Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wine Barrel Water Fountain

Spring has finally sprung!  And it's time to get our outdoor spaces spruced up.  Our back patio is one of my favorite places to veg out and relax especially since adding a new water feature.  There's something about the sound of running water that soothes the soul.  Am I right, friends?!   I searched high and low for a fountain with a natural and earthy look but everything out there was too modern or ornate for my taste.  Then one fateful day I happened upon Biltmore Vineyard's up-cycled wine barrel with easy step-by-step DIY instructions.  It's exactly the rustic vibe I was striving for.  


We strayed slightly from Biltmore Vineyard's instructions - we removed the bottom wine barrel head instead of drilling a hole in it so that we could use the barrel head to make a wine barrel lazy susan!  In order to remove the bottom  pull out the metal rivets and take off the top four hoops using slip-joint pliers and a painter's scraper.  Note: do not remove all the hoops as the head may fall into the barrel… and you'll never get it out!


Then pry apart the wine barrel staves and insert shims freeing the barrel head allowing you to pull it out from the barrel.  Once the head is removed place all the metal hoops and rivets back on the barrel using a hammer.


After finding the perfect spot in the backyard dig a shallow hole for the water feature and place the water reservoir in the ground.  



For this medium sized fountain we used the Total Pond 300 GPH fountain pump from Home Depot.  

Shimmy the pump hose up through the barrel and out the drilled hole in the top of the barrel head.


Fill the water reservoir with good old H2O from a garden hose.


Plug the pump in to get her going and PRESTO - your very own water feature.



Make sure the barrel is level so that the water cascades evenly over the edges.


I love the little extra flare of up-cycling an old wine bottle by drilling a pencil sized hole in the bottom of the bottle and placing it on top of the pump spout.  The wine bottle will fill with water and spill over onto the barrel creating that soothing running water sound.


This project from start to finish took a couple hours of one afternoon.  If you're thinking about adding your own water feature to your outdoor space this Spring be sure to check out these detailed step-by-step instructions.

Happy Spring everyone!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

dining room updates

Happy Spring, friends!  We've been busy bees around here getting ready for the warm season.  I can't wait to share some updates we've made to our back patio.  But first I want to share some updates we've made to the inside of the house.  You may recall that we stripped the dining room wallpaper!  We were pretty nervous about this project since God only knew what condition these 100+ year old walls were in.


The wallpaper was here when we moved in and I honestly liked it.  It was a nice room to host dinner parties with friends.  But after we had kids it was way too formal for my taste.  This dining room is where our family eats dinner every night so I want it to feel more casual.  Side note: you can only imagine the condition the dining room chairs are in with 3 year old twin boys.  The entire set is in desperate need of a makeover… 


Everyone knows what a pain it is to remove wallpaper.  However, much to our surprise the wallpaper came down with ease and the walls were in pretty good shape!  We started early one a Saturday morning and…. 9 minutes later the dining room was wallpaper free.  Yeah you read that right… 9 MINUTES!  It was a DIY miracle in my opinion.


Here's a peek of the room stripped of the wallpaper.  (p.s. ever notice how my little one is always in pajamas?  We call him PJ boy - the kid loves to be comfy).


What a difference two coats of primer and two coats of Benjamin Moore Carlisle Cream can make.  I love how the natural light bounces off the neutral wall color making the room feel bright and breezy.  This room is now getting closer to the casual everyday vibe I'm striving for.


This weeping fig is also a new addition.  It's NOT artificial so fingers crossed that I don't kill it!




These water colors were a gift from my in-law's that they brought home from Venice, Italy back in 2007.  They were originally in fancy black frames.  I updated them with these rustic Reese Frames from World Market. 



Next up, painting all the trim in the room Bright White (not looking forward to that)... and styling this built in cabinet!!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Wine Barrel Lazy Susan

I've always loved wine barrel lazy susans but never the price tag associated to them.  Some can cost up to 200 bucks!  We purchased a couple of wine barrels from Craig's List last summer for $60 a pop and have used them for a few DIYs around the house.  


We removed the bottom of one wine barrel and originally used it as a table topper on the front porch.  As you can see it's received quite a beating over the past year.  Wine stains (no judgement please), spilled candle wax, sun exposure… it was pretty much falling apart and quickly turned to "trash".  It desperately needed to be brought back to life.


After cleaning the surfaces I applied some wood glue into the seams of each of the wooden planks one at a time and clamped them together until they were dry.


Then a little sanding and a couple coats of clear minwax.


I picked up this turntable at Home Depot for a whopping $4.50 and used MDF to mount the hardware for the lazy susan base (Andy did all the cutting of course).  


Then we attached the hardware to the wine barrel board making sure to use screws that would not break through the front side.







I can't wait to use this for entertaining!

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