diy

Our DIY kitchen Island

I’ve started a monthly column over on Domino where I will be sharing some projects in depth and the first one has been centered around our downstairs kitchen. This week we covered the DIY of our kitchen Island!

Here is another look at the before photo to see where we started.

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Our Family Room Media Cabinet DIY

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked for the DIY instructions on this media cabinet… I would have a lot of nickels. SO here we are in my family room and I am sharing how this came together. The TV cabinet is made up of Ikea media units, my Sarah Sherman Samuel Beaded doors for Semihandmade and some DIY legs for yet another IKEA hack. This one might be my all time favorite though.

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Our Master Bath Tile How-to

I posted this photo on instagram right when the shower trim was installed last year. We were still in the middle of renovating so this was the closest to a finished photo I had to share and I had no idea the response it would get. The tile layout was an experiment, it is something I had never seen done before… an idea I had that I would only dare try out on my own house, so if it was a failure it would only be my own mess to clean up. However, as soon as I posted the photo the questions flooded in, within a month I already saw three other bathroom renovations mimicking the layout on instagram and those are just the people that tagged me. I caught some flack for not explaining how I did it, but the truth is… for the same reason I didn’t feel comfortable trying this out in a clients bathroom for the first time, I didn’t want to share how I did it and be responsible for a slew of bathroom renovations that could go wrong. After a year of living with it and the shower getting daily use, I can now speak to how it has hold up and feel more comfortable sharing the process. I am sure this has been done before, we all know there is pretty much nothing new under the sun, but for me this was new. An original idea that I had to figure out how to execute myself (while leaning heavily on the tile experts I worked with, although this was also a new process to them as well). So here it is…

The best part about this treatment is its’ simplicity. The idea couldn’t be more simple. I used an extra large 1″ grout line going horizontally and skinny 1/8″ grout line going vertically. Another thing I love about this simple idea is that it could be applied in a million different ways to get drastically different results. It can be applied to different colored tiles, different shapes, different grout ratios, different colored grout…(you get the picture)  to create entirely new layouts. There are a few things to consider on installation, you can’t just use any type of grout for this and it might not be applicable in every space or with every tile either ( please follow manufacturers guidelines and listen to your tile installer) but so far it has held up well in ours.

Here is what we did.

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Archie Finally got his Bunk Beds

A year and a half ago we pulled up to #samuelfamilyfixer for the very first time (having bought it sight unseen, it was already ours) and pop pop was there to greet us and record our first tour of the house. I shared it in my IG stories and it still is live in the highlights under  the first “SAMUEL FIXER” if you haven’t seen it yet. Archie, who was 3 at the time, was thrilled that the house was “already builded!” but when it came to checking out the bedrooms he was VERY distraught over the fact that there were no bunk beds (he also didn’t even have a bedroom at the time which I guess didn’t phase him as much). We had told him in LA that maybe in the new house we will build him some bunk beds and that boy does not forget A thing.  Well it took us a few months but we did build him a bedroom and we kept our promise on the bunk beds.

I’ll share more of his bedroom soon but for now here is how we made the bunks. I should preface this by saying we made this up as we went along so I wouldn’t swear by my instructions. Please use them as inspiration and check with a contractor if you are not a well versed DIY-er.

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Our Porch reveal + DIY tile floor

The first and only room we have finished in our #samuelfamilyfixer is our outdoor room because… summer priorities! We all love hanging in this screened in porch and tend to gravitate to it in the mornings for coffee (for rupe), tea (for me) and the kids have currently turned the coffee table into a playdough station. Our favorite thing to do is hang in the evenings when the kids are in bed and watch the fireflies or a summer thunderstorm roll through.

It wasn’t always such a peaceful oasis though. Here is a peek at the before…

BEFORE

Bright red and Christmas green astroturf, not my favorite combination but it didn’t take much to transform it.

First we painted! We used “Caviar” by Sherwin Williams and then I went shopping.

I didn’t have to go far because I found everything (except my tile) on CB2! I already had the scalloped dining table (we used it as our primary dining table at the rental house during renovations) and the malawi chair, which I also used on Bri aka “design love fest’s” patio, so it was really easy to round out the space with the sofa, coffee table and a ton of planters.

I knew from the beginning I was going to use my own tile collection, the tiles I designed for Concrete Collaborative. The work indoor and outdoor and were perfect for this space. Instead of using all 5 of the designs from my sss series (like you may have seen in our Festoon project) I utilized 3 of them to create the pattern.

I sketched the plan out as shown above to scale in adobe illustrator and then counted out the quantities I needed of each so I knew how much to order and how the pattern would work exactly in the space.

Then in a weekend I swapped the green carpet for the beautiful tile in a just a few easy steps.

First you need to start with a level surface. I had to plain down a few areas of the decking to assure the tiles would lay flat. Then you need to clean the surface thoroughly (power washing it ideally). Any debris or dirt may cause the tile to crack. If you’re creating a brand-new patio, build the platform to the exact measurements of the tile so you won’t need to make any cuts to the edge pieces. 

Then plan the layout: Start at the furthest wall and work toward the door. Do a dry run-through, placing one row and one column of tile without adhesive, to minimize unnecessary cuts and avoid ending up with too small of a sliver of tile when you get to the end. 

Stick it all down! Once you have a clear idea of your tile pattern apply a generous bead of  Liquid Nails construction adhesive to the back of the tile and press it firmly into place. Do this for every tile until you reach the outer edges. If needed, trim pieces as necessary with a tile saw.

Finally, seal the tile according to manufacturer recommendations. Furnish the space and just add plants.


Now excuse me I have some summer to enjoy. xo

Sources: Tile by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Concrete Collaborative // Paint color is Caviar by Sherwin Williams // Bistro Chairs // Woven Pouf // Terracotta Incence Holder // Wicker Pendant // scalloped dining table // malawi chair // the sofa // coffee table // planters.

Archie’s Playhouse

modern playhouse // customizing a kit playhouse // sarah sherman samuelJust before Clover arrived, I shared the tour of our family room/Archies playroom that we converted into the new nursery. After stealing away Archie’s playroom we wanted to give him a special place of his own so we  built him a whole damn house! ha Ok it is a tiny house but it is insanely cute and a spot of his own, none the less.

I thought about designing and building my own but with an already too full work load and the baby well on the way, I knew I didn’t have the time so I started looking around for kit playhouses and landed on this one from Wayfair that was the perfect foundation for just a little bit of customization…

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