Monday, July 27, 2015

Don't You Wish Your Husband Was Crafty Like Mine

Joe and I have been married a little over two years, but we've been together just over 9 years.  When you spend that many years with someone you kind of think you know everything about them; what foods they love, how they take their coffee, the noises they make when they sleep, the weird habit they have developed where they need to smell everything ('s odd), their laugh, the excited way they yell when their fantasy football player scores a ton of know, EVERYTHING.

And then, one day, out of blue, your husband and best friend from the past 9 years calls you to the garage to show you something.  And BAM, he completely and totally blows your mind.

You guys...Joe MADE THIS!  Don't worry, my jaw is still on the desk too.

This all started because we had been in search of a coffee table for our living room.  We looked at every possible store and what we found either wasn't quite right or it was about $900...that's more than we paid for our couch - so ixnay the offeecay abletay (that's "HECK NO we're not paying that kind of money for a coffee table!!" for those of you who don't speak pig latin).

Joe got all excited that maybe he would just build one so we could pick the design we liked and it would be a lot cheaper.  I agreed but in the back of my mind I was a little worried.  It's not like Joe or I are master carpenters, that stuff is H-A-R-D!  But I went along with it.

Joe scoured Pinterest the internet for some ideas and found one he liked.  He holed himself up in the garage one weekend and THIS, this masterpiece, is what emerged!

I'm in love with my coffee table and am so completely blown away by how talented my husband is!

For the step-by-step on how to construct this table, check out Ana White's guide here.  We tweaked it a little bit as you can see we didn't do x's on the sides.  That actually came about because we didn't have a saw that could cut the correct angle so Joe came up with the current design...crafty, I told you!

The bottom is painted the same white as our trim and the top is stained with a dark walnut stain and sealer in one.

I'm off to read a magazine and put my feet up...since I can do that now cuz I have a coffee table :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rip My Heart Out!

Our house was built in the 1930's.  It has a lot of the cool elements of old houses; taller ceilings, cool wood work, and a beautiful walkway like this.
Actually, really similar to that.

Here is a picture I found online from when our house was sold years ago before we bought it.  It's blurry but you can see the cool glass bookcases with columns on top.  The window you see straight ahead is where the sliding glass door to the deck was put in and the wall to the right was knocked down to open up to the kitchen.  Isn't the difference crazy?

But then the previous owners had the gall to RIP. THEM. OUT!  They claimed the columns were cracked or something.  I couldn't really hear them explaining it over the sound of my heart crying.

Anyway, we also had to rip the header out of the walkway because when the previous owner replaced it, he didn't use a big enough one and the second floor was sinking.  You can read about that horror here. 

We framed out the walkway ourselves and put some rosettes in the corners and called it good.  The seams between the boards always REALLY bugged Joe because since our walls are old and no where near straight, some of the gaps were pretty big.

Then one day, Joe being the Pinterest loving teacher that he is (don't deny it babe, I love ya for it) he came across this idea to use lattice strips to create a neat dimensional casing all while covering up the cracks.

The seams still need to be caulked (as does everything else in the house) but it looks one million times better than it did before!  We love it.  For the step-by-step, check out this blog.  We didn't do the crown on the top because when we put the crown molding on our ceilings, there wouldn't be a enough room between the top of the walkway and the ceiling.  We have tall ceilings but we also have tall openings.

Doesn't it look awesome!?  That man never ceases to amazes me!