Sprucing up with Lulu and Georgia.

One of the perks of blogging is getting to partner with some awesome stores to style their products and merchandise in my home.
This week some Lulu and Georgia pieces found their way in to my home.
And I get to share the Lulu and Georgia love for 20% off with code: 4men1lady20.

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 You all know I love white.  You just can’t go wrong with it.  Lulu and Georgia has a huge selection of amazing lamps.  This Taman lamp is sitting on the dresser in our bedroom.
Even the Mr. commented that it looked “Awesome“…believe me, when you get a compliment from him on the decor you know it’s a keeper.

Next we move to the Loo.

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When I was sitting in the shower with my camera photographing the loo the Mr. asked if I was really going to blog about the toilet.
Sh-ya!,” I said.  “Do you see how cool this Horse Head Match Strike by Jonathan Adler is?”  He did his infamous eye roll and walked away.
It really is a cool little piece.  You can light the match by striking the ridges at the base.

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  Two words. Bathroom-Necessity.
(I live with 4 men…need I say more?)

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Our basement family room got a new addition as well.

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This is the Fairmont Coffee Table.

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I love that it’s neutral and versatile enough that it could fit in to a modern or more traditional space.

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If you haven’t been to Lulu and Georgia it’s a must visit.
Don’t forget to use code: 4MEN1LADY20 for your 20% discount. (Offer good for one week from the date of this post).

I received products from Lulu and Georgia to review and blog about.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DIY Window Boxes and a $100. ACE Giftcard Giveway.

This is a sponsored post written by myself.  All thoughts and opinions belong to me.

When we first walked through this 70’s rambler 4+ years ago it was pretty tired and frumpy.

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Little by little we’ve given it a face lift to boost it’s curb appeal.

For our ACE Hardware project this month we had the opportunity to tackle a project using a tool from ACE‘s Primo tool line.  I’ve always loved window planter boxes and decided to make this a family project.  The bedroom windows on the house are quite high which leaves a lot of brick real estate below.

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Window boxes were the ideal solution to break things up a bit.

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For this project I used the Craftsman Magnesium Staight Finish Nailer.

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I don’t know how I’ve lived without one of these for so long.  I normally am hammering nails in, smashing fingers and bending nails.  This tool sped up the process 100-fold!

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This man even jumped in and learned some wood working skills.

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I love them so much I’m planning on making some window boxes for our shed…tutorial coming soon.

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Constructing the boxes was the easy part…working my green thumb and keeping the plants alive is going to be the real challenge.

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Next up, replacing those 35+ year old shutters.

Now for the really exciting news…one lucky reader will get a $100. gift card to ACE to tackle their own spring projects around the house.

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To enter, go to ACE’s website HERE and browse around then leave a comment in the entry form (below) letting me know what you would buy with $100.
As always, I’ve given some bonus entry options also.
Good luck!

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This post was written my myself as a part of my affiliation as an ACE Blogger.  I was compensated for this post as well as other products by ACE.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of ACE.

 

When Life Gives You Lemons…Make Corner Floating Shelves

We’re making good progress with my oldest son’s bedroom makeover.
Planks are up and painted, new closet doors have been ordered and I’m off to pick up some vintage school pieces I won at a school surplus auction tomorrow to decorate the room.
A linen closet on the other side of this wall is the reason there is this little jog of a space.

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It’s a really annoying pop-out.  I almost wish they would have just made the linen closet bigger on the other side of the wall in order to keep the whole wall flush.  There’s just barely enough room for a twin sized bed.  If I wanted to put a night stand next to the bed it would be floating in the middle of the room in front of that nook.  Not exactly ideal.
My solution…when life gives you lemons make floating shelves.

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Making them is not as difficult as one might think.  The wonderful carpenter I found on HomeAdvisor (who also installed the wall planks) whipped these up in no time.  First, put up two pieces of 1×1 (which will be the main support for the shelves).  Make sure to nail directly in to the studs behind the wall.

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 Next, cut a board so it aligns with your two walls.  Nail directly in to the top of the board so it hits the 1×1 support underneath.

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 For the bottom of the shelf, cut an identical board as the top one and attach it under the 1×1.

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 Measure a face board that will cover the gap, the top and the bottom boards.

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 As before, make sure you are nailing the face board in to the top and bottom boards.

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 I filled all the nails holes with stainable wood filler.  It you look closely you can probably see where the wood filler is.  Because the wood filler wasn’t the same color as the boards it also stained up differently.  In hindsight I wish I would have not filled the nail holes and just left the holes undone for a more rustic look.

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 I used Frog tape to protect the wall which worked great on top but staining the underneath was a different story.  Applying the stain without having it drip was really tricky.  Save yourself from having to do paint touch up and use two rows of tape or wider tape when staining the underneath.

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Now that the shelves are up I really love the odd little nook.
And that, my friends, is how we turn lemons in to lemonade (or rather floating corner shelves).

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The shelves are going to provide some much needed storage for that little bedroom.

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Next up, a very blue wall…stay tuned!

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