This Old House…

I was just sitting here going through pictures from over a year ago.  Last August when 2 nearlyweds bought a house.  An over 100 year old house.  A house that was foreclosed on and had been vacant for quite a while.  A house that had once-frozen pipes that had burst causing mold in the basement and making it necessary to replace all the plumbing.  A house that had been on the market for quite some time.  In short, it was the house no one wanted.

But we saw something very different when we walked in the side door that had no glass and was instead all boarded up.

 

We saw a solid house with good bones.

 

We saw a house with wood floors throughout.    ….Even if they did need refinished.

 

We looked past the nasty plaster walls covered in numerous layers of paper bag-like wallpaper.  (Who does that??!)

 

And saw what could be an adorable breakfast nook.

 

 

A spacious kitchen if we re-arranged…

 

… And tore out walls and plaster encasing the brick chimney.   😉

 

It could be an incredibly functional space….

 

With a guest bedroom…

A master bedroom….

And an office….

 

If only we could trim all the trees and bushes and pull all the vines that were smothering the old girl….

Then we could have a house.  Not just a house….  A HOME.  Our home.   And slowly…. Very slooooowly….  We come closer and closer to that vision that no one else had for the house no one else wanted.

Breakfast Nook Re-Do….

When we bought our foreclosure house, things were pretty rough….   The little breakfast nook was no exception.  I think this is the only picture we have of it pre-demolation.  All the pipes had burst in our entire house so we had to tear out the ceiling to re-do all the plumbing.

{Handsome Man hard at work…}

Little did we know…. Behind that simple flat ceiling with cardboard-like tiles was a ceiling with character!!

It angled up up to a peak, so we added wainscoting and a pennant light.

We’re still working on it and I CANNOT wait to show you the finished project!!!

 

Here are some of my favorite breakfast nook inspiration pictures!  Eye candy for your Wednesday! 🙂

 

 

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Ooooh! A Blue Painted Dresser Before and After!

 

The Before and After of a blue painted dresser acquired on Craigslist!

 

Because a little paint and distressing is awesome.

 

 

Complete with sugar and a coffee cup.  At that time, we didn’t have a kitchen and we kept the coffee maker in our bedroom.  Newlyweds!!!! Ha!

Can’t knock it though until YOU’VE had a coffee maker with a timer sitting on your side table and woke up to the sounds and smells of COFFEE!!!!!  🙂

DIY Tutorial of Curtain Rods Made From Plumbing and Electrical Supplies…

How’s THAT for a hefty title??!

DIY in Real Life - How to make curtain rods out of plumbing and electrical supplies

 

Okay…  So I always love me a little industrial.  Not a lot.  Just a touch here and there….  So when I saw THIS….   *Insert a little Emperor’s New Groove – BOOM-BABY!*

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I fell in love.  Deep passionate love.  And I soooo wanted them.

Entrance: Handsome man.

 

The decision went something like this.

Me: I’m not sure what to do about curtain rods.

Handsome Man: What are you thinking?

Me: Well….   I-saw-an-idea-on-pinterest-and-I-really-really-love-it-but-I-don’t-know-how-much-it-would-cost-or-how-much-work-it-would-take-but-did-I-mention-I-really-really-loved-it??!

Handsome Man: Can I see it?

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Handsome Man:  Yup. No problem.

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And so it began!

 

 

For every window, you need:

{2 of these}

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{And measure how much of this you need.  Some stores will even cut it for you!  We got 10 ft. lengths and each one did 1-2 windows of varying sizes.  We did our whole 1st floor with these curtain rods. We got all 3/4 in. fittings and 3/4 in. conduit.  We found that the conduit fit tightly enough that it almost threaded snugly into the street elbow fitting.  Friction fit, baby!}

You’ll also want curtain rings.  I got these from Menards as well… Once the curtain rods are up, they’re up.  4 screws on each side makes it problematic to take them down.  Obviously, you don’t want to do that every time you want to wash your curtains.  I found these to be the perfect solution!!

As to needed tools…

Drill

Screws

Tape measure

and a pipe cutter if you did not have them cut at the store

This project was a total B-R-E-E-Z-E~ ~ `~ ~ ~

First we removed the labels.

 Super easy… Just ran some water over it in the sink for a few minutes.  

Okay… Okay….  As long as we’re being “REAL” here….

This is what it really looked like.

I was too excited to get the new curtain rods up.  I totally didn’t want to do dishes.

*cough cough*

Moooooving on….

Your pile of fittings will look something like this! 🙂

Just thread the street elbow tightly into the floor flange.

The conduit will twist tightly into the street elbow.

Before twisting the 2nd side onto the conduit, put your curtain rings on. I’m not even going to admit how many times we had to take off the other end because we forgot to put them on.  Ha!

{Handsome Man concentrating deeply.}

Just put one screw in the first side to keep it there…  I chose to mount my curtain rods 4 inches wider and 6 inches taller than the window casings.  Normally I would go even higher/wider to show off more of my windows, but we. have. so. many. windows.

Seriously.

Measure the 2nd side to insure that it’s level…. and start fastening!  With a grand total of 8 screws, I wonder if I could do pull-ups on these things??!

Probably not.  Who am I kidding.  I don’t do pull-ups on anything!! 😉

TAAAAA-DAAAAA!!!!  Finished Product!!!!

Are they not the coolest thing ever???

Let’s add this up:

2 street elbows = 2.72 total

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2 Floor Flanges = 6.78

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Conduit = 1.58 to 3.15

Seeing my man lift the curtain rods like he was the heavy lifting olympic champion….

=PRICELESS! 🙂

That brings the total of each curtain rod from $11.08 to $12.65.

Which is a REALLY great price for curtain rods!  At Menards, the dinky, scrawny ones start at 19.99.  And with as easy as they all were to put together??!   I couldn’t be more thrilled!

They went in on our whole main floor since it’s all very open and they totally tie everything together.  Love that!

Dining Room

Kitchen

Living Room

Stairs/Hallway

A knock-off of West Elm’s version!!

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How’s about a little intro to who we are??!

Why do you call yourself “DIY in Real Life    *What’s the Worst that can Happen??!” 

Nicole:  Ummmm…. I’ll blame that one on mom.  Her famous line was, “Yeah!  Go for it!  What’s the worst that can happen??!”  Still my favorite thought!  Seriously, why not go for something even if you totally don’t know exactly what you’re doing?  What if you pick the wrong paint color?  The worst that can happen is that you….  Repaint it?  So you lost a few hours and a gallon of paint!  Big deal!  You learned something from it!

 

How did you get started with all this DIY stuff?

Nicole:  Okay… So I’ll blame that one on mom too!  She seriously is the most supportive person you’ll ever meet.  By age 18 I DIY’ed our kitchen, dining room, (twice) living room, my bedroom, a brother’s bedroom, and way too much furniture.

I was laying a tile backsplash… (Without much of a clue what I was doing…)

Re-laminating a countertop…. (Which didn’t really work. *Cough Cough*)

Installing a sink…..  (Plumbing?  How hard can THAT be?)

Painting….  A lot….

 

And she just let me do it???!?!?  Wha—???!?

 

Yeah. She’s awesome like that.

 

 

Beginnings…

Mkay.

Numerous friends keep telling us that we need to blog about all the crazy DIY stuff we do!

So here goes nothin’!   Hoping someone finds something here interesting!!! 🙂

Bought our house in August 2011

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