Monday, August 29, 2011

Jewelry Hanger

Previously, my jewelry was organized like this. I decided that I wanted to do something that wasn't attached directly to the wall because then I could never move it to somewhere else in the room. Plus, I had been adding to my collection a little and needed some room to grow.

I made a trip to the thrift store to see what I could find. I found these two things. I don't know what they are. Baskets/trays of some kind. One would have probably been fine but since there were two, I got them both. Now what?

First, I primed them because I certainly couldn't leave them gold. And painted them white.
Then I grabbed a piece of half inch board that I had laying around. I have been doing so much painting lately that I refused to paint the board. Plus, I am impatient like that sometimes. I played around with the arrangement and tried to use the hooks from my old jewelry solution.
I had to rig a way to hold the baskets on the board. I drilled a hole right behind the upper corners of the baskets and threaded some picture hanging wire through the hole, around the basket and back through the hole.

Then I twisted it around a washer to hold it in place.
What are the odds that I had two more of the EXACT same hooks collecting dust in my tool drawer? I had to throw them on too.
I have plans to do something in the middle so I left a space there. Probably put some knobs on there or something to hang bracelets and what not.
I hung up what I had. I still need to pick up some s-hooks so that I can hang some necklaces from the sides of the baskets or wherever I feel like it.
My earrings with just hooks hang nicely wherever I want them. The ones that clip closed, i.e. hoops, hang well on the wire of what would be the middle of the baskets as well as at the edges.

A convenient bonus is that since the baskets protrude from the board, I have little "shelves" at the top to hold things that won't hang larger hoops with funky closures or wide/flat bracelets, as well as my little container that holds all my studs.

I did recently see someone hang studs with lace. I will have to consider that. I don't really have a lot of studs anyway so I probably will just stick with the little plastic container.

I like this solution better than when it was right on the wall. When I want to rearrange my room, I can just remove the holder (which I just screwed right into the wall) and move it to it's new location.

Farmhouse Bed with new pillows

Here are just some updated photos. I ordered some fabric from and made a couple pillows. I didn't have pillow forms so I just took an extra standard size pillow and cut it in half. They aren't exactly the same size and it drives me a little nuts. OCD, anyone?

And I hung my piece of art I made...oh....last year I guess. I got the duvet cover at Goodwill for like $7.99 about 6 months ago. Score. I knew then that I was going to head in a yellow/gray/white direction in the master bedroom so I picked it up.

wainscoting board and batten
board and batten wainscoting
I need to do something about the ceiling fan and I have to figure out how to make our other furniture look decent. But until then, I am happy with the new look!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Master Bedroom Farmhouse Bed

Last we met I was finishing up the wainscoting. I had no camera to document the progress until now. The wainscoting is done and you will see it in later photos.

While I was working on that I decided to repaint as well. And with all that work I had to move my bed around and such. Well, it is a piece of garbage. It is just a metal frame, no headboard, nothing. And it was propped up on blocks because it was too low to store anything under the bed. And then I realized one of the wheels was busted. I got so ticked that I was having to deal with that piece of junk that I decided I was going to get us a new bed. Well.....make us one.

Enter the Farmhouse Bed from Ana White/Knock-off Wood. I had my sights set on it for a while but finally bit the bullet. The camera was gone for much of that as well, but here are some photos from when hubs returned home.

This is the footboard getting a paint job.
Here is the footboard and a glimpse of the headboard too. I used "rattle can" primer (gray) and then satin black for the top coat (also in spray cans). I also did a couple coats of polycrylic at the last minute. Good thing too 'cause my kids are already climbing all over that thing!
This is with the primer. Headboard.
This is one of the sideboards as it came from the store.
Lots of sanding later.
Setting it up in the room. (See the wainscoting and new gray wall paint?)

Supermodel baby.

That thing is so sturdy. It is unbelievable. It turns out my kids can now get up on my bed with ease by using the footboard as a ladder. Great. As soon as I make my bed they have to climb up on it and jump all over it. Oh well.
The lumber cost about $115. I used the following tools: miter saw, nail gun, palm sander, drill (duh), and at the end I bought a Kreg Jig Jr. ($35) to put the side rails on. I had a lot of paint and poly on hand but I had to buy some extra so I probably spent $25 or so on spray paint.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Master Bedroom Wainscoting

I am prego, y'all. This is one way that my nesting manifests itself.

I had been itching to make a change in our master bedroom. These "before" photos are kind of old but basically show what the room looked like before I started. Different things were hung on the wall and I changed the bedding a bit but you get the idea.

Here is the wall in question. It is the one behind the bed.
In the bathroom redo I used luaun for the wall but this time I couldn't find any at Orange. Even the guy helping me couldn't find it. So I used something new this time. It is 1/8 inch hardboard. One side is smooth, the other rough. I measured where the outlet cutouts needed to be. I personally think this was the hardest part to get right. I measured where the rectangle would be, drew the rectangle, drilled a hole in each corner of said rectangle and then used my jigsaw to cut it out.

I used liquid nails for paneling to hang it. Plus brad nails at stud locations.

Make sure and dry fit before you start slathering glue everywhere.

I used two full sheets (4x8) and then I needed a little strip at the end.

Next I added the top and bottom trim pieces. They are MDF 1x3's. And they are sitting on the hardboard so they are flush with the top and bottom of the sheet.

I used blue tape to figure out how to space my battens. I started with the one that would cover where the 2 large sheets come together and from there went every 14 inches. I made adjustments if it came too close to an outlet. So they are anywhere from 14-15 inches apart.

You really have to measure for each batten separately, to account for slight variances in height. Trust me on this one.

I added an MDF "sashbead" to the top, nailing from the top town into the trim piece.
Here is where we will stop for the day. My hubs took the camera on a week-long backpacking trip. (For some reason he thinks amazing mountain views you only see once or twice in a lifetime is more important than documenting my room redo.) Anyway, from here I caulked all the joints and/or spackled and sanded where needed. Then I primed (2 coats) and painted (2 coats). More to come. Stay tuned!