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May 21

Living Room Reveal

Sending our hearts and prayers up to the friends and family of those who have lost lives and homes in the Oklahoma storms. It just breaks my heart to watch the coverage and I can’t imagine what so many people are going through this morning.

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I’ve kind of been avoiding posting any pictures of our living room since we moved in. We still had our old furniture and it just wasn’t quite doing it for me. Luckily, our new furniture finally arrived and it’s a perfect fit.

I was also able to find the cutest little table for our entryway at TJ Maxx. It was marked as $79.99, but thanks to my bargaining friend, Jenn, I got it for $70. There were a few scratches, so when Jenn pointed those out to the manager, she cut us a deal. Thanks again, Jenn!! It’s still not styled quite how I like, but like most things in our home, it’s a work in progress. Living Room Reveal

 

Of course the sunburst mirror had to make it’s appearance. I made this out of paint shims and a store bought mirror. Find out how to make your own here.
I have a vision of a nice big fern in a cute pot on the left and a picture frame or two to spruce it up.

 

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How did Lilly get in here? I just had to share her cuteness…it’s usually Barkley that steals gets the spotlight.

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There’s the recently painted hutch on the right, and my DIY spring wreath on the left.

 

Living Room RevealAnd here’s the new couch! It’s super cozy. We’re pretty much in love.

Eric and I walked into the furniture store and saw this gem staring back at us. We looked at each other and said, “that’s the one!”. We looked around the store of course, but always came back to the slate gray couch as our favorite. Luckily, Eric and I tend to agree on big decisions, but I’m always pleased when we can walk out of a store, purchase made and we both got what we wanted! That’s a good feeling. Living Room RevealNow for the dining room wall color….the purple/maroon just isn’t doing it for me. Anyone envision a pretty green rocking the walls? I need opinions!

May 20

Fruit and Pecan Salad

I had the most amazing salad at Longhorn Steakhouse the other day. It screamed summer- spinach, strawberries, pecans, grapes…..heaven. The only thing that would’ve made it better was the feta, but ol’ preggers over here can’t have feta! So I settled for the cheese-less version, which was still delicious.

When I got home, I decided to make my own! It turned out wonderfully, so I had to share. Fruit and Pecan Salad Fruit and Pecan Salad

I’m super picky about dressings, but this one was perfection. Just the right amount of sweet but still savory. Yum!
I found this dressing recipe on food.com
Strawberry Dressing
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons strawberry jam sweetened with fruit juice, slightly warmed
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
fresh coarse ground black pepper
I wanted sugared pecans (duh), so I whipped those up as well. To do that, I cut up the pecans and placed them in about 5 tbsp of water in a pan. I added about 3 tbsp of sugar and let them simmer. Once the water evaporated, the pecans started smelling amazing in the pan! I added a little more sugar on top and took them out of the pan when they began getting slightly browned and fragrant. And that’s a sugared pecan!
This is such a versatile salad. I made it again the other day and added cucumbers. If you can eat cheese, add in the feta or goat cheese! I’m not a big meat eater, but I’m sure some fish or grilled chicken would be a great topper as well.

May 19

I Love Sundays…

There’s something about a Sunday that I love. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love that it’s the day before we go back to work for the week, but there seems to be a laziness about Sundays that I appreciate. The storms last night brought a beautiful gift to the yard this morning- our first iris. It’s been fun seeing the flowers and shrubs coming up. When we bought this house, the land was covered in snow so we had no idea what to expect as far as the landscape goes. There’s a lot of work to do, namely taking care of the pesky weeds, and designating areas for flowers/shrubs/veggie garden. But we have a lot of room to work with, so we will take our time. For now, I’ll just leave you with a few pictures of the front yard as of this morning.I Love Sundays... I Love Sundays... I Love Sundays... I Love Sundays...Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jun 13

Garden Bench Restoration

This bench project has been in the family for a lot of years!!   I’m not sure where my dad and I got the legs for the garden bench, but knowing us and our thrifting ways, it was probably at a garage sale.  When I left the house without having assembled the bench, my brother, Skylar, had a go at it. When he too didn’t finish, there it sat.

Kelli and I swung through Winfield (my hometown) on one of our trips to Kansas and picked up the pieces; wrought iron legs and the rough cut planks of wood. Since owning our house, Kelli and  I have fell in love with building things, finding broken things (some call it “junk”) and re-purposing to make them our own.  A couple examples of our work are the Ladder Herb Garden, Shutter Card Holder, or Raised Garden.

Once I got the pieces in my hands, it was time to get to work!  Below is the final result.  I hope you enjoy learning about what I did!

Garden Bench Restoration I forgot to take pictures of the sides before I started so I borrowed some off of the ebay classifieds. This is what they looked liked before we did anything to them.  I also didn’t take any pictures of the planks of wood (woops!), but from the picture above you can use your imagination to picture them.  The main difference from above was that they were all either halfway painted or had some kind of random stain on them.

Garden Bench RestorationTo prepare the sides, Kelli and I removed all the rust from them by spraying them down with a hose and then going to town with sandpaper and a wire brush. Finally, Kelli sprayed painted them with a flat black Rustoleum paint.They looked brand new when we were done!

To sum up my work on the wooden planks: I used my electric sander on all 4 sides of the 13 pieces of wood.  From watching DIY shows I learned that this helps open up the pores in the wood which allows it to soak up more stain.  It also makes the grain of the wood pop.

Garden Bench RestorationMy next step was to stain the wood.   I actually really liked this part of the project because of two things.  The first thing was that I love the color of stain and what it does to the look of wood projects.  The second was that I was able to combine a couple left over cans of stain from our basement and create my own custom color.  This also allowed us to get rid of some of the cans that only have a little bit left.

I put two coats of the stain on the wood and then let it sit for a day or two just to make sure they were dry. And then I sealed the wood with Polycrylic for a nice finish.

Garden Bench RestorationOnce that was dry, I moved on to putting the pieces together.  I went to the hardware store and bought roughly 40 stainless steel bolts to attach the wood to the garden bench sides.

And TA-DA!!  Here was the final product.

Garden Bench RestorationAfter everything was said and done, I only bought the nuts and bolts for $5!

We now have this beautiful bench for almost no cost to us other than some know-how and labor.

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