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1  Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mutantstar 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...electrical 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

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2  Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mutantstar 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.

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3  Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mutantstar 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.

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4  Star Wars Bad Guys Ceiling Light in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mutantstar 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

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5  Re: Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mutantstar 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).
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6  Cottage Redesign (lots of pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by mutantstar 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 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
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7  Luchador Key Ring Holder in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mutantstar 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:

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8  From Soccer Ball to Death Star in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mutantstar 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:

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9  My first clay project: Doggy Dresser Knobs! :) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by mutantstar 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

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10  Trio of Basement Window Panels in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by mutantstar on: March 23, 2008 08:45:17 AM
This is my first stained glass project for the house after taking a class in the fall loving it so much and buying all the equipment for a studio in the basement, lol.  I made the pattern to replicate a single pane I had seen somewhere on the internet.  I have yet to hot glue the panels to the frame but they seem to be sitting there ok for the time being.  Nice to add some privacy but still let lots of light in.

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