DIY Tiered Herb Garden

DIY Tiered Herb Garden

Time to start another work week!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Nate and I were extra productive.  The laundry is clean.  The floors are mopped.  The toilets are scrubbed.  And the wall of molding is finally done!  *pause for dance party*

While we were working away, Ike was taking it easy.  This whole living room remodel has been hard on him.  We're making sure he fits in time for some R&R.

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How to Make Your Own Lamp

How to Make Your Own Lamp

A few months back I asked Nate if he knew how to make a lamp.  I had an idea.  It was tax season so he told me "no".  I stupidly believed him.  (I should learn after almost 8 years of marriage.)  

Funny story.  When The Home Depot asks us if we'd be interested in partnering with them to build a lamp, Nate suddenly knows how to build a lamp.  Weird.

Turns out even I can build a lamp.  That's how easy this business is.  

Nate and I built this darling lamp that has two very different looks.  It's like the Jekyll and Hyde of lampdom.  (That's a thing.)  One is all industrial/Edison bulb chic.  The other is a little more industrial/main stream chic.  (Those are both things.)

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DIY Industrial Shelving Tutorial/ BLACK+DECKER Drill Giveaway

DIY Industrial Shelving Tutorial/ BLACK+DECKER Drill Giveaway

Happy Monday!  I'm starting a petition to extend Summer weekends.  Who's signing?

Today's post is exciting.  A tutorial AND a giveaway for a BLACK+DECKER Autosense drill.  Oooo.

Our weather was actually kind of glum here in ol' Iowa this weekend.  The downer weather gave us time to tackle a project in our office.  Once we added our card catalog cabinet to the office, my recent art purchase didn't make sense.  But industrial shelving totally did.  Nate and Ike agreed.

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Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity Tutorial

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity Tutorial

If tutorials bore you like they bore me, there are goofy photos at the end.  You know.  Things I shouldn't post on the internet.

Whoa.  How is it Thursday and how is it June?  Crazy.  I have all of these post ideas in my head but I never seem to get around to blogging lately.  I'd get all "OMG so busy blogger" on you but the truth is Nate, Ike and I are trying to slow down a bit.  (Ok, Ike isn't.  Ike is always crazy.)  We're loving every second of Summer.  Minus the gnats.  Do you have those man-eating swarming gnats in your area?  They just arrived here a few years ago and I want them to return to their homeland.

Anywho, today's post.  (This is why I don't write posts while drinking iced coffee.)  

Last week I shared my little brother's bathroom reveal.  We mentioned there would be a tutorial for the modern farmhouse bathroom vanity that Nate built.  We don't break promises (all of the time). 

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Small Bath Remodel Part Dos

Small Bath Remodel Part Dos

Happy Friday!  On Wednesday I shared with you the start of my little brother's master bath remodel.  And then I was a jerk and left you hanging for the reveal.  I hope you slept okay.  I know the anticipation was a lot but here's the reveal!

 

It was pretty fun to watch our plans come to life.  There was still some touch up to do and some plumbing to finish when we left.  But it sure did look pretty.  That's all that matters when it's not your house, right?  (Don't worry.  My dad was there to help finish the rest.)

Let's take a look at the details.

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DIY Card Catalog Cabinet Tutorial

DIY Card Catalog Cabinet Tutorial

Last week we shared with you our newest furniture love.  Today you can learn how to build your own card catalog cabinet.

I came up with the idea and REALLY wanted to build it myself.  Turns out it isn't a great beginner build.  It's more in the intermediate realm.  I did get to saw some stuff, drill some things and say "I told you so" a couple of times.  I consider that a good first attempt at furniture building.  

Luckily my "told you so's" were few and far between.  Nate made my crazy idea come to life.  He actually made it turn out better than in my head which is pretty awesome.  

Here's how to make your own card catalog cabinet.

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Vintage Wash Tub Beverage Cooler

I’d like you to meet the newest addition to our family.

Vintage Wash Tub Beverage Cooler

Isn’t she cute?  She has nice legs.

This vintage wash tub turned beverage cooler was all Nate’s idea.  Most girls get all gushy when their husbands do things like bring them flowers or take out the trash.  Those things will never happen in my house so I will get gushy over his new found love of junk.  Totally better than flowers.  (I would still be head over heels if the trash somehow found it’s way out without my help.  But I’ll totally take junk.)

Nate asked me to be on the look out for a vintage wash tub.  He was with me a couple of weeks ago and we found this wash tub for $30.

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It was quite rusty and chippy.  We were debating keeping it that way.  After thinking about it, we decided to make it a little more us. 

Nate purchased a 3M Paint and Rust Stripper and got to sanding.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

It turned out all shiny.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

I then taped it all up and gave it 2 coats of Valspar’s Red Queen Outdoor paint.  We decided to paint the legs to make it prettier and to help protect it from the elements.  We’ll probably store it inside but we may leave it out every now and then.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

Ike likes that it matches his bandana.

Vintage Wash Tub for Beverages

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy project that ends with a fun before and after?  No one.

Vintage Wash Tub Beverage Cooler Before and After

Who’s glad wash tubs are now for booze and not laundry? 

Looking for more booze fun?  Check out our DIY beer tasting flight carrier!

Linking up to: Thrifty Decor Chick 

Pink Bathroom Makeover

Brother:  “Why are you cleaning my bathroom?”

Me: “Because I’m going to snap photos for the blog.  Hope that’s okay.”

Brother:  “Want to photograph my upstairs bath then too?  How about my kitchen?  The dining room?”

Good try, little brother.  Good try.

This is what the bathroom looked like when little brother bought his house.

Pink Tile Bathroom Before

I don’t know about you but I was totally digging that stencil.  That dirty pink tile was to die for.  The oversized vanity and shelving unit where pretty stellar too.

But for some reason, little brother hated it.  I just don’t get it.  He was afraid of the cost to fix it.  Luckily his sister is an important DIY/home decor blogger.  (I kill me.)  Or he’s lucky he has a brother-in-law that is handy.  And a dad that likes to destroy things. 

Some sweat, family bonding and around $350.00 left his bathroom looking like this.

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

One thing that has surprised me about my brother during this whole house renovation process is that he actually has really good taste.  (Well, minus the deer heads in the living room.)  But overall, his selections have impressed me.  He usually asks if what he likes is okay but I rarely have to tell him it’s not (minus the deer heads).

The makeover started by gutting the bathroom. (We make our father proud.)

Powder Room Makeover

Moving the plumbing and adding a new outlet revealed a giant mass of razors.  About a week later we watched a home improvement show that had the same issue. I guess it was common to just drop razors in a slot in the medicine cabinet and let them fill up a space in the wall.  Guess those dudes weren’t thinking about the poor people in 2013 that would have to clean that mess up.  (Soccer sandals and socks are a favorite trend in Iowa.)

Powder Room Makeover

After cleaning up the hot razor mess, it was time to prime and paint.  I did feel slightly bad covering up someone’s time consuming stenciling.  But only slightly.  Brother could have cared less.  He chose Dutch Boy’s Peppercorn for the wall color.

Powder Room Makeover

It was then time to lay the tile.  The tile was purchased at Menard’s.

Bathroom Makeover

My dad and brother then installed bead board and molding to cover up the tile grossness.

Bathroom Makeover

They then replaced the toilet.  He also added a new sink, light and medicine cabinet. It’s hard to believe it’s the same room.

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

Pretty impressive finishes for a bachelor.  (I’m still looking for a sister-in-law.  Contact me if interested. I mean, you get a cute house out of the deal.  I’m sure the deer heads are negotiable if you’re not his sister.  Man, I’m going to get sucker punched for this one.  Let’s look at more pretty after photos.)

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)
Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)
Inexpensive DIY Bathroom Reveal

Who thinks the pink tile was pretty rocking?  Any takers on that whole future sister-in-law thing?

 

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