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When we were planning on our kitchen remodel, we made the decision that our dining room will no longer be a ‘play room’. We wanted a nice place to enjoy meals with our family & friends. We have been searching for a ‘rustic’ farmhouse wooden dining room table for quite some time. After endless hours of searching online & in stores, I decided that spending $1,000+ on a table was not an option.

I consider myself pretty creative. My grandfather was a carpenter and loved building furniture. He was also a photographer. My parents say I take after him. I agree that I must have the creative genes from him!

While searching online for DIY wooden table plans, I came across Ana White’s website. Holy Moly! This chic can build anything and EVERYTHING! She has a ton of dining room table plans. I finally decided on the rustic Fancy X Farmhouse Table, and I was immediately in love. When I showed my husband the plan, he laughed out loud. Literally. He said “Good luck with that”. My parents and my sisters also looked at me with cross-eyes like I was insane.

I was kind of discouraged and very intimidated at first. But, once our kitchen was finished, I had a vision and I ran with it. Ana’s plan is designed for an 8 foot long table, and while I wish we could have that long of a table we just don’t have enough space, so we had to revised the plans to make it a 6 foot table.

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I asked for a Kreg Jig for Mother’s Day, and I invested in a 10″ miter saw, and an 2″ nail Air Gun. By the way, this place is great for cheap power tools!

Another new favorite DIY blog, Shanty 2 Chic, built the same Fancy X Farmhosue Table from Ana White’s Plan. These girls are also amazing and SO inspiring! I have since build 3 pieces of furniture from their website and can’t wait to do more!

A few weeks later, I realized how popular this DIY table really is, as another one of my favorite DIY home bloggers, Jenna Sue, built the exact Fancy X Farmhouse Table from Ana-White’s plans. She actually modified the plan to make it a huge 9 foot table! It turned out gorgeous!

So, we got started. I went to Lowes with my sisters to buy the lumber. At first, the plan was very confusing and intimidating. It took us awhile to figure out my new tools. We messed up. A lot. Angle cuts are tricky. We got frustrated. I almost threw in the towel several times. The bottom part is totally modified because we screwed up. But, you know what? That’s what makes it unique.

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This is probably one of the hardest projects a beginner could try. But, we did it. My husband jumped in and got super into it. We built this together. M helped us build it. She would bring us pieces of wood, or screws when we asked.

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It took us 3 weekends to get it done. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

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I have more pictures to post, but I don’t want to spoil the dining room, as it will be part of the Kitchen Reveal Post, coming very soon, I promise!

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  • Donna Maukonen - Beautiful table! I found the plans on ana-white.com and was looking for someone who made a 6 foot version. I actually like the look of the table better with the 4 smaller supports that you use. Thanks for posting and giving me the inspiration I need!

As I am going through everything getting ready to post our kitchen reveal, I figured I might as well post the design we started from.
WE knew we wanted an Ikea kitchen. We did months worth of research, and decided to hire a kitchen designer to help us out because order an entire kitchen from Ikea is pretty tricky.

We ended up using a company online that I would NEVER RECOMMEND. I will be putting together more details about that in another post. Here is a couple of the final design images. Please keep in mind these are not the final designs. A lot was moved around and tweaked before we placed our order.

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So, in an effort to keep it real here on the blog I am going to post some photos that I would have NEVER EVER posted before in my life. The past few months we have been living in complete chaos. Let’s just say that these were taken after we completely gave up on keeping an orderly kitchen, because we knew everything was going to be ripped-apart-twisted-and-flipped-upside-down.

So, here are THE BEFORE pictures. Our kitchen has been done for about two weeks now, and we still are working on little things but the most important part is that it is FUNCTIONAL! We are so in love with our new kitchen, and I cannot wait to share it here on the blog! Stay tuned that post is coming soon!

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Now offering another new line my the ETSY SHOP! I created these graduation class of 2014 items a few nights ago. What do you think?
If they look familiar, they are from my Happy new Year 2014 line!

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  • Imen - LyndseyOctober 18, 2012I had several of your diegsns printed at the print shop yesterday and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they have turned out. Needless to say my daughter is very excited about her upcoming rainbow party in December and. I will be sure to forward some pics of how your diegsns featured. T hank you!

Happy Hump Day, Friends! Now that Memorial Day has officially come & gone summer is HERE! I am so excited to share my latest line of 4th of July/Independence Day/American Flag/USA Stickers, Invitations, Printables, Cupcake Toppers, etc!
Please don’t hesitate to ask if you are seeking a custom item that you do not see listed. I love creating custom orders!

I LOVE the way these turned out! 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays!

As always, you can purchase any of the items in the ETSY SHOP. Please contact me through my website contact form if you have any questions!

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I am so happy to report that our remodel is ALMOST complete. It has seriously been three weeks from hell. We have been living off of fast food, Starbucks, and out of cardboard boxes. I never thought I would ever report that I AM SO SICK OF STARBUCKS!!!!!!! I can’t wait to brew a pot of coffee, and sit in my new kitchen, or cuddle up on the sofa in our new living room!

Everything is pretty much complete except for the finish work. The main thing is that it is completely functioning! Now, we have started the hard work…..washing all of our dishes that were outside covered in ashes from last week’s fires. Don’t even ask why they were outside. Oh wait, yeah, because we didn’t have room for anything inside while our flooring was being replaced and our garage was full of our new kitchen.

Let’s start a few weeks ago:

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And if you follow me on Instagram, you saw this one:
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And here’s the completely gutted kitchen:
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That’s all for today. Stay tuned!

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Last week was pretty Chaotic here in San Diego! Our home was in between two large fires, the Carlsbad Poinsettia Fire, and the San Marcos Cocos Fire. The weather here was crazy, about 105 degrees — and very windy!

M’s daycare got evacuated on on Wednesday afternoon, and we also voluntarily evacuated Wednesday evening.

By Thursday evening we were back home, but it was one of the most stressful nights we’ve had in a long time!

You are truly never ready to evacuate, but let me tell you —-you are truly not ready to evacuate during a remodel! We seriously couldn’t find things. Our downstairs is a complete disaster while construction is finishing, and everything is thrown upstairs and is definitely not organized.

I have some serious organizing & spring cleaning to do once this remodel is finished.

 
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Hello! I hope all of  you Momma’s had a fantastic Mother’s Day!

WE had a great, very busy weekend with our remodel. I will be posting updates later this week!

But first, I wanted to share some recent projects that I have been working on. If you follow me on Instagram, then i’m sure these all look familiar!

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