Achieving an Industrial Décor with Black Iron Pipe – Part I

Tutorials on how to create iron pipe shower curtains, toilet paper holder, and towel bars for an industrial look.

When Brianna and I first moved into our home, our décor could only be described as “New Construction Chic” – otherwise known as a completely blank slate. While the home was outfit with oil rubbed bronze faucets and a few single-bulb Edison light fixtures, there wasn’t a single other fitting or furnishing in our home. Without window coverings, our living room, bedrooms, and bathrooms (oh my!) were like fish bowls, towel/toilet paper holders were non existent, and without shower curtains things were going to get very smelly very quickly. We knew that we wanted to extend the oil rubbed bronze … Read more…

Faux Galvanized Metal Finish

Tutorial on how to faux finish galvanized metal

The exterior of our home has lots of galvanized metal finishes.  Our outdoor lights, conduit porch railings, galvanized accented DIY trellis and planter boxes all have that metal finish.  It was a no-brainer to continue to use the galvanized finish to accent our street numbers on the porch and mailbox.  However, when I started researching modern looking metal numbers, oh holy hell!  The cost!  Even if we bought the most basic metal numbers* off Amazon. We were looking at close to $40.00 for four numbers!  I can not imagine if you have one of those long street numbers and wanted … Read more…

Love Wins

Marriage equality photo from https://www.flickr.com/photos/gazeronly/8592147315/

We do not often write posts of a personal nature, but we just feel so amazing that the USA has come through for all of her citizens.  Every family deserves love, respect, and protection under the law no matter your personal feelings about their life choices.  It makes us happier to raise our family in a country that respects individual’s right to choose their life, on their terms.   Photo from Torbakhopper on Flickr *If this is not an affiliate link, then I am doing it wrong. Money earned on this link will go to support the hard work, time, … Read more…

Modern Art: Concrete Style

Basic Orange Ombre Modern Art

I have a confession, I have never been a huge fan of modern art.  Having studied the theory and history behind a larger portion of 20th century art I have an appreciation for the merits… but the aesthetics… meh, not my thing.  Let me tell you, that was not a popular opinion in art school.  However I have a modern house, with industrial decor.  This has changed my viewpoint.  It takes a lot more work to integrate a classical oil portrait with our furnishings.  In fact, I felt like we needed some modern color in our rather neutral decor instead … Read more…

Building a Salvaged Wood Headboard

Salvaged wood headboard

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a lot of wood.  After building string art projects for the boys, crafting a few salvaged wood coffee and side tables (post forthcoming), building a chicken coop capable of passing human occupancy code (also a future post), and saving some beautiful walnut hardwood flooring from the construction dumpster next door, I had managed filled both our porch and crawlspace with stacks of “one day I’ll do something with this” wood.  So while Brianna was in Seattle for her cousin’s college graduation, I figured it was finally time to get crafty! The one room … Read more…