Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thanks, Ambitious Procrastinator!

My dear friend and fellow blogger (Better blogger!) Nikki of http://www.theambitiousprocrastinator.com/ was kind enough to donate a little patio table and 2 chairs (along with a window AC unit and a birdfeeder! Score!) when she moved away. 
They needed a little lovin, and I know an easy project when I see one, so I snatched up that table and chairs, and loaded them tetris-style into the ol' WRX to it's new and beautiful life.

I forgot to take a picture of the supplies, but here is a list: 
-2 cans of springy yellowy green spray paint with primer in it. (MJ

 told me that if I followed through with my original color choice, coral, he changed his mind about them giving me the table)
-a dropcloth
 




And now this happens:
Nikki would be proud.
 
Oh, and the other chair?  I ran out of paint. Maybe I'll do that one coral! hahahaha

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's pretty much the prettiest.

So, I did this:

As you can see, my backyard was getting to be a bit of an eyesore, which made me sad.
So I invested a whopping $70 and it's now my favorite place ever. 
 
I bought 5 shower curtains (I got them at Gordman's-  I forget how much I like that place until I go there and get $10 shower curtains.)   and some ribbon to tie them up.
 
I also feel pretty clever for my easy-access ribbon arrangement.  When I was up on the ladder, I was able to just grab one at a time... out of my brastrap.  My methods are unorthodox but you can't argue with my resourcefulness.
I recovered some pillows with some cute aztec fabric

 


And here is ryan looking amazed.



total project cost:
 Shower cutains:  $10 each x5=  $50
Ribbons: $10
Fabric:  $10
 

Friday, June 6, 2014

I'm succulent rich, nerds!

Please join me in the absolute kick-ass joy that comes along with someone just giving you bags of succulents, like they're outgrown clothes or trash or something.  I have never been happier than when I got this text from my mom: 
Uhm YES I DO.
If this was her ploy to get me to come over, it worked. 
 
So, I have this ugly flat-tire wheelbarrow in my backyard that I like to use as a cooler for beer when I have parties, but when there's not a party occurring its just an ugly flat-tire eyesore. 
Now it's my favorite thing in the world... Presenting:


I had gone to Home Depot and picked up some salvia and some other plants, to go with my new babies. 



and it occured to me I forgot to buy soil.  Hmmph. 
So I went over to my "Compost pile" (where I stack leaves intead of bagging and disposing of them appropriately) and got a layer of leafy leaves to start:


Evidently, I'm super smart to just have leaf piles laying around, because beneath THOSE was the most awesome dark wormy soil I have ever seen.  AND I didnt have to pay for it and drag it home in a bag.  So I did a layer of THAT over the leaves, and got started planting:






So, I'm feeling very clever and my landlord won't give me that disapproving why-do-you-have-a-broken-wheelbarrow-here LOOK when he stops by anymore.
 
I've linked this up to http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/2014/07/show-tell-saturday-070514.html you should go say hello!
 


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Oh, Hello, Spring, I didn't see you there. Check out my bench.

So it's been this so-called "spring" for quite some time, but I have used my scientific knowledge to deduce that it has been snowing, and have deemed it cold and annoying.  Scientifically.
Now that it appears that it has FINALLY stopped snowing, I celebrated by making a Pinterest Project!  
You may have seen this bench on Kayla's basement blog or on lenasekine.blogspot.com, which have great step-by steps.
I typically like to change up a tutorial, but I made it super similar to Lena's, including the color- I couldn't possibly think of a cuter color!  She has great taste.  This is the one I made:
 It's way bigger than it looks.  It can seat, like, a hundred people. (exaggeration.)
I started with 12 cinderblocks. 




 
 The other ones I saw used very square cornered  beams, which require a cushion, but I like the look of these and theyre comfy to sit on.  ($8 each at home depot)


 
OK, So I wasn't the one that did the heavy lifting on this one.  My favorite kind of project!  (Thanks, Jon!!!!)

 



So, yeah, about $45 total, and I'm smitten.
Cinderblocks:  $FREE!$
(My sweety obtained them for me.  I'm sure they were leftover at a job site or something.)
Paint and paint accessories:  $9
Wood sticks: $36
 




Sunday, January 19, 2014

Its Bigger on the Inside- Tardis Door

Old Man W is a total nerdy bird, so I knew just what to do for him while he was at his dad's over christmas break- I made his door into a Tardis.
 What is it? Well, please allow http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TARDIS to answer your question, since I dont really know due to my excessive viewing of less refined shows, like Mindy Project and more Mindy Project.

I'm not going to pretend this was my idea, it absolutely wasn't. There are a bunch of pics on Pinterest that people have uploaded, and I had some difficulty finding blog posts or tutorials.  The only ones I found were at http://imgur.com/a/E2Sgm#k2yNC1P and http://tardisbuilders.com/index.php?topic=535.0, and they were very different kinds of doors than my... economical (cheap) plain door.

Step one was paint. and wine.





















It only took a quart of paint, but did require several coats, even thought I did splurge on the paint-and-primer fancy paint.  Because I am so very refined.


This is my badass painting face.

I made the treacherous and exciting journey to the Dollar store in a questionable neighborhood to score some cheap frames ($3 each) and sketchy looking glue.



















I laid them out to paint, and I used a slightly darker and shinier blue for the frames.

 



















After it was dry (only one coat necessary!)



 



I taped off where I wanted the frames to end, and then measured where along the tape each frame should be and made a little mark, so I wouldnt have to mess with measurements while I was gluing.
Then, I used the glue to attach the frames.
(I expect to have to buy Slumlord Bob a new door upon move-out.)
 
The top 2 frames were a little different, I kept the glass in them to make the little windows-





I glued the glass back in the frame after I painted the panes, then glued those up like the others.
After the frames were firmly affixed, and only one was wonky, I moved on to the top.
I taped off where I wanted the top.
***Note: I have tried every kind of painters tape ever. This one is the BLUE tape, and the label indicated that it was specially made for paint bleeding reduction and sharp lines, and I have fallen for this lie on multiple occasions. Frog tape is my favorite and the blue tape, along with other tape disappointments is going straight in the trash. Rant over.***

 Black acrylic paint made the black box, and I hand-lettered the writing.  It was tempting to buy one of those vinyl letter kits from etsy but I have no patience to wait and I have a pretty steady hand for lettering.





 And then I did this for a while.
 
Ryan had also been sleeping on a futon and we decided it was time for a legit bed, since he is now man-sized.  My dad and I split the cost and hooked him up. My Dad's wife Rhonda bought all new bedding for his new bed.  Isnt it cute? 





 Also, can we take a moment to acknowledge the Instagram post he hashtagged #bestmomever ?!? 
Please enjoy this beautiful moment: