Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
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)
Drill/screws/counter sink bit
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.
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 :)
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).
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.
Monday, July 14, 2014
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.
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
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.
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
Command hanging strips
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.
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.
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.
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...