Monday, July 21, 2014

Model Home Monday {UV Parade of Homes #23}

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Happy Monday! I'm back today with a great house. It has 8,180 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, an indoor basketball court and a super awesome basement with great ideas for kids :) Enjoy!
The front room:
The living room:
Kitchen:
This was the dining room, but I was more impressed by the table. I love this table :)
The master bedroom:
I've always wished I had a cute little closet size room in my master for a nursery, and this room had just that :) lucky!
Bedroom:
Didn't take many pictures of the bathrooms in this house since they were just hohum but I loved the backsplash in this one.
Boys room. This wall is all metal!
so was this one, and all of those are magnets.
Office. This was just one of the rooms that had a secret room hidden behind the bookshelves. Love this.
The basement. I love love love the basement. And the hubs did too, so much so that he even agreed to just seal our concrete and not do flooring. And the exposed ducts are just wonderful.
This barn door covers the workout room, and to the left is the laundry room.
How cute is this? This is just a little space tucked away in the basement where they built this for the kids.
A super cute idea for under the stairs!
And of course...the basketball court.
The wall in this bathroom is all carved wood. Amazing!

Credits:
Home Builder: Parry Homes
Interior Design: Osmond Designs

Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY Sofa Table With Faux Doors (make it in any size you need!)

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DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
 This has been the story of my life this past year since the babe was born. I start a project, and then I'm lucky to even finish it months later. Well, this project was no exception. I started this table last summer. It has literally been 1 year later and I finally got around to finishing it. I remember cranking out furniture left and right before the babe was born, even 9 months pregnant I was still doing it. Well, I guess life changes :) But, it sure did feel good to get this piece done! And it was a ton of fun doing it; I forget how awesome it is to build a piece of furniture. Love it :)
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
These are plans from almost every other table I have built for the most part. It is my go to furniture plan since it so easy to do and so easy to customize to the size you need for a given space.

I've been wanting this table in my front room for forever now (1 year of course :) ) but then I decided to redo the half moon table that is currently in there. It wasn't suppose to stay in there, but it met the purpose I needed so it stayed. But I'm really sick of currently. It's just too big and doesn't fit the space like I would like.

For this project, you will need:

4 1x2s cut at 29.5"
4 1x3s cut at 29.5"
2 1x8s cut at 29"
2 1x8s cut at 6"
2 1x3s cut at 29"
2 1x3s cut at 6"
1 1x3 or 1x4 cut at 27.5"
1 1x10 cut at 45"
3 1x6 cut at 5.5" (just make sure they are square)
Wood filler
Wood Glue
Saw
Drill/screws/counter sink bit
Stain
Polyurethane
Paint
Draw pulls/knobs

Step1. If your wood isn't already cut, cut your wood. Cut 4 pieces both of the 1x2 and 1x3 at equal lengths. I cut mine all at 29.5 inches. Take one 1x3 and one 1x2 piece. Stack the 1x2 on top of the 1x3 edges meeting so that it creates a 90 degree angle. Secure this in place with the wood glue.

Step 2. Do this to all the pieces. You should have 4 'legs' once you're done. Let them dry and then counter sink 1 inch screw into the top and bottom of each piece to make sure its secure. Fill holes with wood filler.
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Step 3. Lay two legs down facing each other, 1x3 piece on the ground. Place a 1x8 cut at 29 inches on the top of each one. Secure each leg to the end of the 1x8 using a 1" screw. Do this with the other two legs and other 1x8. Make sure the edges are flush.
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Step 4. Now measure 3" up from the bottom of the legs on both legs and make a mark. Place the 29" 1x3 on top of the 3" mark. Wood glue into place, and screw in with a 1" screw. Do this to the other set of legs also.
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Step 5. Now place two sets of legs standing up, where the 1x2s are on the ground. Use one of the 1x8s cut at 6 inches and secure to the 1x2 part of the two legs on the top, right next to the long 1x8 you just secured. Then secure a piece of a 1x3 cut at 6 inches on the bottom by the long 1x3 you secured earlier. (to make it easier to secure, you may want to pre-drill the holes at an angle before securing, then your drill won't hit the sides)
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Flip the table base over and secure the other 1x8 piece and 1x3 to the opposite side just like above. Now you have your table base!
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Step 6: Next you just need to secure the top! Make sure you measure so that its centered on the table base. My 1x10 is cut at 45 inches.Glue and counter sink a screw on the top into the base. I did that four times to make sure it was really on there.
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Step 7: Now for the faux drawers. I just used 3 5.5"x5.5" pieces of wood. These were essentially cut square from a 1x6 piece. Find the middle of the front apron, the 1x8 piece, and secure the first square directly in the middle. Then decide how far apart you want the other two drawers and secure them also using wood glue. You can screw these in too, but if you are using drawer pulls, you won't have to do this since when you put the bolt in for the screw, you'll essentially be doing the same thing. I just added label tabs to mine...and since they are non-working, I didn't care if it was just secured with wood glue :) 
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Step 8: If you would like to add a 'shelf' for the bottom, cut a 1x3 or 1x4 at 27.5" and secure in between the bottom sides.
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Step 9: Now fill all the holes with wood filler then sand the entire piece. Now you are ready to paint or stain! I stained the top of mine Provincial and painted the bottom white. Coat with poly.

Step 10: After painting is when I added the tabs for the doors, you can add the drawer pulls here also. I liked this look a little better this time around, and since the drawers don't work, I didn't really care if there were pulls on it or not :)
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!
Okay. So, now to make this customizable to the size you want:
  • To make it taller or shorter: Add or subtract to the length of the legs made with the 1x2 and 1x3.
  • To make it wider or narrower: Add or subtract to the side aprons, both bottom and top (these are the ones from above that measured 6"). You'll also want to make sure that your top piece will fit on the narrower or wider base.
  • To make longer or shorter: Add or subtract to the front and back aprons ,both bottom and top pieces (the ones that measured 29" above).
DIY Sofa Table with instructions on how to customize to the size you need!

I've changed this size up for these plans so much, that I made a bench out of it once using the exact same technique, and all these other tables: sofa table, cottage side table, a bench, and another entry table.
 Customizable Table Plans

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Home Before and After 5 Years (My 5 Year Blog Anniversary!)

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Today marks 5 years I've been blogging. Five years!! I created this blog as a creative outlet for my random decorating ideas and crafts and it has grown to be so much more than that. It's so funny to go back and look at my first projects...embarrassing also. I'm surprised that I still have this blog after such horrible posts and projects lol. But hey, at the time that's what I was into and what I wanted to share :)

It's fun looking back at how much has changed in blogging in the past 5 years. It's crazy!  Also, fun to see how much has changed in decorating. When I first started, decor was all about a Tuscan look, richer darker colors and tones and now it has moved to bright and vibrant colors. Also, photography has changed tremendously and is a huge part of blogging now as it wasn't so much before.

I know today I usually share a model home, but I decided that since today is exactly my 5 year blog-iversary, I would rather share with you the transformation of my house over the years...before and afters. It is so much fun to see how my decorating style has changed and continues to change. Many of these pictures have 'befores' even before the before and many many iterations of the rooms in between the before and after. And even today, some of the 'afters' have already changed a little bit.

Just a back story. We moved into a home 5 years ago in April. We moved from a 700 square foot apartment to 3500 square feet. We started out with just a bed, two dressers, a couch, coffee table set, and kitchen table. That's it. And that's the main reason why I started blogging -to chronicle the journey of decorating my house on a very small budget starting with almost nothing.

Here's my front room. Close your eyes if you need to on the before picture...boy oh boy. Why did I like this?? lol. This is at least decorated, for the first year or so, this room was just a storage room for randomness since we didn't have any furniture for the room until we scored this sectional for $400. 

 Our living room has been through it's fair share of updates and re-updates. Here's my take on the Tuscan idea. Isn't that fireplace tile hideous? Ugh. And the random alcoves I hated sooo bad! The after makes me so happy :)
 Here's another view of the living room when I moved the sectional in here at the beginning. Horrible photography, yes...probably took it with a $25 camera :)
 My dining room was another full blown Tuscan theme...reds, yellows and oranges. I am so glad I updated the wall and changed out the decor. Since, I have even changed out the chairs with some upholstered white ones, which I have yet to show you :)
 Our master bedroom...oh boy. This decor was straight from our apartment. I don't know what else to say about it lol..I think the picture sums it up. :) The after is how it is currently and I still love it, although I have some huge plans for it...again! I'm so over the beige and white...I need color.
 Our master bathroom has had just small changes, mainly decor. Here's a snip of a little corner:
 The nursery used to be a guest bedroom. I'm not sure why I loved brown so much...it's like the main color in every before picture. This is a horrible before, sorry, but the only one I have. The after is just a complete oasis. I love this room so so much.
 My office...it was complete and total chaos before I moved any furniture in here. Just a random place to put all my craft and office stuff. You may remember me actually converting into a guest room/office combo. But, since then, I have realized how much I need the office and guest room separate just to contain the chaos...the two do not fit in one as much as I wish :)  So, it is now a dedicated guest bedroom.
 The guest bathroom is still one of my favorite makeovers. It only cost $60. Tuscan theme of course for the beginning, and bright and cheery in the after.
 And last on our list for today is the laundry room. I really really want to move this laundry room into the basement. There just isn't enough room in this cramped space to house the laundry and all of the stuff the inevitably gets piled in there since it's the pass through from the garage to the main part of our house. It drives me nuts. But, it has seen it's own little makeover also...just enough to make it functional for the time being.
 It's been so fun going through these before pictures. I haven't seen some of them in quite awhile and often times forget where I started with this whole process.

It's been a very quick 5 years...can't believe how time flies! I have met so many good friends and companies through this blog and am thankful for each and every one of my readers. You guys are the reason why I keep going and keep this blog up. You are all the best! Here's to another 5 years!

Friday, July 11, 2014

No Sew Faux Roman Shade (one that really works!)

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No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 As you all know, I'm in the process of brightening up my kitchen. I know the best way to do this is to paint the cabinets, but I'm totally dragging my feet on that one. I finally decided to do it, it's just actually doing it  :) lol. I'm not really looking forward to moving out of my kitchen for a week just to do it. So, in order to drag my feet more, but get a brighter look without painting, I'm finding things that help :)

Here's the wonderful corner of this kitchen before. Obviously the dark blinds had to go...which was really too bad that I opted for them in the first place. We had to do them custom and they are real wood so it cost mucho bucks. I just had to keep telling myself that we had them for 5 years, so we got our money's worth out of them.
Changing out the blinds changed the whole dynamic of this corner and completely brightened it up. I also wanted to make it a littler softer and add some color and pattern, so I decided to make a roman shade. 
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
This roman shade actually does work and goes the length of the window, it just doesn't have the strings and what not of the real ones. You just have to unhook it instead.

Here are the supplies I used to create this:
Fabric -couple of inches wider than the window and length of the window (see step 1)
Stitch witchery or sewing machine
Iron
Ribbon
Hot glue
Command hanging strips
Ruler

Step 1: Make sure your fabric is cut about 2 inches wider than the window. If you want the fabric to drop all the way down to the bottom of the window when hung, then you need to add 1 inch seam allowance for the bottom plus the size of your valance and an inch for the top. If you are just hanging it with a rod, then probably about an extra 2 inches on the top. This may make more sense if you look at Step 2.

Using your stitch witchery, go around the two vertical sides folding in an inch and ironing down, with the stitch witchery between the fabric. Follow the instructions on the box for best results.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 Now for the bottom, I folded the sides in like a Christmas present to create the angle and then ironed it down with the stitch witchery in between the fabric once again.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 Step 2: Since I decided to hang this shade from the valance that is connected to my blinds, I took off the valance, but left the hooks on it and in the same place. You'll want to be sure they stay in the same place since if you move them and then attempt to put it back up, you may have a bracket in the way. So, just make sure they are in a spot that if you hang it back up, you won't have a problem :)

Take your valance and put it on the top part of the fabric, fold the fabric over it, leaving about an extra inch or so.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 Once you get the amount you need, fold over and then iron and 'stitch' in place along the edge.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 Step 3: Now get your valance and put it on top of where you just hemmed (back facing up), mark on your fabric where the hooks are, and then use some scissors to cut a line in the back part of the fabric. Make sure not to go all the way to the top and to not cut through the front too :)
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 Slide your valance through and position the hooks through the holes.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 Step 4: Now that your fabric is all hemmed, it's time to decide where you want the folds to go. I did some relative guesstimating on what would look best and came up with doing it every 12 inches. So I measured 12" from the top and marked on the vertical hem on both sides, then another 12" and so on. Luckily my fabric was 48" long so my last mark was right on the bottom. Try to make your last mark closest to the bottom as you can to achieve the same look I did in the finished photos.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
Now get your hot glue, and a piece of ribbon. Fold your ribbon in half, and glue into place along each mark. Try not to get the ribbon to go past the edge of the fabric. (I ran out of stitch witchery so I had to actually hem this up with the sewing machine..boo :( that's why you see those stictches)
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
 Step 5: This step was kind of a shot in the dark, but worked for me. I thought I measured everything correctly to get a certain look, but I totally didn't lol. I didn't have more sticky pieces for the command strips so I didn't want to take them off the wall, so I worked with what I had, and it turned out beautifully! I put my first command strip 8 inches from the top of the window, and then another one 2 inches below that, and the last one 2 inches below that one. I did this on both sides of the window.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!

Step 6: To hang your shade up, put the valance back on your blinds and then loop the ribbon on the command strips. I hooked the top two ribbons onto the top command strip, and then the 3rd one on the 2nd and the 4th one on the bottom or 3rd.
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!

This took an hour to do, start to finish and cost about $10 including the fabric and command strips. I love how this makes my kitchen look a little bit more inviting. The hubs of course isn't so sure about it. I don't think I'll ever win him over with my projects. He always says "It'll have to grow on me". lol. Ugh...
No Sew Faux Roman Shade -that can actually move and drop to the length of the window!
This fabric is Pom Pom Play from Joanns by the way. It comes in this color and I believe a purple type pattern too.
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