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Indoor Rock Climbing Wall Ladder

This is the inside of a children's play area in our basement (read the full post on The Castle HERE).  It is a two-story castle with a trap door on the second floor.  There is one small problem though, how do the kids get up to the second story with out climbing on the trim? We considered building a ladder but that seemed like a lot of work and could take up a lot of space in this small area.  I even bought an old aluminum pool ladder from ReStore for $2 but it stuck out quite far and ended up re-donating it.  That is when I came up with the rock wall ladder.  I had my own vision for the space and thankfully my husband went along with my crazy idea once again.  We started at Home Depot (we like their lumber better) and went to their "project" lumber section.  We found a piece of laminated pine that would need to Read more [...]

Taking it up a Notch with a Glass and Marble Mosaic Bath Accent Wall

Look at what my hubs found at COSTCO, yes, Costco!   One box contained 5 square feet and cost $20 a box.  That is a steal of deal, better than the big home improvement stores. It is a light aqua sea glass in matte and shiny finish mixed with Carrera marble.  Random lengths are attached parallel to one another with a mesh backing (the photo below shows the back side of the tile squares).  One very important thing to note is that the glass tile has been painted on the back side of each piece.  This makes it possible for a novice to install this tile (if the glass tile had been clear through the back like Oceanside tile, then any imperfections in the setting of the tile and the mastic are shown, even magnified). So when we purchased this tile my husband knew exactly where he wanted to use it.  Our basement bathroom Read more [...]

Pottery Barn Rug Swatch Dhurrie Pillows

Dhurrie rugs are very popular right now and for good reason.  They are rich in texture and colors and are available in many great textures.  Pottery Barn has one right now that I really like called the Alhambra Tile Dhurrie Rug: It unfortunately is out of my budget right now.  Well, imagine my complete surprise when at a recent Down East Home (a local outlet for Pottery Barn scratch and dents) tent sale, I rummaged through the rug sample box and found four 18"X20" samples.  These are what you can order on Pottery Barn's website if you want a swatch of the rug to make sure it matches your home.  They retail for $25 a piece.  BUT at the DEH tent sale, they were $2.50 each!!!  I bought all four and made pillow shams out of them.  Here's how. Supplies: rug swatch heavy canvas zipper down pillow 10 min. I Read more [...]

Summer Chalkboard Art

I've been kind of obsessed with chalk board signs lately (check out my Pinterest board).  While creating a gallery wall in my entry, I decided to add a large chalkboard that I have.  I wanted to create a temporary piece of art for the summer in black and white to match the gallery (I posted about the gallery wall HERE).  First I gathered the necessary supplies: paper towels, chalk, Q Tips, and Aqua Net (also needed but not pictured: ruler, tape measure, and level).  Then I measured the board and created a layout that I liked.  About the beachy layout:  I love the art (by Katie Daisy) with the quote "I long for Salt Air in my hair", we take a road trip from UT to Laguna Beach every summer, and we love to sit on the sand or surf in the ocean as a family. I added an orange grid and printed off the template. With a Read more [...]
Apr 17, 2012 - Crafts, From Scratch    35 Comments

Deconstructed Sofa

Last weekend was spring break for our kids.  We dropped them off at their grandparents home for a few days of fun for them, and relaxation and shopping for my husband and I.  It started with some antiquing and then a trip to a beautiful new shopping center in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.  City Creek has been under construction for quite some time and I couldn't wait to see it.  They had a beautiful new Restoration Hardware store that I couldn't wait to check out.  It was amazing, a huge store with several rooms, each presenting a different line of furniture.  I had recently received my HUGE catalog and enjoyed looking through it, but the deconstructed furniture line looked even more impressive in person.  It is made to look like each piece is in the middle of construction.  Unfortunately the price tags Read more [...]
Apr 11, 2012 - From Scratch, Organization    2 Comments

Monogrammed In/Out Hanging Bags

One more project from the cubicle project, and then the big reveal! In a small work space, desk top space is at a premium.  I decided that two hanging bags would serve as great In/Out boxes.  I found these great brown bags, perfect for the cubicle on clearance at TJ Maxx.  Unfortunately the design on the the front was hideous, hence the $3 price tag.  I bought two of them anyway and made over the back side. I found two craft paints that matched the design and started taping off the edges.  A border of blush and a home made monogram stencil filled in with a soft aqua freshen up the dark brown. Because I knew I was going to have bird accents in other parts of the space, I couldn't pass up these earings from Forever 21.  I just fished the ring through the fabric and attached the earring back on the inside. Here Read more [...]
Apr 9, 2012 - From Scratch    3 Comments

Tool Cart Diaper Changing Table

The other day I was browsing one of my favorite shops Harbor Freight when I came across this awesome tool cart.  It's on sale for $69.99 right now.  I tried to think of a place to use it in my house but came up blank.  That's when the idea for turning it into a changing table came to me.  Now, I am not pregnant, nor do I plan on becoming pregnant (this is just a fun idea board for anyone out there that might be in that situation).  Isn't it adorable? Especially for any boy nurseries. I started poking around Amazon and found this pad that would fit perfect in the top tray of the cart ($25.99, click HERE for details). Then back on Harbor Freights site I found the following magnetic accessories to hang on the side of the cart. First: This is a Spray Paint and Screwdriver holder, but I think ointments and powders would Read more [...]

Garden Party Burlap Slipcovers

 Have you ever had a stroke of genius?  Where you know an idea is going to turn out amazing?  Well this was one of those times, only it wasn't my idea, it was my brilliant sister's. Recently an awesome company called contacted me about advertising on my website.  I volunteered to make something using their supplies.  I looked over their website, selected a few items and promised them I'd come up with something once the supplies arrived. That huge roll of burlap melted my heart.  It is 12 inches wide and 100 yards long!  My sister Amy came over and that's when the idea came to her; weave it through my ladder back chairs and make slipcovers.  And so it began. I measured the length I wanted from just below the seat, up and around the top, and back to the start.  I measured it to 58" but later trimmed Read more [...]

Reclaimed Barn Wood Ceiling and Open Shelving in a Guest Bath

On the main floor of our home we have a tiny guest bath.  I have tried to spruce it up many times, even going so far at to paint it Kelly green (yikes!  that lasted less than 24 hours).  I decided to go the opposite of bright.  I went for a feeling of weathered, worn, dull and peaceful.  Style influences vintage, industrial, farmhouse, and beach.  This is my Reclaimed Barn Wood Ceiling I painted the walls a light grey (Ralph Lauren Tudric Pewter interior eggshell paint - mixed and matched at Lowes) I wanted to something on the ceiling.  This was a small space with nothing interrupting the ceiling except a bathroom fan (which I later spray painted gray to blend in).  About a year earlier I came across a lot of FREE wood (read about it HERE).  I nabbed two small sheets of very weathered ply wood.  I had enough Read more [...]
Jan 31, 2012 - Crafts, From Scratch    8 Comments

Gasoline Signs on Fabric

A friend of my husbands offered a free plastic car bed on Facebook around Christmas.  Justin took him up on the offer and picked it up.  Our little guy was so excited to get out of his crib and be in a big boy bed, especially since it was a car (check out his Cowboy Nursery HERE)!  For me, it became a challenge.  How in the world was I going to make a giant blue plastic car bed look good in Rockie's room.  Well, I'm still working on it, I'll let you know when that is all worked out. To start, I knew I needed some art work.  I shopped on line and found little that was right.  I love the vintage signs but the ones I'm interested are way too expensive.  The small metal reproductions available at Hobby Lobby and such are cute, but too tiny.  I decided to make my own.   Supplies: any heavy fabric gesso printed Read more [...]

French Cottage Kitchen {Flashback Open House}

With all of the love that we put into the exterior of our little French house, the interior received just as much attention.  I wanted the look of an old farmhouse kitchen with old cabinets.  I actually got a great compliment once from my brother in law Jeremy when he asked "how did you get all of those salvaged cabinets to fit perfectly in the new kitchen" (this was in the year 2000 when rubbed off cabinetry was a newer idea).  Style Note: I opted not to have a glaze on the cabinetry because, like the exterior, I didn't want it to look dirty, just used. Wood Floor:  As for the wood floor...I LOVED this one.  It was a pre sanded but unfinished floor from Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring.  We installed it, distressed it, stained it and coated it in tongue oil.  If you look close you can see the antique style nails that Read more [...]
Jan 18, 2012 - From Scratch, Open House    10 Comments

French Cottage Exterior {Flashback Open House}

For our first house Justin (my hubs) and I jumped in with both feet, off a cliff, with blind fold on!  Translation-We bought a lot, drew up our own plans, acted as the general contractor, finish carpenter, network specialists, painters, designers, landscape architects, the works.  Here is how it all went down. Justin served an LDS (Mormon) mission in Bordeaux, France.  After we were married we went back and visited the region where he spent those two years.  We were touring an adorable little village and came across an adorable little cottage.  I told him right there that I could move in to that little cottage and be happy.  We took a photo and finished up our trip.  A few months later we decided (CRAZY!) to build that little house, or at least our interpretation and modern version of it.  It was a lot of blood and Read more [...]
Jan 3, 2012 - From Scratch, Lighting    13 Comments

Rattan Ball Pendant Lights

It must be obvious by now, but I am obsessed with lighting!  The right light fixture can be a work of art, it can illuminate the area around it and tell a story, and I think the incandescent bulb is a beautiful little miracle in itself.  There is nothing quite like the warmth of candlelight but the incandescent bulb is the next best thing (don't get me started on my HATE of all things florescent, no one has time for that rant).  This project shows off the glow of the modern incandescent stringed lights perfectly. This project started the way most of mine do, a call from someone getting rid of stuff.  This time it was my mom.  She had these three great wicker basket weave balls.  They were used as decor on a shelf or something.  She had no use for them and I jumped with joy when I saw them.  I knew imedietly Read more [...]