11 July 2013

Not Your Mother's Medicine Cabinet

We admit it. We've slacked. I’m sure you all can agree – life happens.  Christie and I both have been spinning in the vortex, but we’re back!

So in line with the recent kitchen makeover, we got rid of our tall accessory freezer (holds all of Nick’s hunting/fishing winnings) and replaced it with a smaller chest freezer (it actually gives me some extra counter space, win!).  The tall one was leaking on the inside, resulting in daily defrosting sessions…not fun.  My mom and I actually took it out of the house AND down the deck stairs ourselves – hope you like the heavy duty dolly you got for Father’s Day, dad!

Once the kitchen was put back together, I was left with a lovely view of an ugly electrical cord.  The taller freezer hid it. Not so much for this little squatty one.  So my tenet brother and I decided to take measures into our own hands. I lost valuable magnet space when we kicked the tall one to the curb.  So we set out to make a magnetic access cabinet – check it out!

03 July 2013

Elevate Your Casa: 5 Easy Home Improvement Tips

5 easy ways to take your house to the next level:

1. De-clutter: This seems obvious, but as day-to-day activities commence things just have a way of piling up. So taking the time to organize and actually getting rid of the things you don’t need will make your house more functional (not to mention comfortable.) Bonus – it will help lower stress too.  

If you aren't sure if you are ready to part ways with something, pack it away for a month…if you miss/need it, then it’s a keep BUT if you haven’t even thought about it since it’s been out of sight then say good bye!

2. Spray paint your kitchen and/or bathroom hardware. New hardware can really add up $3 (and up) per handle $2 (and up) for hinges multiplied by the amount of cabinets…and well there goes a couple hundred bucks that most of us don’t have laying around.

Say hello to your new best friends: primer and paint. All you need to do is remove the hardware, clean the pieces, prime (they have spray primer too), and spray paint (I love stainless, but there are many other choices!)

02 July 2013

Wineaux Table Hack

Pinterest has a tendency to consume my life/annoy my husband.  Why? It might have something to do with the fact that I find projects that are necessary to do before my other necessary projects.   Our upstairs office/catch-all room needed a coffee table to go with the lonely sofa.  I've been eyeing the crate coffee tables that are all over the place.  Two things: 1. They are SUPER cute, 2. I’m not paying $100+ to have someone else make it.

So, off to Michaels my brother and I went.  We picked up 4 crates, with coupons that was $37. A quick stop at Lowe’s to pick up the right size screws (1” wood screws) and 2 sets of antiqued casters and we were good to go!  The total cost for the table was $45!

Wooden Crates