Tuesday, June 30, 2015

espejo de azulejos means BADASS DIY TILE MIRROR! Probably. I don't know spanish.

Check out this adorbs mirror I made!!

 My friend Pam and I were shopping around after mothers day mimosas and found these super cool spanish tile mirrors at a local store:

And then we were like, Hmm, SALE price is $60?

The same store was selling lots of cute tiles, and the little ones were 50c each.
 Using math, I decided it would be cheaper to make my own. Mostly because I already owned a mirror I didn't have any plans for.

So, I bought some grout in a tube, and Jon had a tube gun thing he let me use (read: set up for me because it was confusing)
and I bought 28 tiles (actually 29 in case one broke, but none did.)
I sanded the shiny frame on the mirror so the grout would have something to stick to.
and then I put what I thought was an appropriate amount of grout around the edge- enough to stick, but not so much that it made a mess. 
I didn't even need to use spacers or actually grout in between them, because it so happened that it was the exact right size to fit them on without any spacing and no overlap around the edge.  It was like that mirror was MADE for those tiles.  I should've bought a lottery ticket that day since that is super lucky. 
YAY!  fastest and easiest project ever. 
And it cost about $18 including the grout, but not including the cost of the mirror, which I purchased at a burlington coat factory home department about 10 years ago. 
... Why did I keep moving that dumb mirror?
Well Im glad I did. 
because THIS

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Easiest mason Jar light update EVER

You guys, I didn't think it could be done.  I disassembled this light fixture when we moved in and messed with it, trying to magically force a mason jar onto it. I gave up and put it back together, pouting. THEN I ran across this DIY tutorial at www.blesserhouse.com -THANK YOU!  They showed me how!  I wasn't even trying to use the lid. Le Duh!
So I was able to do THIS!
The original tutorial was only slightly different- She painted the fixture, which I didn't need to do for this one, and used a series of nail punches for the lid, while I am impatient and used a box cutter. 
So here's the beginning fixture-

The concept (That I couldn't figure out) is to basically just cut a hole in the lid just big enough to go over the existing bulb port. 
Its easier to do it on the jar, like this:
And I know its scraggly but it doesn't really matter, as long as it goes over the bulb port BUT it's small enough to stay in place with the screw-on holder (My explanation sucks, good thing you have a good DIY link with better directions above ^)

It took a little twisting and arranging to get it straight

But then it was perfect!!  And I couldn't believe what a fast project it ended up being!
(this is the picture I sent to my bff after installation)

So thats one project down, a bunch more to go! (Like framing that mirror, apparently)
I hope they're all that easy and cheap!  15 minutes (not including time admiring it) and $6 for the jars. 
By the time mason jar lighting is not cool anymore, I'm sure there will be something even cooler to replace it with. And I will figure out how!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sweat equity and some more copper

I deem the main living area of the house fit for blogging, so here we go!

You guys, I am EXHAUSTED!!!  We have been moving, and look at all the painting and building and stuff that has occurred.

Remember when I told you we were going to make a paper towel rack out of the leftover copper? That happened.  
(In case you missed it, theres a WHOLE lot of DIY copper inspiration on my last post, here )
I'm thinking when we are ready for another project, black distressed cabinets and a copper backsplash... Maybe. 
Anyway, do you want to see what else we've done? 
In the kitchen, I painted the walls dark blue,  Jon steam-cleaned the tile (seriously, look at the difference!) added some under-shelf lighting, and made a chalkboard door:

The chalk door was pretty easy- 

OK, so it was super easy because the door panels stuck out, so if I was careful I didn't have to tape. 

And did you know that on even the smoothest of surfaces, that chalkboard paint won't necessarily lay smooth.  I sanded in between coats. 
Then you have to rub the whole thing with the side of a chalk to "prime" it, then erase it. 
then it's ready!  

We added a little tin for the chalk.
And I LOVE it!
So, this was the dining area. Yes that is a foosball table. 

and it went to its new home. 

In here, we painted, made our copper pot rack and shelving, added window blinds, and my mom refinished a really great table for us, which we love and it goes PERFECTLY in the house! 

There was a... Coffee table? at the house that nobody really claimed, and we were just using it to put paint on. I hadn't really intended to keep it:
It was missing a knob and generally kind of gross. 
A little stain and some new knobs later:
Now it lives in the dining room. 

Aren't the blinds great? They're from http://www.windowblindoutlet.com and (no they're not paying me to say so, but feel free to send me free stuff, Im not above that) the experience was great, and the blinds are awesome.  I had read some reviews on Amazon that usually bamboo blinds are kind of see-through, and don't offer much privacy, but these offer lots of privacy and look really nice. 

And then there was the living area.  Greenish tan paint all over. (and yes, we painted the pink bedroom!)
I paint what I can reach 1st, as you can see. 

I painted the front door (in and out) the same blue as the kitchen, painted the walls, made the cats a senior living community (see their trailer and modular home under the table?) (click here to learn how to make a cat camper)

The couch is this one from overstock and let me TELL you- we agonized about our couch choice for weeks. We visited furniture stores and sat on couches, and visited a million web sites and pinterest-ed our faces off.  Buying a couch online is a gamble, but we are SUPER pleased. 
(Here's what it looked like up close the day it was delivered without anything else in the room:
So cute!  And Overstock sends a delivery crew (sometimes- I mean, read the shipping description to make sure) and they started to put it together and took all the packaging with them, which was stellar. 
(again I know I sound like a commercial. But I am not.  Someone sponsor me!)
And we found a coupon code for 12% off on retailmenot.com

 And can we TALK about this RUG!?!?
It's from Turkey and It's vintage, from the 1930's according to the paperwork that came with it.  There's some damage and mild staining (that were disclosed of course) and we both love it so much!
We got it off ebay, from this shop.
So all said, the house looks pretty much like this right now:

A HUGE thank you and Shout-out to all who helped us paint and move and clean:
My mom
Cody & Reagan 
My dad
our neighbor Kyle 
And thank you to all our friends who offered to help, and for listening to me talk about this forever. 

There are plenty more projects to do!  I'll show you once I get to them! 
xo, jenna

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY copper pot rack and copper shelving!

Here we go- I'll be showing you guys a TON of stuff coming up- We've painted every room, and trim, and cleaned everything in sight, and carried heavy things and assembled furniture and came up with some Hare-brained schemes.  This DIY copper pot rack AND Beautiful dining room wall shelf are some of those!

It started with this diagram:

We needed:  11 galvanized steel flanges (they don't appear to come in copper)
11 flange attachments
4x 5' copper 1/2" pipe 
Boards for shelves:  we bought a 12' long board and I asked the guy to cut them into 4 4' lengths for me and he did.  He acted all put out about it but I could tell he was kidding and I asked him if its kind of fun when someone asks him to use the big saw and he said yes. 
copper spray paint (Found at ACE, they didn't have it at our Homedepot)
I had to buy a pipe cutter, It was recommended that I buy the bigger one and Im glad I did. 
5 L brackets (make sure its the same size on both openings!)
5 T brackets
Anchors and screws
Gorilla glue
your drill 
Here are your plans: 
Pot rack:


Jon did all the pipe cutting for me because he is my hero

BUT I did the assembling! 

So, basically cut them to appropriate lengths and then use gorilla glue (follow the package directions, you'll need a wet rag)

and if you lay them flat to dry after you assemble and pay close attention to where the attachments are it should be plumb.

The Flanges need a connector (I don't know what they are called but one end is threaded and will screw into the galvanized steel flanges.)

So, how did I make the flanges match?  I'm glad you asked!
That copper spray paint has changed my life, by the way!  You can spray it on EVERYTHING!
Gotta stain some boards

Once everything was dry and set, we went to work installing. 

Anchors for EVERY screw, and that's a lot of anchoring. 
The cool thing about these adapters is that they can screw or un-screw to make it more flush against the wall and match the other ones.

I suspect he doubted my methods but he didn't let on.  He seemed relieved that it was level though!

So, we ended up with this:
and this: 

and now that is my favorite corner of the house, and it looks like THIS!

Beautiful Rainbow trout art from 
(a very talented artist!  Go see what she has for sale!)

Bar stools and Pots and pans from Kohls 

Vintage Pyrex is MINE and YOU CANT HAVE IT hahahaha

Rug from AtHome 

I can't think of anything else in this Pic anyone might want to find lol. 

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you have lots of luck if you try to work with Copper pipe it was easier than I thought.  The whole project was about $200 total and we have enough pipe left over we are going to make a little paper towel holder,  I'll show you later!
Comment and link if you try this project!