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Apartment Therapy The Homies 2013

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I apologize if this is a repeat post for you. I woke up this morning to find my post gone.

homiescrop2113.jpgGuess what?  House of 34 is one of the nominees at Apartment Therapy’s The Homies 2013!  It’s listed in “Best Home Projects and DIY Blog” category.

I would love your vote, if you feel so inclined.  You can vote for House of 34 here.  😀  Thanks!

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Wednesday Wisdom

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Maybe not even then…
a woman is helpless only while her nail polish is drying

Painted Architectural Pediment

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I have been looking for an old architectural pediment to hang over the bookcases in my “dining room turned office“.  I found this piece at an antique store. I have no idea what it was in its previous life.  But that’s okay… it was only $10.00 and just what I was looking for. 😀

I didn’t paint it right away.  I don’t know if you know this about me, but I tend to change my mind a lot once in a while.  It sat for some time before I decided to go ahead and paint it.  You just never know when another bright idea will pop in your head.  I had to be sure.

The BEFORE

Before painting, I gave the piece a light sanding, then wiped it down.

I used two coats of Annie Sloan “Old White” chalk paint.

After the paint dried, I sanded the entire piece again, concentrating more on the edges for a distressed, aged look.

I love how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to sand!  That’s it.  It literally took only a couple of hours to complete.  I’m not a patient painter, so there are no hours or days between paint coats for this girl.  If it feels dry and it needs another coat, then it gets another coat. If the second coat feels dry, and it needs to be sanded, then it gets sanded.  Yes I am a DIY Rebel. 😉

Now it’s hanging above the bookcases in my “Dining Room turned Library“.

Finding a “one of a kind” makes antiquing and thrifting so much fun!

This Loon has been in the family for almost 100 years. My daughter admired it at my in-laws house in New Hampshire. Somehow, it managed the long trek to my house where it now resides for all to see. Obviously I need to teach my daughter to admire a 100-year-old piece of furniture, not a century old bird! I will work on that! 😉

Linking to: House on the Way mop it up mondays {nifty button}

Answer Me This

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I’m cleaning my house today.  Joy.  It’s not one of my strengths, at all.  Not even a little.  But bathrooms don’t clean themselves.  While I’m cleaning the yuckiest rooms in the house, the thought strikes me (AGAIN), why do the grosses rooms in my house not have windows?  All three and a half baths in my house are windowless rooms just screaming to be aired out!  Seriously!?  In what world is a bathroom, with no source of fresh air, a good idea??

So answer me this… What would you change or do over if you could rebuild your house?

I love my house, but if I could do one thing over I would definitely make sure all the bathrooms have windows.  The kind that opens up! 😉

What would you change?

DIY Entryway Table

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Part of my entryway update was making a new entryway table.  Yes, I could have bought one quite easily, but what fun is that?  I had a piece of wood I picked up at Lowes, probably six months ago.  This past Monday, I went antiquing with my parents and picked up 7 spindly legs for $20.00.  Not too bad!  It was just what I was looking for.  So I went to work.

Before I begin, I just want to reiterate that I’m not an expert at wood working or building things.  I just want to do it, so I do.  I don’t follow rules (except wear safety glasses at all times and keep your hands away from sharp spinning blades!!!).  Maybe it’s not that I DON’T follow rules, I just believe there ARE NO rules when it comes to creativity.  If you think you can, you can!

1 ft x 4 ft knotty, butcher block looking wood from Lowes.

The first thing I did was stain the board.  I used MinWax Wood Finish in Expresso.  I stained the wood before I really knew what I was going to do with it.  It may be better to wait until you have your project assembled before you stain.

I picked up inexpensive base moulding at Lowes to use as trim around the raw edges of the table top.  Take a look at all the trims and mouldings home improvement stores have.  Just because the sign says this is a chair rail or this is a base board doesn’t mean that’s what they are ONLY for.  The possibilities are endless!

Look at that edge! Love it when cuts work out the first time. 😀  I used a miter saw but a miter box will work as well.  I glued the trim to the edges of the table, using blue tape to hold it in place. Once the glue was almost dry, I hammered in small brad nails for added support.

Here’s the tools and products I used.

If you are going to drill inside your house, I suggest putting a piece of scrap wood under the wood you are going to drill through. You don’t want to have to explain why there is a hole in your floor. 😉

Ok, So the rest of the construction happened in my entryway.  The garage was too hot.  While I love working with wood and tools, I don’t necessarily think one should have to sweat to create.  Just don’t tell my Hubby I used our front entryway as my workshop. 😉

For the size of the legs I was using, I measured 3/4 inch from the edge of the table to find the center where I needed to drill for the leg hole.

I drilled deep enough to just go through to the other side of the table top with the point of the circle drill bit. Then I flipped the table top over and used a countersink drill bit to drill a hole for the screw that would attach the leg to the table.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of the table legs. The legs have a notch that fit into the holes I drilled under the table. I added glue to the hole, placed the leg in and then used a flat head screw in the countersunk (is that a word?) hole to attach the leg to the table.  Sorry I don’t have a picture of that.

The table is so lightweight that I didn’t need to add any extra support for the legs.  The glue and screws were all the legs needed to be sturdy.  But please don’t come over and sit on it.  I can not guarantee your bottom will remain on the table and not end up on the floor.  😉  Wood putty was used to fill the holes on the top of the table and once that was dry, I swiped a little stain over the holes.  I stained the trim around the table in the same finish as the top and the legs are painted with Anne Sloan paint.  The legs were sanded lightly for a worn look.

And here’s the finished table. I’m kind of diggin it! 😀

So with just four legs, one piece of wood and some moulding and you can have yourself a table!  What do you think?  I think if I can DIY, you can DIY!

Entryway BEFORE and AFTER

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Entryway Curtains Revealed

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About a month ago I did a post on Entryway Ideas.  I was looking for ideas and inspirations to update my empty foyer.  And I asked you to give me your opinions on the pictures I found.

The majority of you loved the idea of using drapes at the front door.  It was a look I never would have thought of had I not seen a picture on Pinterest.  I loved it too!

Entryway Curtains

Houzz via Pinterest

Entryway Curtains

Southern Living via Pinterest

I picked up a set of drapes at Ikea.  Ikea sells curtains/drapes at crazy, ridiculous, cheap prices.  And they come in a package of TWO!  A pair!  You don’t have to buy two packages to cover one window.  They come long and unhemmed so you can customize the length to fit your window.  It’s brilliant!  These look like linen and were only $20.00!

Entryway Curtains

The “Welcome” wall art came from Hobby Lobby. $14.00 with a coupon.

Entryway Curtains

I bought the rod at HomeGoods for $14.99. The knobs holding back the curtains were $2.00 at Hobby Lobby.

Entryway Curtains

Entryway is complete. The console table is a DIY creation. More on that soon. 😉

What do you think?  Something you might try?

Transform a Room with Paint

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When we first moved to this house nine years ago, I gave my daughter the smallest bedroom because it has a private attached bathroom.  She’s a girl.  We need our privacy.  But a couple of years ago, she moved into the biggest bedroom so she could have more room to play.  The bathroom attached to that room is a “Jack and Jill” bathroom shared with her brother.  Now that she’s a “tween” it has come to her attention that sharing a bathroom with a boy is gross.  (Yes it is, dear, welcome to the world.)  So she moved back.

Of course we needed to repaint.  She has changed her mind after all.  (I wish I knew where wanting to change things all the time comes from???  It’s exhausting. 😉 )

She picked the color purple.  This room has a chair rail, so that gave me the opportunity to NOT paint the WHOLE room purple.  We chose a creamy white for the bottom half.  I have to say the purple scared me a bit, but now that it’s finished, I love it.

The power of paint is amazing.  It’s happy, and easy and inexpensive!  And you can Do-It-Youself. 😀

This room was my “sewing/craft room after my daughter left for the bigger room. I did a wall paper scrap collage on one wall. I liked it at the time, but after she moved back, it had to go!

Wall paper down! Even if you prep your wall, wall paper is never a joy to remove. Looks better already!

Isn’t it a happy purple? The room looks more like a “tween” girls room now. And just a note of proudness… my daughter spackled all the holes in the room herself before I painted. She did an excellent job! Perfect the first time. My heart is full of pride!

The only thing I purchased besides paint for this room redo is the comforter. I couldn’t resist the cheeriness and grooviness of it!

This desk is a Habitat Restore makeover. I picked it up awhile ago for 30.00. The chair is also from Habitat. Nothing was done to it besides a little glue on the legs and a new cushion.

 

DIY Cake Stand

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Have you seen the DIY cake/dessert stands made from a candle holder and a plate?  They are so easy!  Get yourself a candle holder, a plate and adhesive (I used E6000) and you’re good to go.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these since last Christmas when I was thinking about handmade gifts.  I never did make any last year, but I just found a rogue candle holder I picked up from Target quite some time ago and while I was at HomeGoods this week, I picked up an inexpensive plate.  I probably spent less than $9.00 total.  Not too shabby!

I chose a neutral colored plate so I can use the stand anywhere in the house I want, but HomeGoods has oodles of beautiful colored plates starting at just $2.99.  Holiday plates are out now, so you could make a cute Thanksgiving and Christmas plate stand.  They’d make great hostess, Bunco, office party or teacher gift.  Especially if you filled the plate with homemade cookies! 😉

Glass, metal, plastic or wood candle holders can be used as the plate stand.  Cake stands, once glued together can be spray painted a solid color for a cohesive look.  This could be addictive.  Friends and family… you may be looking at your next Christmas gift! 😀

Candle holder for Target

Plate from HomeGoods $3.99

The multi-purpose cake stand… Soap dish, Holiday decorations, Dessert stand, Keeper of keys, phone, glasses, etc.

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Halloween Burlap Pillow Tutorial

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Here’s a quick and easy Halloween burlap pillow tutorial.  My friend, Janet, made these cute pillows for her front porch.  All you need is burlap, a sharp marker and a sewing machine.  (Although you can always hand stitch them if you don’t have a sewing machine.)  Enjoy!!

Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

Burlap Pumpkin Pillow

SO CUTE!!

Ideas for Old Books

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Old books can be found everywhere.  From Goodwill and Habitat Restore to used Book Stores and garage sales.  Libraries even sell out of date books for very little money.

I have been wanting to make my last name initial from a book to put in my bookcase.  I had seen it on Pinterest, where they used a jigsaw and a template made from a large cutout printed font.  While looking for that particular project, I came across oodles of  ideas for projects using old books.  They are so clever!  Who knew??  Many of these would make great gift ideas.  The holidays are just around the corner, ya know.   Take a look…

Click on pictures for source and instructions.

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

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Book Binding Wall Art

Repurposed Book Frame

Re-purposed Book Frame

Wreath Using Book Pages

Book Shelves

Recycled Book Clock

My Favorite… Book Initial

unconsumption:    Here’s a tutorial from Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on how to make a stacked-book table lamp using hardcover books, a lamp kit, lamp shade, drill, and screwdriver.   (Even though new uses for old books is a recurring theme here on Unconsumption, if you’ve got books you no longer want, but think could be of interest to other readers, then consider selling them or giving them away instead of using them as raw material for lamps or other projects!)

Book Lamp

Simple Fall Crafts - Book Pumpkins

Book Pumpkins

Re-purposed Book Letter Storage

Book cover purse

Book Cover Purse

Painted Interior Doors

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My friend/neighbor/fellow DIY enthusiast, Janet, asked me to come over and check out some things she changed in her house.  I live in the best neighborhood with the bestest people ever!  Seriously!  So many of us love to DIY! (How lucky am I??)  We always have friends to give opinions, suggestions, ideas and help.

Anyhoo, Janet painted her interior doors dark brown.  They look fabulous!!  She had already painted the interior side of her front door dark brown and decided to carry the look throughout the first floor.  I think it adds a lot of warmth.  We have the same house.  Guess what I will be doing soon? 😀

(Paint in Valspar from Lowes.  Satin finish.  Color: Waverly Homes Classics, Bark – WV42001)

What do you think about the change in the doors?

What a difference! 😀

DIY Table Runner Ideas

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I have been searching for a Fall DIY table runner to make.  There are oodles of great ideas out there.  I haven’t decided on what I’m going to make yet, but here are some of my favorites.  While all of these would be great for Fall, many could be used year round.

Being a girl who loves tools, my favorite is the ruler runner.  😉  What’s yours?

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via Country Living

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via Crochet Today

Lacy Table Runner

via Better Homes and Gardens

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via taradennis.com.au

via Just Sew Sassy

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via Carter and Cook Event Company Blog

french runner graphic

via The Shabby Creek Cottage

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via Indulgy

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via Pinterest (specific source unknown – please let me know if you find it)

via Diary of a Quilter

Headboard Bench

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Good morning!  Today I’m reblogging the very first post I did more than a year ago.  This is probably one of my favoritest projects to far.  The headboard bench has been everywhere in my house since then, and now finally, it think it has found a permanent home on my recently updated porch.  (When I say “permanent” that means maybe for the next six months or so!)

I have a couple more project in the works.  We are having a “family weekend” this weekend, so they won’t be completed until next week.  The project that’s really putting a pep in my step is updating my fireplace.  I’m going to create an architectural backsplash (for lack of a better word) on the wall above the mantel, similar to the picture below.  Woohoo!  I love working with wood and power tools! 😉

nature theme overall

My next project!!

HEADBOARD BENCH (revisited)

(from May 2, 2011)  This headboard started out in life as a rejected bunk bed headboard found in a dumpster.  I first used it as a twin headboard for my son when he got his first “big boy” bed.  (Shhh… that was many moons ago!)

headboard bench

Using 1 x 4’s, I build a the sides and front of the bench and attached it to the headboard with wood glue and L-Brackets.  And as you can see, I used tape to clamp the pieces together while the glue dries.  Real clamps would have been ideal,,, but you make do with what you have. : )

headboard bench

I bought the legs from Lowes and attached them with wood glue and screws.  I had to haul the bench into the house because my garage floor is not level!  Couldn’t figure out why my bench was teetering.  I’m going to have to do something about that unlevel floor.  I’m not sure my hubby will be happy with me turning the sunroom into a workshop.

The seat was made from 3 pieces of 1 x 6 wood.  I counter sunk the screws and puttied and sanded the wood smooth.

headboard benchI primed and painted the bench with a brush.  I’m sure spray paint would have worked great, but I used what I had on hand.  The edges were lightly sanded for a distressed look.  Now this old headboard has a new useful life as a bench and a new home in the foyer!

headboard bench

This may have been one of my favorite projects so far.  (And it doesn’t hurt that my dad was very impressed with it.  Still means a lot even when you’re not a little girl anymore!) : )

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