I’m doing a bit of redecorating after renewing my lease for another year. When I first downsized to this teeeeeeeny tiny studio apartment, I spent almost all my efforts just buying the basics. I had to sell all my furniture before the move because none of it would fit in my new apartment. Sadly, though, after a year, I haven’t added anything to my living room. Its blah-ness was getting to me for months, but we didn’t know if we were going to stay so I didn’t know if I wanted to invest. But, now that we are…I’m all in for adding some life to this room.
Yes, ya’ll! I am still sewing! I promise! It’s been a crazy few months and I haven’t been posting it as much, but I’m definitely still hitting it hard at the machine. I was recently making a dress where I needed to resize the pattern, so I thought I’d take some photos and show you guys how I do it. This ensures an absolutely perfect fit every single time! Best of all, after you learn the basic technique it’s easy to apply to every single pattern you sew!
There is nothing worse than finding a tutorial where all the photos looks totally cute then trying to make it yourself only finding that the instructions totally suck and it’s impossible to finish. I won’t name names, but you know you’ve been there.
C-tables are all the rage in home design lately. And, for my uber small 540 square foot studio apartment, it’s space saving capabilities are exactly what I need. I love how they can tuck under the sides of the sofa on either side for a coffee and my iPad or swing it around front for a laptop stand. It’s practical and perfect in every way for me…except for the price. I scoured the market for a stylish c-table that fit my budget and was left empty handed, until…I spotted this beaute.
This little stunner is the Pipe Side Table from West Elm. I love it’s rustic quality mixing hard galvanized metals and a beautiful warm wood. But, it’s also $179. Umm…no! But, if you look ever so closely, you’ll notice it’s simply made from some galvanized piping. Hey, I’ve seen that at Lowe’s before.
So, I hit up my Lowe’s and got all my materials. Depending on the size of the finished piece, there are tons of different options for your table. I ended up with the following:
2 24” pipes for the height
2 8” pipes for the width
2 18” pipes for the bottom depth
2 10” pipes for the top depth
8 90* pipe connectors
1 package of pipe straps
1 12”x24”x1” piece of wood that I had them cut down to 12”x15”x1”
Stain of your choice
And, would you know my entire total came to $60, which includes the splurge on the wood. I sprung for a lovely Red Oak that I knew would be durable, look great in the space, and help un-DIY my DIY. I would normally have gone for a simple ply or MDF if I were painting, but since my inspiration piece had a hard wood top I had to make the investment.
Stay tuned for the followup posts where I show off my new piece…and teach you how you can make your own. This one would have been waaaaay to long with all the photos and a tutorial.