in major progress for our master bathroom!  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Next Project || Garage Dreamin'

Lately Andy and I have been fantasizing about our own "Dream Rooms" for the house....and as I start to move into the "shopping/decorating phase" of the master bedroom overhaul I am finding more time to "project".  
If I could add anything to the house it would be a locked and loaded full on command station with endless storage, an outstanding work table/bench for projects and ridiculously organized tools.  For, Andy it would be his own personal 24 hour fitness...gym, elliptical, workout bench, a flat screen, a kegerator...I know I know, they don't have Kegs in Gym's but who am I to kill a mans dreams!?  
We certainly have the space to make these two dreams a reality....half of our 2 car garage is car-less and even given that...the garage is quite spacious so I'm eager to jump into this project.  
I plan on doing the Garage Upgrade in 5 phases:
#1) Make a Mud Room
#2) Consolidate Storage
#3) Consolidate Utility Space
#4) Crazy Cool Work Station
#5) Insanely Sweet Workout Space

Here are the current Pictures of the garage today...brace yourself it's a Hot Mess.  Lots of Spiders.
1) Here is where I plan to Make a Mudroom
 So Dirty in here!   And yes the beer bottle opener on the wall will be staying.
2) This wall here is going to become the main storage area.

3) Here are the current and inefficient utility areas...Gardening and Garbage/Recycling Areas respectively.
 To be read in a stoner voice...Check out that Sweet Ride.
4)  This "frat-rigged" storage center is way too big, oddly shaped and a waste of good work space.   This is where the new Crazy Cool Work Station will be!
Neatness Counts
5) Now look at the "before" picture above, then imagine where I was standing while taking that picture...that will be Andy's Insanely Sweet Workout Space.
And I'd love to share inspiration for this one...but I don't really have any yet! This portion is going to be the most challenging part of the project...I have no point of reference, I haven't stepped foot in a gym in years!

So we established rules...Andy has agreed to regularly clean spiders and I have agreed to regularly sweep my sawdust...and if we maintain the project phases will commence!   

I've already been ticking away at Phase 1 and I hope to get close to a "reveal" by end of next week...but who knows it's actually supposed to be nice in Seattle this weekend, the pool is calling my name! Thanks for reading Peeps. Love Ya.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

{DIY} Glam Frames

This week is one of those where I just can't get anything major completed.  You your "to do" list a million times, nothing gets done, and instead of crossing off you just add more things!  Yep...that's the scene over here.  But honestly when I don't cross something off the list it means I was spending time with my little munchkin, so it's a total catch-22!

I did however finish a few smaller projects on the "To Do" glamouring up these old frames and buying our new Hotel Bedding!  Online shopping = my kryptonite.
These Glammed up Frames do not require a How To....just clean and then add gold leaf paint!
My first attempt was with the Gold Sharpie Paint Pen and I do not recommend it!  I learned my lesson on that sounded so easy but it was way more work and much lower quality then the actual paint...not a smooth finish at all.  Don't believe the hype!
Originally I was just going to toss these frames...they are cheapies from Fred Meyers...but they hold my favorite pictures from our wedding so I was determined to make these worthy of keeping!  
 The little twist cost less then a few dollars and really helps the frames look fabu and tie into the new master bedroom plan!
As soon as the new bedding gets delivered (on July 3rd) I'll update with some pictures...probs on FB and Insta!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to finally get some fab projects off my to do list soon!


Monday, June 24, 2013

{DIY} X Frame Table || Creating a Moment

For those of you who follow me on {pinterest} you may see that I have an obsession overwhelming interest in Entryways and Hallways.   I just love this part of the house because it's the first place people see when you walk into a home.   I lean towards grand architecture but simply designed...ones that play into the "white washed style" but with pops of color or pattern.   I'm constantly dreaming - seriously everyday - of how to transform our entryway...
On the home renovation spectrum we need to paint stairs, banisters  balustrades and re-stain the stair floor boards.  Then on the decorating spectrum we are in desperate need of new carpet and some fresh paint!  
But for now we just need a to crate a "Moment"!  For Andy that means a place to throw down the keys and for me a place to set down my coffee cup!!!
 A few weeks ago I found this {X Table How To on Thrifty and Chic blog}  and great for our entryway!  We defiantly needed something custom fit to this slightly awkward space; depth, height and length are not standard dimensions.  And....well...I'm cheap so when I saw how inexpensive the materials are I jumped at the chance to not spend a dime over $20!!!
I took this inspiring project and gave it a "twist" to fit my style.  I love love love white and dark wood right've all seen my love for this before with my Chevron Wood Storage Bins.   So I modified the design and added on two planks of reclaimed fence wood...I have piles of it since we are in the middle of a rebuilding our fence (more on that this week).
The reclaimed wood is gorgeous and the textures and years of weathering gives the wood some serious character!
Here is a quick recap of the steps I took to build this X Frame Table...but the link above to my inspiration piece has more photos if you are a visual "how to" person.
X Frame Table Materials and Price List:
1 Pine Plank 10" x 8'  - $10
2 Cedar Planks 4"x6' - $3x2 = $6
2 - Metal framie things (technical term, see picture) - $1x2  = $2
Wood Glue
Finishing nails and screws
White Paint
Reclaimed Wood
Dark wood stain
Sanding materials
Polyurethane High Gloss
Total Cost = $18ish dollars!!!

X Frame Table How To:
  • I Cut the pine down to 3 pieces - desired lengths (1 table length and 2 leg height).
  • Then I secured them in place with wood glue and the metal frames, one on each side of the table.
  • Once the table frame is built use the 2 cedar planks to create the x frame...these are cut on an angle...I just cut them at the appropriate degree...this will vary depending on your own table dimensions...secured these on with wood glue and finishing nails.
  • I then primed the piece using m favorite Zinsser primer.   
  • I cut 2 of planks of the reclaimed wood down to size and sanded them...they were so grimy it was hard to even see the wood designs!
  • Reclaimed wood planks are secured on by wood glue and then I wiped on some of the dark wood stain.   (I decided not to paint on because the wood just soaked up the stain...wiping gave me more control over the final product color.)
  • Then I gave the Table one coat of Benjamin Moore Advance paint in White Dove (because I have so much left over) and gave the reclaimed wood a coat of polyurethane gloss finish.
X Frame Table Project Time Frame:
1 hour to build the table
30 minutes to stain and paint
15 minutes to add polyurethane finish
Total Time 1 hour and 45 minutes
 And one more shot because the Teddy Photo Bomb is sooo priceless!!!
 So I hope you like the $20 X Frame Table.  Who knows if it will stay when we get our final carpet and stairs upgrade completed, but if it doesn't I won't feel guilty because, well, it was $20!!!

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