My husband and I recently bought a house and now have a giant casual dining room off of the kitchen. Previously, we had opted for barstools around a large extended counter. So I was pretty excited to finally have the kitchen table of my dreams! I wanted a table big enough to sit large amounts of people. I also knew that I wanted to go towards a more Southern farm house feel. Lastly, I knew that I wanted to try and build it ourselves! I immediately looked towards Pinterest. I follow one DIY blogger, Shanty 2 Chic, who has a link to how she built her table for $65! (You can click here for the instructions! They were fairly easy to follow and include a “cut” list. The only thing I would recommend is cutting the largest pieces first. We did all the small ones first and then had to buy more wood because I didn’t account for the large ones both fitting on one board).
We ended up spending a little more because we bought a high quality white paint for the base, rather than stain it like the original tutorial suggested. We also opted for a slightly higher quality of wood. However, that said, we built it for about $125! Of course, that doesn’t include the tools we bought, but we counted those as “good husband” gifts. Michael definitely deserved them!! We also opted to use a stain we already had, leftover from my Coffee Bar project. So that saved us a few dollars.
Anyways, we had SUCH a blast building this table. It was so exciting watching it come to life in front of us. (I also did a time lapse video of part of our adventure so you could enjoy it too!) This week we are building matching benches, so stay tuned!! I’m so thrilled that it will all be done in time for Christmas! We have lots of people coming and I need somewhere to feed them! We should be able to fit 4-5 people per bench comfortably. Eventually I am going to add captains chairs on each end, but I haven’t found any that I love for less than $1,000 a piece… and that’s just not an option seeing how we’re about to have a toddler running through the house wiping who knows what where!
((Also, I’m loving my simple holiday center piece. The eucalyptus is leftover from my Eucalyptus Wreath project and the red berries that I wove in were $.49 per branch at hobby lobby! The Dino salt shakers were from sweet Sophie for Michael’s birthday! Let’s go Christmas! I’m ready for ya.))
Last month one of my girlfriends saved me a gorgeous floral piece from a wedding she planned. It was a strand of eucalyptus branches wired together into one long vine. I was so excited! It’s seriously like nine feet long! I knew that I had enough for a project or two so I started with a door wreath for Spring/Summer. I recently made a Christmas wreath (you can find the tutorial here) so I knew I could find a great deal at Hobby Lobby on the two things I needed. I picked up my floral wire and a wreath base on a mommy crafting day with Sophie!
When we got home I laid the base down and held one end of the eucalyptus vine against it while winding it around the metal to see how much I needed to cut off. I gave myself an extra inch of overlap as well. Then I just snipped through.
Next, I cut about seven inches of the floral wire off. I threaded it between one of the gaps in the wire, over and around the vine, and then back through the wire base. Then I tied it off twice. After that I wrapped the remaining wire around the base for extra security.
I did that about seven times until the entire vine was secure! That was literally it!! I may add something to it later, but for now I love how simple it looks (and is to make)!
For those of you who do not have a pre-made vine (which I’ve seen at some crafting store if you’re okay with fake leaves) then it’ll take a little longer. If you’re starting with just branches you have to individually wire each branch to the base. It will still be gorgeous, just time consuming. (You would just lay all the branches in one direction, using the fullest part of each branch to cover the stem of the last).
I am so excited about this win! Thanks Brittany for surprising me with the eucalyptus! I’m obsessed.
- Floral Wire $3.99
- Metal Wreath Base $4.99
- Scissors (already owned)
* I had my eucalyptus already, but if you’re not recycling a floral piece like me you can buy eucalyptus at Whole Foods or most floral shops. You can also buy realistic looking plastic eucalyptus at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby!
This morning we had breakfast at a popular restaurant, Monell’s at the Manor. They have three locations, we went to the one on Murfreesboro Road. (The only other location we have been to was in the German Town area of Nashville. It was smaller, but just as good.) The way it works is they have long tables for community seating. Once your party is seated they bring out baskets and dishes of food. You don’t specifically choose your menu, you just choose what dishes you want to eat out of. It’s all good ole southern cookin.
We got there in time for brunch. They served fried chicken, cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy, bacon, country ham, sausage, cheese grits, cornbread pudding, eggs, fried potatoes, pancakes, fried apples, and marmalade. Literally so much food! (My favorite were the fried potatoes. Michael was partial to their fried chicken with the gravy.)
The restaurant was a very casual setting, despite the gorgeous building it was in. I felt comfortable in flip flops and a cute top. Other members of the party ranged from old T shirts to dress pants and a button down. The staff was attentive and helpful. Despite our 17 person party they were calm, collected, and kind.
While you’re there you also have to go up their beautiful wood staircase to the upstairs rooms. They are decorated in era. So fun! Overall, I totally recommend it. $14.95 for an all you can eat, great quality meal.
When Michael told me that he wanted a Yeti cooler, my first thought was “Why?” It seemed silly to spend so much money on a cooler. I didn’t think much about it until recently when I wanted to get him something special for our one year wedding anniversary.
I was going to surprise him, but I didn’t really know anything about the coolers, so I ended up telling him my idea and letting him pick one out himself. We made a date out of it and went down to Bink’s Outfitters in the Greenhills Mall area.
We decided on getting the Yeti Tundra 35 in white and Michael ADORES it. I have to admit, I am pretty fond of it too. (It has a handy little shelf insert included, and you can also opt to get extra shelves and a divider that can function as a cutting board). Michael has decided he wants to add a sticker to the cooler for any trips we go on. We decided to start it off with a Bink’s sticker to commemorate buying it.
Michael and I used it for the first time yesterday, and can i say- wow! The Yeti literally keeps everything super cold. I am so impressed. It is a little heavy, so I would’t want to carry it for very long by myself, but then again I do have the muscles of a ten year old little boy. Other than that, I love everything about it. It seals well and has a really easy to use locking mechanism. It also holds as many Popsicles as I want to bring. Not to mention, I love how clean it looks in white. (Though I am curious how long that white will be that white). Best of all, it makes Michael crazy happy to use it. That’s worth it all to me!
Overall, what a great purchase! It is perfect for our upcoming beach trip! I am so excited. We will definitely keep you updated on how it holds up.
Enjoy these pictures of our little outing with the pups- Jade!(:
// Button Down: J.Crew // Shorts: Levi // Shoes: Sperry // Watch: Fossil // Dog Collar: Baxter Bailey and Company