Mama's Getting New Floors!

11/18/2014

Big news guys. No, GROUND BREAKING news. We're ripping up the carpets, we're pulling up the tile, we're tearing up my heart when I'm with you... wait. 

Basically Beyonce is upgrading us because we're getting new floors!
We knew this day would come eventually. You guys already know how indecisive I am, so choosing a floor to lay in the entire house was kind of a daunting task. It's not like new floors are cheap or easy to change. I mean I can repaint a room 5 times and Aaron will still love like tolerate me but if I laid new floors and 3 months later was feeling sketch about them... I'd be dead.
Sidenote... Aaron did vow at our wedding that he would help me repaint a room... once a month MAX. I can work with that!

Okay, so the day has come that I have finally decided on a floor. I ordered about 47 flooring samples online about 6 months ago and after staring at them all for a really embarrassing amount of time, one of them just kept calling my name. There was something about this particular floor. It was different enough but not too different. And it was a wider plank, which I like. I felt like it fit with the style of our house and also would work with our furniture/decor.

OKAY I know the suspense is killing you. I won't keep you waiting any longer. (PS speaking of suspense, anyone else watching the show Gracepoint? SO SUSPENSEFUL!!!).

Here's a photo from the flooring website. It's called Toklo Provence French Grey.

What do you think?! I really love it!!

I mean realistically anything is an upgrade from our current situation: Dirty carpet and ugly tile with disgusto 1/4" grout lines that seriously won't come clean.

And now that Aaron is married to me and basically has no other choice, of course we're going to DIY the whole process! Ripping out the carpet and tile and laying the new floors ourselves!!! Aaron is SO excited!! #sarcasm Just to make sure I wasn't insane, we had a few people come out to give us quotes on what they would charge to lay the floors and everyone was in the $5000-$7000 range. Uhm, what? Can we drop like 2 or 3 zeros off that number? 

$5000-$7000 is like new countertops in the kitchen or a new bathroom. So I don't care if it takes us 8 weekends and lots of weeknights, I'd much rather put in the time and effort and save the money! :)
So, that being said, the floor is ordered! We don't plan to start any work until after the holidays but come January, it's GO TIME. 

Anyone else lay new floors recently?

I think we all need to jam out to the N'Sync Pandora station now. Yes, let's do that.

xx, Shannon

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DIY Mid Century Modern Coffee Table

11/10/2014

Hi all! I'm MARRIED!!! :) We had an amazing wedding last month and a fabulous honeymoon in Paris! Lots of details to share but I wanted to finally post the tutorial for my DIY Mid Century Modern Coffee Table that I built last year! :) I've gotten so many requests for this so I am happy to finally be able to share! Here goes!

Materials:
Birch Plywood - 4' by 8' and 3/4" thick
Birch Edge Tape
4 - Round Taper Table Legs
4 - Angle Top Plates
Screws
Dark Walnut Stain
Satin Polyurethane
Total Cost for all Materials: $94

Tools:
Table or Circular saw (or have Home Depot cut the plywood for you)
Miter or Hand Saw (to trim the table legs)
Sandpaper and Sander
Mini Kreg Jig
Drill and Drill Bits
Screwdriver
Various Clamps (if you're working alone)
Pliers
Iron
Paint brush / Rag

Cut List:
Birch Plywood - 2 @ 47" x 20"
Birch Plywood - 2 @ 5" x 20"
Table Legs - 10.5" tall

Directions:
Make all necessary cuts (I had Home Depot cut the plywood so I only had to trim the table legs). To trim the table legs, you'll need to remove the hanger bolt (twist it out with pliers). Measure and mark the table legs; you'll want them to be 10.5" tall. I cut mine with my miter saw but a hand saw would work too. Once you've made the cuts you'll need to drill a hole in the top of the table leg to re-insert the hanger bolt. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the bolt then re-twist the bolt in with pliers.

Next you'll need to sand until everything is as smooth as can be! Don't skimp here, you don't want a rough coffee table! I used my palm sander and started with an 80 grit working my way up to a 180 grit.

Once everything is sanded, it's time to assemble the table! 

If you're working alone (like I was) you'll need a variety of clamps to help you hold the pieces of the table in place while you secure them. I purchased the Mini Kreg Jig just for this project and loved it! It's a great little tool to have in your toolbox. The Mini Kreg Jig is a little tool that helps you drill pocket holes. Pocket holes connect two pieces of wood together while hiding the screws. It makes for a much more professional look!

I first did 3 pocket holes in each of the side pieces of the table to attach it to the table top. 


Then I repeated, 3 more pocket holes to attach the side pieces to the table bottom. I had to use a very short screwdriver to fit my hand in the opening between the table top and bottom.

Once you've attached all the pieces, it should look like this.


At this point, you're ready to attach the veneer tape to the exposed edges of the plywood. The tape comes in a roll and it has adhesive already on it. It's heat activated so you just use your iron to attach the edging.

I used a utility knife to trim my edging.

Now that the majority of the table was built, I stained and poly'd everything. I didn't attach the legs yet to make it easier to stain. After the stain was dry and ready, I added a coat of satin poly.

Then it was time to attach the legs to the table! The Angle Top Plates made this super easy. You just measure out from each corner of the bottom of the table to ensure that all the plates are even. I played around with the placement and liked 2" from the each side of the corner. Once the plates are all attached, you just twist in the table legs, that's it!


If you don't want the table legs to be angled and you'd rather them be straight, you just need to use Straight Top Plates.

Hope this helps! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments! :) If you build this table, please remember to share with me! I'd love to see it! :)

xx, Shannon

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Foyer Updates!

8/24/2014

Last we left off in the foyer, I told you all how I used Jedi mind tricks to convince Aaron that we needed a fancy chandy to spruce up the entry. See ladies, watching Star Wars really does pay off.

Over the months following, I slowly but surely got the entry space furnished and styled and for now, I am happy with how it looks.


I knew I wanted some kind of console table or credenza (even contemplated mounting the fauxdenza, but then found a better spot for it) in the entry and when I stumbled upon a mid century dresser at Salvation Army, I snatched the price tag off that bad boy before you could say "bye felicia!".

The dresser overall was in really good shape. I did clean it up really well with vinegar and then gave it a good rub down with some restore-a-finish just to fill in any superficial surface scratches, etc.


As soon as we put the dresser in the foyer, I went to town styling it with things we already had from the townhouse. I hung the flower prints that were originally over the couch in the living room. The lamps were from our master bedroom and the rest of the knick knacks were random things I threw together. 


I'll be honest and say I wasn't sold on the rug at first, but it has slowly grown on me. I got it for super cheap during a rugsusa sale and immediately wanted to return it when it arrived, but when I learned I would have to pay return shipping (almost as much as the rug cost!), I decided to see if I could use it elsewhere or if worse came to worst, Craigslist it. 

I haven't really been looking for a replacement so it hasn't moved yet, haha!


Ugh, these photos are all reminders that I need to get a power strip to plug both lamps into so that the cord is hidden.


Anyways, the rug stays for now!

So that's the updated foyer! The chandelier is still my favorite part but I do love that the space feels "put together" and the extra storage in the dresser is great!

As a reminder of where we started, here's a photo from when we first moved in!


Now that I've painted the front door black, I'm wondering if I should do the same on the inside of the door? I feel like there's so much pretty molding in the entry and it doesn't really pop. Painting the door may help. Here's a quick mock-up.


What do you guys think? Paint it black? Leave it white? Paint it a different color? I'd love your suggestions!

xx, Shannon

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