Saturday, December 1, 2012

Our New Updated Mantle

Who out here in Cyber Land is a private stalker?  I love my DIY websites, and few I just roam through their websites over and over and over.  I love Down To Earth Style.  Holly has such wonderful ideas and tutorials.

Here is her updated mantle. 
Here is our mantle before.

Not very wide.  Only 7 inches.

Now here is the after. 
 We used:
(1) 1x12x6 - top
(1) 1x10x6 - bottom
(1) 1x8x6 - front
(2) shelf brackets

Following Holly's instructions: I made a 5 sided box.  I had some extra pieces left over from a previous project to use for the ends. 
Then we placed the box on top of the old mantle and just screwed into the old mantle.

Our new mantle is 12 inches deep. 
Thanks to my husband.  I voted for 10 inches, but he won,
you know..... Rock, Paper - Scissor.

I am sorry to say that I get so excited starting a project.  That sometimes I forget to stop and take pictures.  But lucky for us  Holly at
  Down to Earth Style has instruction on how to build this mantle.

 Here is our mantle dressed up for Christmas.

Here is Layla, napping in front of the fire place with her Christmas blanket.

Our Christmas Tree

I knew once I saw a picture of a tree in an old wash tub on Pinterest, I had to do the same thing. My husband found our old tub under our house. I cleaned it up and sat it in a corner of my dining room till now. We found our tree in Sparta, NC. My boys usually pick out our tree, this year my oldest picked this beauty. We decorated this beautiful tree with white lights pine cones, white, gold and clear ornaments. I also took a canvas drop cloth and ripped into strips. Then tied (knots) the strips together to use as my garland. I am so in love with my tree.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Star Bright

Here is the finished star hanging proudly at the top of our stairs.  It took a while to get it hung up.  Darling Hubby brought a 20 foot ladder in so we could reach the area above our stairs.  I was unable to take pictures due to helping my DH.  I was the tool person.

I love it and so the family.  What do you think?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cute Pumpkins

At our house, we love fall.  With the leaves changing colors, the air getting cooler. 
One day, going through Pinterest (I love Pinterest),  I found this cutie, and immediately pinned it.

One day I was telling my mom about this cute little pumpkin.  She told me she had been cleaning out some old canned items from her pantry and had a bunch of lids.  So what else to do with a bunch of lids to jars but to make this cute pumpkin.

Here are the lids after I spray painted them orange.  I just used some jute string I had on hand to hold the lids together.  Found a small limb for the stem.  Then just more of the jute string.

Aren't they cute.  Now I have one.  One for my mom, who shared her jar lids, and one for my mother-in-law.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

I love Pinterest!

I love Pinterest so much and I have been just coveting this star. 
So I thought I would try to make one for myself. 
I also thought I would make it from a pallet.
So I was able to get several boards off with busting them. 
Here is the beginning process.
Here is with all boards.  Now to brighten it up a bit.
I sprayed the boards with a little Rustoleum ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze) spray paint.  I let it dry, then sanded down the boards.
Here is the finished star.  Now waiting for my DH to get home and hang it for me.  I would hang it myself, but it is going to hang on the area above my stairs.
Love, love, love.....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Kitchen RE-DO Almost Done

Kitchen Before


Here I took off the old backsplash.  Since I do not have a sink that is up next to the wall, I decided to cut up pallets, sand them and then attach to my wall with liquid nail.

Here is the backsplash done.


Here are my lovely builder grade cabinets. 


Now here is my cabinets painted Dove White by Valspar from Lowes.  I also antiqued the doors and drawers.  Spray painted the handles and hinges with Rustoleum Oiled Rubbed Bronze. 

We also did not have handles on our drawers.  So we did find the same handles as what was already on the doors.  I ordered them from Ebay in polished brass.  Once they came in, I sprayed them also with ORB

This is the breakfast nook.

Now here is the last thing I need to do!!!!  I need to purchase and install laminate wood floors.
Then I will be complete.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Build a Dining Table and They Will Come - or at least have room for them

I have always wanted to have a large dining table.  I could never find just the right table, or one that was in my budget.

So when asked what I wanted for Mother's Day.  I told the family that I wanted lumber to make a dining room table.  With lots of funny looks from the boys, off to Lowes we went to bring home the wood for our new table.

So while JP, my oldest son was getting ready for prom, I was "trying" out the pattern I found online for my new table.

Finally getting some where.

Even got the DH helping out on this one.  

Adding the stainable wood filler to the top of the white pine.

With a little help getting the table out of the dining room and into the garage to sand down the top.

Stain on top.  Base and legs painted with homemade chalk paint.  Love this stuff. 

The final product.  I used the chairs from our old dining set.  Paint the chairs with the homemade chalk paint.  The bench, my father made before he past away.  It sat outside for years, so I sanded it down also and stained and painted same as the table. 

The dining room chairs I recovered in canvas drop clothes from Home Depot.

Now I have a table that can seat 10.  Lots of room for both of my boys and all their friends

Total I spent for this table was $120.00

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