Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Laundry Room Decor

Do you like laundry? What a stupid question... 

I'm sort of convinced if my laundry room looked 
like THIS>>

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or
THIS>>
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I would for sure love everything laundry, but if we are being honest, probably not. 

So taking inspiration from all the things I have pinned, I found this and reminded myself to put this on my to-do list and to-buy list for my next Hob Lob trip.

I also liked the bright colors of the WASH in the picture, and wanted to emulate as best as possible to bring happy-ness to an otherwise icky room.
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Scrapbook paper, some Mod Podge and some Wood letters from Hobby Lobby in hand, I began. 








It was a super simple project. And we had this canvas laying around that Bobby had Spray Painted for the Man Room (JACKED!)

So some $1.99 letters, $0.50 Scrap Book paper and Hot Glue later....






And of course my little Bizzy Boo's sign.

We ARE those people who buy all things that look like our dogs...







oh and JUST for fun...here's a sneak peak of our next project which we are currently working on!




Saturday, June 16, 2012

All Manly Up in Here--Part 3


:INSERT MTV CRIBS MUSIC:
Mon's been wanting to post stuff online and show people this room since last month. I am a firm believer in not revealing work 'til it's done. Well, it's almost done. There is one missing piece that I am working on. So as soon as I get the  "dice rolling," I will show you how sometimes you have to "gamble" in life.  #cliffhanger


When people see this, obviously the question is "hey dude what's up with two TVs?" Uh, hello. Do you realize that there are multiple sporting events on at a time or that you can't split screen Call of Duty and watch the tube?! Next question.





There really isn't a bad seat in the house. See how the Xbox and cable boxes sit underneath with no wires showing!
Despite all the man hours and money put into this room, this remains my favorite wall. Why, you ask (okay enough questions) because this represents my true love, the Texans and those we lost. One of my pet peeves is seeing people wear players' jerseys that are no longer with that team. I immediately knew I had to honor these men for their service and Jacoby being my homie on Twitter. #faircatch 

Cassius Clay in the background doing some intense underwater training. For some reason I feel like I can box even though I usually just spar against the air. I still can't believe the Astros got perfect gamed. Next picture...
My dad gave me this hat for some personal affects in the room. He was a die hard Oiler fan and always reminds me of how he went to the game the day after I was born, while I laid in an incubator fighting for my life with jaundice. 




Of course, no man room is complete without an autograph displayed. Just so happens one of my buddies from college, BBQs with Earl Campbell and was so kind to give us me this as a wedding gift. Thanks Bear! I guess I should probably put it in a safer place since my nephew cant yet distinguish the difference between an autographed football and football-football.


Over and out,

Bob

All Manly up in Here--Part 2

Building a shelf

Hello random folks who peek into my house every week friends,

Let me just clear this up real quick. I love my wife. I love she's passionate about our projects. I love my house. We are blessed and I give thanks daily. Blogging, however, is not on the top of my priorities but what the heck, this is getting me out of cleaning the house for a few minutes. Ahem..ah yes, my man room. Let us continue....

This is the first tier of my shelf. 6ft piece of wood cut and shaped with a jig saw to take away the traditional rectangle look of a shelf. We originally envisioned stretching the shelf out 12ft for the whole wall, but price/ bending of the wood quickly changed our blueprint.
This is my father in his standard army or khaki cargo shorts. I prefer 1980s golf shorts. Check out that Longhorn hanging back there. 88 out the gate! 


Not too much different with this picture (my wife preloaded these for me and just told me to blog to make it easier), Oh hey, remember that work bench we built? We prefer a trash can.


This was a pretty simple project. No set backs minus me having to run to Home Depot to buy another bottom shelf after I cut all the inserts and was ready to stain. CAUTION: if you have massive strength, please be careful "placing" wood on ground.


In order to have the top and bottom fit along side with our two upright pieces (see below) we cut notches into them so they could fit snuggly. Now, my work with a saw isn't as good as my dads but it did the job. 
We cut these pieces down to about two feet and also cut down the edges at an angle to give it a different look.










The puzzle is finally starting to fit together! All we had to do next was cut down those long pieces, stain, put together and insert four 3 inch screws into the back of each shelf.





To attach to the wall, we left one panel of wood open on the wall with the studs showing. (See below) We attached a 1x3 piece of wood from the back of the shelf directly to the studs on the Man Room wall.




I guess she just had to throw a picture of me with my shirt off.

We stained it the same color as the wall to give it the feel of one big massive manly piece of greatness. It is very sturdy and bulky (see above picture of me shirtless)



Lessons learned: 
1. Do not throw place any type of wood on the ground. It will crack.
2. Make sure you have enough of a stain to finish a project before you start and realize they no longer make that type of stain.
3. The less involved your wife is with the planning of a project, the quicker it gets done. 


Yours truly,
Bob

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

$$ Crafts

By now, its surely no secret I like a bargain. And decorating on a bargain makes me face-hurt-smile-happy. 


If you havent heard of Pinterest, get out from under the rock you are residing! Follow my boards---even though my pins are farther and fewer these days because I'm actually making them come to life! 




I pinned this idea a while back and knew FOR SURE I wanted it in the entry way. We have that crazy long wall that is currently just housing temporary object because I have a OCFOEWS (Obsessive Compulsive Fear of Empty Walls Syndrome) self diagnosed of course--and thought this would be the perfect addition to that wall. 


Truly one of my very first pins, I loved the look of this and was waiting for my butt to kick itself into gear to do it. I enjoy wood projects (have you seen my man room or entry way hall?!) but I needed a break from wood. So I went to my next bff---canvas. 


I picked up the 2 packs of canvas from Hob Lob on Friday, and snatched up a (drumroll....) $5.99 rubber mat from my other home (Ross). and decided to wing it. 


Oil Rubbed Bronze Krylon Paint and some Ivory Krylon Paint and a doormat similar to below 
helped turn some drab canvases,
 to some fab canvases. 


and then I changed my mind on where I wanted them....are you surprised much?



And just because I'm that CHEAP....You better believe I was going to find a purpose for the now Ivory mat.....





What a great addition that made to my powder room! 

Still cant decide what I want to do in there, but it's taking on a bird theme---left over wedding centerpieces (spray painted, of course!) HOLLA! This girl dont let nothin' go to waste! 


So there ya have it. Multi-functional DIY wall art. 

Now where else can I find a cool idea like this?

P.S. Have you noticed my blogging counterpart completely MIA lately? Yea me too. I tried to tell him, his fan base is dwindling. 


 -Mon









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