First, a cute pic of Butters. He's such a good helper. Actually he's a terrible helper but he's cute. I promise Jay has clothes other than that hoodie, hat and jeans, but those are his favorite project clothes, so they're all the internet gets to see.
Project 1: Display Shelf for Gallery Wall
Ever since putting up our gallery wall a few months ago we wanted to add a little shelf guy to display the rocks we've gathered from various climbing and mountaineering adventures we've taken together. Like all the projects in this post, this one just kept getting pushed aside because of, I'm assuming, it's lack of sex appeal. Nothing about a little black shelf with rocks on it excites anyone, but it was an addition to the wall I really wanted to make to add texture and to enjoy our keepsakes.
The second project on the list was making our cheapo Ikea bookcase look less black, less boring and less like no one would pay $20 for it on craigslist. Here's an unacceptably terrible before picture. I'm going to go ahead and blame the equipment on this one. My camera is elderly and we were mid project at this point when I realized, oh wait! We have a blog! Soooo yeah. Sorry. It's been pulled away from the wall at this point. You can get a better idea of the before on the Our House page.
The last project we did we have been talking about since we moved Jay to Houston in July of 2012. Seriously I have no idea what took us so long. This is an Ikea bar Jay inherited from a friend in Florida. It's considered a kitchen island on the Ikea webbie and is $200! It's just plain birch and I'm sure is nicer looking new, but ours was a little loved and had multiple stains/ paint globs on it. We had been storing our booze underneath on the lattice, but it was wobbly and not pretty, so mostly I just covered the whole thing with a table cloth and used it as a stuff holder.
So there you go, for 36 bucks our dining room is a happier more pleasant place. We have a few more projects in the works but the weather isn't cooperating so everything is on hold until the rain stops and the temperatures go up! What were you guys up to this weekend?