Last year, my wonderful in-laws gave us two wingback reclining chairs that they no longer wanted. They were in great shape but I would need to recover them to fit into our decor.
There’s nothing I love more than a hand-me-down piece of furniture that has been in the family for years. Sure, I love to refinish any old thing, but knowing the story behind a piece really makes the end product that much more fulfilling.
This past fall, after announcing our pregnancy to our family, Kurt’s Mimi and Pappa were quick to offer an old child’s armoire they had stowed away in their back shed. Knowing the size of our nursery, which is not big at all, I highly doubted anything else would fit, especially an armoire, which in my head was huge. A couple months later, we made the trip to their house for Christmas and we finally got to rest our eyes on the child’s armoire that had once been Mimi’s.
Since we found out we were pregnant (maybe even before), we knew we wanted to build our baby’s crib. Of course
we I had my doubts. Would it be safe enough? What would we finish it with that would be safe for baby? Would it even look good? Psh… c’mon – I knew the answer to that last one.
I started by searching different styles of cribs on Pinterest and even DIY cribs to see if I could get any tips from other DIYers. I came across Back to Domestic’s DIY Cribs and loved the style. This style of crib looked like it could be built using the same general technique we used for our DIY Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed, which gave me the confidence I needed to move forward.
Happy New Year, and what a year it will be! 2014 was a great year for us and it’s hard to believe 2015 will be even better! As we’ve been waiting on the arrival of our baby boy, we’ve been working hard on projects for the nursery. With frequent trips out of town on the weekends, time at home is sparse and the projects are taking longer than we like.
For Thanksgiving, we traveled to Georgia to spend time with my family. The weather was good for the most part, but I was thrilled when a rainy day turned into a project day in my dad’s workshop. Being the tool nerd that he is, my dad has a nicely stocked workshop, which is something I could get used to.
Last weekend Kurt and I were finally at home together for the WHOLE weekend. We’ve been pretty busy lately so a weekend at home is hard to come by. I, of course, had to do some sort of project and luckily there was a super easy one I had been concocting in my head. Often times, we have scraps of wood lying around from previous projects. I had my eye on a leftover piece of 4×4 post from our DIY Pottery Barn bed. A few different ideas ran through my head, but ultimately I decided it would make the perfect color-blocked candleholder for our bathroom window sill.
When we first bought our house I wanted to spruce up our curb appeal with some big planters. The front of our house has 3 french doors and I thought it’d be nice to frame the “real” front door.
First I had to find the perfect pots. I shopped around multiple stores to find the perfect pots that were big enough to hold multiple plants… that’s when I realized planters are EXPENSIVE! Really? $60 for 1 pot thats not even ceramic? No thanks.
So… its been awhile. Much longer than I’d like to go between posts, but life happened. We got super busy and took 3 trips in the last month. One of those trips being to the beautiful St. John of the US Virgin Islands. I wanted some new tropical outfits to wear on the islands but with all the money we spent on our recent traveling, I didn’t want to break the bank. I have some experience sewing but I wouldn’t call myself an “experienced sewer.” Could I possibly make my own maxi skirts? Sure I sewed our drop cloth curtains… but sew something that I could actually wear (that looks halfway decent)? I was a little intimidated at first but I had the ideas stuck in my head and decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did!
Last week I was thrilled to have my parents, aka. “the nuggets,” come to Alexandria and stay with us. The last time they came to our house was November, for the birth of my niece, and since then the projects for my dad had piled up.
If you know my dad, you know that he is incredibly smart and handy. Wood working, tiling, electrical work… you name it, he can do it. I grew up shadowing him and helping with projects around the house. He’s a quiet man so just having the time together was enjoyable to me. I didn’t realize how much I was actually learning during those projects but I realize it now. I do the home projects I’m comfortable with, but one thing I leave for my dad (for now at least) is electrical work.
After Kurt and I surprised ourselves by successfully building our very own Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed, matching bedside tables were subsequently added to our long list of home projects. This new to do task was pushed to the bottom of the list as we already had bedside tables but a girl can only look at laminate furniture for so long. So on Memorial Day Weekend, while everyone we know had plans of vacationing, we had plans for farmhouse bedside tables by ana-white.com. Here is a picture of our Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed with mismatching laminate nightstands. These nightstands have been reunited with their matching headboard in our guest bedroom… I plan on painting the whole set eventually.
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.