Friday, June 11, 2010

Our First Place

Sorry for the long break! A lot has happened in the last few months...I've been planning a wedding, have graduated from college, and have moved back to my hometown! For the last year I've been posting some of my favorite DIY projects that I have found while searching the internet and flipping through magazines. Well, since my fiance Ian and I have bought our first house together we have been DIYing several projects around our own home, so I've decided you all will be going on this journey with us! Every Friday I'll be sharing some projects we've taken on and what our future plans are for our cute little house...I'll probably even throw in some DIY wedding stuff too! So, here are more details....
This is our cute house in Henderson, Nevada...a town outside of Las Vegas. Here in Henderson pretty much every house looks the same! So, we've done a few things to our curb appeal to make our's special (more on that later). Our house is roughly 2400 square feet and was a foreclosure...so we got a fab deal back in September when we bought it. My fiance Ian and I have been together for more than 7 years now, we got engaged Christmas Eve, and are getting married later this year! We're DIYing a lot of the wedding details and house projects because we're trying to save money so we can do more traveling! Ian is a firefighter so when he is away at work I try to squeeze in projects that he wouldn't usually let me do :) ... like painting stripes in our powder bath! I can't wait to share our progress with you all ! We're really excited about the projects we've finished and the ones in our future! Next week I'll give you a full play-by-play with a floor plan and To-Do list! Until then, how cute is this DIY wedding centerpiece made from railroad ties from 100 Layer Cake? I think it may be "the one" for our wedding! (I love succulents...my newest obession, crazy huh?) Aaw... the beauty of random, natural materials like railroad ties! To make the centerpieces all you do is cut down the railroad to the size of your liking...the one pictured is roughly 7"x9"x6". Then, use a 2 1/8" drill bit and drill down about 2" to make the opening for the succulent pot.
Then, using a 1/8" drill bit drill 4" into the wood to create your hole for the billy balls. Just drop in your potted succulent and billy balls and voila!
Comments on the blog suggest using a clear protectant on the railroad tie because they're usually chemically treated...or for the same rustic effect without the chemicals you could use an old log. These would even make great centerpieces for your dining room table and can change out the foliage depending on the season! Good luck and remember to have fun!

HAPPY FRIDAY! - Jillian

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