A fresh coat of paint and a little bit of caulk

September 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Posted in for the House | Leave a comment
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This is was my kitchen.  Wasn’t it lovely?  I suppose the dark stained cabinets and wallpaper might have looked ok when they were first done, but by the time we bought the house last year it was pretty bad.  I was absolutely thrilled last month when I found a great deal on 3 gallons of paint in almost the exact color I wanted, and after I painted the rest of the living areas there was almost a gallon leftover, more than enough to do the kitchen. Continue Reading A fresh coat of paint and a little bit of caulk…

framing skeleton keys without using glue

May 15, 2012 at 10:51 am | Posted in crafts, for the House | 2 Comments
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I love old keys, locks, and watches.  Skeleton keys especially fascinate me, and I think they look lovely framed on the wall.  But every tutorial or idea I found either involved tying a ribbon to the keys, or gluing them down.   I wanted a cleaner look than ribbon or twine, and I just couldn’t glue my old keys in case it ruins the patina.

 

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Removing 1971 from our bathroom, Part 3- the light fixture

April 10, 2012 at 6:01 am | Posted in for the House | Leave a comment
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Our bathroom came with a very boxy light fixture that shorted out.  I neglected to photograph it before I removed it, but it was pretty bad.  I wanted to go the cheapest route possible, so went to the habitat restore to see what they had in the way of light fixtures.  I love the look of wrought iron,with art glass shades, but this is what I ended up finding.  Not bad for $15, so I brought it home, and picked up a can of rubbed bronze spray paint.

I really love how the spray paint changed its look, and hanging it with the lights pointing up instead of down really helped too.  I’m not a big fan of the glass shades, but I know if I am patient enough I should be able to find a great deal on the ones I want.  The light fixture that I wanted was $180, and while this isn’t it, for 90% less its close enough for me.  🙂

Next on the list… repainting the cabinet and removing the popcorn from the ceiling.

Removing 1971 from our bathroom, part 2: The venetian blinds

April 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Posted in for the House | 2 Comments
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Our house came with venetian blinds in every window.  I love them, and I really don’t mind the blue blinds since they are my favorite color.  But they really clashed with the new green on the walls in the bathroom. (These are identical blinds in the kitchen, since I forgot to take a before picture in the bathroom.) Continue Reading Removing 1971 from our bathroom, part 2: The venetian blinds…

Removing 1971 from our bathroom, part 1

March 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Posted in for the House | 1 Comment
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Our house was built in 1971.  We bought it from the children of the couple that built it, so a lot of the original wallpaper, paneling, and fixtures remain.  Blue is my favorite color, but there is something about the country pink and blue that I can’t stand.  The wallpaper was peeling off in several spots, so it couldn’t be painted over.

As I peeled the paper off I found that it had been glued directly to untreated drywall.  It pulled top layer off of the drywall in several places, leaving the wall with a weird texture.  I primed the drywall with white kiltz, which was supposed to seal it to prevent further damage.  The wall had an odd texture, but it looked much better than the nasty paper.  (The yellow color around the toilet is the drywall without any paint.  I waited for my husband to remove the toilet to paint back there.)

I went to home depot to look for texture options to cover the damage, and found bellagio faux on clearance for $9 a gallon.  I added a $5 mistinted gallon of green paint, and set to work.  (I always take photos of clearance signs, in case the item doesn’t ring up the advertised price it is much easier to pull out my phone than to wait for someone to walk to the other end of the store to verify the price.)

In hindsight, I should have sanded the rough patches, and then primed over any exposed drywall again before painting the base color.  You can really see the damage in the white area here, before I painted on the base coat of green.  That’s why I started with the small back bathroom, since it doesn’t bother me to be a little messed up, and now I know better.  When I redo the larger hall bathroom (that everyone will see) it will be done right.

I used a heavy layer of the faux texture, and didn’t squish the chunks like the directions said.  (I tried that behind the toilet, and it didn’t look very good.)  It is 300% better than the original wallpaper, and it only cost $28 for the kilts, base layer, and texture since I bought clearance paints.  At first I wasn’t sure that I really liked the texture, but its grown on me.

Eventually, I’d like to change the clunky cabinet out for a pedestal sink since it would open the room up, but that would involve re-tiling the floor, and major repair to the wall behind the cabinet…not going to happen for quite a while so I think I am going to just paint it tan for the time being.  I already painted the mirror/cabinet, window shelf, and trim white (with leftover kilts.)

You can see the popcorn falling off of the ceiling, the country blue venetian blinds, and the lovely sliding glass shower doors here.  The shower and doors have to stay, but I will fix up everything else.  I finally ordered a chord to recharge the batteries for my real camera, since the original was lost in the move and my cell phone camera doesn’t have the capability to focus.  Its killing me to put these blurry photos up, but they’re all I’ve got 🙂

Random gadgets and tips

February 27, 2012 at 7:30 am | Posted in Food, for the House | Leave a comment

Friday night we had pizza for supper, and I used my meat tenderizer to punch holes in the crust before I baked it.  This got me thinking about the little gadgets I use all the time.  Here are some of my favorites, because its always nice to find things that work well: Continue Reading Random gadgets and tips…

Blue! Glazed Jewlery Frame

February 16, 2012 at 8:14 am | Posted in crafts, for the House | Leave a comment
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I am a very practical girl.  While I like pretty things, if I have to chose between function and form I will always choose function.  So I love it when something can be functional AND pretty.  I like to think that this jewelry frame qualifies as both.

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DIY Pantry Lights

January 18, 2012 at 8:21 am | Posted in for the House, thrifty projects | Leave a comment
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Our house was built in 1971, and apparently the people who built it didn’t like light.  I had a very hard time getting my camera to take a photo of the pantry that wasn’t blacked out – even with all the kitchen lights on that corner stays dark.  The after photo really doesn’t show what a huge difference the lights make – when I stuck everything back in I had almost an extra shelf worth of space, since I could see everything and where it was going.  Being the cheap thrifty person that I am, I didn’t spend $40 on rope lights for my pantry, or even more for a fancy lighting system.   Continue Reading DIY Pantry Lights…

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