I am back. Well, kind of. Sorry for my long absence but as I have transitioned into a new home (rental) and a new city I have really had a process in transitioning. My paid job is working from home part-time so I thought I would have all this time to do everything I wanted and I got overloaded. I had to have a little priority check to see what was of utmost importance so I took a break. It has been good for me to re-evaluate why I blog and WHAT is important to me to blog about. I decided to break my silence and start posting again but I will say that the blog will soon be transitioning. It has to because the company who made my purchased theme (Standard) decided to close shop….just when I got my blog redesigned. Boo! I was so frustrated I used the opportunity for reflection. Do I want to continue on with iloverehabs, do I want to finish my time as a blogger, or do I want to transition? I am going to post more on this later but today I wanted to give you a DIY post. If you don’t remember, I am renting a house right now in our new city. We were overwhelmed with buying when we moved because we didn’t know the city. As you know, renters can’t drill holes in the walls and make their home cozy with semi-permanent decor. I was actually told by my landlord that I could re-paint and I tried to muster up the energy but it went flat. I didn’t want to spend money on paint for a house I was leaving 6 months later. I decided it was more of a challenge to work with the existing paint. Here is our living room when we moved in:
Here is this space with all my stuff from my old house
I was fine with it as is until the day I got sick of the blinds. They were broken at the bottom and didn’t give full privacy. So I made a temporary shade to cover the massive window out of a fabric shower curtain liner I had on hand. I decided I needed color. So I grabbed my fabric shower curtains from my former guest bathroom….
…and decided to make them into curtains perfect for a rental. I couldn’t drill holes in the wall NOR did I want to buy a rod for a window size that I might not have in the next house.
Here is how I made my no-damage rental curtains:
- Dowel Rod (small) I bought one and cut it into two. You can buy two the size you need at Lowes, HD or a craft store. One was .97¢
- four 3M command strip removable hooks. (two boxes at $2.99 a pop with a 10% off mobile coupon (plus tax) was about $6.
- Curtain with tabs. I made mine but you can buy them this way. (I had them)
- Straight Pins. (had them)
Total Cost: $7
I used a level and hung two 3M command strip hooks where I wanted my curtain to go. I placed the dowel here so you could see how it would fit.
I cut the dowel to the size of the curtain when it was pleated. The dowel would fit in the curtain like a rod would. This picture is before I pleated the curtain so my curtain is bigger than my dowel rod.
I pleated the curtain by folding the front of the curtain so the tabs touched in the back. In other words, fold the fabric between each tab. Here is the picture with it folded/pleated from the back. The rod is inserted here.
Here is a picture of the pleats from the front. If you look closely you will see I pinned the folded section of fabric together (in the front) to make the pleats. I actually used plain straight pins but they were so unnoticeable that I switched pins so you could see them in the picture. Pinning the pleats naturally keeps the fabric together and it keeps the rod in the back without sewing it in! No-sew projects…can I get an AMEN!?
I placed the pleated/pinned curtain with the rod inserted on the 3M command strips and you can’t even see the hooks.
Here are my No-Sew…No Damage…Rental Curtains
Of course you cannot open them but they are not privacy curtains…they just give color…which makes me happy.
When its time to move take out the pins, rod, and undo the command strips and you are done. Hope this helps you renters…or people who just need curtains for some texture.
Thanks for reading,
When we packed up our house Lee tried to get me to toss the drywall frames. “You can do them again if you really want them, but you probably won’t use them.” More than likely he was going to be right but I could not do it. I was thinking of many ways I could re-use these. Today, I am glad that I didn’t pitch them. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about this is my drywall frame wall in my old house. You can see how I made them here:
Thankfully I packed some of them with my lamps, which was a box that I unpacked. I forgot they were in there so I was pleasantly surprised! I didn’t know how I would use them but I knew that I would figure it out. I am into organizing my stuff these days. I have lived out of suitcases, bags and boxes for the last four months so its kind of the way I am figuring out what I have. I was planning on doing a cheap jewelry organizer from a Pinterest Pin like this one or this one until I glanced over at my drywall frames and thought…I could use those. I grabbed a box of pins out of my sewing box and this is what I came up with.
Who knew that Drywall + Jewelry could equal storage. They are an Odd Couple but they work together well. For those of you who wasn’t reading my blog a year ago, I covered a cut up piece of clearnace drywall to hang on the wall. It served as a psuedo bulletin board. Here is how I did it. Each frame cost me about $1.50. The drywall takes a little more “umph” to get the pins in, but when they are in…they are sturdy
I did find this burlap covered canvas at Wal-mart for $3.97
You are getting a little preview of my new master bedroom. Do you see the green? I love green but wow…it is bold. It also is so bold that it shows the imperfections on the wall…because your eye naturally is drawn to that wall. I am learning that if you have a wall with imperfections…maybe fix the imperfections before painting bold OR paint the wall a more neutral color.
Its a rental so it is what it is….so I am working with it. . It works much better for earrings than the drywall. I love the color that my jewelry adds to the room without having to hang any decorations.
Have a great weekend.
Thanks for reading,
In the midst of working from home (my old job has hired me to do some curriculum writing for their new program) and going to family weddings, I am trying to make my little rental home. This will hopefully only be home for a total of 6 months but who knows…it might be longer. Here is what my living room looked like a few weeks ago:
We literally lived like this for 10 days while our POD arrived. I knew that I wouldn’t unpack 90% of my boxes but I was excited for my furniture to get here so that we could live a little bit more comfortably. I mean, I love my pink chairs and all, but this wasn’t cutting it. This room is narrow and long. My goal was to make it our living room, my office and the place where we eat. The living room part would probably be 1/4th of the size our last living room. Here is how it turned out:
I bought nothing for this living room except the $24 rug from Lowes. (We got rid of the grey rug…wish we hadn’t but it wouldn’t fit in the POD.) Here are the former homes for all this furniture in my old house:
The dresser/tv-stand was in the third bedroom of our house, the ottoman, pillow and side table were in the laundry room. The other pillows were a few from our old living room. I am not hanging pictures on the wall but I needed to look at something other than the khaki wall. I didn’t pack this picture, it was thrown into the POD so it was like a treasure when we unloaded it. New York is near and dear to our hearts because we got engaged there! It was once in our guest bedroom.
Do you see my Diet Coke? Oops! Actually, it is a staple in my living room so why not include it. We sold our large television with the house. Why? Its a great way to sell a house. People want flat screens that fit and you can by a flat screen for $300-$400 these days. If it can sell the house faster, we figured we would take the money saved from not having to pay a mortagage payment + rent and buy a new television. Our house was supposed to be (according to realestate data) on the market for 8-9 months. We we able to sell our house in 4 months, so who knows it might have worked. I don’t want to buy a new television until I get to my new house and see what size would fit that space. The pink chairs are from the wedding photo shoot I did this summer. I plan on blogging about it but I can’t yet because the photographer is submitting the pictures to wedding publications. If it gets picked up the publication will want to show the pictures first and then I can blog about it We will see…heres hoping they get picked up! You can see the flow of the living room to my office. Its not done yet so I will share that soon. I still have some more to do here. The window is a huge window and I need privacy so I will add curtains. (The blinds are broken) I think I am going to use these curtains from my former guest bathroom.
I have a DIY idea to make a temporary roman shade using the existing blinds. I am trying it today! This time around piper doesn’t have her own room. (we considered the Laundry room partly hers…) But I think she is doing okay..
Thanks for reading,
My first furniture purchase for the house was this expedit bookcase from Ikea.
This bookcase has served me well. It has survived a puppy pee incident, a bleach scrub down afterwards, and many reorganization sessions. She is not gone. She just got moved. She resides in my guest closet for some much-needed storage. She will come out again someday in another room or another house, but for now she has been replaced. Why? Because I found this beauty in a smoke infested, cat pee smelling, dark and dank furniture thrift store.
I couldn”t believe my eyes when I saw it. I really couldn”t believe my nose when I smelled where it was. I also couldn”t believe the smell didn”t turn me away. It was worth it for this Dixie Brand Mid Century Dresser.
I posted on Wednesday that we decided to change our desk arangement from two desks to one long desk. The goal was to be modern, white and not bulky. We wanted two work stations with storage in between. Here is what it looked like before. I explained here why this wasn’t working. In short, it was cute but not a workable system.
Here is the space cleared out. We wanted the desk to go on the left-hand wall. (Please excuse the mess. Scary things come out when you move furniture)
We were willing to spend enough for it to be done right, but we also didn’t want to spend a ton, so we of course I headed to Mountian Country Homes of Hope and got this sliding closet door for $5.
I chose an old sliding closet door for two reasons.
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brand new “new to me” Danish modern loveseat straight from the 1950s. I bought her for $100 on Craigslist. I named her Lucy because of the classic 50s tv show that I adored as a kid. I grew up watching Lucy on Nickelodeon. I love this Lucy just as much… If not more.
Of course I am super careful about Craigslist but if you are safe about it then you can meet some of the nicest people. The seller was a sweet lady whose mom had just passed away. She was excited to have someone give her mom”s stuff a new home. She couldn”t understand why she had gotten so many inquiries about the couch do quickly. I could. Some antique dealer would have bought this soda sold it for $250-$350! Luckily, I was the first bite. I paid her $100 and the Hubs loaded it in the truck.
I am, as I said above, very careful about Craigslist. I thought I would share the rules that The Hubs have set for buying on Craigslist.
I love floor-to-ceiling shower curtains. I especially love them in small bathrooms because it just makes a small bathroom feel more grand. A few months ago I shared my moodboard/plan for my guest bathroom. I really fell in love with this ikat print from Liora Manne.
via Liora Manne
It’s actually a rug. I am pretty sure there is not a fabric version but I used it as my inspiration to find something similar. My best friend and I went fabric shopping awhile back at our local fabric store. It’s not my favorite store that is 45 minutes away, but my town has a quilting fabric store. Its inventory is mostly small printed patterns that would look good on an old-fashioned quilt, but sometimes you can find some designer/modern fabrics. They do have a ton of great baby fabric so we were in the store for my friend’s little girls room. We stopped in the clearance room and I found this for $2.00 a yard.
I LOVED it! I don’t I could have found anything so similar to my inspiration
fabric rug I immediately bought 6 yards of it for $12.00 (plus change for tax). I went home and I grabbed two shower curtain rods that I already had. We had one for the guest bath already and one that we used in the master bathroom until we found our shower doors. I hung both of the tension rods up side-by-side, resembling a double curtain rod.
You can’t even seen the second one behind the first from this angle.
This is a busy weekend for my work so I have to be short today. I will let the pictures do all the talking.
I hated this old fan in my guest bedroom.
I found this barn light at a thrift store. I purchased a $14.00 pendant kit at Home Depot and a big Medallion at Lowes.
I have seen tons of these lights all over blog world in kitchens and bathrooms. I love them. I wondered what it would look like in a bedroom. Red is the accent color in my guest bedroom so I thought it would look fun and “vintagey” in there.
Here is what it looks like in the room.
I really like it. Its simple yet fun. I do want to get a large Edison bulb and I need to get a table fan for the dresser.
Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading,
First of all, thanks for all your comments and emails from Wednesday’s post. I feel so blessed to have a roof over my head. It has been a crazy couple of days here in my hometown, but we are starting to put it all back together. Tourist season starts in a couple of weeks and they are moving and bustling to get the town ready whether it be fixing the damage or finding temporary locations to do business. Most importantly, its been fun to see our little community help the people whose homes were severely damaged. Friends and community members opened their homes, and hotels opened their rooms. For the most part, power is restored. I went back to work and the internet is faster than 20 minutes to upload a picture. (It took me FOREVER to load those pictures on Wednesday)
My best friend Ashley and her family were without power so we got to have her family over for some pizza. Hanging out with friends was fun too!
Okay, onto normal posting. I have been slowly rehabbing my living room. I got side tracked by a few projects like my bicycles but I am committed to finishing this room out. I have done a few projects before this year like building a bench and finding furniture, but the action didn’t start happening until I finally convinced The hubs that our fireplace need to be painted white. (I didn’t have to twist his arm. I was just patient and he saw my vision) The the DIY just unfolded:
I am close to finishing this room but there are a few odds and ends such as:
- New coffee table (I have the Ikea Lack coffee table that cost me $19.00. It serves its purpose well but its a little out of proportion.
- Jazz up my side table
- New lamp for side table
- New shade for lamp
- Maybe jazz up the existing shades in my living room.
- Sew some more pillows
- Hang something over the mantle (not sure what but I am thinking of DIYing this)
- Add a little more artwork
- Find a side table for my chair
- Spice up the back of my roman shades. Why? Well, I lined them myself and while it doesn’t look bad, it looks like any liner, I have decided that I don’t like the look from the front of my house. We are going to be working on curb appeal this spring so this project is not really for my living room but for curb appeal.
Hows that for a list? Come back on Monday and I will show you how I turned my plain jane Lack coffee table from this:
This picture isn’t the finished product. I have to add a base.
See ya monday,
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I think I have a small obsession with drywall. Random, I know, but it has been a big element in my home decor. That is so random to read aloud. It is the main element in this chalkboard frame wall, in this office bulletin board, and now my living room gallery.
After my “Aha” moment at Lowes I went home and sketched out what I would need. Here are the materials needed:
- Piece of Clearance Drywall
- cut pieces of plywood ( “el cheapo” kind because it's just the backing)
- Liquid Nails
- Staple Gun (I didn't even use my pneumatic. I just used my hand-held)
- Picture hanging kit
- small silver nails (with a small flat round head)
- Box Knife
I decided that I wanted my drywall mats to be double the size of an 8.5 X 11 paper. (17 X 22) I knew that I would be designing and printing off my own art on computer sized card stock paper. I shared my initial plan the other day and I had already figured out this pattern:
I had to rearrange the cut out paper a little by basically spreading out the framed pictures a little, to accommodate three 17 X 22 mats. I went to Lowes and Home Depot to collect my supplies. Home Depot has a better scrap wood section so I went there first. They have this entire cart of scraps from wood people cut and didn't want. I found two large pieces of plywood for $1.oo a pop. I had them cut them into 17 X 22 sized pieces.
I then headed to Lowes where I knew the clearance drywall existed:
The sign says $2.00 but when you get to the register its only $1.00. I am not sure why, but hey, I am not complaining. This drywall comes from damaged pieces when they are unloading their large quantities into their store. I grabbed two large pieces for $1.00 a pop. (are you counting? So far I have spent $4.00.) While at Lowes I picked up a box of picture hangers. I decided to get the kind you have to nail the little nails in. I needed 18. The ones I got (not found online) there were 6 in the box so at $1.65 a pop I spent about $5.00 for that (My total is now up to $9.00)
When the hubs and I flipped house we bought contractor packs of everything. We have had enough liquid nails to last almost a year. The stash is dwindling but I had enough for this project. I also had staples and a staple gun. I was able to find some silver flat-headed nails in our stash of random out in the garage. All I had left was the fabric.
A few days later I went on a fun errand day with my friend Ashley. Of course, on my list of errands was to stop by a random quilt store that we have in my hometown. It does not compare to my favorite fabric store 45 minutes away but it has a pretty good selection of solids. I wanted my printables to stand out so I was looking for light grey solid upholstery fabric. The good news…they had two options. The great news was that one was in the clearance room. SCORE! I bought two yards at $3.50 a yard. ( The total now is at $16.00) I was ready to start!
I had to modify my original pattern when I got home. I will share why Wednesday. I want to skip that stuff to tell you how I made these.
Here is how:
1.) I went home and cut the drywall the same size as the plywood (17 X 22)
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If you have a good 90 ruler like this one it makes life so easy. Mine has a little edge that helps me keep in straight. I just use it to draw the line and then run the box knife to score the line a few times. Move the scored line to the edge of your surface (sawhorse in my case) and fold the drywall together like a book. If it's a large piece, pop it with the palm of your hand. No worries, it will break on the scored line. Caution: This can be messy. Do this in the garage. Also, be careful with the box cutter.
2.) Clean up the edges of the drywall if you need to.
I shaved the jagged edge by lightly sanding the sides, and used masking tape to round it off on a few of them. The more I cut, the better I got and had great edges after the second one. I was using a heavy weight fabric so the masking tape does not show. I wouldn't suggest using a light-colored cotton fabric anyway just to make sure the ugly drywall doesn't show through.
3.) I used liquid nails to glue the drywall and plywood together
Here is what it looks like glued together:
Clamp it and let it dry. I would trust Liquid nails to hold me over a cliff (not really but its pretty sturdy). If you still have doubts you can also rest assured that the fabric will also help hold the drywall and plywood together.
4.) I stapled the fabric on the adhered drywall/plywood piece.
The front of the mat is the drywall piece (so you can “push-pin” a printable onto the front).
6.) I nailed in the picture hangers
I am anal so I measured one inch in and down on both sides of each mat. This was a little particular but it sure helped in measuring and hanging them perfectly aligned on the wall.
Here is the finished product:
Stay tuned I am going to share how I modified my pattern, how I framed the pictures in the frames, and I will show you what I chose to put on the mats. There is a significance behind each one. I will tell you that this project cost me about $66 dollars. It's about $6 over what I budgeted originally (before any purchase) but it would have been $90 to get more Ikea frames (plus pictures) and about a total $150-200 if I had to add the cost of 9 large poster frames!
Thanks for reading,
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