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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Giant Pinboard on: June 12, 2012 02:54:30 PM
We had a home energy audit done and it turns out that not only is this pretty, it's functional too. I'd put it on a brick wall and when the auditor used his scanner thing, the area with the pinboard was much better insulated. He was surprised, asked what it was made from, and then we both had a duh moment. Of course the area of wall with the giant pinboard made of insulation material makes the wall insulated.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Chinese light on: June 12, 2012 02:50:28 PM
Love it! It's super pretty either way you do it, but I like the one without the orange ball better.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: hanging garden bags on: June 12, 2012 02:48:28 PM
I too thought the project was neat. I can totally picture it hanging from the lattice work on my front porch. Those judges were silly for giving you such a hard time!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / DIY Giant Pinboard on: December 18, 2011 03:59:38 PM

I saw the idea on Apartment Therapy (I think) and thought I could use it as a giant pinboard instead of just art. The husband purchased some exterior foam panels (4 feet x 8 feet and $11 each). I cut one down to 4 feet wide by 52 inches tall and I wrapped it in fabric. Husband hung it up on the wall using nails, I started pinning stuff to the new giant pinboard. My desk is a bit more cleared off now.

So, cut out your piece of foam insulation to be the size you want. Cut fabric to fit around it and wrap to the back. Staple gun the hell out of it. Curse a little when the staples sometimes pop out. Hang it up on the wall above your fireplace. Put stuff on it. And then? You have this!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Closet Renovation aka taking off 9+ layers of wall on: July 14, 2011 09:04:44 AM
I just finished my closet renovation and wanted to share. We had to remove 9ish layers of wallpaper and the last two layers had at least 3 layers of paint each. I started the project stupidly thinking I'd just take down the two shelves that weren't working for me and put up track shelves. /sigh

I painted it with leftover paints mixed together, used shelves and brackets we already had, and purchased the track shelf stuff. It now looks like this.

It started out like this though. Blech. You can't see it in the first photo, but there was a lot of damage. And that white? It's paint over other paint over wallpaper over paints over 8 layers of wallpaper. eww

And here's the obligatory blog link  with more photos of little details.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Under $30 bathroom redo on: March 29, 2011 07:35:40 AM
I recently redid my downstairs half bath (basically it's the size of a pantry... because that's what it was once upon a time) and spent less than $30 on it.

The gray paint color is a mix of left over paints from the rest of the house. I spray painted the pipes under my sink and my towel rod with left over oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I spent $23 on a light fixture and some pretty bulbs so I could swap out the fixture I didn't like. The painting is one my husband bought me when we lived in Japan. The first aid box was $2 at a garage sale, purchased on a whim, and stored in the basement for a while. The chalkboard was in my giveaway pile (I want to oil rubbed bronze its silver parts). The mirror was given to me by a friend and replaced the original wavy oval mirror the previous owners hung up.

This is after.

And here's some before pictures. Not good ones... but you get the idea with the fleshy colored walls, dark brown accent wall, modern light fixture that doesn't fit my 90 year old house, and the upside down cabinet that was improperly installed and fell off when I touched it etc.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is that bartop stuff called and where do i get it?!?! on: December 15, 2010 09:47:37 AM
The one I used is sold at Lowe's and is in the paint section (near the stain and spray paint and weird paints). I can't remember what it's called though Sad
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is painting wooden(parquet) floor okay? on: December 15, 2010 09:42:44 AM
You can paint the floor but you need to use the right paint and prep it properly first. CraftyLittleLady is right that it can be hard to keep clean and can scratch when you move furniture. I painted my floors and didn't follow the right steps or use the right paint and it looked like crap within a month or two

From reading up on what went wrong, you have to sand the finish off your floor first so the paint has something to grip to. you also do NOT want to use latex based porch paint (like I did) regardless of what the paint people tell you, it doesn't hold up as well as oil based porch paint or (even better) marine paint.

I think if your floor is newer and you're not living in the house for a LONG time, you're better off putting down a big rug or something else that is removable. People apparently don't like painted wood floors
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: character apartment makeover! ***Lots of pics!*** on: December 15, 2010 09:38:31 AM
Love your wall color choice. It really makes the white trim pop and looks so much cleaner
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: String lamp on: December 15, 2010 09:34:44 AM
This looks awesome. I tried to make one once and mine turned out horrifically. Love yours though!
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