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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) on: May 11, 2014 04:11:06 PM
I'm finally almost finished with the kitchen, my attention has been diverted to our main home's shed which is wrought with rot!  But once I get back to the cottage the work will consist of a lot of trade projects...electric al and plumbing for the new dishwasher and the entire bathroom.

So I created the shelves from scratch with old slab hollow-core doors and some new trim.  Then cut, sanded and painted all the corbels because I couldn't get behind the idea of spending $7-10 a piece for the 10 I needed.  Still want to arrange the upper left shelf a little better but I'm so happy with the transformation Cheesy

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From Soccer Ball to Death Star on: May 11, 2014 04:01:08 PM
Hehe! The funniest thing about this project...is that my son is now into Pokemon, lol!!  He still uses the chair in his bedroom but his love has moved on Cheesy  I think it will make a great addition to our new rec room that is in the works Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) on: February 20, 2014 08:36:31 AM
Okay!  With Christmas and winter vacations out of the way, I'm ready to tackle this project again...in between snow storms and bad driving weather Cheesy  I've been down to the cottage a few times in the last couple weeks and managed to get the kitchen cabinet doors back on....what a difference in white!



I got the oars up on the wall...still a huge list of To Dos, lol Cheesy  I just ordered a pendant schoolhouse light fixture for above the sink and I'm going to be playing musical furniture once the weather gets better, bringing in a floor cabinet from home and rearranging a few things.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Secret Playroom ~ Hobbit Hole image intense on: January 01, 2014 04:56:13 PM
Your secret playroom is amazing!  Love, love, love it Cheesy
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) on: November 29, 2013 03:17:57 PM
If you notice in the kitchen, the top casing isn't on the window frame, there used to be the top of the cabinets with a light that I removed.  I could have taken off the existing casings and mitred new ones to redo it, but decided to make my own corner blocks and use a butt joint.  To stay with my cutesy cottage theme, I engraved a hedgehog and an owl on some blocks of wood.  Also, because we're on the lake I've decided to use rope to accent the decor.  One of my rope projects is doing monkey fist knots to use as finials on my new curtain rods...all I've done to attach the knots is use a long screw and push the knots onto them.  I was thinking I should secure them better but have to consider how to get the curtains off if I need too.  I also plan to use a smaller diameter rope for smaller accent knots on some tiebacks...still figuring out how to create the tieback hook/attachment.  Other rope projects also in the works: hot-glued rope around a wallplate to hide a wallpaper boo boo; rope around a lamp base and maybe a couple large monkey fists for door stop or recipe book bookends.







6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Star Wars Bad Guys Ceiling Light on: November 21, 2013 07:01:41 AM
I like the idea, but did you take into account the ceiling lamp shade may get hot? Dripping Crayolas then?

Salad

Thanks for mentioning that, my husband mentioned it first but I decided I will give it a test run.  It didn't take super long to draw so if it has to be redone a different way I can wipe it from the glass shade...but I really hope it doesn't drip Cheesy  Your comment also made me look at the care information on the Window Writers, apparently they should still wipe but maybe need a bit more elbow grease the longer it's on the glass.  I do know for a fact that the Dry Erase will melt, as they did in the backseat of the vehicle we took on a summer roadtrip and smudged into the upholstery (not fun!).  Maybe I'll wait for a sale on LED bulbs to fit the shade, I heard they aren't supposed to give off as much heat Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Star Wars Bad Guys Ceiling Light on: November 20, 2013 09:45:59 PM
So I've been on a Star Wars crafting streak, more than a handful of projects on the go for my son's new themed room.  I was trying to figure out how to deal with the light in his bedroom, currently the light is hideous and of poor quality but what kind of Star Wars theme could I do?  I do stained glass but don't want to commit to that big of a project, I've used the stained glass paint but it was more of an expense than what I wanted.  So I decided that maybe I would do the helmets of the bad guys in Star Wars and paint them on the glass shade...but then decided to try Crayola Window Writers because they were cheap.  It seemed to come out pretty good; I also had some Crayola Dry Erase Crayons from a roadtrip this past summer and I was able to color over some of the markers for a deeper or different shade.  I still going to paint over the gold parts of the light fixture in gray before I install it but I'll post an action shot once I get it up Cheesy

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Time And Relative Dollars In Space on: November 20, 2013 07:37:50 AM
Thank you so much, this is the perfect Christmas gift for my friend's daughter, who recently discovered the world of Dr. Who!  I just hope I can do as good a job as you Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) on: November 13, 2013 09:16:26 AM
Thank you I Sew Cute and lady4feet Smiley  I was really surprised with how much more light the window gave off after I removed the cupboards on either side.  I sometimes wish I could fast forward to the end product but I also love doing all the projects so much and, even more, being able to say that I did it myself Cheesy

Here are some updates Smiley

Here I've gone and made templates from my collection of artwork and I'm arranging my gallery wall.  I never would have thought to try it this way but after finding a tutorial of sorts it took away a lot of guesswork Smiley


I've had time to prime both newly paneled doors but wanted a pic with just one so the comparison would be better.


While I was poking around the garage and boat shed I happened on an old lifesaver and a couple oars...perfect for wall art!  I've gotten the lifesaver up but am still trying to figure out how to best mount the oars. 

I purchased some new dark wooden curtain rods and put up curtains that I recycled from two houses ago.  The curtains are very dear to me because they are the last project I worked on with my mother before she passed.  I love that I can use them here Cheesy 

I also pulled the area rug from my neighbor's garbage last summer, it needed a good cleaning and it is a little small for the space but the color is spot on and I may be able to use it elsewhere Smiley  I'd love to have an oval braided rug in blues&browns but holy $$$$!


Also, call me crazy but I've been doing a lot of decorating while I still have to actually paint the walls and finish cleaning/painting the ceiling but I considered that if I did something I didn't like I could patch any holes and try again without mucking up a new paint job Cheesy

The last little project I want to show for now is my kitchen cabinet feet,  I've just primed all but one of them, which needs a few more cuts, but here is a photo from when I was dry-fitting...I'm very excited to see the end product and what kind of difference they make.  I have not quite figured out if I should paint the actual toe-kick a darker color to simulate a deeper shadow or just leave it white (like the cabinets).
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yoshi Pillow on: November 10, 2013 09:59:00 AM
Wow! Amazing!  Your friend is very lucky Smiley
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