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Peg Board Christmas Tree

Jennifer —  November 28, 2012 — 6 Comments

  Make sure you come back here tomorrow.  I have a big announcement for you.  It”s a surprise but here are some hints…advent calendar…christmas giveaways….fun things for you…

As we have approached the Christmas season, I have had many friends tell me that they won”t have a Christmas tree.  My heart instantly drops.  Most have said that they don”t have room for a tree. I have one friend who is in transition, just moved and is finding a place to live.  She doesn”t want to buy a tree, decorate it and then take it down possibly before Christmas.  I get to work with tons of college students for my full-time job.  Most college students have three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break with no time and no room for a tree. I remember getting so excited to come home to my Christmas tree at home, only to get to enjoy it for a week.  I decided to come up with an “alternative” tree for those who cannot have a tree.  This is a tree for those who have no room to store a tree after Christmas.  The lights and colors are what dazzle me about a tree and I have decided that no person should miss this…even if they don”t have room.  I came up with this little cutie:

 Peg Board Tree Final

Here is what you need:

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Modge Podge Bins

Jennifer —  April 6, 2012 — 8 Comments

When I rehabbed my hallway I needed some large storage for blankets and other odds and ends.  Large baskets are pricey plus with my bamboo shade I wanted to not be overwhelmed with wicker.  So, I decided to modge podge two large plastic bins.

Here is how it turned out:

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Hack the Lack Part 2

Jennifer —  March 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

This is part 2 of a two-part series.  If you haven’t checked out part 1 you might be a little lost.  The good news is that you can check it out here.

A few weeks ago I posted part one of my Lack Coffee Table Overhaul.  Here is how I did it and here is a picture of where I left off:

 I left the ottoman this way for a couple of weeks. The next step was to purchase a piece of nice plywood to cut for the bottom shelf so that it could sit on the metal rungs that formerly held the old bottom shelf.

The problem is that the nice plywood (the smooth and thick kind that won’t bend in the middle) is 26-36 dollars.  I know I am super cheap but that price is for a large 4X8 ft peace and I don’t need that much.  I am basically paying that much for half of the piece of wood.  Yes, I know I am cheap and yes, I could probably use the extra for another project but I don’t have one in mind.   It would end up cluttering the garage and it would probably be there for a while.  That is why I left the ottoman at part 1.  It was serving its purpose well.  Then, last week the Hubs brought home this:

The Hubs works for a contracting company here in town and these were the extra trim pieces for custom kitchen cabinets from a remodel.  The cabinetry company didn’t want them and they were headed to the dumpster.  The hubs swooped in and saved them.  He had no idea how I would use them but he knew that I would.  Isn’t he great?  The only way to make these work was to build  a slatted shelf.  I hesitated because that seemed rustic to me.  I love me some rustic, and rustic modern speaks my language, but its not the vibe of my current living room.   In the name of “free” I  figured that since its mostly covered by the top and would be filled with stuff, you wouldn’t even notice.    I could modernize it a little with paint.

Here is how I did it:

  1. I made a rectangle base.  I attached it using wood glue and flat brackets.  One of these days I am going to break down and get a Kreg  jig.
  2. I cut the slats to size.
  3. I primed and painted each slat.  I did this because I knew there would be a tiny 1/64 inch space between each slat.  This would make it impossible to paint, yet I anticipated that you could see the unfinished wood.   To avoid this, I had to paint the slats before I constructed it.
  4. Using a brad nailer, I attached the slats.
  5. I flipped the shelf over and used a chisel to chisel out a place for the metal rungs to rest.  This is how the shelf stays on without sliding off.  Before I moved on, I checked to see if it worked and it did!
  6. Using Durham’s Water Putty I filled the holes on the top and sides.
  7. I used 60 grit paper to sand the entire thing and then finished it off with 150 grit paper.
  8. I primed 2 coats
  9. I painted 2 coats.  I used Glidden Parchment White.  Thankfully, younghouselove had to match Ikea’s white for one of their projects and they had done the research of what matched Ikea white.  It worked for them and it worked for me.
  10. I laid the wood shelf on the rungs and here it is!

Now this busy side table is clutter free again…

Because all the stuff went here:

I am not done, I need to get a basket for remotes and playing cards.  Yep, we play cards here.

Just A Fun Reminder of the Before:

To This:


Living Room Final 6

Total Cost of the Ottoman:

  • 2 yards of fabric – FM fabrics (3.99 a yard) – I used a gift card ($0)
  • Two packs flat brackets – Lowes – $3.50 total
  • Lack Coffee Table – $19.00.  I had this coffee table so free for the overhaul.
  • Slats for shelf – leftover construction wood – Free
  • Primer – HAd it leftover from my bookcases.
  • 1 quart Glidden Parchment White (semi-Gloss) - Home Depot – $12.00
  • Wood Glue – Had it
  • Brad Nails – Had it
  • Hammer and Chisel – Had it
  • Batting:  Had it leftover from another project
  • Foam – Two Target twin-sized foam mattress topper, On sale for $9.99 a pop – $20.00
  • Grey underside fabric – Free- It was leftover from my guest bedroom headboard
  • wood for the top and braces underneath - Free – Had it in the woodpile
  • wood for the side edging – 2 1X2 from Lowes – $4.00
  • Buttons – Wal-Mart – 5 boxes – $10.00
  • Hot glue, staples, staple gun, fishing twine, upholstery needle – Had it

Total Cost: $50.00

Since all I used was the Lack Table’s legs, you don’t have a lack coffee table you could do the entire process and purchase legs at Lowes, or chop the legs off of an old table and install them like I did this bench. For the metal rugs you could use of those reversible screws like this one.  You would prep the shelf and lay it just as I did.

Is everyone having a great monday?  See ya tomorrow for more Rehab Life!

Thanks for reading,


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Hack the Lack Part 1

Hack The Lack Part 1

Jennifer —  March 5, 2012 — 6 Comments

As I was putting the pieces together in my living room I started to notice that my Lack Coffee table was serving a great purpose but it didn’t look proportionally right.  I also longed to have a comfy place to prop up my feet when I watch t.v.  So, I decided to hack the lack.  I figured I could use the legs and the mounting hardware.  I wouldn’t use the top or bottom shelf in this project, but I figured I could find something around the house for those things.  Here is how I changed this:

To This:  (p.s. – I haven’t finished yet, I still have to put on the bottom)

1.)  I took a piece of plywood I had in my garage and cut it to the dimensions that I wanted.

2.)  I purchased some 1X2 at Lowes for $1.67 a pop and used it to border the edge of the plywood.  I did this to reinforce the plywood but also to make an upholstered edge so it would look more polished

3.)  I added some 1X3 we had leftover from a recent outdoor project.  These also gave more reinforcement to the sturdy 3/4 inch plywood.  Since it was so big I decided to make it a little more sturdy. ( I added one in the middle too but its not pictured here.  You will see it a few pics down)

4.)  I measured the plywood and found the center.  From these measurements, I figured out where I wanted the buttons.  I didn’t get a picture of this but I did in the same way I did my headboard.

5.)  I made marks and drilled holes for the buttons.  I used a 1/2 inch spade drill bit.

6.)  I didn’t like my button placement so I changed it up and had to drill more holes.  The new pattern used some of the previously drilled holes so to help my while I tufted, I covered up the holes that were not supposed to be used with some duck tape. (do you like by OU duck tape?)

7.)  Next, I attached the foam to the top of the plywood.  I used two twin sized foam mattress toppers from Target.  In my store they were $9.99 a pop.  Maybe they were on sale because they are $14.99 online.  I also used  a $5.00 coupon. The total came to about $15.00.   To make a smooth top to your ottoman place the patterned side down.  I attached them with some liquid nails.  I know that might be a little much.  I am sure that spray adhesive will work but I didn’t have any.  I had some liquid nails so that is what I used. A little trick for you:  I chose the width of my ottoman to be the same width as the foam.  That meant I didn’t have to cut up the foam that much…just wack off the end, with an electric turkey carver of course. Whoever got me that electric knife over 6 years ago for a wedding gift probably had no idea I would use it more for DIY projects than Thanksgiving day turkey carving.

8.)  I covered the side edges with some thick batting I had leftover from this slipcover project.  There is always a reason I keep scraps.

9.)  Next, I covered the entire thing with quilt batting and stapled it on the underside.

10.) Using scissors, I punctured holes through the batting and foam where the buttons would go. I just opened the scissors and stuck on end through the hole on the bottom.  I twisted to form a hole. This is where the duck tape came in handy. It kept me from punching the wrong holes in the foam. The foam covered my the holes that I didn’t use really well.

11.) I  washed and ironed my fabric  I purchased the same fabric that I used to make these new living room curtains.  I used scraps to make the curtains and I was a little nervous my favorite fabric store wouldn’t have it anymore but after some digging I found it.  I purchased 2 yards a $3.99 a pop.  Yeah Clearance aisle!  (which those of you who know this store know that I had to work for that 3.99 a yard fabric.  They just have bolts and bolts on top of each other in the clearance aisle.  I was sweating moving them all around.

12.)  The next step was to make my buttons.  To do this, I purchased 5 button kits at Wal-mart.  I needed 18 buttons so I had to purchase 5 kits that had 4 buttons.  Each one was $1.97.  I made all my buttons while watching t.v. with the Hubs.  Here is a tip:  if you are using the Wal-Mart buttons, follow the instructions for covering but put a dab of hot glue in the button before you put the back on.  Then use the tools to get it started but I use two screw drivers (one in each hand) to finish it off.  Just press all the way around.  It dents the back of the button but who cares, its sturdy and it wont be seen.  I have done this on both the headboard  in my master and guest bedroom and pulled my hardest to tuft them.  Two years later…they are still intact.

13.)  Next, I laid the fabric over the foam covered top and tufted the ottoman.  I wanted the buttons to sink in a little so I decided to attach the buttons BEFORE I stapled the fabric to the bottom.  I used fishing twine to attach the buttons and an upholstery needle I had.  An upholstery needle is key because its larger and sturdier.  Since I had made holes in the wood and the foam, it makes navigating the needle easier but sometimes it takes patience.  My trick:  use a wooden kabob skewer to help know where the needle goes.

14.)  After making 5-6 loops through each button  I tied it off.  To tie it off I use scrap fabric and made little rolls.  I tied the extra string around it and knotted it.  Then, I wrapped the extra string around it and stapled the fabric down.  The bulk of it goes in the hole but if its thick enough it gets stuck and holds.  Hopefully you can see better by the picture.  Stapling the fabric down helps me make the button be taught and it also flattens the fabric for the next step.


15.)  I stapled the fabric around the edges of the underside.  (see pic above)

16.)  Now its time to cover the ugly.  I used some leftover fabric from my guest bedroom headboard to cover the bottom.  I just laid it on there and stapled it, folding the edges under on each side.


17.) I took the legs off the Lack table and cut about four inches off the bottom.  I wanted to leave the top of the legs so I could use the hardware to attach the legs.

18.)  I attached the existing hardware to my new ottoman top.  To do so I had to:

  • Mark where the hardware would go
  • Cut away the fabric
  • Drill a pilot hole in the middle so the threaded screw could go all the way into the hardware and ottoman top easily.  (The Lack leg hardware actually is made to fit in a hole pre-made by Ikea. They do this to make the leg and top look seamless.  I thought about drilling a hole out of the underside of the ottoman to make it work exactly but I realized that the edge I made with the 1X2 hid the fact that the metal mounting hardware was shown at the top of the leg so I didn’t worry about it.  This pic shows my attempt to make the hole before I realized I didn’t need to or have a drill bit wide enough.  The hardware just rest right on top of the wood.  Notice the hole in the middle for the threaded screw to go beyond the hardware.

19.)  The last thing I did was screw in the existing hardware and screw on the legs

and that is how I got it to this stage:

Now, I am still working on part two.  I need a bottom shelf for magazines and storage.  I strategically cut the Lack legs so I could keep the metal things that the old shelf rested on.  Now, I just need to cut some wood and paint a lower shelf.  I will update you when I do that.  I am also thinking about putting casters on the bottom.

I have finished, check out the finished product here!

Thanks for reading,


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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:


To this:


This picture isn’t the finished product.  I have to add a base.

See ya monday,


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I Have No Cord Love

Jennifer —  February 27, 2012 — 2 Comments

First of all, I wanted to alert you to a little fun iloverehabs update.  I love rehabs was nominated for a Homie - Apartment Therapy’s blog contest.  There are all different categories and I Love Rehabs is in the list for DIY blog.  I spent some time during my lunch break (cause bloggin isn’t my full-time thing) and check out some of the other blogs.  Yowza!  There are so many great blogs out there!  I have no chance of winning and am not going to even think my blog is good enough but it could be good exposure.  So, if you want to vote,  click on the link below and vote for I love rehabs….or one of your other favorite blogs because I am sure they would love the love:)  You do have to register, which is not hard.  If anything, head on over and check out some seriously sweet blogs.  The contest ends on March 2nd. 

Important Update:  A few months after I posted this I had to insert small spacers between each eletronic system because my original stacking did not allow the electronics to vent.  They were getting too hot!  I cut small wood blocks and put them under the Roku and the Apple system. The DVD player vented on the exposed side so it was good to go.  The wood blocks propped up each one so they could vent out the top.  The over heating issue was solved!

Onto the post for today.  Have you ever wondered what the builders were thinking when they built your house?  Don’t you wish that you could reverse time and go back to when they were building your home and say “Don’t put that outlet there…you should put it here?”  Maybe you would want to tell them to center the fan over the table just in case someone wants to change it out for a pendent light. Or maybe you would tell them it might not be a good idea to put a french door for the door that goes into the garage.  Yes, all those things are things I wish I could have suggested to the builder of my house.  Check out the fan in my kitchen, and the view from the french door that once was in my kitchen.

Today, I want to show you how I overcame the outlet issue.  This builder’s choice in this instance really isn’t that bad.  How were they to know where I wanted to put my flat screen t.v?  The outlet placement didn’t really work with my new, open-backed, bookshelves in my living room.  I do wish the outlet was behind the t.v so I could place our electronics on the top shelf and hide all the wires behind the t.v.  Instead I had to deal with this:

Yuck.  Our cable cord comes up through the wall/floor here:


Of course the outlet was perfectly placed partially behind one of the shelves.  I couldn’t avoid this because I needed a certain amount of space between the fabric covered shelf and bookcase for the t.v.  The halfway point for the bookcase is right where the outlet was.

 Here is how I got my shelves from this:


To this:

 Do you see the two baskets with lids?  The baskets didn’t come with lids,  I just cut a piece of wood to fit over the top and covered it with leftover fabric from here.  The basket on the left side stores my DVDs.  The basket on the right stores this:


See all that cord craziness?  It is actually all organized because its looped and labeled.  It looks crazy because there are alot, so it’s all crammed in, but you can tell what goes to what and get to it pretty easily.  Here is the cable mess I had to tame:

  • Cable Line to Modem (we don’t have cable t.v.  our cable service is for our internet.  I will post how we live life without cable soon)
  • Modem to Roku (internet streaming device for your t.v)
  • Modem to apple airport thing. (Not sure what that does but it does something because if you unplug it nothing works)
  • DVD Player to t.v
  • cord from Roku to t.v. (to watch Netflix and amazon and Hulu)
  • And then all the devices power cords  (that’s 5 power chords including the t.v)

So I decided to put our power strip in the basket and cut a hole in the back of the basket for the cord to go to the outlet


I also poked holes in the basket for the t.v. cord and cable chord to come in.  I then made a lid for the basket using the same wood and fabric as I did for the other basket.  Instead, I drilled a hole into the back of the lid for wires to come out. ( I ended up have to make the hole a little bigger than pictured)


I organized the wires, plugged them in, fed them though the holes and attached them to their devices.  There were a few chords that connected device to device, I just put those devices together and if there was excess, fed it down through the hole.  This is what I came up with:


The only problem was the wires coming from the back of the t.v.

 I knew that these would be hidden for the most part behind my decor but I wanted it tucked away nicely so I nailed a nail behind the chords:


The nail holds the cords behind the devices quite nicely.


All that was Left was hiding the cable chord.

 A fabric covered box (that also holds DVDs) with some books on top did the trick nicely.  Due to iTunes, amazon, and Roku we rarely watch our limited collection of DVDs so I rarely have to get into the boxes. The fabric covered box was once an old Pi Phi angel box that my “Big Sis” in my sorority gave me.  ITs a sturdy box so I couldn’t get rid of it, but I just didn’t feel right sportin’  the college love front in center in my living room. So I covered the box with fabric. 

Once I got the best of the stuff in there was definitely not any evidence of chords.

I did have to make a last minute switch that I thought I would share just incase you do something like this.  Do you see how my devices are stacked on top of each other?


Stacking them like this didn’t allow the devices to vent out their heat well.  They were getting hot because one would vent into the other and it make both of them HOT!  So, I had to separate them.  It was not hard, I  just had to get some slack out of the hole on some of them.  I moved two on top of a book which sat on top of the DVD player.  The good news is the DVD player is rarely used AND vents out the left side! Finally something that I didn’t have to overcome.   I didn’t like the empty space above the white apple airport device.

So I just cut some wood and wrapped it with scrapbook paper.


I actually like the added color.

There is how I hid my cords!  Do any of you hate cords as much as I do?  Sometimes there is nothing you can do but if there is an inkling of a chance…I always try to hide them.  The great thing is I spent $0 to do it!

Update:  stacking my electronic devices didn’t allow for some of them to vent out their heat so we updated this by separating them with small pieces of wood between them if the vent was out of the top of the device instead of the side or front.

Thanks for reading,


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State of Art

Jennifer —  January 20, 2012

Did you know that Oklahoma has its own song?

Those who know me know that I loved growing up in Oklahoma. I even have an ongoing battle with a friend of ours about which state is better my state or his. If you want to know history about your state then get into a friendly battle with someone about which state is better. You find out all sorts of fun facts like:

  • Oklahoma is the state with the most Miss Americas
  • The first electric guitar was invented in Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state
  • The yield Traffic Sign was first used on a trial basis in Tulsa
  • The Wrestling Hall of Fame is located in Stillwater Oklahoma
  • Sonic was started and still headquartered in Oklahoma City. Enough said. Everyone thanks Oklahoma for Sonic.

The Hubs loves his state too. He loves that he grew up in Kansas City and before anyone can ask which side (Kansas, or Missouri) He makes sure that they know Missouri. Where we are from is a huge part of who we are, so I decided to include it in our “family” decor on our fabric covered shelves.

I wanted to include some state art and this is how I did it. Here is what you need:

  • Yarn
  • Foam Board ( I got mine at Wal-MArt)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Back of an old picture frame (The cardboard part) Make sure its sturdy.
  • Tape
  • Scrap book paper, fabric, contact paper, wrapping paper. I used scrap book paper.

Here is what you do

1.) Wrap the frame back in the paper of your choice.

I got two .25¢ frames at a thrift store and took out the back. I folded the corners like a present and taped it.

2.) Find a picture of your state.

I had a good sized one in a map I own so I just traced it. I am sure you could google one too.

The Census bureau of each state has printable ones. So you can even do it right!

US Census Bureau

3.) Cut your state out.

I didn’t worry about the little tiny curves of the border on each state. I made sure the main ones where there that make the state shape.

4.) Lay it on your foam board and trace it with a marker. Sharpies work best.

(I didn’t take a picture of my

state cut out, but I used the same foam board to cut out some letters. )

5.) Cut it out with an exacto knife.

I just took my time and sometimes had to repeat scoring it until it cut through. Make sure you have something underneath the foam board to protect your surface.

6.) Wrap the first layer it in yarn.

Again, it took a little bit more effort with the state so I didn’t take a picture. The Hubs was out of town too so he couldn’t help, but I will show you on the letter F that I wrapped:

Pick the direction you want your finished product to be going and do that layer second. You wrap two layers so that you can cover all the edges. Get out your hot glue gun and run a tiny bead of hot glue on the part of the state you are going to start on. I started at the top going horizantally. Lay your string on the bead of glue and start wrapping. Go slow and make sure you wrap it tightly so the edges are covered. Sometimes on funny corners or pumps I would put a tiny bead of glue to hold the string there. To end, cut the yarn and glue it down on the back

7.) Wrap the second layer

Since I went horizantal first I wrapped Oklahoma vertically to finish. Start and finish the same way. There is no way to instruct you how to do the “funny” parts, just wrap and unwrap until it looks right. This is a good one to do infront of a movie.

8.) Glue the state onto the back of your scrapbook-covered frame back.

You could also frame it in a shadow box backed by scrap book paper.

9.) Touch up white spots

I just worked with the yarn a little and moved it over. For those that wouldn’t move, I had a Sharpie that matched this color so I filled in the tiny white spots on the edges with that.

Here is my side again:

Here is the Hubs side:

Voila! Personal, custom art that cost about $7.00. I made two so $3.50 a pop! Do any of you have state love? Do you know any fun facts about your state? Come on…do tell. I know you Texas people out there have something to say. You guys love your state more than anyone I know.

Thanks for reading,



I must say that the title of this post is not my mantra in life.  I am a big believer that honesty should always prevail.  This was, however, my mantra in how I dealt with the black/brown Lack shelves that flanked my fireplace.  Here is the picture below. (again please excuse my pre-blog poor cell phone pic)

The first year that we lived in the house, I decided to purchase these Lack floating wall shelves to provide some decorative storage on either side of my fireplace.  My first intention was to purchase 8 floating shelves (four on each side), but I wasn’t sure of this decision.  Since I live 7 hours away from the closest Ikea I couldn’t easily return them, so I figured start with four.  If I liked them and wanted to add to more to each side, I could pick up the other four shelves 4 months later when I traveled to that city for work.  Thank goodness I listened to the voice in my head.  My  goal of my idea of 4 shelves on each side was sturdy shelving that could hold a good amount  of weight (you know, like books, boxes, decor)  These bad boys only hold 35 LBS so it wasn’t the sturdy option that I was going  for.

When I finally decided to build bookcases I wanted to build floor-to-ceiling bookcases and scrap the Lack.  You know me, I am a “try to use what I have” DIYer so we decided to build our Little Lack inspired bookcases and incorporate the Lack floating shelves we already had.

My first try: 

Paint them the white that I painted the bookcases. These bad boys are laminate so I looked up advice on painting laminate.  Maybe I did it wrong but I waited a LONG time ( a week) for the primer to harden and peeling paint was the outcome.  Sorry no pic.  I am not embarrassed to show you, I am more embarrassed I don’t have a picture.  I just got so frustrated and set out on the solution that I forgot to take a picture.  Here is a pic I found on the web that reminded me of how the paint was peeling after a few scratches.  Of course the scratch started small but in testing it a peeled it more and it looked like this (but not old and crackled..jut jagged like below)


Bummer.  I went to bed frustrated.  Has this happened to anyone?

The next day I went to target to pick out sheets to sew my friend’s baby girl’s curtains.  I found this set of  queen sized sheets on clearance for $20.00.  It was a soft grey (which is a theme in my room) with white little diamonds (or flowers depending on how you look at it).  What if I covered the shelves in fabric?  I bought the sheets and went home to try it.

Note:  I have lived and learned from this experience.  I am going to share with you how I did this project.  I believe my methods to be 85% effective.  If I could go back, which I can’t wont, I would do it differently.  I tell this to be real and honest with you.  I want your product, if you choose to do this project, to be better than mine.  I will say that I am 100% satisfied with my end product with that being said…

Step: 1

I lightly hand sanded the shelves.  Remember I had paint on them.  I don’t think you would need to do this if you don’t.  I had to get it back to an even surface.

Step 2:

I figured out how I was going to cut the fabric to get the most bang for my buck.  I was able to use the queen sized sheet and a little bit of the fitted sheet.  I posted here how to cut your fitted sheet to make it a flat piece of fabric.

Step 3:

I cut my first piece of fabric.  It was wide enough to fold over both sides and the front of the shelves.  There was just enough excess in the back to staple it to the back. Don’t worry about the excess on the side unless it helps you maximize your fabric.  You will cut the excess later.

Step: 4: 

I ironed my fabric.

Step 5:

The Lack shelf can stand on its own because of its 2 inch thickness.  I stood the shelf up on its back so the front of the shelf  was facing up.

Step 6: 

I sprayed Spray Adhesive onto the front part of the shelf and evenly placed the fabric (right side up) down on the front of the shelf.  I adjusted it to make it even and smoothed out the wrinkles.

Note:  My end product had a little bit of bubbling on the front a few days later.  Pesky little suckers.  Why it didn’t come up immediately I don’t know, but I think using modge podge as the adhesive would have prevented this.  I used it in covering plastic bins for my hallway and have not had one little bubble.  Why I departed from my first love modge podge?…I do not know. Yet, I did and hopefully it happened to help you.  Remember…use a light layer of modge podge.  From here on out in this tutorial I would advise using modge podge.

Step 7:

I sprayed the sides (one at a time) with spray adhesive and smoothed out the fabric until the bubbles and wrinkles were gone.  This is a fluid process.  You have to constantly smooth out bubbles up until the last staple.  That is why you still see bubbles in the pic below.  These seen bubbles went away when I pulled tightly to staple.

Step 8: 

 Cut the excess on the sides to about two inches

Step 9: 

Fold the excess from the front side down (see pic)  Use spray adhesive (modge podge) to keep it down.

Step 10:

Fold the top and bottom side like a present.  If you see the above the pic, by folding down the front side excess first it creates to angles on both sides.  I sprayed the side of the shelf and folded the bottom side up first.  Then I lightly sprayed on top of that fabric and folded the top side down over it.  Here is the final product. 

Step 11:

Turn the Lack shelves over.  The back of the Lack shelf has a little indention to rest on a metal piece that screws into the wall.  I wanted the excess fabric to be secure yet minimal so it wouldn’t hinder the hanging of the shelves.  So I sprayed spray adhesive on the back and tightly folded the fabric over.  I stapled it down as well.  I also folded side the edges down. (cut any excess so it’s not bulky)


I cut out the fabric that covered the holes where the shelf rests on the wall piece.

Step 12:

I put two light coats of modge podge on the shelves.  This might have caused the bubble process, but I wanted these shelves to be wipeable.  I didn’t want the fabric to rip as I took things on and off the shelf.

Step 13: 

 I hung them back up.

Can you see the bubbles? 

The flash from my camera working with the gloss matte modge podge makes it worse than it really is.  I am a perfectionist so if it looked bad they would be down and I would have posted and ” I failed” post.    Here is a close up of one of them and it’s not bad at all. 


No one ever notices when they see them.  Its even less noticeable when there is something else to look at the shelves.  Here is the finished product.  Stay tuned and I will share with you what I used to decorate them.

The lesson learned?  Here is my list

  1. When all else fails, fabric does a good cover-up job. Sad to say, only in DIY.
  2. Don’t give up.
  3. Don’t stray from what you know, modge podge…I am coming back if I ever do this project again.
  4. Don’t stress about minor flaws if they are not that big deal.  If it is gonna stress you out,  redo it.  If I were doing this project for one of you…I would have started over.  Hey, I am a perfectionist.  At my house, you don’t notice it so there is more important things to do in life.
    Resale value?  Haven’t lost a thing cause these puppies are coming with me when its time to go…bubbles and all.

    If you missed how I decorated these Shelves then check it out here.

Thanks for reading,


If you liked this post, try these:

The Little Lack Part 2

The Little Lack Part 1

My Hallway

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,


New Curtains

Jennifer —  November 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

I posted a few weeks ago that I started to work on my living room.  I am not wanting to spend very much money on this living room.  $100…maybe $200 but no more.  I decided that I needed some color in this living room.  Its has grey, black and white furniture and Camel colored walls.  Here is what the curtains looked like about a week ago:

Not bad.  I made these curtains after one of my yearly trips to Ikea.  I bought this fabric there.  I found about 4 yards in the sale bin because that is all they had left and for some reason that store was not selling it anymore.  I used a gift card and came home to make curtains.  Low and behold 4 yards was not long enough especially for the extra needed to line up the pattern.  So, to remedy this misfortune I added some white fabric I had leftover from this project.  I never loved them but for free.  They worked.  In fact they have worked for about two years.  I decided this room needed color.  This room also needs some stripes.  I dug through my fabric stash and found these remnants.

Note:  this is what was left after the sewing but none-the-less these are the three fabrics I found that had enough to manage some curtains

  • Blue:  about 2 yards leftover from my dog beds and this artwork.  I originally bought this fabric 3 years ago to recover the laundry room chair.  Since the dogs have claimed it, I decided not to put the effort into it and at some point in time just buy a slipcover. The blue is upholstery denim fabric.
  • White:  White leftover from this project AND ripped off  from the bottom of the above curtains.  This white fabric used to be a Wal-Mart Sheet.  It is a light weight cotton.
  • Black:  Leftover fabric from the curtains in Asa’s room.  I didn’t have much of this at all.

The trick:  The white and black fabric is a different weight than the blue.  If not done right, the fabric would hang weird.  The heavier fabric needed to be at the top and the bottom to anchor the curtain.  Of course it’s not ideal but I am working with what I have.

I had no idea if this would be enough to make two curtains.  I knew that it would be close.  The most annoying part of this process was that I had to spend my time cutting and making accurate measurements.  To do this I used the following:

  • Large, Metal Right Angle Ruler
  • Metal ruler (these ensure straight lines where wooden rulers might be off due to the wood bowing)
  • Pencil/Chalk

Accurate Measurements:

  1. Since all these remnants were remnants I squared off every single one of them.  To do so I used hemmed edges or selvage edges that were already there and you know are straight.  You will lose some fabric squaring it off this but its vital for an even pair of striped curtains.
  2. Use the right angle ruler to make an accurate straight line.  Iron your fabric and place one part of the ruler against the edge you know is square (selvage edge or hem).  Draw a line with the ruler.  Keep drawing a line all the way across the length of the fabric and cut it.  Do this at the top and the bottom of the fabric.  Once you have drawn one square line you can use that to create another.
  3. Repeated Pattern fabric makes this process EASY.  Use a ruler and line it up along the pattern and draw your line.
  4. If you don’t have a square edge to begin with then make your own.  Draw a line on the fabric from a ruler and use that line to square up your fabric as I explained above.  Make sure the grain of the fabric goes the right direction.
  5. I figured out how much total yardage of each fabric I had and then determined the plan.

Problem #1: I didn’t have enough of the blue to make equal blue and white stripes.  The white fabric that I had was an odd yardage too.  I decided that the blue would be the same width of stripes, the black would be the same width but shorter than the blue and two white stripes would be different widths on the curtain.  If I cut the white too much I wouldn’t have that much fabric due to hems.  I knew that it had the potential to look funny but I thought….why not try.  As long as the pair of curtains where the same…maybe it wouldn’t matter.

Problem #2:  The total without hem would be 88 inches.  I needed the curtain to be 88 inches hemmed.  I would not have enough to make a hem at the top and the bottom.  My curtains would be too short if hemmed.  Dang it.  I pressed on anyway.  I figured that I could figure something out or maybe just be pleasantly surprised that my measurements where wrong.


  1. I cut all the pieces according to my measurements (plus adding a 1/2 inch for a 1/4 inch seam on both sides.)  Since all my pieces were square I could cut my pieces the same way I did with these curtains in my bedroom.
  2. I cut all the pieces for BOTH curtains.  This is how I get a curtain that lines up well with its pair.
  3. I sewed the first two pieces of one curtain and then I would sew the first two pieces of the second curtain.  I did this for the entire curtain because you can see if your curtain stripes will line up and immediately fix the problem if they do not.
  4. Since I had accurately measured pieces it was easy to sew a 1/4 inch seam.  I used my sewing machine as a guide. If that doesn’t help you..chalk off a 1/4 inch line on each of your pieces.

My finished curtains turned out great!  I loved them but they were too short.  My rod is a track system from Ikea so I could clip the curtains but I didn’t like the rod showing or clips showing with this system.  I did not want to spend moolah on another system.  I searched through my third bedroom and found my “AHA” moment.  I found these roman shades that I have had since I moved into this house.

They are from Ikea and they don’t make them anymore.  They were once on my bay window in my living room but I moved them to my guest bedroom before its transformation.  They were once plain white but when I put them there I added a black 4 inch grosgrain ribbon border by glueing the ribbon with hot glue.  When I rehabbed the guest bedroom these were stored for when I someday rehabbed the 3rd bedroom.  That has not happened and I figured that I could rip that black ribbon right off and use it to hem my curtains.

Off the black ribbon came.  Since I had two roman shades 72 inches long there were 4-72 inch pieces of black ribbon.  Score!

The Ribbon:

  1. I hemmed the sides of the curtains.
  2. I sewed the black ribbon directly onto the top and bottom of the curtain with invisible string.  ( I always use invisible string when I have multiple colored curtains.)

To hang the curtains

  • I used the existing clips that go with the Ikea track system to hang the other curtains.
  • I made a “fake” french pleat by clipping 1 inch down of the curtain.  Doing this allowed the curtain to hide the rod and clip.

Here is the end product:

Move In Pic:





The best part about this is I did not spend a dime on these curtains.  Not one.  Are you proud of me hubs?

The great things is that I lined the blinds so I don’t have to shut these curtains.  I can if I want to and probably will on freezing cold days but their main purpose is to give some softness, stripes and color in the room!

You can transform some scraps into something great.  It takes a little time but you can do it.  If you want to recreate these curtains you do it with sheets from Wal-Mart.  They have all these colors.

Thanks for reading!,


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Bed Sheets to Curtains

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