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Fireplace Backsplash Updated

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Remember when I did the fireplace backsplash?  I updated it a bit.

I have a lot of wood wall planks left over from when I went crazy and bought all I could find because it was on clearance for $3.50.  I bought two different styles.  The planks I used in my son’s bathroom were plain tongue and groove, but I also purchased a couple of packages of the wide beadboard looking planks.

I add the beadboard planks to the fireplace backsplash.  (Nothing stays the same in my house for very long.  It’s a sickness.)

This DIY project was quick and simple! A little extra character for very little money.

This is a picture of the fireplace before and after the first time I did it.

fireplace before

Here’s the now “Before”.

fireplace beadboard taped

I cut the planks to size, then added the first piece to the middle of the fireplace. That way the planks would end at the same place on both sides.  The boards were trimmed length-wise with a circular saw.  I used a nail gun to attach the wood planks to the wall. I just love that thing!

closeup fireplace beadboard

A close up after it was caulked and painted.

fireplace with beadboard 2

The after After! Not a huge difference, but  it looks more finished now. It took one package of wood planks, so it cost only $3.50!  Gotta love that!


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!

Personalized Entryway Organization

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A year and a half ago, I created this entryway at the back door in an attempt to have some sort of organization and control over coats and backpacks. It works sometimes. Sometimes not so much. But now the wall has everyone’s initials attached to their designated space, so I am positive this personalized touch will have everyone hanging up their coats with a great big smile on their face.  Right?  Or not.

But at least it looks cute. 😉

before initials2

Some coats are hanging here, others are everywhere else.

closeup initial

Found these metal initials at Hobby Lobby. I got them 1/2 off that price!

Initial glued and taped

I attached the letters to the wall with Loctite Power Grab for Molding and Paneling. (Had some left over from a project I’m excitedly working on!)

Initials closeup

Cute, huh?

Initials after

You’d hang your coats here right? Could you please tell my kids?

Happy is in the House

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I started out 2012 with the blog name Ode to my Abode.  This past year I changed it to House of 34.  I wanted to share more than just DIY projects.  House of 34 is about sharing ideas and experiences, laughing and making fun of myself (and occasionally others, all with love of course), as well as DIY Projects.  My goal in writing about my DIY projects, though, is to encourage you to try new things yourself.  I’m not an expert at anything.  But for reasons not yet known, 😉 I’m not afraid to try anything either.  I believe if you have an idea in your head, you can do it.

Thanks for all your support!  Blogging has been a wonderful experience.  I have “met” some pretty awesome people in cyberspace! 😀  House of 34 is a happier place with all of you in it.

Thought I would share some of the top posts from 2012.  Thank you again!!

Top Five DIY Projects

Framing a Bathroom Mirror

Storage Cabinet Makeover

Arm Chair Makeover

Entryway Curtains

Entryway Curtains

Painted Architectural Pediment

Most Popular Humor Post

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Most Popular Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

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.


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}

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! 😀

Fall Wreath

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It’s not Fall just yet, but it’s coming and I am ready!  If you have been to any craft store, home decor store or clothes store, you will see that I’m not the only one ready for the season to change!  I love Fall!

So to get into the spirit, I have made my first fall wreath of the season.  Yarn wreaths is popular on Pinterest and Etsy.  They are so pretty and easy to make.

I used a pool noodle to make the wreath.  They are cheap and I happened to have on in my laundry room.  My kids know how to swim, so I figured they wouldn’t miss it.  Read on to see how I added a little bit of support to the noodle.

Pool noodle.

Hanger.  (Just a little FYI about me… I pronounce hanger with a hard “G”.  Drives my mom crazy!  It’s a lot of fun!!  Love you mom! 😀

First I uncurled the hangy part of the hanger. (I have declared “hangy” a word by the way 😉 )

Untwist the neck of the hanger.

Pressed the hanger together and duct tape it so there were no pointy ends showing.

Insert the taped end of the hanger in to the pool noodle.

Tape the other end the same way and insert it in the other end of the noodle. Bend the hanger slightly to keep the noodle round.

Bring the ends together and duct tape it.

Now you are ready to cover your wreath with yarn, fabric, burlap, ribbon, etc.   Note: This hanger in the pool noodle is an idea that I came up with after making several other pool noodle wreaths.  If the wreath you are working on is heavy, there is a chance it will sag a bit when it’s hanging.  So, not only will the hanger help the noodle stay together when duct taping, it also gives it some strength.

After wrapping and wrapping and wrapping the noodle with orange yarn, I decided to add blocks of different fall colored yarn.  I didn’t have a plan as I was wrapping.  Mostly switched colors because I was getting bored! ha!  All the yarn I had from various projects, so this wreath was almost free! 😀

I bought the “H” and the felt for the flowers at Michaels.  It was my intention to paint the “H”, but I ended up liking the pop it gave the wreath.

The flowers were super easy to make!! For the little buds, I used this blog for inspiration and instructions.  The loopy flower tutorial came from this blog.  Both of these flowers were made from felt.  I used fabric for the big white flower.  The instructions can be found here.  While this tutorial shows sewing the flowers to a felt back, I was too lazy to get my sewing machine set up and just used hot glue instead.  Works either way.

Come September, this wreath will be on my door. Now, if only a cold front would come through so I could get out my jeans and boots!  I love Fall!  (in case ya didn’t know.)

DIY Pillow Ideas

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I love pillows!  They are a simple way to change the look of a room.  They use just a little fabric and cost next to nothing to make.  I have made a lot of pillows in my day.  But these pillows below have my mind on a thinking overdrive!   Hope you find some inspiration!  (Click on picture for source.)

Pale green and yellow felt flower patterns adorn plain white pillows.Embellished with Felt

Sweaters as throw pillow covers Made from Old Sweaters

Pillows from Napkins

Picture Pillow

two pillows on red checked chairPlacemat Pillows

White pillow with colorful fabric yo-yos on stack of books YoYo Pillows

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Moulding Ideas

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My Hubby said to me recently… “Can we have a few days of completed projects and walls with no holes?”  I’m afraid he’s losing his mind.  It’s obvious he’s forgetting who he’s married too.  The poor thing.

Being the loving wife that I am, I gave him a day.  During my “down” time, I searched the world wide web for more ideas for moulding and trim.  When I’m not busy, I’m looking for more ways to update, change, enhance, rearrange, and beautify my home.  It’s just how my brain works.  Poor Hubby.  I hope he remembers that soon. 😉

After seeing what moulding and trim did for my fireplace, I’m now hooked on it.  I’m sharing some of the ideas I found and love.  I’m open to more ideas.  If you have any suggestions or pictures to share, I’m all ears!

I wonder what Hubby would say if I enhanced all the doorway moulding??

The wall treatment looks great as an accent wall. Hmmm…

More doorway moulding. I think it’s a sign!

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Love this. It looks more complicated than it is. The moulding on the inside of the squares adds so much detail.

Look! More door moulding! And look at that ceiling! Sigh.

This is one of my favorite! My entryway looks very much like this, minus all that moulding… for now. Ideas Ideas Ideas!

How sweet this entry looks!

From my friend at Pink Toes and Power Tools. Love this. She is an inspiration!

wainscot and chalk board

This would be fun in a kitchen!

Living Room

That ceiling!


Easy Holiday Decor

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A few posts ago, I put up some simple Christmas decoration ideas.  One of them was this “Believe” sign.  I had big plan to recreate it from scratch, but what do ya know… I came across it at Home Goods yesterday!  And it was only $12.99!  Even me, Miss DIY-er, knew it was well worth buying instead of making.  It was the only one there, so it was just waiting for me. : )

I have started a little Christmas decorating, mostly with the things that are handmade.  Some I had for years, others I made just recently.  All are easy to do!

BELIEVE! (yes I do!)

These little birds I picked up at the Southern Christmas Show last week. They are sitting of books that I wrapped in holiday paper.

This pillow was fun to make. I’m addicted to making flowers! Pinterest gave me this idea.

Styrofoam balls wrapped in ribbon.

Styrofoam trees wrapped in yarn (red and green) and faux fur trim (white).

Entryway Wall – Completed!

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I finally have the entryway wall complete!  It moved along pretty well after I got over my fear of putting the first hole in the newly painted, unscuffed wall.  In fact, I was so over my fear I just started nailing away without a clear plan on what I was going to do! Ha!  Fortunately (for me!) it all worked out and looks pretty good.

The first thing I did was decided on the height of the board that will hold the hooks.  Can’t be knocking out family members who aren’t watching where they are walking. : )  The board is secured to the wall with anchors and screws… counter sunk, or course, because I love that drill bit!

Next, I added the lattice board to the wall.  I divided the wall into four vertical sections, so we all have our own space.  The math on that took me forever!  ha!

The shelf on top gave me a little grief.  I glued and screwed a piece of wood to the top of the first board I put up, but it would not stay at a ninety degree angle.  It could be that I was too impatient to support the shelf properly and wait for the glue to dry.  I’ll try that next time!  I had a couple of metal hooks with birds on them.  They were perfect to use as supports for the shelf.

Next came primer and paint.  I put a coat of primer on everything and then added two coats of white semi-gloss paint.  Everything always looks so good with white paint!  I also trimmed out the edges of the shelf with moulding to make it looked more finished.  I love trim and moulding!  It can hide a multitude of errors while making your work look more finished and put together.  Love That!

I bought this top piece at an antique/salvage yard.  I’m not sure what it was in its prior life, but I liked it and for $8.00 if it didn’t work out, I’m not out a lot of money.  I didn’t really care for the color, so I sanded it down to the bare wood and stained it in an ebony stain.

I bought blue glass knob at Anthropology to finish out the holders/hooks.  They look lovely against the white paint and the dark metal bird hooks.  My daughter has already claimed a bird hook and now wants me to put her name on it so no one else uses it. : )

TaDa!  The finished entryway wall!  (I wish I could take a better picture of it.  I have a wall in the way so I can’t stand right in front of it.  So you are getting angle shots.)

Frame Shelf

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Every year begins with not a New Year’s resolution, but as a new year to redecorate!  My family has come to expect that changes will take place after Christmas.  I love change… as long as I’m the one making them!  haha!

I have a collection of pictures I no longer like.  I keep them around for the frames.  Not that I alway know what I’m going to do with them, but I just can’t throw them away.  This frame came from a picture that I bought eight years ago when I decorated our new house for the first time.  Now it is getting a new life.

I have seen windows and frames made into shelves in salvage stores and antique stores and even home good stores.  Love them!  So here is my take on one.

I created a box from 1 x 6 and attached it to the frame with wood glue.  Tape is being used to hold the pieced together while the glue dries.  I really need to invest in some clamps!  After the glue dried, I turned the frame over and nailed the picture frame to the box frame.  Then I glued and nailed pieces of 1 x 6 x 3/8 thick wood for the shelf and dividers.

I primed the shelves and picture frame with a brush. (Spray paint will also work.)  This is a project in process.  I will post more pictures soon.


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