Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday's Inspiration: Rustic Exterior Home Design

Ever since Mike and I have bought our new home I have been incredibly inspired to update everything inside and out. Lately I've been mesmerized by rustic exteriors. There's just something about chunky stones, numerous windows and a variety of beautiful wood paneling that intrigues me.

Top 10 here we go!


rustic home exteriors


rustic home exteriors


rustic home exteriors


rustic home exteriors


rustic home exteriors


log cabin homes


rustic home exteriors


reclaimed wood home


rustic driftwood home


rustic home exteriors

Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY: Rain Barrel


DIY rain barrel


There are so many positive reasons that you should collect rainwater. 

One, if you live in the city and pay for water this is a great way to save a few bucks during the summer when you most likely will be using so much of it to water your grass and plants anyways. 

Two, rainwater is great for your hair, and when you have well water (right here!) rainwater is a great alternative to use.

Three, it is clean, fresh and comes without chemicals. However, I would still filter it if you plan on using this method! The method I will be showing you today will still have the rainwater go through your gutters, and you just never know what could get in them.

Not to mention many, many, many other reasons. Today I will be showing you the easiest and cheapest way to make your own rain barrel(s) for your home. 


Items Needed

Tools Needed
  • drill 
  • 7/8" paddle bit
  • hand saw


First things first, you'll need barrels. Mike and I decided on two, and as we found out later on this was more than enough for us. We obtained these two barrels from our local Ace Hardware store (they were approximately 58 gallons each). They used to be pickle barrels, and we bought them for a whopping $15 a piece! Definitely do-able. We had to rinse them out a bit, but no biggie. 


DIY rain barrel


Next, Mike drilled a hole towards the bottom of each barrel using his handy-dandy paddle bit to make a hole to fit the hose bibs we bought. 


DIY rain barrel


DIY rain barrel


This hose bibb can be purchased at any hardware store, but we picked up this beauty at Lowe's. This was one of the cheaper ones at $8, but they come in a few different sizes. Just make sure that your hose will fit on the nozzle for easy watering. This particular one has a 3/4" hose end with the other side at 1/2".

DIY rain barrel


As you can see, it's a long way down to the hole for the hose bibb. This next part can be a little tricky to install, but I believe in you. You can do it :)

DIY rain barrel


After you've inserted the hose bibb through the hole, thread your nipple over the hose bib, push your grommet over both to the wall of the barrel (you want this snug so it doesn't leak) and then thread your PVC elbow over the remaining part of the nipple. Below is a picture so you see how it all fits together. The black, round piece closest to the wall is your grommet, next is the nipple and your PVC elbow is pointing down. 

DIY rain barrel


Originally we added an extra piece of PVC pipe to the elbow, but later learned that this was actually more of a hindrance. The idea was that since the hole was drilled approximately 6" above the ground we would need an extra piece of PVC pipe to get the rainwater at the bottom. However, it actually just picked up all the sentiment on the bottom of the barrel. No good. Note to self: don't use extra piece.

DIY rain barrel


Then, we screwed on the lid to the barrel and placed it under the gutter we were going to use. Mike had to remove part of the gutter so it would fit nicely above the barrel, and then inserted the flexible gutter over the original. 

DIY rain barrel


Since there weren't any holes in the lid Mike used his paddle bit again to get the hole started for the flexible gutter.

DIY rain barrel


Then, the hand saw was used to cut out a rectangle to fit the flexible gutter into. 

DIY rain barrel


DIY rain barrel


Another note to self: If you just so happen to have a rose bush nearby cut down the vines that might be in your way first. I know, we are all about words of wisdom on this blog. ;)

DIY rain barrel


DIY rain barrel


Yay! It's beautiful, and fits perfectly!

DIY rain barrel



DIY rain barrel


Feel free to paint the flexible gutter, hide the barrel behind a fence or whatever floats your boat. Ours just so happened to be in a very discreet part of the yard so we didn't mind it at all. 

If you decide to create one I'd love to see pictures ;)

Happy rainwater harvesting! 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update: Studio Decor

Good morning, sunshine! I have a lot of updates and pictures of my new studio so sit back and enjoy! First off, lighting. I have been searching for a light that is flexible, white (or can be painted white) and overall can assist when I'm doing late night busy work. Believe it or not, it happens more times than not. 

So, after seeing outrageous prices of $90 and up I decided to make a run to my local Habitat for Humanity. I'm seriously impressed with the one I frequent. They always seem to have what I am looking for, and thank goodness, this time was no different! Isn't this baby beautiful?!?


studio light


studio light


At first when I saw all the dents and scratches I immediately wanted to sand down and paint. However, after careful inspection I realized that these imperfections were actually just character. I can't help it. I love me some character!

studio light


studio light


And for a whopping $3 I didn't even come close to breaking the bank! I heart this lamp.

studio light


Next on my list of to do's was to provide myself with a little more counter space. I've been babying the newest additions to my succulent collection, but having them sit on my counter just wasn't working out for me. A shelf was needed in a terrible way. 

studio update


I've been doing my best to learn more tricks of the woodworking trade so I got to practice them out on this new shelf. 

DIY shelf


Since my little succulent babies love the light I decided to put one long board across my window about halfway. I measured from the bottom of the window on both sides up to just below the middle mark, and placed my two supporting wood pieces on either side. It's definitely a must to pre-drill before you screw them in. It makes this process soooo much easier! Note: We have a lot of random wood on hand (and I do mean a lot!) so I apologize for a lack of precise measurements on this part.

DIY shelf


DIY shelf


It really should rain more often in NC! I always get so motivated to work on projects since I'm stuck in the house, and the internet always seems to go down as well. 

DIY shelf


Anyways, I put my piece of wood up on the supporting pieces and checked it out with the level. I'm good to go so that's a plus!

DIY shelf


Unfortunately the planter boxes, soil and succulents are quite heavy so I had to add a middle piece to support their weight. 

DIY shelf


Not too shabby if I do say so myself! 

DIY shelf


DIY shelf


DIY shelf


Originally I thought I would like the natural look of the two shelves (the one in the window, and then the one to the right), but I decided it just wasn't for me and painted them. I love how the planter boxes pop out instead of blend in with the shelf.

DIY shelf


DIY shelf


Next, I needed another shelf for extra chalkboards, and other flat wood pieces that I have on hand.  Thankfully they aren't too heavy so I made this as simple as possible. I added two pieces of wood that I just so happened to have on hand (making sure they were level to each other).

DIY shelf


DIY shelf


Then I measured off a piece of plywood to fit into this space. Once again, not a fan of the "natural" look so I painted it match everything else.

DIY shelf


Definitely much better!

DIY shelf


Kyler looks thrilled to death to be in this picture, but he is always, always, always right next to me when I'm doing these projects. Now if I could just teach him how to use a paint brush…. 

DIY shelf


I recently bought 10 used burlap coffee bags on Amazon, and I have been scouring the entire house to find ways to use them. They came in a variety of different shades, and I love how versatile they are.

Originally I wasn't going to cover up all of my clear, plastic storage containers that reside underneath my countertops, but I also wasn't willing to fix the debris that has collected in each one of them over the years. That'll have to be a project for another rainy day. So, hello burlap bag desk curtains!


burlap bag


First, I laid out the burlap bag and cut out the seams on both sides to have one nice, long "strip" of burlap.

burlap bag


I wasn't a huge fan of the red strips throughout this particular bag so I made the decision to pull them out. It was a very tedious process, but soooo worth it!

burlap bag


Next, I had Mike cut a 1x6 into an 1 inch strip to staple the burlap to.

DIY desk curtain


Then, I hot glued the "fancy" burlap ribbon to the bottom to give this desk curtain a layered look.

DIY desk curtain


DIY desk curtain


Here comes the fun part! I drilled the 1 inch strip with the burlap curtain into the underside of the countertop. Once again, pre-drilling is always a good idea.

DIY desk curtain


I forgot to get a picture prior to hanging up the new curtains so here is a quick look at my storage containers. They aren't horrible, but definitely not where they need to be.

DIY desk curtain


DIY desk curtain


Oh yes, the burlap bags can look a little wrinkly so a garment steamer can definitely help loosen them up!

DIY desk curtain


And wa-la! DIY burlap bag desk curtains a la carte! I wasn't sure if I would like them at first, but they've really grown on me. I love their rustic and simplistic look. 

DIY desk curtain


DIY desk curtain


Last but not least for today is the doll rod hangers for tape, vinyl and other random large rolls.

DIY doll hangers


And a little white paint…. :)

DIY doll hangers


DIY doll hangers


Next week is the reveal, and I can't wait to show you 
the remaining updates with everything put together!