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Now That It’s November

Now That It’s November

I can’t tell you all how excited I am that is is finally November! I absolutely love this time of year. From the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves, to the crispness in the air, to the start of the holiday season, there […]

“W” is for Wine

“W” is for Wine

“W” is for Wine, well not entirely. It’s actually also the first letter of my future last name once I get married next year, but when it’s an accessory for the wine & coffee bar it works either way. For this quick weekend afternoon project […]

Wine Bottle Scones

Wine Bottle Scones

I have struggled since we moved in to our house to commit to decor pieces that go on the walls, but when  saw a version of this project on Pinterest I was excited to give it a try. It was the perfect tie in for our wine/coffee bar and added some dimension beyond just putting more flat artwork on the walls.

I started with 2 pieces of wood that are about 1/4″ thick by 5″ wide, and 1 piece that is about 1/4″ thick and only 1″ wide. You can use different thicknesses to get different depth to these sconces, so that part is all personal preference. I made sure though that the 2 larger pieces were long enough to provide wood for both the shelf portion of the sconce as well as the back, so they needed to be about 5-6″ longer than a wine bottle is tall (super technical measurements here I know!).

20150809_163913Once I got my wood, which cost in total about $4 at Lowe’s (these were all pre-cut pine pieces), I picked a stain color that tied in with other furniture in our house. I actually had a little bit of this dark stain left from another project so it was a perfect way to use up something I already had. I used a brush to apply the stain to all the pieces, and a clean cloth to wipe off the excess. Allow to dry completely.


20150809_170206After the stain was dry I used a sponge brush and stencil found at Hobby Lobby to decorate over top. It tied in the white color from our new coffee bar cabinetry in the room, and added some visual interest to the sconces. I only wanted the patten to end up on the back of the scones, so I left the portion of the board that would become the shelf just bare stain, about 4-5 inches.


20150815_220655Once all the stenciling was dry, I cut the shelf portion (bare stained wood) free from the back portion of the sconces (stenciled portion). I also cut the other thin strip of 1/4″ x 1″ wood into two pieces that were the same width as the larger boards. These two smaller strips got glued to one end of each of the larger boards for added support before attaching the shelves. I clamped the pieces after applying wood glue and allowed them to dry.

20150816_133608Once the support pieces were dry, I used a right angle and wood glue to add the shelf portion to each sconce. Again, I clamped and let the shelves dry in place. Once dry, I turned each sconce over and put two screws through the back and into the shelf on each sconce to make sure they were very secure.

20150816_150738Then it was time to hang them up! I didn’t want to have any obvious hardware and wanted the scones to sit flush to the wall, so to install I used 4 finishing nails (2 towards the top and 2 down near the shelf) and tapped them in flush with the sconce. They have just tiny silver heads and the pattern of the sconces makes them completely unnoticeable.

20150816_154920Once in place, it was time for finishing touches. I soaked two wine bottles (yes, this project requires that you drink 2 bottles of wine! I love projects like that!) and used a kitchen knife to remove any stuck on residue from the labels. If you let them soak in soapy warm water for 15+ minutes the labels should come off pretty easily. I filled each bottle with coffee beans from Fresh Market and a few floral stems from Hobby lobby.


20150827_203720I absolutely love how well this project came together. It ties in our coffee/wine theme so well and in a really unique and subtle way. I also love that I’ll be able to change out the decor I put on the scones for holidays as well. I’m thinking pretty candles at Christmas time or more colorful flowers in the Spring! How versatile!

I hope this makes you think about the simple things you can DIY to add some personal style to your home. Let me know what you are working on and and if you modify this idea to make it unique to your space! Go Do It!


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Creative Storage Solutions

Creative Storage Solutions

Sometimes you know you have a storage or organization need, but there might now be a clear way to solve for it. Or maybe there is a standard way and that just seems boring to you. I run into that a lot! There are so […]

Creating the Coffee Bar

Creating the Coffee Bar

This project is my first big share on this blog, and although it’s not the first project we’ve completed in the house, it is probably the largest. It was a labor of love broken into bits and pieces over many months of work, completed in […]

And So It Begins

And So It Begins

This is it. The kick-off to what I hope will be a fun outlet for my creativity and a place to share my experiences and inspire others. WorkingGirlDIY is a blog about me and my life as a young working professional. It’s a place to share about how I balance my full-time career with my desire to do all things, from home improvement projects to experimenting with new recipes and finding new ways to stay healthy. It’s about doing the things that make me happy and sharing the successes and misadventures along the way.

I currently live in North Carolina, but I hail from the Midwest. I find that core values such as generosity, kindness, and a strong work ethic are shared across people in both places and that has made North Carolina easily feel like home. After just a year and a half of living in “the south” I purchased my first home with my now fiance. With our two dogs, we are slowly turning it into everything we want it to be. This has included all sorts of projects that I’ll come to share about ranging from re-tiling our fireplace to building a raised cedar garden bed in the backyard (the soil down here is not like back home so we can’t grow anything directly in it).

Besides home improvement projects we love to spend time in the kitchen. My fiance works from home, which is incredibly helpful in getting meals on the table at a decent time. He is a great cook, but I do try to do my part too. We love trying new foods and new recipes together and really make a point of eating a well-rounded dinner together every night. It’s a great way to bring our sometimes separate feeling work-lives back together in our home each day. I’m excited to share some of our favorite dishes with you that we’ve come across from our favorite balsamic glaze for steaks to my now staple white chocolate creme brulee dessert.

My busy life never slows down, between work and home, 2 dogs, and now a wedding to plan (and hopefully kids down the road!), it is a non-stop race to make every minute worthwhile. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about some of my journey and that you take some inspiration from it as well to go after the things that make you happy, whether that means remodeling your kitchen, planting an herb garden, experimenting with a new meal, or finding a new way to get fit and healthy. Even a busy working girl can make it all happen!

Go Do It!

– WorkingGirlDIY