Thursday, November 20, 2014

Altered Star Ornament

I joined Vicky's ornament exchange over at Life on Willy Mae Lane so I thought I'd show my ornament I made for my partner before I sent it on it's way tomorrow :o)
The pictures just don't do it justice, it turned out really cute {if I do say so myself!} I hope my exchange partner likes it.
 I'm calling it "Blue Bird's Christmas". I used a large metal star for the back.
 And can you guess what the little pocket holding the bird's nest is made from?
Here's a closer look.... it's the back, clasp part of a bra! It was in a box of old sewing notions that I found at an estate sale and I thought it made a cute little pocket to hold the blue bird's little Christmas scene!
I added some glittered greenery along the front edge of the nest, the Merry Christmas sign is off of an old, gaudy Christmas lapel pin.
I made little stockings out of white felt, they are "pinned" on with vintage pearl head pins... just waiting for Santa to fill them will little birdie treats!
And the tiny Christmas tree was bleached and then glittered and decorated with vintage Christmas garland pieces.I also stuck some pretty white feathers here and there to soften it up a bit.
 And I made a cute little crown for the vintage blue bird I used!

What do you think? I hope she likes it. I'll be sharing my ornament that I receive from my secret partner soon I hope :o)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Laundry Room Redo - New Lighting

Hey there! I'm back with some more updates to my laundry room. In case you've missed any of the progress and want to catch up you can check out the previous posts here:

This weekend I worked on changing out the ceiling light, a new laundry hamper, and finally a curtain for the back door.

I found this light at Lowe's:
It's the Portfolio French Bronze Mix and Match Mini Pendant Light.

And this shade:
It's the Portfolio 6.75" x 8" French Bronze Metal Mix and Match Mini Pendant Light Shade.

Here is what the light that was in there looked like:
It was a nice light but not my style and SO BRIGHT!!! I felt like I was folding clothes in a hospital surgery room! lol!

Here is what it looks like with my new mini pendant light:
 Eeeeeek! Cute right?!
It was easy to install too and luckily they must have put that other monstrosity up after they painted the ceiling because there were no paint lines around where the light was! Bonus!
I think the hardest part of the whole project was figuring out how to get the shade on the pendant! I finally figured out that the pendant has two pieces, you unscrew the bottom piece and then put the shade up and that piece screws back on and holds the shade in place. Sheesh! I felt like a moron for a little bit! lol!
I put a vintage style squirrel cage or Edison bulb in my new light. I got mine from Decor Steals but they have them at Lowe's too.

I also created a liner for my faux vintage laundry basket.

I call it faux vintage because it's not really vintage, and it's not really a laundry basket. The basket is metal and it's actually a grocery store display... look familiar? We won't talk about how I got my hands on a grocery store display, m'kay? ;o)
I used a piece of a thrifted white sheet to make my liner. I just measured around the basket and the depth, then took the removable bottom out of the basket and traced around it for the round bottom piece. Stitched them all together and then folded the top over to make a casing for the drawstring to hold the liner tight around the top of the basket.
I made a cute little drawstring out of some of the leftover fabric from the hot water heater disguise!

And last I made a simple little white curtain for the back door... again out of some of that sheet and a little strip of the yellow polka-dot fabric.

I have one more big project to do for this room and some decor to show you then it will be finished!

The room is coming along so nicely! That little dog door reminds me of a sunny little sunroof... only in the door... and way closer to the floor than the ceiling... :o)

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Repurposed Ladder Shelf

Hi everyone! I'm taking a short break from my laundry room projects to show you my repurposed ladder shelf. I'm sorry for the bad pictures, my living room has tinted windows making it rather dark in there, it's hard to get good pictures.
I had actually started creating a gallery arrangement on this wall in the living room but changed my mind mid-stream and opted to create this instead! I already had everything here... the ladder is one I got at a garage sale years ago.
Here is how it started... and then again how it looked after I removed the beginnings of the gallery wall!
The rusty metal deer head is from Decor Steals, I bought it before I moved... I can't remember if I ever showed it to you.
The book page wreath is a Pottery Barn knock-off I made about 6 years ago! Yikes! I bought the arrows print from Melinda Woods Design, and the little owl is a vintage find from a garage sale. I need to figure out a way to hide the L-bracket. It had to go there because that's where the stud in the wall is or else I would have tried to hide it a little better. :o(
I found the "Take Adventures" poster at The Farm Chicks show. I stacked a few old, crumbly books on one "shelf" and added a little tea light candle in a vintage jelly jar. The heart hanging on the end was another thrifted find that I painted white and there are a few other do-dads here and there... a #2 propped up with a clothespin, a vintage ink well jar with a collection of found feathers, a stack of vintage flower frogs and an old flash card that I found when I removed an old baseboard heater in my old house, and a framed postcard.
 I will probably add more and/or rearrange some things but this is how it looks right at the moment!
You may remember me mentioning that I'm trying to incorporate some tribal accents into my decor, I think this kind of works with that theme... the framed arrow print and the take adventures poster...
And see the framed pictures and mirror propped up on the floor? I put them there while I was arranging the ladder wall and now I think I might leave them just like this! I kind of like it. I Googled "leaning art work on the floor" and "propping art work against the wall" and I see lots of examples of this... it makes me feel a little less weird and not-so-crazy to see examples on Google! lol. What do you think?
The tall skinny picture of the deer was found at Goodwill a couple of years ago. I originally bought it with the intention of making it into a chalkboard but then I kinda fell in love with the picture itself!

The feather print in the front is from Big lots, and the mirror was in my last house in the bathroom. It was black and I painted it coral awhile back.
 I added a little tribal touch to it as well, here is the before...
 I added the arrows with a white chalkboard marker!

And here is a shot of what my living room looks like at the moment. I have the grey slip cover on my IKEA sectional for fall/winter. I'll eventually paint the front door and coat closet door... and maybe plank that entry wall with the closet door on it.

The tribal pillows I made before I moved are on the couch.
I'm using an old wicker trunk for a coffee table until I find something else I like. I have a plan for that plain brown footstool you see there too... soon!
My new chalkboard I made from a vintage picture frame awhile back is hanging above a little bookcase that used to be in my craft studio. You can see I still have some decorating to do on it!

I hope you all have a nice weekend! I'll be back soon with more laundry room updates!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Laundry Room Redo - Hiding the Electrical Panel & Hot Water Heater

I'm still plugging away on my laundry room and having so much fun too I might add! ;o) This weekend I worked on hiding the ugly electrical panel and disguising the hot water heater! Let's start with how I hid the electrical panel. Here is a reminder of what I'm talking about.
 Remember the ugly electrical panel? It's HUGE and right smack dab in plain eyesight!!
Here is how I hid it! It's actually a pegboard! I got the idea from The Posh Place! If you're wondering why I didn't just paint it you can check out her post and you'll see why. I'll show you how I made mine.
Here are my supplies. A leftover piece of pegboard from my shed project at my old house, a package of 4 L-brackets, and some 1" x 2" boards that I had Home Depot cut to size.
Isn't this fabric cute? I found it at Jo-Ann's. I haven't been in there for awhile and I was very pleasantly surprised that they have LOTS of new fabric! Last time it seemed like everything was old-fashioned and not trendy... now they even have chevron in all different colors! I wanted something that would make me smile whenever I walked by, I think this cute fabric does the trick! :o)
This is where I started building my frame and promptly forgot to keep taking pictures. Sorry! I'm bad at that! Basically what I did was use the 1" x 2"s and created a basic frame using the L-brackets to attach them together. Then I painted it the same Arctic Cotton white that I've been using throughout the laundry room redo.
 My scrap of pegboard was already the size I needed so I just laid it on top of my fabric, both face down, and stapled it to the pegboard, nice and tight!
 It already makes me smile!
Then I attached the covered pegboard to the frame (I just used a screw through the hole in each corner of the pegboard), then attached 2 D-ring picture hangers on the back and hung it up on the wall!
When I was planning this project originally, I had it much more complicated in my head. I was going to screw the whole thing to the wall and cut out a little hinged door in the middle of the pegboard so that I could open it to get to the electrical panel. When I looked at my inspiration again over at The Posh Place I slapped myself in the forehead and said "DUH!". Just hang it up like a picture then when you need to access the electrical panel just take it down (it's so lightweight that you can just lift it right off)!
Next I loaded it up with supplies! All you have to do is figure out where you want to hang your things and use a pair of sharp scissors or an x-acto knife and push a little hole through the fabric for the peg!
 I got this clock at Big Lots today along with...
 This cute little broom and dustpan set, and the lint roller.
I already had the little black basket made especially for pegboards and I found the scissors in a box of stuff left by the previous homeowners. I always need scissors in the laundry room to cut off the tags from new clothes that I'm about to wash so that I don't have to rip them off and put a hole in my new clothes. I've done that more times that I want to admit :o/
And when I was in the garage searching for my pegs I found this cute little green fly swatter! It was pure luck that everything matches! lol!
And to make the fly swatter even cuter I used some washi tape on the handle to cover up an ugly advertising logo! :o) Dorky I know but it  makes me happy!

Next up was disguising that ugly hot water heater... I mean LOOK AT IT!!!
They didn't even try to hide it! You can see it from the living room, from the kitchen, and of course when you are doing laundry!
I went back to Jo-Ann's to get more fabric but they were all out of the cute floral stuff so I found this coordinating yellow polka-dot fabric!
And I used magnets to attach it around the top of the hot water heater! Genius I know! lol! It was a complete accident actually. I had a small piece of the floral fabric left over from the pegboard and I layed it on top of the water heater while I was cleaning up and then thought... huh! That might be kind of cute! So I grabbed a magnet off the fridge to tack it up so I could see what it might look like and then thought... well double-huh! I can just use magnets! Then I went into all sorts of self praise... "I amaze myself sometimes", "I'm just a regular Eli Whitney"! .................HEY! I am working all alone here! Whatever it takes to amuse myself!! lol!
Again... I was imagining all kinds of complicated hot water heater covers... building screens, using old fence boards, etc. Why-oh-why must we make things much more complicated than they need be?! lol!
In this picture you can see the labels on the hot water heater through the fabric but I think that's because I used the flash on my camera because you really can't see them very well in person. I think this is a better option than building something that will likely make this very small room feel even smaller... especially since I now have my new laundry folding table in there!
Here is the view from the living room.

One more thing I did in there this weekend...
I mounted my new wall-mount drying rack! I had a bulky floor standing one before but this room is just toooo small!
I ordered it from Amazon.
It seems pretty sturdy... right now I have 2 pairs of jeans, a pair of slacks, a sweater, and a blouse drying on it and it didn't even budge! :o)

 I'm really happy with how these two projects turned out, my laundry room makes me smile now!
I think next weekend I'll work on the lighting situation in here and maybe a couple of other small projects I have in mind!