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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Idea to block view thru front gate on: May 13, 2012 06:37:18 PM
Love the wood suggestion! LOL
We have chainlink all around and have had to come up with some creative solutions. The slats work well, but you can still sort of see through them. They do make one that is supposed to look like green vines and it is pretty dense so it provides more privacy. It would be expensive to do an entire fence but affordable if you are only doing a gate.

I have seen people fasten bamboo to their fence or even a woven beach mat. 

My friend wanted to cover her gate, so she bought two inexpensive plastic/flannel backed tablecloths from Walmart in a bright color. She trimmed them to fit the gate and sewed them with the flannel together, so that there was plastic on both sides. then she made ties and sewed them to the corners and I think she put two on each side and one in the middle of the top and bottom. Then she tied it to the gate.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Fun Sucker Valentine Cards on: February 12, 2012 12:32:18 AM



To make these cards, I just took a picture of my daughter holding a PVC pipe. Then I printed the pictures and glued them on some construction paper.  We punched a hole in the picture at the top of the PVC pipe and inserted a sucker.  This was a really easy card to make and my seven year old loved working on it. We got the idea from the Disney Family Fun website.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: kitchen curtain confusion! on: December 05, 2011 12:00:51 PM
I would stick to the cafe curtain look...similar to what is already there in the first picture, with a valance and lower curtain. The fabric you have picked (which is so cute!) will take away any old lady look about it. I would also hang them using a fun rod and clip hangers like the ones in the first link you posted.

I have a glass french door off my kitchen, and I wasn't thrilled with having a curtain on it, so I bought some artscapes window panels and used that for privacy instead of a curtain. Mine looks like stained glass, but they have lots of options. If I get tired of it, I can always peel it away.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Welcome to my home, come on in! on: December 05, 2011 08:03:31 AM
My husband was in the Air Force for 20 years. The first house we had, we painted our dining room walls a really dark cranberry red and when he had to PCS, it was so hard to get those walls back to white. LOL We actually left for our next station a day later than we planned and had to make up time on the road.  After that we stuck to white walls in base housing and brought color into our lives through the furniture.  The first house we bought, once he retired, we went crazy with bright colors on all the walls...just because we could...eventually we toned it down, but it was so fun to have a house that we could paint away in.

Your house looks great!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Covering laminate kitchen cupboards? on: June 01, 2011 05:47:29 PM
We moved into a house last summer and I had to make a choice between new cabinets or new appliances...we just didn't have the budget for both. I chose new appliances and painted the ugly dark brown laminate cabinets a cranberry red.  Just take your time and they will turn out great.

I did scratch them up a tiny bit with sandpaper. Then I primed them. After that it was two coats of semigloss enamel applied with a paint pad. It has been almost a year and there is no peeling. I have read that you can seal them with a clear coat, but I didn't and they are doing fine. I was really scared to do it, but once I saw how it turned out and how it has held up, I wanted to kick myself for not trying it in other places I have lived.

Here are two pictures...they are way more red in real life.


6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My daughter's big girl bedroom!! (img heavy) on: April 03, 2011 02:45:57 PM
This room is really cute. I keep thinking about hanging a net over my daughter's bed, but I have nightmares of her pulling it down from the ceiling...if not her, then her little brothers. LOL How did you anchor it in? 
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: wallpaper on: April 02, 2011 08:23:24 PM
Designyourwall.com has some really nice retro patterns. They are a little pricey, but if you only have a small area the cost might be doable.

I usually buy wallpaper from Steves Blinds and Wallpaper. They have really great prices and tons of things to choose from. Just do a search for roses with your colors and you might find something you like.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fun and causal wall color to go with cherry cabinets? on: April 02, 2011 08:09:14 PM
Our last house had cherry cabinets with a creamy beige color on the walls. We ended up moving before we had the chance to do any painting, but I was considering a buttery yellow color to contrast the cherry cabinets.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Air force wife decor advice needed..... on: March 15, 2011 03:01:11 PM
My husband was in the Air Force for 20 years and we were always allowed to paint our rooms. We just had to get permission from housing and return it back to white when we left. It has to pass inspection, so keep this in mind. It isn't like a  rental where the worst thing that happens is you don't get your deposit back.

If things have changed, (he got out in 2005) you can always do contact paper, material, or even peel and stick murals and borders. I would call housing and see if you can paint and make sure you go to the self help store and see what they have to help you decorate. (It is free) In fact that is where we always got our white paint to return the walls back to their original color when we transferred.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My Husband: Genius on: March 15, 2011 12:33:55 PM
What an amazing job. It looks so nice and it looks so comfy...and those two things don't always go hand in hand!
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