Wannabe

In life there are many things I want to be…a few examples are….a runner, a  photographer, a good cook a gardner….the list could go on and on.

Some of these things I have tried out. Such as running. I’ve tried the couch to 5K app multiple times. I’ve tried running inside and outside. I’m not giving up it just hasn’t happened yet.

Just like being a wannabe gardner hasn’t happened yet. Also not because I haven’t tried. I have killed many a plants. Jacob once bought be a daisy plant…I didn’t water it. In grad school I bought a money tree (hey are super easy to keep alive). I killed it. Last summer Jacob bought me a sunflower plant…you guessed it…I killed that too!

But for the last few years I have been wanting to start my own herb garden as well as get some succulents. With my track record I had been making excuses not to try it but for Easter my mother-in-law got me a mint plant and some seeds and pots for some other plants. With this experiment I not only have to keep the mint plant alive…I also have to get a plant to grow from seeds.

I planted them about a week ago but they weren’t doing too hot and I just didn’t feel good about it so I decided to replant some seeds and got these little pods that expand with water! Today I replanted all of my herbs (Basil and Parsley) and I added a seed pod of Cilantro! I also repotted my mint plant into our flower girl pail from our wedding! They are now back in the window waiting to get some sun in the morning!

Side Note: Planting/gardening is messy! No wonder most people do it outside! :]

Today I also went to Junkstock with my sister-in-law and MIL! When I went back in the fall I got this very cute planter box that I had planned to plant succulents in but never went to actually buy succulents but today Junkstock had a plant vendor so I got three from the booth! I also planted those when I got home and added some rocks to the top to cover up all the ugly soil!

Now that everything is planted I am praying that this time the wannabe gardner turns into a beginner gardner title for me! Only time will tell!

What are your gardening tips?

Pallet Headboard

Hello Everyone!

Life has gotten very crazy but two weekends ago I was able to sneak away to my in-laws to work on this awesome project!

A few months ago Jacob and I got a queen size bed! We upgraded from a full which was much needed especially now that we let a dog sleep with us. When we got this bed we didn’t have a frame for it or a headboard so right after we got the mattress we went to Sam’s club and spend around $40 on the frame. (This was WAY cheaper than buying the same thing from the mattress company!) So now our bed was off the floor but we were left with no headboard.

I spent the next month searching the internet for headboard ideas. I don’t really like your traditional bedroom set furniture idea and I didn’t really want to spend the money buying a set. Jacob didn’t really care if we had a headboard or not, what it would look like, or where we would get it. He just doesn’t like to pay much money for decorative things. And I don’t blame him. I decided that I wanted a simple wood headboard stained in a dark color.

These were the inspirations that I really liked!

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At first I reached out to some wood working businesses in Nebraska and although they did amazing work they still wanted over $200 for the simple head board that I wanted! At this point I decided that I was just going to make it. Fast forward to last weekend.

On Friday night after I made it to the in-laws we headed to a local company I found that gives away pallets for FREE!!!

Saturday morning we got to work! For the design basis I used this awesome blog post I found on pinterest.

The Supplies:

Pallets – more than you think you need. Some will probably not be usuable or will break in the process

A Sawzaw or crowbar and hammer

A sanding device – 120 and 220 grit sandpaper

3 – 8 foot 2 by 4s

Screws ( I used black one)

A Drill

4 Carriage bolts

4 Wing Nuts

Stain (If you want to stain your headboard)

Total Cost: About $15

Step One: Taking Apart the Pallets

This step was terrible at first! I probably spent the first hour trying to pry the boards off with a crowbar and hammer. Many of the boards cracked pretty bad. My mother-in-law (MIL) was cleaning up broken glass from their van that had a window smashed out over night the first hour I was working on the pallets and when she was done we talked about some other ways to get the boards off. I mentioned I read online about a sawzaw. She wasn’t sure if they had one so she called my Father-in-law (FIL) Dave. And he did! So Lynda pulled it out and we got to work sawing through the nails! Man it went so much faster!

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Step Two: Sanding the Pallet Wood

This step seemed to be NEVER ending. Lynda and I took turns sanding with the air compressor sander. I can’t imagine how much longer it would have taken had we used a hand sander! We sanding the boards first with a 120 grit and then with a 220 grit! It took awhile but when it was all done the boards looked and felt super nice.
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Step Three: 2x4s

Next we cut the 2x4s down to the size we needed. We cut two of them to 66 inches for the width of the headboard and then two at 48 inches for the legs. 66 inches gave an extra 3 inches on each side of our 60 inch Queen sized mattress. After cutting the boards we sanded down then freshly cut edges so they were smooth to the touch. We then laid the 66 inch 2x4s 24 inches apart so they were parallel. This makes the base of the headboard.

Step Four: Laying out your wood.

Next we laid out boards in the order we wanted them on top of the two 66 inch 2x4s. I didn’t want the top of my boards to be even so I made the tallest of the boards come out 7 inches from the top of the 2×4 and the rest varied under 7 inches.

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Step 5: Putting it all together

Once I had all the boards where I wanted them we screwed them into the 2x4s with black screws. Then my FIL Dave took a circular saw and cut the bottom of the boards to bed one even surface. Once that was done Dave worked on the legs to the headboard. He decided to notch out the legs of the headboard to notch in with the base 2x4s so there would not be ass thick of a back to the headboard.

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Step 6: Staining

Next I stained the headboard and legs. My MIL, Lynda, and FIL, Dave, had a ton of stain around from trying to pick a stain for the dining room table that Dave was making for Lynda. I picked the stain called Honey. It is a darker color. I only needed to use one coat which was really nice.

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Heading Home:

The weekend came to an end so I loaded the Rogue up with all the things! I was a bit worried the headboard wouldn’t fit but it fit perfectly.

Step 7: Assembly

Once home I could assemble the headboard and attach it to the bed frame. First I measure the distance between the holes on the bed frame that were meant for attaching a headboard. Then I traced the holes on the frame for the headboard onto the center of the headboard legs. Next I attached the headboard legs to the headboard at the distance between the holes that I measured before. Then I drilled 2 5/16 holes into each headboard leg in the area I traced.

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To attach the headboard to the frame I used carriage bolts. The curved side was placed on the wall side of the headboard and the other side went through the headboard leg and through the frame. Then each of the 4 bolts were secured using wing nuts and tightened as tight as possible.

The I put the bed back together! And done!

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*After finishing the headboard and sleeping with it attached to the bed it did become obvious that the headboard doesn’t sit flush or even on the wall so I am in the process of attaching some cork to the back to prevent the headboard from hitting the wall.

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Lamp Makeover

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So I love to craft. After moving to Warrensburg this fall and getting everything unpacked I decided I needed a lamp next to my bed. So unlike most normal people who would go to Walmart and buy a lamp I hit up good will and found a lamp that I didn’t really like but could make my own. My bedroom furniture is shades of blue and my sheets are coral and black so the pink did not match at all.

The supplies I needed for this project:

  • 1 lamp shade
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • A paint brush
  • Lots of printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue

Step 1: Paint your lampshade white.  Depending on what your lampshade looks like you may need more than one coat. If you get lucky and find a white lampshade you obviously wouldn’t need to paint it. :]

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Step 2: Make a ton of paper flowers. You will want to make them different sizes too so you will be able to fill in the gaps.

I got directions to make them here.

*The link tells you what size to cut your paper. I didn’t get that technical I just freehanded the spirals on the paper. Also it saves time if you cut multiple sheets of paper for each spiral you make.

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Step 3: Hot glue them to the lamp. You need a variety of sizes so you can fill the holes. Once your done gluing them all on you are left with a beautiful and unique lampshade!

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