Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gifted, Thrifted, and Lifted

Remember how last summer we got these chairs and totally made it work? Well, not to knock those chairs, because we loved them for what they were, but we were given a major upgrade. I liken it to going from a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish to a meal at Red Lobster complete with delicious, cheesy biscuits. It's that sort of upgrade.

Getting something for free totally counts as thrifted, right? All these bricks were a Craigslist freebie. Someone had torn down an old chimney and just wanted them gone. Since I am beyond ready to extend this project around to the front of the house I was more than happy to take them. Most of the mortar crumbles right off but a few bricks still have it firmly attached on one side. No biggie. That side will be buried in the ground and only you and I will know otherwise.

Now for the Lifted.
Say "Hello, Pyrex Cabinet No. 2". This piece was lifted right off the curb. The thing is, it didn't fit in the Jeep so, like a couple crazies, we CARRIED it home. Fortunately, it wasn't too far down the street because otherwise I'm not sure we would have made it. As far as I know, the neighbors didn't take any pics but if I find out they did I'll be sure to update the post so you can see our dedication in action.
(Also, ladies, this is a great way to test how much your guy loves you.)
So anyways, it needs some spiffing up - fix the shelf, add some legs, ditch the celestial seasoning, slap on some paint but it was free! Woot!
Want to know something crazy? This thing came with a working light bulb. Now that might not seem like a big deal but think of it like this: Someone threw away a perfectly functional light bulb. I just don't understand that sort of waste. America, sometimes you make me so sad.

PS - the title for this post was totally snatched from Mandi over at Vintage Revivals. It's the perfect miscellaneous round-up title. How could I not use it!?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sunshine = projects

It's been a bit quiet here on the blog but let me assure you that it's because it's been anything but in "real" life. There is sunshine! And warm breezes! And we have emerged from hibernation and are in mega project mode over here. I'm thinking that the next few posts will be be showcasing some of the 'round here happenings but check this out first.

So, there's a good chance that this song isn't your jam. That's OK. Just listen to it anyways and appreciate it for being so dang catchy what it is.

Now that you've listened (or at least sampled) Untrust Us, listen to this cover.

Pretty impressive, yeah?


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Great Dining Table

Chick-a-dees, last time this room was on the blog was about a year ago and it looked a bit different. Now, I have a giant dining room table. And by giant I mean Keith, Toastie, and I could probably sleep on this thing and not touch. It’s hard to tell because the room is still empty and lacking in anything to give a sense of scale but it is 9x4'.
Basically, it’s a giant slab of glossy awesome and I feel very special to have a husband and dad-in-law that would make such a table for me. We used it for Christmas dinner and I can happily say it comfortably seats 12, which means that we can totally squeeze way more than that at it.   >>> Dinner party, anyone?

I don’t have specific, step-by-step instructions on how to build it. I only took pictures of the progress, but I do know it is a compilation of different tables we found on pinterest, modified to the size we wanted. This table by Shanty 2 Chic is the closest, although our top is quite different. FYI, ours was a tad more than $125 (but waaay cheaper than anything you can find at a store). The rustic, farmhouse table is trendy (and cheap!) but we opted for the more expensive, knot-free white pine for the top. We wanted a classy piece of furniture since the dining room is so central in our house.

I hope you enjoyed peeking into our table-making process. It was definitely work but so, so worth it if you have a vision AND a budget.

Still on our dining room to-do list:
- Floor covering / rug
- New light fixture to replace the ridiculous chandelier
- Add some COLOR
- Benches to go with our table
- Secure 4 parson chairs in a fun pattern to go at the heads

Friday, January 16, 2015

4 Ways To Use Bleach As a Dye

Would you agree that sometimes the best things are unexpected? Little happy accidents, if you will. Like when you buy a shirt that doesn't really fit because, "I can layer it, all will be fine" but then spend the whole day tugging and rearranging so out of vengeful spite you hack the shirt apart and turn it into an awesome DIY dye fest on your bathroom floor.
Moral of that story: don't buy clothes that almost fit, but if you do, REPURPOSE!

Polka dots: cotton fabric, q-tips and bleach in a dish is all you need to get the fabric-transformation party started. When the fabric has lightened to the color you desire, give it a good rinse in cool water.

Tie Dye Spiral: Cotton fabric, rubber band, and bleach in a squirt bottle.
Grab the fabric in a pinch and start twisting, as you get to the outside of the fabric it might be easier to wrap it around instead of continuing the twisting motion. Just sayin'. Once the fabric is in a bundle secure with the rubber band so it is nice and tight. Squirt bleach along the dotted line. The amount of bleach will vary depending on the thickness of your fabric. Part of the fun is the unknown! Embrace the unpredictable! When the fabric (the bit you can see) has lightened to the color you desire, give it a good rinse in cool water.

Negative Space: Cotton fabric, bleach in a spray bottle, random bits.
To prevent unwanted overspray, work in the tub (or outdoors). Place the random bits - I used wooden diamonds - on your fabric. With the spray bottle on mist, squirt the bleach on the fabric. When the fabric has lightened to the color you desire, give it a good rinse in cool water.

Tie Dye Stripes: Cotton fabric, string or rubber bands, bleach in a squirt bottle, scissors.
Bundle the fabric into a snake shape and tie TIGHTLY at various intervals. Squirt the bleach on the fabric between the strings. When the fabric has lightened to the color you desire, give it a good rinse in cool water.

NOTE!!! Bleach acts fast so don't leave your project sitting. Unlike color dye that needs a long soak time, you bleach dying will probably take less than 5 minutes. 

All said and done, I'm pretty pleased with how the shirt saga ended. In fact, I already have an idea of how I will use the fabric. What about you? Have any shirts that need a bathroom bleach date?