July 31, 2014

Over on eHow: From Tile Flooring to Modern Place Mats


What does our most recent trip to the hardware store have to do with these beautiful pebble rock place mats? 

July 29, 2014

Project Airstream: Renovation Continues!


If you follow along regularly, you'll know we've been helping to restore a 1976 Airstream camper that belongs to our friends, Josiah and Jocelyn of Lockhart Family Farm. This past Saturday we hit the road with a gallon of Kilz primer, ready to get back at it.

July 28, 2014

Weekend Basics


It was another beautiful weekend here in RVA! We not only did we have some welcome overnight rain showers, but got out of the house in order to take on what turned out to be a mix of projects — and even squeezed in a date night! Similar to last weekend, the main event from this weekend was another trip to the farm to continue work on updating the airstream we've been tackling with Josiah & Jocelyn. I will tell you we decided to remove the front folding seating area — we've got big plans for this space.

July 26, 2014

Fancy That!

Original image by Tori Watson, Marvelous Things Photography

We're back again this week, sharing all the smaller things we're into (or fancying, hence the series name) that might not fit into a single post for one reason or another. Sometimes there might be a long list of randomness, other times it might be a single gem — whatever the case, here's what we're into right now.

July 25, 2014

Over on eHow: DIY Industrial Pipe Garment Rack


It's no secret that homes built back in the early 1900's had very little closet space, and in our house it's no joke. We're always looking for new ways to creatively provide more storage solutions around the house (like our stacked suitcase nightstand, kitchen locker console and repurposed insulator wall rack). In that ongoing quest, we're sharing the full step-by-step process for how we built this industrial-chic rolling clothing rack in our latest project post for eHow...

July 24, 2014

17 Apart Turns 3!


Today marks the 3 year anniversary since we published our first post here on 17 Apart! It's amazing how much can happen over the course of a year. Some of the bigger highlights and milestones that come to mind include Tim quitting his day job to pursue full time blogging, which has opened up a lot more room for projects and exploring ways to make money at blogging. We welcomed a new niece to the family in March, celebrated Tim's parent's 50th wedding anniversary and our own 1st wedding anniversary — and Brandon started his journey with his first year at college while Stephanie ended that same chapter, graduating from JMU.

July 23, 2014

How To: DIY Mason Jar Match Holder

Yesterday we shared the first big updates we've made to the 1976 Airstream camper renovation project we've got going on. Today, while we've got camping on the brain, we thought it would be fun and to share the simple DIY project we made as a camper housewarming gift (glampwarming gift?) for Josiah and Jocelyn — this portable mason jar match holder.

July 22, 2014

Project Airstream: Renovation Begins!


Last week we shared the beginnings of an exciting collaboration we're working on with Josiah and Jocelyn of Lockhart Family Farm. To make a long story short, they recently brought home a vintage 31' airstream camper in all of it's 1976 glory to house on the farm as both a camp classroom and airbnb glamping getaway. They kindly asked us to help with the updating process as a way to bring this vintage beauty up to the next level. We jumped at the chance and you can read up on our very first visit to see the camper in this post.

July 21, 2014

Weekend Basics


Our weekend was filled with finds, a little airstream demolition, good food and travel — what more could we ask for? Much of Friday, Tim spent time tinkering with a 1955 RCA Victor we scored for a steal at a local auction — it's a wooden table and tube radio with so much mid-century appeal.

July 18, 2014

Fancy That!

Original image by Tori Watson, Marvelous Things Photography

We're back again this week, sharing all the smaller things we're into (or fancying, hence the series name) that might not fit into a single post for one reason or another. Sometimes there might be a long list of randomness, other times it might be a single gem — whatever the case, here's what we're into right now.

Blogiversary Q&A: Your Burning Questions

It's that time again — our 3 year blogiversary (blog launch anniversary) is coming up next Thursday and just as we've done over the past 2 years, we'll be stepping down off the soap box to open up the forum to all of your burning questions.

 Both images by Tori Watson, Marvelous Things Photography

To give a little background, over the past 3 years, we've celebrated our "blogging anniversary" by posting a roundup of your questions (that we gather from this pre-anniversary post) and try to answer as best we can. We can tend to get wrapped up in the day-to-day, so it's fun for us to hear what you're wondering about, be it a project we forgot to give an update on, something as simple as which ice cream flavor is Mary's favorite (she's got an opinion!), or if we're willing to share some of our favorite outtakes from our engagement shoot...

July 17, 2014

Over On eHow: DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights


Little by little we've been working to make our outdoor space more inviting. Most recently we put together a set of hanging mason jar votives that suspend from garden hooks along our fence out back and...

July 15, 2014

How To: Make These DIY Leather Keychain Fobs


A few weeks back we hit up our local leather crafting store to pick up a large scrap of leather for the DIY catchall tray project we had in the works. Since the tray project required a flush leather square, we were left with several leftover scraps to make use of...

July 14, 2014

Weekend Basics: Project Airstream


Just look at the silver beauty! It's not ours, but we did get a chance to check it out this weekend and have plans to help with some updating projects to come. To give a little background...

July 11, 2014

Fancy That!

Original image by Tori Watson, Marvelous Things Photography

We're back again this week, sharing all the smaller things we're into (or fancying, hence the series name) that might not fit into a single post for one reason or another. Sometimes there might be a long list of randomness, other times it might be a single gem — whatever the case, here's what we're into right now...

July 10, 2014

Over on eHow: DIY Magnetic Spice Storage Tins


With all the cooking that goes on around here, we’re always stocking up on kitchen spices — Hungarian paprika and Old Bay seasoning ranking higher among the bunch. Once emptied, instead of tossing the tins...

July 9, 2014

Frozen Turkey Dinner Natural Dog Treats Recipe


I don't know about you, but we've been seeing a few 100 degree days during this Richmond summer — you could call them the "dog days." Speaking of dogs, let's talk about cool summer treats you can whip up at home to help your favorite four-legged friend beat the heat.

July 8, 2014

MightyNest Giveaway: $50 Gift Card

Today's giveaway comes from our friends at MightyNest, the online store for healthy, safe and non-toxic products — all sustainable alternatives to everyday goods. Up for grabs is a whopping $50 credit to spend on your choice of gardening supplies from their newly launched gardening section.


July 7, 2014

Long Weekend Basics: July 4th

Getting a little patriotic with our Sunglass Warehouse Sunnies — pretty sure Basil takes the cake here.

We were both able to take the long weekend and enjoyed the extra day — it's amazing just how big of a difference it can make when you haven't taken one for a stretch.

July 4, 2014

Fancy That!

Original image by Tori Watson, Marvelous Things Photography

Hi there and Happy Independence Day! We're back again this week, sharing all the smaller things we're into (or fancying, hence the series name) that might not fit into a single post for one reason or another. Sometimes there might be a long list of randomness, other times it might be a single gem — whatever the case, here's what we're into right now.

July 3, 2014

Over on eHow: DIY Outdoor Terra Cotta Storage Table


As we spend more time outside on these warm summer evenings, we realized we needed some additional table space to rest a cool glass of white and some citronella candles (keeping those bugs that love to bite Mary at bay). We love the look of ceramic garden stools that seem to be cropping up everywhere (like these), so decided to try our hands at fashioning one of our own using strategically stacked terra cotta planters. We love how our side table turned out and wrote up the full step by step process for how to make one of your own in our latest project post over on eHow.

July 2, 2014

Stephanie's Room Makeover: Before & After Photos


After womping a couple mega posts on you detailing out the process for restoring the plaster walls in Stephanie's room, we wanted to follow up with a more bite-sized look at some proper before & after pics — because we all love a good before & after transformation, right!?

July 1, 2014

Restoring Plaster Walls: Bringing Stephanie's Room Back to Life

The last we left off on the progress of wall repairs in Stephanie's room, we looked a little something like this:


What started out as a simple painting update turned into a year-long set of home repairs after discovering there was a moisture problem with these exterior facing walls. We ended up pin-pointing the moisture problem and fixing it with a combination of roof, gutter and brick repairs — the background on why the wall looks like this and how we fixed the moisture problem is all detailed out in this post.
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