While I was working on the gallery wall in the living room, it got me thinking about new art. Luke and I both enjoy new art (inexpensive and expensive) and if we were well-off (ha!) we could see ourselves being some sort of art collectors. But, as our budget is small, we have to look more and more to prints. There are cute prints out there though and it’s been forever and a day since I rounded up some of my favorites; so I thought I’d round some up now. You can see my last round-up here.
I could see one or two of these making it in to our living room gallery wall and I could see a few other ones taking over some other spots through our house.
top row, left to right: 1, 2, 3
middle, left to right: 1, 2, 3
bottom, left to right: 1, 2
Do you have a favorite?
You guys, I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with this little makeover. I wish I would have done it eons ago! Seriously. But, as with everything, I’m such a slow decorator/decision-maker when it comes to house stuff. So, maybe it all happens at the right time.
Anyways, I pulled up two pictures of the last time I showed the living room (back in June when I painted the crown moulding):
That cabinet is pretty bad, right?
One day in August I got tired of looking at it and took the jigsaw to the scroll part on top. Then, it stayed like that for like two months. Finally, last week, I had just had enough. I took off the glass door, ripped off the checkered wrapping paper and painted the whole thing bright white.
I was left with a bright white cabinet with glass shelves and glass backboard (the people who built this house LOVED glass… we have it everywhere!). I wasn’t feeling the plain glass, so I tried a few options.
I kinda loved the yellow, but I’m getting away from the yellow in the main rooms. So, onto the other options. I finally decided on the bottom right, farthest right one.
I measured the glass backboard and then cut two panels of fabric. I used push pins to attach the fabric to the inside wood.
I decided to stick with the push pins long-term because, after I tried the different fabrics out, I realized you couldn’t even see them once they were put up. Plus, it makes it much easier to change the fabric out when I get bored.
From there, I used a screwdriver to push the fabric down between the crease of the wood and the glass.
Once I had the panels and the glass in, I had to address the old hinge area.
I just used what I had on hand to fill the hinge spot. I filled it and then let it dry. I sanded after it was dry and then filled and sanded again.
After the hinge area was taken care of, I loaded some stuff on the built-in and then was less than impressed. It just seamed a bit too “pretty” or something.
I had some scrap plywood leftover from when we made the DIY Anthropologie Mirror, so we decided to cut that the same size as the glass shelves.
We used a jigsaw (our tool of choice) and cut the shelves out.
We then layered the wood over the original glass shelves. We did this to make the shelves extra sturdy.
Putting the shelves back in was a bit annoying, because I had to redo the back panels.
After I got the panels back up and put the decor back in, it felt like us.
The feather art is a free printable that you can get here.
Both wooden picture frames and the white candle holder are thrifted.
The straw geometric shape was inspired by this tutorial from Vintage Revivals.
The gold alligator was a DIY from the summer.
Hello Friends! Hope you guys had a good weekend. Sorry for the lack of posting lately. Luke went to Romania for work and it has just been me holding down the fort. I seriously don’t know how single parents do it. I’ve been dead tired by 8pm every night. No energy whatsoever! Anyways, so that’s what’s been going on over here. But, I promise you… there are good things coming. I’m excited.
Ok, onto the DIY’ers.
Kayla from Home Coming has decided to step away from blogging to focus on her family. Stephanie, Jennifer and I have talked and decided that we are going to end the reign of The DIY’ers. Collectively, we feel that it hasn’t been the perfect fit for one reason or another. But, I want to say thank you to everyone who has linked up and joined us. I’ve gotten introduced to lots of new bloggers through the DIY’ers and I’m so grateful for that.
I’m still going to be blogging regularly, so please don’t be a stranger!
Also, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the link-up from last week.
How adorable is this wood slice path from mommyzoid? Seriously, I just adore it.
It’s “Cocktail Time” over at House of Hipsters and I’m totally excited about it.
Hello Gorgeous Ikea Hack from The Stylish Interior.
Thanks again to all of you who have linked up with us!
Make sure to come back on Thursday and I’ll reveal a new and improved part of our living room.
It’s another exciting post in the kitchen today. Ha. I think last time I said that, I had posted how to repair popcorn ceiling around an old light. Well, to be quite honest, it is pretty exciting around here in the kitchen. Any progress is great progress in my book. Let’s jump right to it, shall we?
If you remember we had these soffits (or bulkheads or headers – whatever you want to call them) above all of our kitchen cabinets.
Once we moved the stove to the other wall, they were even move noticeable. It was always in the plan to take them down, so we dove right in.
The first thing we did was to make sure we didn’t have any electrical in the main soffit. We cut an opening in the end and shined a flashlight to check. The first soffit that we worked on was clear of electrical.
Next step, was to pry the drywall off the front of the wood. This allowed us to actually see where the nails were holding the soffit in.
Luke and I took turns during this part (both wearing safety glasses and the mask). Breaking that drywall is no walk in the park, it gets everywhere!!
Once we had the drywall off, we decided to scoop out the insulation. We bagged it and saved it so that we could put it back in the attic at the end.
From here, it was slow moving. Luke worked on getting old nails out and prying boards off. The front board was worked on first and then the 2×4′s that supported the front. Overall, I would say that this one section took about 4 hours.
When we got the first section off, we realized “oh crap, we have no idea what to do next and it’s the end of the weekend.” Ha. So, my Grandpa stopped by and gave us a GREAT tip. Cover the opening to the attic with cardboard until you are ready to put drywall up so that you don’t loose as much heat/air. I would have never thought of that. So, Luke ripped up some boxes and we did that.
Over the following week, we worked on the rest of the soffit (well in the U-shape of the kitchen – we still have the soffit above the fridge and stove at this point).
Over the window, we knew there was electrical so we opened the front of the soffit first to spot the electrical and then worked around it.
We knew we were going to have issues with the electrical and, oh boy, are they being issues! The lines ran (see below) don’t have enough wire to snake them up through the wall. They are curved which allows us no room to put the drywall in. That’s a problem for another day though.
When we saw that the wires were going to cause a problem, we decided to get a piece or two of drywall in place (just because I wanted to see how hard it was).
It wasn’t hard at all! We only got the one wall done, because we have to work on the electrical issues but I’m excited to know that the drywall installation will not cause us any problems.
So, not much in terms of pretty… but I’m happy!
Have a great weekend!
Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday. Hope you all had a great weekend. We got to spend some time together as a family and managed to do just a tad bit of DIY. That seems to be the winning mix around here. As always, I love seeing what you guys are DIY’ing and I can’t wait to see this week.
Jennifer from Brave New Home
Kayla from Home Coming
Stephanie from Simply Dream & Create
Stephanie picked our top three this week!
Emily from Table and Hearth made an Industrial Pipe Candleholder that she modeled off of one from Joss and Main.
Chelsea from Not a Passing Fancy made a Leather Tassel Garland.
Shannon from Bohemian Junktion put together a gold leaf wreath.
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