My mother painted two beautiful flat pieces of artwork for my home. My mom is awesome. And I wanted the artwork to standout in my home. Because it deserves that (and so does mom!). They currently were in two black frames. Too plain and too flat! My solution to make these paintings pop? Lance crackers! No, seriously. Keep reading to see how I used cardboard cracker boxes to create a faux canvas. Well, two actually…
As we shared earlier, we went ahead and made the plunge on a new rug for our office from overstock. This 8 foot by 11 foot rug set us back $185, but it has already proved resilient against our “vomity” cat. This is likely because this rug is meant to be poolside (outdoor), so it is super durable as an indoor rug.
Here is a before shot of our office.
And here is an office shot from another angle. Yes my husband sits on a pillow. (Maybe I need to surprise him with a new chair!)
You can see how the current green rug is just too small for the space. Now for the big reveal.
Ta da! And here it is again from another angle.
It is rug love! It fits in the space beautifully and the pattern provides a nice modern touch.
Seeing this “after” picture puts me in a cleaning and organizing mood. Got to go! Tell us what you think of the new rug!
So I finally did it. I bought a new rug! It was one of those purchases that I mulled over before hitting the submit button long after Adam was set on the purchase. It was hard because the rug total came to $185.23. That big chunk of change is not a usual purchase for us. I kept thinking how we could find something cheaper on Craigslist, but this rug has perfect written all over it. I had about $85.00 in credit card rewards to use towards this purchase, so that helped too. (I never carry a balance on my credit card from month to month, but I always use a credit card for purchases to accrue cash rewards and point rewards.) The rug was also 15% as part of a Memorial Day sale. I saved another 7% off using a link through RetailMeNot. I’m all about checking for coupons first before finalizing an order. Okay, now on to the perfectness of this rug. One, the rug is the right size. This beauty is going into our home office (which is also one of the largest rooms in our house). I first almost had myself convinced that a smaller rug was the right choice.
I think it was the near $100 price tag that was fogging my judgement. I sometimes have a bad habit of justifying flaws because the price is right. Now, this is a perfectly good rug, don’t get me wrong. It is just too small for my space, and it doesn’t currently come in a larger size. I needed an 8×10 rug at least. And I found it! Even more blissfully, the pattern on this rug seems eerily similar to the scrapbook paper I used on the front of my ikea alex hack.
The ratings for this rug were non-existent and how could I buy a rug without ratings? Well, after some internet sleuthing, I learned this is a Safavieh rug. All the Safavieh indoor/outdoor rugs on Overstock have wonderful ratings (much like this one here).
If this purchase goes well, I just might buy the above rug for under my kitchen table. I might be saying this because I have a two month trial membership with Overstock that garnered me $8.66 in Club O Reward bucks to use on a future purchase. (Yes, I know this is how they get you, but I will end my membership in two months nonetheless!)
So what do you think of this rug purchase? I can’t wait to see it in our office!
For the longest time, we’ve wanted some kind of light above the sink in our kitchen. We finally settled on a simple DIY solution to this problem using the IKEA Hemma cord set. The cord set comes with a long electrical wire that has a normal 2-prong plug on one end, and a light socket on the other. The light socket has a removable screw piece to allow you to attach a lamp shade. The screw piece holds the shade securely onto the light socket end of the cord. The cord itself is quite strong and can easily handle a glass shade hanging from it.
The cord set comes with an open eye hook, but it didn’t work in our situation because there was no stud in the ceiling where we wanted to hang the light. We ended up buying a hanging plant hook kit. We had to modify the hook slightly because the plastic wire hanger that came with the Hemma was too small to fit over the end of the planter hook.
To fix this, I simply cut the end off of the hook with a small hacksaw. The metal was very soft and this took only seconds. If you don’t have a hacksaw, you could possibly use heavy duty wire cutters to cut the end off.
These hanging kits are designed to hold hanging planters which are pretty heavy and come with the parts to install on either a stud or directly into drywall. The drywall anchor is a spring toggle bolt, which is capable of hanging a lot of weight. This is a bit overkill for this project, but it doesn’t hurt. For other projects, you may want to check out which kind of drywall anchor would be right for you. To install this toggle bolt, I used a half-inch spade drill bit to drill a hole in the ceiling large enough to accept the toggle bolt when it is folded.
We planned to power the light using a power socket under the kitchen cabinets by the sink but we didn’t want the plug just hanging down from the ceiling for two reasons; 1) Because it is unsightly and 2) because the Hemma wire was several feet too long. What we decided to do was to run the wire inside our cabinets and leave the extra wire on top of the cabinet. To do this, we used a larger drill bit to drill a hole bottom shelf and the top of the cabinets as close to the back corner as possible.
We threaded the wire through the holes and tied a knot just before the bottom hole leaving enough on the other side to reach the plug under the cabinets. This knot should prevent any extra wire from coming through the hole.
We got a shade from a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $2.00. These stores are great because they have a wide variety of random construction pieces and furniture for great prices and the money goes to help Habitat for Humanity. The particular share we got was a bit too big to fit on the screw part of the hemma, so I filed down some of the plastic on the hemma’s light socket to make some room. I was only able to thread a couple of threads on the socket with the screw piece, but that was plenty to hold the shade.
All in all, the IKEA Hemma proved to be a great solution for us. There are tons of really great examples out there using it as well. It allows you to be creative and still coming up with a professional look. If you have used the Hemma for a DIY lighting project, we’d love to see what you did! Leave us a comment with info and a link.
Today as I got into my car I realized that someone had broken into it and ransacked my glovebox and center console. I couldn’t nail down exactly when it happened but I couldn’t help but feel violated. Someone else in my neighborhood also had a break in. I decided to do something about it. I immediately went to the closest store and grabbed a cheap webcam and prepared to make a motion triggered surveillance system. (Man, I love Linux).
Many people think the fronts of cars look life faces. There is even an entire Flickr set devoted to car faces! Well, ever since I saw my house for this first time, I thought my house look like a face. The windows are perfect eyes and the garage looks like a mouth.
I needed to put my anthropomorphic house theory to the test. (Yes, I had to look up how to spell anthropomorphic.) For Halloween, I decided to use my house face palette to create a scary face. Adam and I had different visions for our beauty, so we sketched out our ideas using paint to end our squabble. Yes we are that anal retentive. Our ideas were:
Although we thought Idea 1 would likely look the best, we decided to go with Idea 4. We figured cutting out black teeth would be easier than trying to create a black background. This is how we did it.
We cut the edges off each garbage bag to create black squares of material. From there, we cut out isosceles triangle shapes to use as the teeth. We didn’t measure any sizes, but we did use the square pattern in our garage door to measure sizes.
Because we didn’t officially measure the teeth sizes, the last two teeth had to be cut smaller to make them fit. We did this to the last two teeth so there wouldn’t be one tooth that was noticeably smaller than the rest. This way the overall visual sizes of the teeth look balanced.
More double sided tape was used on the bottom teeth than the top because we were concerned water or wind might more easily remove these teeth. The bags had a bit of static cling which also helped them stick to the garage door nicely.
Overall this was an easy and fun project. It only took Adam and I less than an hour to complete the entire project, including creating idea sketches in paint. Can you turn your house into a face? Send us your results!
Our future plans involve laying down hardwood in our entire home. Since the carpet that currently exists still has some life left, I don’t want to replace it until it is necessary (oh the suspense is killing me; but I think it is practical to do major redesigns when they are warranted and not just because you want to). Anyway, my point is we are going to need to start building up a rug collection for when we have hardwoods.
Because there is tons of fun in doing-it-yourself, I scoured the internet for diy rug options. I was pleasantly surprised at all the choices I found. They really push the boundaries of the the term “rug“. Because sewing doesn’t agree with me and braiding/crocheting seems time consuming – these are options I think would be simplest to do.
I discovered my most favorite unexpected rug option at Sugar Bee Crafts -you can make a ‘rug’ out of plywood! Oh the options for a plywood rug! You can stain it or paint it (or both). You can use stencils or tape. You can make it fit your style. (The vinyl rug below has the same customization options).
At our old place we had a low pile carpet. Office chairs roll nicely over this carpet. Our new house’s carpet, not so much. This plywood rug might just be the ticket for this space!
The thing I love the most about vinyl rugs is the potential of putting a remnant piece of vinyl to good use. Based on the tutorials I read, any vinyl will work; however a thicker vinyl is a must. You can either paint vinyl like Addicted 2 Decorating’s post (pictured below) and Design Dazzle’s post or…
Or you can cover vinyl with fabric like In My Own Style.
I am also in love with Momtastic’s quatrefoil version of a fabric vinyl rug.
Staying on a fabric roll, fabric rugs also have a lot of simple, diy options. You can simply add a backing and lining to fabric you heart like High-Heeled Foot in the Door’s chevron beaut.
Rugs are not just meant for indoors. An outdoor burlap rug is featured on ohdeedoh’s how to post. One of the easiest rug options is to update an existing fabric rug with a little paint like Sarah Wandering did here.
Or like A Little Bite of Everything’s Moroccan inspired design here. It is fab and super simple. The only color painted on was the white for the pattern. LOVE IT!
Roll Up Blind Rug
To add the cherry to this post, the easiest DIY rug I found was Re-nest’s idea of converting a roll up blind to a floor covering. Very chic!
So which rug am I going to make? Right now I want to make them ALL! They are added to my ever growing home to do list…
I wasn’t ever really a list person. This is likely because I would spend more time trying to find my to-do list than it would take to get done whatever was actually on the list. Adam is a to-do list
freak enthusiast. I will admit that lists can come in handy, especially with a ginormous project like a house. A new house. A BIG new house.
Plus, this is a list I shouldn’t be able to lose. (I also have secret hopes that this will grow to be the largest post on my blog.) Even better, maybe the items sitting up here for the whole world to see will motivate us to tackle “The List” on a regular basis.
This list contains must-do’s as well as dream to-do’s. Maybe I should color-coordinate the list? Nah… Okay, strike that, colors may be a necessity. I have new items since we have moved in. This color will represent the 2012 must do’s and dream to-do’s. Some to do list items we are currently undecided about. Like curtain treatments. We’ve lived without them and like the simplicity of not having them. Do I still want them?
Moving In Repairs We’ve been moved in for almost a year and still haven’t finished our moving in list. Yikes!
Master Office (Our office is in what most people would call the master bedroom.)
Creativity Room (Don’t snicker; we have 4 bedrooms for one couple! What would you do with an extra room?)
SheekGeek Inventory Room
Master Office Bathroom
I have deliberated about paint colors for so many hours that I may just be in the days (quite possibly weeks) range now. I would like to add that this process would have taken less time if Adam liked all the color choices I picked out. Of course, that would have ruined some of the fun. I enjoy discussing color choices AND everyone needs a good healthy debate when it comes to decorating. Plus, in the end I am hopeful it will turn out for the better.
Honestly it wasn’t that bad because we were in agreement about having blues and greens in our home to begin with; it is the hue we
argued debated over. I wanted more earthy tones. If Adam were writing this post, he would describe my color choices as dreary. He wanted brighter colors. And seemingly contradictorily he wanted gray. We both worried about cohesion between rooms and if the colors would match our current and future styles.
Who knows if we accomplished that goal… at least not yet. I am optimistic; we are new at this. Apparently (based on my internet research) I should go for posh paints like Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. Based on family aand friend’s recommendations, I am going for Valspar. It is a simple as for its value (and my wallet), Valspar seems like the right choice. I also have a sneaking suspicion that I will be painting again someday anyway.
This is the final output of our color ideas merged into one. I conceded and gave the okay to the grays. Adam conceded and gave the okay to not so bright colors (being a nice wife, I chose brighter colors than my original picks to meet him halfway).
Here is the downstairs.
I used Color Swatches and good ole’ fashioned eyeballing it to get the colors as close to my color samples as I could.
The Valspar chosen colors are as follows.
Seeing in all laid out makes me excited to see it in person. I can’t wait to paint!