Life with the P's

A young couple living life – remodeling, diy projects, and everything in between!

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Baby Stuff

First of all, we are DEFINITELY NOT EXPECTING (sorry, Grandma). Just wanted to clear that up before any rumors or excitement levels were increased to epic proportions.

Now that we got that out of the way…. phew. Ok, so in the last 6 months or so, I have been to two baby showers. I have discovered that I have a hidden talent in that I am an awesome diaper-cake-maker. New profession?! Could be.

I have always heard people say diaper cakes are soooooooooooo hard. Um, not really. Thanks to Google, I found a cool website that shows an easier way to make a diaper cake. I think this method works much better than rolling each diaper. Plus, the new mom won’t have to un-rubber band (yes, I think I just created a word) each diaper when she actually goes to use them. Functional and pretty!

Check out the diaper cake instructions I used here.

This was the first diaper cake I made for a baby shower for a little boy:

monkey diaper cake

I made that one with one box of diapers. I used random pie pans, skillets, and cheesecake pans to make the circle sizes. I thought it turned out pretty darn awesome for my first diaper cake!

Since another friend is also pregnant, I got to make a second diaper cake for a girl. I decided to use two boxes of diapers this time and went a little crazy. This time, I took some in-progress pictures to show my version of some of the steps.

Here is the final product… so stinkin cute if I do say so myself!

I also made three different flavors of cake balls: confetti cake, yellow cake, and chocolate cake. They were fabulous and everyone loved them. They turned out to be pretty cute too. The yellow cake ones were my favorite!

confetti cake balls, chocolate cake balls, yellow cake balls
And to get all of this baby stuff out of the way in one post, here is a cute gift that I made for the baby shower. I picked up the letters and paper backing from Hobby Lobby and the frames from Wal-Mart. The letters are about 1/4″ thick. I spray painted them white and hot glued them to the paper.

diy initials picture frame


How to make a builder grade mirror look good!

All of our bathrooms have those crappy builder grade mirrors that do not have frames and are just plain boring. After a recent furniture shopping trip, we got the idea to frame out one of the mirrors to make something worth hanging on our wall. The mirror we spotted in a furniture store was around $550 which is way more money than I wanted to spend. Plus, it was kind of ugly. Neat, but not our taste. So off we went to trusty Home Depot for some buy-by-the-foot stain grade trim. A few 45* cuts later and we had our frame:

contractor grade mirror framed with stain grade wood

And if you look closely, you can see that there are two pieces of trim. The larger floor trim butts up next to the mirror and the extra piece overlaps both the mirror and the floor trim.

2 pieces of trim around mirror

After dry fitting everything, we hot glued and stapled each of the frames and then screwed and hot glued the overlapping frame to the large floor trim frame from the back. Next, we flipped the frame contraption over (face side to the floor) and added some mirror mastic (available in a caulk tube in the mirror section of Home Depot/Lowes) to the outer edge and set the mirror in place. We also added some “just in case” supports on the back corners. We attached these to the frame with screws from the back.

Next, we cut the center pieces. These are just smaller pieces of trim. The hexagon-type shape was very easy. The angles are 22.5* (1/2 of a 45* angle). Also, the pieces can be any size, as long as the piece opposite is the exact same (not sure if that makes sense or not). Here is the shape we were going for. The boards and tiles are to hold everything flat while the mastic/glue dries.

The mirror itself was 55″ by 42″. Add some trim to that and it became very heavy, and even bigger. We used the hooks above (circled), but realized they didn’t quite hold it like they should. We bought the picture hanging wire (heaviest available) and wrapped it through the hooks and the support boards. To hang it on the wall, we used a very large leg bolt (not sure if that is the correct terminology or not) and some washers.  And here is the final product!

diy contractor grade mirror frame

And no, I can not take a non-blurry picture. I will work on that. And no, I will not pick up the room to take a picture. I was just too excited that the mirror was up! The internet can see our house in all of its functional/messy glory! Here is a reminder of the before and after of the room. The before picture is the picture from the real estate listing. We are getting there at least…

living room before and after, vaulted living room, diy mirror frame

In total, this project cost about $100 because of the stain grade wood. It can definitely be done on a smaller budget. We have 4 more mirrors left… let’s see what we can do with those!

I heart new furniture!

We recently went on a buying spree. Probably shouldn’t have, but oh well! Can we call it our one year anniversary presents to ourselves? Our new living room end tables and TV console tables arrived Wednesday. Our new clock (thanks, Lou & Sue!) arrived today – much to UPS’s dismay. I am pretty sure they dropped it off the truck. But it survived, so no harm, no foul. New living room couches arrive tomorrow that will replace our fold out camping chairs (finally!). So here’s some pictures of our new loot!

Max snuck into that picture! And here is a close up of the clock. It’s 38″ in diameter. So awesome!!!!

This is what the entry looks like from the living room:

Up next, our new Paula Deen end tables (we bought 2) and buffet hutch (that we are using as a console table). It is actually pretty difficult to find a nice, simple console table that is tall and big enough to not look like a tiny piece of furniture under a 55″ TV.

Notice that unfinished fireplace tile job? Um… yeah… about that. Maybe this weekend?!?! Can’t wait for the couches to arrive tomorrow! On another note, so glad Habitat for Humanity Re-store finally came and picked up some spare ceiling fans, a toilet, vanity top,a nd some other stuff! Bring on the tax deductions! Happy Friday!

DIY Headboard

Yes, everyone is doing it. Yes, we had to join the party! We purchased a dresser and night stand from Ashley Furniture for our main guest room, but the bed was just too much money. We couldn’t justify $700-$900 on a spare bedroom bed only. The $100 or so for wood and fabric for a DIY headboard sounded much more wallet-friendly. And here is our finished product:

Our original intention was to tuft the headboard using instructions by Addicted2Decorating and wanted an end result that somewhat resembled this:

And I found a headboard shape guide at Topline furniture and picked out the one we I liked:
Below are some in progress pictures. Since we are always too involved to stage and take better pictures keepin it real, I thought I would point out the other items in the picture are are unrelated to this project.
I didn’t get a picture of the foam, but we used 2″ foam on the headboard first. Then we wrapped the fabric around it and stapled it to the back of the MDF board. The legs didn’t turn out all that great, but you won’t really see them anyway. We didn’t want to hang the frame on the wall and wanted it to be transportable, hence the legs that attach to the frame. I can’t wait to put this room together. At least writing about this has encouraged me to paint those staircase spindles so that we can get carpet upstairs and put this room together!!!!!!!
The headboard is officially Max approved:

Entry – Picture Cluster

Just wanted to share our entry way update. It is finally starting to look like someone might live in our house instead of just squat and tear stuff up! I must give credit to Aaron because this was his idea. Here is our entry way now:

Please ignore the rug, the vacuum, and the unfinished trim around the door… minor details. 


In our old house, we used these frames and mirror in the entry way and staircase. We had to buy a few more frames and painted all of them white. Here is where the mirror and frames were in our last house:


As you may have noticed by now, the pictures posted on this blog are almost all of works-in-progress. That is because we are all about keeping it real (aka: nothing is ever finished enough to have that perfect picture taking look). Anyway, hope you like our new entry!

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