- reupholster my crochet/knitting chair and ottoman in the living room
- make a new coffee table bench for Journey
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Last night my mom and i started on two projects I've been wanting to do.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Justin and I worked all day, and my pipe dream (what Justin started calling it), is finally a reality. Our giant fire place wall is now adorned with pipe shelves! I know what you really want is to see pictures, so here ya go...
TA-DA!!! I'm so pleased with how they turned out! It was a little iffy for a second whether or not they would fit, but even my midnight math skills are pretty good apparently. I'm kinda in the middle of transitioning our fall/winter stuff into our spring/summer stuff. The big geese picture in the before photos is part of our winter stuff. The empty frame is on it's way to becoming something colorful and fabulous. (Spoilers)
Ok, if you are not a total nerd like me, you might want to stop reading there... but I took lots and lots more pictures, and I want to post them!
Like pretty much everyone else who has made pipe shelves, I cleaned them and spray painted them. Most people go for black, but I am not big on black, so I went with gray. I used Painter's Touch, my absolute favorite spray paint, and my spray paint gun attachment. This is the first time I've used the gun thingie, and I will never do another project without it! This is the first time I've spray painted without A. having a sore pointer finger and B. being covered in spray paint.
OK, more pictures of my shelves (quick and dirty) styled up. This is "my" side. The top shelf has some of my favorite things, owls, driftwood, and a funky puzzle box. It also has the Laura George print Goggles. It was one of my first art purchases, because it reminds me of me and all the different glasses I've worn since Kindergarten. I bought her print Mustachios at the same time because it reminded me of Justin. (It's on "his" side) My second shelf needs some help, but for now it has a cool ceramic piece I picked up at a thrift store, one of my favorite sets of teacups, and two canisters from Delft Holland. I am really excited to finally have a good place for the All You Need is Love set I made Justin for Valentine's. The bottle collection all along the mantle is Justin's... he's been collecting them forever, and that is another thing I'm glad finally has a place.
This is my favorite view... it's like pipe shelf porn.
Here's the break down of what we did
- went to HD in the morning to buy everything
- cleaned the pipes and fittings
- put them together
- spray painted (1 coat primer, 2 coats paint)
- we left the shelves raw (poplar)
- attached to the wall
- cleaned the shelves
- applied a wood cleaner
- styled them up
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Justin gave me the thumbs up for a project I've been dying to do for a while- pipe shelves! Unless you've been living under a rock (or you don't have pinterest, read the cool blogs like Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge, or seek out new interesting home design stuff... which is kinda the same as living under a rock) you have probably been seeing some pipe shelf awesomeness slathered all over the internet. For example here are some I've been pinning...
I could go on and on and on, because I seriously LOVE pipe shelves! (I won't though, I promise.)
If you are a long time follower of my blog, you might remember my behemoth of a fire place... if not, I will refresh your memory.
I've spent the last few hours plotting, planning, calculating, sketching, comparing materials and prices... AND (mostly because there aren't 24 hour hardware stores) tomorrow is go-time! I'm sooo pumped to finally be getting the shelving I've been dying for in the living room. I'm soooo stoked! Wish us luck, you know there will be pictures as soon as possible.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sooo, this is random, but I was just enjoying some before bed computer time. (you know pinning, catching up on blogs, etc.) and I hear snoring. I turned around to see this.
I haven't really been going to the huge monthly flea market as much as I used to, but the weather has been so good, I pulled on some new shorts and flip flops and made my way up there today. I found some really cool stuff!
The first thing I found was this awesome geode.I can't wait to take it in and show my pre-k class. it was only 25 cents!
My mom has a set of these tiny clamps, and I've been wanting some ever since I saw hers. I know both Justin and I will get a lot of use out of them. All four $1
I always, always, always hunt for new and interesting necklaces. These two were from my favorite jewelry guy. They were $1 a piece. The top is twisted seed beads, and the bottom is the ultimate fall necklace. It is made of apple seeds and pretty beads.
These were a pleasant surprise! I'm not a huge fan of red, white, and blue, but I love Indian bead work. I figure these will be fun for summer, or maybe someday I can use them as part of an Indian costume. Can't you just see long braids with these at each end? (I actually had to walk away for a second and put them in my hair, lol... I love them!) Both for $1
There was a really cool booth with a whole bunch of Peruvian import stuff. They had LOTS of owls! I bought two. The colorful little guy in the middle is a whistle! He was $1. (The round one is from Korea, and my friend Min Kyoung gave him to me. He's a mirror. The cute little guy on the right was my first purchase towards owl collecting. I'm pretty sure I got him at the flea market, but don't remember.)
The cute little guy in the bottom left corner is the other one I got from the Peruvian booth. He was $1. (I got the cast iron guy at flea market a while back, and can't remember where "weather owl" came from.)
My little collection has almost out grown their house.
I bought Justin a special edition whiskey bottle for his bottle collection. $2 I hope he likes it. I can't wait to show you what we are going to do over the HUGE fireplace in our living room.
This is by far my favorite find of the day! Last month, when we went to the flea market, I met a local artist and fell in love with his style. He is pretty much the reason I made sure to go back this month, and I'm glad I did! I love this print! It's koi fish swimming in tye-dye-esque water. It's soooo fun and happy! I have no idea where to put it yet, but I had to have it. $5 (approx 16"x20")
The same artist makes macrame jewelry, and since I don't have many bracelets (and they are so fun for spring) I picked out these two. The one on the left is actually red and turquoise, and the one on the right is pink and purple with pink glass beads. I could not get a color true picture no matter how hard I tried. $2 each
These are the prints I picked up from him last month. They are called Lost, Found, and Reborn. They are really, really cool up close! AND YES!!! I know they are hung horribly, and it literally makes me twitch. I asked Justin to do it, and he just kinda slapped them up. He IS going to fix the spacing OR ELSE!!!
Yep, so that was my day at the flea market :) I had lots of fun. In other news, in a half-assed attempt to lose weight, I am taking Journey on a walk every day now. (I say half-assed, because we are walking more because we enjoy it than because it is exercise... although the possibility of weight loss is a bonus, it's not the goal.) It's been really fun and relaxing for both of us. It's also cool because we are getting out and discovering our town. Something new I've learned is we have a really cool old cemetery with graves from the 1800's. It's pretty humbling, and I like to go there every now and then.