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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 nightstandΒ on my side of the bed.Β 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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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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Yesterday we celebrated a fun milestone – three years in our second house! Happy 3 year housiversary to us! And yes, I’m making that word up and I’m okay with it.

Happy 3 Years to the houseWe have come a long way, especially the front yard. The first weekend we lived here we (with the help of our family) ripped out the massive Bradford Pear tree that was sucking water away from our Oak trees and we ripped out the oversize hedges that lined the walkway to the house. I love it so much more now – lots of small rose bushes along the walkway, hostas along the front porch and you can actually see the front door!

For a list of the projects we’ve done so far on the house, check out this post. We have more to go but its fun to look back on where we started!

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Found it!

So, last week I posted this plea for some help finding a nightstand…

DIY Mirrored Nightstand

and today, I picked this piece up. I love the internet!! Yes, this will be a DIY mirrored nightstand for Conner’s side of the bed and no, I can’t wait to get it finished. Thank you to my new friend Debbie W in Norman for contacting me! Look for the finished project late next week.

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**UPDATE: I had the mirrors for this cut at a local glass shop. They also drilled the holes for me for the hardware. I mentioned this below but am still getting lots of comments on it so here it is upfront: the glass shop is your BFF during a project like this!!**

I am so excited about this DIY project! I have been dreaming it up for a while and finally got motivated and adventurous enough to attempt the project. It took some planning and patience (bleh) but I can now say that this DIY mirrored nightstand is my most favorite project to date!

Mirrored NightstandsI love mirrored nightstands! They feel so glamorous and adult – two things I usually do not feel. The sizes and looks of the ones above were perfect for our master bedroom but the prices are absolutely ridiculous…especially when you add in shipping for a large, delicate item! I really wanted one but really did not want to pay the premium price so I finally went for it and attempted this project.

(Nightstand 1 – Pier 1; Nightstand 2 – Pottery Barn; Nightstand 3 – Anthropologie; Nightstand 4 – Z Gallerie)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand1This “nightstand” was actually a small dresser my grandma used to use. (Please ignore the dead green stuff everywhere – spring is coming!) If you remember from the curio cabinet project, she moved out of her house and had a large garage sale which was awesome for me. It was in pretty good condition but had some scratches and dents from general wear and tear. (The two top drawers were at the glass shop when I took this picture.)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand2Obviously I couldn’t put mirror on every square inch of the furniture so I used Krylon’s original chrome spray paint (40% off at Hobby Lobby) and painted the edges of the top, sides and drawer fronts of the nightstand. There was zero point of wasting paint on the middle of each part since that is where the mirror was going! While the painting was happening, my mirror pieces were being cut at my favorite glass shop.

Side note: I am now obsessed with my friends at City Glass because they replaced two cracked drawer front pieces for me…for free! Seriously, make friends with people who you know you’ll be working with a lot. They will be your life-savers when you attempt your own DIY projects.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand3When I finished my oversize floor mirror project, I asked my friends at the glass shop how I should start the mirrored nightstand project. They recommended just bringing in the measurements for the sides and top but to bring in a drawer so they could have a template for the size and placement of holes for the hardware. So smart! The sides on this piece were different – so weird – and the top drawer is smaller than the bottom three drawers so I took them the measurements for three pieces as well as the top two drawers for measuring and cutting.

It took about three days for them to get all seven pieces cut and ready for me to pick up. We had plenty of mirror adhesive left over from the last mirror project and it was the same procedure as before: put plenty of glue on the back of the mirror, stick the mirror to the surface and use objects/tape to hold the mirror in place for at least 24 hours.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand4The sides were the hardest and scariest to glue. The top was obviously the easiest – some tape and heavy books helped keep the mirror in place – but the sides were so nerve-wracking. Would the piece of mirror fall over in the middle of the night? No need to worry – the mirror adhesive glue means serious business. After about 20 minutes, that sucker wasn’t budging. (we still kept the tape on over night to make sure nothing was falling or moving)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5The drawers were pretty easy as well. We set them upright, glued them, stuck the mirror on and used the new hardware to position each piece perfectly. Not pictured here are two of the drawers…the mirror cracked a little from drilling the holes for the hardware and I think I might have screwed in one of the knobs too tight…lesson learned! The knobs are now on but not screwed so tightly they don’t have a little give to them.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand6Here is the final product – love, love, love! Seriously, it makes me so happy to walk in to our room and see this nightstand. It really does make me feel a little more glamorous and a little more grown-up with something this fancy in our master bedroom.

(Pssst – like that green painter’s tape above our bed? It is now a tufted headboard, inspired by West Elm, that my mom and I made! Check it out here.)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand8This project ended up being extremely cost-effective, especially compared to the pricey pieces I originally found online. The knobs were all half-off at Hobby Lobby (shame on you if you ever purchase something for the full price) and getting mirror cut to size is really not that expensive! This whole piece was $128, which sounds like a lot, but is SO much better than the $400-700 I was looking at originally.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand9The only purchases I made for the top of the nightstand were the fresh tulips and the pink/green tray. I love fresh flowers, especially the pretty spring ones, and the pink/green tray reminds me of my bedroom in college (I was obsessed with the color combination). I love it because it gives me happy memories as well as brings in some fun pops of color!

The rest of the items have been collected over time: lamp and large frame are from Hobby Lobby, the clock was a wedding present from Pottery Barn, the Ben’s Garden ‘L’ coaster was a present from a friend, the books came from random places over the years and the vase is from Target. I like the variation of heights of the items and that they all have some special meaning or thought to them.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand11For your viewing pleasure…and mine, of course, I love a good before and after…here is a final before/after look at our DIY mirrored nightstand. SO happy with the results and so happy I went for this project. It was a lot easier than I had built it up to be and of course am mad I waited so long to do this!

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