Fall Home Tour

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We officially have a walking baby!! Landon has been taking a few wobbly steps each day but last night he walked all the way across the living room! It was cute, exciting and terrifying all at the same time 🙂 With each new milestone comes a whole new stage of unexpectedness (I’m going to pretend that’s a word).

With this milestone has come the 12 month sleep regression. Landon has been waking up at 5:30 every morning for about a week now. Now that he’s walking, he should go back to his normal sleep pattern soon. This morning he woke up at 6:00 but then fell back asleep until 7:30. Hopefully, with a few days of practice walking under his belt, we’ll get back to normal.

I spent the weekend cleaning the house and shooting my fall décor so that I could put a little home tour together for you. It’s later than I wanted to have this post done but, better late than never?? I’m loving everything I added this season and I tried to keep things simple, not too busy. I stuck to a bit of a pumpkins and galvanized metal theme with all of my pumpkins being from Michaels and all of my greenery being from Ikea.

I hope you guys enjoy the inspiration! And I’m already thinking about what I want to do for Christmas and my hope is to get it done and posted EARLY so that you can have some inspo in time for your own decorating!

Happy decorating 🙂

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How to: Change a light fixture

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My friend, Janine and I made a trip to Ikea the other day. On the way, we decided to pull off the freeway in search of a cute little café she had heard of. We didn’t find the café, but we did find THE BEST home store I have found in Portland to date. It is called City Home and it is the most amazing mix of vintage & new, rustic & eclectic. It really has something for everyone. I just know I am going to be back again and again, especially after bringing home this light fixture that I am absolutely obsessed with. And don’t worry, I did get some cute little faux herb plants from Ikea as well, those will be used in a later post.

I wasn’t really planning on doing a blog post on my light fixture but when my husband was so surprise that I was going to change out a light fixture, I thought, many people might be too afraid to do this themselves because they don’t realize how simple it is and what a quick and easy way it is to update to look of your home. I’m thinking this “How To” type of post might become a new thing for Just Like Playing House. Let me know what you guys think and if you like it, I’ll keep ’em coming.

Let’s get started!

Here is the light fixture that was originally in the space.

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Don’t mind the plaster on the walls, just patching some nail holes 🙂 I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but whoever installed the light had left the wiring hanging down around the fixture. This light had been driving me crazy for so long.

Step 1: Turn off the electricity to the light. Go to your breaker panel and shut off the power source to the right part of the house you are working on. Before getting started with step 2, test the light switch to be sure you turned off the right breaker.

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Step 2: Unscrew decorative cap from light fixture to expose wiring. You should find 3 sets of wires twisted together and topped with plastic wire connectors. The wires will most likely be black, white & copper. When your power source is shut off, you can safely unscrew the wire caps and untwist the wires to disconnect everything.

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Step 3: Your wires are now disconnected and your light fixture is attached to the ceiling by light mount plate screwed into the electrical box. When you are ready, you can unscrew the light mount plate to remove the fixture. If you are working with a heavy fixture, you may need a second person, 1 to hold the fixture while the other unscrews the light mount.

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Step 4: Attach your new fixture to the electrical box with a light mount plate. Again, you might need a second person to help hold the fixture up while you attach the mount plate. New fixtures should come with a mount plate that is already threaded on the wires and ready to attach. Your fixture wires will not look as long as mine do. This fixture was actually wired as a lamp, with a wall plug on the end, so I had to open up the cord to expose the wires. Normally, a ceiling mount fixture will have just enough wire exposed to connect the ends together.

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Step 5: Connect your wires together, matching up the wire cover colors, white with white, black with black, and copper with copper. Take the ends, twist them together clockwise and top with a plastic wire connector.

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Step 6: Test your electrical work by turning the breaker back on and flipping the light switch. If you light turns on…SUCCESS! You did it!! Turn the light switch off to finish the job

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Final step: Attach the decorative cover. Tuck the wires up inside the electrical box and attach the decorative cover. New fixtures will come with some sort of screws to attach this piece.

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That’s it!! Now sit back and enjoy your new light fixture!

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Industrial Pipe Desk

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I had so much fun with this project! It was a true DIY, taking some inspiration from Pinterest and creating my own building plans. Most of the pipe desks I’ve seen are simple straight lines. I wanted a tiny bit more interest so I incorporated the crisscross design in the base of the desk.

When we first saw this house, the previous owners had a recliner and a small side table sitting in this little bay window alcove. It’s taken me a while to decide what to turn this area into. We thought about making it a bar, however, we don’t entertain THAT often that we need such a large area dedicated to alcohol. If we had kids, this space would make a great play area. My husband suggested we put a poker table there…veto. So I landed on an office space. A space for my blogging, my planning, and hopefully one day, my home based business.

The best part about this piece of furniture is that the plans can easily be altered to be shorter and narrower for a coffee table, or to just change the size to customize the desk for your particular space. It is also quick and easy to assemble with very little “building”. You can also use galvanized pipe for a silver base instead of the black cast iron pipe that I used and can stain or paint the top any color you want.

Supplies
(plans for desk 75″L x 27.5″W x 29″H, all pipe is 1/2″ fitting in black cast iron)
8 – floor flange fittings
4 – 1 1/2″ nipple fittings
12 – 2″ tee fittings
2 – 72″ pipe
4 – 18″ pipe
4 – 10″ pipe
2 – 12″ pipe
2 – 8″ pipe
4 – 5″ pipe
5 – 2×6 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
wood glue
2 1/2″ finish nails

Step 1 –
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Begin with the 2 72″ pipes and 4 of the tee fittings. Attach a tee fitting to each end of the pipes so that each end looks like this…
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Step 2 –
First, take the 2 assembled pieces and lay them in front of you lengthwise so they are parallel to each other, and space them about 2 feet apart.
Working with bar #1 (the bar closest to you) on the bar’s right end, attach an 8″ pipe to the right side of the tee and a 12″ pipe to the left side of the tee.
Now, on bar #2 (the bar furthest from you) but on the opposite end, the bar’s left end, attach an 8″ pipe the right  of the tee and a 12″ pipe to the left of the tee.
You should have the left end of bar #1 and the right end of bar #2 with nothing attached. Now attach all 4 of the 10″ pipes to those ends.
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Step 3 –
Attach tee fittings to all 4 end points on both legs. When the tee fittings are tightened, they should sit perpendicular to the existing pipes.
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Step 4 –
On the right end of bar #1, attach the 1 1/2″ nipple fitting to the bottom side of the 2 tee fittings. Then attach a floor flange to each of the 1 1/2″ nipple fittings. This will create the feet of the desk. Do the same thing on the left end of bar #2.
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(*Note* When I first built the desk, I used 5″ pipes instead of the 1 1/2″ nipple fittings but the desk turned out too tall so I later changed them to 1 1/2″ nipple fittings. This is why the feet of your desk may look shorter than the one pictured.)

Step 5 –
Use the 4 18″ pipes and attached them to each tee fitting above the feet.
Now, take bar #1 and lift the crisscross bar to sit on top of the legs of bar #2. This next part may be a little tricky. In order to attach bar #1 to the legs of bar #2, unscrew the tee fittings and attach them to the 18″ pipes, making sure when they are fully tightened, that the cross fitting is still facing the crossbars. Then to attach the crossbars, you will need to twist the bar into the tee fitting as you slightly untwist it from the tee fitting on the opposite end. This seems odd, but it will be sturdy as long as the pipe is partially screwed into each tee fitting.
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Step 6 –
Attach the 5″ pipes to all four tee fittings followed by the remaining 4 floor flanges attached to the 5″ pipes.
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Step 7 –
For the desk top, I took 5 2×6 boards cut to 75″ long and laid them out side by side. Then cut 2 2×4 boards to 23 1/2″, laid them crosswise across the 2×6 boards as supports and attached the 2x4s to the 2x6s with wood glue and 2 1/2″ finish nails.
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Step 8 –
To attach the desk top, with the desk top laying 2×4 side up, turn the desk base over onto the desk top. The 4 floor flanges attached to the 5″ pipe should be sitting on the underside of the desk top. When the desk base is centered, attach the desk base to the desk top using 1 1/4″ wood screws through the 4 holes on each flange.

Done and done! Now you can stain or paint your desk top to your preference and work away at your new office space. Next up for me, a desk chair!
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Inspired by…Home Office

It’s official…I’m fully addicted to Fixer Upper. I can’t stop watching, and I watch the same episodes over and over. I’m watching an old episode from season 1 as I type! I love the work, ideas and inspiration of Chip and Joanna. And they are so cute and funny together! If you haven’t seen it, check it out. And if you like “rustic farmhouse” style, this show will make you wanna remodel your entire house.

Anyway…looking at inspiration for home office spaces today. I have this awkward space off my living room that I have been trying to figure out what to do with. It is completely open the living room and dining room but is only big enough to use for a seating area, office or maybe a bar. I don’t feel like we need an additional seating area as our living room is pretty spacious and while we do love to have a cocktail once in a while, not sure that we need an actual bar in our home. So, home office it is! What is really going to make the space are the bay windows behind where the desk will sit. I’m excited to get started on this space and show you all the progress along the way. Until then…here is my inspiration.

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