Easy Entryway Table

February was a hard month.  First, I had strep.  Then, someone crashed into Aaron on the freeway and totaled his car.  Our water heater broke, and we had to get a new one.  Then Evelyn came down with a nasty cold that had her in the hospital one night.  We’re all fine now, just trying to catch up on life.

I’m happy it’s March.  In like a lambion, for us.  Half rain, half sunshine.  I’ll take it.

We really needed an entryway table like JLaw needs to stop trippin.  I mean, it was adorable to just throw my keys and purse on the floor every time I walk in the door, but…  no.

I whipped this up in an afternoon with some stuff I had hanging around in the garage.  The messy messy messy garage.

For the top, I wanted to use the top of a trunk.  I have a few trunks sitting in the garage from when we cleaned out Aaron’s grandma’s garage; the very best kind of hand-me-downs!

Easy DIY Entry Table

I had some extra 4X4’s in the garage from Jumbo Jenga.  I decided to use those chunky babies for legs.  I used my miter saw to cut them all at 36″

Easy DIY Entry Table

The legs got a nice wash in stain.  I used Minwax Polystain in espresso.  It’s the same shade I stained the banister.

Easy DIY Entry Table

After the stain was dry, I used spax screws to secure the legs to the top.  And Evelyn slept the whole time (note the sleeping baby in the swing).

Easy DIY Entry Table

I probably should add cross pieces for support.  But honestly, it’s pretty sturdy as is.  So we’ll see :)

Easy DIY Entry Table

I decided to hang the mirror up while I was at it.  I wish I could have hung it a few inches lower, but due to the light switch placement, this was the lowest it could be hung.

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

Easy DIY Entry Table

And there you have it.  The easiest entry table that ever lived.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Nursery

It’s nursery reveal day.  It’s embarrassing how long it took me to write this post.  We had the nursery done by Thanksgiving, but time just slipped away.  I’ll blame the tryptophan.

My client was very easy to work with on this project.  She had amazing taste.  Her communication was clear; she either kicked, or she didn’t.  Evelyn Faye is extremely pleased with the results.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

We’ve come a long way from when this room was the old-furniture-graveyard/Aaron’s office.

office room

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

office_of_a_nerd

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Like I mentioned in the Nesting Doll Mobile post, if you reach out to Etsy shop owners, they are often willing to do custom jobs for you.  I had this shop owner customize this print with a purple background special for the nursery.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

The adorable crocheted hedge hog pillow was made by Bethany of The Sepia Puppy.  And there’s Buster’s stuffed doppleganger.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

This matryoshka set was given to me by a close friend.  It came from Ukraine and belonged to her grandmother whose name was also Evelyn.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

My sister Gina gave me Pilot Barbie for Christmas the year I got my pilot’s licence.  I never knew what to do with it, until I had a nursery to decorate.  Now it belongs to Evelyn to remind her to always follow her dreams no matter how many people doubt you.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Homegirl has more clothes than I do.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

I mentioned in the Gallery Wall post that I was going to make some changes to it.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

I added this nesting doll wood cutout art made by Beth of Sawdust and Embryos.  There is nothing she can’t do with a scroll saw.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

It looks perfect in the mix of art! (Sources at the bottom of the post)

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

This quilt was made by Kim from Newly Woodwards.  Her quilting skillz run so deep.

Nesting Doll Quilt

It looks so beautiful on the back of the Wingback Rocker.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Several people have asked me how the DIY Wingback Rocker has held up since July.  It is perfect.  I’ve never loved a piece of furniture more.  It rocks perfectly.  It is strong and sturdy.  It is extremely comfortable.  It’s easy to get in and out of.  It is perfect for nursing.  It works wonders when I need Evelyn to fall asleep.  I couldn’t be happier.  It’s calling in life was for the middle of the night.

Stranmon DIY Wingback Rocker

I love Evelyn’s nursery.  It is the best room in the house.  I chose purple and gold because those colors symbolize royalty.  I want her to always remember she is the daughter of a King.

Nursery Source List:

Rug:  Home Decorators Medina Over Dyed Rug 
Curtains:  IKEA Marjun modified (Tutorial here)
Light Fixture:  Hampton Bay Estelle Champagne
Chair: IKEA Strandmon + Runners (Tutorial here)
Nesting Doll Mobile:  Dolls (Tutorial here)
Crib:  IKEA Hensvik
Changing Table: IKEA Gulliver 
Bookcases: IKEA Billys + Paint (Tutorial here)
Lamp: Mainstays + Gold Spray Paint
Gallery Shelves:  IKEA Ribbas + Gold Spray Paint (Tutorial here)
Prints: (Left to right-top to bottom)
The Whale
Framed Nesting Doll Fabric
Camera Bunny
Lily – Clearance at Michael’s
Ewok – Aaron bought at Comic Con
Nesting Doll Wood – Beth, Sywoodink
Fisher Price Little People
Elephants In Easter Attire
“Beautiful Inside and Out” print

Gallery Wall With IKEA Ribba Ledges

Thanks for all the accolades on Evelyn’s newborn pictures.  She sure is a gem.  She makes our home an even better place now.  She also makes it a much more tired place :)

Since my computer pulled a Charlie Sheen a couple weeks before her delivery and completely crashed, I wasn’t able to share the last few nursery posts.

On the East wall of the nursery, we have the beautiful gold scalloped wall.  I talked so much about the scalloped wall, and took lots of pictures of the book cases and mobile on that side of the nursery, but had yet to show the other side of the room.  Some of you kept curiously asking what the plan was for the other half.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

The rest of the nursery is painted a bright white color.  I didn’t want the room to be too busy with colors and patterns, but the wall was so plain, especially with a white dresser and changing table.  I was in search for a simple way to fill the space.  It’s an easy answer, a gallery wall.

We used to have a gallery wall in our bedroom before we painted our faux molding, and when we were done with the gallery wall, it was a lot of holes to fill.  I didn’t want that again.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

I’ve always liked the look of gallery wall ledges, so I decided that was the route we would take.

I bought 2 of the 45″ IKEA RIBBA Picture Ledges  with the intent to spray paint them gold.

ribba-picture-ledge

It was so easy that I didn’t take a picture when I was outside doing it.  (Lazy pregnant blogger status.)  I did one coat of spray paint primer, then a couple of light coats with Rustoleum gold spray paint.

There’s no reason to give a tutorial on how to hang the shelves.  It’s extremely straight forward.  There are 3 holes, and you put the screws in the holes.  Easiest IKEA project I’ve ever done.  Thank you Sweden.  Or should I said “tack Sverige.”

The fun part is filling the shelves with visual goodies.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

This is the current arrangement.  However, I already have a few changes in mind.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

It balances the room and compliments the gold scalloped wall perfectly.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

And that’s my simplified version of a gallery wall.  The easier, the better.

What simplified project have you done lately?  I can’t be the only one trying to make everything lazier easier.

Rustic Stick Snowflake Wreath {& other Christmas Photos to Melt Your Heart}

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

Christmas has been pretty low-key around these parts.  I mean, I’m sure Evelyn is singing Jingle Bells at the top of her fetal lungs, but we have been so busy and wrapped up with getting ready.  This project was so fast, so easy, and most importantly FREE.

I walked around my back yard and gathered an armful of sticks, like a crafting  pioneer woman.  Except those poor ladies didn’t have hot glue.  How terribly unfortunate for them.  Nor did they have Netflix.  2 of the things I needed for this short little craft.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My good buddy Reggie suggested that I watch a documentary called Children Underground.  Sounded great.  Here’s the description:
“…a profoundly intimate and heart-wrenching drama about homeless children struggling for survival on the streets and in the subways of Bucharest, Romania”

A very eye-opening film, however, might I suggest not watching something that will make you cry whilst hot-gluing.  Because you will forget you have hot glue on your fingers… and you will wipe your eyes.  And then you will cry more, because HOT DANG, it burns.  But as suggested by Reggie: follow it up with this on Netflix to feel better.

Back to the wreath.  It was easy.  I drew out a snowflake on a piece of paper and laid out the sticks accordingly.  Some of them I broke or bent to make the shape.  Then I hot glued it, and wrapped the middle with some twine to hold it together extra good.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

When I finished gluing the stick snowflake wreath together, I actually thought it looked REALLY dumb.  Kinda like an elementary school Christmas craft.  It was uneven and just kind of janky looking.  It didn’t look AS bad when I hung it from the light to take pictures, but on the front door I was like “K, this CANNOT stay.  GET OUT!”  But newsflash: It stayed.  And it has grown on me.  And when people come over, they like it.  So I guess it doesn’t suck as much as I thought.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I think one of the things throwing me off about the door, is that the wreath is right over the window.  I dunno, it just is “off.”

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My very un-festive and small front porch.  One of these times I’ll paint the door, and put up a garland on the railing.  But not this time.  We’re just lucky to have a snowflake on the door this year.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I finished it just in time to match the weather.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

And since I’m so behind on blogging, I’m going to dump all our other Christmas photos into this post.  I don’t go crazy with holiday decor.  We put up a Christmas tree, a garland, and stockings.  But it’s enough to feel our home with Christmas cheer and warmth.

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Painted IKEA Billy Bookcases

We all know that painting the backs of bookcases are all the rage.  It’s a great way to add a pop of color without going too crazy.  I searched all over the classifieds, but couldn’t find anything that would suit the vision I was having for the nursery.

Two skinny IKEA Billys would do the job just fine though!  AND painting the back would be easier this way, since I could paint it all in one sweep, instead of taping off, and cutting in.  Ick.

Using the boxes the bookcases came in was a great way to not get paint everywhere, if you ever plan on doing this project.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

A rich deep purple was my color of choice for this project.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

The plan was one on either side of the crib.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

However, with the flood of light in this room, everything is either extremely over-exposed, or wildly under-exposed.  I’m still working on my photog skillz, so don’t judge me for sucking at room pictures!  The color balance isn’t quite right, but this is the correct shade of purple, pulled straight from Sherwin-Williams’ site.  “Fully Purple” is her name… even though it almost looks a bit navy in my pictures.  I promise, IRL it’s a gorgeous purple.

Sherwin Williams Fully Purple

Aw, symmetry.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

These two are wondering when they get to use the fancy new dog bed/crate…  They are going to be so disappointed.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

Board & Batten with a Sprinkle of New Furniture

This isn’t going to be an informative tutorial on how to install board and batten or baseboards.  Just an editorial of a ugly duckling turned swan.

We didn’t go with traditional baseboards because they are curved on top.  We knew we would be doing board and batten, so we wanted something flat to work with.

Primed MDF boards for baseboards and board and batten were the best route to go.  Baseboards are pretty easy.  Cut them on a 45 degree angle and use a brad nailer to secure them to the wall.  Easy.  That’s your baseboard tutorial.  End of tutorial.

Baseboards

My dad brought over his laser level to make sure my chalk line was straight.

Board and Batten

AS AN ARROW.  I don’t need no laser level.  I don’t want a part of your country club…

Board and Batten

The top rail was super easy.  My dad and I did it in an afternoon.  Same as baseboards.  Make cuts on a 45 degree level, and nail the to the wall.  Make sure they’re level.  End of top rail tutorial.

Board and Batten

The slats were easy too.  Measure, make straight cuts, put some calking glue on the back, level them, and nail.  End of tutorial.

Board and Batten

Look how wicked cool my dad is.  He’s all the good parts of Norm Abrams mixed with a dash of Bob Villa, and the good looks of Scott McGillivray.  But most importantly, he’s a bunch of fun wrapped in layers of awesome dad jokes.  Like your resident Phil Dunphy.  I’m always the luckiest when him and Aaron team up on projects.

Board and Batten

And for dramatic purposes…  Here’s the difference simple board and batten molding can make.  Before.  (Oh hi Chester!  Welcome to the living room.  Hope you like our bums your new family!)

Board and Batten

After.
(It was a rainy day=bad bad light.  Sars not sars.)

Board and Batten

So much pretty.  We did our boards 30″ apart.  I think 2 and a half feet was the perfect spacing for the scale of the room.

Board and Batten

And the stairs wall before (including the coconut gumball light) …

ENGINEER-PRINT

A sexy after (with the orb-licious light).

Board and Batten

Oh, and we got our new couch and rug.  This trunk came from grandma’s garage.  And those chairs are borrowed from the basement.  We’re trying to decide if we want them to live upstairs, or if we’re still going to shop for the perfect piece.  So far, nothing has jumped out.  The trunk is going to get a better “coffee table makeover,” including legs and glass.  But for now, it’s a good place to toss your tired feet.

Board and Batten

Oh, and the board and batten isn’t 100% done.  It needs to be caulked and painted still.  But, you know, I really just couldn’t wait.  You know, bloggers and their patience.  Do those words even belong in a sentence together?

And for the sake of drama, this picture was begging to be included.

Board and Batten

Can you believe how far we’ve come?!  We are almost done-sies.  Seriously, we have TWO inside things left to do.  TWO.

-Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

-New roof 

-Build new fence (STILL in progress!  But the leveling, post setting, and retaining wall part is done.  It should be a breeze from here on out)

-Paint ceiling & walls

-Install flooring 

-Baseboards + board & batten

-Build new banister (Newel post is in, if you gathered that from the pictures above)

-Counter top install

-Back splash (Tile and supplies are bought, just need to do it!)

Woodland Pumpkins

Pumpkin Parade

Well, I guess I’m next up in line for the pumpkin parade.  I’ll be sure to throw some taffy at your face as I pass by.

The first pumpkin decision: real or fake.  What it comes down to is cost vs durability.  Do I want these to last more than one season or not?

JoAnn’s had their fake pumpkins 50% off, plus the coups I had for them.  So the cost wasn’t too bad.  I got all 3 for the price of 1.

Woodland Pumpkins

I decided to go with a “woodland” theme.  Maybe because we watch a little too much “What does the fox say” at our house.  (Is there even such a thing as TOO MUCH?!)

I just spray painted the front of the pumpkins only, because once I got the design taped on, I was going to spray them a difference color.  For those of us not cool enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, we do the hoodrat thing and cut some FrogTape into a pattern.  Yeah?

Woodland Pumpkins

Then you spray paint it a different color of course.  There is no other way to be creative. ;)

Woodland Pumpkins

And then you peel the FrogTape off.  Except, it really screwed up the fox.  Which I was sad about.  I’m not sure why the tape peeled paint off the fox, but not the other 2.  I was really excited about that fox.  I thought the feather would look the worst and the fox would be the king.  But turns out I was way off with my hypothesis.  Like that time I thought 1/3 cup siracha would be yummy to cook chicken in.

Woodland Pumpkins

And the last step is to put them somewhere you can see them.  I, predictably, put them on the hearth.  Because that’s what fireplaces are for.  Seasonal decorating.  The thing I suck the most at… as you can see by my staging a crooked tower of woodland creature pumpkins.

Woodland Pumpkins

Remember, the Pumpkin Parade Link Party is tomorrow!  And I WANT to see all your pumpkin crafts.  So please please come back.  And be sure to check out all these rad-action blogs for their wicked pumpkin designs.

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor and the Dog
A Little Bite of Everything
A Swell Place to Dwell
Newly Woodwards
Boxy Colonial
Wills Casa
Cuckoo4Design
Bliss at Home
Go Haus Go

 

High/Low Project: Dining Set

Hey friends.  I’m pretty behind on blogging.  But I’ll do my best to catch you up quickly to where we’re at.  Think of this as your DVR’ed IBK.  You can even fast forward the commercials.

Do you ever get stuck when it comes to designing a room?  I have one philosophy that always rings true.  A good design is a mix of high and low price items.  Oh the things you learn from Sabrina Soto.

We had this outrageously large 8-seater dining table… for 2 people.  We didn’t need it, and most importantly, it wasn’t fitting well in our space.

Dining Room - Before

Now I have a confession.  Where did this table come from?  It came with our house.  For those of you newbies to the blog, our house was previously owned by The Salvation Army.  If that doesn’t make us the ultimate thrift shoppers, I don’t know what does ;)  Macklemore would be proud.  The Salvation Army left this table behind, and for the past 2 years we’ve been using it.

But with our huge changes being made upstairs, we knew it was time for a new table.  We listed our dining set on the classifieds and were able to get $500 for it.

Table shopping isn’t like couch shopping.  You have the option to either DIY it, or buy it.  I knew I would get flack for being the world’s worst DIY blogger by not building our own amazing farmhouse table or refinishing something from the 90’s into something rustic.  But it just wasn’t going to happen.  We still have SO much to finish with our open concept reno, AND the baby coming, AND my rough pregnancy.  So buying a ready-to-go table was the plan.

Our requirements:
-Must be solid wood
-Must be round
-Must be durable

Sounds easy.  But our search was bringing EXPENSIVE results.  Sure there are affordable dining set options, but they are particle board covered in veneer.  So we realized we were going to be realistic with our table budget.  $1000.  Couldn’t find anything that I liked online, Amazon, Overstock, Ebay (and so on).  The big box furniture stores had dining sets, but they weren’t quite the right style I wanted.  This one was $1134.

RC Willey Dining Set

Ug.  No.  Just not the right style.

If you know anything about me you know that I would move into Restoration Hardware if it weren’t illegal.  I wanted so badly to look at their tables, but you know, when you think Restoration Hardware, you think a gazillion dollars.  But I have the self control of Honey Boo Boo, and I looked anyway.

And I found this table for $845!  And Restoration Hardware is always having some kind of sale.  At this time, it was 20% off your purchase.  Hello perfect table for $676.

RH Table

I was able to score a brand-new, in the package stain-resistant rug on the classifieds for $50.  And I bought a set of 4 dining chairs on Overstock.com for $262.99 (which is cheaper than the similar IKEA chairs we were looking at!).  That brought our entire dining set to a total price of $988.99.

RH’s “white glove delivery service” brought this baby over and put it just where I wanted.  And then they warned me.  “This water stains VERY easily.”  So the panic set in.  NO ONE was allowed to use the table until we got a piece of glass for the top.

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

I started calling around to different glass shops.  Why has no one told me how expensive GLASS is?!  The quotes were from $170-290 and going to take 3-5 weeks to be manufactured.  I was so confused because, this was a pretty standard shape and size.  48″ circle.  ???

So I took to the classifieds, and found a lady selling this table:

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

I called the lady to see if the glass came apart from the base, and if it was in good condition.  I told her I just wanted to buy the glass.  And she sold it to me for $50!

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

Now we can eat comfortably.  Not that this wasn’t comfortable…

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

But this was much better.

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

And of course, it was absolutely perfect for my birthday dinner of Karl’s homemade bbq chili.

Restoration Hardware 17th C Monastery Round Table

We have the light fixture that we’re going to hang over the table, but we haven’t hung it yet.  We’re making sure the table is in the exact spot it will live before we center the light above it.  The room is really starting to come together.  The baseboards are almost finished, which means the board and batten will be done soon too.  That will probably be the next post I write :)  So stay tuned, fine people of the interweb.

Oh, and keep your eyes out for this fall pumpkin project I’ll be a part of!  Hopefully you’ll come back with your pumpkin posts ready to link on up.

Fall Pumpkin Parade

Rustic Utah Design

I thought I’d do something a little different today.  We’ve been focused on the really big parts of our open concept renovation.  “Cabinets this daylay flooring like this paint all the wallsbuild a half wall…” etc.  But we haven’t really talked about the design of it.

What’s our flavor?

I feel like our house used to be a collage of different colors and designs all over the place.  Not much “flow.”  We’re trying to think of our house as a whole, and not each room individually.  But that has evolved into tying in the design to our surroundings.  Aka, what’s outside the door.

Wasatch Mountains

There are so many styles of design to love.  There’s Hollywood Lux, East Coast Beachy, Asian Zen, Tropical Bamboo, Southern Cottage, and so on.  I decided I really needed to tap into the inspiration all around me in Salt Lake City.  When I said “Rustic Utah” this horrific image flashed in everyone’s mind:

Rustic Utah

To everyone’s relief, I had some different, and more up-to-date ideas on how to incorporate some Utah Design into our lives.

The name of our granite counter tops is “Pebble Beach.”  Outside our front door are the most gorgeous Wasatch Mountains.  They are beautiful, and part of our every day lives.  If you are a Utahn, you have a weird attachment to the Wasatch Mountains.  There’s a granite quarry in these mountains 20 minutes from our house, where all the granite was pulled for the Salt Lake Temple, probably the most iconic building in Salt Lake.

Wasatch Mountains

Temple Quarry

Salt Lake Temple

We wanted our granite to be a color and pattern native to our area.  It’s pretty dead on!

To the West of our house, the view from our backyard is the Oquirrh Mountains.  They are a little smaller in height than the Wasatch, but they are home to the Copper Mine, the largest open pit mine in the world.  The Oquirrh Mountains inspired us to incorporate copper accents into the picture.

Oquirrh Mountains

The State Motto of Utah is “Industry,” so having industrial elements was a must.  Mixed metals, woods, and leather.  It needed just a sprinkle of tribal to touch on Utah’s Native American history.  And that’s how we came up with our Rustic Utah design!

Rustic Utah Mood Board

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What do you think?  Is it tacky to decorate based on your surroundings?  Or do you think it helps tie the inside and the outside together?

2 Rugs, 2 Dogs, 2 Much Trouble

Living Room Rug

This one time, not at band camp, but online shopping, I found this rug from Urban Outfitters that I crushed on.  It brought out my inner hipster.  And I was mad hot that they didn’t have it in my living room’s size.  It was like shopping for a prom dress, and only finding it 2 sizes smaller.  Luckily, I thought of a solution that would work with rugs, and not so much prom dresses.  Buying two, and putting them up next to each other.

And it seemed to work.

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