Hands-down, this is the most ambitious project that Susan and I have ever taken on! It’s the first project that we decided to tackle in our new house. We moved here in October 2017 after realizing that we were more about the ‘Urban Life’ and less about the ‘Lake Life.’ Our lake house sold very quickly, and we were back in the city before we knew it! The real estate market is red hot here in Charlotte, so it took us some time to find this house. But once we did, we wasted no time diving right into projects. 🙂 This house was built in 1952, and has been partially updated, but there are PLENTY of projects and renovations left for us to leave our mark. Continue reading →
Susan and I have this dream of buying a fixer-upper and rehabbing it one day. I think this master bedroom remodel project was a good way to get our feet wet before for a much larger, whole-house project. Before the remodel, our bedroom was tiered. As you can see in the pictures below, we had the main tier where the bed was, and then a lower tier where we had my dresser and a dog bed (i.e., Restoration Hardware bean bag -yes, our dogs are spoiled). It was awkward. Walking up and down 4 steps just to access my dresser. Not to mention the wasted space!
So, when we decided to replace the carpet with laminate flooring, we figured it would be the perfect time to raise that lower tier and make the entire room feel more like one room. Continue reading →
We had some leftover “beams” from our DIY Restoration Hardware Bardenas table, and figured we’d put them to good use by making a matching sofa for the patio. DIY furniture is the best, because you can customize everything. For instance, we knew we wanted a sofa on our back patio, but we didn’t have much space. And most of the outdoor sofas for sale are either very small (more like loveseats) or very large (more like sectionals). We were able to build this sofa to the exact dimensions we needed.
A lot of our project inspiration comes from Restoration Hardware. Let’s face it, RH’s furniture is jaw-dropping gorgeous, but a wee little bit pricey. Ok… it’s way pricey. Take this outdoor dining table, for instance. Pretty, right? Yep, we thought so, too. But at $4,075 (for just the table!) it was a bit out of our budget. So, being the DIY’ers that we are, we decided to make our own version of the Restoration Hardware Bardenas table.
We had some leftover Ipe decking from our deck project last summer, and I was ready to get it out of the garage! It was taking up way too much space in our garage gym, so it had to go. Continue reading →
For Valentine’s Day this year, we spent some quality time in the bedroom. No, no… this isn’t that type of blog. We spent the afternoon wallpapering. 😉
Wallpaper is coming back into style in a big way! No joke. There are some really awesome prints and patterns available – everything from forest scenes to metallics to the 3D brick pattern that we used. We were a little apprehensive to dive into this project due to our preconceived notion that wallpapering was HARD! But, we dove in anyway, and I’m happy to report that this project was easy-peasy. Seriously, the most difficult part of this project was moving our bed frame (which must weigh around 800 pounds, and does not slide on carpet). That was a workout! Continue reading →
I’m so amazed by smart people. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like to consider myself fairy bright. But sometimes I’m truly overwhelmed by what other people can do. Take these stars, for instance. It would have taken me somewhere in the ballpark of 3 months to figure out the math and the angles to make these stars “work.” Not to mention countless piles of wasted wood as I muddled through one failed attempt after another. Luckily, as I was saying, there are really smart people in the world. And I wasn’t the first person who saw these wood stars at Pottery Barn and thought, “Wow! Those are hot!” (…and then leaned in to look at the price tag and had a mini heart attack).
So, huge shout-out and thanks to Rogue Engineer for the cut angles! This is an amazingly fun project (and gave me an excuse to finally buy a brad nailer). 🙂
If you’d like to try this yourself, check out the angles and dimensions here. A few things I learned during this project that might help you…
If you make all your cuts, and attempt to assemble your star but find that it’s just not quite lining up properly… don’t panic! The brad nailer does amazing things. A few of the stars I made, I swore they weren’t going to come out correctly because they weren’t lining up perfectly. But, since I spent so much time making the cuts, I decided to nail them together anyway. And, each and every time, the nail gun pulled them together perfectly and I had great-looking stars!
Depending on the type of miter saw you have, you might not need a jig for the 54 degree angle cuts. I have a 12″ Dewalt compound miter saw, and I’m able to set the angle at 54 degrees to make the cuts. I suppose smaller miter saws don’t have angles this large, and you’ll have to make the jig.
I used both 1×2’s & 1×3’s for my stars, and they both came out great! The 1×2’s are better for hanging on the wall, and the 1×3’s are better as sit-abouts (IMHO).
Lastly, don’t spend a lot of time filling gaps with wood putty and sanding everything perfectly. Some of my favorite stars are the ones I “rushed” through because they turn out looking more distressed and “real” looking.