Archive for July, 2012

House Crashing: Breezy & Bright

Who’s ready for another house crashing adventure? This is a house in Roswell, Georgia that we dropped in on – and it’s a beaut. Julie, the owner, is also one of the ladies behind Milk & Honey Home, and it’s so inspiring to see how she pairs colors and patterns in her own home (while squeezing in some great budget-friendly ideas). We’re so thankful that she let us snoop around and share the pics! So without further ado… let’s barge in and make ourselves at home.

The foyer just beyond the front door was spectacular. I mean, isn’t this like living in a magical jewelry box or something? I was immediately smitten. She got the scalloped mirror on sale from Ballard Designs (I’ve been obsessed with it for ages) and the wallpaper is actually from Home Depot! The ceiling light is from Pottery Barn and the lamps on the table are from HomeGoods. Oh and the table itself is a secondhand find.

I’m telling you. I could have stood in the foyer all day.

But wait, I forgot to introduce you to Julie. She was so friendly and easy to talk to that Clara and Burger and I found ourselves sitting on the floor of her son’s room chatting for most of the crash (while John ran around like a madman taking photos).

To the left of the foyer was a dramatic sitting room with black walls and tons of pretty layered texture. The slipper chairs are from Pottery Barn Outlet and the chandelier is from West Elm.

This driftwood mirror was actually a HomeGoods find!

The lofted living room was a project that Julie and her husband took on after moving in. The beams were already there, but they added tongue & groove to the ceiling and used 1 x 2″s on the walls to add a “faux board and batten look” on a budget. As for that giant pendant in the middle of the room, Julie can order it for you though Milk & Honey Home. The sofa is just an old one that Julie had slipcovered since it was completely functional but didn’t match the look she was going for.

Once again there was that awesome mix of modern and rustic and blingy and neutral in here. Such a pretty layered look.

The pass-through to the kitchen was so much fun. Those frames with portraits of her kiddos are from Ikea and the stools are from Crate & Barrel.

Here’s another shot of that awesome pass-through. I love how casually draped paper garlands and a silver deer head dress up the opening and draw your eye in towards the floating shelves beyond.

More kitchen loveliness. The large glass ceiling fixture is from Pottery Barn and the backsplash tile is by Walker Zanger. Julie has loved it forever and saved her pennies to make it hers (she was thankful it was a small area to tile, so it wasn’t as expensive). As for the counters, they’re actually limestone. They were amazing in person. So natural and textured.

Aren’t those antique shelf brackets a nice mix with the clean and modern shaker-style cabinets and shelves?

This table, bench, and chairs were from Crate & Barrel, and the chandelier over the table is from a secondhand store.

Can you tell we were in love with the kitchen? Seriously, we could have put ten more photos of that room in here.

This is the guest room, which all began with a red rug that Julie already owned. She wanted the room to feel fresh and modern while incorporating that rug, so once she saw the teal and red vase on the desk (from Anthropologie) she knew that painting the walls a soft teal color (Pratt & Lambert Pacific) would work the rug into the room in a modern and fresh way. I loved the mix!

Julie’s two boys actually share a room (they love it!) so Julie brought in two twin sized beds and hung some awesome oversized initials from Ballard Design (on clearance) over their beds. This is the room that Clara and I hung out in most – the wall opposite the bed had a cabinet full of toys- and Clara totally made herself at home.

Here’s the hall bathroom, complete with basic white subway tile (from Lowe’s) and gray grout because “boys use this room!” – haha. Julie says it has held up really well to her two little men. I also loved that although this room looks totally redone, the vanity came with the house- she just painted it a soft knaki-gray-green color for a completely fresh look.

Some of the little details of the house totally won my heart- like all the old door knobs that Julie has collected over time. Here’s her bedroom beyond these pretty glass french doors that lead to her master bathroom.

And here’s a shot looking back at those french doors to the master bath from the bedroom. I love that pop of blue on the dresser to the right of the door. The bedroom was a really soft white-on-white space, so that hit of color was awesome.

Here’s the master bathroom. Isn’t that tub awesome? I totally wanted to crawl in with my clothes on and just bask in the glory of a gorgeous bathroom. Oh and the floor was white penny tile, so of course John and I oohed and aaahed. It was gorgeous. The subway tile is once again from Lowe’s and those ruffled shower curtains are actually from Target (sold as window curtains, not shower curtains, but Julie just added a shower curtain liner behind them). And that chandelier? Julie scored it for just $29 at a secondhand store called Queen Of Hearts Antiques.

I really love how she mixes things, like this wood stool that she dropped into a white-on-white space for some awesome texture and a nice natural element to compliment all the bright and shiny stuff. Speaking of that wood stool, it was actually something that her friend’s dad made. I love that she has some handmade stuff along with some budget friendly stuff (like the subway tile from Lowe’s and those ruffled curtains from Target).

So that’s the tour of Julie’s amazing house. We’re so thankful that she let us drop by and shoot away! And you can read more about her and her beautiful home on her own little slice of the interweb. Now let’s play the what’s-your-favorite-part game. Anyone else gonna call that tub that I’m obsessed with? I also loved the giant rectangular capiz chandelier in the room with the black walls. And John’s calling the pass-through to the kitchen and the open shelves in there.

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Another Challenge

As Sherry mentioned in her Pinterest Challenge post this morning, we DIYed some easy wood frames for her homemade artwork. We did it partially because, well, we’re cheap. And partially because we wanted to see how truly simple we could keep this project.

So we challenged ourselves to try to spend zero dollars and just use things that we had around, which basically ended up being:

Here’s how it all went down. We started off on the right foot by digging out enough scrap wood from my enormous basement junk pile. That, plus a spare canvas still wrapped in plastic (so my manhandling wouldn’t get it dirty) to use as a template for the frame size, kept our grand total at “free” so far.

The process promised to be simple: cut 45-degree mitered angled on all four boards and attach them. I already have a power miter saw, so that was the fastest way for me to accomplish it, but if you’re trying to keep things simple are are saw-less, this could be accomplished with an inexpensive miter box and a hand saw (it’ll just take a little longer to make the cuts by hand). Oh yeah, and I cut my boards two at a time (they were held together with a clamp to keep things secure) – both for efficiency and to ensure I’d get equal length boards on parallel sides.

With one miter cut made, I laid my two-stack on the edge of the canvas so I could mark my next cut – being sure to overlap the edge of the canvas a little bit so it’d have something to rest on when my frame was complete.

With the boards still together and lined up perfectly, I did my second 45-degree cut in the opposite direction.

So far this project had taken me about ten minutes. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Now that I had my two long sides cut, I took my two shorter boards and repeated the process: stacked them together, cut one side at 45-degrees, then laid it on the canvas to mark my next cut (again overlapping the canvas a bit)…

…and then I made my last cut with the saw. Boom. Just like that I had the sides to my simple wood frame all sliced and diced. You can see them just resting together in this photo (nothing was secured yet):

Since Sherry had painted two canvasses, I repeated the process with another piece of scrap wood to make a second frame. It happened to be a different type of wood from our scrap wood (less polished, sort of knottier and more rustic), but at least it was the same size. And we’re not suckers for things being super matchy anyway.

Before attaching the sides together, I did a quick pass with some sandpaper to make sure all of the edges were smooth.

Then – again, trying not to use any terribly complex method to secure them – I broke out some wood glue I already had. I’m usually a nails and screws guy, so I wasn’t thrilled about having to wait for glue to dry – but I figured getting over my glue hang-ups was just part of the simple-and-cheap challenge. But in real life (since clearly this is a fantasy where I’m not allowing myself to follow my instincts) I’d probably screw a flat L bracket into each corner or even drill pocket holes with my Kreg jig to fasten the corners together. I just really wanted to make simple frames so anyone at home without a Jig or other more complicated materials could follow along.

Thank goodness Sherry suggested stapling the corners together (on the backside) to help hold the glued edges together. This made me feel a bit more confident about what I was building. Plus it was pretty darn fast. We used the same sort of staple gun (from Home Depot about five years ago) that we use to upholster things.

It’s a pretty strong staple gun, but it wasn’t quite strong enough to go all the way into the wood, so I hammered each staple in all of the way just to be sure they were in there well.

Things were feeling pretty secure, actually. And having clocked in at just about 25 minutes, I was feeling surprisingly secure about my construction method… until I turned it over. Hello wonky!

But before I abandoned my method completely, I decided to reinforce things with more glue in the crack (applied from the front this time). Plus, I think my Gorilla Glue may have dried out a bit so fortunately I had some Elmer’s that was in better shape which I used instead.

After both frames sat for a couple of hours – all glued and stapled up – we picked them up and they were no longer wonky. They were actually really solid. Woo hoo! So Sherry whisked them to her spray painting station (okay, it’s not a literal station) and applied a nice coat of Rustoleum’s paint-and-primer-in-one spray paint (in satin white). We figured this was the faster version of priming it with a brush, waiting for it to dry, and then painting it by hand – but that always works too (we have painted frames both ways with success).

As for hanging them, Sherry nailed in a couple of those sawtooth hangers on the back. Call us weird, but that’s the sort of thing we actually have around at our house so miraculously we still hadn’t had to purchase anything yet.

When it came time to affix the canvasses to the back, well, we just duct taped them. Certainly not the most elegant solution but hey, it worked, it was a fast and it was free. And it made them easy to switch up down the line (if we glued the canvases in place it would have been a lot more of a commitment).

And the rest is history… Well, actually I should point out that we didn’t actually end up using the sawtooth hangers on the back because the art ended up in the kitchen (not in the office where we originally thought we’d hang it). So we used some 3M velcro-style picture hanging strips for the one over the stove instead. I did have to go buy those (we had run out), so I guess you can call the grand total for this project a whopping $3.

Oh and as we mentioned we also got a piece of plexiglass from Lowe’s to cover the canvas over the stove (to keep it splatter free and wipeable) so that was another $3, although we included that cost in this morning’s Pinterest challenge cost. Has anyone else ever DIYed some cheap frames? Any other trips or tips to share? Or did you tackle something else in the easiest or free-est way possible lately?

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