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Last week I completed one of the easiest DIY projects yet. If you remember from last Monday, I had recently purchased some steel hairpin legs and was anxiously awaiting their arrival! They got here early last week and I was done fixing up the coffee table in less than 15 minutes.
Talk about the perfect after work, pre-dinner project. After a few years of having my homemade table top sitting on an old trunk, I decided it was time for a upgrade. I wanted something sturdy and less bulky, and hairpin legs fit the bill. And the budget. For $14 a leg it was a no-brainer.
Though the legs were inexpensive, I did decide to invest in a Ryobi 12v drill too. I had been thinking about buying that anyway and I’m super happy with that purchase as well. It’ll come in handy as I create more and more projects for myself.
All in all, this was probably the quickest, cheapest and easiest coffee table upgrade ever. Excuse the uncovered seat cushions in the first picture, we had a bit of a wine accident this weekend, but other than that, what do you think? Are hairpin legs your style? Clearly, Oliver is totally digging them.
Happy Friday people! In honor of the still frigid temps I decided I’d share my favorite whites. They remind me of snow and frost and also spring. Which seriously couldn’t get here fast enough. I love white in my closet and in my house. I tend to dress more in neutral colors, but strangely don’t have much white. That’ll need to be fixed this spring. As for the home, I’m drawn to colors, but I like to take a step back and tone the color back with good white pieces.
This week has been a crazy one, and I’m ready for some serious weekend relaxation! My friend Paige and I are taking a woodworking class where we make a bench on Saturday afternoon, I’ve got two friends birthdays and then Sunday I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing. Maybe I’ll paint a bit to relieve the stress from the week, but mostly nothing. What do you have going on this weekend?
The last time I used a sewing machine was in home ec(onomics) class in middle school, so when I walked in I remembered nearly nothing about a sewing machine. Honestly I didn’t even know how to turn the dang thing on.
For the first hour of class, our teacher reviewed all the parts of the machine, how everything worked, how to thread a bobbin and much much more. After that, we eventually started sewing, hooray! We practiced a bit making straight and curvy lines before moving onto our real pillows.
I picked a bright red and pink ikat fabric that I thought would be a nice addition to the living room. The coolest thing about these pillows is that we made them hidden zippers. Definitely a cool trick to know how to do.
Several hours later, we had completed our pillows, trimmed stray threads and stuffed the filler inside. I was so excited with how it turned out! I was a little concerned that a few of the edges wouldn’t have been super smooth because a few weren’t perfectly straight, but you couldn’t tell at all.
Now it’s found a new home on my couch. My mom will be sending me her old sewing machine, so I’ll be adding a few more to the collection in coming weeks. Hooray for another domestic skill to add to my tool bag!
I was thrilled when Kim & Scott launched The Print Shop a few weeks back. I love following their blog and the two of them are some of the handiest people I have seen! Their Chicago apartment has got to be one of the neatest and I’m already looking forward to seeing what they do in their next place.
Since they opened the shop, I’ve browsed it several times. All the images are just gorgeous. The view from my camera lens never looks this good. The only reason I haven’t actually bought one is that I’m still debating which one I should get.
My office is getting a bit of a spring makeover! I’ve already ordered and printed some of my own photographs to adorn the room, but I’m wanting to add a large beautiful one to the mix and Kim & Scott’s images are exactly what I’m looking for.
They’re all gorgeous, but these 8 are at the top of my list. Which would you pick?
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I wanted to create my own abstract piece of art. I also wanted it to be huge. So I did some pinteresting and found some great inspiration pieces that I will attempt to semi-replicate, in my own style of course!
The next step was purchasing a canvas. After researching I quickly found out that 48″ by 48″ canvases are like really expensive. Around $300 to be exact. More research…. After googling ‘cheap stretched canvas,’ I found this great site that had killer prices and ordered my extra large 48″ square canvas for a whopping $69, $89 after shipping was thrown in.
And for comparison purposes, here’s what the room currently looks like, a little sad right now.
Now here I am, blank canvas and a loss at what color scheme to go with! I want this painting to be versatile and not too girly so that I can have it in a house that I may someday share with a boy.
I wanted to see how these color schemes would look on my wall, so naturally the best option was to photoshop the old painting OFF the wall and then put these in their place to see what it would look like. I even added my new cheap-o, but awesome Ikea pillows. I’ve been toying with the idea of switching out the bottom of my coffee table for hairpin legs and figured I’d draw some see what it would look like. Yes, it’s a terrible representation of hairpin legs, but it gives you the general feeling. And I’m kinda digging the look, it makes is so airy and open.
No, I didn’t photoshop Oliver in, but he really makes it convincing, doesn’t he?!
These were the two I was torn between when it came down to it. I know they are still a bit feminine, but I’ll make up for that with more manly accents in my later life. So what do you think? Which color scheme would you pick if it was your living room?