When my beautiful friend, Jessica, of The Happily Hughes asked me to guest blog I was thrilled! I knew exactly what I would blog about. A couple of month’s ago I scored an old pie safe that was in “okay” condition. It was the seller’s stepfather’s great grandfather’s piece (still with me?) so really it was in great shape for it’s age.
When we traded our huge builder grade mirror for two wooden framed mirrors Kurt made for me, I knew I would have to do some repainting. Before we moved in, we painted the bathroom walls a warm muddy gray to hold us over until we could fully tackle the room decor later. I loved the color of the walls, but with everything else white, the room felt boring… boring, that is, until your eyes rested on our awesome mirrors (thanks babe ;))
After transforming our kitchen by painting the oak cabinets, I turned my efforts towards our builder grade, fake wood master bathroom cabinets. Now, as you know, Kurt and I don’t like to spend money where it isn’t needed so I used quite a few supplies that had been purchased previously for other projects.
Before the times of Pinterest and immediate access to thousands of DIY ideas, there was Rita (my mother). Craft magazines filled her sewing room resembling the first glimpse at what Pinterest would “soon” capitalize on (and we sure are glad they did!). Rita, also known as “The Nugget” for her short, nuggety stature, is the whole reason that have an ounce of craftiness. There was always a project going on in our household. I would look forward to the next time I had to stay home from being sick because that meant we were sewing… I think she enjoyed me staying home. She knew she had someone to craft with. Not only is she an amazing crafts-woman, but she has an insane green thumb as well. It seems anything and everything she touches will grow.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw succulents… It was my cousin’s wedding. She and her fiance were to be married in their new home, though there was hardly anything new about it. Their New Orleans home was in the process of being rennovated after enduring Hurricane Katrina.
Their front room had countless glass globes hanging from the ceiling, each holding a succulent from the groom’s native California. How awesome, right? I loved the way they looked – their thick, pillowy leaves were very distinct and with little soil around them it was apparent they required very little upkeep.
I love antiques. In a world poisoned by cheap, trendy, assemble-yourself “furniture,” antiques triumph. They’re built with quality materials that are made to last – obviously… they’re antiques for a reason! When I started to think about what kind of vanity I wanted for our bedroom, there was no question. It would need to be an antique. One of my friends has a beautiful refinished vanity in her room. It serves as a display for her perfumes and a place where she can sit down and apply her makeup. Exactly what I wanted.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always enjoyed summers filled with fresh vegetables from the family garden. So, naturally, when we finally got a house of our own it wasn’t a question if we would build a vegetable garden or not – it was when? We moved in our house in April and by the time we were settled in, it was too late to plant a vegetable garden. We’ve been waiting a whole year for this project and we were so excited to start!
Let me just start out by saying I hate Oak cabinets. I’m sorry if I offend some of you with that statement, but they just aren’t my style. And, frankly, in the words of the latest and not-so-greatest Bachelor, Juan Pablo, “Eees Okay!”
I knew immediately when we stepped foot into the house, before we even bought it, that we would be refinishing the kitchen cabinets. Don’t get me wrong, they were BEAUTIFUL wooden cabinets, but their yellowish luster really dated the house even though it was only 8 years old!
After a nice long weekend of self-medication in the Big Easy for a little shindig called “Mardi Gras,” I came home, logged on to finish a blog post and SURPRISE!!! DIYstinctly Made was nominated for an award by fellow blogger Sharaya D’anna of She Loves Happy. A Liebster Blog Award to be exact.
What the hell is that, you ask? The Liebster Award originated in Germany and is a chain mail award of appreciation. In the words of Sharaya, “This is not actually an award but just a way to connect with other bloggers around the world who are starting out to give them a little boost and share the love.” Well thank you for the love, Sharaya! I’m super excited that someone enjoys what I post!
This project started out rather humorously. I wanted to have 2 framed mirrors in our master bathroom rather than 1 huge builder-grade mirror. Kurt had the bright idea to save money by buying a glass cutter (for $7.00) and cutting the mirrors to size ourselves. We were already going to save money by framing our own mirrors but if we could break them to size for only $7.00 we would save even MORE!!! If it only went that smoothly…
Along with the amazing china hutch that we acquired from Kurt’s parent’s were not one but TWO beautiful wingback reclining chairs in perfect condition. I had been wanting a chair like this to replace our clunky recliner. With our house being small, large furniture really crowds our space. A re-uphlolstered wingback chair would fit nicely!
For our first Christmas as newlyweds, my awesome husband found me an amazing rustic china hutch on Craigslist.com for $175. This hutch has been a beautiful addition to the dining room in our house however there has always been a corner I was less satisfied with.
I wanted a tall skinny hutch to fill the small space and help bring the room all together. Once I told Kurt that’s what I wanted for Christmas the hunt was on.
After the yard, the next thing we focused on was our bed. We’ve always dreamed of having a bed big enough for us to each spread out in without touching each other. Romantic, I know, but I’m sorry… our bodies radiate heat. I surfed the internet and pinned bed frames I liked but kept coming back to the same Pottery Barn King Bed. Being the cheapos we are, we didn’t exactly want to pay for the oh-so-trendy $1,600 name-brand bed I had my eye on.
I started searching DIY projects on Pinterest and came across a DIY Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed – PERFECT! Turns out there are pdf instructions for all sorts of furniture at Ana-White.com. This website is awesome!
*UPDATE: I’ve gotten a lot of requests for links to the plans since they have become a little harder to find… here ya go!
I downloaded the pdf and sent it to Kurt hoping/praying he would be up for the challenge. Surprisingly, he was!