Tuesday, September 2, 2014

we stained our deck black

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful long weekend, we said farewell to summer at a
 fun family BBQ with tennis, volleyball, horseshoes and lots of food!
I shared my favorite dessert that's always a hit at get-togethers on Instagram.
Before the snow starts flying I thought I'd share our deck makeover. :) If you
remember back in June we were waffling and finally decided to take the plunge

If you're interested in the stain details they follow the pretty pictures. :)

I gave this old potting bench a makeover a couple years ago, you can also
see a before of the deck here, too.

I brought my favorite taxidermy outside for the summer, she got spiffed up with
ivy and Japanese anemone blossoms from our yard. The oversized lantern is
great in the evenings, I found it and the taxidermy at Homegoods. 


I haven't told you about a Craigslist score I found a month or so ago, a vintage
rattan set that I'll be using on the deck. Here is a peek at one of the pieces. The original
box cushions are in amazing condition, I'm thinking of having them recovered. I was
trying out a couple Ikea pillows, they fit perfectly, but aren't as cushy. The set has a
large sectional with a ton of options for rearranging the seating, you know I've been
playing with this for days. :)  

Onto the black stain...we love it! But, it's definitely more maintenance than a
wood color stain. We haven't noticed that it's hotter than what we previously had.  
  As far as fading in our intense sun, and how it holds up over the winter, we'll have to
 let you know next year.
We read reviews until we were thoroughly confused, you can find as many
 good reviews as bad for every product sold. We ended up choosing Benjamin Moore's
Arborcoat Semi-Solid Stain - Black and Arborcoat Protective Clear Coat. 
After completely sanding our deck boards we applied two coats of the semi-solid
stain per manufacturer's instructions and one coat of the protective clear coat.

Here a few items that may be an issue if you're considering black stain.
As you can see debris from our trees lodges between the boards.  

The stain settled in some nooks and crannies and screw heads in the wood, those areas
 are lighter. 

This is what it looks like after a rain and a golden retriever...

We remedy that by hosing it down and going over it with our sponge mop which easily
 glides over the smooth boards. If we hadn't sanded them down I doubt that this would be
 a good option, as ours was rough and splintered here and there.

Bottom line: After two months and a lot of rain and paw prints we're still loving
the contrast with our white siding and black shutters. The extra maintenance is
manageable, (and would certainly be easier without a dog) the durability is yet to be
 determined, we'll let you know how it holds up. 

Also, a reminder to stop by and visit two of my favorite inspiring blogs,
 Shelley @ Crazy Wonderful and Becky @ This is Happiness
are both sharing on the Tour through Blogland today.



Friday, August 29, 2014

Best of the Nest August Link Party

I am so ready for the upcoming long weekend! Today, I was going to give you the
 scoop on the exciting project I've been working on, but I completely spaced it's
 Best of the Nest time again. So...be sure to stop by on Tuesday for the latest. :)  
Thanks so much for popping in to share what's been happening in your nest! 

Pam @ Simple Details

I was thrilled to cross this large gallery wall off my to do list after a year. 
Framing colorful batik fabric in thrifted frames was an inexpensive way to get the
 look of high-end artwork and add a fun dose of color to a large wall.  

Lisa @ Shine your Light 
Just a tease of Lisa's custom vintage sign she created after seeing something similar
in a magazine years ago, after a visit to the Cape for an anniversary celebration
she knew exactly what her sign would represent. What's more awesome, she's now
 offering custom signs for those lucky enough to be local to her!
Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Kris added some cozy, warm wood tones to her crisp white kitchen with vintage
 nesting herb crates. She's styled them to perfection with everyday items they use at the
 table, and has plans for pretty seasonal updates.  

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Jennifer upped the glam factor in her living room with the addition of these gorgeous
 Horchow inspired fur ottomans from a thrifted fur coat, leather, nailheads, and of course,
a bit of gold!   

Now it's your turn:

Bring your Best of August - Anything from your nest aka home - DIY, craft, room design, recipe, etc.
Anyone can enter - not just bloggers!
Can enter through Instagram by using hashtag #bestofthenestparty and tagging at least one of your hosts.
Can also enter through Pinterest - follow the simple instructions here.
The party ends on Tuesday at midnight.
Party Rules:
Only one link per person to show your best work from August 2014
Spread some comment love - visit and comment on at least two other links in the party.
If you're linking up with a blog, link back with a text link or grab the party button.
We'd love you stop back next Friday when Lisa, Kris, Jennifer and I will feature our favorite links.
 For those linking from blogs only those with a link back will be considered.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

tour through blogland...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, ours was eventful, sports, a wedding,
 a family BBQ, and a trip to the ER by ambulance to keep it exciting. It ended up
Mr. Simple had an episode of vertigo, I wasn't home and he called me not feeling well, 
the scary symptoms were worsening after being on the phone with him for 20 minutes and I
 decided to call 911. I arrived home to six paramedics and firemen in my kitchen, all is well,
 they gave him meds and he was home from the hospital after after a few hours.
 Thank goodness.  

I'm sure you've seen some of the tours through blogland, a fun get-to-know me game of
 tag, if you will. A huge thank you to Amber of Simple Dwellings who invited me to participate. 
Be sure to stop over and check out some of Amber's creative DIY projects!

Next up, a few questions for me to answer...

What am I working on right now?
Most recently, I've been focusing on an exciting project that I finally get to 
reveal at the end of the week, stay tuned! I've also continued working on client
projects, including the remodel of three bathrooms for my favorite clients, 
my mom and dad! :) 

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I think every designer has their own unique style evolving over time from their life experiences, travels, etc. I believe designers are like snowflakes - no two are alike!  

How do I write/create what I do?
I see the world through my DIY lens- always trying to figure out a way to take something
I have and make it unique. I love cruising through my local Home Depot or Lowes to
check out everyday items to see how I can creatively incorporate them into projects like
I did with my kitchen hood. 

How does my writing/creative process work?
My creative process begins in many varied and unpredictable ways. My mind is always
 in DIY-mode.My inspiration comes from everything from nature to the aisles of
 hardware to high-end retail stores, to Pinterst, to my fellow bloggers. Like many
 designers, the creative process started when I was very young. While a box of tin foil
 may represent a mundane method of covering food to some; to me it inspired visions
 of mirrors for my Barbie house.

Keeping my writing style simple, short and direct works perfectly for my can't-sit-still personality. I would rather by DIYing and tweaking the styling of a fun reveal for you
 than sitting at the computer writing intricate details about it! 

Two of my favorite bloggers:

You're going to love these sweet, and incredibly inspiring ladies!
 They're always knocking out killer DIY projects and ooze style.
Grab your coffee and click on their blog name, you're in for a treat! 

Shelley @ Crazy Wonderful

Hey guys!  I'm Shelley from Crazy Wonderful, a blog where I share my undying love of DIY projects and the process of decorating our home on a budget. I recently moved to Houston, TX with my husband and our two young children, and am currently working on warming up our new build.  Creating is my hobby and blogging is the perfect outlet.  Especially since my husband doesn't understand how difficult it is to find that perfect shade of gray ;) 

Hi there Simple Details readers! I’m Becky and the author of This Is Happiness. I started my blog a little over two years ago to share my love for interior design and DIY. I love mixing styles and designing a space that is beautiful, simple and comfortable using pieces that I truly love or that have a special meaning.  I also have a passion for entertaining, food and fashion all of which I share a little of on my blog. I live in Texas with my wonderful husband of almost 15 years and our two amazing children ages 8 and 6.  Come along with me as I create a stylish home one project at a time.

Thanks so much to Amber for including me and Shelley and Becky
 for joining in the tour!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

on my thrifting list...bamboo accent table

Do you have a thrifting list? Mine is on my phone.  
It's easy to forget about specific items you want to be on the lookout for, keeping a
 list helps you focus in the heat of the moment when steals are so tempting! :)  

These little gems are easy to score at thrift stores, garage sales or Craigslist. 
(Check out the collection I found on our Craigslist at the end of the post)
Such a versatile piece, move it anywhere you might need an extra accent table,
or place to set a beverage or book, inside or outside, bedroom, bathroom, entry or 
guest room. I love the interesting variety of details and sizes, too.

Benjamin Dhong
Carmen Lopez
Cote de Texas
Abby M. Interiors


Here are a handful of options that came up on Craigslist just now:
$25 - Rattan with Glass top
2 for $35 - Share with a friend!

 $150 - Not a steal, but worth a splurge for this unique Mid-century piece!
 26"w x 14"d x 22"h

What's on your thrifting list?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

diy framed batik fabric...

Are you sitting down? I finally made a decision and finished my gallery wall!
The empty frames hanging in the living room had been the subject of jokes with friends
 and family for a year awhile, no more! I loved the vibrant colors and patterns of these
 batik-like fabrics I found at  Joanns and Hancock Fabrics, and knew how simple and
 inexpensive it would be to frame them. Remember when I showed you lots of options

I like the contrast of the ornate details on my Craigslist settee that I reupholstered
with the simple modern frames.   

I hit the jackpot at Goodwill one day a year ago and found all the frames (already matted)
 for $8 each, they're nice sized 18" x 21". The entire arrangement is 5 1/2 feet x 6 1/2 feet,
 large enough to make a pretty statement. 

I bought a third of a yard each of several prints, the fabric was 30% off
the day I shopped and each ended up being about $3, total $27.

The process is just a few simple steps:

1) Iron your fabric smoothing out any wrinkles.

2) Place fabric behind mat and position pattern/color to your liking.

3) Trim fabric and hot glue to edge of mat, place in your frame.

I'm loving the variation in colors and how effortlessly they'll mix with some
warm tones for fall, which is right around the corner! :)

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