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Pull window shades revamp

Vinyl Pull Shade And Window Seat Revamp

About a month ago, I decided it was finally time to redo the office and forever rid ourselves of the last room in the house with terrible 80’s wallpaper. So I stripped off all the wallpaper and painted. The window seat had really old, gross, pink carpet covering it. So I tore that off before I painted and just finally recovered it with new carpet yesterday.

The window shades are a project I actually did some months ago right after I got my sewing machine. I found some fabric I liked and cut it so there was about an inch left around the edges. Then little by little I sprayed a spray adhesive on the unrolled shade and put on the fabric, smoothing it out as I went. Then I used my sewing machine and sewed along the edges. All in all, it turned out pretty well.  I wish I would have chosen a fabric with a bigger pattern though.  I also should have gotten a lighter weight fabric than I did. Sometimes they don’t want to roll up too well, but the shades are pretty old and already had some issues to begin with, so maybe newer shades would work better.

Mirror and Frames

Old Mirror and Frames Project

I decided it was time for something new on the big wall in the living room. The wall is so big and was just so bare looking. So I found an old mirror on craigslist for $20 and refinished it. Kaden helped. I bought some cheap frames at the dollar store and had some black and white prints made of some of my favorite pictures. Threw them all on the wall, and voila!




Today Kaden and I made slime! He was a little worried about what we were making at first, but in the end he had fun playing with it.

We used 1 1/2 cups of clear Elmer’s glue and 1 1/2 cups of liquid starch. I used STA-FLO. Mixed them together and separated it into four bowls and added a drop or two of food coloring to each. He ended up mixing it all together anyways, but it looked cool.


Kaden's K

Kaden’s ‘K’

I’d been looking for a simple but fun project do to with Kaden, so we went to Hobby Lobby to see what we could find. We walked all through the store and the partical board letter ‘K’ was what he wanted most. Which was fine with me since it only cost a few dollars. So we took it home and got started. I gave him a paintbrush and finger paint (That was the only kind of paint we had, but it worked just fine) and he went to town.  He had a blast getting to paint it and was so excited to hang it on his bedroom wall. Waiting for it to dry was the hardest thing ever for a 4 year old to do. After it dried I glued a picture hanger on the back with some extra epoxy glue I had laying around from a previous project, and voila!  He’s pretty proud of his creation.


Hanging Wine Bottle Vase

Wine Bottle Wall Vases


I found this project online and had to do it. It was actually pretty simple.

I used:

I stained the wood boards and let them dry. Then screwed on the ceiling flange.  The 3″ piece of the threaded rod screws into that, and then the split ring hanger and bottle of course. I nailed a picture hanger on the back and threw in some flowers I got from Hobby Lobby. Hooray!


Chalk Wine Glasses

Chalk Wine Glasses

We drink a lot of wine and usually at family get-togethers wine glasses get set down and people are always asking, “Is this my glass? I think this is mine?” So I thought this was a fun way to keep track of whose is whose. 😛 I got a little bottle of black chalkboard paint at Hobby Lobby and some wine glasses at Dollar Tree for a buck. I forgot chalk though. Duh! So Kaden’s sidewalk chalk had to do.

Framed Bathroom Mirror

Framed Bathroom Mirror

The husband was out of town for work and I was bored. So found something to do. The bathroom mirror was plain and boring and was starting to look bad on the bottom edge. So I went to Lowe’s and had wood trim pieces cut and bought 4 of the little square pieces. I spray painted them white put a sealer on them. After they dried I carved out the spots for the mirror brackets so they would lay flat. It would probably have been much easier if I had a chisel or something, but all I had was a dull utility knife.  That part was not fun and very time consuming. Then I realized that I carved the wrong piece of wood and ruined it. UGH. So I had to go BACK to Lowe’s and but another trim piece, paint and seal it and wait for it to dry. Then I had to carve it. Then I glued them on the the edges of the mirror using an epoxy glue.  I had to do this while the husband was gone because if I were to have told him I wanted to glue wood pieces onto the mirror he wouldn’t have liked the idea. But he liked it when he saw it.  It doesn’t make a HUGE impact, but it looks nicer than it did before.

Hanging Light Bulb Vase

Hanging Light Bulb Vase

This was a fun little project. Lately almost all of our light bulbs have decided to burn out all at the same time. So I’ve had a lot of old light bulbs. Using pliers I broke of the black part at the end of the bulb. (Wearing safety goggles, of course) Then I used needle nose pliers to pull out the insides. I poked two holes in the metal part with an ice pick and hung it up with some gardening wire. I’m sure it could be hung up with something else, I’m not sure why I chose gardening wire. But, whatever, it works. I put some water in and some flowers. (Well, weeds really. I didn’t have any real flowers at the time.) 😛

Plastic Drawer Revamp

Plastic Drawers Make Over

I (like almost everyone else) have some of those clear, plastic drawers. As handy as they are for storage, having all your crap visible is kind of..well, crappy looking.  So I got some scrapbook paper from Michael’s and Mod Podge. I cut the paper to fit the inside of the drawer. Then with a paint brush, I spread a layer of Mod Podge on the inside of the drawer. Then laid the paper on top of it and smoothed out any bubbles. Then I spread a good layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper and let it dry. I did this a few more times for durability. And there you have it. Not so ugly to look at now. :-)

Corona Beer Bottle Drinking Glass

Corona Drinking Glasses

Tonight we made glasses out of old beer bottles we had around. We tied some fingernail polish remover soaked yarn around the bottle and lit it on fire. Then rotated it to burn evenly for about 20-30 seconds then dipped it into a sink full or cold water. It usually broke on its own, but some times needed a little help. It didn’t always break evenly or exactly where I wanted it to, but I kept trying.  Eventually we got a few that were good. Then I sanded around the top with sandpaper to get rid of any sharp edges. They’re pretty snazzy little cups.