Showing posts from October, 2010

A New Old Tray

One of my thrifty treasures from a couple weeks ago was this tray:

It’s a cherry-wood tray with areas to put photos under a protective plastic sheet.  The plastic is held down by tiny magnets.
I thought it was $2, but I found the price tag and I actually spent $4 on it.  Full disclosure, ya know :D

Pretty neat design for photos and all, but the plastic was scratched beyond repair, so this cute little tray would see no more photos.
I wanted to keep the plastic, but I had to deal with the scratches.
Enter Mod Podge!  Here it comes…to save the dayyyyy! Mighty Mod Podge! I also got my behind over to Hobby Lobby and picked out some pretty scrapbook paper for 20c a sheet.
Then I Mod Podged the paper right to the plastic tray, one design on the front, and one design on the back.  Gotta have options you know :)

Now I have a reversible, water-proof tray liner!
Then I had to do something with the tray itself, since cherry-wood is just a little too red for our decor.  I grabbed some “Oregano” Rust…

Master Bath: Master Plans

Yesterday I took the plunge and introduced you to our master bath and closet.  It’s a bit of a weird feeling showing the world your jam-packed closet and probably-in-need-of-cleaning bathroom.  Well I had to get over it, because those are going to be the ‘before’ pictures.  How do you like that toilet paper wall decor?  Pretty “plush” huh ;)We had our trusty contractor over a few weeks ago to take a look at the situation and give us a general idea of what it would cost to move some walls and some plumbing around for a little better layout.  Without the faintest clue of what something like that would cost, we were looking for just a ballpark idea of what we needed (or needed to save.)I’ve seen “What You Get for the Money.”  And “10 Grand in your Hand”.  And scores of other TV shows depicting bathroom renos.I was afraid of what that bid would come in at, because I really hoped it wasn’t going to turn out to be an “over-improving” situation….in which case, we’d just live with what we hav…

Master Bath: Got Space?

When we first moved into our house, we anticipated changing a few things.  And we also knew that a couple of those things would involve some significant expense, because they’re not things we’re willing to DIY.
One was our fireplace. It started out as this (after I goofed around with iridescent paint on it)

And now it looks like this

The second major project on the to-do list was our master bathroom and closet.  I’ve never shown pictures of these areas before….so brace yourself.
This is what we’ve got now: The closet has double racks down the right side (you can see our hamper hiding back in there too)
Shelves and hubby’s dresser at the end – both packed/organized about as full as I can get them.  I can’t reach that top shelf without the utility ladder, so it’s not a daily-basis type shelf.

And a wall along the left with some hooks.  Some of my dresses are hanging from these hooks because there’s no room for them to hang down on the other side.  That Safeway bag is my VERY classy storage …

For a House that Smells like Fall…

Grab yourself a butternut squash.  They’re pretty big, whitish-colored squashes in the veggie department.Slice it lengthwise down the middle.Scoop the little bit of seeds out.Put the halves face down on a baking sheet (flat side down – because we all know where the squash’s face is, right?) and I’d use a baking sheet that has the short little sides on it too, since you’ll probably see some juices when it’s done.Bake it at 375 for an hour.When it’s done, let it cool, then use a spoon to scoop out the cooked squash from the hard rind. Throw out the rind.Put the cooked squash in a blender.  Add:1/2 C white sugar1 tsp cinnamon1.5 C milkDash of vanilla and salt3 eggs2 T flour1/4 C melted margarineAnd now blend it all nice and smooth.Transfer your mixture to a 9x13 pan and bake it at 425 for 45 minutes.While it’s baking, Mix 1/2 C melted margarine with 1/2 C brown sugar and half a box of vanilla wafers (crushed up please).After 45 minutes, take it out of the oven and add the topping.Put it …

Thrift Store Goodies!

Hubby and I paid a visit to a couple of thrift stores on Saturday – Goodwill and the Arc.  We were looking for some Halloween costume ideas and of course, cool project ideas (I was looking for those!)  And we seriously lucked out with 50% off sales at BOTH stores! We did get some things for our costumes, but I won’t tell you about those just yet :) We ALSO got some amazing deals on other things!  Let’s see… A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious brass LAMP for $2 that I promptly disassembled after we got home!  It’s a work in progress. A really cool lantern candle holder for $1
It was a little broken, but nothing some Gorilla glue can’t fix:
A neato-frito TRAY for $2 that’s really scratched up, so it will be getting some further attention:
A lovely pillar candle holder (originally from Target) for $1:
And, (though not the greatest deal in the world at $12 – but not bad), this very nice mirror.  The guest room has been needing a mirror etc on the wall above the cedar chest for quite some time, …

Easy DIY Winterizing Part III – Door Shoes

If you’re like us, you have a great little house that has its fair share of drafty corners and cracks.  Maybe you even have cheaper windows than you’d prefer, possibly a vaulted ceiling that sucks warm air up and far away from where you want it, and maybe you also store your paint in the basement like we do because your garage gets cold enough in winter to freeze anything stored in it.Well, as relatively new homeowners (of a year and a couple months), we’re still learning how to seal up the house and deal with all those little energy suckers.  After Part I and Part II, we’re now onto Part III of my Winterizing Series.A “door shoe” is the funny little piece of weather stripping that is attached to the bottom of your exterior doors.  It looks something like this:No, wait.  That’s what it looks like if it needs to be REPLACED:  the rubber fins are brittle and/or permanently smashed, and maybe the front edge has a tear in it (or two.)Once again, I would never have thought about the door s…

Space Planning for a Small Space

Our dining room is pretty small.  I’ve mentioned that before, and I’ve mentioned how our dining table has to be relatively small as well, to avoid overpowering the room.Well, I’ve been thinking more and more about that room – seating, having people over for holidays (my husband does have four siblings after all), future rugrats….and I think I need a good plan.  I say “plan” because we don’t have a pressing need right now, since the hubs and I are still eating dinner on the couch most nights…but we will soon.  And I say “plan” because I like things to match and look nice and not be a hodge podge of hand-me-downs if I can help it.  If I don’t plan, and if I don’t feel like spending a bunch of money to buy new things when the time comes, a hodge-podge it will be.First case in point:  the bar.  Ok, I’m really not sure what to call this.  It’s kind of a bar.  But it’s narrow, so maybe it’s not intended to be a place for people to sit?  No matter!  In MY world, I think it’s a great place fo…