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Curtain Installation for Renters

Jennifer —  February 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

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….

Floor to Ceiling Shower Curtain

…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.

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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.

iloverehabs, no- damage rental curtains

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.

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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!?

iloverehabs, no- damage rental curtains

I placed the pleated/pinned curtain with the rod inserted on the 3M command strips and you can’t even see the hooks.

iloverehabs, no- damage rental curtains

Here are my No-Sew…No Damage…Rental Curtains

iloverehabs, no- damage rental curtains

Of course you cannot open them but they are not privacy curtains…they just give color…which makes me happy.

iloverehabs, no- damage rental curtains

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,



The Odd Couple

Jennifer —  September 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

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:

 Living Room 15

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.; jewelry storage

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; jewelry storage

 I did find this burlap covered canvas at Wal-mart for $3.97; jewelry storage

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.; jewelry storage


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,


Choosing Art for My Wall

Jennifer —  February 15, 2012 — 2 Comments

I shared on Monday that I had to modify my original idea:

To make room for three 17 X 22 mats I had to space out the pictures a little more.  I tested in with my paper and I didn”t like it.  It looked too spread out.  So I decided to cut the Middle 17 X 22 mat in half.  ( I did this before I made them)  Here is what I came up with.

I actually liked it better than my original pattern.  How did I hang it all up?  Very Carefully….

  1. I drew a level line at the top where the top row would be level.
  2. Then, I hung the first row of framed pictures using a level and measuring tape.  (Make sure to use the level to line up the sides too)
  3. Then I used a large level to draw lines all the way down the wall where the top of each frame was.  That way I knew the framed pictures were lined up even though the mats were in between.
  4. I hung the first row of the drywall mat pictures
  5. I used the large level to draw lines all the way down the wall (horizontally) where the top of each mat was
  6. I hung the rows using the line that I had drawn.
  7. I  took off the pictures one at a time, erased the lines, touched the wall up with paint, let it dry, and put the picture back on.
  8. The framed pictures only had a middle picture hanger which made them wobbly.  After I erased the lines, I added double-sided tape for pictures on each corner to keep them level and on the wall.

Time of work:  Two entire Saturdays.

The funny thing is that I got for Christmas.  If I would have had , this project would have been so much easier!

Source Here

Picture Frames:

I went to Michael”s and bought 16 .35 pieces of grey cardstock that matched my fabric (not exactly but super close).  I used an extra piece of cardstock that I had to make a template for the pictures.  I measured and marked on the scrap piece where the picture would be centered. Then I cut out that area.  I would lay this template on top of the grey cardstock and taped the picture in the cut out.

Then, I simply removed the template and Volia…pictures are all centered nicely.

All my pictures are pictures of family that I had.  I scanned most of them in and edited them to be black and white.  I uploaded them to and added a white border to all of them. (You can do that on their site)  Sent them to be printed and picked them up and hour later.  Here are a few:

This is my grandmom:

This is my grandparents

This is me and my cousin who is like my sister.  Can you tell which one is me?  (Hint…left side weird face)

This is the hubs and his dad.  (isn”t my hubbie a cute kid?!)

Here are my babies

Here is the hubs and I on our wedding day:

Choosing what was on the mats was not as hard as I thought.  I created these myself using Macintosh Pages.  I just recreated a quote that I liked or a verse that I liked  and wanted to be reminded of.  I put a background to it:



The Hubs and I collect vintage postcards of all the places that we have lived or been to.  I just trimmed them to be the same size and put them on the mat:



This was a free printable I found on Pinterest.  The hubs is a cyclist.  He has done tri-athalons and bike races like this crazy one.

I  found a drawing of a Vizsla online and printed it out.  I recolored it to look like a silhouette.  This was really easy to do in my home but I would never put this online as a free download for someone.  The image is not mine to sell or give away, but I can use it in my own home.

The Hubs has an English degree and He loves classic literature.  I bought him some stationary that had stick figure versions of popular classics.  I scanned four of the cards in and tweaked it on Mac Pages and then printed it off.

How did I attach the art ?  You can see the nails above.

I just gently tapped a small silver, flat-headed finish nail in the corners of each piece of art.  Using Cardstock is crucial here so it doesn”t tear.  I often stop and look at my pictures.  We live far away from family so this is a fun reminder of the ones we love.

Thanks for reading,


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Drywall Wall Frames

Jennifer —  February 13, 2012

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:

Material List:

  • 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)
  • Staples
  • Fabric
  • Picture hanging kit
  • small silver nails (with a small flat round head)
  • Ruler
  • 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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