Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Upholstered Headboard

I've been working on the vignettes in the living room but they just aren't quite ready for posting yet! So until then, I decided to show the Ballard Design upholstered headboard that we wanted but couldn't afford so we had to do a DIY version!

It turned out just awesome and I am so happy with how it looks here in the room! I especially love the cost of $75 compared to $500! I did change the shape somewhat because our room is full of "curves".

You are also getting a sneak peek at the progress in the bedroom! I began the master bedroom remodel at the same time as our master bath because they are connected. I still have a few more things to do before I show more pictures. I definitely need to work on my pillows before the final "reveal"!

Let me give you the basic steps we went through to make this headboard.

Mr. Creative measured and cut the curve I was wanting from MDF. We have a queen size bed and he measured for the size based on where we wanted it.

I purchased the dense foam from Hancock Fabrics when they had it 40% off. Foam is so expensive. We had to cut pieces to fit at the arch top with the electric knife.

First layer is a canvas drop cloth that I purchased at Walmart. I believe it was the 6x9 size. I washed it with bleach and dried it. After having it folded for so long, I had to iron it and use a damp cloth to get the creases out which is the damp spots you see there!

Well, we got carried away and I didn't take pictures of every step! So I will walk through what we did up to this point. 

We laid quilt batting on top of the drop cloth, then the foam and last was the MDF. We began by pulling the fabric tight, stapling from one end to the other leaving space to finish the corners last. Mr. Creative had to do the corners because I just couldn't get them to look straight and neat.

I wanted nail head trim but the budget just didn't allow for it. I decided I would hot glue brown braided trim to the fabric instead. Measuring two inches from the edge, we drew a line so I knew where to glue the trim.

The trim went quickly because you can't waste any time when using a hot glue gun!

Mr. Creative made a French cleat to hang the headboard. Here is an example of a French cleat and a link to instructions to make one from wood.

Here she is hanging on the wall!!!

A close up showing the fabric and trim.

Another picture with the bed made up.

Here you can see a little more of the makeover in our master bedroom!

Another picture from the other direction. Lighting isn't real good with my camera.

At the foot of the bed is another project I just finished, too! Hopefully I can show more soon.

I have so many projects going on and it would help if I could just finish one room before jumping to the next project. Am I the only one that does this?

I'm linking up to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at what I've been working on!

Have a great week!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Winter Mantel

Well, I have been playing around with what stash I have to decorate the house for the new winter season. Like most people, money is tight after Christmas so we have to make do with what is sitting in the basement!

After adding and removing items, I finally came up with this arrangement. It has been so cloudy lately that I haven't been able to get good pictures. This was the first day of sunshine in awhile!

Our fireplace is an insert so we use it to heat our home and use the furnace as supplement heat. Since we live in the woods, we have plenty of wood to burn! Just a lot of work splitting it!

Antlers seem to be the rage now so I pulled out the big one our dog found in the woods. My husband wishes he could find the deer that is shedding such large antlers!

Mr. Creative has quite a few sets of antlers from his many years of hunting, but these were the only two he would let me have. He had mounted them on plaques some years ago.

I purchased the ivy topiary from Ross. We just got two Ross stores in the St. Louis area and another is going in really close to me. I can't wait! The giant pine cone is from the Sequoia trees in California.

Thanks for stopping by and please do come back again. I have some other areas of the family room that I have put together some vignettes!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bamboo Roman Shade

When I showed you my bathroom makeover reveal HERE, I commented that there were still a few things that I would like to do or change.

One of those things was to purchase a lined bamboo roman shade for the window that is above our jacuzzi bathtub. 

Hanging the curtain panels up to the ceiling makes a much better look and gives the room more height. However, to me it looks a little bare in that area between the window and curtain rod. 

Even though we live in the country, you never know when someone might be in the woods so we wanted something to cover the window for privacy!

Bamboo shades aren't cheap! We ended up getting this lined Levolor brand from Lowes for $85. Luckily, I had a gift card from work or we probably would have waited longer to get it. They cut it on site to the width we needed at 54" and it is 60" long.

My wonderful Mr. Creative hung it for me by measuring more than once to make sure it is level and even. Dimensions aren't my thing so I'm always grateful that he can do this stuff for me. I guaranty that I would end up with two or more extra holes!

To me it just finishes off the window. I love it! It pulls in the various colors of brown in the room with the wood and fixtures.

I love the warmth of the blind and the privacy!

Here is a picture with the blind open. If it wasn't night time, you would see a view of the bluff going up into our woods. In the summer it is covered with honeysuckle! What a wonderful smell right outside our master bedroom and bath... Sorry, I was dreaming of summer!

A wide shot gives the actual size of the area. Funny the difference in picture colors. The one above better shows the actual colors.

Before I said there were a few things I wanted to update or change. This angle shows one of those things that I tackled over the weekend when the weather was nice. I'm sure you can figure it out if you saw the previous pictures of my bathroom reveal, but I'll save that for another post!

The platform area at the end of the bathtub is screaming for a small bookcase or cabinet to store items and pretties! I'm on the watch for one but with a $50 or less budget, I'm not finding much. Wish I could just get Mr. Creative to make me one but that could end up costing more!

Thank you for your encouraging words on Sunday. It seems that those family and friends that had a great decrease in their check also had extreme health insurance increases on top of the additional social security tax. Thankfully, our insurance didn't increase so our checks were only reduced by the 2% FICA. Goes to show that worry does no good which is why God wants us to trust and lean on Him. Glad I eventually handed it over to Him!

I'm joining Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday!

Have a great week!


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Worry & Panic

Worry...does nothing and changes nothing.

I'm in a bit of a panic because of this social security and payroll taxes for 2013. My husband and I haven't received our first checks for the new year yet. However, many of our friends and family have received their checks and what they are saying has me in a panic.

We are all just average income families and they are finding that they are losing on average, $400 per month for a two income family! I'm not sure how we will cope with losing that much money.

Did I already tell you that I'm in a panic????

I keep reminding myself that God would tell me not to worry or panic.

Philippians 4:6-7 tells me, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

Tonight I'm going to relax and pray while reading this scripture passage. I'm going to be grateful that my husband and I have decent paying jobs instead of worrying. There are many that don't have a job and have much more to worry about financially. We will make it, somehow.

It's time to be even more frugal and button down any extra spending. God will make do with what money we have.

Worry and panic are being replaced faith and obedience.

We will survive!

I'm linking to Linda's Gratitude Sunday at A La Carte.

God's Blessing to everyone!


Monday, January 7, 2013

DIY Bathtub Refinishing

If you remember this post, I painted my cultured marble double sink changing it from 1990's hunter green swirl to a soft white. Here is a peek at that change:



A co-worker saw what I did when I refinished our master bathroom sink/counter and asked if I could do his bathtub in the main bathroom.

He is planning on selling his condo. Over time, the bathtub finish in the bottom had worn and looked dirty. I had enough of the paint left over and told him that if he did the prep work, I would be happy to stop by and spray it.

I only have a few pictures since it had to sit for 3 days before he could remove the tape/paper.


You can see the marks in the bottom.


No more marks and stains!

A closer shot of the inside. Amazing how easy this is to paint.

The product I used is Homax Tub and Sink Refinishing Kit from Lowe's in White. I have had very good luck with it but the reviews are mixed so please make your own personal decision. It definitely has to be scuffed with the steel wool and cleaned with the heavy duty cleaner, which is included, at least three times.

Here is the link:

If you have any cracks or chips, those most be fixed first. I haven't had to fix anything so I can't advise how to fix them. Make sure to cover the floor, sink/toilet/counters because there is an over spray.

Most important thing is to read the instructions and follow the prep work exactly as it states. Everything is included in the kit. I cleaned with my normal bathroom cleaner first and then did their three cleanings and scouring with steel wool.

You MUST purchase an organic vapor respirator mask like this one because the vapors are AWFUL!
I sprayed it in sections at a close distance that was just enough to keep it from having drips. I also went over each section a couple times during each coat. I wiped the nozzle after painting each section. I also shook the can after each section. I waited about 15 minutes in between each coat and did three coats. 

If you see areas that aren't glossy after 15 minutes, give it another coat in that area because you want a glossy finish after it begins to set.

Definitely wait the 72 hours before using to let it cure. I took off my tape and paper surround after 24 hours but that was my decision. It did fine for me. Then I let it cure another two days. Per a recommendation from my blogger friend, Diana from Nana Diana Takes a Break, I used car wax to polish it off and will probably do that at least every six months. 

Our sink is still holding up and we use it everyday. It has been over two months now. 

Just think, if for whatever reason it doesn't work, it was worth the chance. I'm all about taking chances to save money. Sometimes those chances pay off, other times not so much!

Have a great day!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas Keeps Giving!

I am always looking on Craigslist for certain furniture pieces that fall into the under $50 category. It can take days or months until I come across the piece I am wanting and in my price range. There are some items that I still haven't found but I am learning patience!

I have been looking for a recliner for Mr. Creative. Being a very tall family, we needed something that would work for us which isn't the average size recliner. Just before Christmas, I came across this $50 Craigslist Lane rocker/recliner.

Our walls aren't yellow! The flash really does weird things. I think I need a better camera!! Anyway, being we have a chocolate brown sofa and I like pops of red, this earth tone fabric with a leaf pattern in red, gold, brown and green seemed a perfect fit!

After emailing the person, I told them that it would have to wait until after Christmas before we would be able to come and take a look at it. I figured that if it was gone by then, it just wasn't meant to be. Luckily it was still available and we drove the hour north to take a look. It was the perfect size for us.

After struggling to get it out of their finished basement and into our truck, we headed the hour back home after making a pit stop at Bass Pro!

Here is a close up of the arm. I really like the nail head trim.

The recliner is older but in very good condition. Mr. Creative has already taken a nap in it so it got his seal of approval! Once I finish up our master bedroom, my plan is to work on the family room/foyer again. I just haven't been happy with it and I think it's because I didn't start with an overall feeling/plan. I just went along with things I thought I liked and now I am stuck with colors/furniture that aren't working for me.

I really need to do a post on my after Christmas sale items. Most were for Christmas next year so all I can do is take a picture of them as I box them up for next year!

Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your emails and comments! Have a wonderful weekend!



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