Halfway There {Partial Reveal}

Okay, so every-once-in-a-while my husband and I both get brave enough to tackle a larger DIY project than just painting. One that requires power tools. And this fall break weekend we did just that… (I feel like there should be some exciting music playing or something…I’m so excited!!)

We started with supplies.  Bead board paneling for the wall, 1×2 for the shelf and bench supports, and 1×6 for the bench slats.  We had some of the boards cut for us at HD because we just aren’t that accurate with the saw and some of the cuts needed to be done well.  But…most of them we saved for ourselves because I’m a visual person and even though I had a plan, I just wasn’t 100% sure how it was all going to come together.

 

 

I grouped the pictures of the process in collages so as to not flood you with pictures.  I got most of my methods from the internet or I made them up as I went along :).  I wanted this to be pretty and looked like it belonged in my house, but I also needed it to function.  As I showed you here, our entryway usually looks like a dumping ground.  My hope is that if I give them somewhere pretty to dump put there stuff then it won’t be all over the floor – we shall see.

 

I bought some stock molding at HD to cover the cut edges of the plywood and attached them with wood glue and some tiny finishing nails.  I caulked EVERYTHING.  Caulk is my best friend, it covers all the mis-measuring, mis-cutting, and wonky wall problems.  And, once you paint over it no one will ever know (shhhh…).
I decided to go with a dark stain rather than the faux treatment from my inspiration photo here.

I put hammers and chains in the hands of my 9 and 11yr. old and allowed them to go to town on these boards.  They loved it!!  We bought soft white wood that would distress and stain well.  I wasn’t worried about knots or variations because I like the character.

I’m hoping to get the finishing touches – poly, touch-up paint – done and then install the bench boards.  I shopped for hooks today and worked on number and placement of those, next is baskets for the cubbies.

Finished picture coming soon!!

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Entryway Madness {And Happiness}

In my last post I mentioned the disaster area that would be known as the entryway.  No method has been found in the 11 years we have lived here to keep all the junk off the floor.  In the past few months I have been thinking differently about the space.  Maybe instead of a piece of furniture, maybe I just need to create some sort of built-in…hmmm…

So, here is my idea board (my first attempt and I kind of like having all my inspiration pictures in one place)

I’m excited to say that my husband and I were busy building this weekend and make some serious progress.  I can’t wait to share the finished product and lots of pics of the process.  Beyond excited for the possibility of organizing all our stuff!!

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Progess…ha!

I’ve read several blog posts lately on progress.  This is very freeing to me since I almost always have something in progress and very rarely have anything finished.  So, I thought I would join the “progress” train.  🙂

As mentioned earlier I am working on lightening up the interior of my home, the biggest culprit of dark being the woodwork. So, last week when my hubby was across the ocean I decided to dive into the darkest place in our home…the hallway.

This is my hallway with the lights on…

 

This is my hallway with the lights off…

 

This is my hallway with the lights off and everyone’s bedroom curtains open on a sunny day…

 

This is what I decided to dive into…
Obviously this is progress, but who knows when I will be done 🙂
Especially since I believe there is another project that is going to trump finishing this one on the time line…the entryway…dun dun duh…
This is what it looks like right now.
We have had MUCH cooler temps the last couple of days. So much so that we are pulling out jackets, gloves and hats for those cold weekend soccer games.

 

This is where the magic will happen…hopefully
Have a blessed week!!  Hope to be sharing a finished product somewhere with you soon!!
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Happy Fall!

This has been an INsanely busy week for me at work!!  So I am looking at a very long list of to do’s for the weekend.  Hopefully I will make it through the not so fun stuff so I can get to the fun stuff.
With the cooler weather I have been itching to start decorating for fall.  It might be a touch early for that I know, so I decided to work on making some cute decor items.  I have pinned many on Pinterest and last weekend I took some time to make my own version.

 

I have seen many different burlap pillows floating around Pinterest.  But, it is kinda itchy so I didn’t really want to have them inside.  But I thought they would be great outside.  This glider bench is on my tiny front porch.  These were super easy to make!!
I started by cutting the burlap to the size I wanted the pillows.  I didn’t worry about being exact about the cutting because I knew I would trim it later, and because I didn’t really care if it was perfect 🙂
Then I found a font that I liked and typed my phrase “Happy Fall”, positioned the paper under the burlap and grabbed my orange sharpie.  (I used a piece of poster board that I had on hand to place under my work so the sharpie wouldn’t get on the table where I was working.)  This part went really fast.
Then I decided I wanted to line the burlap with something so I couldn’t see the stuffing through the burlap.  So, I searched through my stash of fabric and found some white cotton.  I cut it a little bit bigger than the burlap pieces.  Then I got my sewing machine out.
I chose to use a zig zag stitch that was wide and pretty close together, and of course orage thread.  I sewed almost all the way around, then I trimmed the edges with my pinking shears, stuffed and sewed up the hole.  Easy peasy!!

 

But then, my perfectionist kicked in.  Ugh.  All those little frays from the burlap were driving me crazy.  So…I decided to pull them all off to make a fringed look.  Love it!!

Well, that’s it for today.  Must get going on that to do list…

Fall Party

 

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Lightening Up

It has finally cooled off a little here, and I am feeling a little like diving into a few projects at home.  As if I don’t have anything else to do right?  Anywho…

After our third trip to the beach last summer I decided that this is where I am meant to be…

This is my happy place 🙂
But, for many reasons we are stuck in the concrete jungle, as my husband says.  So, for now I wanted to find a way to bring the feeling of my happy place into my home.  I have always gravitated to warm colors – brick red, brown – earthy colors.  But now I find myself more and more drawn to the colors of the beach.  The blues and greens of the water, the various shades of beige on the beach, the coral and yellows in the seashells and sunsets.  Something like this

 

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My next step in the lightening up process is drapery.  This is what I have now

 

I’m thinking something like this would be nice
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But since this blog is new, I thought I would rewind a little and share with you where I started a few months ago.

The first step was the front door, I had been seeing so many cute colored doors on Pinterest.  So, I went on a search for paint, on the mis-tint shelf.  And, I found the perfect color, $7.00 for a gallon of paint+primer!!  Score!!
Not in the blog mode I did not take a before, but here is the after
Love!!
Then it was on to my biggest issue in my house – all the orange oak.  I am soooo over it.  I swore after painting all the trim and cabinetry in our old house that I would NEVER do that again, but just like with childbirth, I think I am removed enough from it to get started again.  So, start is just what I did.  My hubby and kids were out of town one weekend, fishing, and I dove head-first into my deconstruction project.  Here is the before

You can see on the bottom where I tested a couple of paint colors before I found one I liked. I ended up choosing Glidden Antique White.  I went with the paint+primer because there was no way I was sanding all of that and I wanted to save a step.  You can see how dark it is and that is with the lights on.  (Forgive my photography skills, still learning how to use my camera.)  By the way there is another built-in just like this on the other side of the room.

So, I started painting…  (I did not sand anything, just cleaned it all really good)

You can see in the photo on the left that I was too lazy to empty all the shelves before I started.  I’m not a very patient person, and I needed some gratification to motivate me to keep going.  You can see the yellow glow the orangey oak causes.
Then after I started painting….I decided to start deconstructing.  I had always thought it would be great if we could put our TV and all it’s components in this built-in.  So I did some measuring, and got out the saw.  I used a jigsaw to cut the second shelf to the length I wanted to remove.
Let me tell you, that was a boogar to get out once I cut it!!  But, I finally got it out.  Then, I turned it sideways and cut it to fit as a side piece for the newly created smaller shelf to the left.
Woo HOO!!
Then, more painting, and yes I did clear the shelf off 🙂
Much better picture…taken in the daytime, and no orange cast.
Here it is now reloaded with all of our stuff (really the daytime pictures with the natural light are so much better, I’m going to remember that).
I still need to get a cord cover for that ugly cord, and I plan on painting the oak paneling above…someday.
Every since I finished this I have been trying to convince my hubby that I need a table saw and a nail gun, for my list of future building projects.  Anybody with me??
School starts Friday, so maybe I will have time soon to tackle those drapes.
  I read a post today from one of my favorite bloggers that really hit home. “Seven Signs You Might Be Decorating out of Fear” – head over to The Nester and see if this describes you.  I am done being afraid of decorating,  if I like it then that’s all that matters!!  🙂  Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings. I hope you enjoy it, and are inspired to try some DIY.
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