I would love to be able to say “So, I tackled the next project on our to-do list and I’m here today to tell you about it. Our brand new DIY wooden mailbox.” But the truth is, that’s not at all how things happen around here. :) Seemingly unrelated question – Do you travel to have girls’ weekends with your friends? Not to alienate any male readers. Next week we’ll talk about guys’ trips.* *no we won’t
Here’s a handy list of some things that could, if you’re not perfect, possibly, maybe go wrong while making a wood bed frame. I mean, if it were someone else making the bed. Let’s just agree that these problems didn’t happen to me. And that these are pictures I found online from someone else’s bed making attempt. I know what you’re going to think, “it’s crazy that the random person’s yard and room and bed frame looks just like mine” … I thought the exact same thing. :)
Holy heck … we made a wood bed frame!
So, you all know that Joel and I have the perfect relationship, right?!?! We never fight and always speak in loving tones. And we live in a land full of unicorns and rainbows.* *Consider everything I’ve said so far to be a lie. Turns out this whole process of making and hanging our first ever DIY wood closet doors gave me some good insight into that husband of mine and some useless information about myself.
There was a time when I thought building a closet was going to be super complicated. I actually spent wayyyy too much time online researching closet systems. But nothing was exactly what I wanted and everything seemed really expensive to me.* *”Ummmmm, everything always seems expensive to you” my sweet husband chimes in. “Well, I would hate to have to dip into my secret Cayman account” I retort. And so we decide to build our own wall to wall closet.
Back in December, when I was on my little DIY trip to get some work done on rental properties we have in MD, it was freezing! Well, it actually wasn’t freezing outside but it was down right frigid in the house. (You can see more of my lovely cold weather DIY outfit here.) That’s where I’ll start to explain that I really did think I had taken some better pictures. I guess the foggy mess I saw on the camera wasn’t just my breath … but a not-totally-focused or properly exposed picture as well. Sorry about that! But that doesn’t put a damper on my excitement of the transformation I was able to make in this worn little kitchen in about a week. We started with the counter transformation, then we updated the cabinets … and left most of the cabinet doors off, and then updated the hardware on the cabinets we kept AND then we backed the newly open cabinets to give it a wood slat look on a $32 budget. Let’s remember what the cabinets looked like before …
Happy Friday!! How was your week? I feel like I came back to the island from our trip to the US ‘swinging’, so to speak. Just ready to get things in order and become more productive and efficient in everything. And get focused on my personal priorities … which definitely includes learning the ins and outs of our new camera!! So I can take better pictures of our current favorite project, our new coffee table that I made from an old door I pulled out of a dumpster.
Check this out … the monthly review in the first week of the following month. #surprisedmyselfwithmyefficiency July has always been a favorite month of mine … and it proved to be the same on the blog. I started the month begging asking for help as I started to undertake a living room redo. So far, as part of the Blogging without Borders series we have made a floating shelf and started work on DIYing a coffee table. I am reeeally hoping to have that for you at the next update. If this review is old news to you, head over to see what the other gals are up to. We had a bunch of fun with decor on this new floating shelf. Well, I know I did, I hope you did, too. :) From the initial attempt, an early fall mantel and the most recent where we finally brought ‘the girls‘ back and added a pop of color with a spray painted leaf wreath. How to Build a Floating Shelf Tutorial is here! I enjoyed putting together a round-up of 105 ideas for your 4th of July celebration. What a great resource! I was a day late so feel free to pin it for next year. :) And I also made another piece of pallet word art that I adore. It has been the perfect, sun shiny addition to our rooftop pallet bed area. July was also great fun for me as part of the Hometalk Ambassador team. I shared my tips for posting your projects on Hometalk here. And also had a blast with my girlfriends at our DIY pool party with Hometalk ‘swag’ here. Thank you so much Hometalk, and Miriam, for the wonderful opportunity. :) It gave me chance to help my friend Carol learn how to use … continue reading
Do you ever have those ideas that just spring you into action? I was trying to organize my week. My eyes landed on my little spring wreath and I thought “I need to update the door decor”. Then I thought “I need a great outdoors idea”. And it just came to me. I thought it was going to be so easy I took a photo of my watch so I could track the time.