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1  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!

2  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.
3  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.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A Tardalier (tardis inspired Chandelier) on: September 13, 2010 11:03:17 AM
I loved this pottery barn edison chandelier but didn't want to blow the $$$ on it so I made my own. It's actually pretty simple to make it to. Now that it's done, we think it looks like something out of the tardis.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rewired, verdigris chandelier on: August 13, 2010 07:43:43 PM
I took the dh to look at a super cute retro couch at the Salvation Army today (yes, we bought it) and found this super cute 1960sish chandelier. It was faux brass, ugly white tubs, no wires, but I knew I could fix it.

So I gave it a light coating of green spray paint to make it look like verdigris, rewired it, and wrapped the tubes in metallic wallpaper and got this.

I posted more photos of it on  my blog , but you get the idea. I heart it!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Counter top goes from meh tiles to WOW! wood! on: July 31, 2010 09:02:07 PM
So the lovely previous owners did some projects to spiff up my 90 year old house. Their idea of spiff up and my idea of spiff up are different. Their idea is to turn my 90year old house in to a Lowe's demo floor and to do a job that doesn't hold up. Case in point, the tiled counter in my kitchen.

It wasn't *so* bad, it just didn't fit with the age of the house. Then the tiles started popping off. I checked under them and found that it was painted wood and the thing set wasn't sticking to it. Awesome! It made my job easier!

I removed the tile job in about 5 min. I then used a heat gun to remove the paint job which took slightly longer and then I sanded the whole thing. After it was buttery smooth, I stained it in Kona colored stain which matches my floors I redid. I heart it!

It was super easy to do and it looks loads better now. Plus! It's so much easier to clean
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly beat up table turns Sage Green and bookish on: July 28, 2010 02:52:30 PM
I bought a table at the salvation Army today. It was a good solid base with metal tipped feet and a glass top over a wood base. It could be pretty but alas, it was beat up Sad

So I bought it for $15 and took it home. The height was perfect for next to my reading spot in my front living room. I bought a sage gray paint and spray painted the base. I then tried thin blue fabric for the top but hated it. The husband mentioned using book pages like another project in my house and so I did. I didn't glue them down, just put them under the glass section, let it leak over the top of the sides, smooshed the glass on and then used a razor to cut the excess paper off.

I heart it. It's the perfect pair to my old couch that I'll recover sometime. The gray sage color matches curtains in my bedroom, my shower curtain and some pillows so it goes well with the rest of the house too.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / 1920s dining room complete makeover (very picture heavy) on: June 19, 2010 08:32:25 AM
Okay so the dining room now looks like this

It was a long process though

When we looked at my house, the dining room really bothered me but I knew we could fix it because it was only cosmetic. The wallpaper, wall color, light fixture, and scratched up floors made me hate the room.

It started with the chandelier. We took it down and primed and painted it with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I replaced its light bulbs and hung it back up

We moved on to painting next and used a historically accurate teal color from Lowes. I painted the top portion of the wall dark teal and love it.

We decided to wallpaper the bottom half where the wallpaper was up from the previous owner. I couldn't remove it without seriously damaging my plaster walls. I bought some paintable textured wallpaper from Target in a damask pattern and went to town with dh. If I were to do it again, I'd pick a smaller pattern. We wasted a lot of wallpaper getting the design correct but it was our first wallpaper job and I'm happy with how it turned out.

We painted the wallpaper white after we put it up and sealed the seams with paintable caulk. It helped give the wallpaper a seamless look. We also put up wood trim between the painted section and the wallpapered section.

We decided we didn't like the floor and I went through a stage of painting the floor. It's a good idea in theory but my floor didn't like it. Whatever was on there made it so the paint didn't stick and we had to sand it or replace the floor. We decided it couldn't get much worse so let's sand and stain and see what happens.

The floor started out like this.

And not that you can see it well, but the floor was chipping. Whatever was previously used was more like paint and was instead of stain. it looked awful in spots. So we rented a sander and sanded, stained, and polyed the floors ourselves. Which led us to this

I love the room so much more now and feel like it goes better with my 1920s house. Now I just have to get the rest of the rooms in shape too. I already did the ( front living room), but there are a lot more rooms in this house to make pretty!

You can see the complete photo set on  my flickr or check out my blog for the other stuff I'm working on Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Steampunk meets Alice in Wonderland for under $500 on: February 22, 2010 09:02:07 PM
I recently finished my living room makeover and spent less than $500 for the whole thing. When I say whole thing, I mean furniture, paint (for walls and floor), accessories, art, etc. Literally every single thing done in the room. It's a bit steampunk since we wanted the decor to not clash with the old house and a bit Alice in Wonderland since I heart Alice in Wonderland. I still have a couple things to do (like find a white rabbit and finish painting the wall with the clock), but it's pretty much done and is now my favorite room in the house.

Before shot (A photo from the listing)

I did a really super long post with the cost break down of everything and it came to $471 total for the room. You can read that cost break down  here
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Fug fireplace gussied up on: January 19, 2010 09:30:07 PM
I had this fug fireplace that came with my really old house and at one point it had been redone in forest green tiles and maroon brick with a curdled cream wood surround. I can't afford to replace the whole thing yet so I'm attempting to turn it in to something that doesn't make me want to take a sledge hammer to it. I used high heat spray paint on the tiles and bricks within a couple hours of having the keys (which was about 7 months ago) and then removed the piece of wood that covers a hole in the surround that was filled with a styrofoam insert by a previous owner. Tonight I decided to do up the fireplace with vintage book paper and a felt garland. The first photo is from the house listing. The second photo is what I've been living with for the past several months and the bottom two photos are the afters.

I'm not done yet, but it's better than looking at the hole that is under the paper and the fireplace gets to live another day.
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