Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Easiest Side Table Ever!

So, as promised, I have a little tutorial on how to make the easiset, fastest and cheapest side table in the history of the world.

To refresh your memory, here's the finished product:

And a closer look:

First up, gather everything you need. Which turns out to be three things....

1. Wire fencing
2. Wire cutters
3. Round piece of wood.

Decide the circumfrence and height of the table that works best for your spot. Keep in mind that if the table is too small around it could be a little wobbly. We're going for sturdy!

Once you've decided how big the table will be, extend your mesurements by one section.  You'll use the extra section to keep the table closed and support your top. Cut the fencing so there are pieces of wire sticking out that you can bend. Now, bend the fencing into your table base and then bend the extra wire around to secure the table, like this:

See how the wire is bent around to keep the entire frame closed? 

Next, bend the excess wire at the top of the table inward in order to support the top.

It just so happens that my husband had hoarded a wine barrel top. It was the perfect size so I just slapped it on there.  But Home Depot and Lowes both sell round pieces of wood that can be primed or stained. Just make sure that they're the right size for you table.

I loved the look of the table without the driftwood, but it's really cool jammed with the worn wood that's just laying around our property.

The final product.

So, so easy!


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Monday, March 4, 2013

A Few Quick Projects.

Here are a few things I've been doing around this place recently.


I made a couple quick pillows using this tutorial. I found a couple of sweaters at Goodwill for two dollars each and cut them out to fit the pillow inserts I had on hand. They are perfect for winter and cost about 5 bucks each.

I did a little back deck makeover. I needed a side table so.....I made one! Details to follow.

Next up......we went from this:

To this:

Having trouble spotting the difference? Look up.  We replaced the hideous ceiling fan with pot lights.  I'd love to say that I worked up the courage to cut holes in the ceiling myself, but this is one projects we didn't DIY. 
The difference is amazing. The room has soooo much light and when I sit on the couch I don't feel like I'm about to be crushed to death by the ceiling fan. Worth. Every. Penny.

That's a wrap-up of a few small things I've done around here.  More to come.....


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

DIY Rope Mirror.

Since I've been gone, I really have been doing stuff around here.  I've done quite a few projects and this is one of my very favorites. It probably took me half an hour per mirror (I made two).  This is a seriously simple DIY rope framed mirror.

Here's how I did it:
Gather your materials. I used a cheap mirror from Ikea (9.99!), some rope from Home Depot, and a glue gun.  The thicker rope was around 1.00/ft and I got 40 feet but I had about 8-10 feet left over.  Per mirror I would guess I used about 15 feet of rope. Plus I bought some thinner rope to hide the cut edges of the thicker stuff.  More on that in a bit.
I dry-fit the rope around the outer edge of the mirror and then cut it off with some thick shears.  I used the glue gun to adhere the rope to the mirror, glueing all the way around.  I did that three times, making sure that the next row of rope was really tight to the previous row so that the mirror wasn't visible between the rows.
Once I had the three rows in place, I need to cover up the cut edges of the rope.  I used some thinner rope and tucked and then glued it in place. It hides the cut edges really well and adds a nice detail to the mirror.

 The final result:
I've wanted to do something like this for a long time and it was totally one of those "Why did I wait so long" projects.  It could not be easier!
I linked up to Thrifty Decor Chick.
I linked up to Mondy Funday at *View Along the Way*

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What have YOU been doing?

I've been waiting and waiting for new posts and not one of you have posted a single thing!!

Oh wait, that's not how my blog works.  I post stuff for YOU to look at, not the other way around. Whoops. 

Let's just jump back into it then, shall we?

I haven't shown the main living area of our house because I haven't been all that happy with it.  And that's terrible because it's where I spend 99.9999% of my time.

Here's a picture from when we first moved in.

There's a bunch of stuff wrong with this picture.  No rug. Teeny-tiny TV stand. Different length curtains. Visible cords and speakers. Demonic cat. Showing the world I wear Crocs. Etc, etc, etc.
I fixed most of the problems but there's no helping that cat. He'll be crazy for the rest of his days. And although the Crocs remain a deep source of personal shame, I'm just going to shoulder that burden. Haha.
Here's how it currently looks.

The only thing left to do is find a new sofa and chair.  The leather ones are soooo comfy but they are a little big for the space.  I'm thinking about something like this:


There are still a few changes in the works but I am (*SNL reference alert*) SOFA KING  happy with it so far. Lol.
I'll post more in depth about a few things in future posts.  See you in another three months.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012


This is kind of a flow of consciousness.  A bunch of things that have been happening around here since fall has befallen us.  Ultimately it hasn't rained since July (!!!) and in the past few days it has more than made up for that and then there was a water main break so it was all "water, water, everywhere"  Except for the tap. Booo.

Now for the snippets.  Lots of pics, few words.  You're welcome.

So it hasn't rained here since July. Oh, I mentioned that already?  Whoops.  But no rain around here for two months catches people's attention.  It also destroys dahlias.  The excess weight of the rain just busts those bad boys.

Next year we stake!  Or go with something different.....

Now for lots of pictures....

New trees!  A Magnolia and a Smoke tree to be exact.  ( Top to bottom)

My very favorite tree in the world.  Vine Maple.

All of the hanging baskets are still holding on.  It amazes me that I still have flowers growing in mid-October.  The last picture gives a sneak peak at the latest curb appeal project.

I forgot about the water.

All of the water!  The F%@&$ing water.  Funny how it can immediately irritate me.

The garage has reached critical mass (as described by the husband...)

So many projects crammed in here..... Honey, I promise it will look better after Christmas!  PS- A few of those boxes are yours....


Downstairs bedroom update/reveal.

What lies beneath???

Finally.  To my husband.  Thanks for doing what you do.  You're wonderful, my love!


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Outdoor Appeal.

I spend a great deal of time sitting on my porch outside because it has a great mountain view and it's super peaceful.  Unfortunately it was starting to look a little sad.  It all started with something I've done a million times: washing the outdoor cushions.  I usually just throw them in the washer and dryer with no problems.  But this time......

You can see that the washer or the dryer ripped the cushion apart.  In a bunch of  Which actually is a blessing in disguise because it was about time for an upgrade.

Once I started thinking about that, I got the balling rolling and decided to refinish the deck, paint the ceiling and get all new accessories.  It's funny how that happens.

I used the same cleaning technique on this deck that I did on the back deck.  Find it here.  It worked great and I was left with a completely blank slate.

There was also the ceiling to contend with because my husband had treated all of the wood outside and there was some overspray.  It wasn't pretty but it wasn't something that bothered me until the cushions ripped.  I painted the ceiling a really, really light blue color.  I decided that when it gets dark and dreary here, it would nice to have a little blue overhead.

See that orange stripe around the edge of the ceiling.  That's what was bothering me....

And then....

The difference is super subtle unless it's cloudy and then my little piece of blue sky is great.

From there it was time favorite part!

At the time Pottery Barn was having an end of summer super sale.  I decided I needed an outdoor rug and some new cushions. 

First up the rug.

It's the Oliver Stripe rug. Here's a pic from Pottery Barn's website:

Right now it's available and on sale for 149.99 plus shipping!

Now that I had the rug down I decided not to stray too far from Pottery Barn and I went with some complimentary cushions.  Not matching, but complimentary.  Unfortunately they are no longer available on the Pottery Barn website.

For a side by side comparison:

The colors play really nice with each other.

I moved some furniture around which means another outdoor post in the future :)


And After:

And one more after:


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Saturday, September 29, 2012


Surprise.  I'm back.  And today is the first day of my off-season. Thank you baby Jesus, I'm done for the winter. 

My on-season was great.  I love my job but hate being away from home so it's a double-edged sword.  I also hate being away from here.  I thought I could do projects and blog about them at the same time but it just couldn't happen.  A home decor blog without projects is lame but I did do bunch of things this summer so I'll catch you all up in the next few's a preview......

This blog is not sponsored by Diet Coke, just fueled by it.

This is just a couple of the projects I worked on in the past three months.  I have a few more in the works and a bunch in the planning stage.  Things are about to get real.  Hear that sound?  My husband is ducking and running for cover.....


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