June 30, 2010

Headboard Shelf Tutorial

Last week I finished this project because I've been living without a headboard for three years . . .

Today I thought I give you all a quick how-to so you can make your own!

You will need . . .
one 1X10(faceboard)
one 1X6 (top #1)
one 1X8 (top #2)
three shelf supports
wood screws
finish nails

Step One:  Cut the boards to length.
I cut the faceboard to the length I wanted for a king size bed.  Top #1 I cut 1" shorter than the faceboard.  Top #2 I cut shorter than the faceboard by 1 1/2".  This gave me the tired look I was going for.

Step Two:  Attach top #1 and top #2 together.
(I predrilled all the holes as I went along - not sure if it was needed though)

Step Three:  Attach top boards to faceboard

Here's the view from the back

Step Four:  Find bracket placement and attach.

Mark the middle of the shelf and attach bracket, both from the top and the back.
Here's how it look with one bracket attached.
Look I have a helper!
Here's how it looks with all three brackets attached.  Starting to look like a shelf!

Step Five:  Cut and attach moulding.

I used this mounding for the space between top#1 and top#2

Cutting it to length and attaching with brad nails this is how it looks.
Here's another view.

Next I added the moulding onto the two faceboard sections between the shelf brackets.  I used a small half round moulding.
First draw lines where you would like to place the moulding.  Next measure and cut the moulding making sure to give each section a mitered corner. 

Attach once again using brad nails and it should look like this.
(next time I think I would just glue the sections on instead of nailing)

For the top shelf edge I used a large half round, once again mitering the corners and attaching with brad nails.

Here she is all built - Yippeee!

Step Six:  Paint and hang.
I used a black satin paint and distressed the edges a bit.

Finished product...
She turned out great don't you think?  If you'd like to take a look at my original post visit here.

The Lettered Cottage

June 25, 2010

Impromptu Birdbath

While out in the garden this morning I was inspired by the birds - literally!

Every year at this time our backyard is home to at least three sets of birds that seem to think our pine trees the perfect place to build a nest and raise there young.  This morning I notice one feathered friend splashing around in a sallow galvanized tub. 

Instantly the gears started turning trying to figure out how to make the tub a more permanent structure in my garden. 

What do you think?

An overturned bucket and a oil pan - - instant birdbath!
I mean seriously, this galvanized metal junkie is in hog heaven right now.

The bucket used as a base is normally my weeding bucket and the top I picked up a couple years ago at Fleet Farm (uh oh! my roots are showing!).  I found it in the horse and livestock section and I think it's supposed to be a feed bucket of some sort.  I've also noticed them in the auto parts section marked as an oil pan.  Whatever the original purpose, I picked it up to use as a planter on my deck.
Today it's a birdbath - how's that for multi-functional!

She seems to like her new home in the veggie garden - pretty sure she smiled at me - might have even seen a winked!  ha ha

What do you think?
Is she a keeper?
I'm thinking YES!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.  Here's to hoping the rain holds off until I can get the lawn mowed and some much needed weeding at least started!

Thanks for stopping by,


June 24, 2010

Headboard Shelf Reveal

I am so excited to show you my latest project.

A headboard shelf.  

When we purchased a king size bed three years ago I just couldn't bring myself to spend oodles of money on an overpriced headboard. 

After three years of waiting, it was time to do something about it.  I drew out a plan, purchased supplies and went to work.

Now, instead of a big blank wall staring at me every time I walk into the room . . .

I have a beautiful headboard shelf to fill up with all my current favorites. 
The shelf really helps bring the whole room together.

I added moulding to give it some detail.

And slightly distressed the finish.
Figuring out what to place on the shelf was by far the most difficult part of the project.

I tried arrangement after arrangement and finally came up with something that I liked.

The print is from Ikea that I picked up a few years back - - still a summer favorite. 
The small frame I painted and distressed by scraping the topcoat off with a paint scraper - love it.
And since I'm a girl who likes balance, I made another small frame in the same fashion.

Have a great day!


p.s. you can see how I build it here.

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June 21, 2010

Vacation Fun

We're back home after a delightful week of camping in Hayward, Wisconsin.  Fun packed day's zipped by:  We ate too much, played hard and logged oodles of miles on our ATV's. 

We played . . .

We rode . . .

We saw . . .

Look what happened when Mommy took a nap!

Bad Daddy!!!

A little of this was definitely needed . . .

Hope you all had a great week.  Looking forward to catching up on all I've missed!

June 11, 2010

Barefoot and Crazy!

Summer vacation has officially arrived!  Whoo-Hoo!

Were kicking things off with a week long camping trip! 

Excitement is high.

Flip-flops are packed.

We're ready to roll!

See you in a week.


June 9, 2010

From The Garden {4}

Are you tired of looking at my garden yet?

Don't think I'll ever tire of taking pictures of it. 
It makes me so happy.

I realized this morning I haven't shared the front garden with you at all.  After a quick dash outside, now I can show it off.


A view from the street. . .

the tree bed. . .

the window bed . .

coropsis . . .

lady's mantel . . .

shrub rose . . .

Hope you all have a great day.  If you need me, I'll be here . . .

. . . cutting grass and pulling weeds.


June 7, 2010

Delightful Storage

Remember a while back when I was so excited about this find?

Today I’m even more excited. This weekend I figured out the perfect way to use it. I have to give a shout out to Tara of Blondie N SC for getting my wheel spinning on this one - -Thanks Tara. After noticing the way she used a train case in her beautiful guest bedroom makeover, I was determined to attempt something similar with mine.

Hmmm, it has a tray inside, and a kid proof latch!


It’s the perfect place to store my makeup!

But first, she needed a little TLC. The exterior is in perfect condition but the inside lid liner was falling out. I attempted to reattach it, but after many failed attempts I ripped that sucker out.

After raiding my fabric stash for a perfect scrap of fabric I laid it upside down inside the lid and using a pencil traced along the outside. Removed it and cut out the shape.

Next, using my hot glue gun I slowly worked my way around the edges gluing and pressing until the fabric was attached.
To cover the raw edges I used a little trim which I also hot glued on.


It just keeps getting better. Love how it turned out.

Now for the fun part - - Arranging my makeup!

(Seriously, I never use to be a makeup type of girl, but lately I am.

I blame it all on YouTube makeup tutorials.

I innocently went looking for tips on applying brow liner for my mom and before I knew what was happening I was watching hours of tutorials and rushing out to the store to buy makeup! Crazy!)

So what do you think? Perfect right!

Here she is with the tray removed.

Since were on the subject of makeup, I’ll take this opportunity to show you my current favorites
(darn you YouTube – see what you’ve done to me!)

Let’s start with the Urban Decay Ammo palette. Now Urban Decay is new to me but I seriously LOVE IT. With this palette you have to be careful – some of the colors are super, super glittery. My two favorite colors, Sin and Smog are shimmery not glittery. You can buy all their color individually but I’m all about lots of colors to play with.
Next up, NYX Eyeshadow Palette. Here are my two favorites; #03 Champagne and Caviar, and #01 Jazz Night. Both are beautiful and most of the colors are slightly shimmery. Plus their cheap, $10 at Ulta – can’t beat that! I do have to warn you though, I talked my sister into trying it and she doesn’t like it at all. She thought it was so powdery and didn’t stay on all day. I personally have not had that problem and I use it most days.
Next, My MAC ProPalette. This is also a first for me. I love that you can pick your colors and add them to this cute little case. They have oodles of colors to choose from ranging from matte to super glittery.

Next up, Smashbox. I picked up their Brow Tech & Cream Eye Liner Palette and just love it. The Eye Liner is easy to apply with an angled brow brush. Very creamy but dries quickly. Very much a new favorite and I use it almost every day.
Finally, a favorite of mine for a couple years now, Clinique’s eye shadow in Peacock (sorry about the glare). I use it as an eye liner, applying it with an angled brush and it gives a little pop of color. I normally wear it with a slightly shimmery brown color on my lids. Super quick and easy and it looks really good.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. 
Have a great day.