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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