5.25.2015

DIY: Make a Mirror from a Vintage Window

I want to thank you for your kind words after my dad's passing. We're putting the pieces back together over here, but it's a slow process. Grief is definitely something I've learned to take one day at a time.

When I was thinking about my first blog back, it was a simple decision. This is a project about a window my parents bought me in Round Top, which was the last weekend I spent with my dad. I will always cherish that trip and the memories we made - including my sweet dad carefully shlepping this vintage window all the way back to the car for me. Even though sifting through old junk wasn't really my dad's idea of a great time (he would much rather be watching basketball or playing golf), there was no place he would rather be because he loved to spend time with his family. He would have hunted junk with me for as long as I wanted him to...


As for this project, it was really pretty simple. The hardest part was finding the most affordable way to buy a piece of mirror that was exactly the same size as our window pane. The husband did his due diligence and found out that Lowe's was way cheaper than custom glass stores. He bought a standard size piece of mirror (24x30) and had them cut it to our specific size, which they will do free of charge. Piece of cake!

The grossest part of this project was cleaning the window. It was old and d-i-r-t-y! I used Windex and a small steel wool brush, being careful not to damage the window.


Let's just say, many paper towels were used. #grimy


Once the window was clean, it was time to add the mirror to the back. First we removed the window jambs - once again being very careful because it's a vintage window and the jambs were a little fragile. Where the jambs once were, we ran a thin line of clear silicone all the way around the glass edge of the window.


The mirror was then placed on top of that silicone, behind the glass window pane.Another line of silicone was added behind the mirror.


Then we took it out to the garage to reattach the window jambs. He nailed them into the window frame for extra assurance that everything was solid and sturdy.


That's it! So simple, right? Our kitchen can come across as a little cold because it has so much gray, white and silver, so I love how this rustic mirror really warms it up.


The best part is that I spend a lot of time at this sink each day, and it will always be a sweet reminder of the last weekend I spent with my dad. <3


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5.13.2015

Taking a Moment

Sigh.

I know it's been silent over here. Life has been happening in the worst ways.

I lost my dad 12 days ago. It was sudden, and it was (and still is) devastating.

My daddy's in heaven; this I know for sure. He lived out his faith in the most inspiring of ways, quietly serving his friends and his community in ways I never knew about until he was already gone. He was always my hero, but I have never been so proud of him as I am right now.

I'm learning a lot about grief and mourning. There's not much to say, except that it is so very hard.

I thought about giving up this blog. This blog, like a lot of my daily activities, feels like a silly thing to do when something so drastic and life-changing has happened. But then my dad's coworkers told me how he used to read my blog posts aloud to them and how much he enjoyed working on the house with us. It made me smile... I can't give this up.

So instead of giving up this joyful hobby of mine, I'm just taking a moment. I'm taking a moment to breathe in my new reality, to work through my grief, to think about my dad's life and the legacy he leaves. But I promise I'll be back soon - after all, he was proud of my little blog and I want nothing more than to make him proud.


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4.15.2015

Changes Around the House - Ping Pong and White Boards

We recently made a big, super fun change to my home office. Basically it's no longer a home office; it's the world's most artistic game room.


That's right - my super cute desk has been turned into a ping pong table. I'm not even mad about it... I'm having so much fun playing ping pong that I don't have time to miss my workspace!

This project happened while I was out of town, so unfortunately I have no photos of the process. I'll just walk you through it. It's fairly simple, actually.

The husband bought a $25 ping pong table on Craigslist. It had seen better days. First, he removed the table from its metal stand. There were scratches in the surface, so he patched those up with wood filler. Once the wood filler was dry, he gave the surface a light sanding and rolled on three coats of dark gray paint with a smooth, cabinet-grade paint roller. (It was previously an obnoxiously bright royal blue.)

We had to make some tweaks to use my desk as the platform. He cut 1x4 white pine studs to screw into the underside of the table so it would be a level playing surface. (The surface was slightly warped before - like I said, it had seen better days.) There are four total wood runners, two in the center and one on each side.


We needed some sort of padding between the wood runners and the wood table so that we weren't scratching my precious table, so he used some rubber mats (an exercise/yoga mat, to be exact) to pad the runners. It worked perfectly! He's a genius sometimes.


In case you are wondering, we have only hit the chandelier with the ball a few times. Every time we do, it's a do-over. Other than that, we have plenty of space to play. Of course we aren't Olympic-level table tennis players who stand 10 feet behind the table - that definitely wouldn't work in this room.
 

I promise this project isn't really as random as it looks. We both have always loved playing ping pong, so we have been talking about getting a table for a while. We knew we would play each other all the time and thought it would be fun to have when our friends and Scott's players come over to the house.

It's been four days, and we're officially addicted. One day we'll be those elderly people playing ping pong instead of bridge or golf. We have starting an ongoing win/loss tally, and as I write this we are tied at 10 wins a piece. I'm sure the tie will be broken by the time we go to bed tonight...

One room over is Scott's office/my workout room, which we've been gradually changing. We scored this giant white board at a local office store that was going out of business, and Scott replaced the flimsy metal frame with cedar 2x3 studs. It looks great! He loves having it for planning out practice and doing all of his football X's and O's.


He even added a little tray for the markers! He's so detail-oriented. Sometimes we're such opposites that it really makes me laugh.


Anyway, those are just a couple of the random projects we have going on over here.

What do you think - am I crazy to let my adorable home office be overtaken by the madness that is competitive table tennis? Is my husband crazy for creating his own custom white board frame, completely with special marker tray? Maybe we're both a little bonkers?


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