One last project before the New Year! One of my absolute favorite things in my house is my claw foot tub, and now that the temps are below zero it’s time to step-up my setup. I bought this piece of live edge wood a while back and cut it to fit on the tub, but never got around to finishing it…until now! I wanted to add little legs to secure it on the tub edges, and more importantly I wanted a little stand to prop up my cell phone so I could watch a little reality TV…er the News…yah that’s what I meant.
SHOP: Kohler Cast Iron Bathtub + Kohler Purist Valve + Euclyptus holder and bath brush from a local MKE shop Specter + Minted Art Afloat by Haley George + DIY Ladder + Target Towel and Wood side table (old) + Amazon Rug + Flying Tiger Plant Holder (old) + West Elm Stripe Jewelry Box (old)
With a couple couple wood cuts and some glue my board was ready to be stained, I pick this darker stain called Honey by Minwax to match the vanity, and I just love how rich the color turned out! With one coat of stain and two coats of the Fast-Dry Polyurethane I was ready to bath in style. I gathered up all my favorite things for my bath board, and got ready to soak…well take way too many pictures, then soak. The question is: wine at 8:30am or pm (really neither, it was just an clock photo from google, ha!) Steps and supplies after the break… (more…)
Now that I have my own home, I am really getting excited about decorating for the holidays (the addition of a basement to store out-of-season decor has been a huge help)! So when Brother asked me to create a some home decor for Christmas, I ran right out to the craft store and loaded up on dried/faux greenery and embellishments. I came back home and tinkered around for a while using different combinations of supplies to create a bunch of wreaths, and these simple braided ones were the clear winner.
I grabbed the wire rope as I was leaving the floral section, not quite sure how I would use it, but after braiding it together and realizing how easy it was to mold and glue the greenery to, I knew I was headed in the right direction. I kept the embellishment simple with a few of my favorite things: dried eucalyptus and unfinished wood with a little pop of color. This finishing touch is a personalized message on satin ribbon using my handy Brother P-touch Embellish Ribbon & Tape Printer, to create the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties.
I played around with size, and the small ones are light enough to be a great ornament, I just love the idea of making new ones with the family every Xmas and adding the date and a little memory to the ribbon to remember each year. Ok, I am running out to get more supplies, because I invited the girls over for a craft night to make more wreaths. Let me know if you do the same, and get creative with the embellishments, I would love to see how they turn out!
Steps and supplies after the break… (more…)
It’s getting chilly here in Wisconsin, so I like to keep blankets all over the house so I can always have one in arm’s length. I’ve seen a few of blanket ladders online, but wanted to make mine a little different with exposed gold bolts and green painted reclaimed wood. The only hiccup, they don’t have either one of those at the hardware store. The solution: Spray paint! The nuts and bolts got a golden makeover with Krylon® ColorMaster™ Metallic in Gold and I found this pretty Green – Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer in Satin Italian Olive – to paint the reclaimed wood. During construction I ended up with a happy mistake – I cut the tall pieces too short, and instead of starting over I reattached the cut off pieces with hinges, then used that part to lay flat against the wall, and screw in hooks to hang plants and stabilize the ladder, Yay!
What do you all think? Supplies and steps after the break. (more…)