I have come to believe that behind every great DIY blog, there is a great man.
This blog is no exception.
And today, out of all the days of the year, happens to be this great man’s very special day. Today is his birthday.
He’s my IT guy and my accountant, he does my marketing and runs that analytics stuff.
He’s my muscle and my furniture commandeer-er. He’s my all around handy man, my carpenter. . .. . . and my holiday chef.
He voluntarily vacuums our house. . .
. . . and our stove. . .
. . . and he takes me to the beach in the middle of November when it’s drizzling and no one else is there because it’s freezing cold and I just have to go because we’re so close and I might not make to the beach again for a long, long time.But most of all, he’s my best friend. We do this thing called life together and it is joy and an honor each and every day.
And because of all the wonderful things he is and all the wonderful things he does, we are able, together, to write this little blog we call The Front Poarch.
When I hit the Mid-Century Furniture Jackpot a couple of weeks ago I knew that the 2-piece hutch was going to be my favorite piece. As we were purchase the furniture I noticed a small tear in the veneer and optimistically thought, oh I can easily fix that!What I didn’t realize was that the crack wasn’t just surface level, it went all the way through!
So in lieu of trying to repair a section of the veneer we opted instead to create a new backing for the entire piece. We started with 1/8″ plywood and used the old backing as template to cut the new one.
It then got primed and painted coral, the same color as my headboard. The handy husband then re-attached it for me.
For a while now I’ve been working on renovating our master bedroom and I have to say, it’s been quite a challenge. This was the last room in the house that I’ve done because for many, many months I didn’t have any inspiration. I wanted some that felt warm and inviting without being too girly and that is where my greatest challenge came. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon navy and coral and I knew I was in love.
Enough of me talking . . . here’s the big reveal!
Our dresser got some custom artwork and a new charging station.
Next to the closets I created a jewelry station.And in the other corner, a reading nook with a certain mid-century hutch.What’s behind all those pillows?
Just as a refresher, here’s what it looked like before. . .
Last week I showed you that I’ve finally made some progress on my big dreams for the guest bath. As promised, I’m back today with the tutorial for these Dipped Votives!A few weeks ago I ran across these little black votives at Hobby Lobby and I knew they would be perfect for my Under the Sea bath. Don’t they kind of look like urchins??
To make your own, here’s what you’ll need:
2 small votives
paint of your choice
place to hang drying votives
clothes pins, optional
Using the string, hang each votive so that it can be dipped upside down.
One at a time, dip each votive in the paint and slowly remove it.
Hold the wet votive over the can for a few minutes until the majority of the paint has stopped dripping.
Hang the wet votive over the drop cloth and allow it to dry for 8-10 hours or overnight.
Once the votives are dry, add your candles and you’re done!
As most projects go, I have a lot of inspiration in the beginning and am really excited about the ‘reveal’. That is until I get bitten by the next inspiration bug and move onto another project. This is exactly what happened with the guest bath. At the first of the year I had BIG dreams for this space, and even painted a shower curtain and made some art, but did I make that bubble chandelier? Nope. Haven’t even thought about it.
Today I’m here to tell you that I have made a few small updates, here’s what the guest bath is looking like these days.
I finally made myself sit down and reupholster this original-to-the-house vanity stool.
Here’s the finished product and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to do this! Check out this beauty!
On our anniversary getaway a few weeks ago I picked up this shelving unit from Ikea. I’ve been hoping to find a small shelf for several months now and I just kept coming back to this one so we took the plunge and bought it!
When we moved in last year, I quickly figured out that this bathroom was going to need some more storage space. The plumbers installed reliable faucets and sinks. Although the counter is really long, it’s also really narrow which means that after you put a few decorations out guests barely have any room for their toiletries.
And these beauties on top? I purchased them at Hobby Lobby and the ‘upgraded’ them. A tutorial is coming later this week!
Have you made any small progress on a big project lately?