Simple Side Tables (Ikea Hack)

15 September 2014

Like a few people on the internet, I have been obsessing over these little side tables with a gold branch details. After spending a considerable amount on our sofa and wood planking, I decided it was time to start looking at Ikea hacks online for side tables.

The search results yielded a lot of Lack side table hacks. since we have had something from the Lack line in our apartments since college, I wanted some else. Then towards the end of my search, I found this little gem...

It's exactly what I'm looking for! Google must have been reading my mind...

The hack is so simple and brilliant. It's a no brainier. 

We quickly sprinted to Ikea to purchase the Lindved side table. Just a quick tip, always wake up early and go to Ikea if you know exactly what you want.... Otherwise you'll be in line for days! Each table was $20. Then we headed over to the Home Depot for Rustoleoem spray paint. I was able to pick up three cans of the Champange Mist. 

Each table used one spray can of paint. 

Wallpaper = Urban Cabin

14 September 2014

This is the first item I picked for the house. It's up and I'm in love!

Other exciting news includes: 
We have purchased the Stikwood for the entry wall design
We have purchased a sofa for the living, best part it's not Ikea.
We started to plan the kitchen/fridge remodel

Wallpaper: Cole & Sons Woods in Taupe & White.

Sorry for the crap iPhone Pictures... I'm to cheap to buy a real camera! 

Kitchen Planning

13 September 2014

We where hoping to knock out this project completely by ourselves. Our goal is to place the fridge into this very deep wall separating the kitchen and dining space. For us it's a no brainer to pick up additional square footage in the kitchen, plus eliminate the awkward narrowness to get to the back door.

We did notice that there is HVAC and electric running through the wall, but we were not sure how much space they actually took up. Therefore we decided to cut small hole in the wall to see what we're dealing with.... As, it turns out we actually only needed to cut a tiny hole in the wall because we realize there's an entire brick wall behind the drywall.

Here's the game plan...

Oh what fun... We turned to Angie's List to find a contractor.

After speaking to the drafter the contractor sent over, we need completely demo all the drywall to see if it is a feasible task to take on. We are currently debating if we should tackle this project...  the best case scenario would be that when they remodeled the home they placed a support beam across the width of the home.  If it's not there, then its a really costly remodel. 

Finally... progress and a blog post!

07 September 2014

Jesse and I have been busy bees this summer. This year we managed to balance it all: work, life, fun and home improvement projects. It helps when you decide to reprioritize your needs quickly and often... but that's a story for another day.

Regarding the house, while we still have some outstanding projects in the basement and spare bedroom, we decided to focus on the first floor. We have gotten rid of the notion of "one room at a time" (ha!) and decided to attack what we can now on the first floor.

After we finished the small details on the Ikea china cabinet hack, I wanted a wine rack built asap! This is the first project we didn't totally wing... or I'll dream and Jes reacts... you know what I mean! Jes actually used Google for it's true intention. He decided to "look up shit to make smarter decisions". We discussed design, made a drawing, took measurements, and shopped for materials. What!?! 

Here is the before & after pictures. I LOVE Jes for building this!! Now, I need more wine.

x, Shan
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Current State of Affairs

20 July 2014

For me blogging is a simple way to update friends and family about our progress with the house without having to tell the same story over and over. There is no pressure to plan updates or fix grammatical errors. Blogging allows me to share the moments worth sharing, laugh at our mistakes, and remind us of the progress we have made.

Currently, we are still working on the never ending dining room china cabinet. We need to scrape paint of the glass doors and finish sanding, priming, and painting the bottom four drawers.

In the living room, the gallery wall above the sofa is almost complete. I have to order prints for the remaining frames. I just need to find a vendor that prints your Instagram pictures in to 5x5 prints. In addition to the gallery wall, I have finished styling the pipe shelf unit Jesse made. It seemed like the right spot to the obligatory wedding shrine for child-less couples. Lastly, we are in the middle of painting the ceiling a very light white-ish grey color.

Just to make sure we do not loose focus of where we are going with the design of the living room, I have inspiration taped up on the wall. On a positive note, I have ordered the Cole & Son's wallpaper. This will go below the chair rail in dining and living rooms.

As if we did not have enough going on, we are starting on a new area of the house. We started painting over the horrible green paint in the upstairs hallway and are completing a new Ikea build in hack with Rast.

x, Shan
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