I am IN LOVE with my new side table in my kitchen! Ever since we moved into our new house I didn’t care for the old set up.
It wasn’t so much the cabinet but the white did not match the rest of my kitchen. The rest of the kitchen has custom cabinets and this was just a particle board setup that took up too much space in our kitchen and I have been wanting to change it for months.
I’ve been researching wine barrels and where you can get one and I found the perfect place! I looked on Craigslist but since I’m cautious to buy anything off there, I skipped that pretty quick. Then I asked one of my friends who makes their own wine and they said you could ask a winery if they had any for sale. But I found those can cost upwards of $500…might as well just buy your own table at that price.
I found Rocky Mountain Barrel company online and dragged my husband to their showroom. He was a little skeptical since half of the time my home improvement projects don’t pan out but I couldn’t get him out of their store! It is amazing! And not only that, the staff was incredibly nice which I appreciated.
We decided on one of their cull barrels which means they aren’t going to sell it to a brewery or winery. We also got them to staple the belts so the total for our barrel was around $100. Some of their nicer barrels are more expensive but we liked this look best.
Side note they also do custom-made shelves, dog beds, sinks at reasonable prices so if you are in Denver, this is a must see showroom!
Here is the before and after! Not only does it look better, but it also gave us more space.
All my husband did for the top was he used some reclaimed wood which was free and sanded them down and glued them together then screwed them together from the underneath. If you have someone in our family who knows about woodworking, this is an easy project.
For the side, he went with the circular top of the barrel and made the top rounded.
He made this in about a day, not including the drying time for the wood glue to dry.
Comment below if you have any questions!
I remember when I was first married and freshly off watching, “The Notebook”. And for the first few years of us being married I assumed my husband would act like Ryan Gosling in the movie. What I learned over the years is my hubby is a more practical guy than romantic. He thought, “Why would I buy flowers that won’t last long? Why not buy her a deep fryer for Valentine’s Day that everyone can enjoy?” (true story) I fussed and fussed that he NEVER bought me flowers so one Valentine’s Day he did. Then I went over to my sister’s house and realized my brother-in-law bought her the exact same arrangement. I was annoyed again that my husband and brother-in-law went together to get our flowers. So again, no Ryan Gosling.
Then one day I realized…I don’t even like flowers. I mean I like the ones I can grow and enjoy in my own garden but store-bought ones that cost money and die in a few days, no thanks!
I have learned my hubby can’t read my mind. So I let him know what I would like for Valentine’s Day, whether it’s taking me out to dinner, the exact perfume I want, or the new cookbook I have been eyeing which leads me to this year’s gift.
We recently moved into a new house and like any house there are some things we want to improve. I had this simple cabinet-type situation I bought from Kmart that I used for my cookbooks. It took up too much room and I wanted a shelf for my cookbooks. I don’t about a closet full of nice clothes or shoes; what I treasure the most are my cookbooks.
This held my cookbooks for years but it always ended up in a mess and I could never find the cookbooks I wanted until now…
The photo below is what my husband built for me for Valentine’s Day! The reason these cookbooks mean so much to me is a lot of them were given to me from special people, like the one from my husband’s late grandmother who our baby girl is named after. There is something about looking at the handwriting on her cookbooks that makes me feel nostalgic. Or the one my sister gave me when we got married of all of our family’s recipes. So this thing my husband built could not have been more romantic or perfect.
Here is the before and after of our wall. The shelf was built right in the kitchen and now my cookbooks are right at my fingertips.
If you have a handy husband, this shelf was relatively easy to make. First I bought these Fleur de Lis brackets on eBay. Second, my husband rounded up some Aspen trees that had been cut down in our yard but you can use any type of tree. He cut the tree in half then screwed the 2 halves together. He cut out some notches in the bottom of the shelf so they would sit nicely on the brackets.
He offered to sand and stain the shelf but of course I like the rustic look so I love that is is a little rough and not really even!
He even had a sweet little 7-year-old helper.
Happy Valentine’s Day and remember it’s not about what you get but the thought that’s behind it. And if it involves chocolate, he’s a keeper.
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We have lived in the suburbs for the past 4 years and as much as I have enjoyed it, I am tired of being able to see into my neighbors living room! My boys need some room to run, and to breathe some free mountain air every morning. We are selling our house and what that means for a tired momma of 4 is my house needs to be within 10 minutes of clean at all times.
I don’t live in a spic and span house because everywhere you look there is a fire truck here or a Barbie doll there but in order to sell our house, things have to be clean and I mean really clean.
It gave me a small panic attack when I first starting thinking of it, but then I decided to make a plan!
Here are my tips to get your house show ready in under 10 minutes:
1. Keep your best cleaning products ready to go at any minute! If you don’t have good products on hand, people will be able to see those fingerprints on the windows or the dust on the furniture and it could put you out of receiving an offer. I love Windex® with Vinegar and Pledge® Multi-surface because they get my house to look show worthy in no time.
2. Get as much stuff OUT Of your house as possible. My dad showed up with his covered trailer and we took as much stuff as possible out of my house before we started showing it. You want your house to almost look like a model home…homey but not personal or cluttered. Plus when you get the last-minute call that someone wants to come see your house, you have less space to clean
3. Get your kids to help! I love getting my kiddos to help me clean and with 3 able-bodied young ones, they can do twice the job as I can alone. They love doing things like vacuuming and sweeping.
4. Deep clean before, spot clean after. Deep clean your house the week before you want to put it on the market. When it goes on the market, the only cleaning you will have to do will be light.
5. And finally, if you have a special piece of furniture or a focal point in your house, make it shine. My husband made me our kitchen table with 100-year-old wood his grandfather gave him. Anyone that comes in our house comments on how beautiful it is so I gave it a good wipe down with Pledge® before showing the house and it truly shined.
So do you really want to know how good these tips works?? We sold our house in 6 hours! I left to take my kids to school, after doing a quick 10 minute clean up and by the time I got home we already had an offer on our house! And take my advice…we have looked at hundreds of homes while searching for a house to buy and we still talk about the house who left dirty dishes in the sink and looked like they hadn’t cleaned for WEEKS!
A quick clean can really go a long way and using good products to help make your house shine can help you sell your house even faster.
PLUS these products are going to be a part of the upcoming Mega Event at Kroger and affiliate stores! I shop at King Soopers because that is the Kroger brand store in Colorado but all Kroger stores will have the Mega Event coming up! Kroger Affiliates Include Baker’s Supermarkets, City Market, Dillons Food Stores, Fry’s Food And Drug, Gerbes Super Markets, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, Owen’s, Pay Less Super Markets, QFC, Ralphs, Scott’s, Smith’s, Fred Meyer, and Food 4 Less.
The Windex® products are included in the Mega Event, buy 4 – Save $4 sale. Mega Events are my favorite sale to shop so I cannot wait! The Mega Event for Windex® is 11/3-11/15 and the deal for Pledge® is 11/10-12/27.
I was love big pom poms as decorations but never knew they were so simple to make!
Packs of tissue paper. I got these for $.99 each and each had 16 pieces of tissue paper in them.
Fishing line or clear thread
Fold the tissue until it looks like an accordion.
Tie a pice of string or fishing line in the middle of the paper.
Cut both ends in a semi circle. This makes them look like flowers.
Pull the tissue on both sides to make it look fluffy.
Tie another string in the middle so you can hang the pom pom.
Tie the string to a tack and tack into the ceiling! So easy and only costs me $3 for all 3!
I am hosting a Zatarain’s Houseparty this weekend. Houseparty is a super fun site where you can sign up to host certain parties and if your selected they send you a bunch of goodies in order to throw an amazing party for your friends. This is the 2nd year I have gotten to throw the Zatarain’s party and I am taking it up a notch this time.
I am originally a cajun from Louisiana so I am SO excited about this party! I miss Louisiana and all the culture so this week I have been decorating the house with all things Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras to me is embracing the gaudy colors, delicious food and having friends over! I have so many decorations and food to show y’all I just cannot wait!
First up I made a DIY Mardi Gras wreath.
I have a step by step tutorial right here! These are super easy to make and pretty cheap too! I got all my supplies from hobby lobby for under $20.
Round wreath wire form
purple pipe cleaners
Green polka dot ribbon
Full size purple deco mesh
half size yellow deco mesh.
You can add the fun little twirly situation in the middle of your wreath but it’s optional. I found those in the floral department.