Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I have been waiting for almost 2 months now for my dining table to arrive.
I was gone for two weeks and when the delivery company called to deliver it and said the next delivery out my way would be another 4 weeks, I asked my good friend Michelle if she would meet them there.
Thank goodness for friends!

I came home late Monday night, and went straight into the dining room, and....

Industrial Grand Dining Table

LOVE the wood grains, and filled in spots with wood!

Notice my West Elm Honeycomb vase??

Look at those legs...

I also bought this rug awhile ago too, but had to wait for the dining table.
It was like coming home to a makeover!

Thanks Michelle!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mixed emotions

Even though I am glad to be back home, we sit here with a heavy heart.
I always understood why the bible calls death an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26), its not natural, but I never fully comprehended the meaning enemy.
I hate death.

I am not one to post about many personal or family stuff, so I will leave it at that.

On a MUCH lighter note:
When I returned home I found this email waiting for me:

Tarra has left a new comment on your post "Life": 

I saw your blog post featured on apartment therapy! 

So I went to apartment therapys website and found this:
Apartment Therapy

WOW! What an honor.

We have had such an amazing response to our countertops, its crazy!

Thank you everyone for your interest in our countertops. I will try to respond to each of you as soon as I can!


Saturday, August 20, 2011


Life doesnt stop for you to catch your breath.

I will be back as soon as I can.  

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


 So we had so many emails asking how we did our countertops. Mainly how we my husband, finished the edges. We also have some tips on how to make them even stronger than we did.
Although ours are super strong, we did have a couple cracks that could have been avoided. But dont worry if you do get cracks, concrete ALWAYS cracks. Mainly around the sink, or by a joint.

So we started with the countertops as is. We lightly sanded the tile first.
Than my husband built forms around the bottom of the counter tops. Underneath he attached it so it would stick out about an inch, and then another board attached to that on the face of the counter top so there would be an inch gap from the face to the board. Thats where all the concrete would sink in and sit.
Spray the inside of the boards with WD40, so when your concrete is setup it is easy to remove the boards.

There is a gap between the face of the countertop and the board. We taped the top so the concrete would have a straight line.

Also the boards are only an inch high around the whole countertop.

So heres a tip: put down metal lathe, and curve around edges. This will give you that much more grip on the concrete.

So we poured.

It mainly levels itself out, and dries quickly. So make ure you take the boards off before they are too, dry but dry enough the front wont fall off when you take off the boards.

Then remove the boards and smooth it out with a trowel, and this will give you this look that we were going for with the concrete.

Then we used a concrete sealer to coat it with. you will get teeny bubbles from the air in the concrete coming out, so makes sure you stand with a toothpick ready to attack. Once they pop, they level out and you cant even see them. Once dry, wait about a week, and do another coat.

This is the finished product. We love the way they turned out!
I do have to say, if you can take out the tile, do it! It is always better to have it thicker.

Hope this helped...
Please let me know if you have any more questions and I will try my best to answer them.


Friday, August 5, 2011


WOW!! Thank you so much!
I had so many responses to our kitchen remodel after being featured on REMODELAHOILIC
I decided to answer all the questions I got...but I cant do it till Monday!
This is the last weekend before school starts (seriously...who starts school in the middle of August, ridiculous!!) so we are hitting the mountains for some camping.


I will get back to all of you by posting all your questions and all my answers. So check it out Monday, and have a nice weekend.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I am so excited!!
Today Design Stocker is being featured over at REMODELAHOLIC for our kitchen makeover.
Make sure to go check it out!

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