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Project Sneakity Peak



Hey everyone, Happy Friday! So happy it’s the weekend.

I had a little bit of a bug this week that slowed me down a bit. The beginning of the week mostly involved me huddled on the couch under a blanket watching my favorite Ray Ban outlet soaps. My soap of choice is Genera Hospital by the way. I’m feeling much better now and can’t wait to share all of the exciting stuff we’ve had going on around here. If you follow us on Facebook you probably already saw a sneak peak.

New Project 1

New Project 2

This all came together so fast that I only had time to snap a few photos with my iPhone. Can you guess what we’re up to? I’ll share more next week. Until then have a great weekend!

DIY Project: $0 Side Table Makeover



Free Table Makeover

Remember the side table I found on the side of the road last week? I got it done over the weekend and worked completely with what I had on hand making this a $0 makeover. But let’s remember how it looked when I rescued it from the trash pile.

Found End Table copy

The table started out it’s lackluster life beat up and scratched sitting on the side of the road. I brought it upstairs and gave it a new home on our deck. I thought about what to do with it for for some time, elicited some reader ideas and even stared up at the spray paint section of Home Depot for at least 30 minutes pondering all the possibilities, nothing jumped out at me so I went home empty handed.

Spray Paint Collection

Valspar Spray Paint

My impatience to get this project started got the better of me which forced me to take a look on the shelf of our shed and found an old unused can of Valsper spray paint in a beautiful pale yellow color that by happy accident coordinated with one of the stripes in our ombre pillows.

Sand to Remove Finish

So I lugged the table downstairs and got down to business sanding it to a smooth finish, first with 100 grit sand paper to remove the finish then followed up with 250 grit sand paper to ensure everything was completely smooth. Note I forgot to attach the dust collector bag to the back of the orbital sander. Yes it took me a while to figure it out, I was COVERED in saw dust. I definitely should have taken a picture of the one, but alas you all will have to use your imaginations.

Staining a Table Top

Then I wiped the whole thing down with a tack cloth and applied 2 even coats of a mixture of Minwax Red Mahogony and Colonial Maple stain with a soft cloth. Letting the stain soak in then rubbing off and reapplying according to the directions.

Prime Table

After the table sat out overnight to completely dry I taped off the table top with newspaper turned the whole thing over and grabbed a leftover can of spray primer in the shed and sprayed 2 thin and even coats of primer over the entire table base waiting in between coats the time indicated on the directions, followed up with a light sanding with 800 grit sand paper and wiped down with a tack cloth to ensure a super smooth top coat.

Spray Paint Table Base

Then the whole process started all over again for the top coat, spraying multiple thin even coats until the entire table base was a nice buttery yellow color. Once dry I flipped the entire table over and added a numerous coats of satin polyurethane to the top of the table sanding between every few coats to get the smoothest finish possible.

Stained top Painted Bottom Table

Not only was this project completely quick and easy. It took about 2 hours over the course of 2 days.

Free Table Makeover

This found table got a makeover using stuff I already had in about 2 hours. If you had to buy the paint the project would come in around less than $20 for the spray paint, stain and sealer.

DIY Outdoor Side Table

Not too shabby for a $0 dollar makeover.

Cane and Rattan Chairs



Well I would like to tell you that our planters boxes are up and finished, and I could except that would be a blatant lie on my part ;-). In truth we’ve gotten a little bit derailed by BBQ’s and an abundant amount of rain. Hopefully they’ll be finished this weekend.

So anyway my living room is in desperate need of some side chairs to fill up an empty wall. The room is relatively narrow at around 12 feet wide and we have a sectional in there so the chairs need to be somewhat smallish in scale like my bedroom chairs. A recliners wont fit (sorry Bryan).

Living Room

The chairs will sit to the right where the TV once did since it’s now hung on the wall above the fireplace. As you can see in this recycled picture from Christmas. Amazing that I haven’t taken a picture since then!

Deck the Living Room 10

There’s no real rush so I have been keeping my eyes open for just the right kind of chair that will fit. Lately I have been loving all kinds of cane and rattan chairs. Who knows where we’ll end up or when the right chair will pop up but here’s some of my favorites right now.



I love the emerald green color of this wonderful chair redo. The can was broken and she fixed it using upholstery webbing and nailhead traim. Sheer Genius




The black frames on these two make my heart go pitter patter both have a modern edge but would be equally comfortable in a traditional space.



This rattan beauty from Pottery Barn could be equally at home indoors or out. I love it.



I really like the unique square shape of the arms combined with the circle design on the arms. Such a beautiful designed piece.



I love than the cane and rattan chairs can lend themselves to a beachy relaxed feel.

Oct/Nov 2009


Well that’s all for me today. I’m off to scour craigslist. Talk to you all Monday 🙂

Help Me Transform This Found Table



I just found this end table on the side of the road.

Even though it’s technically not an outdoor table I’ve decided to give it a new home on my deck.

Found End Table

Since it’s free I’m thinking a coat of paint and some marine varnish could protect it nicely from the elements. If it doesn’t work and the table gets damaged then I won’t be heartbroken. If it does work then score one for some fancy curbside spotting.

Found End Table 1

I like that you can see the individual boards on the table it top makes it feel more like a picnic table to me. It could be fun with stripes on the table top to mimic the new pillows? Or I could cut the legs down a bit and us it as a coffee table, mixing things up a bit and breaking up our matching set?

Found End Table 2

Or perhaps in a cool turquoise, fun cobalt, navy blue or lime green color like our flower pots and  lanterns? Or maybe something more subtle and understated? Seriously all ideas are welcome.

So here’s where you guys come in. I need your help. I’m calling everyone to help me decide what to do with this curbside find. Yes that means you, all my regular commenters, sometime commenters, first time commenters, lurkers and newbies …this means you.

Leave your suggestions in the comments I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

How To Make a Simple Terrarium



Well hello there, I’ve missed you all. I have a great little bedroom update to share today. Yes we’re still moving slowly along in that room. I’ve never really had any space that I could call done so I’m determined to keep on chugging along one little piece at a time until I get it where I’m content to move along.

Bedroom Lamp

Do you remember when I mentioned that I had purchased a lamp to place on the dresser and I couldn’t decide if it was a right for the space? Well I decided I agreed with some of the comments I received and back it went to the store, I liked the lamp well enough but just not in that spot. I’ve learned if I’m not loving it 100% then to just return it and try something else. I always end up happier than if I kept it and tried to make it work.

Bedroom Lamp 1

The lamp covered up some of the wall gallery and the neutral colors weren’t balancing against the other colorful elements of the room. On the trip back to Home Goods to return the lamp I found a great apothecary jar and at $19 I grabbed it and ran, especially considering I’ve seen ones for three times that amount in other places. It was the right shape and scale for the top of the dresser and I liked the light air feel of the glass, but it was still missing some color.

Apothecary Jars

I contemplated a few different options to fill it, including glass fishing floats or colorful stones but in the end I decided it was the perfect spot to add a little life to the area in the form of a small terrarium . I had some small square glass vases stashed in the closet so I added those to the mix as well. I like how the square vases contrasted against the curvy lines of the Apothecary jar.

I was hoping that it would be a quick and easy project and it was. Once I had the supplies (which took 2 trips to the store because I couldn’t make up my mind)  it took less than an hour to put together. The most difficult part was lowering the plant into the jar, which took a little careful maneuvering to settle it in there.

Terrarium Supplies

On the second trip to Home Depot I bought my supplies. I already had my Apothecary Jar from Home Goods and two other glass containers I’d use as pots. I purchased a few African Violets and a Parlor Palm which are great indoor houseplants, thrive in low to medium light conditions and don’t mind being a little bit humid which can happen in a closed glass jar. Side Note, I bought way too many plants. I only ended up needing 3, one for each pot. I also picked up some potting soil and decorative stones. Most people also recommend using activated charcoal but I couldn’t find it so I skipped that step. We’ll see if I live to regret it.

Apothecary Jars 3

After that I added a small amount of the decorative stones to the bottom. Since there aren’t any drainage holes I wanted to leave the water a place to gather at the bottom in case I overwatered. I actually had too many in the photo above and ended up taking some out, but you get the idea.

I placed a small amount of soil then lowered the African Violet carefully into place. At some point I may have wondered aloud how the #$*@ can I get this plant into that jar. After a little trial and error I found adding just a small amount of soil and then filling in around it was the best method. I ended up having to brush some of the soil off of the leaves this way but it all turned out good in the end.

It got a little messy so be sure to work outside or cover your work services to keep the clean up easy.

Apothecary Jars 4

I planted another African Violet into one of the smaller square planters and the Parlor Palm into the larger vase, this time without the #$#^&.  That was it, easy peasy.

I’m loving how simple this was and the color and sparkly touch it adds to this side of the room.

Apothecary Jars 1

Also the clear containers that allow the pebbles to show through are super cute.

Apothecary Jars 2 copy

So what do you think? Anyone else tried sticking a plant in a jar lately?  Did you love the results, or were you thinking how the *#*&$% am I going to get this plant stuffed into this jar.

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