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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) on: November 09, 2013 09:12:05 PM
So my current project on the go is redesigning my cottage.  My husband and I purchased the home from my grandmother because I couldn't see it leaving our family.  I spent most of my summers there while growing up and it holds lots of memories.  I loved how she designed the space but it's time for my own spin on things.  My main projects are the kitchen and bathroom.  The kitchen because I want more white and more cottage feel.  The bathroom because it's fixtures are in need of repair.

Here is the BEFORE KITCHEN:


Here is the BEFORE LIVINGROOM:


Here is the mockup of what I plan to do.  I really wanted a bank of 3 windows but after having a quote done decided that can wait for a while Smiley  The cabinet doors are going to be painted white, removing 5 cupboards, putting up a beadboard backsplash, crown moulding on the cabinets and some open shelves on either side of the window.


I had a tenant in there for the last 3yrs and they just moved out this past summer.  It took me so so long to clean...in fact I haven't even finished cleaning the ceiling.  The tenant smoked and it was everywhere Sad  One day I got tired of cleaning so I decided to start some demolition.


Then my husband helped me remove the cabinet doors.  Instead of using real beadboard I decided to take a chance on Martha Stewart's beadboard paintable wallpaper, my first time ever attempting the stuff.  It was a breeze and I like the results...it's fooled 3 people so far, lol Smiley  I also wanted to show that even though I scrubbed the place down with TSP, the plastic facing on the edge of the cabinet shelves was stained in almost every case (circled in red below).  It looks kinda gross with bright clean cabinet interiors and this stained yellow strip on the edge of the shelves so I got creative with some dollarstore washi tape in blue gingam and just covered shelf ends in tape Cheesy


The next thing was the crown on the cabinets.  I looked up a few hints and tips on the internet beforehand and it really helped...I would have taken me a few cuts to realize I should cut it upside down and all that jazz.  Once I got started it wasn't too bad and really came together.


I should be sticking to the kitchen to finish but I sorta got obsessed with the wallpaper for a little bit.  I decided that I needed to paper the front entry wall to help tie it all together.  I was at a loss for a while of what to do with this wall because it's covered in permanent wallplates...finally it hit me that the wall needed a picture gallery to disguise those fixtures.  There are two plain slab doors that lead to the bedrooms, I needed to jazz them up so I put more beadboard wallpaper framed with some tiny molding I salvaged from the garage.




I'd like to try to update this as I move through projects Smiley
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Luchador Key Ring Holder on: November 09, 2013 06:40:50 PM
I wanted to share this project, it still has a special place in my heart even though I created it forever ago now Smiley  Shortly after we moved into our house I realized we needed a place for our keys so I got on the task of creating a key ring holder.  A scrap piece of lumber, some random hooks scavenged from a can of hardware in the basement, some of my son's old wooden alphabet blocks and a stencil from Stencil 101; here is my creation:



13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From Soccer Ball to Death Star on: November 09, 2013 06:27:22 AM
Thank you everyone for the kind comments Smiley  It was definitely a fun and challenging project Cheesy
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Soccer Ball to Death Star on: November 07, 2013 04:49:32 PM
It's been quite some time since I posted a project on here, but I'm very proud of this one.  On our way back from a nerdy boardgaming session, I saw this huge soccer ball in someone's garbage, as we cruised pass I noticed it was a chair.  I turned around and told my husband to load it up in the trunk, I'd fix this up, it was so interesting.  Not two seconds after he loaded it up, I knew what I'd do; our son has recently discovered Star Wars and become a huge fan, he'd have a death star chair by the time I was finished Cheesy  Here are a few pics of this adventure:





15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: PS3 Mascot Sackboy!! (Now with even more info on his construction!) on: February 07, 2009 12:32:16 PM
Amazing work, my husband is jealous Cheesy
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My first clay project: Doggy Dresser Knobs! :) on: July 07, 2008 01:26:29 PM
Thanks Smiley

Good point Diane, unfortunately I did use Sculpty III Sad  Being my first clay project it's the most common stuff I could find in the craft places and cheapest for something I wasn't sure would work at all.  That is a great idea about removing them and putting them somewhere else when the time comes that they might become a safety hazard..thanks Smiley
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Army Themed Nursery ***PIC HEAVY*** on: July 07, 2008 07:15:12 AM
What a great nursery!!  Everything is so coordinated and personal...love all the small touches! Excellent job, your friend must be delighted with your work for her little man! Cheesy

Just about to be a first time mom myself and I'm just curious about the concern from the other posters...is it that the net could fall onto baby (smothering/choking hazard)? or that baby could pull it onto himself (smothering/choking hazard)? or something else?
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: First ATC (polyclay of course) on: July 07, 2008 06:41:48 AM
Gorgeous!!...love everything about it Smiley
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first clay project: Doggy Dresser Knobs! :) on: July 06, 2008 02:14:40 PM
Just going to include an action shot as there are several imperfections Wink, but for my first clay project I do believe it was a success.  The tennis ball actually got a crack in it but as long as it's positioned on the bottom no one will know Smiley

I'll be curious to see how well they stand up to actual use.  The room's occupant isn't due for another two months but at least I put the creepy black/white puppy in the bottom lefthand corner Cheesy

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Rope letters/names how can i make them? on: May 13, 2008 06:23:48 AM
If you were planning on mounting it on something, I'm thinking the hot glue should work...depending on how thick the rope is you might need a stronger type of hot glue (I'm not sure if that is even available?).

I definitely see that one of the pictures isn't attached or in a frame or anything and am curious about how they might have did that, but got me thinking...I wonder if you could string wire through the middle of the rope, get something that's heavy enough gage to hold the shape and then just twist into his name.  Then you can secure certain areas with some type of tie (like colors ribbons, or something more hardware related) and then you could mount it as is without a back.
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