I’ve seen lots of pictures of beautiful wheatgrass centerpieces like this:
and I had a few galvanized metal containers I picked up in the dollar section at Target so I decided to use them to try growing my own wheatgrass. I found the seed here on Amazon and bought a 5lb bag (way more than I really needed).
I found lots of helpful wheatgrass instructions online like this youtube video and in a few days I had some rapidly growing wheatgrass on my hands.
Most of the containers were used as table centerpieces at my church for Easter and the grass looks great for a couple of weeks – very bright green and “Spring-y”
I had some leftover pieces of pallet wood from this project so I decided to make another sign with it.
I stained the wood then did a little bit of sanding once it was dried. The words I chose – “Hope is an anchor for the soul” are inspired by Hebrews 6:19. I sketched them loosely in chalk before following up with a paintbrush.
After everything was finished and fully dried I sanded over the letters again and attached all the boards together on the back with a thin piece of plywood and some screws.
With most of the kitchen remodeling complete (painted cabinets, new countertops, new floor, etc.) one of the major remaining projects was backsplash tile installation. After looking at a ton of different options we decided to go with white subway tile. It’s simple, classic, inexpensive, and easy to install.
we picked up a few boxes of 3″ x 6″ white subway tile from Lowe’s, with the cost per tile around 22 cents.
We laid out the first couple of rows to get an idea of how the tiles would line up.
To try and minimize the mess, the countertops were covered with paper and the walls were taped.
We mixed the thinset and started the installation. Tile cuts were made using a wet tile saw that was borrowed from a friend. Rubber tile spacers helped to make sure the spacing between every tile was even.
The day after the tile was all installed we mixed up the grout – a light grey color to provide a tiny bit of contrast from the white tile.
Once the grouting was finished all the spaces between countertop and tile were caulked. The project took a whole weekend but cost less than $150 in materials. Can’t beat that.
Before starting this project I found a ton of great resources online for a DIY subway tile backsplash installation including the following:
The Mustard Ceiling Blog
Do It Yourself
The oak vanity in the downstairs powder room had the same look as the old kitchen cabinets. So I gave it an update using the same process as the kitchen cabinets, but this time with a tinted primer and black paint.
The oak framed bathroom mirror also got the same treatment. New brushed nickel hardware was added to the doors and drawers and the cabinet got a new laminate counter top.
Christmas chalkboard inspired by this free printable.
Cardboard letters from Joann’s painted with some leftover satin nickel spray paint.
I took an old frame and strung wire across it for hanging pictures, etc. Since it’s the Christmas season I decided to take some old sheet music I found at a thrift store, print some letters on it and hang them from the wire with some binder clips.
I added some chalkboard spray paint to these old silver trays.
More to come!
The downstairs powder room got updated with some new vinyl flooring (the same from the upstairs bathroom project)
The white walls were warmed up with a fresh coat of Valspar’s Churchill Hotel Wheat paint and some panels of beadboard and trim.
The house has a half bathroom downstairs that for the past 20 years has been decorated with a lovely ivy motif. Time for an update.
On the demo list:
1. Remove wallpaper border.
2. Remove everything else.
Update coming soon!
My dad brought home some old pallets to cut up for fire wood…
… but I took a few pieces and decided to make a sign.
I followed these awesome instructions which involve printing out the lettering, scribbling on the back with a charcoal pencil, tracing the outline of the letters, and then filling in the letters with a paint pen and/or paint and brush.
I lightly sanded everything after the paint dried and I think it turned out pretty good.
I decided to make my own upholstered headboard. I used some scrap plywood found in the garage (free), a queen-sized foam mattress topper ($25 at Target), quilt batting ($13 at Joann’s), and a black & white cotton tablecloth ($10 clearance item from Marshall’s).
I traced the headboard outline and cut it out of the foam mattress topper. Then I flipped it over and used spray adhesive to attach it to the wood headboard.
I wrapped the batting and fabric around the headboard and stapled it to the back of the plywood and trimmed the excess pieces off. This part of the process took a couple hours.
I’ve been seeing a lot of cool upholstered headboards lately:
I think I’m gonna go make my own now.