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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shower Curtain on Canvas

I stumbled across this adorable fabric shower curtain at TJ Maxx a couple of weeks ago.


Great price at $14.99 since some fabric can cost that much for one yard.  And guess what I happened to have on hand...a huge 48x36 inch canvas!  We picked up the canvas at 50% off for a painting project Eric had in mind, but it's been in the garage forever (like at least a year!) so I think it's safe to say I can steal it for my own little project...lol!

  
 I threw the shower curtain over the canvas just to make sure I wanted to give this a shot.


Love the colors...so it was definitely a go.  As you can see the shower curtain needed to be ironed before I could even start.  I. Hate. Ironing.  So to make it more fun I turned on American Idol and got to work!


It took some time to get all most of the wrinkles out since I only have a small ironing board.  Once it was finished good enough I got the staple gun out and got busy.  The canvas itself gave me a perfect line to follow when stapling.



The toughest part of "wrapping" the canvas was getting the corners nice and neat.  It's very hard to describe, but I tried to get some pictures to do the talking.






The corners came out very clean and crisp...yippee!  I just worked my way around the entire canvas pulling tightly to make sure it was very snug (this way you'll have no creasing).


I saved all of the cutting for the very end.  


Here is a view from the side...looks really cool!


I like how it turned out...the colors make me smile!

The shower curtain canvas ended up in our powder room (who knows how long it will stay there!).  This room still needs to be painted, but the canvas sure does brighten it up for now!





Thursday, March 21, 2013

DIY Drawer Divider

I saw this idea on pinterest and decided to give it a try since the boys are on spring break. Spring Break means no huge projects for me - at least none that involve any kind of trip to the store...lol!

One of the drawers in my bathroom was a hot mess...time to take action.


For such a tiny drawer there sure was a lot of stuff junk in there!


First step, ignore the mess and start making a diy drawer divider...lol!  Honestly I did ignore the mess because I thought it might be kinda fun to try this solution out.  No trip to the store just some digging around the house to use things I already had.  The drawer would now be only for my curling iron and straightener.  

 
I found the perfect box and got to work.



I just used some scrapbook paper, cutter and tape to fill in the cereal box.  Next, the same paper went into the drawer along with the container.



The curling irons went in and it looked tons better! 


Guess what I used the other side of the box for?  You guessed it more storage...lol!  I really did sort everything out and crazy thing is most of it was just garbage!  Some things just needed to be put in their home...like the bandage wrap (what in the world was it doing in that drawer anyway?).  And cards in the bathroom...really!?


I can't say I loved this project...boo hoo!  I'd rather go find some other cheap storage solution.  It just didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped, but I am much happier opening this drawer now!!!




Monday, March 18, 2013

Yellow Chandelier

It's officially complete...yippee!!  You can see when I scored the chandelier here

It only took about 2 weeks on and off and 3-4 cans of spray paint to finish once I actually started.  Every time I thought I had it done I'd find some more gold showing through somewhere...was about to go crazy, but decided it was as good as it was going to get!

First, I took all of the light bulbs off and dusted the entire light.  Next, I had to decide if I was going to leave the light sleeves white or just paint the entire piece yellow (I'd seen it both ways).  Easiest won...all yellow.

After all of the dusting, I pushed some tissue inside each light spot so no paint would get inside. 


Then it was on to the paint color.  I decided to go bold...I could always change it right?  After completing this project I am sure hoping I love it because I really don't want to paint it again...lol!!


I lightly sprayed as much as I could while it was laying on a box on the ground.  I have to say it was extremely difficult to get in all of those nooks and crannies!  Be careful not to get too close or you'll get running paint.  Your best bet is to be very patient and let every coat dry completely before adding more paint.  I can't even tell you how many coats I did this way...I do know I went through 2 cans of paint and 3-4 days!!


The final step was to hang the light so I could get to the underside better.  I just couldn't get all of the light while it sat on the ground...so up it went.



Finally the exciting part...yes putting it in the house!!  I can't tell you how nervous excited I was to get this done.  Although my hubby could probably tell you since I only brought it up a million few times yesterday...ha ha!  At 4:45 p.m. he finally broke down and got to work.  We (oops he) took down the ugly old light fixture.

The old builder grade fixture

I almost forgot to get a picture of my sunshine getting the light up!  Don't you just love his tower of pillows?  He was trying to spare me the task of holding the light while he worked to get it hooked up...so sweet!


After you make a tower of pillows...lol, make sure to tape off the light switch (especially if you have kids who might try to turn on the light by accident!).


Once the wires are hooked up make sure the light works before securing it to the ceiling.  Then stand back and admire your new light!


You'll have to imagine different curtains since I haven't even begun that project!  I really needed some happiness in our family/dining room and this is my first step.

Now the fun before and after shot:


What do you think?  Fun...fun...fun...right?  Or maybe not your style?  Andrew and Cade say it's really cool..love that I put smiles on their faces!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chandelier - Sneak Peek!

It's not finished yet, but I couldn't resist giving a little sneak peek of the chandelier I scored for $20!  I decided to go with yellow.  Wow...that's bright...lol!


Guess we'll just have to wait and see how it looks in the house.  I figure I can always just paint it again if I have to!

What do you think of the yellow?  Crazy fun or just plain crazy? 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hiding an Ugly Phone Jack

I have been looking at an ugly phone jack in my kitchen since we moved into our house over 8 years ago!  About 4 years ago we tiled the back splash and for some reason I didn't have them cover it when they tiled (that would have been a good idea!).  I still had a phone plugged in there so I guess it just slipped my mind.

So in the corner of my kitchen I had a horribly ugly phone jack and wires etc. for the phone.  Wish I had a picture of how lovely it looked...lol!   Here are some shots without all of the phone business...still very yucky and extremely difficult to hide. 



 I decided it was time to take some drastic measures...finally!



The cover had to come off the wall (simply done with a screwdriver).  Next step...cover it up somehow.  A command hook to hold a picture...yes!


The command hook went into place and then the magic happened.  I found a perfect picture and some fun accessories (all of these were already in my house...free happiness!).  No more ugliness in this corner of the kitchen...yippee!



I love not looking at the ugly phone jack anymore.  As you can see I moved the phone (which I can't believe I hadn't done sooner!)  Oh well, at least it's done now!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Bookshelf Wrapped Up

Back in June of 2012 I backed a bookshelf with fabric and I liked it for awhile, but I just couldn't find a place for the shelf to work.  You can see my first try with the bookshelf here.

I thought I liked the fabric at the time, but after living with for a few months I really didn't like it all that much...lol!  It only sat there about 6 months before I finally got around to changing fixing it, but it's finally done!

Some polka dots were in order!  I started by taking the back off of the shelf and wrapping it with wrapping paper.  Yes...I literally just wrapped it like a present.



Sorry the second picture is blurry, but you can pretty much get the idea.  I just used regular tape to tape it down on the back.  Next step was to put it back together and "ta da" a brand new look.


Don't pay much attention to the wallpaper...it still has to be changed!



Now I guess I better get started on that wallpaper project considering the rest of the room is coming together quite nicely!  Love the pop of white and it was so simple and super cheap!