Pump Up Your Box Spring – Just Add Legs to It!

Our Bed.

We FINALLY got our memory foam bed in… It took forever to get here, but all I can say is that patience is a virtue – and we definitely got to practice it while we eagerly awaited the mattress’s arrival!

Our originally idea and inspiration... Maybe someday! Either way, I can't wait to get that beautiful comforter below it on the bed!

Our original idea and inspiration… Maybe someday! Either way, I can’t wait to get that beautiful comforter below it on the bed!

Originally, I had grand ideas on what we would do for the bed frame. I wanted a beautiful solid wood platform bed so badly; I even found a free plan online and everything. But I had to stop and be practical… It didn’t make sense for us to make that right now. We are in Washington, in an apartment, and will likely be moving within the next two years or so. The more I thought about it the more it became a bad idea for us to make the platform bed. Then I was simply lost on where to go next. We had a King size bed on it’s way – just no bed frame… So, I went to Pinterest! 🙂

The next plan of attack? Simply add legs to your box spring! *Thank goodness for Pinterest!* The bummer though was that original pin went to a dead site, so it made me brain storm somewhat. I thought it would be easy – that’s usually where I run into trouble and see Blair rolling his eyes at me (lovingly, of course!) – and in the end, it was in fact quite easy. Yay for a Pinterest idea going easily! 😀

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Our bed is finally in!

We bought our box springs off of Craigslist… sounds shady, trust me I know… but I found someone who was selling their’s for only $60 still in it’s original packaging – never opened! Score! And, honestly, you’d be surprised at how many people are selling their brand new box springs on Craigslist. Most of them seem to buy platform beds and no longer need them. Just make sure they come from a smoke and pet free home!

Click on the photos below give for some more details, but basically all we did was:

  • Screw Heavy Duty Top Plates to each of the box spring’s corners. *We have a split box spring so we used eight of these.*
  • Twist the Legs into the plates. *Make sure you use sturdy legs that can hold weight. The ones we used can hold 200 lbs. each.*
  • Put your bed on top!

*If you have a King sized bed, you consider getting a block of wood to place in between the center of the two box springs to support the middle section of the bed.*

Since we were kind of rushing when we put this together, I didn’t paint or stain the legs. At the moment, it doesn’t bother me that they are unfinished, but I’ll probably paint them down the road.

In the end, it cost us around $110 to do this project and about 30 minutes from start to finish. I’m in love with it and can’t wait till Blair is home from the field to be able to enjoy it too! Until then, I’m sure I’ll try to take up the entire king size bed – if that is even possible!

The next To Do on the bed is to cover the box springs with fabric so they can’t be seen! I’m using canvas drop cloths, so stay tuned for that post!

Lauren

P.S. Check out Pretty Pegs for cute furniture legs too! They are a little bit expensive for my taste, but definitely gave me some ideas for what I could do to our’s later on!

Part 1 – Redoing our Bedroom!

King Size Bed.

That’s where it all began. A Living Social deal too good to pass up came our way and we jumped on top of it. A memory foam mattress – king size- for $394? SCORE! And since then my mind has just been filled with endless ideas to make our bedroom some place we both truly love to be in!

Enter the inspiration – a platform bed inspired by Pottery Barn’s Teen Hampton Planked Platform Bed. When originally looking for ideas, I found this bed on the wonderful blog Crab & Fish and fell in love! And once I realized that the amazing Ana White had actually written up FREE in-depth plans for the bed, I knew Blair and I were in for a full on bedroom makeover!

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Below are some additional things I’ve gotten and done already in anticipation of the arrival of our mattress and making the platform bed.The bedroom makeover probably could have come at a better time, especially considering finals and block leave are coming up within the next week… But hey, a little procrastination never hurts!

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Already Home Depot, Big Lots and The Dollar Store have helped me spruce up our bedroom so much!

And the costs so far for our bedroom makeover have been:

  • Redoing the nesting tables: $20.21 not including our Home Depot Military Discount (which, by the way, is 10% off)
  • Curtains and Curtain Rods: $15
  • DIY Bedside Flowers and Accent Pillows: $$3.50
  • King Size Comforter: $70 from Big Lots
  • Spruced up Frame: $3.70 for the spray paint
  • King Size Memory Foam Mattress: $394
  • Platform Bed: TBA – thinking $100 or less!

Grand total including the platform bed project: $602.91

Not too bad in my books! Check out the beautiful DIY Bedside Flowers I’ve already done and stay tuned for updates on this little adventure!

Lauren

DIY Bedside Flowers

Fresh Flowers.

There is nothing quite like getting beautiful fresh flowers. And then again, there is nothing quite like the smell and mess dead flowers make. So to be able to have them for a long time, I made a bedside flower arrangement to wake up to and enjoy!

If you’re a crafty girl like me, this project will only cost you about a dollar. The only thing I bought were the fake flowers from The Dollar Store – everything else I had on hand! Find the steps under the photo below!flowerdiy3

What You’ll Need:

  1. A Container *I used an old silver gravy boat I had hiding in a storage closet.
  2. Fake Flowers *I only needed one bunch! I found mine at The Dollar Store. Most of them are cheesy… but dig around! There are some good ones in there!
  3. Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  4. Wire Cutters *Way easier to cut the flowers this way!

What You Need to Do:

  • Prep your flowers by cutting them out of the bunch – make sure to leave the stems!
  • Bend and play with the flowers to get how you want them to look in the container. *This may take a while to get perfect – don’t worry! Once you like it, take a picture so you can duplicate it in the next step!
  • Take your hot glue, cover the stem of the flower and connect it to the container. Repeat this for the rest of the flowers. *Great thing about hot glue is that it’s super easy to pull up if you don’t like a flower’s placement!

And that’s it! Super easy, cheap and cute project to spruce up your bedside table!

Lauren

DIY: Chic Jewelry Holder out of a Old Window Frame!

My New Jewelry Holder.

Here it is! I love it and it covers up the breaker switch box!

Here it is! I love it and it covers up the breaker switch box!

A couple of weeks ago when Blair and I were organizing our apartment, he broke the news to me about a newfound addiction of mine.

Apparently I have a lot of costume jewelry… and keeping it in a brown cardboard box was no longer appropriate.

So being the awesome man and husband he is, he decided to help me out on creating a totally adorable and chic jewelry holder made out of an old window frame!

Using an old window frame we had on hand (Thank you, Black family!), an old pillow case with a rad print and some newly purchased chicken wire from Home Depot, we both finished this project with a huge smile on both of our faces. We LOVED the finished product!

So I want to share it with all of you! The steps are below in a new photo format I’m trying out! *Fingers Crossed* Just click on the first photo on the left to get started!

Enjoy and happy crafting!

Lauren

Steam Cleaning: The Only Way to Clean a Fridge

The Fridge.

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I purposely made this photo smaller… Not only does the dirty spot gross me out, but it’s also just straight up embarrassing!

It was nasty. Something spilled and it was a terrible sticky mess to clean up. At first, I scrubbed with a sponge to get the residue picked up, but after having no success at doing so I pulled out my handy dandy Steamer.

Honestly, I wouldn’t be posting this for people to see unless I really truly believed in Steam Cleaning. It works wonders while sanitizing and I’m not too sure why it didn’t click until now to use it on and in my fridge. After all, I use it on everything else in the kitchen, bathroom and practically the whole rest of the apartment… I even use a Shark Steam Mop on our floors!

Anywho, the first thing you’ll need is a reliable steamer. I use a Scunci Steamer and I love it, but there are plenty of others on the market for less. Just make sure to read the ratings before you invest in one!

Some other supplies you’ll want are:

  • Old rag *Used to pick up the residue
  • Spray bottle filled with equal parts vinegar and warm water
  • Couple of clean rags *Used to wipe the vinegar & water cleaning solution up
  • Glad Press’n Seal *Optional – used to line any flat solid shelves for quick and easy clean-ups in the future!

Now, Let’s get started:

  1. Get your steamer filled with water and warming up.
  2. While the steamer is warming up, clear your fridge and get rid of any bad food.
  3. Remove any shelves and drawers that you are able to. *You essentially want a blank slate so you can get into every nook and cranny.
  4. Get to steaming! Steam any spills or touch residue first and wipe up with your old rag then get into the tight spots!

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    Reason 1,687,392,735,084 why you need to steam clean. This is nasty and it totally brought out the OCD in me. We rent our apartment so I can only imagine what this fridge has been through…

  5. Once most of the loose residue is steamed and picked up, spray your cleaning solution all around and let it sit for a minute. Wipe up with your clean rags.
  6. Since I had a solid shelf, I lined the top of it with Glad Press’n Seal to help quickly clean up spills in the future.

And you are done!

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Nice clean fridge! P.S. Glad Press’n Seal is shown in the bottom right photo!

 

Now that I’ve cleaned my fridge this way I can’t imagine doing it any other way. This is a must do for anyone! It makes cleaning the fridge no longer a hassle, but rather quite therapeutic – now, I don’t know about everyone else, but that’s my type of cleaning!

Lauren

DIY Entry Table

The Entryway.

entrypostWhether you have a huge house or a small apartment, the entryway is what first makes it feel like home. So shortly after moving up North, it was our entryway that I got started working on ASAP.

At the time we didn’t have a single piece of furniture in the apartment and it was going to be over two weeks until we were, so you can say that it was this project that kept me sane! Being quick, easy and beyond budget friendly, this entry table still makes me smile when I stop and look at it. It is the perfect lil’ something that finishes the entry!

For this DIY, you’ll need:

  • 2 brakets – The ones I bought were $5 each and came with two wall screws and two top securing screws.
  • Piece of wood – I bought mine at Home Depot for only $4.01 from their “Cull Lumber” selection. Great buy and they will cut it for free!
  • Electric screwdriver – When I did this, we didn’t have ours up here so I used a good ole old-fashioned one. It worked perfectly, just took a little longer.
  • Measuring tape and pencil
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1. Screw the brakets into the wall – I measured 30 inches from the floor to the ceiling and marked the section lightly with a pencil. *Spacing between the brackets depends on how large of an entry table you are making. 
2. Center the precut piece of wood on top of the brakets.
3. Screw the tops of the brakets into the piece of wood to secure it.
4. Decorate! Make sure you have contrasting heights, knick knacks and a photo. This makes it even more personable and feeling like home.

Using our military discount at Home Depot (it’s 10% off), I was able to make this for less than $15. Not only was it budget friendly, but it also adds a unique touch to our entryway!

And, yes, we do keep a baseball bat by the front door… We’re old souls like that. 🙂

Lauren

A Nevada Sunrise Breakfast

Breakfast.

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Blair and I both love breakfast. Give us some pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs and sausage and we are set for the day. But after a fun night out with some friends, we woke up Saturday morning not in the mood to hang out by the stove flipping pancakes.

Insert: baked potatoes, eggs, bell peppers, tomatoes and some cheese. And Bam! – these things made the delicious breakfast dish we decided to name the “Nevada Sunrise”. Influenced by the recipe for an “Idaho Sunrise”, our version comes with different toppings than what is traditionally called for. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not too sure I’ll ever make the traditional recipe now that I’ve had ours. This bundle of breakfast goodness is the equivalent of home fries and a fried egg all in one. Make a couple extra potatoes on a baked potato night and you’ll be ready to go the next morning for a delicious and fast breakfast.

You’ll need:

  • Baked potatoes
  • 1 Red and Green bell peppers (chopped up)
  • 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 red onion (sliced)
  • Eggs (1 per potato)
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • Butter (1 tablespoon per potato)
  • Dried Parsley
  • Tabasco *optional, but you’re crazy if you don’t put it on. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do with Tabasco. I love it!
  • Spicy breakfast sausage if you’d like!

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  1. Create a baked potato “boat” – cut out a semi-circular section and hollow the inside enough for you to place the egg and fillings inside
  2. Start frying up the the chopped red and green bell peppers, halved grape tomatoes and sliced red onion till soft
  3. Place a tablespoon of butter on the bottom of each potato bowl
  4. Crack 1 egg on top of the butter (I wouldn’t break the yolk) and season to your liking
  5. Top the egg with the rest of the fillings
  6. Sprinkle cheese and dried parsley on top
  7. Cook for 15-20 minutes at 350°

Simple, fast and delicious. Sounds like the perfect breakfast to me… and, trust me, it was!

Lauren