How was your weekend? We had a pretty good one. We had family time, house-working time, good meals and even a few hours away on Saturday (kid-free) for wine-tasting. So, yep, I call that a pretty good weekend.
One thing that we wrapped up this weekend, was a little (seriously, like a 20 min.) project. I had this towel hanger on my “buy” list for quite some time.
$14 for that towel hanger is a good deal, but I never pulled the trigger. Well, a few months ago, our towel hook fell off the wall and broke and I finally decided that I have had enough of not having a towel hook. To be fair, this bathroom sink doesn’t get used very often. Catty-corner to it is another bathroom area (with a sink, shower and toilet). So, that is the sink we usually use. But, not having a towel there is annoying when we do wash in this one, so I decided to change that.
I could have bought the towel hanger above and spray painted it, but I went a different route. Do you have a wire clothes hanger and a scrap of leather? If so, you have everything to do this. =)
I’m going to let the pictures explain the process for the most part.
Straighten out your hanger and then start making your bends (we bent at 4 inches all the way around). One thing to make note of, it’s best to start at 1/2 of what you want your lenghs to be. For example, we wanted 4 inch straight pieces, but we started with 2 inches and then bent so that we came back around to the top where we would have another 2 inch piece. The 2 inch pieces will get glued in to the leather hanger below.
The bathroom hasn’t changed much since I showed it last. We are still loving our DIY Grouted Vinyl tile and bright yellow wall.
We did relocate the watercolor art to this small wall of the bathroom. I think it really works well between the bright yellow wall and the blue wall in the bedroom.
So, another up-cycling project. Crazy, right? Reusing what we have must be on my brain lately. As long as it works, I’m game.
It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for a fun blog hop! The goal of this blog hop is to “Repurpose, Recycle and Reuse” and boy do I have something fabulous for you today!
So, if you know me in person, then you know that I can be a bit cheesy. Seriously, I’ve told Luke in a super-giddy voice all week how in love with this project I am. Then on Monday, I finished up part of it and I sent him a quick photo text saying “I’m a bonafide genius”. Sometimes, I just get so excited about something and it comes out cheesy. So, fair warning, I’m super-excited about this project.
Let’s get right to it. =)
We finally decided to finish our bedroom. It has sat in it’s current state (about 75% done) for the past 6 months’ or so. One of the things that we needed to finish it was bamboo shades to cover our roller blinds. I love our roller blinds because they are so easy to put down at night and put up in the morning. However, they are not easy on the eye… they are downright ugly. So, I wanted to do a bamboo shade as a cover layer for the window (like what we have in our formal dining room below).
I have never lowered the shade in the formal dining room (even though they are real ones that can be lowered), so I knew that wanting to lower them would never be a problem.
Week before last, I pulled the trigger and ordered some for this window:
I needed over 82 inches wide (so I bought two at 42 inches) and the subtotal came to just over $120.
While those were being shipped to me, I was browsing at Home Depot. In the outdoor area (where planters are) and I came across this:
(in store they have a smaller roll for $9.99 but I couldn’t find it online)
Holy Mackarel. Do you immediately see what I see? Yep, it says fencing, but I see bamboo shades.
I quickly scooped up the small roll for $9.99 and checked out. As soon as I got home I got to brainstorming on how to actually make it into a bamboo shade.
Ready for a tutorial? Here goes.
1. Gather your supplies. You will need: bamboo fencing ($9.99), scrap fabric (that halfway matches the fencing), a glue gun, scissors and a curtain rod. I had the curtain rod in our basement but, if you don’t have one, these old styles can be picked up at the Habitat Restore for $2. You could also make a wood hanger or use a dowel rod to hang it from. You could be creative here.
2. Measure your window (I wanted an outside mount so I accounted for extra) and cut the bamboo. The bamboo fencing cuts easily with a pair of scissors.
3. Hot glue scrap fabric around the curtain rod. You are doing this so the white curtain rod doesn’t show through when you hang the bamboo shade up.
4. Place your curtain rod over your bamboo about 8 inches (this accounts for the fold over the curtain rod). Gently fold the bamboo over the rod and check to see if you like the amount of bamboo that you have hanging (this is the top of your bamboo shade).
5. If you like the amount of hanging bamboo, then hot glue the bamboo to the rod. I don’t have a picture of this, but make sure to overlap your second piece of bamboo (if you have an oversize window like me) so that your bamboo shade looks seamless. I overlapped about 1/2 inch.
6. Hang your rod up so that you can determine where you would like your folds to be.
Once we got the rod up, the weight of the bamboo fencing (which isn’t much) made it sag. We had a long cup hook and we screwed it in to help support the weight in the middle.
7. Using wire from where you cut your bamboo shades, separate it and cut it in to 5 inch pieces.
8. Gently bend your shade where you would like your bend to be.
9. On the seams (I did every other), wrap wire from the front of the fold to the back piece to create the fold. You can see the extra wrapped wire in the picture below.
10. Once you get to the second shade (if you have an oversized window), keep in mind that you are trying to match the folds. This wasn’t hard. I eyed up close and then took a few steps back to make sure I was on track.
11. Layer your curtains high and wide over the bamboo shades to create a more layered look.
From start to finish, this project took around 2 hours. I’m in love with the results. If you wanted to actually be able to raise and lower the blinds, then this isn’t for you. If you want the added layer of blinds for visual purposes, then this is the perfect thing. I can’t wait to make more. Oh and in case you haven’t seen enough pictures… here are a few more. =)
Share the love and join me in checking out the other fabulous ladies in our blog hop!
Thrifty and Chic – Ikea Hack (Hamper to Side Table)
All Things G & D – DIY Boot Socks from Old Sweater Sleeves
Lovely Etc – Hanging Globes
Life as a Thrifter – Quick and Easy Candle Holders
It All Started With Paint – Union Jack Flag Mason Jars
I thought that when we were ready to install hardwood flooring in our house it would be easy. Hmm, not so much. I think we are ready, I hope we are ready, but now I’m scared. There are so many options! Two years ago when we moved in to this house, I KNEW that I wanted dark hardwood floors. Now, I’m realizing that I would never keep them clean and that would drive me nuts. Also, I like the look of more natural, weathered wood. So, I ordered some samples and, so far, they haven’t helped me.
Do you know how hard it is to choose a wood color/texture based off of a 8 inch square? Impossible!
I have a few places to check out in town before I commit to a company or style, but I thought I would keep you guys in the loop.
Here are my inspiration floors:
I’m pretty sure most of these floors have the following criteria: large plank, matte, and unfinished. So, we are gathering sources, pricing, and more information on this type of floor.
We are planning (and hoping) to install it on the front circle stairs, loft area, upstairs, upstairs hallway, master bedroom and possibly the main living room. Price, of course, will further determine what gets replaced. The lowest on the list is the living room because it has the best carpet out of the ones listed.
Any of you have any great recommendations for suppliers or color? Any other advice?
You guys tired of hearing about our hallway bathroom in progress? I am! But, it’s looking soooo good. So, I have to share.
We’ve put two coats of primer and three coats of Benjamin Moore Advance paint on the cabinet and built-in bases.
I love how the paint finished but boy, oh boy, did it leak through the tape. Luke has quite a bit of wall touch-ups to do.
I had some left-over paint from our bathroom (Fuzzy Navel by Olympic), so I decided to spruce up the insides of all the cabinets. It made it fresh and bright which put a smile on my face.
I picked up that wire basket (the one on the top shelf under the sink) at Goodwill for .50. I’m not sure what I’m going to put in it, but I really like it under there.
We are still missing baseboards, but we did decide to go ahead and just buy new ones. I’m excited about the upgrade. I’m going to go for taller but less ornate.
I’m not sure about the glass shelf in the peek through area. I actually decided that I didn’t like the one after these pictures, so I moved it up and added another. They may stay or go, we will see. Next up, is finishing the doors/drawers (which I will not update you on … I know you are thanking me) and the baseboards.
After that, decorating. I think I have most of the decor, but I’m sure I will find something to buy or DIY when we get there. Oh, and if you missed it, check out my DIY leather strap hanging planter that I did earlier this week.
Hope you all have a great weekend.
I have tons of projects that just sit and sit (while collecting dust). Well, this is one that is sitting no more. The sad thing about it is that it only took twenty minutes. Why would you let a twenty minute project just sit and sit? Wish I knew! Anyways, I’m in love with my free and quick leather plant hanger.
I’m pretty sure you get the gist on how to make it, but I’ll break it down for you just in case.
1. Step one : Get a cute planter and put a plant in it.
(Kitty photobombing … seriously, he wouldn’t move!)
2. Step two : Find an old belt.
Step 3 : Cut the buckle off the belt. Cut the belt (long-wise) in three strips.
Step 4 : Drill three holes in your planter to put the belt through. I drilled using a small bit, then moved up to medium and finally moved to a larger bit.
Step 5 : Hot glue each strap on to each other (use clamps to squeeze tight).
Step 6 : Make a knot at the top and hang from a cup hook.
I really love how the leather looks, especially in front of the two rope hangers. Oh, and if you want to check out the white rope hanger, here is that tutorial.
Linking up to:
Frugal Crafty Blog Hop, Project Inspired – Cupcakes and Crinoline, The Makers, The Winthrop Chronicles, Home Stories A-Z, Work It Wednesday, Making Home Base, Fry Sauce and Grits, Liz Marie Blog, The Inspiration Gallery, The Bold Abode – Creativity Unleashed, Tatertots and Jello, Whipperberry, Remodelaholic, Classy Clutter and Carrie This Home.