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Closet Door Reveal

In my last post I discussed different options I was debating for my closet doors. Well I decided to go ahead and try the cheapest option first, chalkboard paint! Here is what I did.

First I took the doors off the hinges and laid them outside (since I knew I would be working with some pretty stinky stuff). Then I chose some leftover paint I had laying around and painted a rough boarder that I would be taping off.

I used a Costco mailer to help me keep my tape even all the way around.

Here is what it looked like when I was done. I used Frogger Tape from Home Depot which actually did pretty well with bleeding.

Then I painted 3 coats of this stuff and took my tape off about 30 minutes after I finished my last coat.

I forgot to snap a before picture in the office, but here is what they look like in the spare bedroom.

Here is the after! I like them a whole lot better than what it previously was, but I’m not sure I’m completely in love with how they go in the room. I may end up switching these up again in the near future, but for now it acts as an awesome message center.

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What to do with my closet doors?

I shared my progress on my craft room/office here I’m still at a stand still for now, but I would love to transform my closet doors! Currently I have the sliding flat doors that are sort of, well, boring. So I decided to search for some alternative ideas that I could use to spice them up. I haven’t executed any of these plans yet, but here is what I came up with.

First on the list are these awesome chalkboard doors. This would be the easiest, least expensive way of making them over. I loved that they added the white stripe! So cute. (Pic credit here, I couldn’t find a link to her actual blog)

Next up are these awesome barn doors! LOVE, LOVE this idea but it will take a little more craft work and lots of help from Trav that I’m not sure he has time for right now. If I did decide to go with this it would be awhile before I see the finished product. (Pic credit here)

And the last thing I found was the idea to replace sliding doors with real doors! I think this is so clever, and I feel like it would be so much more accessible. (Pic credit here)

 

I’ve also though about using curtains. This would also be relatively inexpensive, but then I’d have to make that closet REALLY pretty because I feel like the curtains would always be open partially. Don’t get me wrong I love organizing, but that closet houses all of our ugly stuff that would be hard to hide. Hmmm lots of decisions. I’m going to try to start one of these projects next week if my busy schedule permits.

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No-Sew Roman Shades

First things first, here is what you’ll need:

  • Your fabric. I got mine from Tonic Living called “Outdoor – Soho, Robin”. It is outdoor fabric but it ended up being really easy to work with plus I figured it will hold up better in the sun.
  • Tape Measurer
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Blinds that fit your window. (I got these from Target for $3.99 a pop)

So the first thing I did was get my fabric ready to go. I cut out 2 1/2 inches more than my window which is 35 X 60 inches. So my fabric dimension to start was 37 1/2 X 62 1/2 inches.

Then I ironed over about an inch of my fabric to create the hem. Be careful to make sure your fabric will be wide enough to cover the blinds but narrow enough that it won’t bunch inside the window sill (if you are doing an inside mount).

Go ahead and glue the seams together after you have ironed all four edges.

Alright now that your fabric is ready to go, it’s time to whip out your blinds. First I took them out of the box and undid them so they looked like this.

Next cut the ladder cord from the blind. DO NOT CUT POOL CORD.

And then pop off those little caps at the bottom (set aside you will put them back on later) and untie the knot.

Then take all the slots off leaving how many you’ll need to make the folds in the roman shade. I kept 4 slots (plus the top and bottom bars) calculating that it will be a little more than 10 inches between each slot for my 60 inch blinds. Confused yet? It is recommended that you leave 7-9 inches between each slot, I left a little more because my window was so long. Oh in in the pic below it looks like I kept 5 slots but the one on the top is just connected to the top bar and sort of just hangs there so I left it alone.

Now it’s time to reconnect that bottom bar! Basically you have to measure each string so they are even to each other (so when you pull blinds up and down they aren’t lopsided) and equal to the length of the blinds. Then you tie a knot at the end, push it in the hole (that’s what she said) and reattach the plug at the bottom.

Time to attach your blinds to the fabric. First I evenly spread out the slots with my tape measurer… although looking at this pic, nothing is really level. Oops! I was more careful when I glued.

Grab your fabric glue and glue each piece to your blinds. I started with the top and bottom bars, let them dry for a bit then went back to glue the slots. Oh and be sure NOT to get any glue on the pull cord, this would ruin everything.

Let it dry and hang em up! Here it was the space looked like before:

And here is the after:

Here is the view walking out of my master bedroom!

There you have it. How to make inexpensive NO-SEW roman shades.

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Entry Way

We don’t really have an entry way but I wanted to create a little space to hang things when you walk in the door. I had been searching high and low for a shelving piece with hooks  but came up empty handed on seversl occasions. That’s when I found prints from Jenna Sue and got this great idea:

I love walking through the front door now!

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Pillow Talk!

I had my first encounter with a sewing machine the other day! Well… I should really say a friend of mine helped me sew my first pillow. And now I can’t wait to get a sewing machine of my own. 🙂

Okay so here is the fabric I found… It was only 18 dollars for 3 yards of fabric on clearance! Score!

I watched my friend do the first pillow, and then she left me alone to sew most of the second. I didn’t want to tackle sewing the final side quite yet. I figured that is something I could practice with scrap fabric one day.

So here is a pic of how they turned out. Oh and don’t mind the pooch, he thought I wanted his picture. 😉

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From shower curtain to curtain panel!

Between outta town family visits and starting a new job, I seemed to have lost track of time, but it sure feels good to get back to bloggin. 🙂

My hubby’s parents came in from Idaho last week and planned to stay at our humble abode. I have to admit it was pretty stressful leading up to their visit, but it sure lit a fire under our butt to get some prejects wrapped up. One of the major to-do’s was their guest bedroom.

I frantically searched for curtains and pillows to match the white bedspread I already had, but came up empty handed on several occasions. 😦 However 2 days before they arrived I found a pretty-pattern shower curtain from Target. I was planning on using it for their guest bath and adding fabric on the bottom for extra length, but then I ran across 10$ clearance pillows that matched exactly. My mind was made up! All I had to do was turn my one shower curtain into two curtain panels. Easy.

Here’s how I made a NO-SEW hem:

1. First I folded the shower curtain in half and ironed the crease so I would have a straight line to cut on. Then I cut it into two panels.

3. I then got out my trusty Heat and Bond which I got near the sewing section in Walmart.

4. I then lined up my Heat and Bond and ironed over the paper side all the way down to the edge like so.

5. Peel back the paper right after ironing (it should come off pretty easy).

6. Then fold over and iron so that the glue can now adhere to the other side!

7. I repeated this with the other panel and used curtain clips from Target to hang them. Violla! Told ya it was easy.

Before I reveal the progress we’ve made let me remind you of how it once was. Sorry for the bad quality! Oh and I spy something that looks like a four-legged mop. Bahah that’s my Tootie.

And here is what a few coats of paint with some pillows and a shower curtain did! It’s still a work in progress, but an improvement nevertheless. It now needs some pretty artwork, a few pieces of furniture, and some pillows to break up the blues.

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How to spray paint a mirror frame.

Don’t laugh at my title, some people don’t know these things… including myself. But I figured it out and transformed a bathroom mirror. Here are the few easy steps. (Disclaimer: I don’t know if this is the norm way to do it, but it totally worked for me!)

1. Cut out a rectangle of painters plastic and place over the mirror. The static should make this pretty easy.

2. Carefully line up painters tape so that it is right on the edge of the mirror. I even tried to push it under the frame of the mirror to avoid having to scrape off any remainder paint with a razor blade at the end. I folded the plastic so it fit under the tape just right. Here’s what it looked like when I finished:

3. Now it’s time to whip out your spray paint! I put some plastic down in our backyard and held it down with tile scraps. This is important because a gust of wind could easily blow the plastic edges onto your fresh paint (yes, I speak from experience). Also, as I was finishing handy hubby told me I should have spray painted with the item standing up, but my frame came out close to perfect so I’m going to share anyway!

4. Shake your spray paint can for about 1 minute or 2 and spary back and forth a few times in long strides (basically go from one corner to the other). Then move to the next side and repeat. I did a few rotations until it looked like the mirror was pretty covered.

5. I let it dry throughly and went back to give a few more coats, just to brighten it up and viola! A black mirror turns crisp and white. Don’t mind my dirty floors, we were in the process of grouting!

 

 

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