Today I am going to share the drama that was my kitchen backsplash. Let’s start with a little backstory shall we. To do that I have to fill you in on my living situation. I am a second grade teacher at a private school and the school I work for owns the house that I live in. The house is actually broken into 4 separate apartments and I live in one of them. I’m lucky enough that I get to pretty much do what I want in this space as far as painting and all that goes. When things go wrong all I have to do is contact the maintenance guys and they come over and fix it. It’s a pretty sweet deal. Now about 1 year ago I had asked if it would be at all possible to get a backsplash put in the kitchen. At the time there was nothing on the walls. I dreamt of a beautiful glass subway tile but I knew that was way out of any budget I could be given so I found this cute glass mosaic tile at HD on sale for $5.99 sq/ft.
I was told yes but that it wouldn’t be right away, probably not for another month since the guys were working on a lot of projects. Well, that month turned into “They won’t get to it until the summer,” which turned into “October is looking like it might be a better time for them,” which then became “After the winter break,”…catch my drift? It just kept being put off and I so badly wanted to just DIY it and submit my receipts but at the same time I didn’t want to piss anyone off. So January rolls around and it looks like the ball is starting to roll on the install! I get a text saying that they are at HD and they no longer carry the tile I wanted, bummer! So I went searching online and came across this tile.
It had the glass but also some stone which I liked. So in my mind this was the tile I was going to be getting. Fast forward another month or so and still no word on the install. Then I get an email saying to go to the tile store at the bottom of my street…”there’s a tile store at the bottom of my street?” and pick the tile for my backsplash. This. is. so. exhausting. I wasn’t married to the glass and stone and in all honesty could care less what went up, it’s an apartment, I just wanted something! So I went in the store and apparently they were expecting me and I was told that I was given a generous budget. Hmm, someone must have been feeling bad for making me wait so long. So when they asked what I wanted I asked, “Do you have any glass subway tiles within my budget?” and they pulled out these gorgina 2″ x 16″ tiles.
So I chose the color I wanted and left feeling very happy. I guess waiting almost a year was worth it!
Now, just when you think the story is over there’s more to it. So let me show you what the area looks like. This is a super old and dark photo I was lucky enough to find since I never took a “before” shot.
When I was told the guys would be coming to do the tiles I had said that I wanted them staggered like bricks to the head maintenance guy. The day of the install came and I was sooo excited all day and when I got home I opened the door and felt a big whomp whomp. This was what I saw…
Why are the stacked? Who stacks tiles? I was pretty disappointed. I had an image of what I thought it was going to be and it wasn’t that at all. I decided I wasn’t going to judge it until it was all done. Nor was I going to complain about free tiles! I started to find that the more I stared at it the more I was beginning to like it. I even went on Pinterest and searched stacked tiles and the photos that came up helped me feel a lot better about it. I feels very modern to me now and once the grout was put in and I put all my stuff back I found that I actually love it. It’s completely different from the ordinary and not what you would expect and that is what I love about it. The guys said after searching online they read that long glass tiles should be stacked rather than staggered. It took forever to happen but now I finally have something to look at other then a white wall!
I find it to be a very clean look. What are your thoughts?
Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed your New Year festivities and are feeling the sense of accomplishing great things in 2014! I have set a few goals for myself for 2014 and am excited to see where life takes me this year! I’ll be back next week to share a quick gold leaf project and another Ikea hack I did! In the meantime you can follow along in all my other craziness on Instagram!
Tomorrow night we will be ringing in the new year and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store! I have been planning my New Years outfit and of course I had to add some glitz and glam to it! When I was looking for some ribbon last week for my gift wrapping I was struck with the idea to make a headband. I had a roll of elastic and plenty of ribbon so I thought it would be a perfect accessory for this holiday season. All you need to accomplish this is a ribbon that’s about 3/4″ wide, an elastic band and hot glue.
I cut out 10″ of elastic and wrapped it under my head to see where it landed.
Next I measured the ribbon from the top to where it would meet the elastic and cut what I needed. Then I simply hot glued the two pieces together.
It’s a fun way to add some sparkle to your holiday night out or any time for that matter!
Here’s wishing you all a magical and wonderful New Year!!
Hi beauties! I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays! I thought I would sweep in here on a Sunday and share some of my favorite posts of 2013! We are approaching the end of 2013 and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to do a wrap-up of the year and take a look back! If you’re new to M2S you can always go through the archives on the sidebar or check out my top tabs! Thank you all for making 2013 so wonderful and I can’t wait to share more goodies with you in 2014!!
Click the link to read the post!
DIY Sequin Elbow Patch
DIY Bleached Shorts
Cork Board Makeover
Tips for: Hanging a Gallery Wall
Wrap Around Bun
DIY Fabric Covered Boxes
Coconut Oil Hair Treatment
Ikea Hemnes Hack
Don’t forget to follow along!
So here’s the thing about me: I like to make things. I get called many things…creative, inspiring, cheap, penny pincher, crazy. You know all sorts of names. The truth is I like to challenge myself. I don’t necessary makes things because I don’t want to spend the money on buying it but sometimes let’s be honest I can so make that for the fraction of the cost! Other times I see something and I think to myself “Oh, I could totally make that”. And not because I want it and don’t feel like spending the money but because I like the challenge of seeing if I can actually make it. I know, I’m weird.
With that said, I was in Target the other day for what was probably the third time that
day week. As I was perusing the home decor aisle I came across this cute tree.
Immediately I thought, “I could totally make something like that. What is it, a styrofoam tree and some fabric. BAM I’m gonna make that.” And so I bought me a styrofoam tree and used some leftover linen that I had and made me one.
I tried doing the whole oval shaped bottom but I was just free handing it and so I decided to go with a pointy bottom rather than a rounded one. I started by covering the bottom all around with my linen and then cut little triangle points on strips of the fabric.Once I had all the strips cut out I laid them on top of one another and on the back side I taped them so they wouldn’t budge.
For the top I just hot glued a small piece of fabric flat down.
Once that was done I just wrapped the whole thing around the tree and pinned it into place. I made a few snips with my scissors where there was some extra unneeded fabric and curled up some of the triangles. It’s not exact and it’s certainly not perfect but I kinda love how organic and imperfect it is!
What inspires you?
Happy Wednesday guys! Hope your enjoying the last week before Christmas! I wanted to come in today to share some tips in wrapping gifts because we all know that wrapping gifts can always be a daunting task. Especially when you wait to do all the gifts together rather than wrapping as you buy (guilty). Now if you are not like me or even if you are and you’re looking for a different approach to wrapping rather than the festive paper then you have come to the right place! One of the cheapest ways of wrapping is using brown kraft paper. You can easily buy a 30lb. roll for about $25. It’s so easy to have fun with kraft paper especially if you are a crafter because you can pretty much use whatever you have on hand to decorate it. If not then you can hit up any craft store and get little trinkets like ribbon, glitter, paint and anything else that tickles your fancy! Here are some gifts that I put together for inspiration!
For this one I used the eraser on a pencil to make little polka dots with white paint. Then I decided to add some drops of glue on top of some of the dots and add gold glitter. Then I wrapped it in ribbon and a cute bow I found at Michael’s.
Using some burlap and a tree filler gave this next box a festive look.
After finding this white and gold bakers twine in the dollar bin section at Target I wrapped it around the gift and then glued a snowflake that I painted and a little gold acorn.
For this little guy I used some leftover linen fabric that I had. I frayed the edges, wrapped a glittered ribbon I had and added a small wooden snowflake. It’s my favorite.
Are you overwhelmed with wrapping gifts? Do you think you’ll give kraft paper a try?
It’s round 2 of sharing in my Christmas goodness! So I couldn’t help myself and I totally jumped on the glittered reindeer bandwagon.
I’ve seen it all over Pinterest and seeing that I had everything I needed and it would cost me nothing to make I figured why not! I mean this was literally one of the easiest projects ever! I found a deer image online, printed and cut it out.
Traced the image onto my canvas.
Then, with one area at a time, I filled the image with glue and sprinkled glitter.
I also put glue along the sides and dipped into the glitter.
I mean why wouldn’t you try it! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for some more holiday love!
Hello everyone! It’s another snow day here but this time there is actual snow falling from the sky. First of the season! I will be lounging around all day and probably stuffing my face but first I wanted to share some pictures of my casa all decked out for the holidays! Let me tell you how me and daylight have not been getting along lately. By the time I get home from work there is no light to be seen. I’m sure I’m not the only blogger alone in this! But I finally had a chance to snap some pictures!
In the past I have always had a gold tree but I decided to change things up this year and go with green and white! I hate to admit it but I was one of those crazy people to hit up Michael’s on Thanksgiving night! Yup, I dragged my poor brother with me but it turns out I wasn’t the only one going for the white on the tree because there wasn’t much to choose from but I still love it! I also kept the rest of the decor in the living room a bright white. Made it my own winter wonderland!
I styled the green table similar to last year. Using my favorite Noel sign (click here for that post) and some other festive decor pieces!
I even put a little tree in the kitchen! I love decorating spaces that you wouldn’t expect!
Not to mention the random windows that lead to not outside ha!
And in my working area I put another small tree with some mini bright-colored ornaments!
And last but not least, I couldn’t forget to have my snowman ready to greet my visitors at the door!
You can click here for the full tutorial on that bad boy!
I’m hoping to find some more pieces that say winter rather than Christmas in the next few weeks. I always get sad when I “undeck” the halls!
Is your home holiday ready? Are you also sad at how early the sun goes down?
Hi all! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving if you happen to have celebrated this past week. I certainly enjoyed all the great food and of course the desserts which I am still working on! When it comes to the food of the feast, that is left up to my father (the chef), I am in charge of setting the table! I was a bit in love with the way I did the table last year and so I pretty much stuck to the same idea this year. I wanted to add some seating tags so I did the easiest thing possible. I used some pine cones that I purchased from Michael’s and a little hot glue to stick on the tags. Easy Peasy!
My give thanks banner made an appearance as well!
I kept the middle of the table rather simple in order to save room for all the delicious food!
The best part about this setting is that it can easily be used for a Christmas theme. Swap out those pumpkins for some poinsettias and sprinkle a little white glitter on those pine cones and BAM! Don’t forget to head over to Maybe Matilda to check out some more entertaining ideas today!
Hi everyone! I’m super excited for this years round of Dare to DIY! I participated last year and had such a blast! Today starts the first of 4 weeks of DIY projects and today’s theme is Being Thankful. I personally cannot wait for Thanksgiving to get here but I’m going to be honest, I’m more excited for the Friday after than I am for Thanksgiving itself. Why you ask? Black Friday is the day I put out all my Christmas decorations and for whatever reason I have been itching to get it all out! But enough about decking the halls, it’s still time to be thankful and this year I’ve made a sweet little banner that I’ve displayed in my living room. It’s a great reminder everyday to give thanks for what I have.
This banner was super easy to make. I used my favorite program Print Shop to print the letters (the font I used is Emerald Isle, on card stock) and then cut the shape out.
Then I used the same shape, slightly bigger and traced it on some crazy wrinkled burlap!
Cut and ironed each piece and then hot glued the letters on. Next I flipped them and added a line of hot glue and placed my string across!
I love how it turned out and I’ll probably take it to my parent’s house for our big Thanksgiving feast on Thursday!
Now head on over to Primitive & Proper to check out some more great thankful projects!