Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Dog Gate from a Bench - A Tutorial

A week ago I got sick of our temporary gate that we keep at the bottom of our stairs for our cocker spaniel (similar one here). We wanted a gate there to keep her from going into our daughters room and finding those tiny Barbie shoes and what-not and chewing them to pieces.  We are nervous that one day she just might swallow one of those bad boys. 

Every time that I go upstairs, I have to climb over it because I don't feel like removing it and latching it back.  It has become an Olympic sport, climbing over that gate with a basket full of laundry and not falling over it and breaking my neck.

So, we took a trip to Lowe's and purchased some wood to get started.  But when we came home, I decided to clean out the attic and realized that I had this bench that I wanted to get rid of.  Well duh...I could use the wood from our bench and save a few bucks on materials! 

G took some measurements and he gave me the nod that means my bright idea would work. 

We removed the top of the bench and used the remaining parts to construct our gate.

Parts (1 & 4) were used for the main pieces to the gate and parts (2 & 3) closed the gaps to each side of the gate.  We cut parts (2 & 3) in half to use on both sides of the main pieces as you will see below.

We screwed the pieces together using 3" screws and filled with wood glue.  Once the gate was constructed, we gave it a good sanding and primed and painted it using Rust-Oleum's gloss white spray paint.

We fastened the two main parts of the gate with simple hinges that we also spray painted using Rust-Oleum's flat black paint, which gave the hardware a nice matte finish. The remaining hinges were fastened into the wall (in a stud of course) and to the front side of the gate.


Pretty simple and it serves it's purpose.  Here's Bella below hanging out by the gate...just waiting for someone to leave it open so she can get to those Barbie shoes, lol!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mastermind - A Makeover

It's been pretty quiet on the HMH homefront...on the blog anyway, because it certainly isn't in our house!  Sorry about the silence, but we've been planning our next big project.  We've decided our next project will be our master bedroom makeover.

All of the bedrooms in our house are pretty much untouched.  Of course they look somewhat styled, but not exactly what the end result (in my head anyway) will be.

Our master is on the first floor and right off of the living room, so it is visible at all times.  I want to give it that real master bedroom feel.  Right now the only reason you would think it's the master is because it has a walk-in closet and attached bath, but other than that nothing screams "this is where the magic happens!"  Well that's all about to change!

I've had a vision in my head for quite some time, but I thought it would be best to put it on "paper" for the sake of "G" (that's what we'll call him).  We can't seem to get it together when planning a project, because he has one thought and I have another.  Me putting it on paper, puts it in stone!

The focal point of the space will be the built-in fireplace and cabinets.  We plan to use Pax cabinets from Ikea like these from House*Tweaking  and the fireplace will look similar to this.  I've started a board over on Pinterest if you want to follow along as I create this masterpiece on paper and save a few bucks to actually get started.

Master Bedroom List of Things:
  • West Elm Organic Chevron Duvet Set
  • (2) Pax Wardrobes
  • Lighting above Wardrobes
  • Hardware for Wardrobes
  • Pillows
  • Paint
  • Curtains
  • Art/D├ęcor
  • Refinish/Purchase new bed frame and hardware
  • Accessories
  • Replace carpet and install hardwoods (this will happen much later in the makeover)

Hopefully we will be revealing a new and improved master bedroom, sooner rather than later.  But for now we will be sharing bits and pieces of the makeover as we go.

What room in your house needs a makeover or revamp?

Don't forget that HMH now offers e-Designs and Mood Boards.  We are currently offering 50% off of any service until the end of February.  So book your consultation today.