Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Million Dollar Decorators

Just a quick reminder that the season premiere of Million Dollar Decorators airs tonight at 10!! I have my DVR set to record the series.
I will be there, will you?
~ Desiree ~

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ballard Designs Inspired Patio Table

Summer time has hit Florida!! Time to spruce up the back patio :)
My FREE cable spool has gotten me started on a backyard overhaul. 
Ballard Designs
My cable spool table
The cable spool table
I love all the numbers and words that were already on it.
The design of this table changed about five times through this project.  I was originally going to buy the 1" manila rope that is sold at Home Depot by the foot for 67 cents a foot thinking it would be about 25 feet. 

Well....after waiting about 10 min. for an assistant to come cut it for me, I got tired of waiting and grabbed a bag of the 3/8" x 50' for $8.79 and called it a day. Hoping that it would be enough to wrap the whole table. 
Change #1
As you can see there WAS NOT enough rope. So I grabbed the left over sisal rope that I had left over from my BOTTLES and made it work.
Change #2 
I was thinking about leaving the "spool" part a lighter wood color but I didn't like it after seeing it with the rope on. I stained it all the same color and it looks much better!!
Change #3
no stain
Okay, now for the pictures on how I did it...well the pictures show it all.
Stained the spool with Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut that I got for FREE on my dump trip...lol 
I first folded my remaining sisal rope in half and cut it. That way you will have the same length of rope for the top and bottom.
Starting from the back side, wrap the rope around and just tuck your ends before you start nailing. This is to make sure the rope is placed right. Once it's in the middle nail it in place. I did put nails all around the rope to help hold it all in place.

Lined the the sisal rope up with the manila rope.
 But nails in the WHOLE thing. I had my glass top from the wicker table I had before. Really easy!!
No plant in the far corner.
Placed my big palm in the corner...much better.
I REALLY need to get new cushions!!!
 My caladium elephant ear came back this season.

And I will be doing the back wall the rest of this week. It looks pretty sad right now:((

~ Desiree ~
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Monday, May 23, 2011


I finally finished my shelf and I LOVE it! I want a little more COLOR in my house, and my little shelf has just done that for me.

I have been thinking about what to make with the three middle boards from the pallets I used on my CLOCK. I like the leaning shelves that are EVERYWHERE right now and.....I have an idea!!


HOW it was made

You will need two middle boards from a pallet.
How I got the correct angle for the top was by propping it against the side of an exterior

wall and tracing the angle.

I forgot to take a picture before I painted them, so this an example after I had painted it.

What the color looked like before I dry brushed over it with white and gray.

I had a piece of pine in my stock pile of wood, and cut it in half.

I use thumb tacks ALL the time for the most random things and once again I found a 

use for them.

To place my boards on before I nailed them in place. I'm an "eye ball it" type of gal.

I didn't measure it, if you wanted to just start at the top and measure down

on both boards to your desired shelf height.

Looks good to me:)

I added a pole to the top just because it was scrap wood and I'm thinking if I ever

move my shelf to the living room I'll hang my magazines on it or a linen when I find one.

Cut the pole down to size, mine was 18"

You will now have the holes from the thumb tacks as a marking place for your 

"L" brackets.

~ Desiree ~

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