DIY EASY Window Seat Tutorial

Happy Martin Luther King Jr holiday, I hope everyone was able to enjoy their time off today! I wanted to share with you our most recent project which was a built-in window seat & cushion for Auggie’s big boy outdoor adventure room.  The window seat was a custom fit to tailor the specific window nook in the room and I had the hardest time finding a window seat cushion that would A) fit the space exactly & B) not cost an insane amount of money.  Naturally, I browsed “the Pinterest” as my husband calls it, and looked for fun ways to do this seat myself.  Keep in mind, I have zero experience with a sewing machine, nor did I really want to learn at this moment in time.  (It is on my to do list in the future though!)  I came across a couple of blogs where they actually used memory/upholstery foam and placed some type of hard surface beneath it in order to staple the fabric to that for a sturdier hold.  JoAnn Fabrics is great with their sales, I ended up coming across the extra dense 2″ memory foam that I wanted on mega sale…this stuff can be pricey so I would definitely wait until the next sale comes up.  2″ was perfect for what I was looking for but you may want a thicker cushion depending on what you need.  We picked up a large piece of pegboard from Home Depot and Reid cut that and the foam to the appropriate size to custom fit our window seat space.  We then picked up a heavy-duty furniture upholstery fabric from JoAnn’s, it was HGTV brand, 50% off!  I am obsessed with the color/pattern/texture of the fabric, it’s even better than what I had imagined.  That’s the bonus of doing it yourself, you get EXACTLY what you want!

Materials:

  • Memory Foam, the exact one I used is found here
  • 1/4″ Plywood (We used pegboard but I wouldn’t choose that again, the holes made it really hard for staples to stay in place)
  • Fabric, I recommend an upholstery fabric, it’s thicker and better quality to last longer
  • Staple gun, I just purchased this one from Home Depot, and it has killer reviews and is manual which I like, especially for indoor projects
  • Some type of saw for cutting down wood to exact measurement, we used a jigsaw
  • Good scissors or razor to cut down memory foam to exact measurement
  • Heavy duty glue (we used gorilla glue)

Steps:

  • Cut memory foam to appropriate size using heavy-duty scissors and/or a sharp razor
  • Cut pegboard to appropriate size (should exactly line up with memory foam)
  • Cut fabric to be able to wrap around edges enough to fold over and staple it to bottom side (you don’t need a lot of overhang here though since you won’t see the bottom)
  • Having a second person around for the pulling and holding would be ideal
  • Tightly pull the fabric over the end sides, apply glue to the pegboard then lay fabric down and hold for a few seconds
  • Grab your staple gun and start applying staples through the fabric into the wood surface
  • Repeat this process for other end side
  • Fold over long sides and repeat glue and staple process while someone firmly pulls fabric (this may take a little messing with/cutting/tucking in order to make the fold-over crease look professional)
  • It’s as simple as that…you’re done!
  • Side note: I may end up adding some velcro to the bottom of the cushion, since it’s in a toddlers room, I know it will get a lot of rough play and it could be useful for keeping it in place…to all the fellow mamas out there!

I plan on sharing more photos of this nook, I am still on the hunt for the perfect pillows, drapes, and storage bins to complete this space.  Thanks for reading all, have a fabulous week!

 

{ X Brace } Farmhouse Dining Table

You guys…. I FINALLY get to share this amazing farmhouse table with you all!

If you know me, you know I have been hassling my husband about building me a huge table for probably 3 years now.  He must have gotten sick of listening to my “reasonings” as to why we NEEDED this table 😉  There is nothing better than having a big cozy spot to sit at and enjoy conversation with family & friends.  As you know by now, I’m a little bit of a Pinterest stalker.  I have been going through all the farmhouse dining table feed trying to decide exactly what I wanted and envisioned in our dining space.  I narrowed it down to a couple great options but I chose this one because of the hefty legs and metal brace.  I just thought it was really unique and special!  I also had always envisioned having a bench on one side, simple chairs on the other, and two big cozy chairs on the ends.  I will get to all of that after the step by step building plans.

For this exact table we really didn’t follow any official plans.  I found this picture on Pinterest and was feeling drawn to this look yet still wanted to make it our own.  This picture is actually advertising one of the clear chairs so unfortunately the table is not for purchase, nor can you find plans for it anywhere!  Our bench can be found through my favorite Shanty 2 Chic gals.  We didn’t intend to use these exact plans, but with how long it ended up being we needed the extra third X brace to support the weight of the wood.  Plans for the bench can be found here.

Are you guys ready to dive on in?  I have my trusty handyman sitting right next to me so you get the full run through.

Table Size: 87″ length x 40″ Width x 30″ height  

Table top: 2 x 10 x 8 are cut to 77″ long 

Both 2 x 6 x 8 end caps are 5″ long to get the total length of 87″

Materials needed:

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Biscuit Joiner
  • Drill
  • Orbital or belt sander
  • Counter sink drill bits
  • Wood filler
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps (Minimum 6)

Lumber & Fasteners:

  • 4.5″ wood screws for the base (16)
  • 2.5″ wood screws
  • 2.5″ pocket screws for table top
  • 2″x 10″x 8′ for table top (5)
  • 2″ x 6″ x 12′ for table top end caps and feet (1)
  • 4″ x 4″ x 8′ for legs and X braces (3)
  • 1″ x 48″ black conduit
  • 1″ iron floor flange (2)

Cut List 

  • Cut all five of your 2” x 10 ” boards to 78″ long
    • Note: We will cut the boards down to their final length of 77″ with a circular saw and guide once they are all joined. This will allow for a perfectly square and flush edge across all boards. If you are confident in your ability to cut 5 boards perfectly the same length and seamlessly join them then feel free to cut them to 77″ right off the bat.
    • The type of stud lumber we are using has rounded edges. We want them to be square so that they are nice and flush once joined for the table top. We also want to leave the rounded edge on the two outboard pieces. It is also extremely important to take your time selecting these boards from the store. If they are bowed or twisted they will not join up well and you will have a warped table top. We were able to find some really nice straight boards but if you have warped boards you will need to run them through a thickness planer and jointer to get them square.
      • For the middle 3 boards set your table saw to take off 5/8″ and run the boards through on both edges. This will take off 1.25″ total and leave you with a board that is 8″ wide. 2″ x 10″ boards are nominally 1.5″ by 9.25″ to begin with.
      • For the 2 edge boards set your table saw to take off 1.25″ and only run them through on one edge.
  • Cut your 2″ x 6″ board into two 40.25″ pieces for the end caps. The reason these are cut slightly wider than the table width is to allow for sanding the squared edges down once joined to the table top. Save the rest of this board as you will need it for the feet.
    • Set your table saw to take off 1/2″ and run the 40 pieces through on one edge only.
  • Cut 4 pieces of 4″ x 6 ” with a 45 degree bevel to 12″ on the long side
  • Cut 2 pieces of 4″ x 4″ to 20 inches for the vertical supports
  • Cut 8 pieces of 4″ x 4″ with a 45 degree miter on both sides to a length of 14 inches on the long side for the “X” braces
  • Cut 2 pieces of 4″ x 4″ to 36 inches for the top horizontal support
  • Cut 2 pieces of 4″ x 6″ to 36″ for the bottom base supports
    • To round off the edges on the 4″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ there are a couple of options.
      • Option #1: If you have a band saw or access to one this would be the best option. Make a stencil to round off the edge into a profile you like and copy it across all the boards then cut it with your band saw.
      • Option #2: Mark off a few points that approximate the curve you want. Make 3 cuts with your miter saw, one at 30 degrees, one at 45 degrees, and one at 60 degrees. Then use your orbital sander to smooth it out starting with a coarse grit and moving to a finer grit to finish. This is what I did for the 4″ by 4″ and it turned out really nice. My miter saw wasn’t big enough to do this for 4″ x 6″ so I used a reciprocating saw. It was very difficult and definitely didn’t turn out as nice as the 4″ x 4″ pieces. But hey it is a rustic table so a little imperfection here is ok.

Plans  

Now that all the cuts have been made it’s time to start putting things together. We’ll start with the table top. Arrange your boards side to side according to how you want the final product to look. You can swap the middle boards around if you don’t like the way the different grains look next to each other. Once they are all lined up to your liking push them together on a flat surface and mark 4 spots along the seams between all of the adjoining boards. I marked mine at 4″, 27″, 50″, and 73″. These will be the locations for our biscuits. Set your biscuit joiner depth to 3/4″ so the biscuits are sitting dead center on the board and cut your biscuit holes at these locations. The biscuits will not add much structural support but are really there to ensure that the boards sit flush with each other.

Next, drill pocket holes in the bottom of the boards to assist in joining them. Set your Kreg Jig for 1.5 inches thick. I used 3 pocket holes per board (One close to each end and one in the middle) but over to you if you want to add a few more. These will give added strength and really help to ensure a snug fit between your boards. It’s easy to get confused with which way you should be drilling when you are flipping boards over one at a time so take your time here.

You are now ready to join the table top together. Place your boards on a flat surface with the top facing down so that you will have access to the pocket holes. Place biscuits in all of your holes. One at a time apply a bead of wood glue on the edge between two boards and press them together. If you are having trouble getting them to seat fully use a rubber mallet or a hammer and a piece of scrap wood to help apply the necessary force. Use 2.5″ pocket screws to cinch down the joint, first making sure that you are lining up the edges of the boards to the best of your ability. If it’s a little bit off that’s ok we’re going to cut a bit off to square it up after everything is together. Do this all the way across until all of your boards are together. Add clamps across the width of the table top to secure everything. The more clamps the better but i would recommend at least 6. They are about 15 dollars a piece even if you get the economy brand. Here is a link for some decent ones, http://www.harborfreight.com/48-in-aluminum-bar-clamp-60540.html. You want your clamps to be snug but not so much that they cause your table to bow. If you don’t want to spring for the clamps you will be just fine as long as you add more pocket screws. If this is the case for you I would recommend a pocket screw every foot along the length of each joint. Follow the instructions on your wood glue for how long it needs to cure before the bond is secure. I used Elmer’s Max wood glue and waited about 8 hours before i handled it and it held up just fine.

Once the glue is dry it’s time to trim the edges so that everything is square. I had some minor differences, probably about 1/16″, where one board was sticking out further than the other. This will cause your end caps to not mount properly and there will be a gap. To remedy this you just need to take a little off each end with a circular saw. Do not draw a line and try to follow it because you will not be able to saw perfectly straight across the length. You want to use a guide here. Use your pencil to mark 1/2″ on the end board. Set up your guide so that your saw blade will cut at the right location. You can buy a guide or use something you already have in your garage. I used a 4′ aluminum level but really any straight object that you can clamp down will work. This video has some great examples. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-make-circular-saw-guide. Take a half-inch off both ends and you should be left with a seamless table top that is now exactly 77″ long. If you have some larger imperfections you may have to take a little less material off in order to get you table top to 77 inches finished. Mine ended up at about 76.5.

Next attach the end caps by using the same process of biscuits and pocket screws. I used 3 biscuits and 5 pocket screws on each end cap for added strength. The exact locations on the biscuits isn’t extremely important as long as you have one near each end and one near the middle. Once you have the end caps attached and drying you can move on to the legs.

Begin by first attaching the top horizontal 4″x4″ to the vertical 4″x4″. Mark the center of the horizontal 4″x4″ and drill 4 countersink pilot holes. Add wood glue to the end of the vertical support and use 4.5″ wood screws to screw through the horizontal 4″x4″ and into the end of the vertical support. Use clamps to ensure that the boards don’t shift as you are securing them. You should now have a piece that looks a “T”. Flip the piece over and use the same procedure to secure the 4″x6″ bottom horizontal piece to the vertical 4″x4″. Make sure that your 4″x4″ is sitting dead center on your 4″x6″. There should be a one inch overhang on each side. Once the 4″x6″ piece is secure use countersink pilot holes, glue, and 2.5″ wood screws to secure the feet to the bottom of the 4″x6″ base. Next attach the X-braces with 2 countersink holes, glue, and 2.5″ wood screws at each joint. After all the X-braces are in place you  are done and ready to start the finishing process.

Fill all the holes in the X-braces with wood filler. Overfill slightly to allow for sanding. Let dry for 24 hours before sanding. If you would like, add pocket hole plugs and wood filler to the bottom of your table top…or don’t, no one is ever going to look under your table anyway. I added plugs only because it was easy and did not worry about the bottom of the table looking perfect. Sand the entire project using your orbital sander starting with a coarse grit for major imperfections. I began with 80, went up to 150,  and finished with 220 on the table top only. If you have some very large imperfections that need to be leveled out you can use something coarser like a 40 grit but it will really tear up the wood. Just make sure you leave enough excess to hit it with finer grits as you get it close to where it needs to be.

Stain

  • Minwax Wood Conditioner (don’t skip this step, it makes a difference!)
  • One coat of Minwax Weathered Oak
  • One coat of Minwax Special Walnut
  • 3 coats of Varathane Polyurethane, Matte Soft Touch
  • Lambs Wool Applicator for smooth & easy stain (this was a tip from Shanty 2 Chic gals, and it worked like a charm, I will 100% be doing this every time in the future)
  • Microfiber towel or painters rag to wipe off any excess stain the lambs wool may have left
  • Small brush to get in cracks of the X Brace legs, OR use a microfiber towel, or painters rag to get in small hard to reach places
  • High quality synthetic paint brush for sealant
  • Respirator, we have this one.  I had to use this right now being pregnant but I really do recommend it in general, with the amount of time it takes to stain and all the chemicals you’re inhaling in that span of time I think it’s a safe way to go!

The Process:

Start by applying the wood conditioner with a microfiber towel according to the instructions on the can. It’s pretty simple and will go on quickly. The wood conditioner will make your final product look so much better and less blotchy so don’t skip it.

Apply your first coat of weathered oak with your lambswool applicator to the bottom of the table and the legs. You may need a brush to get into some of the hard to reach places on the legs. Let it sit on the surface for 5-10 minutes then lightly wipe off excess with a tack cloth. Now you just need to let it dry. Drying time will vary based on temperature and humidity but could take awhile. We did that first coat in the morning around 8AM, then came back at 4PM and did the special walnut coat on the bottom of the table only.

The next morning come back out and flip the table top over. You can now do the first coat of weathered oak on it. You will get a better result if you wait for it to fully dry before resting the stained portion on anything but we weren’t too worried about the bottom of the table being absolutely perfect. That afternoon we applied the special walnut to the table top and the legs. Take it slow with the special walnut. It is a very dark stain so don’t let it rest on the surface for too long. You can always off another coat if you want it darker but it would be a real pain to sand it all off.

Now the hard part. Wait anywhere from 24-48 hours for the stain to fully and thoroughly dry before applying the polyurethane. You don’t want to seal water into your wood so be patient here.

Once everything is dry apply your first coat of polyurethane. When applying the polyurethane use smooth brush strokes with the grain. It will probably take a quite a bit on the first coat as the wood absorbs it. Don’t worry about being able to see small brush strokes as the urethane will self level as it dries. It will go on with a milky appearance but dry clear. Wait 2 hours and apply a second coat, no sanding required. This coat should go on much easier. Never apply more than 2 coats in a day. Wait 24 hours. You’ll want to lightly sand with a very fine grit sandpaper before the final coat, something 220 or up. Wipe with a dry cloth to remove the dust and apply your 3rd coat. We did not apply any polyurethane to the bottom of the tabletop. Now you just have to let it dry and cure up.

The can says to wait 7 days for it to fully cure… we waited 3 days after the last coat of sealant before bringing it inside to assemble, it’s important to make sure it’s fully cured and ready to be used, if you rush this process you could end up with permanent marks on your table from whatever you set on it.  You’ll want to bring in the legs, metal brace and table top separate because with the real pine lumber it is HEAVY!  It also wouldn’t have fit through our doorway assembled.


Final Assembly:

This is going to take 2 people, but 3 would make it easier. Set up your two legs spaced at approximately the correct distance apart. Screw the floor flanges onto the conduit before attaching to the supports. We centered ours up where the bottom X supports meet the vertical support. Screw it into the vertical support with 2.5″ wood screws. Put a level on it and adjust the other leg so that it sits flush against it and attach to the second leg. You should now have a secure base to place the table top on.

Drill 4 countersink pilot holes through the horizontal 4 x 4 up towards the table top, one on each corner of where the table will be attached. If you want to use more than 4 go for it, but ours is holding up great. Set the table top on your base. Take measurements of the overhang on both ends. It should be equal. If it is you know it is centered up end to end. Also measure the overhang on the sides of the horizontal supports. Once you have equal measurements on these 4 points you know it is centered up side to side. Secure the table top with 4″ wood screws.

Tips:

Take your time selecting lumber. Boards with bows and twists will make this project very hard.

Stain bottom of table top first so that it never rests on the finished top edge, this is important!!!

All instructions are on back of stain/sealant cans, we always follow these.  Staining is a long process that requires lots of patience and waiting time but its worth it!  Take this from a girl who likes to see projects done immediately upon seeing them on Pinterest 😉

Decor:

Tufted fabric end chairs found at Wayfair

Bronze metal chairs found on Amazon

Ivory ceramic lanterns found at Crate & Barrel, old, but similar ones found here, here & here

Rug found on sale at Target

If there’s anything you think we missed in these plans please send me a message and we will try to help you out!  You guys can follow my inspiration on Pinterest by clicking on the “Follow Me” link on the right hand side of my blog.

 

Reminiscing on 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!  This past year was amazing and it’s crazy to think 2017 has the potential to be even better.  We get to meet our second sweet baby boy this spring and I cannot wait!

As the crazy human/dog mom that I am I was just recently going through my phone pictures and you guys…I have over 8000 photos ON MY PHONE ALONE!  What is wrong with me?!  Reid always makes fun of me because any time the puppies are sleeping in a cute position or Auggie does something adorable (which is every 5 minutes in my opinion) I have to capture it!  I definitely need to be better about living in the moment, but it’s so fun to share our little ones with family & friends.  Plus I have to stock up so I can embarrass Auggie in front of his future girlfriends 🙂

Some of my favorite big time bloggers who I adore did similar posts and I thought what a cute idea!  I just wanted to take a trip down memory lane from 2016 and share some of my favorite moments with you all!

Favorite memories:

Taking Auggie to the tulip fields in La Conner, he was so amazed by the vibrant flowers, it’s so fun to watch your child explore the world

My first time leaving Auggie to visit Reid in Key West for the weekend, I was terrified to leave him so young but I did not regret the time I got to spend one on one with my husband!

Celebrating the marriage of my brother & sister-in-law, it was such a beautiful event, and great to see friends & family from across the states

Summer time backyard hangouts with Auggie and our pups, he loved getting in our party bucket to cool off, and the dogs love lounging on the grass, could they all be any cuter? (Bias mom comment)

Auggie turned ONE!  We had a super special day at the zoo and celebrated with pizza & delicious cupcakes after, it’s definitely a day to be remembered, especially the bird aviary..Auggie kept trying to reach out and grab the birds!

Our first family trip to California to visit friends, Auggie LOVED the beach!  (Except for when he tried to eat the sand)

Christmas tree farm, this is an event I look forward to every single year, and this year was my favorite yet because we got to enjoy it with our little dude, even though it was pouring and freeeeezing.

The first SNOW of the year, Auggie loved it, for 5 minutes, then we were done

Finding out we are having another BOY!  I cannot wait to have these two grow up together and be best friends.  Plus that means I get to be the princess of the house right?

Our holiday family photo, it’s always such a disaster trying to get everyone to cooperate, including Reid!  I always love how they turn out because it captures our family perfectly, aka perfect photos DON’T exist!

 

 



New Years Resolutions:

Savor every moment with my family, life is too short!  

Put more time & effort into my blog

Live a healthier lifestyle, nothing feels better than eating natural food & having a consistent workout routine

Have more date nights, it’s hard to leave your babies but they were built on the relationship with your spouse and it’s easy to forget that 

What are some of your resolutions this year?  I would love to hear!

Thanks for readings guys!  I am currently working on the farmhouse dining table plans with Reid and we will get that posted ASAP!  I can’t wait to share with you all.

Xoxo,

Kristin

Coffee Bar Makeover

Happy weekend friends!

I am super excited to share this post with you all, this was my first solo project!  Granted I probably asked Reid 1,000 questions along the way but hey, that’s how you learn!  This is how it all started…as some of you know little boys are very busy and move FAST.  Auggie is now to the age where he wants to stand up on everything.  Before this project came into my mind I had an awesome Storables cart I designed for when I lived in my downtown Seattle studio.  It worked as a little two person dining table and also storage (oh that big city living!)  When I moved up north into our house I wanted to make use of it and ended up designing this sweet coffee bar as a present to Reid while he was on deployment!  I love this corner of our house, everything about it makes me happy!  As Auggie grows…so does our list of baby proofing, know what I mean?  He has gotten to the point where he can stand up and grab the mugs off the top shelf…Mama needs those mugs for her daily dose (okay doses) of coffee!  This being said…I started stalking Craigslist for an old piece of furniture I could transform into something awesome and auggie-proof!

I ended up finding this old TV stand for $40 and drew up a super non-professional design on a note card and went from there!  I had a vision for what I wanted so once I found a piece that would work I went for it. Here’s what I knew…I wanted chicken wire, fun knobs, and a bold color to bring in some character to our white & grey color palette.  It turned out above and beyond what I was expecting, of course it took WAY more time, money, and curse words than I had anticipated but that’s every project for you 😉  For all of you HGTV fans, don’t get me wrong, I love that station to death but damnnn it’s not as easy as they make it look!  I’ll take one reality check please!

Materials Used:

  • Orbital Sander with 80 Grit Discs
  • Coarse Sanding Sponge or sand paper to get in the corners
  • Wood filler–Recommend Elmer’s brand 
  • White paint–I used a cheap version from Ace Hardware, it took me 3 coats to do the inside of the cabinet so I would recommend something better quality like Behr Marquee (our all time favorite!)
  • Chicken Wire — Any hardware store sells this, I get it from Home Depot
  • Staple Gun
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue–this stuff is pretty pricey, about $35 for a can of it but the color is fabulous and it has great ratings, check it out here
  • Annie Sloan Dark Wax– this brought out the wood grain and added a little darkness and shabbiness to the piece
  • Rustoleum Oil rubbed bronze spray paint for the old gold hardware
  • Painters Cloths
  • Paint rollers
  • Angled Paint Brush
  • Frog tape
  • Knobs –found at Hobby Lobby
  • Side hanging hooks– found at Hobby Lobby

Below I’ve posted some pictures of the process…enjoy!

DSC02279Here’s the cabinet in all it’s original glory as I began to take off all the hardware, doors, shelves, etc.  DSC02284I used heavy duty yard pruners along with my hands to take out all the wooden slats, then proceeded to fill each hole with wood filler, let it dry for 24 hours and sand it for a flushed look.

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DSC02298Ohhh the words I could use to describe the orbital sander…but this is a family friendly blog so we won’t go there 😉  Sanding is a long and slow process but I really recommend it if you want your project to look professional and last!  I used 80 grit hook and grip discs for this piece.  Also can we talk about my awkward claw in this photo? WTF. 

DSC02303Here it is, two long and sweaty days later, fully stripped down and ready for paint!

DSC02309Back and insides painted white (let dry overnight) then Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint was applied with a handheld roller along with an angled brush to get in the corners.

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Annie Sloan Soft Dark Wax was applied with a painters cloth to get the dark “shabby” look, I did my strokes with the grain but you can do it any way you like, or with a hard bristled brush.  She has videos on her website if you want to watch more tutorials on painting/waxing techniques recommended for her products but I just kind of went with what felt right!DSC02316Staple gun was used to apply chicken wire to back of doors after paint & wax have been applied and allowed at least 24 hours to dry, this was my favorite part of the project!!!  I totally felt like a child but staple guns are FUN.  DSC02320

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DSC02324Finished look with chicken wire and safety locks added.  This lock was found at Ace but you can really find them at any hardware store…knobs are from Hobby Lobby and I love them!

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Now for the final reveal… (drumroll please)

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And there you have it folks!  A year ago I never would’ve thought I was doing my own handy project, but I dedicated myself to learning something out of my comfort zone and could not more pleased with the outcome!

Thanks for taking time out of your day to check out this post, we will be in touch!

As always, Sincerely the Smith’s

 

 

Summer Style Inspiration

Hey y’all!!! (For the record, I’m totally not southern, actually like the opposite of southern, I’m a born and raised northwest hippie, but I freaking love southern accents so why not!)  Now that I’m done rambling and now that it’s officially summer I thought I would share some of my favorite summer pieces…Since we live way too far away from any decent department stores I have become an excellent online stalker/shopper!

To start this off I am going to share my favorite places to online shop…

Nordstrom (Obviously!)  I find myself doing most of my online shopping here because they are amazing with returns…If things don’t fit I will either ship it back with their prepaid label or collect items in my closet and return them down in Seattle when we make our weekend trips.  I have never once had an issue with them, tags on or off!  Oh and PS – the anniversary sale starts July 22, you can sneak preview some of the sales!

Revolve Clothing – This site is amazing.  They have everything you could possibly want and more, not to mention mega fast shipping.  I find myself mainly shopping here for special occasions because they have a great filter system.  I love that you can put in your exact price point, style, color, etc.  They have a super bohemian vibe which is my jam so I find myself scrolling through their clothes for hours, it’s actually quite pathetic now that I think about it.

ASOS – They are the bomb!  (I know no one says that anymore)  There is almost TOO much stuff on this site but you can find cute things for super cheap.  I did a lot of my maternity shopping here. They also have a cool free 2 day shipping program here, kind of like Amazon Prime.  (Don’t even get me started on my prime membership, the delivery guys know me far too well)

Shopbop – SPLURGE!  But they have really nice quality things and free 2 day shipping with your amazon prime account.

Lulus – This place is amazing for dresses!  I have purchased several dresses off this site and have loved all of them.  The best part…totally affordable.  Chaaa ching!

Favorite Summer Trends

  • Off the Shoulder Shirts
  • Floppy Hats
  • Rompers
  • Kimonos
  • One piece bathing suits
  • Lace up sandals
  • 70s shades
  • Bright lips (The YSL stain I linked below is the absolute best…stays on all dang day!) Tip – If you want a bolder & longer lasting look, apply one layer, dab your lips onto paper towel, then apply layer over the top, really cements it in place and layers the look!  I also use YSL Babydoll mascara and it’s the shit!

I am linking some of my favorite pieces (and most reasonably priced) I have found for the summer, just click on the photo to take you there, enjoy you scrumptious babes!!!
Oh yeah and best part..all under $100 (minus the Ray-Bans, but I got mine when Nordstrom was doing their 25% off sale, watch for that!)

 

Black & Grey Kimono
Summer Straw Hat
Lace-up Fringe Sandal
70s Style Ray Bans
Bright Lip Stain
Off the Shoulder Mini Dress
Tribal One-Piece Suit
Lace-up Flat Sandals
Off the Shoulder Lace Top
Tropical Romper
Fringe Kimono
Round Taupe Shades
Lace-up Denim Dress
Free People Embroidered Top
Gold Sun Hat

Motivational Monday

You guys!!!  I have been so MIA and I sincerely apologize for my lack of blogging.  Slacker status…but as our house projects have come to a dead-end I have been wanting to start writing about other passions of mine; fashion, music and family!  Here are some of my ideas…Reid and I both have both always had a serious love for music.  I grew up playing the piano and he playing the guitar.  The past few years I have dabbled in and out of learning songs on the guitar but it wasn’t until recently that I really felt the need to commit and see where it can take me.  I don’t know if it’s just me but I have a serious fear of performing in front of other people so for my entire life I kept my love for singing strictly business in the shower 😉  I have the most amazing husband who has always believed in me and pushed me out of my comfort zone so I am finally going to do it.  We’re talking about recording some songs we sing together and posting some video blogs for you all!  Music is such a beautiful thing and it should be shared with the world.

My next love FASHION!  Who doesn’t love online shopping (more so stalking for me) and frolicking around town feeling cute as sh**?! I was inspired to start my blog because of all the fashion blogs I have read and admired for several years now.  Once again, this is a huge leap out of my comfort zone, I have been nervous people will think I’m full of myself which is not the case…I just love fashion and think it’s such a fun thing to share with readers!  And more than that, I need to not care what people think because as Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”  (On a side note, I freaking love Dr. Seuss!!!  He nailed it on that one!)  With all the terrible events that have been happening in the world recently I keep reminding myself that life is too short.

Last but definitely not least…my family!!!  I don’t know how I got so lucky to have the family I do.  Auggie is an absolute dream come true, I swear he gets cuter every morning I get him out of his crib.  I have 100% accepted the fact that I am totally that crazy human & dog mom.  😛

If you guys have any comments or feedback on my “fresh” blog ideas I would love to hear them!  But if not, you can expect some fun new things coming your way soon!

You know I can’t let you get away without showing you some stinkin’ precious baby photos!  Auggie is 7 months old now, I seriously don’t know where the time has gone.  He’s sitting up, trying to crawl and super into food & trying to feed himself!  Make it stop!  Here’s some of my favorite photos from the past few months.  Thanks for reading guys, looking forward to what’s to come in the future, and thanks or being patient with me!

(If you follow my Instagram there will not be any shortage of baby & dog photos, link is on the right hand side under the follow me tab!)

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Xoxo,

The Smith’s

Drab to Fab

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Good morning beautiful friends!

Normally I get a serious case of the Mondays (and Tuesdays) but I have to say that this gorgeous sunshiny weather has me feeling amped up and ready to rock this week!  So here it goes…I have been meaning to do a post on our beautiful refinished buffet for a while now.  A few months ago we had the debate of selling our large wooden buffet or refinishing it.  It must have sat in our garage for months!  It is such a great piece and really is great for extra storage (which we need!!!)  The only problem was that it no longer matched with any of our furniture & paint colors!  I had browsed lots of ideas on Pinterest and ended up coming up with a design that made it look totally brand new!  Instead of the old brown netting that kept popping out on the top sections, we added chicken wire to the inside of doors by using a staple gun.  Chicken wire is super durable and also CHEAP!  I found awesome brushed black handles for the cabinet doors from Home Depot and Reid spent multiple days sanding it down in order to spray the entire cabinet white.  The same color was used as all of our kitchen cabinets, Behr Marquee Polar Bear.  The buffet itself was already a big gorgeous piece, it just needed a little TLC.  I couldn’t be happier with how well it turned out with just a few modern updates here and there.

All in all, it seems like a quick fix, but the amount of work sanding, priming & spraying ends up taking about a week if you do a little bit each day.  The worst part about these projects is waiting for the primer/paint to dry to do the next coat!

Below are some pictures of the cabinet before and after.

Decor:

Coffee mug holder: World Market 

Record player: Crosley…Old version, but found lots of great ones here.

White vases:  Old but similar ones found here.

Reclaimed wood wine rack: Etsy…best purchase ever for under $100!

 

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Thanks for checking in!  Hope to chat with you soon 🙂

Xoxo,

Kristin 

A Weekend Retreat to Key West

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Well, this past weekend I decided to finally do it.  I left Auggie with grandparents for the first time and I flew all the way to Key West to spend a weekend with my hubs (and all of his friends)!  It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Immediately upon landing, there is a bar in baggage claim where you can get an ice cold beer.. and the best part?  You can walk around town with it!  This was the first time I have ever made an impulse decision to travel and I am pretty stoked about it.  I think I will be doing more of this in the future 😉

We stayed about a mile outside of town and rented beach cruisers to get around everywhere.  There’s something super exhilarating about cruising around on bikes!  But I think my absolute favorite thing about Key West is all of the live music.  Almost every bar or restaurant you go to has someone playing catchy music whether it be acoustic covers or originals.

On this blog post, besides sharing some pictures, I thought I would do a little breakdown of some of my favorite places to see & eat.

Here’s a little list of places that are worth checking out if you venture to Key West 🙂

Bike Rental: Eaton Bikes

Best Evening Attraction: Fury– Commotion on the Ocean.  This was a sunset booze cruise from 630-830 with unlimited drinks and apps and we had an absolute blast.  I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  How could you not want to cruise off into the sunset with a beer in hand and a live band playing your favorite old timey covers?

Best Fancy Dinner: Blue Heaven, I had the yellowtail snapper which was insanely tasty.  I was creeping on the table next to me that ordered Key Lime pie and if I wasn’t so full I would have been all aboard the dessert train!

Best Happy Hour: The Commodore, located right on the marina with a beautiful view of boats and even better people watching along the boardwalk.  All small plates and drinks are 50% from 430-630…can’t beat that!

Best Coffee: Cuban Coffee Queen, order the iced cafe con leche..do it!

Best Cuban Food: El Siboney…it’s a little cruise to get there but oh so worth it!  Let me tell you, this sh** is authentic! We even got to witness a live rooster fight right outside.

Best Fish Tacos: Hogfish Bar & Grill.  It’s a trek depending on where you’re staying, it was about a 10 minute drive for us, but a great change of pace.  I ordered the blackened hogfish tacos which were loaded with homemade salsa and jalapeños with a side of cuban rice and beans. If you’re looking for something with a little extra flare, this is your spot!

Best Beach: Higgs Beach.  It’s a few minutes cruise in the opposite direction of town but there’s a lot less people than the main beaches and you can rent a couple chairs and an umbrella for $20.  This is a great spot if you’re looking to lay out for the day.

Best Spot to Dance: Sloppy Joes…need I say more?

Below are some pictures from my trip.  I guess it’s time for me to get back to “adulting.”  Key West, here’s to hoping we meet again.

Cheers all & enjoy the rest of your week!

Xoxo,

Kristin

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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Happy weekend all!  I am sitting here going over all the stinkin’ precious pictures from our adventure to Tulip Town yesterday!  My friend Jackie and I took Auggie on a day date to frolic in the flowers, and he LOVED it!  He even tried eating them…I was pretty sure the security guards were going to kick us out for disturbing the beautiful fields, but when you see a face like Auggie’s, who would ever dare?!  😉

I don’t have too much to say today (I know I normally don’t ever shut up!), but I just fell in love with all the photos Jackie took of my mini man and I and figured instead of blowing up Instagram, I would share them all with you here.

If you haven’t been to the Tulip Festival, I recommend going, even just for a photo shoot.  Kiddies love it!  We continued on to one of my favorite restaurants in La Conner, Seeds, for  some coffee and snacks (and milk for Auggie).  Springtime in the northwest is amazing and I am so excited to be able to share it with the little dude this year.  Here’s some pictures for you to enjoy, and yes, the red tulips were actually that bright!!!

Coming soon– a post on Reid refinishing our buffet.  It looks awesome!

I am off to have a little girls day brunch…#sundayfunday (I’m pretty sure that’s what the cool kids do these days).

Lots of love,

Kristin

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Farmhouse X Coffee Table

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Good morning my lovely blog followers!  Can I just say that I looked at my site stats and had 23 views yesterday alone…SAY WHAT!  I was laughing when I told Reid because I was convinced it was just my family that had any interest in my babbling 😉  That may seem like a very small number of views to some of the well-establish bloggers but I was quite surprised and grateful for all of you that take the time to read my posts!  Since I am new to the blogging game, I would love all of your feedback and input!

Alright, time to get this coffee table post started!  As you know, we recently completed a remodel of the main area of our house, light grey walls, white backsplash, white cabinets and updated or refurbished furniture!  It’s all coming together perfectly.  The one thing that was driving me crazy (okay let’s be real there’s always more than one thing) was our old brown couches in the living area.  They have served us well but it was time to step our lounge game up!  After years of begging, my lovely husband agreed to look at leather couches.  Leather is a big step up in price but for our hot mess of a family, totally worth the extra splurge.  Our puppy Willie lives in a mud puddle, our older lab Daisy sheds more than Chewbacca and Auggie is a baby and well..you get the gist.  So far, I am VERY pleased with how little maintenance leather requires!  Now if only I can keep the dogs from creeping on our neighbors from the ledge of the leather couch…Am I asking too much?  The point is, with the new leather couches came the need for a coffee table to match the theme of the main hang area.  As usual, I stalked Pinterest and came across this design from the one and only Ana White.  That lady is a furniture building goddess!  The plans to the X-coffee table are found here.

What you need to know for our specific version:   

Reid made 45 degree miter cuts on the top to frame it in for a more finished look.  You can see in the Ana White plans that she went for a more rustic unfinished look which is gorgeous as well, it just depends what you’re looking for.  The lumber used for the top of the table were 2×6 stud wood from Home Depot.  1/8 of an inch was taken off each side of those pieces in order for the wood to have nice square corners.   

The bottom part of X-coffee table is two 1×12 common boards and the supported sides are 2×2 while the ends are 2×4.

Metal L brackets were used on the corners of the table and sprayed with Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze paint.  Make sure to sand the metal well with 220 grit paper before spraying so that the paint will adhere.

Stain: One coat of Minwax oil based Special Walnut was painted on with a soft bristle brush and wiped off almost immediately, this particular stain is very dark.  The next layer was Minwax oil based weathered oak; let this sit for 5 minutes then wipe off.  The stain will look pretty dark at this stage, if you prefer this go ahead and leave it as is.  We were looking for some slight grey undertones so Reid slowly blended in white paint with a clean painters rag.  It was then sanded down with 220 grit sandpaper with an orbital sander.  Let sit for 24 hours for the stain to fully dry.  Finally it was finished with 3 coats of Minwax polycrylic clear satin sheen and hand sanded with 220 grit paper in between coats.

And voila!  You get a gorgeous looking coffee table for under $100!

Here’s where I come into play…Decor!  Auggie and I had a lot of fun cruising up and down the home aisle’s yesterday!  I am always on the lookout for a good deal.  I found these baskets at Target, just really simple grey plastic baskets for $12.99 a pop.  I was looking for something to blend well but mainly hide all of Auggie’s books and toys.  Quite sneaky I am 😉   I love the look of hardback books stacked on a coffee table.  (Magazines are superb as well!)  Since we love all things about music and have an array of instruments around our house, I thought what better books to display than musical ones.  Next up, flowers!  I don’t know what it is about fresh flowers but they have a way of making your day a little bit brighter!  The white vase holding the daffodils is from West Elm.  The mini blue vases I got as a gift a while ago and was excited to be able to put them to use with some faux flowers from Hobby Lobby.  One of my favorite spots for vases is West Elm.  If you are looking for some fun vases to add some zest to your room this would lead you in the right direction.

Moving on to the left side of the table we have the canisters.  The white canisters are actually for coffee but I really dug the look of the white with the wood to tie in the table.  The white bird with a wooden rocker to match the theme is the dream!  Also found at West Elm.  I found the succulent in the bronze holder for under $5 at Target, they had tons of great options for plant terrariums.  I think greenery always adds some warmth.  The tiny hedgehog may be my favorite touch..he’s actually a pepper shaker found at Target.  Oh yes…and I’m sure you are wondering where are Good Morning mugs are from (I am obsessed!)  I found them at World Market a few years back and I was still able to find them here.

Grey leather couches are made by Ashley Furniture but I found them on Wayfair for waaay cheaper!  Throw pillows are all from Target (all on sale right now), and 5×7 accent rug is Threshold brand from Target.

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I hope you enjoyed this post….I am happy to answer any further questions.  I’m really trying to work my magic on Reid building me my dream farmhouse dining room table but batting my eyelashes and using our stinkin’ adorable baby as bait only gets me so far.  He told me he would consider it if he could buy his mega-expensive Fender electric guitar.  Now talk about compromise!

If we’re lucky…you’ll be getting a dining table post sometime in the near future.

I have posted more thumbnail photos of the building process as well as some family updates down below.  As for now, I am going to go enjoy this beautiful sunny weather!  Us Washingtonians have to take advantage of any Vitamin D we can 🙂  Thanks for checking in, looking forward to sharing more with you soon!

Sincerely,

The Smith’s

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