it’s been one of those weeks

Tiring. Draining. And I’ve definitely not been keeping up with my housewifely duties. But it’s not been all bad.

Frozen yogurt for dinner? Check.

Retail therapy? Check and check.

Sunbathing at the lake? Check.

And I got my new monitor for work!

I can’t keep a good deal quiet. This 20 inch apple monitor only cost me $140, shipping included. So what if it’s used and has a few scratches on it — it’s gigantic and beautiful and makes my life that much easier.

grill makeover

When we bought our house, we had a few “extras” lying around from the previous owners. One of those extras was this charcoal grill.



I know it’s not much to look at, but from the eyes of 2 poor newlyweds, this was amazing. This meant we didn’t have to drop money we didn’t have for a grill of our own to use in our new backyard.

Fast forward a few years to our move and this sucker almost didn’t make it onto the truck. I was in the whirlwind of moving without T and in the “everything must go!” kick. I was selling, donating, and throwing out whatever wasn’t 100% satisfactory. But just before I gave the grill up, I realized it had potential. It worked fine but it was ugly, and that’s something I can fix.

All this took was some high heat spray enamel, stain, and polyurethane. Thankfully we had all of that leftover from other projects, minus the clear coat.

One more look at the before.

And now the after.

Not too shabby. The best part is whenever I’m at Lowe’s I stop by the grills and look at how much they cost so I can feel good about my refurbished free grill. And then I can justify spending that amount of $$ on something else, like earrings…

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diy sunburst mirror

The DIYing continues. I’d had such a long break from projects while staying busy with work, the move, and all our transition, now it’s like I’m making up for lost time.

Lowe’s has started selling adorable paint sample jars in a line of summery colors and I decided to pick up the orange one for this project that my friend Michaela and I were going to work on. Unfortunately instead of looking cute and retro, the orange made this mirror look 80’s and southwestern. Not a good combo.

Here’s how it looked mostly orange (I bailed on painting all of the sticks when I realized it was not going to work).

Then I discovered my new love of spray paint. And not just any spray paint. Metallic.

It looks so much classier in this metallic caramel latte color, don’t you think?

I’m already working on 2 other DIY projects which I desperately need to finish before I begin any more. One of them involves high heat spray enamel, stain, and polyurethane. Any guesses?

recycled towel bath mat

This project has been sitting on my DIY pinterest board for so long and the other day I decided to give it a shot. I’d been putting it off because I knew it would take a while and unfortunately I’m the type of person who is totally willing to start a project, but if it drags out into days or weeks the likelihood of me ever finishing it goes down to almost zero.

But worth a shot, right? The video says it might take about 2 hours. Doable.

Wrong. I think I spent about 15 hours on this. So long that my cat became exhausted from watching me work on it so much.


I also think it’s important to note that this is one of the messiest projects I’ve ever worked on. These strips of old towels shed everywhere. I’ve had to vacuum the floor, table, couch, and myself each time I’ve gotten up from working on it.

But in the end, I think it was worth it. It’s probably the softest and squishiest bath mat my feet have ever stepped on.

 

EDIT: Okay, as much as I hate to admit it, this project was NOT a success. It lived in our bathroom for just a couple weeks before it was given the boot by T. It was still shedding everywhere and as much as I tried to clean up after it, it was too much of a mess. I had to hand-fluff it every couple days otherwise it looked all raggedy and flat. It has since been replaced with a light blue Martha Stewart bathmat of the same size that I found at a thrift store for $2.