diy window pane mirror.

Recently I was searching the web for some wall decor for our new place once we make our big move. I found an adorable window pane mirror on Target’s website and I knew it was perfect for us. The only problem? The price. This penny pincher was not about to drop $70 on some wall decor. I decided at that moment, in this DIY-world, I could make it on my own…for a lot cheaper.

The next day, I mosied on down to my local Habitat for Humanity Restore, where they sell used and donated household items such as doors, cabinets, furniture, and you guessed it…window panes. So I bought one for $3. The paint was chipping off and was uneven and needed some work. The glass in the frames had dried paint and nasty film over them. It needed an upgrade. But I left a happy customer, nonetheless.window pane mirror

The first step was sanding the frame down to an even base coat. This could have been done by hand, but we used an electric sander to get the job done quicker. Then my husband knocked out the glass frames using a hammer and made sure no extra pieces were stuck sticking out. After this, we applied 2 or 3 coats of spray paint. because I wanted it to be a pop of color in our apartment, we chose the color ‘jade’. It also happened to match material I bought to make curtains with. Double win. Once the paint dried, I took it to a local glass and mirror shop and they cut pieces of mirror to fit in the slots.

Now we have our completed project and couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. After buying the frame, spray paint, and mirrors we still saved over $40. It really didn’t take a lot of time or effort either.

 

I cannot wait to hang it in our new place soon!! Do you have any cool make-over projects? I’d love to see them!

The Leachman’s are MOVING.

It’s a bittersweet feeling…moving.

I hate to leave the town we’ve called home for the past few years, but I know great opportunity awaits us in a bigger city. My husband was offered and accepted a position in Louisville, KY. We will be moving in less than three weeks. That is not a lot of time to say our goodbyes! I’m excited for this new chapter in our lives, but I am nervous due to the fact that I have to look for a new job now and that’s not a fun task.

Top ten things I will miss about our current town:

  1. Our friends. We have some really awesome friends – some from college, church, and other involvement – but we love them all and are very blessed to call them friends.
  2. Our church. We have an amazing church family and are really involved there. I know we will find one in Louisville we love, but it will be hard to leave this one.
  3. Youth group. My husband and I help lead the high school youth group at our church. We are going to miss doing it and the kids very, very much. They are a true blessing to us.
  4. My job. I have the greatest co-workers and job a girl could ask for. I was so fortunate to get this job right out of college and it has provided great experiences, friendships, and memories.
  5. Our college. We both graduated from WKU and we love going to sporting events (football and basketball, especially) and other activities at the university. We will miss being so close, but will cheer on our Tops from afar.
  6. The community. BG is the perfect sized town to settle down and start a family. It’s not too big, but not too small. It just didn’t have the opportunity my husband wanted. It is a great community, though and we will miss it.
  7. Our apartment. It’s small and we know that, but we loved our cozy place and our landlords. We also had a park across the street that had tennis quarts, baseball fields, and basketball courts. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks.
  8. Location. We are less than an hour from Nashville, TN, which is a really fun town that we love to visit regularly. We will miss being so close to it.
  9. Gasper River. There’s an awesome river not too far from our apartment that my husband and I love to kayak down. It even has some white water. It’s so relaxing and such beautiful scenery. We will probably come visit just so we can do that run on occasion. I know he will miss it a bunch.
  10. Knowing my way around. Although this one isn’t specific to this city, it is one of the biggest ones I will miss. I  am terrible with directions; I suck at learning where things are and how to get around. So it’s been nice to know those things after living here for almost 6 years. Now I have to start all over.

I am; however, looking forward to an apartment complex that only allows renters to have cats as pets. No dogs allowed. That sounds mean. Don’t get me wrong; I love dogs. I want to have one when we have a house. Yeah…a house. I’m not putting down those that have a dog in an apartment, because some dogs don’t bark, but for the love of Pete people, if it yaps 24/7 that’s just not fair to your neighbors. And by neighbors I mean practically living in the same home, because the walls are paper-thin. In the two years my husband and I have lived in our apartment, we have had 3 different people live under us. All three have been single girls with yippidy yappidy dogs. Thank goodness for peace and quiet when a girl’s trying to get some sleep.

A little bigger place, means we need a few more things, so stay tuned for posts on projects we will be working on over the next few weeks. Can’t wait to share!

All in all, we are very excited for this new chapter in our lives, but we know it will be hard to leave this place.

Thank you BG, for all the great memories you have given us!

Homemade Bubbles.

I’m still recovering from a weekend of too much food, lots of family and not enough sleep. I’ll get there eventually though.

The weather ended up being pretty nice over the weekend, so on Saturday we made homemade bubbles with the nieces and nephews. It turned out to be a lot of fun. I think the adults may have even had more fun with them then the kids. But how could you not have fun making bubbles the size of people?

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DSC_0307To Make Bubble Mixture:

  • 4 Tbsp dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy is best)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp glycerin

Mix all ingredients in a 9×13 pan.

To Make Bubble Making Wands: 

  • string
  • two plastic straws

Loop the string through the two straws and tie it together. Place the straws at opposite ends from each other. This is a great outdoor activity that will keep kids (and some adults) entertained for an afternoon.

Happy Easter!

From The Leachmans

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