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Farmhouse Bench

06-14-2011

Do you know how much dining room chairs cost? Take that number and then multiply it by 12. What do you get? A very large number. A number that’s well beyond our means. When I first started considering to build a dining room table, I researched how expensive dining room chairs would be to go along with our table. I…

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During Spring Break, I had a little extra time on my hands and so I finally got around to building a window bench seat that Ellie had requested. In my opinion we have a pretty large kitchen, we spend a large amount of time in/around the kitchen, and it’s the center of our house….so I get excited about adding more…

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Sneak Peek

06-08-2011

Ellie is at work with the good camera….but I snapped a couple quick pictures of the finished product with my iPhone to whet your appetite. I’ve been building/constructing a lot of things lately and will be posting about them in the next couple days ahead. I’ll talk more about the building plan of this dining room project in more detail…

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The farmhouse dining room table is lookin’ fly. Except Tommy doesn’t think so. (I think so). Below are the photos we took of the dining room table last week. I will NOT show the photos we took of the dining room table this week. Tommy decided he didn’t like the “Dark Walnut” stain that he applied originally – so he…

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I called Tommy from work yesterday (Monday) and our conversation went something like this…. Me: Hi babe. Whatcha doin’? Tommy (breathing heavily): I’m building a dining room table. Me: That’s cool. How’s that going for you? Tommy: Good I think. You can tell me when you get home from work. I got home from work Monday afternoon to find that…

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I figured I’d close out “half bathroom” week with a list of where we bought stuff to do this mini bathroom redo. I included hyperlinks where I could. Here goes it: Pegasus Bathroom Faucet in Satin Nickel, Home Depot Hampton Bay 3-Light Vanity, Home Depot Silver mirror, Hope Thrift Store Folk Flower Stencil, Royal Design Studio “Anthropologie” (wink) knobs, Hobby…

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EasteR <~~Reusing

05-09-2011

Ellie mentioned our Easter centerpiece in this post but I figured that I would expand a little more on the construction of it. First, the idea came from some Today Show that kept popping up where they were talking about a cheap and easy to decorate for Easter using M&M’s/Mars. It pictured a pretty simple looking box, kindof like this…

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When we were first engaged, we decided to start saving up our money to treat ourselves to a new bedroom set so that when we got married, we would move into OUR new bedroom. One of the pieces of furniture that was debatable was whether or not to buy a wardrobe or not. The furniture collection that we picked out…

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So I finally ordered the stencil for our half-bath today. Yep – that’s it (above). I ended up ordering a different one then I first considered in this blog post, but I think it’s going to be better suited for that bathroom. This “Folk Flower” stencil by Royal Design Studio was $29, and I got 10% off discount thanks to…

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Ahhhh….sewing. There are many wonderful traits that I inherited from my sweet mom, but sewing isn’t one them. I kind of hate it. Scratch that. I strongly dislike it. I can sew pillows, though. That’s worth something, right? I had some leftover fabric from the roman shades my mom helped me put together a couple of months ago, so I…

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I stumbled upon this photo of our 2nd (of four!) paint colors in the family room. I didn’t realize we’d captured this chapter of our color confusion, but apparently we did. (To read more on that saga, aka “the angriest I’ve ever seen Tommy, click here). But those curtains? With that wall color? Yikes. Seriously, what the heck were we…

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From Old to New

04-28-2011

After it was all sanded down, I took my air compressor and blew all the dust off of it and then wiped it down with a damp rag. It was looking nice and clean and ready for the stain. This was first time staining something and it was a pretty rewarding process and easy to not mess up on. I…

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R, R, R, Ridiculous

04-26-2011

Now we are just at the point of ridiculousness. Spell check confirms that “ridiculousness,” is in fact a word. Our pallet full of scrap wood was shrunk down to just a bundle. At this point, I could just throw it all away…but where’s the fun in that. I once again wondered, “what else could I build with this OR where…

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In case you haven’t met her, my dad’s mom Betty Jean (or BeBe as we grandkids call her) is the epitome of Southern grace and hospitality. Here she is (above) with my dad and granddad on our wedding day – isn’t she beautiful? For the 25 years that I’ve been around (and beyond, as my dad and aunts could testify),…

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Totally Hooked

04-22-2011

Please excuse the cheesy title. I couldn’t help myself. Wall hooks…..who says that they have to look utilitarian? I am continually on the hunt for household objects with both function and form, hence our window swag holders in this post. In this case, I was looking for a cuter solution to hang the miscellaneous “stuff” that flows through our…

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Did I mention that we had hundreds of pieces of scrap wood after building our fence? No exaggeration, there was a ton of leftovers. I had it piled up on top of the pallet that our bags of concrete were delivered on and it was at least waist high. After the creation of the Adirondack-ish bench, the pile was only…

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I haven’t posted photos of our entire house yet, partly out of laziness and partly out of not wanting to show you the rooms we haven’t done anything with yet. But full disclosure – here are some of the other rooms. The photo above is a shot of our current guest room with Tommy’s old bachelor pad bedding. I can’t…

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Which is cheaper; a 4’ dog-eared fence picket or a 6’ dog-eared fence picket? The most logical answer you would think is a 4’ picket……wrong. I was pretty shocked when we first began pricing out how much it would cost to build our fence that a 6’ plank was the cheapest option. Additionally, a dog-eared fence picket was less expensive…

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Where It All Began

04-12-2011

I call this photo, “Tommy Sibiga, the early years.” I found this little gem in my photo library on Monday night and couldn’t resist a quick post about it. Tommy built this loft when he lived in Virginia Beach on 80th Street. It is a combination desk, closet, bed frame, shoe organizer and poster art wall. In case you were…

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I just returned from a great weekend visiting my sweet friend Ginny Evans in Winston-Salem, NC – love that girl. She might live in the most charming house ever. Even though I was away, my weekend was not without a trip to Home Depot. Ginny asked me for help painting her guest room, so we spent a couple hours on…

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