Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Renovation Realities!



My husband and I are about to close on our new house. I promise, I'll post a ton of before pictures when I do. We also may (and I say MAY because we are still in the application process) get the opportunity to be on Renovation Realities. We posted a video to youtube of our application so go check it out! It will give you a peek into the great room of our new house and describes our plans on what we want to do with the space. And I feel like an idiot on film. Plus, our 8 year old did it. That's whose finger we had the pleasure of viewing at minute one ;)

HERE is the link.

If that doesn't work, you can also search youtube for "Nikki Grandy". Happy viewing!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Farmhouse table

In the house we are buying, there is a dinky little island in a pretty big kitchen. One of the first projects I want to do it rip it out and build a monstrous one our kids can eat at every day. I want to make it completely myself, including pouring an egg and dart concrete counter top. I wanted really chunky farmhouse style legs but when I priced them out I was deflated.

Have you ever priced out table legs?!? Someone is making a freaking killing. It was almost $1000.00 for 4 island legs that are 6" thick. Being the true DIYers that we are, my lover and I decided to turn them on our lathe. I wanted to practice on something before hand so we made a farmhouse table to sell.

Yep, you heard me. I put my blood, sweat, and many trips to the hardware store just to sell it. Oh well. It's the name of the game I suppose.


I plan on building something similar for my back patio later on but like 8' long. This beauty is 78" long by 30" tall by 37" wide. I currently have it listed for $650 if anyone local is interested. I'll update this when it's sold.


The table top is made out of 8" pine planks from Home Depot. I let my kids beat it with hammers, chains, screwdrivers, etc. It's our own little form anger therapy. The legs were made out of reclaimed beams I bought off craigslist. They were in his historic home in Tucson.


I think after making 4 of these legs, we are sufficiently practiced enough to bust some out for the island. Mission accomplished. And while not relevant, I had to post a picture of my fun printer drawer and accessories. I love hydrangeas. Too bad Arizona is the place all hydrangeas go to die.


How appropriate is the book title? I swear no animals were hurt in the making of this photo. By me. 

Happy new year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I'm ALIVE!!!

So... I just had to make a new password for google because it's been so long since I blogged. And I had to push a bunch of buttons at the top till I found the one for a photo. I feel like a big stupid hairy monkey named kronk. Oog.

I know you guys all probably thought I must have cut off all my typing fingers on the table saw but alas, that is not the case. I'm here in my rental house waiting patiently for a house we are buying to go through. Our original plan was to build but we found the perfect house for us so we decided to jump on it. I'm having a blast planning out every last detail for the new house before I even move in. If you follow me on pinterest, you are probably wondering what kind of crack I'm on because I'm on there at like 2 am.

Until we close, and because I don't want to jinx it, I am leaving you with an inspiration picture. One of the very first projects I'm tackling when we close is installing some beautiful wide plank flooring. I can't wait to be at it again. I've been going through some serious project withdrawals.



Found on pinterest but the original source is here.

So hopefully I'll have good news soon. And a place to renovate from here to hell. Stay tuned!


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chalk map of the US

I realize it's been a while and you're probably choking on a chip right now because you never thought I'd post again. It's not even because I don't have much to post about. In fact, I'm having a hard time posting because of the sheer amount of projects I HAVE done. I don't even know where to start.

So I'm not going to. If you want to know what I've been up to, you can find me on Instagram. No, the photos aren't nearly as beautiful as images from my canon but I update there a couple times a week. Because I can do it while I'm laying in bed in my chonies on my phone.


On to the map. I'm selling these beauties on etsy. If you take a looksie over to your right, you will see a link to my shop. You can buy it there. Otherwise, I'm doing a giveaway on instagram that ends tomorrow, There's more instructions over there.


The map part is permanent, the heart is drawn on with chalk. It's such a fun piece of art and super kid friendly. If they're armed with chalk and not scissors.

Thanks for still reading.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

House for sale. Again.

It's been a month since I've posted last. Sorry. Turns out moving while your husbands deployed takes a lot out of you. Also, getting our house that we moved into ready to list took a while. Yes. You heard me. I'm selling our house and moving... again...

It's all part of the plan. My plan may be a little crazy but it should all work out in the end. Mwa ha ha ha.

Here are some updated pictures of the house and the mls link if you, or anyone you know is interested in purchasing.














Give my bomb Realtor a ring if you want to come look at it. It'll be open all weekend for viewings.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day and a reclaimed wood headboard

If you read my blog regularly, you know that my husband has been in Panama for a 4 month deployment. He flies Blackhawk helicopters for the army and they're down there on a humanitarian aid project. He is supporting troops who are building schools and providing remote villages with medical treatment. He is the most selfless person I've ever met and he honestly loves this country. I am so incredibly blessed to have him in my life near or far.


These pictures were taken by an incredibly talented pilot my husband flies with, Tyler Fricke. They were chasing each other around Panama in the first picture and in this next picture, they are sling loading a hummer. I know his job may look like every little boys dream but he still spends a ton of time away from us :)


I didn't think he'd be able to come home at all during the 4 months. But he called me a week ago and told me they were letting him come home for my brothers wedding. I was ECSTATIC. I hadn't seen him in three months. Three months is a long time when you have a husband as fantastically good looking as mine.

When he was home I took full advantage of him. Not like that you perves. Actually, yes, like that. But also helping me build and clean and pack (our house is supposed to close next week) and everything in between. But I wanted to show you the awesome headboard he helped me build before I fall off of the blogging planet from moving.


It cost about $75 to build. I had to buy a sheet of plywood,  two 2x3's, and the reclaimed beadboard from a friend. We busted it out in about 3 hours. We make a pretty good team if I say so myself.


I didn't do a single thing to the paint on the beadboard except wipe the chicken crap and dirt off it. It was already this beautiful white and turquoise color. It's even stained with age. Everyone keeps saying chevron is "sooooo last year" but I'm still totally digging it. 


I sprayed it with polyurethane to seal it and keep it from chipping more and called it a day. It is B-E-A-uuutiful. Thanks again for helping me lover, wherever you are. See you in a month. And happy memorial day. I miss your guts. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Grain sack stripe inspired hutch

I picked up a hutch at the decordeals sale a while ago. I've had this vision of painting stripes onto the back of a hutch for a while and found the perfect one to try it out on there. If you follow me on instagram, you have already seen the before and after.


If not, you really should. I've been super lazy about blogging since my husband left and post fun stuff there now.


I bought the baskets from a the Big Heap up in Cave Creek. They fit inside these holes perfectly. It was almost one of those gates opening, angels singing moments. 


The color is called Gray Tabby and I sealed it with minwax's provincial stain. I measured and taped off the stripes onto the back with blue painters tape. Then after some heavy distressing, I applied a thick coat of stain. I'm in love.

And my all my white dishes look phenomenal on it. In fact, it inspired me to do a bit of painting in my rental before we list it again. B-E-A utiful. I really love this dark gray color.


Pardon my slightly askew photos and lighting. My computer has NO photo editing software on it. In fact, I can barely write an e-mail right now before wanting to shoot a hole right through the screen with my 9mm. I'm not so patiently waiting for the hubby to return with my trusty laptop he took to Panama. He can have this windows 8 hunk of junk.

Over and out.