Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nursery: DIY Storage Bins - Upcycled Beverage Boxes

Earlier this week, I showed you how I recovered a Finish Dishwasher Detergent tub, using a hot glue gun and some extra fabric. Today, we're going to go step-by-step through the process for recovering a cardboard beverage box. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nursery: DIY Storage Bins - Upcycled Finish Dishwasher Detergent Tub

Welcome back to the nursery! I recently made some super cheap and super easy DIY storage bins. I used cardboard boxes I had lying around the house and some extra fabric I had leftover from my office chair makeover. With the help of my trusty glue gun, I got to work. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

To Quote My Husband...On Phrases that Miss the Point

Have you ever thought about the things we say in the context of describing our church or worship preferences? Check out this blog post my husband wrote on some phrases he hears often as a Pastor and why worship and church are so much more than we comprehend sometimes.  

Click here: Phrases that miss the point.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wood Plank TV Nook

Ok, party people, I did it. I did something I'm REALLY excited about. And would you believe it was INCREDIBLY easy? 

For almost a full year, I've been trying to mastermind a way to work a rustic wood planked look into my TV / fireplace area. It started with wanting to clad the entire TV / fireplace wall in reclaimed lumber. I started casually pitching the idea to a few strategic folks. I told Adrienne, my design and DIY guru. First, let me just say that Adrienne is a great person to toss ideas with because she's very good at visualizing the perfected result. If the concept is good, but the execution still needs work, she jumps in as if it's her own project and has helped me perfect so many projects. Everyone needs an Adrienne. So, she and I started researching options...we talked through the process of dealing with reclaimed lumber. Two seconds into that conversation I realized that might be a tad above my pay grade. Then, we looked at this company called Texture Plus that sold faux reclaimed lumber out of high density foam that could be fire-rated. I requested a few samples, and was actually pretty impressed. But, at that point, the fireplace and TV area had moved down the priority list so I never actually ordered the stuff. And, I wasn't as convinced anymore that I wanted to turn the entire wall into reclaimed lumber. 

Weeks turned into months, and I ended up committing to a delightful mint green penny tile and with a crisp white surround for the fireplace. Y'all remember that project, right? I love that fireplace more and more everyday. 

And not a few weeks after I finished the fireplace, Sarah from the blog Thrifty Decor Chick posted about a DIY wood plank wall she had installed en route to her basement. And that's when the wheels started turning. I pitched the idea of installing a wood plank wall just behind the TV to Brian, and he was immediately sold. Done. Pass Go and collect $200. In fact, he continued to mention to me at random moments what a great idea he thought it was. Yessssssssss!! A supportive hub = extra muscles to get the job done!

And THAT, my friends, is how we came to install our own wood plank wall. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nursery: Choosing Fabrics Online

I have a favorite fabric store (Home Fabrics in Concord, Ca), but I'll be honest -- lately it's just easier to troll online fabric And here's why: I've found that I can save myself time and heartache by printing out "swatches" of the fabrics I like when shopping online. The best way to avoid buying the wrong fabric is to see the fabric in your room...but you can't see the fabric in the room without either buying the (non-returnable) fabric, or getting a teeny tiny swatch from the fabric store and then making a second trip back to buy the fabrics you liked. And online fabric stores have such a huge selection, I always feel like I'm buying the absolute best of my options, instead of just the limited inventory the fabric store has to offer. 

Don't get me wrong...I still love the experience of wandering through Home Fabrics, Alice-in-Wonderland-style, staring wide-eyed at the gorgeous fabrics and dreaming of all of the wonderful things I could do with said fabrics. But in the case of the nursery, my design vision was already set -- I wasn't looking for fabric to inspire the direction of the room. I need fabric to support the existing vision. Which is kind of backwards, I know, but it seemed to work for this room. 

So, I hit up and turned into a printing wild woman.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

To Quote My Husband...on Being Busy

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nursery: The Green Stain

Remember this moment...because it's not often that a green stain is a good thing. 

As I had mentioned yesterday, I had to make some furniture plan adjustments to our nursery. Ultimately, I just didn't realize how big cribs and chairs really are. So, we nixed the big dresser that was originally in the plan, and replaced it with a changing table and a smaller nightstand with drawers.

We started with a RAST nightstand from Ikea.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nursery: Glammin' Up the Poop Deck

Ok, so I realize this project doesn't exactly scream "safari," "baby," or "world explorer chic," but I have a good reason for it, I promise. As the nursery started coming together, Brian and I realized we would need to make some adjustments to our furniture plan. The nursery is a pretty small space, so the furniture we had originally planned on using just wasn't going to fit. So, Bri suggested we consider an actual changing table. We were originally planning to buy a dresser, and use a changing pad on top, but it just wasn't going to work space-wise. So...we scraped the dresser plan and got a changing table. 

I knew I didn't want a "traditional" looking changing table -- I wanted something that could be repurposed down the road. We picked up a SUNDVIK changing table from Ikea for about $60. I liked that it looked like a deep shelving unit. Someday, I can use this as a buffet. Imagine it with wheels, being rolled outdoors with food and utensils arranged on it. 

And then I started getting ideas...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

To Quote My Husband...on Outgrowing Your Systems

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nursery: Bench for the Built-Ins

In order to make the top of my bench seat look seamless, I realized I would need to make a better-defined "top." Otherwise, I'd spend my days obsessing over the gap between the two TV stands making up the bench. Well, never fear, because I have an idea!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nursery: Pa-pa-pa PAINT!

With the moulding up, it was time to patch (ugh) and paint (double ugh). Why the ughs, you ask? While I'm normally a fan of painting, I'm just a little burnt out on the patch-and-paint process...after going through that process with my master bedroom board and batten project and my fireplace project, I'm a little patch-and-painted out. 

So, this time around, I recruited the hubs, and we knocked out the patching together. Boy, was I glad to have the help!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Nursery: Trimming Out the Built-Ins

With the basic structure of my nursery built-ins in place, it was time to start adding the moulding. To recap, I leveraged two Ikea Billy bookcases and Hemmes TV stands to create my built-in installation. With a little bit of moulding, I knew the project would really start to come together. 

Here's where we left off.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

To Quote My Husband...on Vision

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

To Quote My Husband -- BABY EDITION

My husband says a lot of really smart things. You can read those smart things by clicking here. He also says a lot of really hilarious crap. I thought I'd take a break from my usual post content, and give you all a glimpse into what it's like planning for Baby in our house. The following are excerpts from actual conversations we've had recently, as verbatim as it gets! Enjoy!!


Brian: “What are those reusable diapers called?”
Alison: “Cloth diapers.”


Brian: “Cloth wipes freak me out!! You don’t wipe poo with cloth!! I think reusable wipes is, like, a hippy thing, that dreadlocked people would use.”


Alison: "Do you think we should get an ottoman to go with a glider for the nursery?"

Brian: "No. I've realized I can't rock with my feet up -- it looks like I'm trying to give the chair a lap dance."


(while registering for baby stuff)

Brian: “Can I take this scanner next door to Best Buy?”


(on Labor Day)

Alison: “We should go to Buy Buy Baby to see if they are having a Labor Day sale.”

Brian: “Don’t you think that’s a little on the nose? A labor day sale?”


That's all for now! What hilarious things has your spouse said lately?


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Small {Hardware} Changes

Sometimes all it takes is a small, barely noticeable change to give a room, as we say in the Logue house, "zee 'aaahhhh.'"

We bought these side tables for our very first apartment, so it's fair to say my taste has changed since then. But, with baby expenses around the corner, and more exciting projects on the horizon, I just couldn't justify buying new side tables. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hand Cut Pasta with a Basil Cream Sauce

I love fresh, homemade pasta. It's seriously the best. I rarely make it, though, because it's always been such a chore and soooooo messy. Until now. I was watching The Chew, and one of the guest chefs demonstrated a super easy pasta recipe, so I vowed to try it out.