home decor

Dan DIY-ed: Industrial Buffet Table

Industrial Buffet TableI’ve been waiting for this project to come to fruition for quite a while now, and I’m so pleased with the outcome. About two years ago, that metal frame caught my eye as I was driving home to our old house. I saw it in the yard of a little vintage shop that I love to visit from time to time, so I pulled in and asked how much. I don’t remember the exact price, but I know it wasn’t more than $20. The number 16 rings a bell, so we will just say I spent $16 on it. It had a wooden top, but the wood was really nasty looking, so I removed it. I decided that I’d build a new top for it, and we’d use it as a table for decoration.

Well, it ended up staying in our garage, untouched until we moved… and then it ended up sitting in our new garage. We finally finished unpacking everything from our move about a month or so ago, and since then we’ve been doing little projects to decorate our home with. Daniel and I have never quite seen eye to eye when it comes to projects like this, as he has an idea of how it should look and I have my own. We’ve had a few tiffs over this piece. What we’ve discovered about each other is that I like to come up with frugal ideas on how to make something with spending little to no money on it, and he likes to go about things a little more classically, while using all of the right methods and tools (which is usually expensive). We are learning how to come to a happy middle when it comes to these kinds of things.

Last weekend, I thought he was cleaning out the garage. Him and Abe were out there forever, and when I went to see what they were doing, he was actually starting to work on this table. He found some wood pieces in the garage that he wanted to use, but didn’t have enough. It made me smile seeing him go for it, even though he didn’t have the perfect set up. A few days later, he came home from work with a couple of wood palettes. Usually when I mention anything having to do with palettes, he scoffs in disgust, so I was surprised he brought these home to work with. As he pulled it apart, he discovered several of the pieces were oak.

Industrial Buffet TableHe didn’t have an electric sander or even a table to work on, so he started sanding each piece by hand. He worked for a while and then put it away and came inside.

Over the weekend, he decided to drive out to his late grandpa’s house and check out the massive loads of stuff in his wood shop. His grandpa was a cabinet maker/ overall handyman and builder, and had decades worth of tools and things just sitting. Daniel came home on Sunday night with everything he needed to sand and build the table top efficiently. He also had a great/kinda sad time out at his grandpa’s property, looking through his things and discovering that he and his grandpa had a lot in common, down to the way they would organize their tools. I know if his grandpa was still alive, he’d be so glad to see that his natural ability was inherited by Daniel.

Industrial Buffet TableI’m so excited about the final product. I love the look of the raw and unfinished wood against the white wall and in contrast with the black metal and red floors. We probably will end up putting a coat of finish on it though, if we are going to use it to serve food on when we have people over. I’m just excited about having a buffet table to put dishes on for dinner parties! I’ve been patiently waiting to hang those beautiful botanical prints above the table, so it was the first thing we did when he brought it in. They were free printables, and you can actually download them from Poppytalk. I used clear glue strips (the glue dots brand) to attach them to 9×14 watercolor paper, because I like the differences in paper textures. I grabbed a gold roll of washi tape out of a Target $1 last week and used that to stick it to the wall, and I’m really into it. We were going to use industrial clips to hang them up, but I think I like this better. We can remove them if we want and not have holes to show for it.

I like little splashes of gold, anyway.

 

Break All My Bones Part 2: Fear is a Liar.

I know that my blog posts are so spaced out, and I really apologize. We have been without a computer for several weeks now. We’ve had three computers die on us over the course of the summer, and it’s just been the dumbest thing. So I am reduced to blogging in my spare time at work.

Anyways, one day I will get to the real meat of the Break All My Bones series on here, but here is some more of that.

Fear is something that has always ruled my life, and just recently has God really been pulling that out of me by it’s bloody root. To help my mind accept that living in fear is not living at all, I ordered some vinyl lettering from my job and put it up on the bedroom wall right next to my bed. This stuff is big, bold, and and blunt. It’s the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I see when I go to bed.

IT IS THE TRUTH. It is reality. And it is helping me immensely.

What keeps you from living life with joy, peace, passion and rest?

Bathroom Re-do

Guys (I mean ladies)… my bathroom is the worst. The wall paper is ALMOSTĀ unbearable, but fortunately I have a vintage spirit. The tile is coming up, but was really cute at one time (back in the 70’s). The sink and toilet are ancient and gross, but the reality is, we can’t do anything about it. We cannot afford to renovate the bathroom (like the rest of our house needs), so we have just kinda ignored it for the past two years, using it solely for function.

Yesterday, out of no where, a spark inside my soul inspired me to re-do the bathroom as best as I could, to make it a more enjoyable space.

It cost nothing. I simply took some stuff out, did some cleaning, and grabbed stuff from around the house to decorate it with.

Here are some pics pre- creativity.

Ugh… so sad. That metal thing makes me want to barf.

That white thing was at one time very useful, for our bathroom in Greer, SC had no cabinets, and was so small that you could crap and brush your teeth at the same time.

Ok, so here are the after pics. It’s not ideal obviously, but it is so much better! Now I actually don’t mind spending time in there doing my hair or taking a bath.

I have a problem with hair bands. I SUCK at keeping them in the same spot. It’s been a struggle my whole life, and much like bobby pins, I will start out with a pack of 100 and be rid of them after 4 months. Well no more! Since the wall paper is old and going to peel off at any moment now, I decided to just hot glue these babies to the wall. Now my hair bands are organized, and I feel encouraged to put them back where they belong.

I love me a ball jar, ya’ll. That tiny jar once held baby food. I knew they’d come in handy, and now they are the home of my bobby pins. We’ll see how that goes. I’m skeptical. Bobby pins are like pogs. They just disappear and no one ever knows where they went.

I took this painting out of my craft room, cause Lord knows that’s decorated enough. I found that tin jar at a local thrift store months ago, and it is inconspicuously resting on a phone jack.

These pictures came out of a Tinker Bell story book I bought at a thrift store a year ago. I loved the art and knew it would serve a purpose eventually (Plus, I secretly love tinker bell…. don’t judge).

My toiletry holder for when we go out of town.

Isn’t it soooo much better? Like I said, it’s not ideal, and colors clash all over the place. But now it feels like MY bathroom. And I’m a pretty colorful/chaotic person, so it suites me.

Are you happy with your bathroom? What would you change about it?