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Sunday, August 3, 2014

DIY: Coffee Table Drawer

Are we the only ones who have an impromptu scavenger hunt every time we want to turn on the television? The remotes in our house are ALWAYS missing.

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For years my engineer Breadwinner has talked about building a drawer into our coffee table and today it happened!

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Let me start by pointing out, our remotes are NEVER piled up neatly on top of the coffee table like this. And by never...I mean like, ever. Never. I could build a castle stairway to Cloud CooCooLand with the number of hours we have spent looking for one or more of our silly television/AppleTV/DirecTV remotes.

While the girls and I were off camping with friends the past couple days, Breadwinner spent some time designing up the drawer he has been threatening dreaming up for months now.

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Today the coffee table took a little field trip to the garage for some quick outpatient surgery.

After drawing up a basic design plan, creating a cut list, and hitting the Home Depot, the transformation began.

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Plans called for exactly 2 inch wide wood. Because 3 inch pieces are actually 2 and a half inches wide and 2 inch pieces are 1 and a half inches wide, we used the table saw to cut down our 3 inch lumber (which is actually 2 and a half inches, remember?). Why can't a 1 by 3 actually be 1 inch thick by 3 inches wide? Or why don't they just call it what it is- a 3/4 inch by 2 and a half inch board? Moving on...

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After cutting all the pieces to size, it was time to build our basic box.

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We started with wood glue, and reinforced with brads via the air nailer. A simple square kept us...well..square.

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Our box was 14 and a half inches by 21 inches in order to maximize our under coffee table space without cutting apart too much of the structure.

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Once the basic box sides were assembled, it was time to give our drawer a bottom.

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With all our little DIY home projects and my crazy craft projects, we are quickly becoming wood scrap hoarders. A couple quick cuts on the table saw, and this scrap tile backer board I bought to cut out chalkboard thought bubbles for a previous photo booth project, quickly became a drawer bottom. Because the drawer is holding light weight television remotes, wood glue and staples via air nailer were more than sufficient to hold the bottom in place.

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Next up: Hardware. After looking over slides at Home Depot and envisioning the kids slam, slam, SLAMming the drawer closed over and over, we decided soft close slides were best for this project.
Because Breadwinner is an engineer, and a little OCD on his projects, we pre-drilled each hole to prevent the boards from splitting. (I am impatient, so I rarely pre-drill...and my wood almost always maybe there is something to that pre-drilling thing)

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We attached the drawer slides to the box drawer and supports according to the factory instructions.

Before attaching the drawer and slides to the bottom of the coffee table, it was time for demo.

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We removed the screws from the small support piece under the coffee table, behind the lower trim and the leg supports. (Here's another close up before surgery in case you are having trouble following my jibberish)

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Once the screws were removed, Breadwinner used a little elbow grease and a mallet to remove the trim and support piece from the coffee table.
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Next, he marked where the front edges of the drawer lined up to the trim and cut accordingly. Since his engineer mind is always working and he realized the table legs still needed support across the front to keep them from wobbling should a tiny human decide to push, kick, or otherwise slam their body into the front legs; he re-attached the pieces to the table that he cut off the front trim to create the drawer front.

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Not only did he keep the pieces and reattach them with the screws already in place for the table legs, he countersunk a new screw at an angle to secure the little piece of wood and the table leg to the table top AND prevent wobble. THIS is why an engineer married to a crazy creative chick works out beautifully.

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Finally, we dry fit the drawer, slide hardware, and front trim piece to make sure nothing was wonky before we set the final screws.

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Oh, a little quick tip: We used a shim (also known as a thin piece of cardboard packaging from some tool we recently purchased) under the bottom of the drawer...well really the top...the part of that touches the in this photo the bottom, but when we flip over the coffee table, it's the top. Make sense? Back on task..shim under the bottom/top of the drawer to allow a tiny bit of clearance. That way when you flip over the table and try to open and close your new fancy drawer, it doesn't rub against the bottom of the table top. Good idea, right?
Want another good idea?

My brilliant husband (that's not sarcasm- he really is super brilliant and pretty amazing) thought of every last detail on this project...except how to attach the slide support piece to the coffee table. **correction: After he read this post, he pointed out that he DID have a plan to attach the slide support to the table, he just liked my idea better.** That's my one brilliant contribution to the project. I saw those old wooden support pieces we removed from the back of the front trim and said, "What about using those?".

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Remember? From six pictures ago? The ones we used a mallet to remove? Here's the photo again so you don't have to scroll back.
I nearly broke my arm patting myself on the back for that one. Luckily Breadwinner was pretty proud, too, so it wasn't a solo praise party.
Once we had the support pieces attached to the table, we screwed the new face of the drawer (the old coffee table trim piece) in place.

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And well, that's all she wrote.

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Our coffee table has hidden storage and our remote control hunting days are over.

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Well, that is until we forget that we made a super secret drawer in our coffee table and go searching all over the living room out of habit. (Which Miss Kennedy already did once tonight in the 4 hours since the new coffee table found it's way back to the living room)

Random fun facts:

This project took a little over an hour and a half from start to finish...not including the time it took to dream it up and the 2 or so years from that date until we actually started said project.

An hour and a half is about half the time it took me to realize I was NOT going to strip the original surface down to bare wood three and a half years ago when I first refinished this piece of furniture. Dang there was a lot of lacquer on that table!

It's safe to say we are quickly falling back in love with this Kermit the Frog of a table.

Let's see the Before and After again:
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Now who wants to come sand the red sharpie off the top and put on 8 new coats of poly? Any takers?

Side note: This post was not sponsored by Dewalt. We are just Dewalt junkies. They make a super great product that takes our beatings and keeps on zipping along. #dewaltrules #yesIreallyjusthashtagged 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Creative Tea Time Craft Party: A Giveaway

Remember that fun little craft weekend I hosted at my house last May?
What an amazing time that was!
From the moment it ended I had questions about 'the next one'. While I haven't quite convinced Breadwinner to turn our home into a crafty bed and breakfast again- I do have another incredible plan to share.

A couple months ago, my sweet friend Tracy, (who really became my friend at The Slumber Party last year), told me about an event she's been rolling around in her head. It sounded FABULOUS! I told her to count me in, she put a date on the calendar...and the rest, know how that goes....

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Creative Tea Time Crafty Party is a one day Southern California high tea themed, sassy, vintage inspired girls craft day at the beach! I know, right?! How could ANYONE say no?

Tracy and Leann are the main gals in charge of all the precious event details, and when I say precious details...let me just tell you, NO detail was missed. From decor, to table settings, to menus, to crafts- it promises to be a Fabulous day!

Oh and swag.

Did I mention swag? My jaw continues to drop daily at the YES sponsor emails that drop into my inbox!

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Just to name a VERY few. So many incredible sponsors partnering with us for this perfectly crafty day!

Are you dying for more info yet?!

Here goes....

  • saturday, september 21st 2013
  • capo beach - 34531 via espinoza - dana point, ca 92624
  • cost $40/person
  • several varieties of craft projects, perfect time for the holidays!
  • high tea breakfast and luncheon
  • delicious desserts
  • shopping in downtown san clemente
  • dinner in downtown san clemente (not included in price)
  • optional: dress for high tea  
SO?! Did you stop reading and zip over to buy your ticket yet?

No? OH! That's's SOLD OUT! I know?! Crazy!

...What's that? Oh- you saw the GIVEAWAY in the blog title? Hmmmm...

Well, since you mentioned it....How bout if we GIVE away a ticket?
I thought you'd like that.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Tiny Moments

This is my space.
Of the little time I've spent on this space in the last two years, too much was devoted to justifying my hiatuses and apologizing for my blogger shortcomings.

When my girls are grown, I want to look back on this space and remember....remember the silly things they said and did. The crazy outfits they put together. The days that seemed so trying. The adventures we had. The projects we made. The home we created. The memories we made....
The way they grew into little ladies who love Jesus. The way their share their love with everyone around them.
Not for pages and pages of apology posts.

I want to remember.

Lately, all I do is forget.

Yesterday I woke up and the sore throat I had the day before turned into a full blown 'bark cough', congestion, and all around knock Mama on her butt kind of a day. We spent most of the day watching a Netflix original show about mermaid girls. Truly a waste of a day, but such a blessing to have a down day with my girls, snuggling and learning about all their dreams of swimming in the ocean depths with fins and tails.

When Breadwinner broke the news it was going to be a late night at work for him, I broke the news to the girls we would all be staying home from church. Kennedy-the nearly 5 year old- looked me dead in the eye and said,

"It's OK, Mama. I can drive.....(long pause)....No really, I know how. I drive my car ALL the time."

While she does drive that Flintstone style Little Tikes Cozy Coupe like a champ, and her so sad eyes nearly broke my mama heart, I had to turn down her offer.

She was convinced she could drive herself and her nearly 7 year old sister to church while Daddy worked and I rested. Convinced. I love her heart.


About an hour later, we were cleaning up toys and Summer work books. Kennedy asked where to put an alphabet game I got out for her.

My response, "I want it to live in the living room now, please put it in the red bin with the rest of your flashcards."

Kennedy quickly replied, one hand on hip-head cocked to the side, "Mama- we don't say I WANT, you should have just said I WOULD LIKE..."

Good to know they DO listen...even if they do ignore me 99 out of 100 times.


Monday Madison starts 2nd grade. Second. Grade. How is this possible?
Time is flying.
I don't want to forget these tiny moments.
I may never be the biggest crafty blogger. Or the best DIY designer. Or Mommy fashion blogger.

I'll always be a mommy. I won't always have little girls.
This space is for the memories. The moments. The tiny day to day.
Welcome back to it.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Surprise Room Inspriation Wall

Last week I shared a few teasers of my current favorite project on Instagram. (Are you following me? @fairlyfabulous1)
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Three years ago when we moved into our house, my girls asked what this room was for. They saw Mommy and Daddy's room, the office/guest room, their room (yes, they share. yes. we like it that way), and then there was this room. I told them it was a surprise. See, two weeks after we moved in, the girls and I were going to Florida to previously planned trip to see my family. While we were gone, Breadwinner was going to move my craft stuff and all their toys from the temporary storage unit into the room. A playroom for all the 'girls' seemed perfect! Mommy sews, paints, crafts, creates...while the girls play. It didn't take long for me to completely overtake the room, but the 'Surprise Room' name stuck.

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So- let me introduce you to the new inspiration/art wall in the Surprise Room.

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This collection of art, trinkets, memorabilia, and little 'happies' has been growing for several years now. 

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With a fresh coat of neutral oops paint on the wall (sorry I don't have a color name for you!), each piece stands out for the beauty or memory that it carries. It's a work in progress, but so far...I'm in love.

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Clockwise from the top: rainbow bunting by Alyson and me in preparation for last years' FairlyFab Party. Make Something Pretty While you Can- Pen & Paint, frame paint color is Krylon Bright Idea, Grace Like Rain..Sage Theule from The Stitch Market c/o The Pleated Poppy, Embellished frame and cherry pic by me, I {heart} Athens-Pen & Paint, Create- free printable from Allorahandmade, vintage Georgia atlas page- Earth Cookie, Happiness is Handmade- Pen & Paint mounted by me onto a wooden plaque, Kissimme hoop art- me from an old Old Navy tee, be who you are frame with stock photo still in it (note to self: fix that) gift from my mom, i love being fabulous hoop from a sweet friend, embellished by me, blessed print-Red Letter Words, Dawgs wooden plaque-gift from my mom, Picture taking freak-lollipops, We love print- Chrissie Grace, crazy awesome locker- April Kennedy (I still have one more to hang), rosette flower hoop art- Blossom & Vine, Rainbow clothesline frame for instagram prints-made by me with fabric scraps and twine, You are Beautiful and Brilliant-Chrissie Grace, junque- Earth Cookie, Do small things print-Pen & Paint, Every day print-Erin Leigh, 2 Kings print- Chrissie Grace, fabric hoop with another lovely Red Letter Words print, fabric hoop made from a dress both my girls wore-so many memories in that fabric, wire wrapped flower from my very best BFF in Georgia-Kimberly.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

$100 ModCloth Giveaway

Hey Friends!
You may have noticed I've been a bit off the blogging grid the past well, year or so...
I thought it might be fun to come back with a BANG! I'm teaming up with a few lovely ladies to give you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card to ModCloth!

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I'm teaming up with a few lovely ladies to give you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card to ModCloth! Whoop, whoop! Who wouldn't love a little extra shopping money at the cutest online clothing shop?! We're making it easy for bloggers and non-bloggers alike to spruce up their Summer wardrobe with some new, fun pieces! Just click the Rafflecopter link below and start entering.
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Thanks to April, Elizabeth, Heidi, Jen, Rachel, Liz, Emily for hosting this super awesome giveaway with me!
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