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Six

November 30, 2012

You guys, I have something big to tell you.

Ready?

Are you sitting down?

I hope so because today we're celebrating the 6th monthiversary in our new house!!!

Can you believe it?! I can't! It feels like just yesterday we were hanging out in our newly drywalled space dreaming up plans for where our furniture was going to go. Time flies way too fast when you're having fun!

Anyway, if you're new here, a monthiversary is when I recap all of the projects I've done around our house in the past month. So without further ado, let's get this show on the road!

In the past 30 days, I've done the following:

6 Monthiversary! String Lights Weekend Recap Dining Room Art In Progress Master Bedroom Tour Dollar Store Dinnerware Lemmon & Pine I'm Thankful For Dry Erase Board Thanksgiving Tablescape DIY Pumpkin Place Card Holders DIY Wood Box Centerpiece Dining Room Rug Options


Hover over the project's photo to go to the original post :)


Since we're celebrating a mini milestone today, I thought I'd do something different!

In addition to the regular recap, I'm also including a round up of 6 of my favorite posts/projects -- one from each month :)

Month 1 //
The EAT sign in our kitchen



Month 2 //
My DIY campaign style desk



Month 3 //
My HomeGoods console table makeover



My DIY'd string globe pendants were a close second :)

Month 4 //
My DIY'd $15 chunky wooden floating shelves AKA my most popular post ever!



Month 5 //
My DIY'd $18 console table



Month 6 //
My dollar store dinnerware



Six. Months. I still can't believe it!


Looking for past Monthiversaries?
1st Monthiversary | 2nd Monthiversary | 3rd Monthiversary | 4th Monthiversary | 5th Monthiversary
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Dining Room Rug Options

November 29, 2012

We're quickly approaching our 6th monthiversary in our new house and while we've accomplished a lot in the time that we've been here, there's still so much we need to do - things I thought we'd have completed by now. I know it takes time to put a house together but sometimes it's hard to keep that in mind when your to do list is literally staring you in the face on a daily basis.

Anyway, one of those things that can easily be checked off our to do list is a rug for our dining room.



I'm 100% certain this purchase won't happen until after Christmas but it's fun to daydream right now!

Here's what I was initially thinking for the room/rug - cream chairs with a gray rug:



But then I bought gray chairs so a gray rug is now out. Why? I just think a gray rug with gray chairs would be too monochromatic.



Since our house has an open floor plan, I've thought about buying another one of Nate Berkus' dhurrie rugs (like the one we have in our living room) to help the rooms feel more unified since they occupy the same space:



The rug is virtually indestructible and I think it'd work well under a dining table with chairs sliding on top of it. Plus the gray and yellow combo would look nice together :)



I've been considering other options as well like this one:



[ Image via Overstock ]

I like that the chevron pattern coordinates with my Nate Berkus rug but it's not an identical match. I also like that the navy blue ties in with the drapes on our sliding glass door and the console table I made over. The only con that I can think of is that it's wool and I'm worried that it won't clean up as well as a natural fiber rug. Oh and the pattern is a little busy.

I also like this rug:



[ Image via Overstock ]


I actually used to have this rug (in gray) but I sold it before we moved because the one I received was messed up in a lot of places and it was going to cost me more than I paid for the rug to ship it back.

I'm hesitant to order another one for that reason but I do love the pattern and think it'd pair well with my NB one. Cons? It's also wool and my dogs claws tore the crap out of our other one.

Other options include:

A faux cowhide rug //



[ Image via Overstock ]

A jute fiber rug //



[ Image via Overstock ]


And 'Suit Yourself' FLOR Tiles //



[ Image via FLOR ]


If you couldn't tell by now, I'm having trouble deciding. Maybe that's why our house isn't as far along as I'd like it to be ;)

Which rug would you choose? Have another rug idea? Please share!

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DIY Wood Box Centerpiece

November 26, 2012

Thank you to Two Twenty One for including my centerpiece in her 'Entertain' features round up!


Today marks the second round of the Dare to DIY challenge I'm participating in!



This weeks theme was entertaining and our project instructions were to DIY something for your table.

I showed you my Thanksgiving tablescape last week:







And the centerpiece box is what I DIY'd for today's challenge!







Warning: an incredibly long, photo-filled DIY tutorial is heading your way :)

To build the box, I bought 4, 1 x 6 x 4 pieces of whitewood for $3.50/each:



Then I used our compound miter saw to cut the ends of each long side at a 45 degree angle:



After the long ends were cut, it was time to cut the short ends. I took one of the 1 x 6's and made a 45 degree cut at one end. Then I put the bottom 1 x 6 down and placed the newly cut short 1 x 6 board up against the long 1 x 6 board to form a corner:



Once the corners were lined up, I pushed the second 1 x 6 long board against the shorter 1 x 6 board and marked it's location (and angle to be cut) on the short 1 x 6 board:



Then I made another 45 degree cut:



And had one short side piece done!



Before I could cut the other short side piece, I needed to cut the bottom piece down to size since it was too long:



I did this by placing my newly cut short piece against the longer side pieces to form the end of the box. Then I ran a pencil along the inside edge:



To make my cut line:



A trip to my saw produced a nice clean cut:



Which gave me enough room to measure the remaining 45 degree cuts for my second short side piece:



Before I began to assemble everything, I put all of the pieces together to see how they fit. Success!



To put everything together, I ran some wood glue along each edge of the shorter pieces:





And stuck them to the edges of the longer pieces



I did one side at a time and after the glue had set up a little bit, I hammered three nails into each end for some extra stability:



After the box was assembled, I realized that the bottom was going to be much lower than I had anticipated:



4 3/4" too low to be exact:



I thought about propping the candles up with cans of food but then a lightbulb went off and I started to dig around in my scrap wood pile to see what I could find. I found a 40" long 2x2 furring strip that was most likely leftover from my DIY console table.



I cut the furring strip down into 4, 10" long pieces that would act as support "beams" for the bottom piece that was going to turn into a shelf.



After I marked the center of my long board, I measured 5" in from each side of the box and made a mark. Then I ran a band of wood glue along one side of one of the 10" furring strip beams:



Matched it up to the marks I made earlier and stuck it into place:



After two of the supports had set up (about 30 minutes), I turned the box over to make sure that they were level:



Then I glued the remaining supports in place:



I grabbed whatever I could find to hold the shelf supports up while they dried overnight. I don't know if this step was necessary since they were pretty stuck in place as it was but I didn't want anything slipping overnight.



The next morning, I placed the bottom piece turned shelf piece on top of the supports to see how it looked:





With the shelf in place, the box was only 1 1/4" deep which was a lot better than the previous 4 3/4" and meant that I didn't have to find as many items to prop the candles up on!



Here's what the supports look like from the bottom in case you're wondering:



There were some gaps in the box's edges so I broke out some paintable caulk and got to work.



I started by running a band of caulk down the edge:



Smoothing it out with my finger:



And wiping off the excess with a damp paper towel:



I let the caulk dry for 4 hours (the recommended time on the tube) before painting it.

For the paint, I used a quart of Olympic's premium latex paint in a semi-gloss finish. I didn't have it tinted at all, I just grabbed it (Ultra white base 1) off of the shelf and took it home:



I whitewashed the entire outside of the box and part of the inside:





I also whitewashed the top of the shelf just in case some of it were to peek through underneath the candles/filler:





Because I did such a light coat of paint, it was dry by the time I finished painting the top of the shelf so I brought it inside and taped off the top edge:



So I could paint it gold:





I used Martha Stewart's "Vintage Gold" paint (from Home Depot) and applied it with a small foam brush:



After the edge had dried (about an hour), I removed the tape and started filling the box with candles making sure to vary the heights for some interest:



Then I started adding pinecones:



And that's when I realized that I'd need to use something else as a filler since the pinecones were too big to fill the box alone like I had hoped:



So I broke out my Spanish moss (not pictured) and some faux foliage I picked up at the dollar store earlier in the day just in case the pinecones wouldn't work:



And got to work filling every nook and cranny:




Until I eventually ended up with this:







Whew! Did you make it to the bottom of the post?! 10 points to you if you did :)

What do you think of the box? Will you be making one for your future tablescapes?

Disclaimer: I can't guarantee that your centerpiece will turn out just like mine. Differences in materials and tools used, and your skill level, will yield different results. I cannot be held responsible for a failed project or an injury of any kind so proceed with caution and build at your own risk. Remember: always use caution when working with power tools and read any instructions before beginning any project.


I'm sharing this project at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the Dog, Maybe Matilda, Newly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!

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