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Ikea Picture Ledge

Ikea Ledge for Artwork
Hey Guys! Long time, no see. Things have been so crazy busy around here, it’s nuts. I am losing my mind and have been laid up with a killer cold, but good work is happening.

Anyway, I wanted to share a quick post about the basement. I couldn’t figure out what to do behind the sofa, we had a big blank white wall, and figuring out what to hang on it was killing me. It really felt to me like we needed to have one large piece of artwork back there, but large artwork is not in the budget. Something like an oversized engineer print could have worked money wise, but would be to fragile for the space – the kids are always laying on the back of the sofa, and generally goofing off. Desperate to call this thang finished, I came up with the somewhat obvious plan to hang a ledge to display artwork which can easily be added to, or switched out whenever we so desired. This had been one of my original ideas (that’s why I say obvious) and then I kinda forgot about it. Ikea had discontinued the Ribba ledge in 2015 and I hadn’t realized that they had replaced it with the Mosslanda ledge. This ledge is way better because it has a little groove to allow artwork to lean just so, and keep kids from tipping them easily. I bought two of the 43″ ledges and hung them on that big old wall.

So there it is, expect a full basement reveal sometime next week, and then I promise I’ll be done yapping about it!

Ikea Ledge for Artwork

Ikea Ledge for Artwork

Ikea Ledge for Artwork

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DIY Pendant Lamp

DIY Lindsey Adelman Pendant Lamp
Budz, I kinda like this new quick post method. Way less stressful for yours truly. There is so much stuff that I always want to share, but the pressure of the internet makes me feel like I should always present to you via some big, bad, epic post. How ’bout just a little tid bit? That works for me and makes it way more fun.

Okay, so I am kinda obsessed with all the possibilities of making my own lighting after making the swing arm pendant a few weeks (eh, months) back. Since electricity is scary, I decided it would be best for my next project to do something with a little power guidance. I picked up this Lindsey Adelman DIY pendant from Grand Brass Lamp Parts. It’s a lamp set that uses parts that you could find at Grand Brass (my new favorite website on the internets) or even at your local hardware store. I kinda even mixed and matched a few pieces to make it my own (like the cord) and added a dimmer. Anyway, I really enjoyed building this lamp, and it gave me the confidence to tackle something of my own creation down the road. I have lots of ideas brewing.

Anyway, if you’re curious too, check out the kits either over at Lindsey Adelman’s site or at Grandbrass. Happy almost weekend, this has been a long one.

DIY Lindsey Adelman Pendant Lamp

DIY Lindsey Adelman Pendant Lamp

DIY Lindsey Adelman Pendant Lamp

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It’s a Niche.

Glassware Niche
Hey Guys! I think I’m going to do a lot more quick brief posts since my new kid schleppin’ schedule isn’t allowing me tons of time for the long winded, in depth kinda posts that I like to do. Having less time means coming up with new ways of making the stuff I care about fit in. I still wanna share whats been happening around the house, especially since the basement is basically done, and because duh, I love ta blog! Someday I will be sharing the entire basement in all it’s god damn glory, promise. For now, be prepared for a few quick posts about the last minute details.

Last week I installed these wall shelves in the recess (aka niche) of one of the columns that flanks some of the built-in cabinetry in the basement. We have quite a few of these “columns” in the basement, and this being the biggest, it seemed like a waste of space if we were to just leave it void of any functionality. Back when they worker guys were framing in the basement I made an on-the-fly decision, and asked the dudes if they wouldn’t mind throwing this niche in the column so we could make something of the space. Now I realize having a niche wall is a little Naples time share, but who cares! Now I’ve got this spot to show off some glassware, I mean the wine cooler (aka beer and juice box fridge) is located right below it.

I spent way to long shopping the internet for the best deal on glass. In the past I have been happy with Dulles Glass, but they price for two shelves ($75) sounded insane. I was able to find the exact same glass for about half the price over at One Day Glass. The hardware consists of a pair of special glass shelf brackets, the install was a snap.

Hope you guys are all doing well. See you with another tiny post real soon!

Glassware Niche

Glassware Niche
These plants rule.

Glassware Niche

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Bathroom Plan

Creating a vintage/modern/industrial bathroom
Welp, it’s 2016 and as mentioned over and over again, it’s time to start the basement bathroom project. As of right now, the basement has roughed in plumbing, cement board, dry wall, a newly poured concrete floor, and rough electrical. It is a blank slate and I’m super stoked to get at it. Before I actually do any of the work though I need a solid plan, and I have been thinking a lot about the design for the bathroom. It has always been our strategy to have the bathroom installation be my winter project. However, as we all probably know, sometimes life happens and things get put on the back burner.

Jeff and I had made it our most recent goal to get Gus (who was diagnosed ASD last year) into some extracurricular therapies. We’ve succeeded at that, and soon he’ll be seeing specialists five times a week as well as be going to preschool five days a week (!!!), and on top of that I still drop-off and pick-up Finn at school every day. So yeah, my life is about to become that of the stereotypical carting-kids-around-in-a-stationwagon-all-day-long mom (although in my version, The Killers will be playing on repeat). No matter the time/stress/craziness it involves, I’m thankful that we have these resources for Gus. Unfortunately (but fortunately) our out of pocket expense for all of Gus’ therapy cost us a pretty penny, and I’m so thankful that we have the ability to move the budget around, and accommodate those costs.

So I bet you can see where I am going with this. Well, the basement will have to be done on a tight budget and a loose timeline. My most recent calculations suggest that it will probably take a billion years to be completed. We’ll have to purchase tile, fixtures, sinks all very slowly over time as the budget allows. I have to say, a little part of me is happy that I don’t have to feel like I must do it all at once, and honestly I’m a bit excited about the challenge of saving and budgeting for a project – trying to make the most of every dollar. I always feel like those projects come together the best in the end.

I always find that the first thing one must do when starting a very budget conscious project is make a solid plan. One of the easiest ways to get off course is to get distracted by cooler and fancier things, because no matter how much money you have, there are always way cooler and fancier things. If you take the time to make a good, solid, beautiful plan from the jump, you’re much less likely to spend on fluff.

Today I’m sharing with you my plan as well as a few inspiration pics. I’m still in the air on whether or not to go with traditional 3×6 subway tile or shake it up a bit with the 6×6 square tile instead. The sink and Cedar & Moss pendant lamps are a must as we’ve already had the wall plumbed for the sink and the electrical boxes put in the ceiling. I’ll be scouring craigslist, ebay and local salvage places when it comes time to find the best deal on that Brockway sink. Subway tile is relatively inexpensive, and I can purchase it in batches over time. So, we’ll see how this goes, and how it all plays out. I hope that someday we can have a working bathroom in the basement, maybe even by the end of 2016.

For now, here’s the plan and inspiration:

3D rendering for basement bathroom | Deuce Cities Henhouse
I’m planning on using one of the antique mirrors over the sink, a ledge will work for toothbrushes and stuff, and a nook in the corner will be used for storing a few linens and toiletries. The plan is for this to be the boys’ main basement in the future.

Inspirational Bathrooms : Subway Tile, Black floors, and lots of natural texture

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domino | dwell

Inspirational Bathrooms : Brockway sink for a bit of vintage

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remodelista | design build la | dwell

Inspirational Bathrooms : White square tile in an offset pattern with black grout

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house nerd | fantastic frank

As you can see, a definite pattern emerges. Classic white subway tile, simple modern penny tile, reclaimed wood for texture and a few industrial touches.

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Bench Cushion – Crushed It.

Scandinavian Inspired Basement
Okay pals! I’m getting so close to finishing up the basement, like almost, nearly, kinda there! I just got to cross a big sucker off the list, which only leaves me with a few easy tasks. I upholstered a piece of peach foam with some of my favorite fabric, and it turned into this very cool bench seat. Not only does this seat offer extra seating when we be hanging in the basement (which is always), but it also subs in as a bed, a stage for kids, and the best new addition to the basement.

Can you even believe that when I designed the basement I hadn’t envisioned a cushion going here? Probably because I’ve had an extreme aversion to sewing ever since I finished the porch sofa two winters ago. I had planned on the bench being a solid piece of paint-grade-wood done up in white. Because that was the plan, that’s what I did, I just painted the bench white. Done, or that’s what I thought. The bench was so cold, plain, boring, and constantly covered in foot prints and dust. Basement guests didn’t know if they should sit there, or if it was a sacred tv worship zone. There was nothing that indicated to them to come, sit, chill, relax. It didn’t take long for me to acknowledge that my original plan was not living up to the potential of the space.

A few reasons I decided to upholster my own cushion instead of having it done professionally; box cushions are one of the easiest/beginner upholstery projects you can take on, having a cushion professionally upholstered costs a chunk of change – I’m sure this would’ve been nearly a thousand bucks because of the custom angles and size, and you can price compare and choose your own fabric. Upholstering large foam objects is a bear of a job no matter what, however when I saw how much I could save doing it myself, it was the obvious choice. Jeff Allen, you can thank me later for being such a bawse and saving you all the money. I am so selfless and brave and very heroic, and I obviously get no satisfaction out of doing these challenging projects.

I would love to share with you guys how to actually sew a box cushion with a zipper, and you in return would probably think I was super cool, but alas, I am not an expert in this field. There are so many other folks on the internet that are professional sewer people that know how to do this sort of stuff! I think you should listen to them.

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Supplies

I can provide a few tips, like no one ever told me that I should use a heavy duty needles, heavy duty thread, and a decent machine (mine is over ten years old and less than $100 dollars). Maybe if you are well versed in the ways of sewing, having the right tool for the job seems like a no-brainer, but for me figuring that out took me a lot of trial, error and headaches. After upholstering our porch sofa two winters ago, I felt more prepared for this project, I knew what to avoid. I asked nicely, and my mom let me use her way-better-than-my-hunk-of-junk sewing machine. The project was much easier than last time, but still not my favorite thing in the world to do. Just cutting expensive fabric is enough to send me into a full blown panic attack. Minus my frenzied mental state, the whole thing went pretty smoothly when I used the proper tools.

Built in TV Area with Bench Seat

Fine Little Day Gran Upholstery Fabric
Originally I wanted a taut finish to the surface of the fabric. Upholstery projects can be kind of forgiving in that way, for example: if the fit isn’t perfectly snug, it’s easy to fill the cushion with layers of batting. I surprised myself and was actually into the look of the slightly loose linen fabric on the sides of the cushion, so for now I’m going to leave it, but if I ever needed to, I could just stuff that bad boy with a little more batting.

Also, if you’re working with a tight budget, may I suggest only upholstering the top or sides of your piece in the expensive fabric? That’s what I did here, I purchased two yards of the Gran fabric for $150 and found a few more yards of inexpensive linen that matched perfectly for around $15 bucks a yard.

Minneapolis Basement Renovation with lots of Built-Ins
I was pretty pleased with the basement space before I upholstered the cushion, so I was thrilled that adding the cushion actually helped to make the space feel wider and not so long and narrow. I don’t know how to properly describe this in English words so I’m just going to say this: the shape of the space that the tv and bench reside in, is influenced by the main floor bay window in our dining room, the bay window is directly atop this space. Having to navigate the odd shape made it tricky when designing the basement, I spent many nights awake and thinking about it. Even having it be a space just for the tv wasn’t enough. Adding the cushion opens up the room, and makes it feel like a part of the social space in the basement. Basically, the oddly shaped space is now functional.

Also, about that TV and the kids. I’m pretty confident that it is secure on the wall because it’s nearly impossible for Jeff and I to get it off when we are actually trying to! Also, Finn follows rules and makes sure that other kids don’t break them, so we’re good.

Also, about the white cushion and the kids. Rules. No food except at the table. Wash your hands every once in awhile. Lastly, I have fabric cleaner that works really well on stains and stuff!

Sew a Box Cushion for Bench Seating
The bench is about 36″ deep and has already made a cozy bed to a few imbibed friends over the holiday season. An added bonus!

A Comfy Bench Seat in a Midwestern Basement

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