House Number DIY

 

Finally, a curb appeal project is complete! Look at those shiny new house numbers! So much better than the old one…  Of course now I really really want to paint the exterior of the house to freshen it up a bit. Hello gray with white trim and blue shutters?? Perhaps. A huge thank you to my dad who is in town and I put to work on many projects around the house.

House Number DIY

Supplies needed:

House numbers | I used these

Wood pieces – I used two 3′ pieces of wood

Wood box (I found it at Jo-ann’s)

faux succulents or plants of your choosing

Floral foam

Brackets for the back to hang

Wood glue

Tape measure

Orbital sander

Saw – I used a jig saw to cut the wood

Cordless drill

Wood prep

First cut and prep your wood. I went with two 3 foot boards. I wanted the house numbers for be floating, in order to do that you need wood that is at least 1 inch thick. I just happen to have more wood leftover from the fence project that I still haven’t posted pictures of. Glue the wood together. Use a brush or scrap piece of cardboard to work the glue into the wood and clamp it down good. After its dry, trim the edges again with a saw and sand the whole board smooth.

Installing the numbers

Again, I wanted the numbers to be floating so I mostly followed the directions on the package. I started by taping the templates onto the board and marking the holes with a nail. The instructions said to drill a pilot hole with 1/8″ bit which we did, but the next step was drill with 1/4″ bit which was much to big of a hole for mounting to the board (works for installing directly to the house though?). We just matched up the size of the mounting screws to a bit, went up just a tiny bit in size and drilled the holes. Attach the mounting screws to the numbers and stick them into the holes, we added wood glue to the holes to ensure that the numbers would stay.

Box and flowers

Next we glued the box onto the wood with wood glue and clamped it down good. Leave it for a bit to dry. Once the box is dry, you can place some floral foam and flowers into the box, arrange however you want.

Hanging

We used those frame mounting brackets that have a triangle loop, look at the bottom of the picture to see what I’m talking about, I don’t know what they are called. But anyways, measure where you want them and screw them on. Make sure they are level. We had to use a stucco drill bit to get the holes into the house for the screws to mount the numbers but it turned out pretty neat! I can’t wait to paint the exterior and see how it looks. I’m hoping to paint or replace the wall mounted mailbox shortly.

Forest friends Baby Shower

 

In late February I hosted a baby shower for my cousin who is having twins this summer. We decided to go with the forest friends/ woodland creature theme for her and the babies. Check out the Pinterest board inspiration here!

Decor

In keeping with the forest theme, we filled vases and mason jars with twigs, branches and babies breath, placed pinecones and wood rounds around and found some fun little forest animal pieces to work with. Printables, I made at Canva.com can be found here and here.

The onesies I made, keep an eye out for future blog post on how to! I also made the diaper cakes, that too will be a blog post in the future.

The cake/food stands out of the wood rounds were pretty fun, as well as the animal print fabric for the table. The rounds were logs up until a week before that my dad cut. They were still pretty green so we attempted to dry them in a low heat oven. It sort of worked but I would not recommend it unless you really like the smell of damp lumber. We did manage to dry them fairly well in front of the fire for a few days, but day of they were still pretty green. However, it was considerably cheaper than going to the craft store for their wood rounds.

These were made with wood circles from the craft store. We took a brown marker to the sides to give them a live edge look and placed some fun stickers on them.

These adorable little animals I found online from We Lived Happily Ever After. I made the pom-poms.

 

Food

I had some family help me out with the creative dishes like the owl veggie platter, hedgehog/ porcupine cheese ball, ‘forest berries and twigs, and the little caprice ‘mushrooms’.

(Intentional pun with “wright”, that’s their last name)

 

Games and Activities

Not pictured, but we asked guests bring books instead of cards to start the twins library.

The mom-to-be’s sister created the guest book idea! Isn’t it sooo cute!

(again, intentional “Wright” pun because of their last name.)


The mom-to-be’s sister also created a question game and a ‘guess the number of socks game’. It was perfect!

This is a game I kind of made up based off of a picture we saw on pinterest, there were no instructions so we had to make it up. I had the couple send me selfies and I cut them into strips and organized them based on forehead, eyes, noes, mouth and chin. Everyone got a piece of paper and I passed 5 envelopes with eyes, nose, etc… around and guests glued them onto the paper. They wrote their name on the back and passed them to the mom-to-be, she picked the winner. It was quite hilarious!

The other game we played was ‘are you my mother’ where you write the name of the baby animal that corresponds to the adult name.  Are you my mother?

Painting my Front Door Blue

Painting My Front Door Blue

Our poor front door was looking a bit rough after we moved in, it is still a very solid door but its age was starting to show. There were some noticeable cracks likely caused by the intense summer sun, this door faces south-southwest so it gets ALL the sun. At first we thought about replacing the door with a classic 6-lite craftsman fiberglass door, but after pricing it out and looking at the required tool list, plus flying my handyman down for this project it just wasn’t feasible. Then, I briefly entertained the idea of just re-finishing it, but I REALLY wanted a fun colorful door. So after doing a bunch of Pinterest research I decided to dive into this project while J was away for work (welcome home to a new front door color!).

Supplies needed:

Repair: wood glue | patch & paint | putty knife | sanding block

Priming and Painting: Primer Paint (peaceful) | smaller roller brush | small brush for cutting in | plastic tarp

Hardware update (optional): Locks | kick plate | screw driver | cordless drill

Step one:

If your door is old but very solid like mine is, patch the cracks and holes in your door. I started out with a wood glue and a small putty knife to push the glue into the cracks. After it was dry I then used a fine grit sand paper to sand that down. I followed up with a little patch and paint for the larger crevices. After it was dry I sanded that down too. I sanded the whole door with a sanding block before I primed.

Step two:

Remove the locks and put plastic down.  I cut in with a paint brush, use a small roller to do the larger surfaces. Follow this tutorial for where to start painting the door. Follow your primers instructions for drying time. I gave mine a day and I only did one coat. I did my research and this primer really was the best one recommended.

Step three:

Start painting your door! I think I wound up doing three coats, I also only did the outside of the door. The inside of the door was in pretty good shape. I just need to touch up the cracks with a stain pen and some new glossy polyurethane. I went with the Modern Masters paint, 1) I liked the color options and 2) the fast drying time, 3) there’s an app that you can download to ‘test’ out the colors before you commit. I chose the peaceful color, I wanted a blue, but I also wanted something that would look good in all seasons with different porch decor.

Step 4 (optional):

Update the hardware. We went with the Kwikset Smart key Cameron in satin nickel. With the smart key option we were able to re-key the front door without paying for a locksmith and if we decide to rent the house out later being able to re-key the house for different tenants is kind of nice. This smart key option also allowed us to do the back door with the same key.

You’ll notice in this picture I still hadn’t done the top brass deadbolt, that lock involved a bit a tweaking to replace. #oldhouseproblems?

Step 5 (optional):

For a little bit more pizzaz and curb appeal, I installed a kick plate that compliments your new door color and hardware. It was super easy to install. I just taped into place with blue painters tape, used a small nail and hammer to start the holes that lined up with the holes on the plate and then screwed the wood screws into place with a cordless drill.

Step 6 (optional):

Eventually we’ll get around to updating our trim color and adding more weatherstripping to the door. I can tell there are a few places that I’ll need to touch up the door as well.

The door mat is from IKEA and the wreath is made by me.

Who else has tried painted their front door? What color did you go with?

 

Star Wars Man Cave

If you know us you know we have a thing for Disney and Star Wars.  So, when we bought our 4 bedroom 2 bathroom house in California, we of course needed Disney season passes and J needed his own space or “man cave’ if you will. Naturally it had to be Star Wars themed.

Here’s what the room looked like before we bought the house. Not much going for it except for the fabulous built-in’s, which was a major selling point for us. The previous owners REALLY liked brown…

We inherited the futon from them, but I covered it with a mattress protector and a red sheet after vacuuming it and spraying it down with pet oder eliminating spray (this one works great btw).

I painted the room the same colors as my studio BHER evening white on three walls and sparrow on the wall with the window.

Wampa rug, Yoda back pack, Boba Fette stein, and R2-D2 lamp are from ThinkGeek | Pillow and fleece throw Fabric are from Jo-ann’s

Storage cubes tutorial here | Guitar hooks found here | Storm trooper art from here | Curtains and sheets from target (similar here and here)

I bought J some of those star wars micro kites from ThinkGeek too, he was thinking about hanging them up in his room. We’d like to do some sort of display cabinet for his star wars LEGO too but there just isn’t enough room. This is a pretty tiny room, I’ve seen walk-in closets bigger than this.

Also, have you guys seen Pottery Barn Kids Star Wars stuff?? How cool is that? If we ever have a son, guess what theme his room will be… of course I guess you could do it for a girls room too, we don’t subscribe to gender norms here.

Star Wars Man Cave

Sew Easy 20 Minute Pot Holder

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Happy Birthday to my husband! We like our craft beer in this house, so much that we brew our own from time to time. We may have our own two tap keg-orator in our living room and a Washington State beer Cap map as well as a few other novelty beer decorations. So, I thought it would be fitting if I made J some of his own brewing pot holders. I found this fabric (similar) about a year ago at Jo-Ann’s and knew I needed to make something for him with it.

Sew Easy 20 Minute Pot Holders

Supplies needed:

2-3 Fat quarters (or more) fabric

Insul-brite  or other thermal/heat resistant lining (I had bout about 1/2 yard for some Koozies)

pins/scissors/thread

Extra wide double fold bias tape (1 package made two for me)

Walking foot for your sewing machine (the project is pretty thick, and it would be challenging without one)

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Cut your fabric:

I had a specific width I could work with because of the pattern of the front piece but you can adjust the size if you want something less rectangular. Cut one small front, one inner pocket lining (solid black in this case) 6″ x 6″, cut two for the back pieces (6″ x 10″).

2- 6″x6″

2- 6″ x 10″

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Cut one 6″ x 6″ and one 6″ x 10″ of insul-bright. and layer with right sides facing out!

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Sew:

Next, stitch the front pocket bias tape. Follow this tutorial for how to sew on bias tape.

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Stack your front pocked onto the back piece.

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Follow that same tutorial to apply the bias tape to the whole project.

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Check that out! Sew easy right?? I suppose if you wanted to get really fancy with the bias tape you could make a loop to hang, but I chose the simple route.

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Let me know if you try making these! They make great gifts (because you know the holidays are coming up). I may make a few more in just some fun fabrics for my kitchen. We’ll see.