Bigger Than the Three of Us

This House Might Be

Steal of a Deal

I really want an upholstered leather bench for our dining room table. While browsing for the perfect one, I came across two shockingly similar benches at two different price points. It’s a steal of a deal, so I had to share. =)

West Elm Benchvia West Elm $599

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via Overstock $265

My search continues for the right leather bench… somewhere there will be a $265 tufted modern leather bench waiting for me. #crossyourfingers

The DIY’ers

Did you guys have a good weekend? We went to the lake (again!) which means that very little DIY stuff went on (again!). Seriously, I need a kick in the rear. Lol. Oh well. I can’t wait to see what you guys link up this week.

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Kayla, from Home Coming, picked our top three from last week.

The DIYers - Kayla's Top 3 Picks

The Charming Farmer shared a DIY industrial raised dog feeder.

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Bre from Brepurposed shared a upcycled table that she took from drab to beautiful.

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Amy from Homey Oh My shared an adorable fringe photo garland that she made. It is so simple, yet so chic!

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All the features are pinned to our DIY’ers Pinterest board, so be sure to follow.

Ok, link up your projects… I want to see them!

The Rules? They’re simple!

Follow each host somehow; any way is fine. - Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. - Text link back to one of our hosts or pick up The DIY’ers button and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party. - Please do not promote giveaways, other link parties, or items for sale. - By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs.

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Kitchen Lighting :: Take 2

The lighting saga continues. Ha. I’m usually a pretty decisive person or at least I think I am, but when it comes to decorating I just can’t make quick decisions. I guess that can be a good thing or a bad thing, it just depends on your perspective. I’m definitely an over-analyzer (over-researcher). But, I have made strides in making another purchase for our kitchen. Yay! If you want to check out our first kitchen lighting board, find it here.

Alright, so the ‘take 2′ version:
Kitchen lighting options

Really, I like all of them. The ‘above table’ two are definitely splurge items, but I feel like every room needs a splurge item. I go cheap on a ton of stuff, but I do like to splurge a bit here and there. =) Luke said that he wasn’t a big fan of number two. He felt like the chandelier was a bit weird. So, number two is out. I can’t justify a splurge item if he doesn’t like it. That brings us to number one and number two.

I made my mood board a few weeks’ ago and then I found another option.  A few days ago, I ran in to Habitat for Humanity to pick up a mid-century dresser that I had passed on (which they still had and I bought!) and found this:

Thrifted Light

I know it definitely doesn’t compete with the ‘above table’ options in the mood board above, but I definitely think it has potential. It kinda reminds me of this:

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The lantern above and the pendant light (#1 and #3 in the mood board) are made by the same company. Interesting, right? I’m hoping to make a few changes to the old-school one that I picked up and just see  how it looks above the table. If we don’t like it, then it’s no big deal and I can keep saving for my dream light. =)

Hope you all have a great weekend! We are off to the lake again… one of my favorite things to do in the summer.

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Have you all been enjoying the summer? It seems like we are going swimming or doing a bbq with friends/family every few days. Trying to fit in projects and work has definitely been challenging, but we are managing. I’m getting inspired every week from all the great linkups during this party.

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I had the pleasure of picking the top three features from last week. I wish I could have picked ten, because I really liked quite a few of them! But, I stuck to the three. =)

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Erica from Dwell Beautiful shared a beautiful gold dipped vintage chair makeover. I would love it if this baby could come and live at my house!

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Katie from View from the Fridge shared a knock-off Nate Berkus pillow. Hmm, she totally had me at the tassels. So pretty!

Nate Berkus knock off pillow cover 1 - The Happy Chateau

Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling shared a DIY decorative mirror. The mirror has the cutest edges and I could totally picture it in a little girls room (or my bedroom for that matter!).

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Ok, link up your projects… I want to see them!

The Rules? They’re simple!

Follow each host somehow; any way is fine. - Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. - Text link back to one of our hosts or pick up The DIY’ers button and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party. - Please do not promote giveaways, other link parties, or items for sale. - By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs.

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Knock Out Knock Offs :: Urban Outfitters

It’s Knock Out Knock Off time! I’m super excited to share not only what Luke and I did but also what the other ladies made. This month our store was Urban Outfitters.

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Let’s get right to it, k? While searching Urban Outfitters to see what I wanted to knock off, I came across this. Holy mackerel, that umbrella is just gorgeous. At close to $300 it was also out of our budget. Last year, I bought an umbrella from Target (at the end of the season on clearance) and it has not held up well.

Tired old umbrella needing  a refresh

It actually looks better in that picture than it does in person. So, I decided that I didn’t have anything to lose in trying to remake it into the Urban Outfitters one.

So, I started with a roller and latex paint.

Painting an outdoor umbrella with a roller

I quickly learned that I picked the hardest way to paint an umbrella. Learn from my mistake. Don’t use a roller on thin, wobbly fabric. Once it dried, it looked like this:

Splotchy paint on an outdoor umbrella

Yikes, right? After that, I waded through a few paint cans and found two half cans of white spray paint. I used those and quickly realized that I needed many more coats of coverage. I could have bought two cans of spray paint and called it a day, but I really wanted this to be a cheap project. So, I busted out my spray paint gun and used some white latex that I had leftover from our kitchen. It took about three coats with the gun, but I had a relatively even finish.

Umbrella after it was coated with latex paint

From there, we found the middle of each section and taped it off. Then Luke eyeballed the circle spacing on each side of the tape. He used a circle form (the painter’s tape form) to draw the circles.

Taping the umbrella off for stencil spacing

Next, Luke hand-painted the circular floral designs on each section. This part took quite awhile, so we knew that we needed to figure out a way to make it go faster.

hand painting the patio umbrella by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

He had the idea to make a paper stencil for the next part. He copied most of the stencils on each of the sections and then we painted them at the end.

Creating a stencil to place on the patio umberella

I painted all of the straight lines (go me!) and he finished off all the petals.

Painting a pattern on an outdoor umbrella

Of course, the straight lines were much easier to do. So, when I was done I actually worked on a project that has needed done for quite some time : gutter & window washing!

Gutter washing before and after

(Can you believe the difference on the left versus the right?)

Finishing up the stencil painting on the patio umbrella by Bigger Than The Three Of Us

After we finishing painting, I hot glued the pom pom trim on and set it up. Instant gratification. Holy moly, it’s just beautiful!

I.AM.IN.LOVE.

#knockoff #outside #patio

Close Up of hand painted Umbrella

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For $20 (the cost of the pom-pom trim), this project was super cheap and highly effective in creating a much more cohesive, beautiful space. I’m really hoping that it holds up well with the weather, but only time will tell.

Ok, are you ready to see what the other ladies have come up with?

Knock Out Knock Offs

Orgami Inspired Ring Holder – Jennifer from Brave New Home

Knock-Off Vase – Katie from Upcycled Treasures

Prisma Wall Decor – Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling

Knock-Off Wall Hanging – Brynne from The Gathered Home

Knock-Off Clothes Pins – Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body

Linking up to:

C.R.A.F.T.The Makers, The DIY’ers,  The Winthrop ChroniclesHome Stories A-Z, Hit Me With Your Best ShotWork It Wednesday,  Fry Sauce and GritsLiz Marie BlogThe Inspiration Gallery, Creativity Unleashed – The Bold Abode, Remodelaholic, Whipperberry, The Creative CollectionTatertots and Jello, Link It or Lump It, Sunday Soiree, Look for Less, and Frugal Crafty Blog Hop.

 

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