Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Here are the photographs of Tiffany's room.
Here is what I wrote back:
Your new home is beautiful and there is so much you can do with it. Your living area is a lot like mine. Although my room is a little bigger it has two sets of french doors, three single doors and three windows. It's an impossible situation because there is no where to put furniture. I landed up buying a sectional that faces the television and fireplace.
Here are some ideas. I would place that television right under the ceiling. They make television stands so you can mount your tv up high. I purchased one at Walmart and it cost me about 35.00. The one that is pictured below is mounted from the ceiling. The one I bought mounted from the wall on a metal arm. They aren't the easiest thing to install....you need muscle! That's where hubby comes it. This will free up lots of space that is currently used for the television. These shelves also have areas to place DVD's and boxes. You can purchase brass channel (Home Depot or Lowes has it) that you can mount into the corner. This is where all the wires go, so you don't see them hanging down from the TV.
That takes care of the TV. You still can enjoy it, not have to move the cable and it gives you more room.
As much as I love the french doors, they are really taking up a lot of space. Could you remount the doors so they open into the other room? It's a thought.....imagine how much more room you would have. Do you really need the doors at all? Have you thought about taking them out completely and installing decorative wood corners (painted white to match your molding). They also sell these in HD and Lowes. Not too expensive either.
This creates an "opening" without doors. I know that you probably like these door and want to keep them, but the room would become a lot bigger if they didn't swing into that room. There isn't much you can put against those walls that won't interfere with the swing of the two doors. Just a thought.
If you can get your TV mounted high you have the possibility of placing another piece of furniture under it. Maybe even a small chair with your floor lamp as a reading area. This area could also be used for shelves, books and decorative items. Of coarse you want that TV properly mounted otherwise it could fall onto the poor person under it. It has to be mounted into studs. Don't worry they come with directions.
If you move your couch directly in front of the fireplace (so when you sit on the couch you are looking at the fireplace) and eventually add two comfortable chairs in both corners of the windows, you will create a space where the fireplace is the focal point. You can entertain and also watch TV from either chair. Club chairs would probably work nicely because they tend to be smaller. Add a warm throw rug and drape some fabric from all three windows (something simple). Definitely keep the lamp and the trunk. The trunk could also be a coffee table (add a nice piece of wood to the top) or an ottoman (buy a piece of plywood, a thick piece of foam and cover with fabric and staple to the bottom piece of plywood.
I just looked back at the photos and realized that if you opened the doors into the other room it would interfere with another door. Well, you have the option of removing them, storing them and if you miss them you can easily put them back. I think the key is the TV. If you mount it high up, add the chairs, move that couch you will also be able to see that TV and entertain. The couch should be positioned into the middle of the room so you can walk behind it and doesn't disturb the flow of traffic.
One more tip: Measure those windows to see how many yards of fabric you would need to make some long swags that you could puddle onto the floor. Carry it in you wallet until you find some beautiful, discounted fabric and buy it up. If you don't sew or have a machine, don't worry. They make invisible hemming that you iron on. Install two brass hooks at the corner of each window and swag your fabric over it. It will look great and you'll add some more warmth to the room.
I hope this all helps you and if you have anymore questions please don't hesitate to ask. Would it be all right with you if I posted your email and pictures on my site. I think my viewers would love to see this? Please let me know. If not, that's fine too.
You are off to a great start.
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
I've talked about the space above kitchen cabinets in past posts so now we'll take a look at the space below them. I am not very lucky in my kitchen and have very little counter space, so I really look for ways to maximize my counters. Last year I purchased a very nice stainless steel spice rack that sat on the counter next to the stove top. It looked beautiful there for a while until several things became apparent: It took up way too much space and it constantly had to be cleaned. The thing drove me nuts! I had to get rid of it. When I was just about to store all my spice bottles back into the cabinet something occurred to me: why not somehow use the space below the cabinets? It's there, doing nothing, so why not put it to use. I decided to build a long, narrow spice rack to tuck right under my cabinet where I could store my spices. Conveniently located, easy to clean and out of the way.
Here is how I did it. I started out by measuring how long a piece of wood I would need to fit all of my 20 bottles. It turned out to be about 36 inches long and only needed to be about 4 inches wide. I use Hobby Wood that I bought at Home Depot. They carry hobby wood in the lumber department. They happen to come in just the right size so I didn't even have to cut it. I found three scrap pieces of wood and cut them all the same length=6". I screwed them into the back of my shelf and then into the back of my cabinet.
When I screwed it into the cabinet I made the hole just a little bigger so a wood button could be glued into the hole. It gives it a more finished look.
I added this rope trim that I also had at home. Cut to fit, glued with wood glue and two small nails for extra security. It was painted, hung and ready for some action.
I placed all the spice bottles back on the rack, but not before making all new labels for them using some fancy silver Avery labels
Here again are the final results and now you can see how much space this opens up for me. Plenty of room for canisters, tea kettle and the rooster. Ok, I really have to move the rooster! I can't tell you how convenient this is for me. Not pictured is the stove top which is to the left of the canisters. The spices are so convenient for cooking. I'm now looking for some other ways to utilize this empty space below the cabinets. I'll let you know what else I may come up with.
Next Post: A challenge for all my readers. Someone sent me a difficult floor plan. She needs some ideas on what to do with this space. I'm going to post the photos, email and some of my suggestions. I'm hoping that you will post some of your creative and helpful ideas for this room. Come back and check it out!!01 02 12
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Behr paints has put together a wonderful site that covers everything you will need to know about painting your space. I found this site just the other day and spent some time collecting information on exactly what this site offers you. Here is what you will find:
- Talks about the color wheel
- Assists you in finding complementary colors to the color you pick
- Gives you facts about colors
- Preview your color by ordering a sample (yes, you have to pay for this)
- Inspirational, artistic, emotional, fashionable, historical aspects of paint
- Different sheens, when and where to use them (semi-gloss, flat, eggshell....etc)
- They offer a calculator. No more guessing. Plug in your measurements and they will tell you how much paint to buy.
- Facts and info about interior and exterior paint.
- Step by step directions on all the faux finishes
- What paints to use for all your different projects (paint for cement, wood.....etc)
- You can pick your paint color and paint it onto a "virtual" furnished room to see exactly what your paint job will look like when completed. I love this feature the best.
Here is the site: http://www.behr.com/behrx/inspiration/artistic_1.jsp
Place it into your favorites so you can always go back when you have a project to do.
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
The photo to the left shows the small chip close up.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
It was a very inspirational trip which gave me so many creative ideas to bring home. I have never decorated for Mardi Gras and quite frankly haven't paid much attention to it, but my visit certainly changed that. I decided that we will include a small Mardi Gras tree in our home. Why not?......the Christmas decorations are all put away and the house looks kind of dark and quiet. I miss the lights, so what better way to bring them back.
When I got home I went to Hobby Lobby after Christmas and purchased a 5 foot tree. Get this: it's regular price was $59.00 with 80% off, so I paid $12.00 for my little Mardi Gras tree. I was shopping with my mother and she looked at me like I had lost my mind. Just more "stuff"........Yeah, she is probably right.
Perhaps I have lost my mind but this is just another way for me to decorate and for the family to get involved. Most of the ornaments are store bought but several are hand made. I got the kids (teenagers) involved with it and to my surprise they really had fun helping make some ornaments.
It's a fun way to celebrate the holiday.
The ornaments we made were fun to create and even the kids helped. I just experimented using different things and came up with this. I think that these could be expanded upon in many ways.
- smooth styrofoam balls
- Modge Podge
- Decorative tissue
- glue gun
- flexible wire, gold is nice
- acrylic paints (optional)
- medium sized wood balls
- medium sized wood rings ( available in wood aisle of craft store)
- brush on sparkle
Most of these items are optional. You could use beads, feathers, sequins, etc.
Here is application of Modge Podge with the first small square of decorative tissue.
Here are three finished ornaments. I added gold bows and brushed on sparkle paint. I made a few more of these using the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold. You can do so much with these. I wanted to hang some crystals at the bases but wasn't able to find exactly what I wanted. I'm still looking......
Just one reminder: the styrofoam balls must be the smooth ones. I used flexible wire that I wrapped around a pencil for shape and hot glued it into the top. Now the ornaments can be hung.
With the addition of some randomly placed acrylic paint the ornaments look like they were made for Mardi Gras.
If you are interested in Mardi Gras history and the traditions, here is a link:
Next post: Another "Scratch & Dent" item. How much is cost and what it took to repair it.01 02 12
Friday, January 11, 2008
- hand-paint designs on them
- mosaics-tile or glass
- faux finish-an example would be marbling
Wallies prepasted cutouts
small glass tiles
The Wallie cutouts I purchased at http://www.wallies.com/
They have a great selection of cutouts that you can use. If you don't feel like you can hand paint, Wallies are a great substitute. In this case I used the coffee cups and the Cafe sign in the middle. Here are step by step directions:
1. I lightly sanded my pine round.
2. Using three colors of acrylic paint (gold, tan and darker brown) I used a paint brush to create a sponge like paint finish. Basically I just blended the three colors together.
3. I hand-painted the colored boxes around the perimeter of the circle. Although you can't really see it in the photograph, the squares are not perfect (believe me). I just used a square brush and painted boxes...one stroke and then the next. I don't like perfect! It's hand made and the imperfections make it look that way.
4. I applied glossy Modge Podge onto four areas of the table (where I would place the coffee cups) and then carefully applied the coffee cups. I then put Modge Podge on top of the cups and applied a layer onto the entire table. That gives it a glossy finish.
5. I drew out a circle in the center of the pine round. Here I placed squares of red-checkered tissue paper and applied Modge Podge. The design is so random that it's hard to imagine the tissue paper was red checks orginally, but I like that look.
6. I glued small glass tiles around the perimeter of the inner circle. I found a little bag of these at Michael's Craft store. I used Mosaic glue for this step.
Here is the little coffee table all finished. I purchased four ready made legs at Home Depot and just painted them with acrylic paints to match. The entire table was given a coat of polyurethane when finished, just to protect it.
Check out www.wallies.com for some interesting cutouts that you can use on furniture, walls, ceilings and tables. I especially love the tree frogs!
My table will go out onto the screened-in porch right next to the chair where I have my morning coffee. I have just purchased two more pine rounds and plan to make some "classy" glass mosaic tables. Stay tuned...........
Future post: Decorating for Mardi Gras. I spent four wonderful days visiting New Orleans. I had never been there before so it was a real exciting trip for me. I loved the people, the place and the atmosphere. Now I just have to celebrate and enjoy Mardi Gras in my own home and I'll show you how I do that.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Decorating with wood medallions also known as wood appliques or gingerbread, can be so interesting and creative. You can add these embellishments to:
- wood boxes
- picture frames
They can be stained, painted or decoupaged onto any of the items I listed above and more if you just let your creative juices flow...
I have purchase them at Lowe's Home Improvement, Home Depot, Michael's Craft Store and JoAnn's. They really vary in price and sometimes can be quite expensive. I purchased the one to the left for about $2.95 at Joannes. I plan on hand painting it in soft colors and adding to a headboard.
Just looking at this photograph I'm thinking you could drill a hole in the middle and insert a knob. Wouldn't they be a great addition placed behind knobs of a plain desk or dresser? They could be hand painted, painted a solid color or stained to match the wood of the furniture.
I found an Internet site that carries a pretty good selection at very reasonable prices. If you don't spend over $50.00 they will charge over $10.00 for shipping, still not a bad price considering how high they are sometimes in retail stores.
If you only need a few I suggest you check out the retailers I mentions above.
These flower medallions are placed on the upper columns of my fireplace. The medallion is glued onto the fireplace with wood glue. A sponge technique is used on the fireplace and the wood medallion. I sometimes apply caulk around the piece so it really looks like it's meant to be there.
Above is a close up of the larger applique. I added this to a very plain board to give it some character and interest. This applique was caulked all around to create a smooth transition onto the cabinet.
To the left is a smaller applique mounted onto a coordinating kitchen cabinet above a sink. Same thing, just a little smaller.
To the left is the top of a small box with a tiny wood applique on it. This box was decoupaged using Modge Podge.
These little wood appliques come in a variety of designs, shapes, sizes and they also have decorative corners. They can turn a plain piece of furniture into something elegant and unique. They can also hide flaws, cover holes and serve as a back plate to a plain knob. Use your imagination and come up with great ideas to incorporate these wood appliques into your decor.
Stores I mentioned in case you need any information:
In my next posting I'll show you something I did in a kid's bathroom using small wooden fish and a cabinet I bought at Target.
Also some more teen room decorating to show you.......
I have just finished a "coffee" table. You'll see what I mean-this is only a table for coffee! Stay tuned........
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