I’m probably one of the last people you would expect to be a big hip-hop fan, but I’m a super fan of tight beats and good lyrics. In, fact the Big Tymer’s classic – “Get Your Roll On” has inspired me in my crafting adventures (NOTE: I was going to insert the video here so you could experience Mannie Fresh and Baby, but clean versions apparently don’t exist.).
Anywho, I thought I’d share some of my projects I’ve been crafting up while jammin’ out.
I don’t know why, but I have always thought Martha Stewart was annoying. I mean, she is good at everything she does. She could take a fifty year old newspaper and turn it into the most glourious craft project ever. Despite my personal feelings for Martha I knew I wanted to try her Sweetgum-Fruit Wreath for our winter wreath. Almost every house on Lynnwood has a Sweetgum tree, so “gum balls” are in no shortage. It ended up being super simple and her tutorial was very helpful.
Her tutorial suggested using floral wire to insert the sweetgums, but I used toothpicks on my styrofoam base and they worked perfect. I dabbed a little bit of hot glue inside each sweetgum just for reenforcement.
I also attached my ribbion differerntly. I used hot glue and a thumb tack and it has held up great.
The total cost was less than $15.00 (I got a little crazy with the spray paint). Not only was this project simple and cheap, but it looks beautiful on our front door!
In every House Beautiful, Traditional Home, or interior design blog I read these appear:
Pottery Barn $159.00
Ceramic garden stools. They can be used (as I demonstrated for Alex) in the garden, as extra seating inside or outside, or even a small table.The possibilities are endless, but at $159.00 this was not a possibility for mi casa. But guess what I found at Big Lots:
Big Lots $20.00
Yep $20.00! Ceramic AND better details. This baby is currently serving as a foot stool in my office and is perfect when I’m spending time working on my online class. Bargain find of the summer……so far.
If you follow trends in interior design, or just observe what buyers are looking for in the housing market, you probably know that hardwood flooring is the most desirable type of flooring around. When Alex and I began our house search we were hoping to find something with hardwood or at the very least at least hardwood in a portion of the house. We lucked out though when we found our house on Lynnwood. The entire house (with the exception of the addition) had hardwood flooring. The only room that hard carpet was the “side room”. The carpet was in awful shape, so we knew right away flooring would be an investment.
Of course, hardwood flooring comes with a price tag and in most cases a hefty price tag. I wanted hardwood. Alex wanted something economical. Thankfully, we live in the 21st century and laminate is here to make us both happy! We shopped around at Lowe’s and Home depot and they did have some good deals, but Alex still wasn’t willing to “splurge”. He got on Lumber Liquidators website and found out that there is in fact a store in Lexington and they had some crazy deals!!
Not only did they have great prices but they had a very wide variety to choose from. Everything from laminate to bamboo flooring (one day my friend, one day.). In the end we settled on a very light laminate from Utopia.
Is it the highest quality? Probably not, but it did come with a 10 year warranty. Is it exactly what we’ve always dreamed of having in our home? No, we actually are more cherry or mahogany people. But did it fit into our budget and look great. YES and YES! Including the padding (which helps control moisture) and 330 sq. feet of laminate, we spent a whopping $300.oo for our new floor! Alex was beyond thrilled with the savings and I was happy as a lark because I got what I wanted. 😉
They offered professional insulation, which I would recommend if you haven’t laid laminate before or don’t have an amazing father-in-law to do it. Thankfully, I have the latter. Of course as my grandfather would say “you get what you pay for.” And we paid $300 for new flooring, meaning it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park to lay. The first four rows posed a problem. Because this room used to be a carport the floor is not exactly level, making it very difficult to get each piece in correctly. We also found on the Google people who had used Utopia also had problems getting the floor started, but after the first few rows things went very smoothly. It took Mitch and Alex about 6 hours to get the first four rows laid . Alex made me stay at my parents house because he thought I would flip out, so I don’t know a ton of details about the problems that occurred. After a good night’s rest, the next day was much more successful.
Because the fireplace sits at an angle Alex had to cut several of the pieces in order for them to fit just right.
It took us three days to purchase and lay the floor. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to walk to the shower on something else besides worn 1960’s linoleum. Not mention, along with the paint color (details to follow), the room is much lighter.
If you missed Café Lynnwood – Chapter 1 make sure you check it out for details on our paint choices and cheap cabinet makeover.
Again, with our budget being limited and knowing that one day we’ll probably do a mass rehaul of the kitchen, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the backsplash. The in-laws once again came to the rescue and suggested that we checkout the bead board that looks like tile. I’ll admit I wasn’t completely sold on the idea, but once I saw what they were talking about I was in. Mitch volunteered to measure and cut each piece to size and install everything. He used a few small tack nails (which I can’t even find now) and liquid nails to secure everything into place. Then he went along and used caulk to finish everything off. In the end we spent about 100 bucks, which may seem like a lot, but not when you consider the cost of tiling the entire area.
But the awkward space was, well, still awkward. When the addition was added to create a second bathroom and the laundry room, the kitchen lost the window above the sink. We loved the extra square footage created by the addition, but we did not love the open space left by the forgotten window.all put our heads together and to come up a solution. A cabinet wasn’t really an option, because I didn’t want to lose the light above the sink. Shelves would work, but we wanted something that was functional but also looked good.
Inspired by our sudden interest in wine, we decided to sketch out a custom wine rack that would also incorporate a shelf and additional lighting. Once we had an idea of what we wanted we went to The Man, a.k.a Mitch, and he went to work hand crafting our wine rack. We used gift cards we had gotten for Christmas to help purchase the new light fixtures that would be added to the rack, for both functional and visual appeal. Once Mitch was finished Alex helped him secure everything in place and move electric stuff around (I honestly have no idea what they did to make the lights work, but they work.) In the end we ended up with a great new feature that looks like it has been our house for 50+ years.
After (Our wine supply is a bit low.)
No, unfortunately, there isn’t any basketball action happening, but there are some great home improvement ideas in Rupp this weekend. Alex and I just got back from the annual home and garden show that’s being held in Heritage Hall (Lexington Center) and Rupp Arena. Besides getting some delicious honey roasted almonds, we signed up for a slew of free bath makeovers (because the bath, that I won’t even show you all, is in desperate need of some help), got some great ideas for the patio, and learned lots of ways to make our house more energy-efficient. The show runs through Sunday, so if you’re in Central Kentucky, and aren’t going to Keenland, I’d recommend checking it out!
The main project that I wanted to focus on this week was our garage. Mission Organize the Garage – Spring Break 2010 is in full effect. Thank goodness, I can’t find anything in that mess!
As you can see this is going to be a little time-consuming.