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DIY Rope Towel Holder

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finished hangerMy son’s bathroom makeover has a beachy feel to it.  (You can see the makeover HERE.)  It’s not done with fish or shells or boats, but it does have white horizontal wall planks and blue/gray walls.  It has that beach cottage-ish look.   The bathroom is finished, except for a towel holder. I could have put the old one back up, but that would have been too easy! (And boring.) 😉

I knew what I wanted to do for the towel holder, but I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for to make it.  I wanted the towel holder to be made of rope with nautical/metal looking hardware to attach it to the wall.  Finding the rope was easy.  The hardware, not so much.  Luckily for me, my Hubby came along on this quest and eventually we found what we needed.

Here’s how it was made…

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Hardware I picked up at Lowes

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The parts are called: 3/8 inch Galv. Floor Flange, 3/8 inch Galv. Tee, and 3/8 inch Galv. Steel Pipe Nipple

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Steel Pipe is screwed in to the Floor Flange

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The Tee is then screwed on to the Steel Pipe

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I cut a thin strip of tape to wrap around the ends of the rope so it would not fray. Then I added glue (E6000) to the openings of the Tee, and pushed the rope ends in.

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I used 4mm Craft Cord to wrap around the rope.

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I wrapped the craft cord around the rope a few times until I got the look I wanted.  The cord is knotted in the back. I cut most of the extra cord ends off, then glued the ends down with more E6000.

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The towel holder is attached to the wall with four screw in the Floor Flange.

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DIY Towel Holder – super easy! Cheap to make! Cost less than $20.00 to make two towel holders.

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Framed Puzzle

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Our family gift for Christmas from my In-Laws was a beautiful 2000 piece puzzle.  We spent the next two weeks working on it, some days non-stop!  After all that effort and time, there was no way it was going back in the box.  It was going to be framed!

We had a piece of ply wood cut just slightly larger than the picture, then used some puzzle glue to glue the pieces in place on top of the plywood board.  No wanting to buy a frame and glass, I used a frame from a picture I no longer liked.  The frame, unfortunately was too big.  After pondering for a bit, (and honestly the solution should have been instantaneous, but wasn’t!  It’s so embarrassing.) I thought of adding trim to the frame to cover the gaps.

Once my brain started functioning again, it also occurred to me that trim could be added to any frame you wanted to repaint.  Some frames have wimpy moulding for the picture it holds, so adding trim would make the frame look more substantial.  Brilliant I tell you!

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Here is the picture before the trim was added. You can see on the left and right where the gaps are.

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Close up of the problem.

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Went to Lowes, and for $10.00, bought two pieces of small decorative trim. I used silicon adhesive to attached the wood to the glass and frame.

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The plan was to paint it white and leave it all white. But after several coats, It just look flat and boring.  I ended up sanding it a bit and adding some walnut stain to it.  Much happier now. 😀

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The sun wouldn’t let me take a good picture (yes, it is the sun’s fault, not the operator of the camera.), but here is the finished picture. Now that the picture is hung with anchors and screws, I think I’m moving it to another location in the house. Thank goodness I’m an expert spackle-er!

 

Model Home Decorating Ideas

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One of my most favorite ways to get decorating ideas is to go model home hopping.  That means I take my camera and my BFF and we find all the new construction model homes and take a tour.

The best thing to do, if you model home hop, is to be honest with the sales person there.  Don’t pretend to be a potential home buyer.  It’s a waste of their time.  Tell them you are just out looking at model homes for fun and they will leave you alone.  They are actually used to people looking a model homes for decorating ideas.

Here are some pictures I snapped yesterday.  Now I have even more ideas running through my head! 😉

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The butler’s pantry in this home is also a bar area.

bathroom cabinet color

I took this picture because I liked the color of the cabinet. Notice the plain, boring mirror on the wall! Tisk Tisk! 🙂

bedroom ceiling

I don’t need to say anything about this photo, but I will… Look at that ceiling!!! Love it.

bedroom wallpaper

The wall behind the bed is covered in wall paper. Makes a great accent wall!

dining room windows

Look at the arched windows in this photo.

dining room

The ceiling in this photo is covered in wallpaper. The back wall is painted a chocolate brown. I’m not a fan of dining rooms, but this is a pretty space.

framed bathroom mirror

This builder did frame out the mirror. Do you see how they added an extra horizontal board?

kitchen eating area

A cute kitchen eating area.

master bedroom

Bright and happy master bedroom.

pool room with wood beams

Beamed ceilings! Ahhh… someday.

red bedroom

In this bedroom, board and batten was used as a headboard effect. This has my head spinning with ideas!

staircase

Beautiful staircase. The dark wood against the white! Love.

upstairs hallway

I took this picture because I like the hallway floor. Although the different levels could be dangerous in the dark! (If you’re me!)

white kitchen

White/Cream cabinets.

hanging kitchen light

Love this lighting over the kitchen table.

island hanging lights

These gorgeous lights are hanging over a kitchen island. I wish I would have asked where they came from.

Have you ever model home hopped?

DIY Tiled Planter Box

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finished closeupWhat do you do with left over wood?  You make a planter box.  Then you let the planter box sit on your porch for a couple of months, completely out of mind.  Next you go to Habitat Restore and discover sheets of stone tile for only $2.50 and buy it just because it’s only $2.50.  After that, it dawns on you to add the tile to the planter box you just remembered you forgot, and then get excited to have a new project to work on.

This is how I operate.  Not always cohesive.  Not always with a plan.  Somehow it works out. 😉

This planter/flower box cost less than $10.00.  I had the wood already.  I only bought the tile and the stencil.  Cheap Cheap Cheap.

And just a note:  My hope in sharing projects and ideas with you is to inspire you to try something new.  I’m not an expert at this crafting/DIY stuff.  I’m just a girl whose mind is always turning and thinking, and for whatever reason, thinks she can do what she sets her mind to.  I believe you can too.  😀

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Left over wood I had. I can’t remember how I decided on the size, but it must have been based on how much wood I had. I can’t be responsible for what I forget. LOL

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The finished box. Very easy. No mitering.

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Apparently I painted it white. Wish I could remember what the original plan was! 😉

box of tile

I bought the whole box of tile. It came four sheets to a box. The piece you see in the picture is actually folded in half.  A sheet and a half was enough to cover the whole box.

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I cut off rows of tile. The tile came pretty much butted against each other so I didn’t have to pull off one piece at a time to get them close. That made me happy because I didn’t want to mess with grout.

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Moving a long. Occasionally I had to pull off some individual pieces and trade it with a smaller or larger piece to make the row end neatly at the sides.

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I used silicon adhesive to adhere the tile to the wood. I would suggest something stronger though. The tile is not falling off, but I could pull it off if I wanted to. I just used what I had.

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I picked up this template at Hobby Lobby.

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I used black acrylic craft paint to “stencil” with. Since I haven’t stenciled much before, I didn’t have the proper brush. I just gave an old, small paint brush a trim and made the bristles shorter. I worked pretty well for “pouncing”.

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I need to get more flowers (hydrangea?). I picked these up at Michaels, but my mind couldn’t remember how big the box was. But you get the picture.
Also, I added trim to the top of the box and painted it white, to give it a finished look. I didn’t take a picture of that though. I used the trim left over from my latest Bathroom Makeover.

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Coastal Charm – Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
DIY by Design – Winter Blues Wednesday
Finding Fabulous – Frugalicious Friday

Lego Loco

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In the mist of the New Year’s “I want to throw everything out and get organized mode, I came across bins of Legos.  Big bins.  Oodles and oodles of money spent bins.

My son is in high school now and hasn’t played with them in years.  He was obsessed with Legos when he was little.  It’s his childhood in those bins.  I  can’t bear to throw them away or give them away.  Just for fun, I Googled “Lego ideas for home decor”.  There’s actually stuff!  You gotta take a look!

I have a feeling I won’t be using Legos as accessories in my home.  But I’m thinking what a totally awesome Grandma I will be when I pull out this ginormous bin of Legos for my grandchildren to play with.  Yep!  I’m totally going to be the way cool favorite Grandma! 😉  And even better, with age comes wisdom (or so I heard) – so I will know to ALWAYS wear shoes when Legos are on the floor!

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Munchausen Lego Kitchen Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti

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DOUBLE chain LEGO Heart Necklace, Lego Heart Friendship Necklace - Gift For Couples, Family, Friends, BFFs - 2 necklaces make 1 Whole Heart

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LEGO Table Lamp designed by Jung Ah Kim02 LEGO Table Lamp designed by Jung Ah Kim

Winter Blues Will Lose

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I’m in a battle with the Winter Blues. In an attempt to win this nagging fight, I’m trying to think happy thoughts, smile like the sun is shining and keep my mind and body busy.   Sadly, the Blues have had a chance to stomp on me a few times.  Like Tom Cruise to a couch.  Without the happy dance.

A friend of mine sent me a Daily Inspiration that said, “During the short days of winter, we see less of the sun, but it hasn’t disappeared. The earth has moved, but the sun is still shining bright and clear.”  So I will also remember that the sun is always shining, even when I can’t see it.

If you, too, are a victim of the Winter Blues, maybe these pictures will inspire you to add some happy colors to your winter world.  If nothing else, perhaps it will just make you smile for a moment.

I’m thinking all the doors in my house will be painted these cheery colors shown in the first picture.  What do ya think?  Hubby might wonder what the heck happened to his wife while he was at work, but you know I will be smiling when I watch the expression on his face.  Yep, still a hoot!  Take that Winter Blues! 😉

Le 1er étage, véritable labyrinthe d’Alice au Pays des Merveilles

Happy Doors

open-air tropical style room with white plantation shutters

Colorful Pillows

1. Colorblock Bookshelves

Pops of Color

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Cheery Fabric

I love the idea of painting a window frame in a light-colored room.

Window Frame Painted Bright

Nature’s Beautiful Colors

Gorgeous color

Gorgeous Statement Piece

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Nails in Every Color. (I would do this!)

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Bright Interior Door

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Bold Exterior Door

so happy curtains  <<< love these!  I've never even considered hanging multicolored curtains before... Go figure...  <3~R~<3

Colorful Curtains

Happy rainbow stairs

Rainbow Colored Stairs

Blue cabinets

Bright Hint of Color

Home Decor Ideas with Colorful Interior Design

Vibrant Seating

DIY Hand Painted Wood Sign

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Happy Friday!

Last weekend, a couple of my girl friends and I went to a big antique show.  It was so exciting!!  (I will have to do a blog on the crazy things I picked up.)  Towards the end of the day, we came across these cool wood doors.  Piles of them.  For only $2.00 each!  I picked up eight of them without having an idea what I was going to do with them.  (That happens a lot!)

One of my friends suggested making hand painted wood signs for the Holidays.  Here’s how I did it.

I printed out the words I wanted to use.  Not having tracing paper, I just took a regular pencil and scribbled on the back side of the letters.  Then I traced the outline of the letters and the pencil mark transferred to the wood door.  Woohoo!

Now the tricky part for me was filling in the letters.  I only had paint and a paint brush, reading glasses and one working eye!  Depth perception is not my strong point!  It took me FOREVER to paint the letters.  Either I thought I was touching the wood with my paint brush and wasn’t or I aimed for the outlines and completely missed.  If it wasn’t so frustrating, it would have been comical!  I would strongly suggest a paint pen.  I didn’t have one.  And two working eyes would be helpful too. 😉

I should mention that before I painted the letters, I gave the center section a coat of off-white chalk paint.  (I still didn’t know what design I was doing at this point.)  After the letters were painted on, I painted the rest of the front with the chalk paint.  Then I taped off diagonals lines with blue tape and painted them red.  After the red paint dried, I sanded everything to distress it a bit then I applied a light-colored wax to seal it and age the off-white paint a little more.

And here it is… This House Believes.  And this house also believes you can Do-It-Yourself.  Had to throw that in! 😉  Just FYI… Doors in many different shapes and sizes can be found at your local Habitat Restore.  Some used, some new, and they cost very little.

I’m going to put eye hooks in the top edge of the sign and use either ribbon or a small chain to hang it outside the front door.  Maybe embellish it a bit with Christmas picks or decorations.

This was really an easy project to do!  And the first Christmas thing I’ve done so far.  I love the Holidays!  Have you started to think about decorating for the Holidays yet?

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!

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

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

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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

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Re-purposed Book Letter Storage

Book cover purse

Book Cover Purse

Entryway Ideas

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Because I’m me, I am always changing something in my house.  (It’s a sickness, I think.)  My current obsession is doing something with my front door entryway.  It has had two different benches, two different tables and now it’s currently empty.  Why you ask?  Because the first bench I bought quickly lost my interest.  The second bench I made, but I have since put it outside on my front porch.  The first table I had, I traded it for a friend’s table, which I then refinished.  It looked lovely in the entryway, but it was still not quite the look I wanted.   Now that table is living in the nook of the den’s window.  It’s happy there, I think.

I can hardly keep up with myself, so I apologize if your head is spinning.  My Hubby can’t keep up with me either.  His only hope is that the couch is still where he left it in the morning so he knows where to sit down when he comes home in the evening.  So far, he hasn’t landed on the floor. 😉

Anyhoo, now the entryway is completely devoid of anything except two screws in the wall.  Not very inviting.   Check it out…

My Sad, Sad Entryway!

I did what any obsessed girl would do… I scoured Pinterest and the internet for some ideas and inspirations.  Check out what I have found.  See anything that may look fabulous in your house??

After seeing the picture of my desolate entryway and viewing the pictures below, feel free to offer your suggestions!  Please?  Pretty Please?  😀

Beautiful tile work at the door elevates the space. (marthastewart.com)

I like this one because it’s simple. I have oodles of “builders” bathroom mirror I took down and stored away. Awful looking things they are! But I could get some chunky wood, beat the heck out of it, stain it and make a custom framed mirror that looks similar to this one. 🙂

This one is lovely. Makes me want to stain my railings! I like the wainscoting/board and batting on the wall.

I never thought to hang curtains on the front door! I like it. Maybe just some simple white ones. It makes the entryway look cozy.

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Board and Batting. I love it! I have a two-story entryway though. Not sure how high I should go with it.

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More curtains! It just looks sweet! And those dark railings again. Is it a sign? My next project I wonder? 😉  I adore the horizontal wood planked walls too.

Now this I love!! Look at the cool wood on the wall! Not quite the style of my house, but I might have to find a wall somewhere and do this. LOVE!

narrow hallway mirror

Fancier than my house, but again, just a simple mirror may just do the trick.

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This looks inviting with the long narrow table and the collage of framed pictures on the wall. Beautiful.

Well, that’s it folks.  Opinions are welcome!  What is your favorite?

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.)

Thrift Store Finds

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You know when you are out shopping, or in my case thrifting, and you find something that you just have to have, only to wonder what the heck you were thinking once you got it home?  Happens to me more times than I care to admit.  These thrift store finds were only $10.00, but still, I bought them, now I need to make them pretty and useable for my home.

After sitting in my closet for a few months (the plaques, not me!  Although sometimes…), I finally pulled them out of the dark.  I experimented with different colors of paint and now they are actually hanging on my wall.  That’s a HUGE accomplishment for me!  I finished a project from start to finish that includes hanging, installing, or using it as it should be!  Whoa!  Not sure what got in to me.  I’m famous for “almost” finishing projects. 😉

Here are the mirrors as they were when I bought them. Not bad, but they were too white for my walls.

The crevices were accented with a yucky clay dirt color. Who knows, maybe that’s what it was! But it would not wash off. Not the look I wanted.  So I painted over it! 😀

I used blue tape to cover the glass mirror, then painted the plaque with leftover light blue paint. Once that was dry, I dry brushed a cream color chalk paint over the high spots. When that dried, I lightly distress the plaque with fine grid sandpaper.

I have a thing for birds these days. So I used these little guys instead of candles.

The wall color is actually a light creamy tan. I don’t do well taking pictures of mirrors. Do you use the flash, turn off the flash or do whatever the camera wants?

Really, my walls aren’t peach!

These plaques are hanging in my den/TV room.  Adds a pop of color!  See the trophy on top of the cabinet? That’s Hubby’s. He’s the poker champion of the neighborhood at the moment! 😉

 

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Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

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I love Pottery Barn.  I don’t always love the prices.  While flipping through the recent catalog I saw this rustic wood wall art.  A whooping $399.00!  Knowing I have a pile of scrap wood in the garage, I just about did the happy dance at the project I knew I was going to tackle.  I love power tools.  I love wood!

I bought a 2x 4 foot piece of plywood, a few extra pieces of wood, a couple of sample size paint jars, and some tacks.  It only cost around $40.00!  Everything else I had… a lot of wood pieces, glue and leftover paint.  Most of the wood I used is considered “craft” wood.  It comes in short lengths and is thinner than regular wood.  I did combine it with “regular” wood though.  It gives the piece some dimension.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

My Pottery Barn Knock-off version.

Pottery Barn $399.00.   Laurie $40.00!

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The design was not planned.  I cut each piece as I went along.  HINT:  When you have the layout you want, take a picture of it.  Just in case you mess up the design later on while you are painting the wood pieces.  You don’t want to spend HOURS and HOURS trying to put the thing back together, only to remember you DO have a picture you could have looked at.  By that point, bad words may have been said, drinks may have been drunk, and your family may be afraid to be in the same room as you.  Just saying it could happen. 😉

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The next step was paint.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

I applied the paint with a cut up old t-shirt.  That way I could rub the paint on like a stain allowing the wood grain to show through.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Each piece was glued down to a 2 x 4 sheet of plywood board with Tite Bond Wood Glue.  Blue tape is always handy for extra support.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

The Vodka is for weight, not for drinking. At least not in that moment anyway. After all the pieces were glued down, I distressed each piece with sand paper to lighten the paint colors and to give it a worn out look.

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

I found these tacks at Lowes.

I lightly sanded the tack heads so they looked distress as well.

I’m not sure where I’m going to hang it yet.  I may add some trim around the edges.  This was a FUN project.  Although I used a power saw to cut the pieces, it can be done with a simple miter box.

This Pottery Barn knock-off project was a great way to use up most of the scrap pieces of wood I had accumulated.  And my garage is a little bit cleaner now! 🙂

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Wall Art

Power of Paint

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Curtains Made Easy

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Sewing was my first “hobby”.  I started sewing when I was pregnant with my daughter.  I couldn’t find a bumper pad and crib skirt I liked, so I made them.  Did I know what I was doing?  Not exactly.  But I just went for it.  What’s the worst that could have happened?

Drapes are the one thing that can really add warmth and style to a room.  If you have ever shopped for them, you will know that the patterns and fabric are not great, prices are expensive and most of the time you can only find 84 inch curtains.  (That makes me crazy!  All my window need 96 inch curtains.)  What’s a girl to do?  DIY!!!!!!!

It’s easy.   And fabric shopping is fun.  A great fabric store is the happiest place on Earth, beside Lowes and Home Depot!  The fabric I used in the pictures below was only $5.00 a yard.  It was reduced because of a printing flaw, but you would never find it.  (It was bought at my favorite fabric store, Tony’s Fabrics.)  With that price, it cost $15.00 per panel!  Woohoo! 

All that is required to make drapes or curtains the “Laurie way” is a sewing machine, being able to sew a straight line, (so no drinking while sewing!) a ruler and an iron and ironing board.  I don’t do rules, by the way.  You will probably hear me say that a lot.  That means there are no patterns used.  They are not lined because these curtains are decorative, the fabric is heavy and it’s white on the back side.  If you were going to close the curtains, they would need lining to protect the fabric from the sun.  That’s for another day.

These drapes are for my BFF’s dining room. The fabric is gorgeous! And happy.

 

It’s always good to know which side is up.  That applies to more than just fabric.  Ha!  I didn’t cut the salvage off the edge.  I used it as a guide for the first part of the side hem.  It’s about an inch in case your fabric doesn’t have this type of salvage on the side.   Then iron it.  This is the most important part.  You’ll be ironing more than you will be sewing.

The side hem is folded over again, then ironed.  It’s time-consuming, but it makes the seam flat and easier to sew.  Then sew your straight line close to the edge of the seam.

Do the next side of the fabric the same way.  I attached a safety-pin to the top of the fabric so I would know which end was up.

The top hem is folded over twice, just like the sides.  This time though, turn over the first fold 2 1/2 inches, then fold over again 3 inches.

3 inch hem top hem. 

My sewing machine does not have guides for a 3 inch hem so I measured from the needle where I wanted the stitch to be than used blue tape as my edge guide.

In case I haven’t said it before… Ironing is very IMPORTANT.  But it’s boring.  My daughter caught me with a phone to my ear, multi-tasking.  That’s what mom’s do. ; )

The bottom hem was done the same way as the top hem, except I sat on the floor with the curtains hanging and pinned the seam to the right length.  I ironed them while they were still hanging to make sure they were exactly the length I wanted.  Then I took them off the rod and sewed the bottom seam.

Here’s another example of easy to make curtains.  These curtains are in my house. These were super easy to make. I bought a set of white curtains from Ikeas and added “designer” fabric to the top. 

 

Accessorizing Bookcases

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Having threes bookcases to fill for my new Library/Office was a little more overwhelming than I thought it would be.  I looked for some inspiration for accessorizing bookcases and came up with the resources/pictures below.

I literally pulled out all my knick knacks, went through all my books, including my children’s books, and grabbed anything and everything off all the shelves and on top of cabinets to use in the bookcases.  Of course I went shopping at HomeGoods and Kirklands too! : )  It took a couple of days of playing and reorganizing to come up with the look I wanted.  But it was fun!

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House of 34 bookcases.  The final product!  At least this week anyway. ; )

Bedroom Decorating Ideas for Girls

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Now that I’m looking for new ideas for my daughter’s room, I googled decorating ideas for girls.  Oodles came up, but I would say more than half the pictures were rooms decorated in pink.  My daughter hates pink.  It we are shopping and we come across something pink, she will throw her hands over her eyes and shriek “My eyes!  They’re burning!”  Ha!  She’s a hoot.

Here are some I found that weren’t in the offensive color pink.  My favorite is third picture, the green with blue.  What do you think?  Which one is your favorite?

HGTV

HGTV (my favorite so far)

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