Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Best of 2015

What can I say, 2015 has been a great year.

As I sit here watching the OU game with the hubs, 
I wanted to reflect back and share some highlights of the year.

In Early 2015 we refreshed the landscaping at our home and it looked so much better!

I can't wait to add more to it.


Adding this little stone walkway just added so much character and made that little side door so much more functional.  We also were able to get the concrete poured around the pool and it looks great. This year we are going to finish up the front and really focus on the back.



After doing my first craft show in May, I decided I had to have a camper 
to set up in. I searched around and found this little gem for $400 bucks. 
I have already started the gut job, and am anxious to really fix her up!


I painted the entire downstairs floor...well almost, I still need to do the guest bath.

The house looks so much brighter and airy. I absolutely love it!



I created my Etsy shop and started my own Jewelry Line. I have even made a couple of sales. I'm hoping it picks up more in 2016. 
But regardless, I'm having a good time, and that's all that matters to me.


I redid our Master Bedroom and bathroom, and it looks exactly how 
I had envisioned it when we first moved in. 
It's amazing what a new light fixture, bedding and furniture rearranging can do!


I got a whole new look in the living room. We added beams that I hand carved. 
We purchased a new sofa with ottoman, rug, and I updated the ceiling fan.. 
I also repainted the desk and the fireplace.



I learned how to evict renters. It was crazy, but now we are renovating out little rent house to sell it.
We have enjoyed it so much that we are going to look into doing this full time.
So I am super excited about that prospect for the New Year.



We have put so much into this adorable little charmer. I have so enjoyed turning this house into a home and I hope the future buyer loves it as much as we do.

We have done all the work ourselves and are just super 
pumped about seeing everything come together.


I hope that 2016 is even more productive and provides a bounty of blessings.
I have been so fortunate and truly blessed beyond measure. Sometimes I need to slow down and really realize how lucky I am. It's easy to get out of hand...

We plan to go to our brother and sister in law's home tonight 
and enjoy some low key New Year's Eve action!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun night. I'm going to spend the rest of the night thinking of some good New Year Resolutions!

See you in 2016!






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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rent House Renovation: New DIY Concrete Countertops


Our little Urban Farmhouse is really coming along. 
Back when we purchased this home in 2012, 
I painted the counter tops. 
Please don't ask me why I chose dark brown? 
I have no idea why I did half the things I did in this house... 

I mean really, 
I look at some stuff and think... 

WHY??

 I must say, that these counter tops although not very attractive, 
held up for three years of renting.

So really, I gotta give myself a pat on the back!

Here is where we started.

   

I knew I was going to keep the counter tops in some sort of DIY fashion, so I just needed to decide wether or not I was going to repaint like a marble or do concrete.



I decided I would do concrete. I thought they would like nicer and a little more high end, plus I got the great idea to make the island a water fall edge with the concrete.

Oh by the way, I have a tutorial of when I did my mom's concrete counter tops here.


Here's the waterfall edge. I thought this would make it a little 
more contemporary and just a really unique look.

If your not sure what a waterfall edge is, it is where the counter top 
comes all the way down on the sides.


I think they look really amazing! And am loving how they are turning out!


I think it makes the kitchen look lighter, brighter, cleaner, 
larger and the tile back splash looks less busy and stands out more as a focal point.


I did two coats on the island and started on the back countertops.

I have the first coat done and am ready to sand and put on the second coat.


There were a few spots where the trowel gouged the concrete and made scratches, 
so I just patched a few places here and there.




This waterfall edge on the formica was a real pain to get the concrete on.
I really wish they had just done a regular square edge.


Here is a shot right after I had sanded!

It gets so dusty!!


Once the dust settled and I cleaned off the island, 
I was able to put on the first coat of sealer.


I will end up doing 4 to five coats.

I want it very glossy.


So far the house is really coming along. We are getting the tiling done in the master bath and the carpet is being installed in the bedrooms after the New Year.


We only have a few more projects to finish up and it will be ready to clean and stage... then List!!!

Oh Happy Days!!


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DIY Tobacco Basket





Since the weather has been uncooperative, we have taken a much needed hiatus from the rent house.

The past two days have been pure bliss. My husband and I have both been able to work on our projects and crafts. I craft and he works on building his 1960 Ford 100 truck.

It's been heaven!

So a few weeks back I came across a tutorial by Lucy with Craftberry Bush 
on how to make a DIY Tobacco Basket.

I must admit, I have been lusting over these lately but with prices 
from anywhere from $75 to $250, I just couldn't pull the trigger..

So I started searching for DIY options, 
and that's when I saw Lucy's and it was so cute!







So here is my process and how I did mine. 

To see Craftberry Bush' tutorial click here

I did mine a little differently.


First I could not find the exact veneer from Home Depot that she purchased. The one I found had an adhesive on the back of it, I was bummed at first but it ended up working to my advantage.

My sheet was 24"x48"

I measured my strips in 1.5"



I got a scrap board I had lying around and ended up using it as a straight edge, 
and marked the lines in pencil.


Next I cut out the strips.


I laid my strips out in the pattern and amount I wanted.


Now here is where mine differs, I used a glue gun instead of stapling. I was afraid since I only had 48" of veneer to work with I wouldn't have enough to cover staples.


Since the strips had adhesive on the back, I raised the strips I was going to glue up to it, so I wouldn't glue them to the floor, but you could also put something like a cloth down.
 I'm just lazy and impatient!

But since the strips did have adhesive on the back the hot glue 
gun melted the adhesive and made the two bond even more.

Score!



Finish weaving and gluing the strips, your basket should start taking shape.

If I could offer you any advice one thing would be to pull out the veneer and unroll 
it in the opposite direction before you begin this project. 
 It comes with the veneer side out, but this makes the strips go down instead of curling up.
 As you can see in the picture.



So I ended up doing this...


Next take another one of your long strips and place it at the end, your going to glue them down and then start curving them to the other side. 
 

 This starts forming your basket and curling it in.




Your basket should start taking shape. As you can see mine is not perfect. 
But I like that it's perfectly imperfect. 
I don't think the authentic ones look perfect.


I added two strips to form an x, for design and also helps the basket to be more sturdy.

I also ended up putting another one in the center vertically.

At this point I trimmed off any edges that protruded.



I took this out to the garage to stain it. 
You can stain first like Lucy did, but I just didn't...
 again impatient!


I used stain that I had on hand... it really wasn't what I wanted..



So I mixed up a wash with grey paint. Just paint and water. 
I brushed this on and wiped off...
 it helped to give it a more aged and rustic look.


Here you can see one side with the wash and the left without.



I didn't think about the stain drawing the strips up and actually helping to form the basket even more..

So I took some extra strips and placed the veneer side out on the outside of the basket.. so if you see it from the side it looks finished when hanging on the wall.


I ended up giving the basked another coat of stain and wash and
 I really like how it turned out.

I'm not sure if I am going to keep it in this spot. 
I feel like I need one a little smaller. 

So I think I will use this one for staging purposes at our
 rent house and make another one that fits the space a little better.

But for less than $20, I think it's a keeper and I am so glad Lucy shared her tutorial!



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