Fireplace Updates

Andrew and I love fixing up our home.  I really think little and inexpensive updates go a long way.  Over the two years that we’ve lived in our home, we’ve fixed up slowly but surely fixed up our fireplace. Here’s a look at our fireplace over the years (and holidays).

IMG_9438 |our fireplace when we first moved in July 2013. we added candles from Ikea, which was a mistake. don’t buy candles from Ikea. they crumble and melt way to fast.  It’s worth the money to buy better candles|
IMG_0426|we added a mantel (see how we did it here) and christmas decorations from Home Goods|
IMG_4838 |valentine’s day 2014 (burlap banner from our wedding) and new vases from Home Goods and the mirror I stole from my mom, thanks mom =) |
IMG_0401 |andrew removed the dirty, dusty old screen |
IMG_5659 |studying for my master’s exit exam|
IMG_1634 |newest update. I painted the inside of the fireplace with heat resistant black paint.  it makes it look clean and fresh|
IMG_1641 |I love how the black paint makes the white brick and candles pop.|
IMG_1643 |now I just would like a few more candles… my pup doodle decided the candles made fun chew toys|

DIY Outdoor Table with Succulent Planter Box

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My husband made this table. I can’t believe it. I think it is just the coolest thing. I absolutely love how it turned it. Andrew found several pallets and made this beauty. He pretty much winged it and it took him about 8 hours in total and $40 in supplies. None of this is exact but this is how he did it. He used his circle saw to cut the individual planks away from the plank. Then laid out the pallet pieces together like a puzzle from upside down to lay out the design of the table. He created a planter box in the middle of the table. He outlined the edges of the table with two by fours and placed additional two by fours under the table and nailed each individual pallet piece into the two by fours. He added legs and then sanded and sealed it. Then I added adorable little succulents. I LOVE it! Hope you do too. I know we are going to have countless summer dinner parties around this table with family and friends.  Cheers to summer.

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Fall Wreath DIY

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Just in the past few weeks it finally starting feeling like fall. I love fall and decorating my house for fall.  A few weeks ago I was decorating for Halloween and realized I really only have decorations for Halloween and Christmas. Somehow I don’t have any fall/Thanksgiving decor.  All I currently have in our house for fall are several gourds.  To add a little fall to our home I made this easy peasy wreath.

The base is a Grapevine Wreath for$4.99.  I bought 6 different natural flowers from the Dollar Tree.  I cut and separated each flower from the bunches and weaved them through the wreath.  To get them to stay I bent the end of wired stem and weaved it through the layers of the wreath.  I started with one type of flower and evenly placed each piece in one single direction.  Then continued with each type of flower until voila, I have a beautiful (inexpensive) fall wreath.

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Puppy Problems Quick Fix

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I have two adorable puppies, who I love very much. They are loveable, playful and loyal. They are my children and have a million different pet names. They make me happy every single day EXCEPT when they chew my house, baseboards and furniture! It drives me absolutely nuts. I love our little home and these little pests keep ruining it! The worst spot they chewed is on the window frame around the pretty window above our couch. It’s in the worst place possible because it’s the hub of house, where I spend all my time when I’m home. So, to solve this horrible eye soar I used a wood filler and paint to save myself from tears.  It’s not perfect, but it’s a million times better.  Here’s what I did:

IMG_9284 Thanks Piper for the new artwork in my house.

IMG_9294 Step 1: Fill gaps with wood filler.

IMG_9295 Step 2: Smooth filler with your finger. You can use a scraper to make sure it’s flush with the wall.

IMG_9299 Doodle waiting for it to dry.

IMG_9363 Step 3: After it dries, sand the wood filler with medium sand paper.
20140925-104214.jpg Step 4: Paint (with an audience)

IMG_9381 Dood thinks it looks much better!  Fingers crossed they are over their chewing stage!

DIY Bar Cart

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Since the first time Andrew heard of a bar cart he wanted one. I was a little wishy washy for a few reasons. All the ones I like are super expensive, our friends would drink all our alcohol, and I had no clue where we could put it. Over the summer I went to a charity design house in The Hamptons. Walking through the house made me want to redecorate my entire house and backyard. Since that is not realistic I did find a few small updates we could manage. One of the things I loved was a bar cart. I was then determined to find a cute and affordable bar cart. I had looked on Etsy and eBay for cheaper options, but still craved the gorgeous bar carts from West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware. I finally found this genius IKEA Hack made from a utility cart. These bloggers inspired my bar cart: Carrie Bradshaw Lied and Scandalous Beauty. Besides putting the IKEA utility cart together (which can be a challenge in itself) there is just one other step. I’m in love with how it turned out! It fits perfectly in the little corner of our dining room and I especially love the price tag (only $40!).

Instructions:
1. Put the skeleton of the cart together, without the wheels or shelves. Note my boo boo below. I attached the handle facing the wrong way. Learn from me and do it right.

2. Place the cart on cardboard/paper in a well ventilated area.

3. Spray away! I used metalic gold. Don’t get too close or it’ll make a weird ripple.

4. Let it dry.

5. Carefully attach the shelves and wheels. Add your alcohol, glasses, and any other fun touches. (Straws, pictures, cocktail book…)

6. Enjoy your libations in style. 🙂

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