I have been in need of an actual work space for some time. My husband and I originally shared the office, he kept accumulating musical instruments and I was slowly squeezed out of there. We have a planned renovation that will give us a new formal dining room so I decided to go ahead and take over the current one that we rarely use. I personally think I have the best room of the house, I have views of the barn and back yard to my left and to my right I can see the TV in my husbands office, perfect!
The idea for this brilliant table came from The Ivy Cottage Blog. I still can’t believe this thing cost me less than $100 to make. I purchased four bookcases from Walmart for $15 each and two hollow core doors from Lowes for $38. I was really lucky with the doors, one of them had a hole on one side and the sales guy marked it down to next to nothing. I stained my doors, coated them with several coats of polyurethane, put the bookcases together and then put the doors on top. I have seen people screwing through the bookcase into the door but I put the non slip shelf liner on top of the bookcases. I have been using this for over a week and it is solid. I have my desk on one side and the kids have stools and all of their art supplies on the other.
I love having all my craft supplies in one place and I love all of the extra space I have. In the week I’ve been using it I have done my taxes, a floral arrangement and priced the kids clothes for a consignment sale. These are thing I previously had to sit on the floor for the space. It is nice to sit in a chair and not be reminded how old I am when I try to get off the floor.
I discovered a surface of this house that had not been decorated! Our poor stairs, they are not as pretty as they should be. We hired someone who turned out to have no work ethic to rebuild them and six weeks into a two week job he was fired. Its a good thing I believe in karma because I could have throttled him. I had to finish the stairs and they turned out to be no where near as spectacular as promised. I finally got around to giving them a few coats of polyurethane and was very cranky when I was painting the plain boring Newel post. I thought about stenciling it but I don’t trust myself and figured that I would most likely paint over it. That just seemed like a lot of effort. I decided on flowers, pretty easy and can be replaced when needed. On my weekly trip to Hobby Lobby I picked up a few flowers and the twiggy thing. I wired flowers to the twiggy thing, fed some ribbon around it and tied it to the stairs, doesn’t get easier than that!
The weather has been crazy warm this year. My heating bills are a tiny little fraction of what they were last year and I am not complaining. The unseasonably warm weather has brought my flowers back to life much earlier than normal. I have Iris’s that are over a foot tall, tulips popping up and nearly all of my trees have buds on them. It feels like spring around here. I have been looking at beautiful spring wreaths popping up on Pinterest and decided it was time to go ahead and put something on the door. Typical me, the ones I like are ridiculously expensive. I am not cheap by nature but our house is about 100 feet off the road and no one ever uses the front door. I just can’t see spending a small fortune for something that goes on the front door when it is really just for me and I’ll change it six months. So, I waited for floral stems to go on sale 50% off at Hobby Lobby and decided to give it a go.
I have never tried doing a floral arrangement, honestly for some reason floral arranging scared me. Now that I have tried one I really don’t know why, it was actually quite simple. It was simple enough that I am going to go fake with the four hanging baskets I have on the front porch. Yes, I am really going that route. The afternoon sun is brutal in the summer and it is impossible to water them to the point of thriving. I am the only person in this house that knows how to turn on the water hose and also the only person that notices the flowers. I am also all for anything that saves me money on the water bill.
This my first attempt at a floral arrangement, all supplies came from Hobby Lobby and it cost a grand total of $36. I’ve learned that when explaining my little projects to my husband if I start by saying “the one I wanted was $175 but I made this one for only $36″ I always get a “great job sweetie”. I find it works much better than “we didn’t need this but I feel the need to try and make every surface pretty”.
So here it is, my first floral arrangement. I ‘m going to add a few more flowers when they go on sale again but for now I like it.
I almost forgot about my door hanger cover. I glued two pieces of ribbon together and slipped it over the hanger. I think it is much prettier than a strip of metal.
The tutu table I did a couple of weeks ago was bugging me. Every time I looked at it the ribbon Georgie picked out just didn’t look right to me. So I decided to fix it up a bit. I started by backing the tutu with a little white fabric to bring out the pink of the tulle. Next I took off the old ribbon edge and added a ribbon that matches tulle. I had a floral strand leftover from when I did Georgie’s headboard and it turned out to be the perfect size to go around the table. A few minutes work and we have a new and improved tutu table.
We are going to redo the kitchen at some stage so I’ve been trying not to spend our life savings making it tolerable. The handles on the cabinets were hideous, cheap brass plated that have probably been in use since the late 80′s. I have tried multiple times over the past two years to clean and polish them but they were beyond help. The brass plating was wearing off, they were suffering from years of neglect and screaming to be replaced.
Our home was built in the 1890′s and the current kitchen was put in by previous owners in the early 70′s. I have to give them credit, they put in nice wood cabinets and they do not look their age. It is very impressive considering they were added in the 1970′s! The only problem with the cabinets is the old pulls, they might have been a standard size back then but now they are nearly impossible to find. I found some custom made that are gorgeous but they are a whopping $22 each. I have 52 handles in my kitchen so that is $1144 plus shipping just for handles, no thanks! I am not willing to pay that much for a kitchen we plan on gutting in the future. I decided to tackle the handles the same way I do everything else in this house, paint and polyurethane.
I spray painted the handles with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze, once dry I brought them inside and gave them a couple of coats of a semi gloss polyurethane. I love the transformation a cheap little can of spray paint can make. This was a quick little project, especially for me. I had the handles off, painted and back on all in the same day. All I have to do now is find something else to paint!