This is actually a project that we did a few years ago. I realized that I had never shared it with you so I thought I would do so today. I will be back with more updates on recent projects soon. We had a little pause on updates because I was in Oklahoma City running a half marathon with my best friend! Which was awesome! I am going to share more about it this week.
A few years ago we flipped a house that was a complete renovation. Here is what the house looked like when we bought it. Get ready, its bad.
The major costs went into replacing all the windows and replacing the roof. The good news was we installed all the windows and the roof so we saved tons of money on labor and avoided the mark-up on materials. The rest looks worse that it really was. It just needed a little change to do it good. Thank you Sheryl Crow for the inspiration. I am sure I was singing that song the entire rehab.
Besides those to renovations this was our to-do list:
- Power Spraying th House
- Paint the Siding
- Pain the Soffits
- Clear the trees
- Wedding the beds
- Mulching the beds
- Level and Reinforce the Deck
- Paint the front and back deck
- Clear the beds
- Add Shutters
- Replace the gutters
- replace exterior lights
This list was thankfully labor intensive instead of cost intensive. For about $1200 and two long weekends the house turned into this:
The change gave this house a new life. I found those blue shutters at the Re-store in our city for $25. Yep, $25 for all of them. All they needed was a power spray and a new home. It is amazing where a little elbow grease and the Black and Decker Home Improvement book can take you.
Just for fun here are some other rehabs we did in this house
Its 82 degrees outside and I am ready to get out and be in it! Have a great Monday!
Thanks for reading,
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.
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.
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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