we got our first type of "order" for a retail space! (an in-progress post)

It's happened: we're actually constructing furniture for human beings other than ourselves - bahhhh! What is going on in the world? It's for this LOVELY store that's opening up here in our community of Corona: Cursive - a brick and mortar extension of the insanely beautiful blog/website, Life in Cursive by Tracy Carpenter.

I mean.... pinch me? Someone pinch me!

It's Friday today and these things are "due" tomorrow - Chad and I have been working our butts off night and day - we are truly just hoping that the quality of our work holds up and everyone just doesn't hate it all bahahaha. It's a very simple style the owner has chosen but gosh be-darn, it's giving us a run for our money! I think it's because the table top is actually heavier than the base and then there's the issue of small amounts of warping - dear baby Jesus in heaven, please PLEASE allow these things to turn out well!!!!

(I legit should be out in the garage working on these things as we speak - but hey, the ol' 8 month old says "no mama, we are not going to hang out in the hot garage right now. You will have to wait until I'm asleep." Okay fine, Gracie!)

Here are some "in progress" pictures of what we've been up to this week - this is the biggest project we've done - 11 pieces. Exciting! (ZERO editing has gone down because, again, I really should not be sitting here at my computer - I should be OUT THERE FINISHING UP!!!!!)

^^^ Before constructing anything. THE ORGANIZATION. I love it too much. On the left and in the center are the two ten foot table legs and bench bases then on the right are the kids' table cuts.

 ^^^That one time I was STOKED to finish up the kids table and (bahahahaha) the legs were SEVEN INCHES TOO SHORT!!!

^^^So naturally I took a seat then proceeded to pray upon my pew. (Clearly delirious on this night.)

 ^^^Sawdust spray tan!

^^^Here are the ten footers! This is pre-apron getting nailed on there. I really do like them like this though! So modern.

^^^I pretty much just love geometric shapes and organization. That's what these pictures are. That and bench bases.

So anyhoo, these bad boys are going out tomorrow. I've never been so stoked for something but at the same time like, holy crap, hopefully they like it. This is the first time Chad and I have done those type of table bases and I have to say, the simplicity confused the heck out of us even more than something a little more complicated, like a truss beam.We'll see! Hopefully it all goes well baha! I'll post the afters once it's all in there!

Cursive's Grand Opening is on August 5th at Dos Lagos if you're local! We'll be there! Can't wait!

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so long, rickety pool equipment fence - hello beauty!

The backyard is SHAPING UP, I say! I'm pretty proud of ourselves for sticking to our guns: we don't want to do anything to the inside of the new house before finishing a few projects in the backyard, what with summer upon us (OH BEAUTIFUL SUMMER, WE HAVE LOVED YOU SO!). It's been tough living in an interior of nothingness, but man-oh-man, are we loving our outdoor space.

So far we've completed our 8.5 foot restoration hardware inspired tress beam table, amazing patio furniture that we are obsessed with (shared by ANA WHITE and REMODELAHOLIC - I'm still not over it) and now A MAJOR REFRESH FROM THE PREVIOUS OWNER'S RICKETY PICKET FENCE SOLUTION TO HIDING THE POOL EQUIPMENT! 

As per usual, Chad and I thought this project would take us no time at all - maybe like a swift afternoon undertaking? Look how "simple" it looks! Just a few 4x4's, planks and some hardware - how hard could it have been? WELL IT TOOK US 3 LOOOOONG DAYS.

There were a few major things that we had to figure out - things we had never done before. For one, we had to anchor this beast to the house (which means drilling through stucco - eek, who knew how to do that? Not us! Sidenote: I'm slightly smug about that particular endeavor. When we were planning this thing out, I kept telling Chad that we needed to anchor the fence into SOMETHING - be it the concrete or the house. It couldn't just be free standing. He disagreed - he was like "it will be so heavy it won't be a problem." But I was like hey bae, love you, but you wrong yo. And I ended up being right! If we hadn't anchored it, the whole thing would have been way too rickety). Next, our original plan did not involve those 4x4's running diagonally as a sort of frame. We didn't think we would need that - both of us thought the planks in between the 4x4 posts would suffice for enough stability. But nope! Lastly, it was hot as hell while we were doing this thing. HOT. HOT. HOT. Heat means slow working, sunburns and just general ridiculousness hahaha.

Here it was BEFORE:

^^^Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah... it was short, weather-worn, leaning over and just overall aesthetically NOT PLEASING.

Here we were over the 3 days (4th of July weekend, hey-ooooo!), trying to figure it all out:

 ^^^The haul! The type of wood we used is linked below. Love that Depot!

 ^^^First we constructed a portion of the fence on the garage floor, using a 2x2 as a spacer. We later found out it was easier to create the frame, then nail the boards to it in place.

 ^^^Here we are realizing we needed to screw it to the wall - STUCCO!!!!!! Also, how about that ready-for-the-pool-but-I've-got-to-wear-practical-shoes-because-we're-projecting outfit??? Hey-O!

  ^^^This is us figuring out that a frame was necessary. Chad was screwing in the diagonal 4x4 so the whole thing wouldn't sway so easily.

 ^^^Time to screw in the other side!

 ^^^Hello beautiful frame (that may not be the "correct" way of making a frame but is CORRECT FOR US - my motto!).

 ^^^The set up! Love those new saw horses.

^^^So much easier to just nail these things onto the existing frame. That way we were able to make altercations as needed given some of the boards were slightly warped and the poles weren't standing 100% straight. It was great!

ALSO!!! How smart was this??? Chad suggested that we take those boards that would be right next to the a/c unit and screw them in (as opposed to using the nail gun for them). That way if we ever need to really access the ol' unit, it would be an easy un-screwing. HE'S A GENIUS.

Normally with our projects I genuinely believe that Chad and I contribute 50/50. There are so many factors that goes into projecting, from someone holding something flush, to the design, to the finishing work, to filling in dang nail holes - all the way down to who can hold the baby while the other one paints! THIS project though - this project required MUSCLE! Chad was THE hero here. I may have come up with how I wanted the whole thing to look aesthetically, but my contribution was nothing compared to his. THANK YOU, CHAD!!!!!


The lumber cost us about $300 from the Depot. We ended up purchasing a ton of tools with this haul, so the total price came out to just a biiiiiiiiiiiit more, but hey. Tools are life, man!

4x4 posts
Fence planks - $1.38 each!
2x6x10 toppers

We discovered a love affair with Milwaukee Tools. It was great. Chad is in love. I am too!

If you would like to pin, go ahead and do it here! (Or any of the above pictures. Who am I to be bossy ;)

And just for good measure, here are some side-by-sides:

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z gallerie inspired canvases with paint samples for the house

What's a chick to do when she needs to pick up paint samples for her house but ALSO wants to swing through Z Gallerie in pursuit of canvased art to give the empty entryway some love? KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE, THAT'S WHAT!

So I headed to Home Depot to grab some paint samples for the house because the ol' girl could use an update (Kendall Charcoal and Simply White from Benjamin Moore but with Behr paint). After grabbing 2 canvases from Hobby Lobby for 50% off, I then spent the rest of the day experimenting with the two different tones by adding white until my heart was happy, both on the canvases and on the actual walls. Add a little white here, a little white there not only for the art's effect, but to figure out just how light I wanted the grey to end up on the walls with the current paint color as it's predecessor.

While I was attempting this whole art thing, I obsessively looked at Z Gallerie's canvased art selection. I noticed that I was always drawn to the ones with a bit of glam in there - glitter and shinyness forever, I guess? I just LOVED them! So over the neutral grey's of my experiment, I decided to add a metallic paint and ATTEMPT to recreate some type of thang from their amazing collection. Also, I loved the drip look from Tatertots and Jello's tutorial, then got further tips on how to attain the drip look from here. So I guess what I was trying to do was a big freakin' mixture of all of them.


^^^After acknowledging the world's WORST PLACED VENT (WOOOOOOORST), I hung the canvases up just to get a good feel. (I mean, really with that vent? Not only is it off center, but it's SOOO LOOOOOW. Look at the size of that wall! It's placement has actually kept me up at night bahahaha.)

^^^Next I gathered my materials. The two paint colors, canvases, cheap tarps, a cup to make the ombre mixtures (I poured a little bit of the charcoal into the cup for the first "stripe, then added white for each "bar" after that, ending with the majority of the cup being the infused white with only a little bit of the charcoal left). Then, to create a drip, I got myself a handy dandy spray bottle.

^^^Then it was fast moving!!! As soon as I painted the darkest stripe in the charcoal up there, I had to immediately add white and move onto the next area. I didn't use enough paint resulting in a major lack of ombre flow in my finished product - USE A TON OF PAINT so it will drip! Anyhoo, as soon as I was done painting the whole thing, I sprayed water on the charcoal like a crazy woman - COATED IT IN WATER. Then, because the main reason for this whole thing was to see what type of grey we would like, I let the kids paint on the walls, always comparing it to the Simply White because that will be our batten board color that we are planning on installing (different from the last house's though).

^^^...and then all of a sudden it took a really awkward, ugly turn for the worst. I really did NOT like the non-ombre-ness because the stripes were so prominent due to my lack of blending and not using enough paint. Also, my world-class "trickling down of the metallic" effect? No. These bad boys needed some serious help, so off the wall then went and into the back yard we headed.

^^^...and because I felt like the whole project was going to have to be scrapped due to it's depressing state, when Kota asked if she could do "polka dots" on the thing, I said yes and holy bejoli - IT TRANSFORMED THE WHOLE FEEL OF IT!!! She really did make it look so much better!!! The eye of a 5 year old, I tell ya.

Now it looks a whole lot more "trickley." And honestly, just like my last post (THAT GOT SHARED BY ANA WHITE AND REMODELAHOLIC OH MY GOODNESS I AM NOT WORTHY!), it's definitely far from perfect, but it's perfect for US! In fact, it actually photographs pretty dang terribly. It really does look better in person - and my paint samples over there to the left of the art? Doesn't exactly help the situation. But I like it (now)! The metallic really did take it up a notch. So up it shall stay.

Now I'm trying to restrain myself from running to the Depot and buying myself fixins to make a table to go underneath those thangs.

Final cost: $65!!!!!!!! Works for me! Better than $1,099 for the canvas I wanted from the Z. But truly, I'm not about to talk crap on ze Z Gallerie. I love that place.

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insanely expensive outdoor taste on an insanely tight budget - patio furniture diy!

* Really quick: like all of our projects, this set isn't PERFECT, but it's PERFECT FOR US. Pocket holes and other screws are still visible, but hey - as long as no one gets any splinters and they won't fall apart, I'M ALL ABOUT 'EM.

The absolute NUMBER ONE AND ONLY REASON Chad and I ever turn to DIY always comes down to cost - ALWAYS. In fact, in our new house, I got a little high-falutin'ish - I started making sweeping statements like "Oh yeah, I just don't want to DO that, who wants to get their hands dirty? Let's just hire someone!" thinking I was hot sh**. Then, feeling super cool, I would call a few contractors and/or specialists in whatever project I wanted to accomplish, resulting in several different quotes. THEN... I would remember why we DIY bahaha.

So anyway, imagine my surprise when with what I thought to be a "higher than usual" budget to spend on patio furniture turned out to be pretty dang low on the totem pole of outdoor seating options. I had $500 to spend on whatever the heck I wanted out there! Lounge furniture to enjoy the pool with - how exciting! How unlike us, entering into the retail jungle with $500 in our pocket, ready to SPEND like the high rollers we thought we were! Well - come to find out, $500 could buy us two very cheap-looking chairs with - wait for it - cheap-looking ottomans to go with them! No table, though. No, no. Not for $500.

It was so depressing! Pinterest to the rescue though, duh.

FINALLY, I found something I liked (right there above. All the heart eyes). It was super simple looking, so how expensive could it really have been? OH YOU KNOW, JUST A SMOOTH $2,659 FOR ONE CHAIR! $3,000+ FOR THE MATCHING COUCH! NO BIG DEAL!!!!!! I mean, are you kidding me? I'd like to meet the humans who are spending that much on their outdoor sets - can we be friends?

(No but for real, those above are apart of a teak set, hence the high price tag.)

But look how simple they are!!!! I told Chad, "Hey man - we've got $500 to spend on this situation. Let's just make these things. Look how simple they are!" and he agreed. We did a little bit of mental engineering and decided we wanted to use 4x4's for the frames to sort of match our tress beam table and benches. We chose to do a different stain (weathered grey) - it's still growing on me. It didn't take to the 4x4's and the table the same and then with the color cushions we had gotten (navy blue), the whole thing does look a little... much. But oh well! After a year out on the patio I'm sure the set will weather a bit and end up looking super natural out there. (Upon cushion replacement though, I may get some white ones just to make the wood pop.)

So we bought the cushions from Lowe's and made the plans around their dimensions. We accidentally made them a bit too low on our first go around so we had to add an additional 4x4 to lift the chairs up from the ground a bit but hey, it resulted in our own design type thing.

 ^^^And then Chad also built a table go along with the set. Love him!

...And one more time with the finish product - it's where we've been spending our lives! We love it TOO much.

Annnnnnnd in functional situations! LOVE.

^^^Here we were enjoying the whole thing on Mother's Day - we had just finished days prior. It's such a blessing to get to make these type things with ma'man. He's the bomb. These projects give me LIFE!

Two small things: a) I was particularly proud of this project because we didn't get any plans for them anywhere - it was just our own result from team work. So great! (Clearly isn't exactly a tutorial post - those type things take me 10 years to do, I'm not super great at listing all the detail oriented things that goes down, and... kids. Ha! But this project just involved straight cuts with a miter saw and screws - easy peasy!)  And b), and these things are SOLID. The kids climb all over them like monkeys, a fact which wouldn't have been possible without breakage had we spent the $500 on the flimsy patio furniture that we had been seeing. REAL wood for the win!

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