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Happy 2014! I loved 2013 but am really looking forward to 2014 – my self-proclaimed “Year of Fun!” It’s always great to look back at the previous year and this blog helps keep some of those fun memories for me. Based upon your views and clicks, it is safe to say this year was the year of our master bedroom. We finally finished all of the big projects I wanted to complete and you all loved them with me! Below are the top five posts from 2013.

Bar area before and afterConner’s favorite makeover in our house is this bar area, especially the stained wine cabinet from our 5th anniversary. When we moved in, we knew right away that the desk would have to come out (can you say junk collector?). New floors, new paint, an updated cabinet as well as two new beverage centers really make this spot more us!

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5I love that we finally have grown-up nightstands! Conner’s nightstand was tricky with that stupid floor vent but we worked it out and I love it.

Floor Mirror18Every girl’s dream – a full-length mirror to see her shoes! This DIY floor mirror took some time (mainly for drying, but really for silver-leafing) but it was so worth it for the end result and the space it takes up on this empty wall.

DIY Tufted Headboard19The second most favorite post/project of the year is our tufted headboard, inspired by West Elm and featured on BuzzFeed! (What a thrill and lesson learned…don’t read comments you can’t delete!) Mom and I worked all day on a Sunday to get this over-sized beauty finished and I love it so much.

DIY Mirror Nightstand8And finally, your favorite project and mine…the DIY mirrored nightstand on my side of the bed. I had been dreaming of doing this for two years and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It is so easy and not as expensive as I feared!

Thanks for reading in 2013! I will be back soon with new projects. For more in between posts, follow me on Instagram and like the Facebook page!

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When we first moved in to this house, there was a nook next to the kitchen that had a built-in desk. This wasn’t something we were interested in having at all – it screamed junk collector to me. Several months later, we ripped out the desk and put in a kegerator. Fast forward another two years and we added a wine cabinet. After a nice coat of stain on the wine cabinet and a new coat of paint on the walls, our bar area is finally complete and it looks great!

Stained Wine Cabinet - BeforeWay back when, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to stain or paint the wine cabinet. I received a ton of feedback and I loved the advice I heard several times – you can always paint over stain but you can’t stain over paint. So the decision was made – stain it first!


Stained Wine Cabinet1
After one coat of Minwax Provincial stain, this bad boy was ready to go. It was a pretty simple process of staining – brush on, wipe off – and we only did one coat as the stain took really well and we didn’t want it any darker. We also forwent using a wax or poly to seal it. I didn’t think it was necessary for this piece of furniture since most of it would be hidden by walls and the kegerator.

Stained Wine Cabinet2For the top of the cabinet, I painted two coats of chalkboard paint to give the appearance of a tray. (You know I love a good tray!) We debated putting another piece of wood on top (but how could we make it look seamless from the rest of the piece) or putting a piece of mirror on top (but it seemed too glitzy for this area) so a faux tray seemed like the easiest and most practical solution. A jar of corks, a John Derian tray and a typical Italalian cheers – perfect!

Stained Wine Cabinet3This part of our house is finally complete and I love it. I’m glad we stained the cabinet so it blends into the keg and doesn’t try to stand out from it. Our blue bar cart does a great job as a fun bar piece so I’m glad we didn’t spray paint the wine cabinet as well. The lights from our glass cabinet also do a great job of lighting up this space as does our DIY gallery wall with bright white picture frames.

The best part about our bar area? The comments from any male that walks through this house, which definitely includes the guys who measured for new kitchen appliances and lovingly stared at the tap while they worked. Yes, boys. It does hold a full-sized keg and yes, we do use it. A lot.

Bar area before and afterJust three short years ago, our house looked like the picture on the left. New floors, new paint and countless DIY hours make the picture on the right so perfect!

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The DIY gallery wall trend is huge. (Just check out all of these results on Pinterest!) I love the variations of this trend and how people are embracing the easiness of this project. I did our wall in 2011 but it needed more frames and really needed some professional mats. (I tried to cheat that part and it didn’t work – lesson learned.) Here is the updated version of our DIY gallery wall.

DIY Gallery WallIt is similar to what we had before but is now larger and more polished! I love the look of the professional mats, it makes the photos look really crisp and clean. I also updated some of the pictures and made all of them black and white – my favorite type of photo.

DIY Gallery Wall2The only picture that isn’t a photo is the Greg Burns black and white drawing of a favorite spot in OKC. Conner actually found this when he first moved to OKC and since we used to live close to this landmark, I love having it in our current house.

I also love/hate having the photo of the beach in Maui. I can’t wait to go on another beach trip but I’m not sure any will compare to our almost free trip to Hawaii!

DIY Gallery Wall3In addition to the pictures of us, I have a picture of my grandpa when he was in the Air Force and a picture of Conner’s grandma with one of my grandmas from our wedding in the Bahamas. Aren’t they cute hanging out on the beach?

I love gallery walls because that can represent any number of things about your personality so I love that ours reflects who we are and who are family is. Are you trying this trend or are you over it? I would love to see a picture of yours!

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New HardwareWe’ve been doing more updates around the house and really, the details are what make any project come to life, right? Out with the old (the 80’s) and in with the new (clean-lined, chrome hardware) is what we’re trying to accomplish in this house and we’re doing it room by room. Next week I hope to show you the whole thing but for now, follow along on Instagram and Facebook for more updates as we continue our progress!

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Almost four months ago, I showed you one of my top five favorite projects I’ve ever done – my DIY mirrored nightstand. I still love it! A week later, I was coveting a piece of furniture that I thought didn’t exist but thanks to the world wide web, a friendly reader and a town that I’m not too fond of (sorry Debbie, I’m an OSU gal!) I found exactly what I wanted and finally created a mirrored nightstand for the other side of our master bed.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5Here he is! (I call mine a she, Conner’s side is a he. I feel its only appropriate.) I’m not totally happy with the styling and accessories but he’ll get there. At least he is finished and in place so my husband has a place to charge his phone and put down a water glass. Three months after I finished this nightstand, I’m finally showing you how it all came to be!

DIY Mirrored Nightstand1This was our humble beginning. Debbie from Norman was holding on to this piece to use outside. Luckily for me, it was still sitting in the garage and had yet to move so Debbie was willing to sell it to me. (I have plenty of those pieces!)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand2The bones were good but the back was too frilly for what I wanted. There were two small pieces of wood, held by small screws, that were holding the top scroll piece. It was super easy to take off the three pieces but then I was left with this hole. Crap.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand3After two trips to Home Depot (the first was just a thought process and the second I took Conner to make sure I measured right), I came home with two pieces of wood. The first piece of wood used was this small piece that fit perfectly in the new hole made from the missing top scroll piece.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand4The second piece of wood was actually a new layer to the top of the nightstand. When we set the nightstand next to the bed, it was just a smidge too short for what I wanted. I couldn’t find casters that fit the look for the price I wanted so I had a new piece of wood cut and used Gorilla Glue to attach it to the top of the old wood. After several coats of wood putty, some sanding and spray paint, it was just what I wanted! (I wasn’t looking for complete perfection since I knew you would be able to see the grain and knicks in the original wood)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5I went through the same process of finishing this nightstand as I did on the first mirrored nightstand: the local glass shop cut the pieces of mirror to size, I used mirror adhesive to attach the pieces and glass knobs from Hobby Lobby finished it all off. I love it!

You can see the floor vent in this picture, aka my nightmare and the original reason why it took so long to find the perfect picture of furniture to fit this side of the bed. The floor vent deflector fits perfectly under here and our room has stayed nice and cool this summer.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand6The main wall of our bedroom looks perfect with the two mirrored nightstands and is exactly what I had pictured in my mind! Only a few more small details and I will show you a great before and after, complete with a picture of what this room looked like at our first showing!

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Today, I’m coveting a new vignette for our sofa table in the living room. It is very unfinished and blah right now. I need something better for this small surface!

Succulent DisplayI saw this pin on Emily Henderson’s blog and I instantly loved it! I’ve wanted to plant some succulents for the house for a while now and this vignette is perfect. Our sofa table is white too so I love seeing what it would look like for us. You could be seeing a copy of this very soon!

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So today was a fun day on the Internet for me! I was featured on BuzzFeed. Say what?!

DIY Headboard on BuzzFeedThanks to a girlfriend, I was alerted that my DIY tufted headboard was featured as one of their 24 West Elm Hacks. It was a pretty cool feeling to see my headboard and my room on a site like this. Thanks for the feature, BuzzFeed!

Side note: my family doesn’t really support the word ‘hack’ but I get it. I’m knocking off something that is really expensive so I get it. I do! But then I read some of the comments on the BuzzFeed article… ouch… maybe some day we’ll get to see the houses of the people who leave mean comments, yes? ;)

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