Hide yo trash.

Remember when I was all… Hey! J is going to make this awessommmeee thing that hides our ugly trash cans! Because it looked all like this:

Screen Marking_HouseofGoldAnd so he did manly things and then there was this:

Yard Screen Lattice_HouseofGoldAnd then I said… we just have to finish trimming it out and then paint it! Woo! Yay! Exclamation mark! And then that was FOUR MONTHS AGO?

Well. J trimmed it out about two months ago. But then it sat some more. Oh but then I planted this little daisy thing that is supposed to grow big and strong and become the President one day. And then I painted 1/4 of it before we had to go somewhere for the day. (Probably the beach.) And then I went to HAVEN and met new people and got overwhelmed and then danced and it was okay?

Well. Then we came home from the ATL and Mom didn’t even say anything about it. But she did this.

Yard Screen Again_HouseofGold Yard Screen Detail_HouseofGold Yard Screen Complete_HouseofGoldBut then I got sad again because we are still lacking in the whole “grass” thing, so I photoshopped some in. And now it’s finished.

Yard Screen with Grass_HouseofGoldLet’s just check that one off as “forever done.” I hope.

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A Home for An Egg.

If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed some talk of an investment we made last December. I got a bonus at work, and decided that this bonus would go straight into an investment for my future. You see, my gift was purely selfish. I gave J a Big Green Egg. That I could eat things off of. And he’s perfectly content to cook on it almost every day, especially now that we bought a giant deck to put it on. We planned a spot specifically for the egg. See?

Final Deck Plan_HouseofGoldBGE’s are crazy things. They are basically like little grill-ovens that weigh about 4,000 pounds. J had me, at one point, helping him carry this egg around the yard to prep for the deck. He is loco. I am loco for saying yes. (It took 4 of the deck mens to carry that up the stairs, btw.) Regardless, there are all kinds of attachments and funny things that you can buy for the egg. Of course. You can buy a rolling metal stand thing like this (an egg, if you will):

Or you can build a table. Like a man. J got together with his buddy, who also received an egg, and while it snowed (in February), they built their tables together. (Man-bonding, is what you call that.) I think they found the plans somewhere online, and modified a bit to suit their desires. Table Build_HouseofGoldThe egg “nests” in the table, right in this little hole:Egg Hole_HouseofGold

*At the time, we didn’t have a router. But now we do. This would have been a good project for a router.

But, you see, the table was pressure-treated wood, and needed some finishing touches. And it got a little burned. You can kinda see it here, as it is doing its magical thing. #AMERICA.Chiefing_HouseofGold

Ergo, the table needed some kind of sealer. We had a ton of leftover sealer-paint from the window boxes and shutters, so J decided to just use that. So he took last Sunday morning and slapped some paint on the table. (The egg is sad, looking at its empty nest. It’s an empry-nester.)Egg Stained_HouseofGold

Bada-bam-bada-bing, it’s done.Egg Nest Complete_HouseofGold

So, as I mentioned, the Egg has a multitude of attachments and accessories. Here are a few of J’s favorites. (Affiliate links, coming at you!)

J has a tendency to burn himself. On just about anything. So this guy helps out with that.

He uses this guy every single time, to start up the charcoals.

He also uses a similar thermometer to this guy, to make sure everything is A-Okay.

Dad got J this cookbook for his birthday. I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with anything in here. ESPECIALLY the bacon-avocado-salsa. It will change your life.

This guy is next on the “to-buy” list. Burgers can get pretty greasy and it’s just not good to have grease on your shirt.

The story of a new door.

Noooow this here’s a story all about how I…  watched other people install a door. And how I slept through the majority of it also. NAPS, people. We showed you the original back door guy when the deck happened. And we also told you that it would be replaced. I loved the style of it (you know, character and all), but it definitely didn’t seal out any of the weather, it had some pre-holes from where our Carpenter-Bee friends bored in, and it basically just reached the end of its useful life. So Dad and J came back from Home Depot one afternoon with a door. They said they were going to install it “real quick”. Before people came over to watch the World Cup. RIGHT. #onenationoneteam

Back Door_HouseofGoldThey popped the old door off real quick, and then started to remove the trim. This required many people. J, to make sure Dad didn’t fall. Mom, to hand Dad some refreshments. And myself, to take photos. Phew. That’s some hard work. Trim Removal_HouseofGold

So with old houses, things get pretty gross. See? Removal_HouseofGoldYears of dirt hanging out inside our house. Door to Ground_HouseofGoldThey then cut a new threshold out of a leftover piece of 1×12 from the deck man. (Pressure treated and such.) They had to notch out the edges and cut one side at an angle, and basically did this step perfectly.

Threshold_HouseofGoldThen they dry-fit the new door. Just to make sure. Door in Place_HouseofGoldThen I fell asleep. Like Rusty, the Narcoleptic Dog. never_get_tired_of_rusty_the_narcoleptic_dog-5473When I woke up, they were still at it. They needed lots of shims and wiggling and long screws. BTW, most of the screws stripped. Entonces, I have no progress shots. But basically, it was soccer time, the door wasn’t exactly correct, and, well… it at least closed with the deadbolt. So we left it at that.

BTW, we bought a new knob/ deadbolt set a few weeks prior from Amazon. (It matches our front door knob, and we can re-key it ourselves to match the front!) Affiliate link here: Kwikset Juno Entry Knob and Deadbolt Combo Pack featuring SmartKey in Venetian Bronze

Later in the week, Mom and Dad came back and re-jiggered it, so now it works. Then Mom sealed everything up with caulk and trim. And viola! A door! Back Door Complete_HouseofGold

Lennon thinks it’s particularly fun.     Lennon Door_HouseofGold

Anthropologie Knock-Off Magnets

This is a story that began a long time ago. Perhaps four years ago. One of my bff’s bought me these awesome magnets… maybe for a bridesmaid gift? I don’t remember, exactly. (Megan, verify?!) Of course I loved them, because they sparkled and had glitter and all that goodness. Being the kind of person that has a hard time buying a $5 marker, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around buying more. And yet, I felt the need in my heart for more. You know, like people do.

DIY Anthro Magnets_HouseofGold Fast forward to almost-two years ago to the morning of my wedding, when Aunt Amy showed up and gifted me with Grandma’s jewelry box. Mind you, Grandma passed away in 2000, some 12ish years earlier. Aunt Amy was holding on to these treats that entire time. Which means she’s awesome. In this glorious box of jewels, I found treasures galore! Rings! Necklaces! Earrings! The only problem with these earrings is that they were all clip-ons.

DO YOU SEE WHERE I AM GOING WITH THIS?!?

Clip-on earrings >>>> Anthropologie knock-off magnets. Sorry if I just blew your mind for a second. I’ll give it some time to recover.

cookie_monster_waiting Okay. Now that you’ve recovered, I’m going to blow your mind again by telling you that this project took around 15 minutes, start to finish. (Again, I’ll wait for you to recover.)Cookie Monster Waiting_2

First and longest step? Heat up the glue gun.

Now, gather fun earrings. (Actually, that sparkly one on the top right is a shoe clip. Those work, too. Or you could even use a brooch.)Earrings_HouseofGoldThen, remove any of the clips from the clip-on thingamajig.Clip on to Magnet_HouseofGold

Take a magnet. (Here’s an affiliate link for you: BYKES 10 Neodymium Magnets Strong Magnets Refrigerator Magnets Super Strong Rare Earth Magnets 1/2 x 1/4 x 1/8 inch Ring N48 )Magnets_HouseofGold

Glue magnet to the back.Magnet On_HouseofGold

Let it set up.

DONE!!Anthro Magnet Finished_HouseofGoldMagnets Complete_HouseofGold

Curious to know which ones were Anthropologie, and which ones I made? I made the top ones. The bottom row is all anthro. Yay.DIY Anthro Magnets_HouseofGoldLinking up with Upcycled Treasures! Burlap and Babies! Thrifty Decor Chick!