Thursday, August 21, 2014

entry switch up

Changing things up in the entry again.  I just can't seem to leave it alone!

Here's how it looked when you last saw it.

Since then I've moved that mirror all over the house.  Somehow it just never felt right here, but I'll get to it's new home in a bit.  

Once the mirror was gone I simply added more gold hooks.  I also softened up the bench by adding a sheepskin and some pillows.

Since I have a mirror above the buffet a little further in the hallway, I don't miss having one above the bench.

Ok, back to that inlay mirror.  It went to my bedroom for a bit before landing on the table by the stairway when I made the skirt. found a new home in the niche outside our master bedroom.  I've never know exactly what to do with niches.  They seem so weird to me.

And yes, I did move that snake plant over from the entry just for this picture ;) While it doesn't bother me in real life to have a bare spot in that corner, it looked so strange in a photo.

For right now I'm feeling pretty confident this will be the mirror's forever home.  We shall see!

Which version of the entry bench do you like best?  The mirror and hooks or just the hooks?

SOURCES  // diy bench // diy inlay mirror // hooks (covered in gold Rub n' Buff) // rug and basket - HomeGoods // sheepskin // diy pillows //

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

i built a patio table

I wasn't planning on building a patio table this weekend.  It just kinda happened.  That's the norm for most of my projects so I'm not sure why I'm all that surprised.  Our back patio has completely gone to the dog, and I decided it was time for change.  

I had a super cool sketch that I made a few weeks ago (ok, really wasn't all that cool), but now I can't find it.  It had all of my measurements on it too :(  Anywho... I based it off of this table.  I love this table.

It's just a cool $1,599.00 marked down from $2,950.00.  For realz.  I'll give you a minute to clean up the coffee that you just spit out.


We good now?  M-kay.

This isn't a final reveal, but here's what I came up with on my own.  BTW, I have no clue what is up with the camera on my iPhone.  Everything ends up with a blue-green tint lately.  So frustrating!

This bad boy is fully equip with a flip top so I can store our outdoor cushions inside it.  I'm beyond done with our pup Archer tossing them on the ground so he can roll his mud covered buns all over them while chewing on his nasty bones.  Now they are safe and sound!

I'll snap some good pictures and go into detail on how I put it together.  It was actually really simple.  But for now I'm off to walk past the living room windows one more time for no reason other than to stare at it.  Tell me you guys do that too???

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

master bathroom hardware | progress

We've got vanity hardware happening in the master finally!  We've been without cabinet hardware in here for so long that I've actually had to remind myself to use the knobs instead of pulling the drawers open from the top.

I wanted something simple and found these oil rubbed bronze little oval knobs in stock at Lowes.  I placed them horizontally on the drawers and vertically on the doors.  

For the dummy drawers under the sink (those things always drive me crazy for some reason) I wanted to do something different.  It bothered me to leave them plain, but I knew didn't want knobs.  The perfect solution?  Keyhole hardware.  Or if you're wearing your fancy pants - escutcheon.

I ordered these in the solid brass and spray painted them oil rubbed bronze to match the knobs.  You can order them in an oil rubbed bronze looking finish, but Ms. Cheapo saved herself $4 a piece by getting the brass ones and spray painting them.  Done!  

I used super glue to attach them to the drawer fronts, and once they were secure, slightly sanded the edges so some of the original brass showed through.  You totally can't tell in the photos, but it helped them match the knobs a little better.

I just love those darn things!


I also found a carved wooden side table at TJMaxx that I'm using as a stool for putting on makeup in the morning.  It's pretty darn perfect.

Before knobs...

and after.

A lot of times it's the simple changes that make me the happiest.

Now onto the not so simple change... what to do about the mirrors in here.


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