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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:

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Here is this space with all my stuff from my old house

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 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:

Materials:

  • 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.

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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!?

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

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

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

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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,

Jennifer

 

Last Friday I shared with you our first 13 steps to our kitchen rehab.  Here is how we finished this thing out.

while our floors were being sanded and stained….

Step 14 – Built the Fridge Cabinet

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Lee made this cabinet thanks to the help of younghouselove.  We didn’t use their exact tutorial because our fridge was not as wide, but it sure gave us direction.  There will be no post on this one because why re-create what younghouselove already did?  If you want to do this, check it out there. If you are wondering why part of it painted?  We originally were going to find a bigger cabinet to use here.  We couldn’t find one at a re-store and didn’t want to buy a new one.  (we are cheap)  Anyway, this cabinet was going to get discarded so it was our test cabinet for our first time spraying cabinets. We decided to use it after all, but it was already painted.

Step 15 – Stabilized and trimmed out the island

I can’t wait to post how we did this.  It was so easy.  This picture is in the in between stages and kind of blurry.  I will post more detailed pictures soon.

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Step 16 – Painted the base cabinets, island, & fridge

We used a sprayer….I will never use a brush to paint cabinets again.  The finish is so much better using a sprayer.  We covered up the painted part of the newly built fridge cabinet.

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Step 17 – Installed the base cabinets

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In this step we also trimmed out the toe kick and added spacers to make the cabinets fit perfectly.  You will have to do this if you buy stock cabinets or re-use and relocate old cabinets.  Notice that we had to cut a hole for the vent in the sink cabinet.

Step 18 – Installed Upper Cabinets

Lee always uses a 2X4 to make a level resting spot while he drills the cabinet into the wall.  Make sure its level and place it where the bottom of the cabinet needs to be. He had already done it for the smaller cabinet and then removed it when it was secure and in place.

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We were originally going to put shelves below the cabinets but Lee wanted to leave that step for the new home owner if they wanted to do it.

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Step 19 – Measured and Ordered the Doors and Drawer Fronts

Here was the kitchen while we waited

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We wanted to clear space in the garage so we went ahead and put the appliances in.  We ordered them Black Friday, Lowes delivered them in March (after we delayed them every stinkin, week they called)  This picture was taken in July.  It was time for them to have their home.  If you look at the after pictures of our kitchen you will see that we added a spacer piece to the fridge cabinet to make it look seamless.

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Step 20 – Ordered the Countertop

While we waited….

Step 21 – Painted and installed window and door trim

Step 22 – Installed the countertop

Actually, we had it installed.  We used Designer White Dupont Corian Countertop.  (note this picture is a little out of step.  I didn’t snap a photo because the countertop was installed white I was at work.   We had paper over them for about two more weeks after that and I didn’t take the effort to clear it all off to snap a photo in process.

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Step 23 – Tiled the backsplash

Why is there tape on the wall?  Funny story.  I will post soon!

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Here is the tile without grout.  I was pulling for gray grout.  The no grout shows what that would have looked like.

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The hubs wanted white.  Guess who won that battle?  If it were my house there would have been gray.  White grout is universal and can be really bright.  I supported my hubby’s decision.

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Step 24 – Installed the sink and faucet

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Step 25 – Painted the new drawers and doors

Here are the doors when they arrived!

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I will post all about this process because I have gotten many emails about how this went.  I WILL do it again.  It was not as scary as I thought it would be.  I will also post about spraying cabinets.  We have a few tricks up our sleeve that I want to share.

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Step 26 – Installed the drawer fronts to the existing drawers.

Most of the drawers we kept and simply unscrewed the front to screw the new one on.  There were two drawers that we had to rebuild.  We just used scrap wood and the existing drawer slides.

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Step 24 – Made and installed the new pendant lights

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I can’t wait to post this project but I used these old pendants from the bathroom.  We also added the outlets, outlet covers and installed the other light fixtures.

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Step 25 – Installed the Doors

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Step 26 – Added the hardware 

As you can see above, we added the hardware as we installed the doors.

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Step 27 – Stepped back and soaked in the final product.

You can see the spacer piece we added to the fridge cabinet here.  ( I spoke of it in step 19)

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 I hope this helps you think through all the little steps it takes to make a kitchen happen.

Have a Happy Monday!

Jennifer

 

Today I wanted to show you all the steps it took to renovate the kitchen in the house we flipped.  Hopefully this can help you think through or plan out a kitchen renovation project.  Ours was a full house renovation so there might be a month or two between steps, but this is the order and steps we took to accomplishthis kitchen.

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Step 1 – Take it all in

We took pictures, got measurements, got bids on projects, and let the brainstorming and budgeting begin

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Caudill Kitchen Before

Step 2 – Make a Plan

After bidding we knew what we wanted to spend so we made up a plan based on our budget.

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Step 3 – Buy Appliances

We got this house thanksgiving week of 2012 so we went to Lowes to score a black friday deal.  We bought all four stainless steel appliances for $1800.  I listed this step on purpose.  When you are on a budget you have to get a deal when a deal exists…not when you need it. We would not really need appliances for about 6 months into the flip. We would have paid $2400 if we would have waited until we were ready.  Lowes actually held these for us until May, then we had to take them.  They were in the garage for two months.

Step 4 – Knock down the wall

We contracted this one out and found out during step 1 that this wall was load bearing.  We also had to have a HVAC guy come out and bid the HVAC before we could do this because there was an air return in this wall.  We had to get a plan for where it would move to.  A new HVAC system was already in the budget so we would have had him come anyway.  Our contractor gutted the existing wall:

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Then he created two temporary walls and then knocked the real wall down.

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We had to have part of a wall to support the beam.  We chose a 24 inch wall seperating the range side of the kitchen and the living room area.   We chose a depth would fit the depth of the cabinets perfectly. I think it created nice separation for the built-ins I am hoping the new owner will install.  We had to create the same thing on the dining room side, but it was a little bit bigger to fit the new return vent.

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The beam went in nicely

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Step 5 – Bye-Bye Soffits

We demoed the rest of the kitchen

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Step 6 – Installed new windows and a new exterior door

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Step 7 – Install/Move Electrical

The electrical wiring was an electrical mess in the soffits so our electrician cleaned it up and tucked it away (eventually but not in this picture) into the ceiling. We did not move outlets except for the microwave outlet.  We knew we were hanging the cabinets higher so it needed to be moved up a little.  Little decisions, such as this one, is the reason why I believe step 2 is crucial.  Executing a plan will give you a well thought out kitchen and keep you from having to go backwards later.kitchen rehab, iloverehabs.com

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We installed three can lights following the aisles of the kitchen.  On the sink wall, two cans flanked each side of the window.  The window also had a centered sink light so we chose to flank the window creating light on each counter.  The range side of the kitchen had a can light centered.  The range side was too small for two can lights.  I knew that the task lighting under the microwave would also help to light that area while cooking.  Putting the cabinetry back temporarily, helped us decide not only aisle space but also where the lights should go.  We started by just taping.   You can see in the picture above where we originally thought the island should go.  I am so thankful we moved the island back in, because it helped us see that the kitchen would be too cramped where the tape was placed for the island.  We wanted a good amount of space for doors to be open while fridge door was open, while cooks are cooking,  so we moved the island back.   One other electrical change was to move the sink light up to the ceiling.  It was formerly located in the soffit above the sink.

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Another benefit of bringing in the makeshift island so we could place two pendants evenly over the island.  We placed a broken wall cabinet on the end because we thought we were going to add a bookcase on the end the depth of the wall cabinet.  It made the island too big so we decided against it.  (More on this soon)  I added the scrap plywood to simulate the countertop and its actual overage for stools.  The island size, counter width, and counter depth helped us mark the perfect place for the two pendant lights to be centered and functional.  The electrician added wire and installed the light box.

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Step 8 – Popped some popcorn

Not really.  Instead we peeled the popcorn off the existing drywall.  We laid plastic everywhere for easy clean up.

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Step 9 - Dry Wall

We insulated where it was needed, patched the ceiling, sheet rocked the kitchen, and textured it.  It all looked so much more clean!

The kitchen

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Step 10 – Paint Party Time

We painted the wall.  No floor, no trim…Easy!  You don’t even have to tape or cut in.  This is my favorite type of painting.

Step 11 – Installed the wood floor

The wood floor was ordered two weeks before we were ready for it to be installed.  A raw wood floor, unlike an engineered hardwood, needs to sit in the environment it will be installed in for a couple of weeks to acclimate.  If you don’t do this you run the risk of your wood floor, when it does acclimate,  either expanding of retracting. Expanding causes buckling of floors, retracting creates gaps.  You pay way to much for this type of floor so be patient and take time for the wood to acclimate.   We had already installed the HVAC system to make sure we created the actual environment for the floors to acclimate.  We bought the hardwood from a supplier and then contracted installation and stain out.  The wood you see against the wall is the wood for the stair tread.  Our installer’s method is to stain the stair treads before installing them.  Whatever works!

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Step 12 – Stain the wood floor

I had no part in this work except adoring it when it was done.

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Step 13 – Find a new upper cabinet

As you can see in step 7 we had a demo casualty with one of the upper cabinets.  It would have been more work to fix it so we kept checking at the Re-store until a 24 inch wide upper cabinet arrived.  When it did, we snatched it up.  We were ordering new doors and painting the cabinetry, so it didn’t matter the style of door.  It had to be paintable, and standard depth and height. We found one that fit the bill and bought it for a whopping $10.

This is all for today, stay tuned on Monday for the rest of the steps.  We are getting into the fun stuff soon.  Have a great weekend!

 

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

The Details of Details

Jennifer —  October 7, 2013 — 3 Comments

Today I thought I would take you through all the nitty-gritty details of what this kitchen looks like.  I plan on posting  how we did some of these things in different posts.  First of all, when we flip a house we budget entire projects before we set room budgets.  For example, we set a “flooring budget” that includes flooring for every room.  We set a “Drywall”, “Wall Paint”, “Electrical”, and “Trim”, budget for the entire house.  A room budget only has things specific to that room such as “kitchen cabinets” or “kitchen appliances.”  I tell you this because I will be giving you estimates on whatsome of the things cost in this room.  I can tell you exactly on some projects but things like drywall cost, might be a little trickier because I know how much it cost for the entire house.  Our goal was to transform this room for about $4K-$5K (after budgeting all the “whole house” projects like the ones listed above).  This means the room rehab was probably about $6K-$7K if you count flooring, drywall, window, trim, and lighting.  Enough about all that.  Here is the kitchen while standing in the living room.  Our goal was bright and open.
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Lighting was a huge decision in this room.  We wanted can lights to brighten the room, we upcycled the pendants we pulled out of the bathroom, and I DIYed a school light fixture for over the sink.

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Here is the view of the kitchen when you walk in the front door.

Caudill Kitchen After

We got rid of the soffits to make the ceiling look taller.  We couldn’t increase the kitchen square footage but we could make it look bigger by making it look taller.  We hung the cabinets just a tad bit higher than normal.

Caudill Kitchen After 2

My initial idea was to add white or stained wood open shelving underneath the cabinet.  Just one shelf like this or this picture.  We actually were going to do this but my hubbie talked me into leaving it “unshelved” due drilling into the tile.  Believe me, tile drilling doesn’t scare us, but its pretty permanent for those who might not want it.  We left it where you can add it if you want to or leave it as is.  The sink above was a $99 deep stainless steel sink.  The faucet we got all together with our bathroom faucets.  I wanted a tall faucet with a pull out sprayer.  I believe it was $99.  You can negotiate more discounts when you by them all together

Caudill Kitchen After 9  We used the existing cabinets but ordered all new drawer fronts and doors.

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We will do this again. I don’t know where or when, but I was super impressed how easy it was to order doors.   The total cost for the MDF (paintable only) doors and drawer fronts was $900.  That included shipping.  To replace every cabinet with this style of new cabinets would have cost around $3000-$5000.  The knobs were on sale at Lowes.  The knobs were $.97 and the pulls were $1.03.  Of course I would’ve picked something a little larger but when you flip you want the best bang for your buck.

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We just flipped the island around and trimmed it out.  Click here to see where it was.  It has room for three larger bar stools or 4 smaller.  T

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Lee built a fridge cabinet for $130. It wasn’t need it but it made the kitchen look more custom:

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We had to use spacers and fillers to make these cabinets fit and be centered, but wood filler, caulk and paint hide it well.  We had to purchase all new appliances.  We bought the house in early November and cashed in a stellar deal on Black Friday.  All four stainless steel appliances for $1800.  The tile was the cheapest part of the project. We used $.16 white American Olean tiles in a brick pattern.  I wanted grey grout…Lee wanted white.  I let him win this battle because it was not my house.

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For the counters we chose white Corian.  The neighborhood comps suggested higher end than laminate and Corian was more cost-effective than granite or quartz.  The pantry for this kitchen is the door you see in the laundry room.  It is a nice deep closet.  It is bigger than any pantry I have ever had.

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Finally, here is where the kitchen/dining room table would go.  I grabbed a stainless steel barn light at Lowes for $19.  This space merits a really fun pendant, but that is for the new owner to pick out.  I am just picturing a long buffet with large pieces or art, or maybe some built ins with glass doors on the upper cabinets, or maybe incorporate this moodboard idea I gave a reader.

Caudill Kitchen Dining Area

There is our massive kitchen renovation.  Friday I will post the time line to get this all done.

Have a great Monday!

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

 

Kitchen Before and After

Jennifer —  October 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

I have so many fun posts coming that have to do with a major kitchen renovation.  We just finished one and I am excited to share all the nitty gritty of this kitchen rehab.  It was major…yet still on a budget.  To get you excited I am simply going to show you the before and after.

In the upcoming weeks I am going to share how we turned this:

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…and this…

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Into this…

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…all on a budget.

Stay tuned to find out how we did everything.  Be ready for some kitchen “how we did it” posts.

Happy Friday!

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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,

Jennifer

Our New Desk

Jennifer —  September 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

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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Past to Present

Jennifer —  July 9, 2012 — 2 Comments

In Jane and Tanya”s house their bathroom was a blast from the past:

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All of you readers know that I love me some Ikea bookcases.  To be honest with you I think that its one of the best things that they have out there.  You can’t find a place that has more options for a cheaper price.  I have an expedit book case in my living room.  (Sorry, my house was mid project before christmas)

I have two Billy bookcases in my bedroom serving as folded storage.  I had to buy the extension piece to make it tall enough.

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I have one Billy Bookcase with doors in my kitchen that serves as my pantry.

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My Guest bedroom has Wal-Mart Mainstay bookcases.  Ideally, I would have chosen to buy four billy bookcases that would have stretched to the ceiling with the extension piece, but I already had two black bookcases when we moved into the house so I bought two more at Wal-mart.  I must say that the Wal-Mart Mainstays $25 price is pretty appealing.

 

My favorite design of Ikea Lack bookcase is my favorite.  I like its clean modern lines.  I have big plans of somehow incorporating it into a kitchen as open shelving.  I love this kitchen, for example, found on an Apartment Therapy House tour:

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Much to my dismay Ikea discontinued the Lack bookshelf.  Darn you Ikea.  Didn’t you know that was your best bookcase?  Maybe your sales told you differently but my heart misses it.  Then I found this post on Ana-White’s website that opened the idea that I could maybe build this thing.  My only problem with these plans is that 2X12 wood is really not 2 inches wide.  You can always shave about 1/4 inch off of any width of wood advertised.  The Lack bookcase shelves are 2 inches thick.  I think I have a way in my head to recreate it but it would take a lot of time and patience.  Sadly its not a project for this house.  Although, a modified version of what the Ana White plans was in fact in the works for my living room.

Here is my living room in transition. (Please forgive this photo, it was pre-new camera)  I used my phone here.

The fireplace is not painted and I bought some lack shelves a few years ago to fill the space. We bought a tv stand from Lowes which worked for us for four years.  I also painted the mantle black with some leftover paint I had in from the kitchen cabinets.  It was much better than the  original, but it didn’t satisfy.  As I have explained before it worked and it wasn’t priority.  To be honest, I was just happy to have a “sane” place in the house.  Not a aesthetically nice place but not screaming loudly for a rehab like the kitchen, master bathroom,  and laundry room.

Now that all the other projects were the done the living room started screaming lounder.  So I painted the fireplace and started my plan of completion for the living room.  I needed something symetrical to flank the fireplace.  I thought about building full lack bookcases, but it seemed silly when I knew that I could use the shelves that I already had.  So….I used the Ana white post as a guide, changed it up to fit my needs and built (with the help of the hubs) two lack inspired bookcases.  (The half version).  I will post soon how the Hubs and I made these bad boys.  He helped me because they had to be sturdy to hold our t.v.  Here is a picture of them after we primed them

 

Here is the picture in their new home: (taken with my new camera!)

 

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Stay tuned and I will show you how they were built and painted for a little over $30.00.  That beats Wal-Mart!

 

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

Jennifer

 

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Take a Seat, Take a Seat, Take a Load Off Your Feet

Hollister Rehab:  My Guest Bedroom

Burlap Goes with Everything

Jennifer —  November 30, 2011

There are a few elements of the centerpieces that I have not shared with you.  The first things are the blocks that the vases sit on.

I got the fabric at FM fabric for 2.99 a yard.  I bought three yards.  I scavenged the Home Depot clearance wood stack and got a bunch of 2X6s and various other lumber that could work for a total of $2.00.  I cut the wood into 4X6 squares and then I covered them in fabric.  I had to do this 35 times but it gave the centerpieces some height.  Total cost:  11 bucks so .31¢ a table.

Our total is now up to this:

Blocks: .31¢ per table

Vases: $1.05 per table

Advice Cards and note from couple: $2.19 per table

Total: $3.55 per table

The votives that you see on the table came with the table setting.  It was part of the rental of the venue.  You got tables, tables cloths, and two votives.

The main attraction was the lanterns.  The bride wanted the lantern.  It was originally a “no” because it was out of the budget.  The cheapest we found were at lowes for $9 a pop.  I just happened to be a Lowes at the end of September.  Low and behold the lanterns were on sale for $1.05 a pop.  I bought 35 immediately.

Now we are up to per table: $4.60

Now for the flowers.  Debbie had her florist make these “mum balls” to hang on the church pews at the ceremony.  There were 16 total.  I placed these on 16 of the tables.  This was counted in her floral budget so this was free.

We needed something floral for 19 other tables.  We also needed something to hold the flowers in as well.  On top of that we needed something to hold pens for people to write on the advice cards.  Here is where the burlap comes in.  I bought one yard of burlap for $2.99 at my favorite fabric store.  I called all my friends and had them collect their food cans as they used them for three months.  Everyday I would come to work and there would be a sack of empty cans, label free, sitting on my desk.  I collected 54 cans of food in total.  This was completely free.  I wrapped the cans with the burlap and secured it with hot glue.  The smaller cans held a few pens.  I then tied a cute little orange ribbon around the pen can.  I bought the ribbon at Wal-mart for $1.97.  I ended up having to buy three rolls of ribbon.

The above picture was the thow away bouquet.  I made sure that it was at my table so it could stay intact for the bouquet toss.  For the other 18 tables without flowers, I went to Lowes on the wedding day and bought four mum arrangements for $3.96 a pop. (the kind you see sitting outside the store all fall)  I filled the larger burlap covered cans on 19 tables (the ones without the mum balls) with mums from

those arrangements.  I just cut them and stuck them in the can with a little water.

The total for 54 cans covered with burlap cans for pens and flowers: $2.99.  That is .24¢ a table!

The total for the flowers were $15.84.  which turned out to be .45¢ per table.

Finally, I had to find tall candles for the lanterns.  Tall candles are pricey but I walked in Bed Bath and Beyond to get a shower gift one day and I found a 3 pack of 6 inch tall candles for $3.99.  That is cheap.  I bought out that entire store and bought out the Springfield, MO store to have enough.  My total was $46.55 which equals $1.33 per table.

So drumroll please….the wedding centerpiece total cost for 35 tables turned out to be:

  • Blocks: .31¢ per table
  • Vases: $1.05 per table
  • Branches for vases:  Free (all from the ground)
  • Advice Cards and note from couple: $2.19 per table
  • Flowers (mums and mum balls) .45¢ per table
  • Burlap vases: .08¢ per table
  • Lanterns: $1.05 per table
  • Candles: $1.33 per table
  • Grand total: 6.46 per table!  for a grand total of $226 for the wedding centerpieces for a 350 person wedding reception.

I was able to accomplish exactly what the bride wanted, a unique, vintage centerpiece that looked like a collection.  This took a lot to time to gather and DIY all these things but I hope it encourages you that you can have a fabulous centerpiece on a limited budget.  Even if your wedding is big.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

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