In love with my DIY midcentury coffee table

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I’ve gained quite a few readers since I first started blogging so I decided to repost one of my favorite projects, and the first project the Butcher and I did together! It was so inexpensive, SO easy, and truly one of a kind!

First, you’ll need a pencil, drill, sandpaper, and measuring tape.

Now your materials. From Lowe’s I purchased…

1 piece of pre-cut 20×45 wood
1 small can of walnut stain with polyurethane mixed together
1 paintbrush
4 angle top plates (make sure they are angled, that’s very important to get the right look) they look like this
4 metal hairpin or wooden taper legs (I bought mine on ebay, they are real vintage legs from the 50’s!) but you can find new ones here

Sand your table and prepare stain according to package directions. Apply stain to table and legs. I did two coats on the table and one on the legs. Let dry according to directions. Once dry, turn the table over and measure for the leg placement to be centered on all 4 corners (ugh math). Finally, screw legs into table. Turn it over. Take your hand and reach around to your back, all the way, you can do it. Now pat yourself on the back and prop your feet up on the table, maybe even with a cocktail…just don’t forget to use a coaster!

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Blog Update:

I just received an email from one of my readers, Rebekah Selle, with this picture along with the message… “Here’s a picture of the table after I finished it. Turned out great, it was such a helpful tutorial!” I am tickled pink that I not only have people that follow and read my blog but that actually try out the projects and recipes I post! She made the coffee table featured here. Comment on a post that you’ve tried or email me at Lorirao@gmail.com and I’ll feature you on the blog too. Thanks to Rebekah and all my readers!image

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DIY headboard

I got a request this week from a dear friend of mine to do a blog post about upholstered headboards. Unfortunately I made both of mine “pre-blog” and don’t have any pictures of the process, only after pictures. But I assure you, its such a simple process that you really don’t need the pictures. First, you need to decide the shape of the headboard you want. Check out this site for ideas and proper shape names. I went with the “Portman” for the master bedroom here IMG_0011 and the simple “Finsbury” shape for the guest bedroom here
IMG_0007 Next, you’ll need some supplies. And some math. ugh. Thankfully I had my dad and hubby for that part (well lets face it they did the entire thing but I supervised, which is very important!) but I’m sure you can do it on your own if need be. You’ll need…

for one headboard:
large piece of plywood
pencil
tape measurer
scroll saw
sandpaper
foam
spray adhesive
staple gun
fabric
molly bolts
upholstery tacks (optional)

I almost always use outdoor fabric when I’m doing a project. There are many reasons for this; one is that the outdoor fabric usually comes in more colorful vibrant patterns which is right up my alley. Second, because its made to withstand the outdoors, its more durable and even comparable to much more expensive upholstery fabric. Third, it’s almost always on sale at Joann’s. For instance, yesterday I bought 5 1/2 yards of outdoor fabric because I am making an outdoor couch out of palettes and an old mattress (stay tuned, THAT project I will definitely be documenting and blogging!) for our new patio. The fabric, normally 19.99/yd was on sale for 50% off plus I had a coupon for 20% off my total purchase. So what would have cost me $110 before taxes actually cost me about $45 out the door. Cant really beat that! Ok back to the project. I’m just going to give some general step by steps here without all the handyman mumbo jumbo since, again, I was the supervisor. Here goes…
1. With a pencil, trace out your desired shape on the plywood.
2. Spray your adhesive on the foam and apply to the other side of the plywood without the penciled shape.
3. After letting it dry for a bit, take your scroll saw and cut out along the traced shape and since your foam is already attached, you’ll be cutting it as well!
4. Once cut, sand the edges.
5. Place your fabric on too of the foam and carefully flip it over. Lay the headboard foam side down and using your staple gun, tightly wrap your fabric around and staple, checking periodically for folds or creases. This may be extra tricky depending on the shape you chose, so take your time and remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, the more little imperfections the more one of a kind it is!
6. Once completely stapled, apply fabric tacks along the edges for a finished look if you desire but again, totally optional.
7. Time to install. You could use 2×4’s and attach them to the headboard and then to your bed. But if your room is like most, the bed really only goes in one spot so why not just hang the thing on the wall and save yourself some time? Plus when you attach it to the bed it has to go lower and you lose a lot of the height of the headboard. That’s something I forgot to mention earlier too; when deciding how big you want your headboard just remember that there will be pillows up against it as well so you want to account for that and possibly make it a little higher. You could even sit up against the plywood and see where your head reaches when you’re sitting up in bed to say, read a book. We measured it over the center of the bed and using heavy duty Molly bolts and anchors, hung it in the wall.
That’s it, it’s really that simple, and very affordable too. One last thing, don’t forget to scotchguard your fabric, it will last longer!

DIY Personalized Puppy Bowl

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So I know the blog has been a little bleak this week (due to some unavoidable family drama and our new patio getting poured!) but I’m back! A while back I found this cute wooden dog bowl holder at home goods on clearance for $10! It was kind of an ugly sage green color but I had high hopes for it. Since it is a necessary permanent fixture in our kitchen (due to raven’s need to eat and drink) I decided to make it match the decor. So I perused my collection of spray paints used for different projects and picked a lovely turquoise to coordinate with my dining room focus wall. A few coats later (along with some clear lacquer to deal the deal) and a little hand-painted red lettering (not my finest lettering job but it’ll do) and voila! DIY Doggy bowl!

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See how nicely it goes with the room? Even though she doesn’t look it, I think Raven was pretty excited too…

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“R” is for…Red or Yellow???

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So my dad, always looking out for his little blogger, found this gem that someone was getting rid of and brought it over in his truck the other day. I have big plans for it and it fits perfectly in several little nooks of my kitchen/dining area, just not sure where yet. I’m going to sand it, paint it, and put new hardware on it. I’d be doing that today if it wasn’t raining out, stupid rain always thwarts my plans! (now I hear dad’s voice in my head, “but we NEED the rain!”) Anyway I jut can’t decide what color to paint it. You’ve seen my house, really any bright, high gloss color would match.

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So my main dilemma that I need your help with is…RED OR YELLOW? Help!

plates, saucers, and cups, oh my!

So…my dish collection (er…obsession) is becoming pretty extensive. Which I make no apologies for since I literally use each and every piece throughout the year, as many of you can attest to, since I love to entertain. That being said, it’s harder to use everything you have when things are stashed in random cabinets, closets, and Rubbermaid bins under the bed! So I enlisted my always willing (for the most part…he works for meringues though!) and super handy father to build me some shelving in my craft room. Now it’s more of a craft/dish room and it’s just lovely! It was a pretty easy project (which I supervised of course) that only took an afternoon and less than $100. I thought about painting the shelves but decided I liked the unfinished look, it lets the beautiful colors of the dishes shine! The one thing all this has made me realize? I need more pyrex!!!

Here’s the before and after…

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Edible Centerpiece, Yes Please!

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Presenting the final product of the aforementioned “Dum Dum Topiary” for the girl’s upcoming slumber party. I guess I have to actually let the kids eat it huh? But it’s so pretty! You can make one too, all you need is a styrofoam craft ball (any size you want really but I say bigger is better!), a ridiculously large bag of dum dum lollipops, and some sort of stand (I used my favorite super tall aqua blue candleholder from Hobby Lobby) to place it on.

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My sitting room

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Every lady needs a quiet spot to do her makeup and think about what she’s going to wear for the day and I am fortunate enough to have a whole room to do it in! This is the view from my vanity table where Raven positions herself to watch me get ready since she can never leave my side. I scored this midcentury couch for $40 at a yard sale, it’s in mint condition and I absolutely love it. My dress form (currently not in use due to sewing procrastination…) is modeling the butcher’s Great Aunt Josie’s vintage fur.