house post alert: why this house? no really. why?

anytime i’m posting about the house, i’m gonna just put that in the title. and then put it in a category too. i’m planning on giving the blog link to family/friends so that they can watch the comedy of errors… err… i mean great progress we’re making on the house.

so why did we buy this “charming” fixer upper? there’s really a lot of reasons:

  • my taste is different than most people. this means that a nicely fixed-up house typically doesn’t float my boat. i don’t like granite. i have severe hatred for garden tubs (never gonna get that square footage back…). and i’m really getting tired of this look.¬†yes. it’s really pretty. and it looks like all of the other kitchens on the block. a fixer upper allows me to do EXACTLY WHAT I WANT (and what nick wants too).
  • we had a select list neighborhoods that we were willing to purchase in: poncey highland, virginia highlands, inman park, reynoldstown/cabbagetown. for those of you that don’t know atlanta – most of the neighborhoods listed are not cheap. for every 5 homes that were on the market in the area, 4 were outside of what we wanted to spend. this was in our price range and in one of those locations. beggars can’t be choosers.
  • speaking of beggars can’t be choosers – not only were there a limited number of houses on the market, but houses were under contract within 2-3 days of being listed. you just had to get in there and be aggressive (luckily(?) nick’s aggressive and i’m decisive). there were already 5 offers on the house when we put ours in. in reality, i didn’t think we would get it.

so six offers on six houses later, we beat out the competition. lucky for us, we are now officially homeowners of a house we can’t live in yet! talk about exciting.

another beeyoteeful shot of the front.
another beeyoteeful shot of the front.
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drink it down – british wine cork trivet

flag complete! not exactly  perfect, but c'mon. it's only holding a pot - not saving the world.
flag complete! not exactly perfect, but c’mon. it’s only holding a pot – not saving the world.

in raleigh, my friends and i used to sit around, watch crappy tv and craft. only one of the three of us live in raleigh now. end of crafting evenings…

however, we came up with a swap. it’s a good way to keep in touch and keep the crafting going. we’ve even got a google doc and a monthly theme. it’s awesome. so far i’ve gotten some sweet beer coozies and a new yoga bag.

this month, the theme was great britain. timely with the birth of the new prince, no? i really wanted to do something with the union jack flag. i didn’t want to do a pillow and something knitted would take too long. hence, the wine cork trivet was born.

inspiration

so, mine looks nowhere near as pretty as this. i think that having the hoop around the corks would make it look nice, but i don’t think it would let the pattern be as nice as it is now.

supplies

  • tacky glue – $2
  • 21 wine corks – free! or expensive if you need to drink to get the corks…
  • cardboard – free!
  • acrylic paint – $1.50

i had all, so this whole project for free.

total: $3.50

tools

  • cutting mat
  • xacto knife
  • paintbrush

time

i’d say about an hour total. however, you’ll want to leave time in between most steps, so it took me a couple of days to get the entire piece complete.

helpful hints

  • it’s best to have corks that are all close to the some size.
  • you can use champagne corks if they’re close to the same size as the rest of your corks.
  • this trivet has 61 corks in it, but you can make yours smaller or larger than mine.
  • i only painted the tops of my corks, but to make it look more uniform, you could paint the entire cork.
  • i tried to use a hot glue gun, but for some reason the corks wouldn’t stick together – hence why i have tacky glue listed.

directions

  1. cut the corks into 1/2″ slices. you can get 3 slices per cork.
  2. paint 25 corks red.
  3. paint 24 corks white
  4. paint 12 corks blue.
  5. arrange the corks in the union jack flag design.
  6. start by gluing the center 7 corks together.
  7. when those dry, glue the next row of corks around it. repeat for other two rows.
  8. glue cardboard to bottom of trivet.
  9. cut cardboard to match cork pattern.

and done. simple as that.

i ended up using the ends of some of the champagne corks.
i ended up using the ends of some of the champagne corks.
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having a blade that can cut all the way through the cork means you’re more likely to get an even cut.

cardboard added to the back

cardboard added to the back
final product - i like that you can tell that it's wine corks.
final product – i like that you can tell that it’s wine corks.