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The Odd Couple

Jennifer —  September 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

When we packed up our house Lee tried to get me to toss the drywall frames.  “You can do them again if you really want them, but you probably won’t use them.”  More than likely he was going to be right but I could not do it.  I was thinking of many ways I could re-use these.  Today, I am glad that I didn’t pitch them.  For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about this is my drywall frame wall in my old house.  You can see how I made them here:

 Living Room 15

Thankfully I packed some of them with my lamps, which was a box that I unpacked.  I forgot they were in there so I was pleasantly surprised!  I didn’t know how I would use them but I knew that I would figure it out.  I am into organizing my stuff these days. I have lived out of suitcases, bags and boxes for the last four months so its kind of the way I am figuring out what I have.  I was planning on doing a cheap jewelry organizer from a Pinterest Pin like this one or this one until I glanced over at my drywall frames and thought…I could use those.  I grabbed a box of pins out of my sewing box and this is what I came up with.

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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

iloverehabs.com; jewelry storage

 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.

iloverehabs.com; jewelry storage

 

Its a rental so it is what it is….so I am working with it. .  It works much better for earrings than the drywall.  I love the color that my jewelry adds to the room without having to hang any decorations.

Have a great weekend.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

Yesterdays winners are Sarah and Autumn.  You should be getting an email from me soon!

Welcome back to the I Love Rehabs Christmas Advent 2012!  Come here every day for 25 days to nab free stuff.  Yes, you heard me right.  I am giving stuff away for 25 days!  

 Advent Promo

Today I am giving all of you, well those who want it, a Free XL printable Calendar.

Today is a day that could help you cross off a gift from your Christmas gift planner.  A few days ago I had my first Christmas party where I was supposed to bring a $10-$15 gift.  This Christmas season I am trying to be intentional about every gift and be thrifty when I can.  I have a marker board calendar that I bought from Pottery Barn a few years ago and I use it to keep my life organized.  I decided to try and make one for this gift exchange.  There are many ways that you could do this but I thought that the easiest way would be to make one on my computer, have it printed, and framed in a poster frame where the glass would serve as the “marker board”   This is how it turned out.

 

Markerboard Calendar

It is hard to tell in the picture but its a 18 X 24 large calendar.  Its framed in a glass poster frame from

Michaels.  This is the easiest thing to make and you have a really nice, budget friendly gift to give.  Here is how you make this “marker board like calendar.”

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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.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/best-diy-blog-nominations-the-homies-2012-166618 

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)

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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.

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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,

Jennifer

If you liked this post you might like these:

The Little Lack Part 1

The Finished Bookcase

Little Lack Part 2

Upcycled Mail Sorting System

Jennifer —  September 9, 2011

Raise your hands if you get sick of a cluttered kitchen table because you don’t have a good “entry system”?  Both hands of mine are up.  Our kitchen table can get filled with bags, mail, keys, and junk that we bring in daily.  After 3½ years of living here I finally wanted to remedy that.  The laundry room reorganization gave me that motivation.  So, I went to target and TJ Max looking for a cheap solution.  Yes, they did have options, but nothing in my color scheme.  Target’s real simple had purple, gray, black and a turquoise.  None of those were the colors I wanted.  I know I am cheap, but $9.99 for something that isn’t perfect I just can’t do.  Really, it would end up being $20.00 because I needed two.  All the other options were metal or plastic and I wanted something a little softer.  TJ Max did not have much to choose from this time around.  Our TJ Max and Target are right next door.  Isn’t that convenient?  So I went back to Target for sure that I missed something…and I did.  I found the clear mail/file sorter for 2.99.  I can’t beat that price.  I knew that I had some fabric at home that I could use to cover them so I snagged them and went home.  Here was my material list.

  • Two plastic Mail/File bins Re-Style from Target: $2.99 a piece – $6.00
  • Fabric remnant:  Had it.  I literally used ¼yard of upholstery fabric (This could go in one of those books…”what you can do with a yard of fabric”) -$0
  • Craft Spray Adhesive:  Had it
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
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