Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Kitchen Artwork

So a couple weeks ago I was at Target and those damn endcaps got me.  Argh. This time is was super nice picture frames.  I'd been thinking of getting some artwork for the kitchen and found 2 frames for $3.88 each.  Yup. Score.  In the cart those babies went.

I forgot to take a before pic.  But it's basically a piece of stained wood with 4 silver clips hold the glass to it.  So you can really select any size photo or piece or art to fit inside- to show as much wood as you'd like.  That's what she said.

I remembered seeing on Pinterest some free printables with kitchen art.  I had saved one about a year ago  that I tried changing the colors of.  I'm so not photoshop inclined.  We'll leave it at that.  So I got back onto Pinterest and searched Kitchen Printables. I found exactly what I was looking for- this time the creator had them in multiple colors that you could save to your computer only the color you choose.

Obviously I picked the blue/aqua color.  Obviously.

There were 8 in total.  It was one pdf with all 8 already created to fit an 8 1/2 X 11in piece of paper.

So which two do you think I used?  I'll eliminate the coffee one right off the bat since I don't drink coffee.  The wine one wasn't a funny saying so I'll eliminate that one as well.  

Here they are!  Did you guess correctly?

How adorbs, right?  Here they are on the wall.  Kind of on the small side.  But they are growing on me.  

So super cute and cheap and easy.  Gotta love those kinds of projects.

Speaking of the closet..... oh wait- you didn't ask?  There's been no progress.  Shocker.  I know.  I'm over it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Closet's ALMOST Done!!!!

Last we left off, the closet looked like this:

You can read all about those details here

Still left on the list was-
  • Drawer front for laundry
  • Add additional shelf between cardigans and clutches
  • Finish shelf above clutches
  • Trim pieces for all exterior areas of plywood
  • Baseboards added back in.  
  • Shelf above top bar on right side
  • Shelf above top bar on left
  • Transition piece between rug from bedroom and floors of the closet. 
Well I can finally say that I finished the shelf above the clutches, trim pieces for MOST of the exterior area of plywood, baseboards were added back in and both shelves above the top bars on the left and right side are DONEZO!  Booyah!  

So aside from the drawer front for the laundry area, an additional shelf above the cardigans and transition piece between the rug and floor of the closet, I just have some minimal touch up and caulking to do.  

First lets look at the trim I put onto the exposed plywood areas.  It's an 8 foot 3/4 in wide flat trim.  

It's simple enough but gets rid of the ugly plywood edge.  Although if I'd have been smart, I would have painted it PRIOR to installing it.  Rookie mistake.  

Then came adding the baseboards back on.  The math nerd in me loved this step.  Angles, angles and angles!  I think I did a pretty good job, for my first time.  I always hear crown molding and base boards are the most frustrating part to put the finishing touches on a room because the the various angles.  But it didn't take me long at all.  Probably cuz I'm a genius.  

It makes the floor look so damn good!  Like it was done by a professional.  OK semi-professional.  But really a wannabe professional.  Again, probably should've painted the baseboards PRIOR to installing, but you know.  Oopsie.  

Also, you can see that I ended up adding the bottom bar for hanging clothes to the right side, instead of the drawers.  Now my jeans, dress shirts and sports shirts have a spot in the glam closet.  

I was able to install the two top shelves the other night for my sweatshirts and sweaters.  There is on on the right (above) and one on the left side (below).  Although I now need to build a step stool to reach them.  Oy.  Never ending.  

Oh and I found some cute artwork from TJ the other day for $7.99 each that looked like it would be perfect in here.  

One last thing I have is to (re)paint the scarf/belt hanger that was in the closet before.  It's currently green and so doesn't go.  But once that happens, I can put it back on the wall next to the mirror.  

I'm hoping this never ending project is done this weekend.  I need to move on.  Clean my room.  Put my tools away.  Although I'm kind of getting used to having a hammer on my nightstand. I draw the line at the air compressor and miter saw on the floor though.  So not sexy in the bedroom.  

Funny thing is that someone asked me the other day, having seen the closet progress photos, if I'd help them design theirs.  To which I immediately replied- Oh fuck no.  

Never again.  But she sure is pretty, isn't she?   

Monday, September 1, 2014

Closet Update- Light At The End Of The Tunnel

I really feel like this has been the project that never ends.  It doesn't help that I keep changing my mind on what needs to go where.  It'll definitely be interesting once it is finally finished to go back to the original drawings and see what it was going to be compared to how it actually turned out.  So let's talk progress.

Last time I updated the back portion was finished and there was a little progress on the right side.

Let's talk about the top photo.  As you can see the bottom of the tall shelf area wasn't painted- that is where the pull out laundry will be.  

I haven't finished the front of it yet- it'll be a sort of cabinet door thing that when you pull it out, the drawer with the basket will slide out.  Kind of like some kitchens how the trash is inside a cabinet and the drawer pulls it out.  

Today I finally was able to work a little more on this side and got this far.  

As you can see, I added a long, skinny mirror to the back portion.  Gotta love college back-to-school sales to get a cheap $5 mirror.  I'm thinking I'll eventually add chunkier molding around it to make it less $5 looking.  But for now it works.  Now on to the right.  

There are two new bars for hanging clothes- don't mind my color coordinated psychoticness.  I take my meds for that.  Then to the right of those bars are the shelves that are almost (again with that word) done.  I had to add some fabric to the shelves as the plywood was a bit rough and was starting to pick at the clothes that I was putting on them.  You can see the fabric on the bottom of the laundry drawer.  You may recognize it from the headboard I made for the front spare bedroom.  I had some leftover and thought that would work perfectly. The shelf above now has my cardigans on it.  I'm thinking I need to add another shelf in between that and the one above it with my clutches on it.  And yes- let's talk about the clutches.  

I found this organizer for pan lids at TJ Maxx for like $7.  The minute I saw it I immediately thought of my clutches.  And it totally works.  Now they aren't just piled on top of a shelf with all of my other purses.  Sort of impressed with myself for this one.  

I was also able to get the bar up on the left side today as well.  

The bottom of this side was supposed to have drawers, if you remember that.  Which would be why the bottom portion wasn't painted.  Well it's dawned on me today after putting my work/dress pants on the bar- that I have nowhere for my jeans, sports shirts or dress shirts.  Whomp whomp.  So I'm thinking the dresser/drawers are going to be nixed and another bar is going to be added for the last of the clothing hanging in random closets throughout my house right now.  That shouldn't take long at all.  I'll just go pick one up tomorrow after work and get it installed and paint the walls.  

So aside from getting the additional bar and finishing painting, what I have left to do in this room before I can call her done:
  • Drawer front for laundry
  • Add additional shelf between cardigans and clutches
  • Finish shelf above clutches
  • Trim pieces for all exterior areas of plywood
  • Baseboards added back in.  
  • Shelf above top bar on right side
  • Shelf above top bar on left
  • Transition piece between rug from bedroom and floors of the closet.  
Well what do you think so far?  I'm definitely annoyed with how long this has taken but it's more from my sheer laziness than anything else.  The good news is that once I get the rest of the bullet points done I can get all of the tools out of my bedroom.  My leaning bookcase has turning into a tool box, my floor is covered with power tools, paint cans are everywhere. It's ridiculous.  I trip over at least 1 thing in there a day.  So I'll be so happy to get my master bedroom back to normal.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What Am I Doing In My Kitchen???

Well for the time being, nothing.  But..... and this is a HUGE BUT- almost like a Kardashian sized one..... I fell in love with a new project.  I haven't fully committed yet.  BUT (there it is again).... odds are I'm starting on it in the fall or when I finally finish my master closet in 2063.

Speaking of the closet- I do have some teaser photos.  It's by no means even close to being done.  This is just the semi-finished right side.  Here we stand now.

I ran out of wood and haven't been back to get some more.  Don't you hate when that happens?  ;) But 2 of the 3 shelves are in and 1 of the 2 hanging bars is in.  Actually I already have my clothes hanging on it but that photo will have to wait.

So back to the new favorite project that I haven't started yet.  Let's talk kitchen cabinets.  When I bought the house, they were fugly orangey oak.  I apologize- I'm totally exposing my boob light to you.  NSFW photo here.  My bad.

It took me a bit but they were painted cuz mama wasn't living with that horrible mess....

While I LOVED getting rid of the orangey oak.  I wasn't all that happy with the "off" white of the cabinets.  See I had read that I should paint them the color of my trim- so that's what I did.  Which would have been fine if the appliances weren't snow white.  And while the intention is to get stainless appliances AT SOME POINT- that point is going to be many many years down the line when one of the appliances breaks.  So the foreseeable future will consist of these very white ones.  Against  antique white cabinets- which drives me nuts on a daily basis.  Now don't get me wrong- I love white cabinets.  I'm not a fan of wood stained cabinets at all.  So I'm definitely happy that I painted them a couple years ago.  But I'm thinking it's time for a change.  Plus they are kind of chipping so they need to be fixed.

For awhile now, I've been thinking and researching and watching tv shows to see their cabinet color choices.  One of my favorite designers, Sarah Richardson, does many a kitchens with colored kitchen cabinets and I seem to love every one of them.  But it wasn't until I saw this photo in a magazine that I got an idea.  I posted it on my FB page a while back and it still has me at Hello.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Wine Coasters

So I've been seeing a ton of DIY coasters on Pinterest lately.  Well while my family was here, we decided to get our craft on and make some of our own.  Well, I kind of forced it on them but they had fun.

It started when we went to a local winery here in Bloomington called Oliver Winery.  I've been a couple of times with friends and last year I brought my aunt along when she and my dad were here working on the paver patio.  She liked it so much that when she came out last week, she wanted to go again.  And you know me, I am all about tasting wine.

So my uncle, two aunts and I headed over there last Monday and brought along a picnic lunch to have after the tasting.  The grounds of the winery are gorgeous and there is a huge grass area with tables overlooking a large pond with koi fish.  It's very serene and if I lived closer, I'd probably spend most of my weekends with a good book, a bottle glass of wine and a blanket out there.

After sampling our fair share of wine, we purchased roughly 15 bottles and some novelty items, one of them being a coaster.  That cost $10.50.  As my aunt was looking at it, she said she really liked that one, but was also thinking about getting a second one.  I told her that one for $10.50 since it was a memento was OK, but two coasters for $21?  Hell no.  So she begrudgingly put it back.  But she did get this one.

Part of the order was put into a brown gift bag that had a wine bottle label on it.  One of them made a comment about keeping the bag since it had the sticker on it and the really nice guy leaned over the counter and said, "I have some extra stickers in the back if you want some."  Well, we jumped at the offer.  Little did they know, the minute he told them that, a light bulb went off in my head.  Shut the front door- we could make our own coasters!  He came back with a couple rolls of stickers, 6 of 3 different types of wine and 7 of another- 25 in total.

I told them my idea and we headed off to Menards to check out the tile selection.  I knew I'd seen something similar there before but didn't want to get everyone's hopes up.  Well, it turns out they have the exact same 4X4 travertine tiles as a 9 pack for $3.79.  So we picked up 3 packs.  Then we headed to Michael's for the cork backing and some Mod Podge.

Wednesday afternoon we laid the tiles out on the island and got started.

Here are a couple before they got the labels on them.  Below are a few with the stickers.

We did 3 coats of the Mod Podge, letting them thoroughly dry in between coats and then we glued on the cork backing, that conveniently came in 4X4 squares.  I love when that happens.

I think they came out really well!  Here is a comparison.  

I have to say that I like ours better with the contrast of the black label.  But maybe I'm a little biased.  

Overall cost breakdown:
3 packs of 9 tiles = $11.37
6 packs of 4 cork squares = $11.94
Mod Podge = $14.99
25% off coupon for Michaels items = -$6.59
Grand total for 25 tiles = $31.71 (plus two extra tiles for next time)

One tile = $1.27  Compared to $10.50 at the winery?  Shut up.  So basically we could make 9 tiles for the price of the novelty one.  I'd say that was a score.  

The four of us each got a set of 4 (I actually took the odd 5th one that was left over) and there were two extra sets for my aunt to give as gifts when she got home.  

While we were at Michaels, I also showed her all of the scrapbook and craft paper that she could use as well to do these.  Since they wouldn't be stickers, you'd need to put the Mod Podge on the back of the paper and slap it to the tile first and then do your top coats.  But other than that it would be the same process as we did.  They'd be great gifts for Christmas, birthdays, house warming parties, etc.  Super easy and a personal touch.  And I don't know about you, but I have coasters everywhere in my house.  Probably because I'm super anal.  But I think these new ones will make a cute, decorative touch with a conversation piece thrown in as well.  I see a lot of coasters being made in my future.  So Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your new home!  Now you know what you are getting.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So About That Closet.....Ummmm Yeah...

I won't discuss the lack of progress on the closet for too long.  But I'm hoping to get the right side done this weekend.  Hoping being the key word here.  I'm about half way there now, so it's not that there is lack of progress.  It's that there is lack of initiative to get it done.

See my problem is that if it doesn't annoy the shit out of me, I tend to overlook it.  What I should have done is start with the two sides before doing the back portion where the shoe shelves are.  The clothes are hanging in the other closets- so they aren't annoying me.  The shoes, however, were all over my bedroom floor.  Had I left them there while working on the sides, I would have tripped over them repeatedly, therefore annoying the shit out of me, forcing me to get it done faster.  I have a weird thought process.  Only I can justify it.  So since my clothes are out of sight and not lying all over the floor, I don't feel the urgency to get 'er done.  Plus I had family in town last week so I'll blame them for my lack of progress.  They won't mind at all.

One thing that has happened in the meantime is that I had my backyard sodded.  I wish I had some current  "before" pictures of how terrible it was.  You can kind of see the lack of grass and massive amounts of weeds from last summer when my dad and I put in the paver patio.

It was comical if you were to watch me mowing it back there.  It was like a roller coaster for my lawn mower.  Fricken ridiculous.  Well here it looks now.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Closet Update Part 1

So apparently getting this closet done isn't all that big of a priority.  You know, since I keep taking trips and all and ignoring the mess all over my usually immaculate bedroom.  DISASTER AREA.  Well after I was done going to all those wineries and staring at hot air balloons, I decided it was time to finish tackling the first part of the closet- the back part.

Last we left off I had ripped out all of the shelves, removed the baseboards and spackled the holes.

And then it dawned on me.....   let's make this even MORE of a project than it should be and rip out the carpet.  So..... this happened.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Little Closet Demo and Possible Designs

Sorry it's taken so long for me to post some progress shots of the closet.  But in reality, up until last Saturday, there was no progress.  I wanted to put thoughts to paper and really figure out what I wanted in the space.  Plus a side trip to Florida took me out of commission for a little bit. Damn you sun and pool.

I still don't have a final drawing for the entire closet, but 2 of the 3 nooks are finalized so that's what I'll show you today.  One of my major delays aside from vacation was not wanting to have my clothes lying all over my floor for months while I figured out what the heck I was going to do.  Then it dawned on me one night that I own a house with 3 bedrooms that all have empty closets.  Ummm duh.  I could just hang my clothes in THOSE closets rather than put them on the floor.  Sometimes my blondeness amazes me.

So back to what it looked like before- not paying attention to my color coordination obsession.  Or the mess.  There are 3 nooks in this closet- the right side, back and left side.  See below:

 [right side]


[left side]

So Saturday I started removing the clothes and finished emptying it on Sunday.  This is what it looked like after that.  So bare.  And blah.  And ugly.  But you get a better idea of the nooks I'm talking about.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Brainstorming the Master Closet

Now that I have no events until July, it's time to really start thinking about my master closet reno.  Not that I haven't been silently obsessing over it every day when I get dressed.  Ugh I hate it.  It's going to be beautiful though.  Soon.  Hopefully.

I keep bouncing ideas around and putting them to paper only to scratch them out and start all over again.  I've pulled a few pics from late night Pinterest searches that have caught my eye for one reason or another.

I've compiled a list of "must haves" that I would like included in my new closet:

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Starting on the Master Closet

What I thought was going to be a quick update ended up with me swearing in the dark in my closet. This update took so long, the sun had actually gone down before I was done.  There's nothing like playing with electrical wires in the dark.

So this all started when one of the ladies I work with brought me over a flyer for a flash 3 day sale at Menards, asking me if I'd seen it yet.  I hadn't so she pointed out a gorgeous chandelier that was on-sale from $79 to $29.  And the sale started that day.

I almost asked my boss if I could leave right then because I knew that I had to go buy this chandelier.  I mean, I had no idea where the hell I was going to put it.  But for $29 I didn't really care.  When the clock finally struck 5pm I got the hell outta there and headed to the store.

I walked up and down the aisles of light fixtures and couldn't find it so I asked the worker if she knew if they had it anywhere in stock.  She told me that unfortunately she had just sold the last one.  Boooooo.  So I asked her if they had it on display so I could look at it and see if I liked it and then she could possibly search other stores to see if they had it.  So as she's walking me to the display, she says, "That's the lady I just sold the last one to."  I jokingly say to her, "That old lady?  I can totally take her out.  Don't worry, I'll get my light."  She clearly didn't get my humor cuz I would never attack an old lady for shit's sake.  But the look on her face was priceless.  I finally told her that I was joking but I'm fairly certain that she didn't believe me as she walked away to call security.

The next thing that happened was pure awesomeness.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pantry Build Complete!!!

My goal on finishing the pantry was this upcoming weekend.  So it looks like I beat my goal.  YAY!  Plus it didn't hurt that my friends have invited themselves over for dinner on Sunday to give me a swift kick in the ass to get it done.  And while it's not technically finished per se, the build part of it is.  Now it's just time to find some pretty organizational bins and stock it back up.  My dining room table will thank me.

So when we last chatted about the pantry we were here  

I finally was able to get to Menard's the other day to get the last board since one of them had a big crack in it that I didn't catch when I purchased it.  Once I had the new board painted I was able to continue.  Also while I was there, I picked up different wood decorative brackets.  These ones worked so much better than the flimsy, cheap ones I purchased first.  Although I liked their simple shape a lot better as they were less chunky than the new ones.  But I'd rather fore go design for function- preferring for my food to not come crashing to the ground in the middle of the night.  So it went from the above photo- to this tonight.  

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pantry Update

Last time I posted, I said I was going to start on the pantry.  After showing some photos of my ideal space and coming up with a rough sketch, I headed to Menards to pick up the wood.  There was an "11% rebate on your total purchase" sale going on.  So not only did get to use up my last rebate and a Christmas gift card, I will get another $20ish in rebates from this purchase too.

This very nice boy asked me if I needed help as I wandered around the wood aisles.  I took him up on it seeing as though half of the wood I needed was upstairs and I'm not too big on heights or walking up high on a metal grate floor.  Woosie, party of one.  So I read off to him what I needed and he gathered up the supplies like the good little boy he was.  He even politely asked if I drew the sketch myself.  He was impressed by my straight lines apparently.  Too bad he was 16.  Too bad I'm not.

Anyway.  Back to my pantry.  This is where we started.  As you can tell, I like food.  Clearly.  And I'm a little OCD.  No I didn't alter anything in the pantry before snapping the pics.  I'm always this ridiculous.  But you can see there's not a lot of space.  While there are three shelves, there's nothing on the bottom for storage.  The plastic carts store some tools and house stuff and those aren't going to stay in the pantry- they'll make their way into the garage shortly.  Plus the metal wire shelves are terrible.  Nothing sits flush on them and I've already had way too many jars of sauce come crashing down and break all over the floor.  Not my idea of a fun time.

So first thing I did was clear everything out.