Showing posts from February, 2010

Ceiling Adventures Part II

Remember how we had our ceiling drywall fixed in our kitchen? And then we needed to paint the new drywall to match the rest of the ceiling? And remember how I assumed it was flat white paint, only to find out that it was not flat, NOR white (only after I got the flat white up there and could compare the two)?Well as a last ditch effort, I went digging around in the box of “to be dried and tossed” old icky paint in the garage (which I thought I’d looked through already) hoping that maybe I’d find a clue as to the ceiling color. There was a quart can out there that was covered in dirt and dead bugs, full of rust and half dried (whoever used it last didn’t pound the lid back on all the way). I’d looked at it before, but all I remembered was how nasty it was, so I must’ve subconsciously assumed that nope, that’s DEFINITELY not what I’m looking for. Definitely not. And I must’ve subconsciously known that I’m right about this one. Yep, Like I’m always right. Right like rain. (In the…

Cutie DIY $39 Hooks/Shelf for $11!

So I’ve been looking for new, pretty hooks to put next to the back door.  I was going to show you my shoe organizer today too, but I’m afraid the post will be SUPER long.  So you’ll get plenty of pictures but I’ll post all the organizer details tomorrow.
For the hooks, I knew I wanted something white…
…With a shelf, to provide a little extra storage if necessary (and a cute place for decor if not).
…And it had to be about 18” or less in length to fit in its designated spot.
After MUCH googling around, I found this, which is perfect:

It’s also $39.  That seems a little much, so it’s going to be Plan B.
Plan A is making my own.  See that wooden shelf hiding in the back of the pile there? (That’s my pile of recent Goodwill treasures- some of which have already been transformed/placed.)  It’s going to get a makeover!  Right now is a good time to say that there is a TON of wooden stuff at Goodwill (or maybe just my local Goodwill).  Shelves, trays, all kinds of weird shaped things that so…

Wednesday Rambles

Electric saw manufacturers need to come up with quieter saws.  Maybe I’d actually buy them and be willing to use them if it didn’t sound like the Apocalypse every time the things turn on.And maybe prettier saws.  Why not have a girly one that’s pink, quiet(er), and comes with easy directions?  They have pink drills…..why not saws?I’m using a hand saw to get my laundry room hook/shelf ready to show you on Friday.  It works great but it’s a little tricky to get a straight cut.  Good thing my shelf is going to be rather shabby anyway.  My gallon of Kilz smells funny.  And it had crumbs and dead bugs in it when I opened it for the first time.  How does that happen?  And it seems more watery than usual.  But it was totally full, so I didn’t return it.  Maybe I should’ve…….There’s lots of work being done on a house across the street.  It’s giving me the bug to hurry up and get our floors done and kitchen makeover started.  That house was a foreclosure and I think the real estate agent bough…

Ceiling Adventures

So I tried to paint our kitchen ceiling this weekend and get it looking normal.  I failed.  Here’s the rest of the story:We had our horrible fluorescent light fixture replaced with recessed lighting while we had an electrician here for the fireplace project.  Here’s a shot of our kitchen at Christmas.  See the giant light fixture? (Not the ugly one on the left.  The ugly one in the middle.)Here’s another shot to show you how enormous it was.After the fixture came down, we found out why it was so big.  Can you see the 3 huge holes poked in the ceiling near the center?  Apparently Huge Fixture was also tasked with hiding those holes. And you can also see the damage to the drywall where the old fixture had been stapled up.  So the drywall needed to be fixed.  Luckily, we had the “drywall guy” coming the next day for the fireplace work, and he fixed the ceiling at the same time.  Updating the lights was definitely a spur of the moment decision, but we are VERY GLAD we went ahead and did i…

Of Happy Lists and Trash Day

I make lists.  All the time.  It helps me remember things, helps me focus on the order they should be done, and I really like crossing things off.  My desk right now has four lists on it, two  three four craft/design ideas sketched out on scraps of paper, and my bulletin board has 3 more lists.  You can go ahead and think how crazy I am…for the next five seconds…..5,4,3,2,1……ok and now try it for yourself and see how crazy you become :)Part of my list-making includes “Good Stuff” lists almost every week.  Sometimes, on a Sunday night, when thinking about the week ahead puts me in a grumpy mood, it helps to have a list of things to look forward to.You can see my “This-crappy-pen-isn’t-working-Good-Stuff-list” above.Here’s what it looks like this week:Gas bill gets paid on Tuesday (automatic bill pay – my BBBBBFF) UPS shipment arrives TuesdayWeather warms up WedsTrash day Thurs See?  It doesn’t have to be big stuff AT ALL, though this is an admittedly shorter list than usual.  Financial…

Keeping Pretty Candles Pretty

Here’s a great tip my mom showed me this weekend to keep candles looking pretty.  It has nothing to do with that cute little twine-wrapped ball there in the picture.  I just liked that picture.  And it was in the immediate vicinity of the candles-in-question.  So…deal with it.  :)It also works GREAT if you love candles but have dogs-with-tail-feathers who unintentionally knock things off tables, or cats-who-own-the-place who intentionally knock things of tables.This is probably a no-brainer for all you smarty-pants’ out there, but just in case it’s not…… (cuz it wasn’t for me):First, burn those candles down just enough that a tea light will fit with the top flush with the top of the candle.If you’re ok with actual open flames, stop here and enjoy burning hidden tea lights instead of ruining your nice candle.BUT, if you’re not a household that does open flames:Let the pretty candle cool and harden around the tea light.  Then gently pull the tea light wax out of its tin.  The tin should…

Crafty Birdhouse Fun

I love garden decorations!  You know what I mean:  bird houses, bird baths, stepping stones, little cutesy sculptures, stakes with something interesting on top, looking balls etc.  I like them for my own garden and yard, but I especially like them for my mom.  Her garden is Ha-uuuuge and it’s gorgeous!  And there are a LOT of decorations out there hiding in the plants (the best kind are the ones you don’t notice right away, dontcha think?), and they do get worn out eventually from the weather.  Bottom line?  Garden decor is a fun gift idea that never gets old because older ‘garden accessories’ are always getting worn out.  So the other day, I happened to wander into the wood-goods (?) aisle at Jo-Ann.  There I saw some mini bird houses for…..$1 each!  I was stoked!  (except I would’ve been more stoked had I remembered to bring my Jo-Ann coupon with me) ….<SIGH>.  I bought a few (umm, six?) of them and painted them with various paint I had around.  My painting wasn’t super precis…

Fireplace Before: The Elephant in the Corner

Weird title, right?  Yeah.  This is The.Fireplace.Post!  Get ready for all kinds of crazy weirdness.  (I think I’ll probably have to split it into two posts…..stay tuned.)Let me explain.Meet the Deluxe Home Entertainment Center:Wait.  Deluxe?Really?um….. apparently so?This is what our fireplace looked like when we moved in.  It’s “deluxe” according to the builder who built our 10-year old house.Not bad right?  Well, not terrible at least.  Just sort of boxy.  And kind of Southwestern-looking.  And a huge waste of space.  The fireplace structure was also not centered on the corner, which drove me completely batty a few times.  So how about that TV?  We thought our sellers were So Sweet! for leaving their TV behind for us.  But really, it was because you couldn’t get it out without removing the trim AND part of the drywall.  So sweet.  So.  So.  Sweet.And when the TV finally came out, we saw that we were stuck.  Our flat screen TV (sitting humbly on the floor there) definitely wouldn’t …

DIY Victorian Art

Remember when I said yesterday that I had some art projects still to do in the guest room?  Well I got one done last night!
I started with these two Goodwill finds and I picked out some fabric I liked:

I feel pretty silly.  There were two identical frames at Goodwill – one with a backing, and one was just the frame itself.  I paid extra for the one with backing because I thought I’d use it.  I didn’t.
I overpaid!!!  Not my favorite thing to do! (But I kept the backing just in case…)
So I originally planned to use the fabric kind of like this:

……BUT….. it just wasn’t right. So I rummaged around in my craft supplies and found some old scrapbook paper that I picked up forever-ago from the $1 bins at Jo-Ann.  It was perfect!  Cream-colored with a sparkly gray swirl!

Because I’m laZy with a capital Z, I went for the first glue I could find – a glue stick!

The kitty is always so helpful.

I ended up ditching the back of the frame because I planned to put stuff in the bird cage, and I didn’t w…