Sunday, August 21, 2011

What you can do with $80 of trim

A {long} long time ago, we found a super sweet deal on CL. A whole heapfull of trim for $80. I think he wanted more, but with my {incredible} bargaining skills we got a whole heap for $80. Not all the projects are exactly finished yet {namely the crown molding that still needs the finishing touches}. But since I finally just used up the last bit of the trim {that just kept giving}, I thought I'd give a shoutout to that wonderful pile that haunted us for so long.

We might have been a little illegal on our drive home with the trim sticking both in front of our Jeep, and behind. {Red flags can only give you so much comfort, but it's even worse when they fall off during the drive}.

I had just finished installing internet wires through our place when we brought the pile home. So sadly we got to live with the mess in our hall for a while. I was successful in getting the bulk of it used up quickly {even if I didn't finish the project, at least the trim was out of toe-stubbing range}. So here's to that wonderful headache pile of trim!

Board & Batten in our Bedroom

Trim around Bedroom & Office {previously naked} Windows
Crown in Kitchen & Dining
Crown in Office & Bedroom

 Quick Baby Shower Present

 Beachy-Peachy Window

Frame around Bathroom Mirror
So can you believe all that! What a great pile of junk we got for $80! I might wait a while before I venture that journey again though.

The DIY Show Off

{almost) Free Picture Frames

We had some cute {largish} pictures of us in our dining room. They were just in poster frames from wallymart, since we used them at our reception and didn't plan to use them on our walls at home. They were taken down and replaced by the tribute to the wonderful kitchen that I love. There's something that eats at you inside when you take down pictures that represent how much you love each other and replace them with a Paula Deen inspired painting.
Of course I saved the pictures and wanted to hang them elsewhere in our home. But I couldn't get myself to do it in those nasty poster frames. So with some leftover trim {the last of it} I made 2 frames. All I had to buy was a couple bucks in hardware: corner brackets and sawtooth hangers.
They're getting put into the photo wall that is growing above our computer desks.

You can also see my Mayan's predecessor painting up in the collection. Along with my framed degree, Chris's mission picture, his snowboard tribute painting, a couple blank spots that need filled, a decor frame from Ikea {that needs taken apart and our own pictures inserted}, and a frame with broken glass {you can't really see it in the picture}.
Oh, and I should mention. My wonderful husband installed the large {second} computer monitor above my desk just last week. I am loving it.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Very Own Mayan

The past week has kept me rather busy. I've been working on a painting for the fair. Whew! I just finished about, oh... 2 minutes ago. So I will probably make some last minute touch-ups before I send it off, but nothing major. It isn't the smallest painting I've ever done. It's 36x48. Dang right?
Here's a progress shot so you can see the size-abouts. Take a look at the two 8 1/2 x 11 prints taped onto the canvas.
Here's the picture I took it from. This was actually taken the night before my wonderful husband proposed to me. Holy cow right? I know!

Monday, August 8, 2011


Day 7 & 8: Wonderful Couches & Rug
I decided to combine day 7 and 8 since its hard to photograph a rug without catching the couches {I'm pretty sure the couches snuck in little appearances already}. The thing I love most about the couches is the really cute "whoop-di-do" they dow under the arm rests... you know what I mean?

I have to put in a nice shot of our old couches. You'd think I was crazy being sad to see them go... but I have to admit, they were some pretty dang great couches. Farewell our old floral friends.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

End Tables of Happiness

Day 6: End Tables
So we have these end tables that we've used for pretty much everything.... ladder, table saw bench, hack saw bench, whatever else we could think of. They're great. But they ain't great lookin'. Check out our new end tables!
Recognize the Onyx Bowls and Lamp?

I'm not sure what we're doing with this one right now. Really it is quite a handy spot for it. {its Chris's sub's home right now} But its hard to see how pretty it is when its back in the corner...

Friday, August 5, 2011

My "Snob" Story

Day 5: Pepper Shakers and Onyx Bowls
I have to let you in on a story before I show you my next prizes from Mexico. About a year ago, I got a rocking graduation present. We got to visit Chris's parents in Mexico. We spent plenty of time in little markets where all the girls were in heaven, and the boys put on a great face. {see Chris's below}
I was on a mission to find the perfect butter dish. Chris often feels like he doesn't have ligit say in decisions about the house or what goes in it. So I asked him what one thing he would like to see in a butter dish. He simply asked that we get a small one... Well it only took me half a day in the market to find the butter dish I couldn't live without. It was easily the largest butter dish in the market... or maybe even in all of Mexico City...
Call me a snob, I had to have it. Good thing I have an awesome husband who loves me enough to take me with my butter dishes.
For a {totally bomb-dig} surprise, Chris's mom got me matching salt and pepper shakers. I wish I could say "CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!" like Jim Cary in Ace Ventura when the slinky stops right at the bottom of the stairs to the monk's temple in the mountains? Ya know what I'm talking about?
PART 2 of Day 5:
Onyx bowls! These beautiful babies came from the same place as my onyx lamp. I'll just let you take a look. I won't judge you if you drool... I would.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rocking Lamp

Day 4: Onyx Lamp
Not only is this lamp rocking awesome... it is made out of rock! You can't really appreciate how cool the lamp is until you can touch it... but it still looks pretty sweet in pictures. The place my Mom got this sweet thang actually does have a pretty great website. Really, you should take a look. They make some amazingly awesome things.

Here's a little taste of other things on their website {in case you didn't look}. Chris's mom got herself a bathroom sink... talk about amazing right? I can't wait to put up a picture of that! And check out that chandelier! Whew! Just plain awesome.