Archives For December 2011

No Peeking

Jennifer —  December 26, 2011 — 2 Comments

No, I am not talking about looking at Christmas gifts before its time.  I am talking about bathroom privacy.  What?!  First let me give you some context.  I took two weeks off of work for Christmas and last week I spent getting ready for the guests.  It was great motivation to get some projects done on my list.  Since I work full-time these projects have to be done either after work, on weekends, or when I get time off. If nothing else got done in the house for my guests.  If I only had time to do ONE project…it was this one:

The window in the guest bathroom.  It”s in the tub/shower area.  Its view is the front yard…our main street.  Even worse, it is the window right next to the front door.  YIKES!  This is how I have remedied it in the past:

It”s a plastic shower  curtain with a tension rod.  It has fallen TWICE when I was in the shower.  The moisture gets to the tension rod and it falls for all the neighborhood to see you in the shower. Before we moved in, the previous owner had just put frosting on the windows.  You could totally see the silhouette of the person taking a shower from the road AND you could kind of see the person if you walked up to my porch. I don”t know about you, but that is not very guest friendly.  Here is what I did to fix it.  I bought this fabric shower curtain liner at Ikea this past fall.

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I found this blog post by Little Green Notebook  when I googled “DIY Roman Shade”.  The blogger figured out how to use old mini blinds to make a roman shade.  This was perfect because I have old mini blinds still hanging in the third bedroom.  Those windows are the same size as the one in the bathroom.  I followed the instructions to a tee.  Instead of using upholstery fabric, I used the fabric (not plastic) shower curtain liner.  This shade needed to be water-resistant.  One other little change was I doubled the liner up so it was completely non-see through.  I had to sew it together and then fold it over and super glue it.  (I used super glue because I didn”t want the heat from the shower messing with tacky glue

I moved the attachment brackets over to the window:

I hung it and this is how it turned out:



If you wanted to open it you can but I probably won”t ever.

It is completely private.  There is definitely no silhouette during the day.  There could be at tonight (not see through) but I hung the shower curtain tall and picked a dark fabric.  When you close it with the liner, even at night you can”t see the silhouette.  There is just enough light to see in the shower but not enough to project a silhouette outside.  One last thing I think I will do is I am going to put a removable frost on the window.  This is not for privacy but because I don”t really like how  the back of the roman shade looks on my front porch.  Put that one on my to do list.

Did you have a Merry Christmas?  Some of my family is still here and we are about to spend the day out on the town.  Any good movies we should see?  Here is our family right before we went to Christmas eve service.  Don”t you know our best pictures are the funny ones.

Thanks for reading,


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Company Is On Their Way

Jennifer —  December 21, 2011 — 2 Comments

This is iloverehabs in real-time.  I am getting reading for Christmas.  That means I am getting ready for guests.  Sometimes I need motivation like this to finish a project.  Here is what I am working on today.

Our guest bathroom looked like this when we moved in:

YIKES!!!!!  It just  pops you in the face and makes you take a breath.  I think you need another look.  How about the window to the shower overlooking the front porch.  I might be wrong but I don”t think that bottom frosted pane is hiding anything from the unexpected visitor.

This was our main bathroom while we renovated our master bathroom so we couldn”t change it up that much, but I could not deal with the orange.  So here it is with a calmer color.


The mirror is gone because you have to squat to see yourself.  The light fixture is gone mostly because its not my style but also because it wouldn”t allow a higher mirror.  Sadly, the above pic is how it remained.  Well, minus the mirror and light.  (Yes, we have been without a fixture for about a year.)  There is an overhead light and those wires are tied off safely.  I was waiting to find the one that I wanted.

Here are some inspiration that is going into this overhaul:


I love the barn light.  This is from barnlight electric.

via barnlight electric

Love this blue mirror.  Check out Our Humbled  A{Bowe}d  They have great stuff over there.  Love it.

via our humbledabowed

I love this blue Ikat.  This is actually a rug from Liora Manne but its my inspiration for a shower curtain.

via Liora Manne


Finally, my main source of inspiration.

via this old house


Do you think this room could escape having stripes?  No way!  I better get back to work.  I have tonight and one full day to finish!

I pray you all have safe travels!



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Chalk It Up

Jennifer —  December 9, 2011 — 2 Comments

This little area of my living room needs help:

Look past the couch that looks smooshed in the picture that has some white fluff from a pillow I stuffed sitting on top of it looking like a stain (real-time people)  Look past to behind the couch.  That big wall over the console.

It needs help.  It needs something tall.  It needs some love.  This little console has become the dumping ground of everything I don’t have a place for.  Not anymore.  But I am not going to share that in this post.  I tackled my need for something tall.  First to go…the small little lamps.  They are dinky.  I bought them in my first trip to Ikea 4 years ago and they have moved all over.  One is now in the laundry room.  The other is residing in Asa’s room.  Here were my top three ideas:

  1. Large piece of art
  2. Mirror
  3. Grouping of frames

#1 was out because I don’t have the cash for a large piece of art.  I am not an artist and neither is the hubs.  David Bromstad where are you?  I also didn’t want it to be a big poster.  #2 was out after I decided that a mirror is going on the mantle.  It either had to be one or the other and I liked the mirror on the mantle.  #3 was out when I decided that I would do a grouping of frames on this large wall of the living room. (Look at the left wall).  I didn’t want the living room to be too “framy”  (is that a word? because spell check doesn’t think so)  Every time I look at this pic I am reminded how much I didn’t like the wall color!

What!?  Option one, two and three are out?  Time to go Pinteresting.  (also not a word that spell check recognizes)  WordPress, you need to recognize that Pinterest should be in your vocab.  My best friend and I used about 50 times yesterday in conversation.  Anyway, I fell in love with this:

via miss kinch

I liked the idea of me changing up my entry space quote or verse or greeting.  The problem is that I don’t have paneled molding in my home.  I also found this one:

via pottery barn

Of course this is for a buffet table and it looks like a bunch of panels put together,but I like it.  The easy thing to do is paint my walls and frame it but I can’t do that because I have textured walls.  It wouldn’t look right.  So off to Lowes I go.  My goal is to find some clearance drywall.  Thats what makes a flat wall anyway right?

I scored it and cut it to size (35 X 45 inches).  I hung it on the wall with dry wall screws.  Drywall is heavy to make sure you screw it in on a stud and screw it about 2 inches away from the edges so that it will hold and yet still be covered by your 3.5 inch trim.

Here is an upclose look.  I covered the sides with tape just to keep the flaky drywall from getting everywhere.  There were also some places that the tape had been cut.  I used a little putty to even it out.

I painted the drywall with about 4 coats of chalkboard paint.  I cut my drywall  almost accurate, but a little off can drive me nuts.  The problem was the width of the top was 35 and width of the bottom was 35.25.  I used some 1 inch pieces of trim/ wood that I found at Homes of Hope.  It was 1/2 inch think just like the drywall.  I painted it (specifically the outside) and framed out the drywall.  I used a level to make it square.  To do that it had a few gaps in between the trim and drywall.  These would be covered up by the trim.

I used a nail gun to install the framed trim above.  This gave a level space for the trim to frame the drywall and look like the chalkboard is framed.  (The edges of the drywall would not be seen and with some caulk the sides would look seamless to the front trim.

Next up is to paint the trim then cut the trim.   You will have to touch up paint but this keeps you from having to tape off the drywall. I used our miter saw to make the cuts.

My trick to perfect mitered cuts is to cut the top and bottom pieces and install them first.  If you have done your edge frame right you just line it up with the edges of the frame.  Next, you measure from the top corner to the bottom corner (the outer corner not what will be the inside corner) and use that measurement to cut your side pieces.

Nail them up, caulk, touch up paint, and here is the finished product:

Do you like my new Salvation Army Lamps?

Here is the cost:

  • Drywall:  $1 because I found it at the damaged section.  It says $2 but they always charge $1
  • Chalkboard paint:  I had it leftover from my garage cabinets
  • Trim:  3,5 inch trim at Lowes, $17.00
  • Roller:  $3.00
  • Edging: $1.00 at the Home of Hope Re-store
  • Caulk:  Had it
  • Paint:  Had it for the bookcases/fireplace painting
  • Total:  $22.00

I have recently changed out the IKEA bookcase to a danish modern dresser.  Here is my updated photo:

Living Room Final 13

Next week will be Christmas week so get out your hot chocolate, snuggle up by the tree, and I will tell you what I am up to this Christmas season.

Thanks for reading,


Open Craft Organization

Jennifer —  December 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

I realized a few days ago that I wanted to post about my craft organization system in my Laundry room.  I don”t have a ton of storage in my house but I have a ton of things to store.  The craft storage was key and there was not a lot of options to fit in the small space I had.  My initial thought was a cabinet or closed storage.  I tried a few things but the bulky cabinets made the room look a little closed off and seems a little bulky.  The funny think is that the shelves are about the same size but their openness takes the bulky away.  It”s funny how your eye perception can make or break a room.  Anyway,  I ended up buying from Lowes and spray painting it white.  I ended up with this as the end product.


Here is what it stores:

Here is what is stored on the bottom:

Don”t you love Finnley”s little feet sitting there taking a nap?

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Here is where I got everything:

  • Fabric Bins:  I used a $5 collapsible crate and covered.  I showed how to here.
  • Green and white boxes:  Ikea
  • White Canvas Bin:  Bed Bath and Beyond (wedding present!  I am telling you brides…register for all sorts of baskets and bins.  I am so thankful I did!)
  • Baskets: Bed Bath and Beyond or Pottery Barn (Wedding gifts wohooo….still going strong 6.5 years later!)  If you are reading this and you got me these.  Thanks again!
  • Library Drawers:  Garage Sale.  $2.00
  • Photo boxes:  “Hobby to the Lobby!”
  • Paint and Sewing Spool boxes:  Oatmeal canisters that I keep meaning to cover in scrapbook paper.
  • File boxes:  Ikea or target (the two between the library drawer and basket are from target. The rest is from Ikea)
  • Red File/Pattern Box:  Target Real Simple like four years ago.  They always have great organizers and when they change it up…it all goes on sale.

Most of things I have had on hand.  The only things that I have bought for this was the library drawers, Ikea boxes, Ikea file boxes and a few more photo boxes.  I had everything to begin with and just made it work.

Are you reorganizing?  Pull out all your containers.  Look for recycled items that you can “upcycle” and group them together to make it look nice.  If there are ugly ducklings in the group….spray paint or recover if you can.  It doesn”t take a lot of money.  The bulk of the money was spent on the shelves.  I explained here that I got them at Lowes on a black Friday sale a few years back.  Money well spent.

Is there an area of your house that you would like to be organized?

Thanks for reading,



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Primed And Ready

Jennifer —  December 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

Dear Primer,

Why do you take so long to dry?  Don”t you know the anticipation is killing me?  Don”t you know that I don”t want to wait for you to dry and harden?  Why can”t you work fast?   I have waited a full week and its time to get painting.

Dear Bookshelf,

I can”t wait for your entrance into my living room this weekend.  It has been fun building you but I am anxious to get you in your planned location.  My Christmas tree can”t arrive until you are here.  Please don”t take too long for your paint to dry.


This little project has been fun and yet has once again tested my patience.  I am wanting my bookshelves to have the look of this bookshelf from Ikea (obviously not the same size)

  • Seamless,
  • glossy,
  • 2 inch think
  • white
  • no wood grain showing

How to hide the Wood Grain?

The Tip:

  • Sand with 60 grit wipe off
  • 120 grit wipe off
  • wood fill the knots and dings
  •  sand with 150 grit
  • caulk the seams with paintable caulk
  • two-3 coats of primer and wait at 5-7 days.

Primer is a beautiful thing.  It will fully cover your wood grain but you have to let it harden.  It will help you transform your laminate furniture…but you have to let it harden.

How to get seamless paint:

The Tip:

  • Use a sprayer.  Its my first time and I love it!  Much easier than rollers.  We bought it on clearance for $30.00.  It will pay for itself with the amount of rollers I don”t have to purchase.

How to protect your garage?

The Tip: 

  • Plastic sheeting attached to the garage ceiling with staples and painters tape.
  • Painters paper taped to the floor.  Nothing surrounded harmed.

Where are these bad boys going?  They are flanking the fireplace.


Stay tuned.  My living room is making some headway.  It really has come so far from that orangey beige paint and those brass switch plates.


Thanks for Reading,



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