Living Room Built-Ins "Tutorial" + Cost

Living Room Built-Ins "Tutorial" + Cost

Today is a very important day!  It's Nate's birthday!  The big 33.  So old.  Luckily he appears to be getting better with age. 

To celebrate Nate becoming elderly, let's discuss how he built our living room built-ins.  This post is heavy on pictures.  Light on words.  Just like my husband.  Pretty on the eyes, easy on the ears.

Pretend that makes sense.

We recently revealed the finished built-ins.

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Adding Molding to a Wall

Adding Molding to a Wall

I have so many blog post ideas I don't even know where to start.  Totally makes up for my slacking this Summer, right?  The correct answer is "Absolutely, slacker!"

Not only are our built-ins complete but our molding wall is also finished.

Checking things off the living room list left and right.

As a refresher, here's how we started the Summer.  SO MUCH BEIGE.

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Living Room Built-In Cabinets

Living Room Built-In Cabinets

The unthinkable has happened.  We finally finished our living room built-ins.  We didn't think the day would ever arrive.  But it did.  Turn outs it was totally work all of the work.  Okay fine, let's be real.  It was totally worth all of Nate's work.

Ike agrees.  He's pumped that his people might finally be able to sit down on the weekends again.

We've been working on this room since June so it's nice to see the end.  We hosted a party this weekend which was a great extra push to add the finishing touches.  Like doors.  And books.

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DIY Tiered Herb Garden Tutorial

DIY Tiered Herb Garden Tutorial

On Monday we shared our new herb garden for our deck.  Today we're going to show you how to make your own tiered herb garden.

This herb garden is great for small spaces and decks.  We decided to grow our herbs on our deck because the neighborhood deer have decided to mow down on anything and everything in our yard this year.  I think the culprits are these two cute faces.  Ike and I think they are adorable but stay away from my plants, fools.  I've put Ike on deer watch now in addition to herb garden duty.  I should also put him on hydrangea duty.  My hydrangeas had about 20 beautiful blooms. I went out to snip off a few and GONE. ALL GONE.  I lost my marbles and bought some deer deterrent product (all natural, won't harm anyone).  We have a huge wooden area right behind our house.  Eat that already!

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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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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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