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DIY Sofa Table

04.30.14

Welcome back!!  Hope everyone had a fun weekend!  Parker and I went to a friend’s wedding last night, and it was SO much fun!  It was our first wedding since our own, and it made me want to relive June 15th all over again!

Today I have a really fun project that should be titled “Parker’s DIY Sofa Table”.  I showed him a picture of what I wanted, and he went to town.  He made a list of our needed supplies, gathered them at Home Depot and built the table on his own (I assisted).  While I love DIY projects, I don’t have much experience using power tools.  Actually, I should say that I don’t have any experience using power tools, but I do have a great teacher!  Parker is so handy, and I’m so glad he enjoys DIY projects as much as I do…almost…
Here is my inspiration for the project.  I wanted something behind the sofa to add depth to the wall.
I knew the table would be going behind our sofa, which is against the wall, so it really didn’t matter what it looked like because you wouldn’t see very much of it.  If our sofa was in the middle of the room, and I was looking for a console table to go behind it I would probably want something like this, but our sofa will be against the wall as long as we are living in this apartment.
Either way, both of these tables were out of our budget, so I knew if I wanted a sofa table I would have to build it.  Let the fun begin!
Here are the supplies needed:
  • (1) 6 foot cedar board
  • (2) 3 foot cedar boards
  • (1) 4 foot cedar board
  • 2 inch construction screws
  • sand paper
  • Minwax Polyshades stain (We used “Antique Walnut Satin”)
  • electric drill
Our couch measures 6.5 feet wide and 3 feet tall.  The measurements above fit that size couch.  The measurements can easily be adjusted to fit your couch.

We had the cedar boards cut down to the lengths listed above.  You can do this on your own, but Home Deport does it for free if you buy the wood from them!

First you will sand the wood to smooth all edges and correct any imperfections.  I don’t have a photo of this, but a tip is to sand in the direction of the grain in long, smooth strokes.
Next you will use the 4 foot board to create a stable base for the table legs.  We drilled 3 screws on each end.  It should look similar to this:
After you create your base you will add the table top.  If you use the same board lengths as we did, your table legs will be 4 feet wide and your table top will extend 1 foot past the leg on each side.  Drill 3 screws through the table top into each leg.  Your table should now look like this:
*Important: make sure the screws are positioned over the center of each leg to prevent the wood from splitting*
After your table is built you will stain it.  Staining can be tricky.  Similar to sanding, it’s very important to apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain.  If you don’t you can cause it to look uneven, and that would be tragic!  You can apply coats to your desired color.  We applied 2 coats and waited 6 hours between each coat.  This is after 1 coat:
Coming along, huh?  After the second coat dried we positioned the sofa table behind the couch.  Let me show you a before picture prior to the table. (Yes, our apartment came with an orange accent wall.  I have mixed feelings about it.)
I actually don’t have an after picture of the sofa table alone.  I know, what was I thinking?  I tend to be impatient with projects and really wanted to get it behind the sofa so I could start styling!  Here is an after photo behind the couch:
Here are a few close up views:

 

 

After all was said and done, this project cost $40.00.  What a steal!!  Let me know your thoughts.  I love hearing from you!
Xo,
Claire
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diy // greek key trim curtains

04.27.14

This weekend I knocked out a project I’ve been thinking about for months now.  I’ve learned that curtains can make or break a room, thus deciding I wanted to recreate these beautiful, custom made Greek key trim curtains that 

Amanda from Amanda Carol Interiors

 has featured in her living and dining room.  If you remember back in February I featured Amanda on the blog.  Check it out 

here

 if you missed it!

Gorgeous, huh?  Amanda has mentioned on her blog that splurging on custom drapery is worth the investment.  I agree, and feel that window treatment can really bring a space together.  However,  I do not want to splurge on having custom curtains made as we are living in an apartment and will only be here temporarily.  When we purchase our first house I will definitely take that step.  For now,  I did my best to recreate Amanda’s beautiful Greek key trim draperies.  Here is our bare window.

I found this great, Greek key trim at Hobby Lobby.  I used the 40% off coupon from their app, and it ended up costing me $15 for four yards.  Score!

I found these neutral curtains at Target for $18 each.  Believe it or not, I had to patiently search for these.  I periodically searched Target, IKEA, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods and finally after several months, Target began to carry these.  They’re just what I was hoping to find.  I wanted a material that was light and airy looking but was thick enough to actually block the sun coming in the window.

I laid the fabric out and then pinned the trim to make sure I was going to like the final product.

I liked it, so I made it permanent…..with……hot glue.  Don’t judge me.  Remember that time I said I wished I could sew?  Yeah, I was really wishing during this project.  Oh well, hot glue did the trick, and no one will know except all of you :).  I lined each side of the trim with a thin line of hot glue about 6 inches at a time.

After gluing the trim down, I ran an iron over the curtains and then got to work on the rod.  I purchased these curtain rods awhile back and really wanted to reuse them, SO I did what I do best.

…Take one guess.

You got it!  I added a coat of gold spray paint!

Here are the rods and curtains after the makeover.  My photography skills are a work in progress :).

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home // easter project inspiration

04.16.14

I didn’t get around to decorating for Easter this year, and now I’m wishing I had because my family is coming to Austin to spend Easter with Parker and me.  It was kind of a last minute decision as my family always spends Easter with my grandparents in Tenaha, Texas.  I will miss my grandparents this year, but I am excited to change it up a bit and also experience our church on Easter this year.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite Easter projects I’ve seen from my fellow bloggers.  All of these DIY projects are super easy and can be done at the last minute!  I’m hoping to motivate myself here… 🙂

Simply Painted Eggs – A Thoughtful Place

Sweet and Salty Spring Snack Mix – The Creativity Exchange

No-Show Egg Cozy – Confessions of a Plate Addict

Paper Straw Easter Bunnies – Silly Pearl

Easy Easter Bunny Bunting – The Happy Housie

Indoor Tabletop Garden – One Krieger Chick

Recycled Toilet Paper Roll Stamps – Thoughts From Alice

Hoppy Easter, friends!!

XO,

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Liebster Blog Award Nomination

04.11.14

Hi friends!

Believe it or not I was nominated for a blog award! I know, I was both very shocked and flattered! The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers as a way to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogging world.

The sweet blogger who nominated me is Angela from blue i style.  Be sure to check out her blog!

Here are the official rules if you are nominated:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter. Thanks again, Angela!
2. Answer the 11 questions presented to you.
3. Nominate 11 up and coming bloggers for the Liebster Award.
4. Provide 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

1. How long have you been blogging, and what inspired you to begin?

I began blogging about three months ago. I am a newlywed and have found that I love making our apartment our own space one project at a time. I started my blog to document our progress as well as hopefully inspire others to create a space they love.

2. Name a skill that you don’t possess, but would like to acquire.

I wish I knew how to sew.  My mom is practically a professional seamstress and tried to teach me when I was young.  Should have listened.

3. If you had to give your decorating style a name, what would it be?

My favorite aspect of decorating is mixing styles. My favorite styles to mix are traditional and glam.  My style would be considered “transitional” because I like the comfort and warmth from the traditional design but also the clean lines and color that a contemporary and glam design provides.  It’s all about meeting in the middle for me! 

4. Many people wish they’d been born in a different era. In which decade do you think you most belong?

I actually had no idea to which decade I “belong”, so I took one of those cheesy online quizzes. 🙂 After answering some questions about myself I found out that I could have lived in the 80s (which is actually what my gut told me).  I love watching trends come and go and the 80s were all about pop culture trends which is so much fun.  Bring on the acid wash jeans and neon colored tops!

5. Do you feel most at home in the city, the suburbs, or the country?

I grew up in a small town that many consider the “country”. It was a wonderful town to grow up in, but I wouldn’t move back. My husband and I have fallen in love with Austin, Texas and would love to start and a family here. I wouldn’t consider myself a “city girl” because I don’t think I could live in just any city, but Austin has our hearts, so I feel most at home in this city for now. 

6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert, and would anyone be surprised by your answer?

I am an introvert with few extrovert personality traits. I am definitely reserved and prefer to keep my thoughts and opinions to myself, but I do enjoy being around others.  

7. What is your most prized possession?

My most prized possession is without a doubt my wedding ring for obvious reasons.  I love my wedding ring, and it is truly the ring I dreamed about before Parker proposed with it.  My “design” prized possession is my Grandmother’s antique buffet.  It is such a classic piece and has so much sentimental value to me.  I will always display it in my house.

8. Where is your happy place?

I don’t have a happy “place” as in a location I have found I need to be to be my happiest.  It’s more about my state of mind.  As long as I’m not thinking and worrying about things I don’t want to be thinking about, I can enter my “happy place” at any location.  Sitting by the pool makes it much more enjoyable, but I am just as content on my couch as long as I’m daydreaming about interiors. 🙂

9. Do you collect anything, and how did the collection start?

I’ve always wanted to collect something, but I’m just not a collector.  I hate clutter and tend to get rid of items that do not have a place.  A decorative item that I am always drawn to (even if I don’t need one) is mirrors.  I have at least a couple of mirrors in every room.  I love everything about them.  I am not an “art” person, so I love filling walls with original mirrors that compliment the room.

10. Name three things on your bucket list.

1. Travel, travel, travel.  Parker and I love to travel, and we talk a lot about how we don’t want to stop traveling when we have kids.  I know that’s easier said than done, but it’s something we really hope to do.  We are planning a Europe trip for next year and are so excited!  There is so much of this world that I haven’t seen!
2. Renovate a house (or several).  I spend my free time on real estate apps like Zillow, Redfin and Trulia. I could spend hours looking at houses and day dreaming about what I love and hate and how I would flip the houses.  I would love to buy a fixer-upper as our first home and turn it into a something wonderful.
3. Enter the Interior Design world.  Interior design is my true passion, and although I do not know much about it, I am trying to learn as much as I can by following Interior Design blogs and communicating with bloggers and designers. I am really enjoying learning more about this fascinating world of Interior Design, and who knows what will happen in the future.  

11. If you could, what advice would you give to your high school self?

I remember being in high school and thinking it would be the best time of my life.  To say the least, I had a great high school experience.  I loved growing up in a small town as it made fun high school memories.  If I could give my high school self advice, I would tell my naive self that it only gets better.  At that time in my life I had no idea what my future held and it was hard to imagine life getting better!  I definitely learned a lot from my high school years (I probably didn’t realize I was learning lessons then), but high school was truly a great early phase of my life.

And now for my 11 nominees! Here are your questions:


1. How long have you been blogging, and what inspired you to get started?

2. What was the best day of your life?

3. What do most people not know about you?

4. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?

5. Who are your favorite bloggers?

6.  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

7.  Are you a full time blogger or do you have a “day job”?

8.  Are you a daydreamer or a go-getter?

9. What are your pet peeves?

10. What color describes your personality?

11. What is most influential in your life?

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