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I distinctly remember sitting in trigonometry class and thinking snidely that it was a complete waste of my time. It was at the height of my “teenage rebellion” and I was probably wishing I’d skipped school that day to hang out with my boyfriend (who, of course, had already gotten his GED in juvie. Shout out to Brad if you’re reading this!). Well, eleven years later I find myself watching youtube videos on how to use cosin in the name of decorating. It all started out when I saw this table online and thought I could recreate something similar, but with the proportions of a nightstand instead of a coffee table:


I was able to find a tabletop, copper pipe, and elbow fittings with no problems, but the piece in the middle where they all come together eluded me. So then I thought I would make one like this instead:

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But that would require me to go back to the store for y-fittings and more pipe, as the ten foot length that I bought wouldn’t be enough to make four 27″ legs and have enough left over for the stretchers. So then I thought I would do this:

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A three-legged table with angled legs coming out from the center. I kind of liked the modern feel of it and figured it wouldn’t be too difficult. This is where the trigonometry comes in-I needed to figure out at what angle to cut the legs and how long to make them. Feel free to LOL at my work below if you are actually a math person.

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I was so proud of myself for figuring out that I wanted a 30° angle between the leg and the table, only to have my spirit crushed when I realized I had no idea what that meant for cutting the pipe. So I texted my math-whiz friend Sarah (note to all of my other friends who are good at math-you are all good at math. Please don’t be hurt that I didn’t text you instead) and I think she was kind of confused by the diagrams I kept sending her. She said things like, “Umm…what are the things in that picture?” And then she drew a diagram of her own but she still didn’t know the answer. She eventually just suggested I make something like this instead, cutting the legs at just a 15° angle:



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Yes, that does look quite a bit easier. I think I’ll do that, I guess? This is where you guys come in. How should I attach the legs to the table? Am I making this more complicated than it needs to be? Between this and some coding issues on my blog math and science are giving me quite the beating this week. Yesterday I felt like I’d been working hard through Jack’s entire afternoon nap, then I looked up and realized the house was in shambles and I had accomplished absolutely nothing. Trigonometry and CSS for the win. I don’t know what I’d do without all the technically-inclined folks in my life helping me out!

I have been searching high and low for another nightstand for my bedroom. I like the Ikea one alright, but I’m not in love with it enough to get a matching pair. I love the look of mismatched nightstands anyway. The problem is that everything out there is so short! I need something that’s at least two feet tall to be even with the top of my mattress and most nightstands out there seem to fall between 18 and 22 inches. I visited several thrift stores while we were in Austin and even checked craigslist daily, but I couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. Finally, on the ride home, I got the idea that maybe I could DIY something. Below are my favorite ideas from Pinterest/the interwebs:

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from top left: thrifted tabletop + pipe base, source unknown; DIY Copper & Nylon Zip Table; DIY Tree Stump Side Tables; DIY Bedside Table; industrial tabletop on pipe base, source unknown

I would love love love to have a stump table but it seems kind of labor intensive. I’ve seen a house about a mile from here with a pine tree that’s been chopped up and waiting on the curb for weeks so I could maybe I could get a log/stump from there, but then I’d have to get it home, cut it down to the proper size, and dry it out, all before doing whatever finishing needs to be done to make it a functional piece of furniture. And while I am in love with the hourglass shape of this accent table from Target, I’m not sure the vinyl strips used to create a similar silhouette in the table pictured above are a good choice for a house with cats. That leaves us with pipes! And while I’m still working out the details I’ll go ahead and confess that as soon as we got back to Baton Rouge I ran to Lowe’s and bought some copper plumbing pipe. I really wanted brass but I guess they only use brass for fittings? I’m so excited to get going on my new nightstand as soon as I can find the time. Going on vacation always leaves me so discombobulated upon return! How is the house such a mess when we haven’t even been home? Those dang cats have been getting into mischief, I’m sure of it.

Frames are expensive. Even Target frames are like $15 each at the lower end and that sort of thing adds up when you’ve got a bunch of blank walls to fill. My go-to sources for inexpensive frames are Ikea and discount stores like Family Dollar or Dollar General. The only downsides are that 1) Ikea is 250 miles away, and 2) discount store frames look like they came from a discount store. Examples: these two extremely old photos of “art” that I hung in my bedroom using frames from Dollar General.

I mean, they’re alright. They’ve been there for like two years and I didn’t hate them enough to take them down, but when I was rearranging my room recently I decided to spruce them up a bit with some paint. It was done on a whim so I didn’t think to take any pictures of the process but I was so pleased with the results that I couldn’t resist sharing it with y’all. Mr. Pavo Real is now hanging behind the bed by himself.

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And the smaller locally-inspired print is still in the same spot above the dresser.

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I actually just mixed some black and white acrylic paint with a little bit of metallic silver-all craft paints that I already had-and slapped on two coats after taping off the glass. It was really easy to scrape any mistakes off the glass with my fingernail, so if you’ve got a steadier hand than me then you could probably get away without taping. And even if you don’t have any paint on hand a little tube of craft paint is only like a dollar. You could choose practically any color of the rainbow! I love that something so simple and completely free made these cheapo frames look way more expensive and custom. I think it’s the matte finish that I dig so much. Of course, if you were putting your frames anywhere that they might be bumped into or whatever you might want to use primer or some sort of protective coating, but like I said this was done on a whim so no such sensible measures here. If the paint gets scratched I guess I’ll just put my head into my hands and cry. And then touch it up with more paint that I already have.

I hope you each have a wonderful weekend! LSU is playing their first home game tomorrow and my husband is over-the-moon excited. It’s a non-conference game against an opponent we’re expected to smash so he actually was able to snag a ticket. He’ll be bringing Jack while I sit home and eat bon bons and take a staycation from motherhood. Color me delighted!

I finally got around to moving all my bedroom furniture back into the new/old arrangement. The bed stayed in the corner but everything else went back to their original places. They were moved around for so long that Nick and I are both having to get used to where our respective underwear drawers are again, haha. Our bedroom is the only room upstairs and is sort of a loft style, hence the railing you see in the photo below.

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I rearranged some of the wall decor while I was at it, including the painting I recently purchased. And do you see what else is below??? I got a new nightstand! A reader suggested the Lindved side table from Ikea and at only $20 I figured it was certainly worth a try! My friend Brandi was conveniently already headed to Ikea in Houston Labor Day weekend and picked it up for me.

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While not as sturdy as I’d hoped, it’s the perfect size and I love that the metal and thin legs are different from anything else I have in here. Variety is the spice of life, am I right? And since I got it for only $20 maybe now I can justify spending $60 on a table for the other side. I’d like something a little different but hopefully the same height.

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Thanks Mary for suggesting the Lindved! I want you all to know that I made my bed especially for these photos. That’s how special you are to me. Also, I finally got around to creating a facebook page for my blog! You can check it out here. I’ll be using it to share blog posts, instagram photos, etc. Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a fabulous Thursday!