Saturday, October 11, 2014

Outlet Mount Candle Holders - Fall Centerpiece

I needed a new fall centerpiece for my table but didn't want to spend much money so I 'shopped' around through my stash of 'junk' and came up with this.  The porcelain sockets make great candle holders!  The candles were too small for the opening so I wrapped them in aluminum foil so they wouldn't wobble.
 To cover the foil, I made a little 'necklace' from an old pearl necklace in my stash and slipped that down over the candles.  I added a few old keys to the light pulls for some added interest,
The centerpiece itself was a wooden box someone gave me (don't you love it when people give you their 'cast offs'?!) and since it had leaves on it I thought it would be perfect for a fall piece.  I gave it a coat of chalk paint then lightly sanded to bring out the details in the wood.
The bird house is one I've had for years and it's been in a lot of different places in my home but at the time was in my box of 'stuff' so I gave it a wash of chalk paint and added it to the back section of the box.  Some sticks, silk hydrangeas (also gifted to me) and a 1.00 felt pumpkin from the Target Dollar Spot (a dangerous place!) completed the look.
I'm trying to embrace fall . . . it's hard for a summer-, warm weather-lover like me though!  Do you let your friends know to call you before they throw out their unwanted things?  If not, you should! It's amazing what you can gather for your makeovers, often at no cost to you!  What's the greatest 'freebie' you've ever gotten?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beachy Window Treatments from Fence Boards

 I've been bouncing back and forth between my Beachy Guest Room makeover and my bathroom update but today I thought I'd share my window treatment for the guest room.  Using old fence boards makes a simple, rustic treatment for hanging curtains. 
I got the fence boards for free on Freecycle and then purchased the hooks at Menard's. They were black so I sprayed them white and then lightly distressed them.  I just spaced them out by "eye-balling" it until I had 16 on each board.  
Using an awl, I poked a starter hole for each of the top screws.  
Hubby did the hanging.  I wanted to make sure they were securely anchored so we did that using wall anchors and four screws to attach to the wall above the windows.
If you wanted to, you could add tie backs to keep the curtains open but since these are so sheer, I opted to have them down.  For the winter, I plan to make some heavier curtains so I will probably add tie backs of some sort.
It's a simple, inexpensive, yet unique treatment that would look good in just about any room I think.  Always fun to add something 'unexpected' in the rooms we decorate, don't you think?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bathroom Closet - Ugly to Organized

I'm in an organizing/cleaning frenzy right now and when it came to my ugly bathroom closet, I was taking no prisoners!
 I got lots of inspiration on Pinterest for solving some of the "issues" in MY closet.  But there was one issue unique to my closet and that was a weird, unfinished "laundry chute" in the floor.  Now there's still no "chute" but this idea came to me in the middle of the night. (Please tell me SOMEONE else out there has messy closets like this one??)

I got a piece of flat wood, a cupboard door, a knob and some hinges at the local ReStore for just a few dollars.  Using Liquid Nails, I glued the stripping to form a base/frame on the tile floor for the door.  My next "problem" was this odd, little, useless ledge on one side of the closet.  I decided to add a shelf piece to it to make it useful for more storage.
There was a bunch of wasted space at the top of this closet so I added a fourth shelf to store blankets, pillows, etc.
I saw this cute idea for dividing a shelf using a corbel which I bought, painted and attached to the towel shelf.
The hanging shelves are great for wash cloths and hand towels.  Everything got a nice label and I even treated myself to new towels.  My whole bathroom is going to get a makeover using this deep plum, gray and pale blue color scheme.  My final "problem" was a place to keep my hair dryer, flat iron, etc.
Lots of 'problems' solved and now I smile every time I have to throw dirty laundry down to the laundry room.