Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dining room - Nautical Charts

This is my second project for the evening - you may remember this wall in my dining room had a bunch of levels hung next to the nautical charts with command strips (it's been that way for years).  I always felt like it wasn't balanced though and I decided it would be a quick, easy and low cost project to change it up a bit. 



I centered the vintage nautical charts on the wall (they are of the area I'm from and where I live in MD - I found them at an estate sale in the smelly basement...ahh I miss estate sales)

There were a few small holes that I needed to cover up and I decided to try a new product I found right before Christmas.  It actually worked pretty well and I was able to paint over the small patched holes quickly - this isn't an ad -but it is on sale and worked pretty well for me, here's the link: Erase-A-Hole

I had all of the blue pillows and glassware already so I just repurposed those and my favorite part of the quick makeover was an amazing glass jar I found on a recent trip to HomeGoods that fit all of the antique levels perfectly.  




Here are the nautical charts close up - love them.  



Have you been working on any low cost projects around the house?  I know I'm trying to save wherever I can these days!
-Alisa


Dining Room - Bar Updates

So, how the heck is it already Sunday evening? Ugh...the weekends have been going by SO quickly...especially since I did a whole bunch of eating and watching TV this weekend...

I did get sick of myself being a slob and got up and decided to work out in my 'workout room' in the basement....yeah I nearly decapitated myself on my treadmill (the ceilings are too low down there to stand on the treadmill) #oldhouseproblems.  So, I'm going to have to figure that out...because I told myself I couldn't go on vacation this year unless I lose 20 lbs by my birthday (in May)...

Anyway...so you might remember I put together a list for the blog for 2015...if you don't here it is again...

January:  Dining Room
February:  Bathroom
March:  Kitchen
April:  Basement - Finished
May:  Front yard / Porch
June:  Back yard / Deck
July:  Master bedroom
August:  Closet room
September:  Living room
October:  Office / Art room
November:  Basement - Unfinished
December:  Hallway / Stairs / Holiday Tour


January is dining room month and I've been killing it with low cost projects.  The first one actually didn't cost me anything because I had all of the materials on hand, here's what you'll need:


-Dimensions
-Exacto Knife
-Ruler/measuring tape
-Wallpaper (not shown)
-Elmer's glue
-Cardboard (I reused a box from a shipment)

I made panels to go into the back of my bar.  I felt this would really lighten up the piece of furniture and show off the glassware that was getting lost in all of the black.

After taking measurements, I used the exacto knife to cut down the priority mail box and then covered it using the paint-able wallpaper I had on hand.  I planned on painting it but once I installed it I liked the white with the subtle pattern.



I cut the corners so there wouldn't be a ton of bulk on the back.  Let them dry (if you're more patient than me) and then just push them in to place...and voila instant pattern and light.





I love how now you can see the blue of the large jar I found at HomeGoods (that looks a lot like the antique jars I've been hunting for ages).  You'll also notice my wine rack is quite empty - I googled it and if your wine isn't fairly expensive it's really only good for a couple of years.  I had some wine from like 7 years ago when I first moved into my house...it wasn't looking so great.  I got rid of about 15 bottles - I bet my recycling guys thought I had a raging party ;)

BTW - I decided to sell my giant 100-year old scale/micrometer - it's for sale in the Etsy shop - you can't miss it (the link to the shop is on the sidebar to the right).  It's gotta weigh like 40 lbs...can't wait to figure out how to ship it :)



Have a great week!
-Alisa

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Holiday Tablescape & 2015 Plans

I cannot believe it's 2015 already...I mean seriously where did the time go? Everyone's talking about resolutions and a fresh start and I just feel like I'm in a funk.  I had a few days off from work and I feel like the biggest couch potato...I had lofty goals for my time off from work and it just didn't happen. Feeling some serious panic over it being Sunday afternoon and going back to work tomorrow :/

I did finally finish sewing my curtains in my kitchen but I'm not even going to show any photos of those...I.am.so.not.a.sewer (seamstress? that even seems to fancy).  I'm sure I must have other talents but sewing is definitely not one of them.  

Anyway,  I did make a plan for 2015.  Since I am in serious need of getting myself on a budget - I've decided to focus on one part of my house each month.  I'll only work on projects in that room or area during that month.  Now I tried to be strategic about this and created the schedule around the seasons that made the most sense (work on the deck decor when it's warm out instead of this week when it's 20 degrees outside...)

I'm also going to do my very best to only spend money one day of the week - I've chosen Saturday.  The only concession I'll make is if I need gas... I'm just not that good at walking a million miles to work (although maybe it would help with my weight loss goals too...)

So here's the 2015 plan:

January:  Dining Room
February:  Bathroom
March:  Kitchen
April:  Basement - Finished
May:  Front yard / Porch
June:  Back yard / Deck
July:  Master bedroom
August:  Closet room
September:  Living room
October:  Office / Art room
November:  Basement - Unfinished
December:  Hallway / Stairs / Holiday Tour

PS - I refuse to take down my Christmas decorations.  We took down the icicle lights outside but other than that I'm keeping my tree up for a little longer. Because I can.  Because it makes me happy...and I need that right now.  

Here she is...(with a few new ornaments I scored at HomeGoods right before Christmas and a few we found on sale after the holidays)









I also wanted to share my Christmas Eve tablescape - you may have seen a few sneak peeks on Instagram but I figured I'd show a few more glamour shots:











This is the blue dish I was hoping would arrive in time for Christmas Eve...yeah it didn't get here until the Saturday after unfortunately :(  But it is very pretty and arrived in one piece!





Anyone else feeling anxiety about starting the new year versus all these people I see being so pumped to get on the treadmill and eat kale??
-Alisa