We recently used our wedding money to get bicycles and a Cal King mattress set (#MoneyWellSpent). Eric is over 6-foot tall, and had been longing for a cal king bed for quite some time. But when we were looking into getting a new bed, I almost had to crush his dreams due to the lack of bed frames out there. There’s plenty for regular king-size mattress, but very limited options for a California King. Not only that, but we would be looking at spending a minimum of $800 to $1k! I realize we could get a standard metal frame and a headboard, but I’m looking for something a little more […]
Finding barstools for our kitchen’s tiny eat-in area was a bit of a challenge. My goal was to have two stools, that when tucked under the overhang, wouldn’t stick out too much. But that only left us with with less than 30″ in width. As petite as some barstools looked, they measurements proved otherwise. Finally I came across a barstool at Target that was 14″ x 14″ at it’s widest. While the measurements were perfect, the overall appearance was quite underwhelming. Fortunately the seat attached pretty simply to the base, and we realized we could replace it with a simple […]
I feel like I’m cheating a bit with this one. Because it’s not DIY at all. I know I’m all about ‘BUILD’ what you love, but sometimes you just have to ‘BUY’ what you love. And that’s exactly what I did when I decided to turn the odd living room bump-out into a focal point. There are TONS of awesome DIY faux mantles (everything from simple shelves to full-size fireplace frames) on Pinterest, but when I came across a […]
Gosh I love our kitchen. When I purchased the house, I wanted to immediately remodel the cabinet-lacking, pink-floor-tile, formica-covered, non-opening-window, excessive-bump-out, lack-of-counter-space kitchen. However a co-worker had strongly suggested to me that we wait it out, live in the house, get to know it, and then take on the kitchen. Ultimately, I headed her advice, and we waited over 2 years before tackling the project. And I’m very glad we did, because […]
1. Measure twice, buy once. Make sure the room template where you designed your space is accurate – make sure all your room measurements are correct, and you’ve accounted for any obstacles. If you are going to be changing any walls, make sure to account for the thickness of studs, drywall, etc.
2. Count twice, buy once. Make sure you have the types of cabinets you really need. Do you have a space for utensils, for pots and pans, for pantry items, etc.? I initially got carried away and later realized […]
After the ceiling and floor of our basement laundry room were painted, we moved on to adding MUCH NEEDED storage to the space. However the only open wall to use was covered with HVAC, sewage, and various other pipes; so we couldn’t exactly put a free-standing shelving unit up against the wall. And then I found out a great wall-mounted shelving option. Which meant we were off to IKEA…! Well actually we first took measurements and did some research into what our ALGOT options were. The ALGOT wall storage system is pretty simple, fortunately. There are […]
After painting the ceiling, walls, and concrete floors in our basement laundry room, I still wasn’t satisfied with the visibility of the exposed pipes on the back wall. In addition, the space was definitely lacking a visual focal point and I felt like our washer/dryer were deserving of a better backdrop. So I came up with a quick solution that involved 2x4s, pallets, nails, and some paint. We had driven by a local pallet yard numerous times, and when Eric stopped in to inquire about miscellaneous pieces, the owner pointed to a pile of ‘rejects’ and told him to […]