Table Project – Part 2

Hello all, happy Wednesday! How are you this week?

I’m feeling pretty good today, it’s day 3 of my brief summer break. I’m feeling well rested and excited to tackle this table project I have planned!

I got started on sanding one of the three pieces of wood today, and it is definitely a little harder than I thought it would be. I did some research online to find the best approach with cedar wood.  There was a page on eBay that has been extremely helpful to me, and it advised me to use sandpaper with grit between 140 to 180. This is because cedar wood is soft and porous (the higher the grit, the less coarse the sandpaper). It also said to use tack cloth along with it, specifically after the sanding, to pick up all of the dust and particles sanded off of the wood. You can click here to view the article.

So far this is how it’s looking after the first round of sanding.

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I walked over to Bi Mart for these materials and was able to find sandpaper with a grit of 150, along with some tack cloth. Together these cost me only $4.28, pretty cheap!

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And of course as soon as I was ready to get started, my furry sidekick Nessy was sitting on the table, so properly, waiting to assist me ♥

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While I was at the store, I looked in the paint section to see what my options were and what prices I’d be facing later on. I came across a really nice, soft blue color called Serenity Blue. This light color would allow our hardwood floors to stand out quite a bit I think. I’m considering this as one of my color options, but I’d still like to keep myself open to other ideas. I use blue a lot these days, so it might be nice to break out from that, but we will see.

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I might need to go over the first piece once more, I got it pretty well smoothed out, but I might need to make it smoother. I think I’ll ask my husband first what he thinks and then decide. I haven’t done any wood projects before, and he knows a little more about this stuff than I do.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! Any advise or critique is welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!

Table Project – Part 1

Hello readers! How are you doing today? Well, I hope 😀 

I’m feeling excited for the week ahead! I have the entire five days off before my summer term begins next Monday. 

With all of this free time in front of me, I decided to take on a new project for the apartment. 

A family from my church had some cedar wood leftover from a project of their own, and they were gracious enough to let me have some extra pieces. So this week I plan on building a small console table in the hallway of the apartment.

I was able to stand the three pieces up, so this is what it will look like. I do however plan on painting the table. I still haven’t decided on a color yet, but I’m planning on doing some searching on Pinterest tonight for some inspiration.

There are so many ideas running through my mind as to how I want to decorate on and around the table!           One thing I know for sure is that Kris and I need a space for our keys. When I redid the entryway wall, I didn’t have room for them. Kris spotted this cool decoration at Ross on Saturday, and I plan on putting this up next to the table.

Beyond that, I’m not yet sure how I’d like to decorate. Hopefully Pinterest will be of inspiration! 

I’m really excited to work on this! It isn’t likely that I’ll have the whole thing finished in a week, money is tight right now. I’m excited to just get started on it, and I’ll keep you all up to date on my work!

Thanks for reading! If you have any suggestions or other comments, let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 

Little Things of the Week #6

Hey WordPress friends! What a week this has been! I’m so excited to get into the highlights, I had my finals this last week and graduated yesterday. I’ll go ahead and jump right into it!

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This last Wednesday was date night with Kris. We take turns every week on what we want to do. So two weeks ago I picked a movie night, and this week he chose to take me out to eat at this really cool Vietnamese restaurant in town called Kimhoa’s.

It was really fun! I can’t remembered the name of the soup I ordered, but it had egg noodles, pork and wan tons. It was so good! It took a while to eat though, because they didn’t give us forks in case we couldn’t handle the chopsticks and ladles, haha! I did eventually get the hang of the technique.

We had a really nice time here, and had an interesting discussion about the culture and about geography of that area in general. It was really fun to try and educational too. It was just fun to try something new, I love Asian foods but I had never tried Vietnamese until Wednesday. We will definitely go back!

The majority of my pictures are from yesterday, since it was definitely the highlight of my week! Yesterday, I graduated from college, and it was the best day!

I worked hard for five years, and I finally am getting what I hoped for all this time ♥

I will receive (after my final term this summer) my degree in Business, and hopefully with that, I will be able to have my dream job of being a Home Stager!

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I was really excited to find out that we were allowed to decorate our caps, so of course, for the entire month I was thinking of a million different ways I could do it. I finally decided on my Up themed cap as you can see here.

Songs of the week:

Who’s To Say → Vanessa Carlton – I love this song. It came up on shuffle while I was in the car, and I have been listening to it a lot this week. It has a pretty melody and chorus, and the words are great. It reminds me of when Kris and I were dating in high school and talked about getting married one day. Thankfully our families supported us, but a lot of other people we encountered would constantly tell us “You’re too young” or “marriage is no walk in the park, it takes work and it isn’t always fun”. Of course we knew all of these things, but we knew what we have is the real thing. So this song really speaks to me, because I got so tired of people saying things like that to us.

Also, she has so much talent and I want so badly to play piano as well as she does! I took lessons for nine years but I’m not quite at her level, ha!

That is the only song I have for this week, as well as highlights. It is much shorter than normal, but graduation really was the highlight of my week. Next week is my break before summer term, so I might have more adventures to share with you all.

Did any of you graduate this year? Any fun songs stuck in your head this week? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Entryway Wall Makeover

Hello readers! I hope you’re all doing well and having a good week. I wanted to share with you my recent project in the entryway of the apartment.

One of the first areas that I decorated when we moved in was the entryway wall, and I did it in such a rush that everything looked random and not very well put together (in other words, I was too impatient to wait and needed to decorate something, asap). So I decided to redo this wall and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

 

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This is the finished product! My goal for this area was to fill up as much of the blank space as I could, and to make it the area of the apartment where the three of us (me, my husband and my brother in law) could find things of importance and keep each other up to date on things. We haven’t been very good about splitting up chores for example. We all do them, but sometimes we do the same one while the rest of the house is in need of some TLC, so I made a chart for dividing up household duties.

Along with that is our whiteboard calendar. I have had this calendar for almost a year now, and it has served as a helpful tool in keeping each other up to date on our work schedules and other events.

I think my favorite part of this project was finding the black wire basket. I found it at Michaels (I know, shocker) for about $15. I decided to make it our designated mail box where we keep important letters, bills, etc. I actually found a cardboard mailbox at Hobby Lobby last winter, and I decorated it and used it as a place for our mail, but it wasn’t helpful. Everyone kept forgetting it was on the bookshelf and mail would get lost and forgotten inside of it. So I figured I would start fresh with this wire basket, and make sure it’s well seen so that everyone will remember to open their mail.

I’ve had the decorative signs you see in the top right corner for a while now. I wanted to add them as the final elements to fill in the small space that was left. I found the “Home” sign at a fun little thrift shop called the Find near my college campus. The “131” drawing was made by me, with printer paper and black pen, pretty simple.

I am so glad I redid this wall, not only does it look more organized and put together, but it serves as a go-to area where all of us can keep up with what’s going on. With all of us having opposite work/class schedules, it can be hard to communicate sometimes, so this serves as another way of doing it.

If you are living with several roommates or family members and life gets busy among all of you, maybe try designating a specific area of your home to keeping each other posted and making sure responsibilities are taken care of.  I chose the entryway for this because it’s a spot that you can’t avoid when you walk into the apartment. I have had this up for a week now, and already my life is feeling more together – as much as it can anyway, I’m only 23 and have no idea what I’m doing.  😉

I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you think, and follow me to see more of my decorating adventures!

 

 

Putting a Creative Touch on your Potted Plants

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Hello readers, happy Friday! I hope you are well, and thank you for visiting my page today. Really, thank you so much!

I have had a tough couple of weeks! Last week, I had to finish more homework than normal because I was going to be out of town that weekend. This last week, I have been battling a cold; a nasty, unforgiving cold. So needless to say, I haven’t had many opportunities to talk to you all on Little Things.

So with all of that to say, thank you for your patience. I’m still new to blogging, and I’m trying my best to stick to a writing schedule, but sometimes I mess up. I appreciate everyone’s grace and support!

To move on, I wanted to share my new potted plants with you all!

I bought these plants earlier in the day, the left one is called a Water Miser and the plant to the right is called a Shake Cotyledon. I was very selective going into Fred Meyer, I wanted something fairly easy to keep alive. I don’t have the best track record with plants, but growing and caring for them is a hobby I’d like to develop. So I thought these would be an easy starting point. I’m excited to see how beautifully they grow!

I had a last minute thought as I transferred them to their containers: Why not label them by their scientific name?

I had exactly two small chalk labels left in my craft drawer and decided to take advantage of them. So I labeled each plant by their scientific name, as you can see above. It’s my goal to have several plants in this apartment over the summer, and I wanted to come up with a fun way to make them stand out!

Also, I just discovered that at my apartment complex, there is a community garden area and I was thinking of trying out my green thumb there as well. I might make a feature out of it, since I’m new to this and it would be fun to note my progress maybe once a week. I will look into it soon, so stay tuned!

Hopefully this is of inspiration to you all. I bought both the pots and the plants for $13, so it wasn’t too expensive.

So if you are looking for a fun way to decorate your plants, give this a shot!

Let me know in the comments what you think, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks everyone!