Don’t Talk to Me

Seriously I don’t like it when soicitors come to my door. It happens a lot. Or at least it was. One or two a day for weeks in the spring. Usually I ignore the door if I don’t know the person. My dogs drive me bonkers though. Solicitor rings the door bell and I have 2 dog bells that go off for another 3 minutes. Trust me it is the longest 3 minutes of my life. So with that being said the next project was born.

Solicitors, lets face it. It’s weird. A random stranger at the door asking me personal questions to get to know me to sell me something I most likely do not want or need. With that said here is the sign. By the time I put it up I had 2 neighbors ask if I could make them one as well. LOL! Of course.

(It’s been 2 months and not one solicotor since)

Destination Anywhere

The Commitments was a new movie back in the day when my hubby and I first started dating in highschool. 25 yeats later and we still listen to the soundtrack, me probably way more than him but I am a sappy music, hallmark movie loving girl.

Todays sign is to commemerate our meeting and added a little fun but incorporating the a favorite song from that era and movie.

Google maps is my best friends most days when I go out and about into Phoenix or pretty much anywhere out of my little town. My husbands jokes and calls me directionally challeneged. I’m lucky I know what way is up but if I didnt have cellular data I would be perpetually lost. This is not a joke. I have GPS in my car and on my phone.  For example, I took a bad left and ended up lost in Compton on a visit in Los Angeles when I didn’t use GOOGLE.

I need GOOGLE maps. Need them like we need air to breathe and water to drink. Anyways this isn’t an advertisement for Google but I am going to talk about a cool feature. When you go into maps you can get Latitude and Longitude Coordinates as well as directions.

So needless to say these coordinates lead to house I lived in when I was 16 years old. Where I met my hubby on my patio for a “blind date” set up by friends. We lived in California at that time and had I been a resturant with a sign that said, “no shoes, no shirt, no service.” He would of been out of luck. As it was I thought my friend had lost her mind. He was everything I didn’t know I needed or wanted and I can’t imagine life without him. To reiterate the point here we are 25 years later. So this sign was for us. Our anniversary.


Happy 25th Anniversary my love. Were may have started at this point but I will follow you to any destination as long as we’re together.

Tick Tock

So we have this wall clock. Nothing fancy but it’s a good clock. I bought it when it was on a  discontinued item sale. I had a lot of compliments on it and I liked it but… it seemed everywhere i turned in town it was there.

Like this thing was the thing to buy. It was in the nail salon I go to. In a few homes I looked at that were for sale, in a friends house, in a classroom, the local froyo shop, restaurant, and the list goes on. I don’t live in that big of a town.

So being that it was a sturdy item and worked well I decided to give it a new look. A wall clock makeover if you will. Being that my style is farmhouse deco this didn’t really match any longer any ways. So I painted it white. Shocking I know right. Like if that didn’t surprise the pants off you the next one will. Wait for it… Then I used chalk paint and put on roman numerals. I told you.

So needless to say it is now an Angie “original”. Like so many other clocks I have seen. I bet theirs doesn’t hang slightly off kilter though. Memo to all  you who decide to do this. Make sure your hole on the back and your 12 on the front are lined up…perfectly. It helps to make it look asthetically pleasing and makes it easier to read. Now it looks like Salvador Dali has been to my house. At least until I can get my hubby to put a new hole in the back.

Anyways here’s the before and after photo. I wish I would remember to take a photo before I actually start working on a project. I had taken the hands off the clock  already when I took it. The hands were a bronze color. Instead of repainting them I flipped them over and have them on the silver side. I wasn’t sure at first but it matches the appliances and kitchen scheme well this way.

 

 

A HUGE HEART

So I know it’s only January but February has my very favorite holiday. I love Valentine’s day. We were married on Valentine’s day. We found out we were pregnant with our second son on Valentine’s day. We all make special homemade cards for each other, including the kids. I decorate a tree for the holiday because we all know it’s not a holiday unless there is  a tree involved. LOL! I love red, and pink, I love hearts. It’s just my thing. Seriously wait till you see the huge herringbone heart I made  just getting a start for this February.

So it took me  a while to get the hang of the layout as I had no cutout or stencil for this. It was the first one I have ever made. My hubby helped of course. He was the reason it actually was finished being he did all the major cutting for me. Let me tell you I LOVE IT!

So it all started with a freehand drawing and a cutout on some 1/4 inch plywood. The hubby cut it out for me. You can see that I had a pattern of boards going on behind it to make sure it fit. I think used some wood glue between the boards and plywood then stapled that sucker down with all that I had. Hubby cut around the back piece which was like a guide.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.  Then I hung it on a very empty wall in the living room.

Here’s a size reference. It’s a HUGE heart.

I added a string of poms poms to add a splash of color for Valentine’s Day.

Horses and Racks

So my laundry is in constant disarray with clothes hang drying. We have a laundry horse and it sits right between the 2 doors, mind you this is NOT a wide room. The horse is constantly getting knocked over by the dog and our kids who are typically making a fast bee line through when we get home from school, in the tornado they become and aftermath of distruction they leave behind my laundry horse spends more time on the floor than drying clothing. In other words moist clean clothing on the floor which is tile that has been re-carpeted daily with Husky hair by our wonderful  fur ball dog.

SO of course it was another Pinterest find. I can not even begin to tell you how many hours have been lost while I am searching Pinterest. It really is the blackhole of time. Initially I saved several different designs. Went and bought what I thought I would need for the wood and the hardware then let it sit in the garage for 2 months. I let it sit because I was so nervous about screwing it up with the measurements for the doweling. I DO NOT have patience for that and I don’t math. So finally my hubby had time to make it, or maybe I just pestered him enough. Who knows.

We fought with this project more than any other we have done and did a lot of DIY to make sure the frame was square and measurements were perfect.  Being there were no instructions and we are flying by the seat of our pants I think it turned out pretty good. We learned a lot in the process and if we ever needed to build another one we know what we would do differently.

I think once again my husband did awesome on the build, I love our team work. He was surprised that I use this as often as I have already. 


Garbage & Recyling

Okay I promise this is my last post of the year. I believe I am caught up with all the projects done during the holiday season.

Let me say good grief and what a huge pain in the arse that garbage and recycling was in our kitchen. We had a stainless steel can with a step lever for the lid. It’s no where near big enough for a day and as for the recycling, well it accumulates in a paper bag, on the counter, in a row on the floor next to the said bag and anywhere else the kids will put it till I am screaming and asking for the 56th time for them to take out recycling.  One day is all it takes to build up in a family of 6.

Needless to say I found a cute bin on Pinterest. Yes time time void website. LOVE IT! Somedays more that others. Any who I found this bin and have been wanting my hubby to help make it for about 3 years. So finally he designed it on his computer and started lying it out.

One trip to Ace, and 2 trips to town, Home Depot and Lowes and finally we have everything. We needed a new tool as well so out total topped out about $175.  It was not a cheap project but well worth the money spent. There were no directions on how to build this specific one that I could find so we winged it. I’m sure there may have been easier ways to do things but it is done and looks super fab in the nook in the kitchen and it gets rid of all the over flow of  recycling. In all it took a full weekend to build and paint.

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See? It’s so much better than the before picture which I did remember to take for once but am not posting  because run away recycling everywhere is embarrassing.  Let me know what you think fellow DIY’ers. Have you built one? What did you do different? Wanna try it?

 

The Hutch came off with out a Hitch

So we were given a hutch by some friends that had stored it in their garage with every intention of repurposing it. A year and a half later they just wanted it out. So we got it home to our garage and there it sat for about 2 months until I worked up the motivation for this project and I desperately wanted it done before Christmas.

So this hutch had a broken glass which I wasn’t going to replace. Doors that were dated older than me and handles that were screaming for some shag carpet. The wood is hard to see in the photo but it has the black speckled paint in it to make it look aged, and it did,  it made it look like it was from 1982.

So we removed the pane of glass, removed the doors and I had so much stress relief removing the back piece. Unfortunately I took no photos other than a before an after because I get so caught up each and every time I forget. I really need to make a sign in the garage that reminds me to take picture.

If I ever decide to repaint this piece I would sand this down almost all the way.

I did something I normally wouldn’t do.

A) I used a different brand of chalk paint which was my first mistake. It didn’t go on as smooth as I would have liked.

B) I got tired of dealing with the crap chalk paint and tried rolling it. NEVER ROLL CHALK PAINT!

Needless to say though it is done and looks good for now. I like it. Paint can change an item so much it’s amazing. I would never guess it was the same piece.

Have FUN DIY’ers  Show me what you got going on.

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