DIY Flower Window Box

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As far as actually constructing the box I left it up to my husband and sent him THIS blog post from the Two Twenty One because I like how they constructed the box as well as how they mounted it.

I almost did white paint/stain but my husband mentioned he liked the idea of staining it and I thought about it and agreed (A wife agreeing with her husband’s idea… I’ll admit it this time!)… the stain is a good contrast with our house colors.  Plus I’ve been staining so much lately I’m kind of obsessed… from our own wood floors to custom shelving…(guess I need to do a post on those too!)

Since I wasn’t actually present for the constructing of the box just refer to the blog post above… as for the staining… first of all it’s way easier to use pre-sanded wood.  For the stain I used Minwax Wood Finish Oil-Based Stain in the color provincial. You’ll only need the small can because stain goes a long way (our box is about 6 ft long and it barely put a dent in the small can)… you’ll also need gloves and cloths or rags to wipe the stain on.  Trust me you want gloves… I learned the hard way with the floors… paint thinner does take it off though just in case it drips.  I rubbed one coat on, let dry for an hour or two then applied a second.. you can apply a third or even a different color stain as well.  We waiting another 24 hours before installing the box because the stain does take a while to completely absorb.

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After Constructed and Sealer Dried
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After Constructed and Sealer Dried
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After Constructed and Sealer Dried
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After applying one coat of stain – Home Depot – Minwax Oil Based Wood Stain in Provincial
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Stained

The next day we bolted it to the wall where we wanted… then planted flowers!

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Before
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The flowers we picked!
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Mounted!
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Done!

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New-Retro Fridge

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Kitchen Update with new GE Artistry Fridge
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Kitchen Before
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GE Artistry Refridgerator – Homedepot.com $1079.10 & Free Delivery
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GE Artistry Refridgerator – Homedepot.com $1079.10 & Free Delivery
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GE Artistry Refridgerator – Homedepot.com $1079.10 & Free Delivery

So believe it or not… we have 4 refrigerators. FOUR. The white one in the before picture came with the house and wasn’t going to stay… but it still works so I guess we’ll keep it in the garage! The one we planned on putting in the kitchen got scratched up when we move it from my house in Louisiana… so it’s in the garage because it still works too. The fourth is at my husbands office so there are technically 3 at the house. That being said… I wasn’t really worried about getting a large fridge or freezer because we will have two more in the garage. I looked into other retro inspired fridges like the big chill, northstar and smeg but I just didn’t feel like it was worth the money considering you can get an awesome non-retro fridge for way less.  I also got a ball park idea about how much restored vintage fridges would cost and it’s a lot too.  I was hesitant about this GE artistry fridge at first but I kept coming back to it and now I love it!  I knew we really wanted an ice maker and this one has the connection to hook one up in the freezer… it costs about 90 bucks (ordered separately – see below)  and they can install it when they deliver or you can do it yourself.  We would have to live without cold water dispenser but we’ve lived without one for the past few months so we’re getting used to it anyway!  The fridge and freezer space are slightly smaller than you would probably want but its sufficient so we are really liking it so far!

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Ice Maker Kit for Top Mount Refrigerators – HomeDepot.com $89

Industrial Shelving Look for Less

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World Market – Emerson Shelves – SALE $299
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Restoration Hardware – French Library Double Shelving – SALE $1895

While planning our kitchen layout and storage I knew we both liked a lot of open shelf storage. As you’ll see in the pictures below, we have a short wall coming out that creates a nook.  Previously all of this wall was built in cabinets.  I found these shelves at world market and the dimensions were perfect for this nook.  We only wanted to do a small portion of built in cabinets so we only did them on the right side for the sink and dish washer as well as storage.  These pics are from about 4 months ago while the kitchen reno was still in progress… now we are to the point of organizing the shelving!  Stay tuned!

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Look for Less: Mid Century Bench

Target.com - Mid Century Modern Bench - SALE $104.99
Target.com – Mid Century Modern Bench – SALE $104.99
Burke Decor - Mercer Modern Levi Bench design by Safavieh $261.03
Burke Decor – Mercer Modern Levi Bench design by Safavieh – $261.03

 

bryght - Conan Dining Bench - $399
bryght – Conan Dining Bench – $399
One Kings Lane - Bleecker 48" Velvet Bench, Burnt Orange - SALE $959
One Kings Lane – Bleecker 48″ Velvet Bench, Burnt Orange – SALE $959
UrbanOutfitters.com - Henderson Upholstered Bench - $369
UrbanOutfitters.com – Henderson Upholstered Bench – $369

I’m working on creating a dining nook of some sort and I really wanted to incorporate comfy dining benches. If I was going to buy more than one I wanted to get them at a good price… when I found the Mid Century Dining Bench from target.com I was sold! They look great and are pretty good quality for the price. I tend to like a microfiber/velvet fabric for furniture because I know my cat won’t scratch it. My one complaint about this bench is that it is slightly shorter than standard chair height and some of the buttons seem to be coming loose… it doesn’t effect the look of the bench but you can feel them pull if you side down the bench. Other than that I think they look great! Stay tuned for a dining nook post once I find a table! Here’s a sneak peek of Chandler loving them…

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Design Lessons for your 30s – Article Discussion

I came across this article from domainehome.com and found it very relatable.  Sometimes its really hard to put these design “tips” into words when people ask me “how do you put everything together?”.  As you read through these lessons you’ll see there’s no hard fast rules to decorating and designing… that’s what makes it so difficult  to explain to someone who doesn’t know where to start.  Over the past 3-4 years of my life I have seemed to develop these design aspects myself…  even though I’m about 3 or more years (I’m 27 and counting!) ahead of the curve I do agree that these concepts should be considered by your 30s.  Here’s the full post along with some of my own commentary…

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Plants and flowers have become one of my favorite things to have around the house over the past year or two.  Although I don’t buy fresh cut flowers very often for myself…because I hate that they die… I browse them pretty much every trip to the grocery store.  If there are beautiful farm grown flowers at farmers markets I usually cannot pass them up.  Over the past couple weeks my main focus has been decking out my planters windows in my kitchen and master bath with flowers, succulents, herbs, vines, and air-plants.  I love the idea of bringing the outdoors in.  I love the outdoors but when I’m inside and surrounded by beautiful things it makes me feel happy and nice and cozy.  Next step is to plant flower bulbs in the front of the house!

One tip that I have for if you want to make a floral arrangement is to find local or nationwide event florists to follow on instagram and pinterest.  Since I just planned my wedding I found so many beautiful arrangements via social media to spark my interest.  This also brings me into the next topic of the article…

The internet is truly what keeps my mind constantly coming up with new ideas and resources.  Pinterest and instagram are both great outlets for design ideas.   Seeing how others have incorporated certain pieces usually branches my ideas further or makes me feel comfortable about making a decision.  If you’ve read some of the other look for less posts… don’t settle on the first thing you find.  Mat also brought up another one of my new tricks… google image search.  In case you’ve never used it…go to the google homepage and click on “images” on the top right.  Upload an image of your interest… lets say a piece of furniture and google will then search the web for that exact picture or very similar pictures.  This is also a good way to find out where to buy something if you have no idea what brand or name it is.

3I have not yet done custom furniture… I’m still not completely convinced that it would be cheaper.  As far as reupholstering I have definitely wanted to consider it for some of my thrifted pieces… I’m just afraid to spend the money on custom reupholstering when my cat might ruin it.  I’m a big fan of estate sale shopping, antique stores, re-purposing, and finding vintage inspired new furniture.  The most I have ever spent on a piece of furniture has been for my z gallerie stella sofa.  Its the most comfortable couch I’ve ever sat on and its beautiful… definitely a staple piece.  The rest of my furniture is from thrift stores, estate sales, inherited, overstock.com, world market, and urban outfitters.  I also recently bought some mid century dining benches from Target.
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I wouldn’t necessarily say I’ve “splurged” on nice art work but I’m definitely a huge fan of framed art work and gallery walls.  Some of which I’ve made myself.  I love to travel so I usually buy art work whenever I travel… that way I’ll have unique artwork from around the world that also brings back memories of my travels.  I’m also a sucker for handmade art fair purchases.
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Unlike Mat, my twenties are about WHITE WHITE WHITE WALLS.  White walls are a blank canvas for all contents in a room… colorful accents, textiles, flowers, art, etc…  This is usually my most straight forward advice for how I decorate.  The biggest thing I don’t understand is sticking to a specific color pallet.   Rooms seem too uniform to me if there are only one, two, or even three colors… almost as if its a paint by number.  I buy things that I truly find interesting or beautiful alone…. what ever color it is that I’m attracted to.

6 7Although I might be a little ahead of the curve here with the full on fixer upper at age 27… I can see having a rental and doing simple aesthetic upgrades.  I actually kind of did this with my last house.  It was already renovated with basic new fixtures, knobs, etc. and I installed a chandelier (the one in my bathroom now) between my closet doors and then when I went to sell it I took it down and packed it up with me.  This is just one example but this is something you could easily do in a rental.  I got the chandelier from an antique auction for a great deal and bought it without even having a place for it at the time… sometimes you have to just take the risk in investing in a great antique piece and know that it will come into play at some point.8As far as being indecisive…. I can be the queen of indecisive.  Depending on my mood… if I’m not in the mood to shop and dig for good deals I usually leave with nothing because of my indecisiveness… there hasn’t been too many times that I have regretted this either.  But there is also the very determined/almost fight someone over a great find me that you have to beware of! Ha!  Sometime when I know, I know!  Especially with my familiarity on estate sale pricing of items.  

And LAST but certainly NOT LEAST.  My best advice ever…. don’t worry about whether things will match or not… if anything I would worry more about being too matchy matchy… just have faith that everything will come together… when you see pieces you like just go for it… it’ll find it’s place.  An eclectic home is an interesting home with your personality.  In case you haven’t seen my elliondecor moto… A space created without passion is a space without emotion.

Kitchen Window/Mirror turned Chalkboard

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After – Old window closed in with mirror painted with Chalkboard paint
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Kitchen – Before

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Kitchen – Before

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Kitchen gutting – Starting to Paint window/mirror trim
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Mirror Painted with Chalkboard paint – one coat of primer and 2 coats of Chalkboard paint

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After - Old window closed in with mirror painted with Chalkboard paint
After – Old window closed in with mirror painted with Chalkboard paint

What I like most about this project is that we kept some part of history of the house but re-purposed it.  This wall was the original back of the house.  Over the years the house was added on to behind this wall so the window was closed in but the frame was not removed.  The framed space was then covered with a mirror.  I started to brainstorm ideas of what I could do with this space… one of my original plans was maybe to add small (in depth) shelves for spices and things.  I usually like to add mirrors to rooms because it creates an illusion that the room is bigger… but I don’t really like the idea of it in the kitchen in this instance.  I brainstormed some more and asked friends if they had any suggestions… a chalkboard… YES!  Thanks guys!  I’ve painted the glass of picture frames with chalkboard paint so it’s not like I haven’t done this before!  This time I used the Kilz primer we had been using on all the trim as well.  This makes it really easy for the chalkboard paint to adhere to the slick surface of mirror or glass.  One coat of primer, two coats of chalkboard paint and done!  I typically like chalkboard markers because they write cleaner lines but they are definitely harder to erase.  For a finishing touch I installed a closed in drawer pull upside down on the left side of the frame to hold chalk in! (similar to the picture below but mine is black antiqued)

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DIY Table Pendant Light

DIY Table Pendant Light - elliondecor
DIY Table Pendant Light – elliondecor

Materials:

– 1/2″ Copper Tube Cap – Home Depot – $0.74 (here)
– 1/2″ x 1/2″ Copper 90 degree Elbow – Home Depot – $3.78 (here)
– 1/2″ x 2 ft Copper Pipe – Home Depot – $4.64 (here)
-piece of wood for base – mine is 5 1/2″x8″ – FREE because we had it already
-saw to cut copper pipe & wood
-drill and 1/2″ hole drill bit
-Pendant Light with Edison bulb – mine is from IlluminateVintage on etsy but you can get one anywhere.  I liked the metal color options & cord color options for a vintage look… plus IlluminateVintage is a local Houston Crafter as well!

1/2" Copper Tube Cap - Home Depot - $0.74
1/2″ Copper Tube Cap – Home Depot
1/2" x 1/2" Copper 90- Degree Elbow - Home Depot - $3.78
1/2″ x 1/2″ Copper 90- Degree Elbow – Home Depot – $3.78
1/2" x 2' Copper Pipe - Home Depot - $4.64
1/2″ x 2′ Copper Pipe – Home Depot – $4.64

Instructions:

Like I might have mentioned before… I have a handy dandy husband… maybe I should’ve included that on the materials list.  First I had him cut the copper pipe into two pieces, one 8″ long and then other 16″ long.  Then I popped on the elbow and cap – 16″ as the stand and 8″ as the arm with the elbow connecting them and the cap on the end of the arm.  We found a piece of wood we already had and cut it to 5 1/2″ x 8″… the 8″ will be parallel with the arm.  Then I picked a spot on the end of the 8″ direction to drill the 1/2″ hole in the wood to stick the pipe in.  Wrapped the pendant light around and that’s it!  Now we have matching bed side table lights!  Total for the stand came out to $9.16 each!