October 28, 2014

Kitchen Remodeling....All Of The Decisions!

Decisions, Decisions...So many kitchen remodel decisions!

Choose a counter top....Choose a backsplash....



Choose a cabinet style


......Choose a sink and faucet.....


Knobs or handles...Which handles....


.....Which knobs......And which way to have the doors open.......Do I want glass doors?


....Lighting.....


What do you want in the cabinets....Spice rack...Lazy susan?


...Appliances...Keep the old ones or get new ones...


Well...I am almost to the end of all my decision making and I'm so happy with how it is all turning out.  There is not one thing I would change.  

I'm in the process of doing the backsplash myself...A great way to save money and not a difficult Do it Yourself job!

One of my readers said "It must be fun doing projects for yourself"  ....It is!!

Happy Creating
Carol

October 17, 2014

Kitchen Remodel.....Demolition

I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel....Oh goodness, this is a grueling process.   I'm not so sure I would have done this had I known what a difficult process it would be....I hope it will be like having a baby....I will so love the results and forget all the pain lol!

Here's my 30 year old kitchen before I started the remodel


I've been putting Band-Aids on it for the 10 years I've lived here...It was time for new cabinets and counters

The first thing I did was salvaged all of the old cabinet doors.....They will be great for making chalkboards and signs.  

Then I emptied all of the contents of the cupboards into my living room.


I have the BEST contractor in all of Florida doing the work.  I am truly blessed, without him I would have been in the looney bin.

Demo time


I went with Ikea cabinets, they were having a 20% off kitchen sale.......Would I go with Ikea if it had to do it all over again?????   

If you like, I will do a whole blog post on answering that question!

Here's my kitchen, fresh off the Ikea delivery truck...200 piece....I had 48 hours after delivery to inventory and claim any damage or missing pieces...I was totally overwhelmed!  You are only seeing half the pile in this picture!



Two weeks into the remodel and I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel



Hang with me, I had no idea how all consuming this project would be.  Here's the good news....I will never have to do this again lol!

Happy Creating
Carol


October 6, 2014

How To Make A Valance/Cornice.....Inexpensive And Easy

One of the finishing touches to my Hollywood Regency bedroom was to add Valances over the drapes



You are going to love this...the only tools you need are:

Hot glue gun
Straight pins
Batting
Fabric
And 
Styrofoam sheets from Lowes for $7.00

After I hung the drapes I thought they looked to plain and I wanted something to glam them up, so I decided to make valances


Many years ago I made valances from wood.  They were expensive, heavy, and took carpentry skills to cut and nail together......There had to be a better way!

I have been buying styrofoam at home improvement stores for other craft projects since it is soooo much cheaper than buying at craft stores

This is what I used.....There are 6-48" sheets to a $7.00 pack




I used a knife to cut a sheet for the top, front, and 2 sides.  I ruined a sheet because I did not compensate for the Styrofoam width on the sides and top.....I'm just saying that I had to do some careful measuring but, with 6 sheets in a pack I had plenty of sheets so, messing up was no big deal.


The only thing I used to attach all of the pieces of styrofoam together was gobs of hot glue.  It gave a good strong bond...I was amazed!

I first hot glued on the batting and then pinned the fabric on.   I hot glued the batting but pinned the fabric to make it easy to change the fabric in the future.

Now it was STILL to plain.......


....So I hot glued 2 rows of ribbon to the bottom....



I used 2 "L" bracets and set the valance on the brackets, there was no need to attach the valance to the brackets as they are really light and not going anywhere





The Bedroom is officially done!

If you are wondering what I'm up to now.....

...Here's my kitchen, do you see anything missing? 




Oh gosh, I think I'm a gluten for punishment.  Anyone that has done a kitchen reno will agree that it is the most difficult of all!

I'll be back when I can........

Happy Creating!
Carol



September 26, 2014

Padding An Existing Headboard....It's Changeable, Not Permanent, And Won't Harm The Wood


When I did my Hollywood Regency Bedroom I was really stumped by what to do with the headboard of my bed.   After some  thought I came up with a way to make a padded headboard.....One that is not permanent, can be changed or removed and leaves the wood undamaged



I started with this beautiful ornate head and footboard I purchased at an antique store for $130.   I didn't use the footboard, I'll save that for another project.   I contemplated painting it white and then using a silver rub to highlight the scroll work, but the more I looked at it the more I liked the wood and it matched the brown tile on the floor.

  
But......It was to MUCH wood, so I thought a good compromise would be padding the headboard.....But in doing so I didn't want to ruin the wood.....So here's what I did


I made a pattern of the headboard using wrapping paper, the only paper I had on hand that was big enough to make a pattern


Then I got two pieces of foam board from the dollar store and taped them together with duct tape


Then laid the wrapping paper pattern on top of the foam board


And cut around it


Next I covered the foam board with batting


That I adhered with an all purpose spray and trimmed the batting close to the foam board


The final step was laying the fabric on top of the batting and adhering it with hot glue on the backside.   I cut slits to make it lay flat and tight at the curves


The final step was to attach the covered foam board to the wooden headboard using pieces of double stick tape


Then I stood back and admired a pretty good optical illusion..... 



....It looks like a real padded headboard

This would be a great way to change up any headboard ....Heck I could switch out the headboard for the seasons.  And if your headboard is square and not ornate and scrolly like mine it would be sooooo easy!

....The best part....No headboards were injured in this process.

Happy Creating!
Carol



September 14, 2014

Hollywood Regency Bedroom Reveal

I'm finally finished with my bedroom redo.  I was going for a Hollywood Regency look.  I'm not sure if I followed all the "Rules"of Hollywood Regency, but..... 


......I feel mighty glamorous lounging in my new bedroom!



Here's the before and after picture.  By putting the bed against the wall with the windows, the room seemed instantly bigger...Go figure!

I wanted to use wallpaper behind the bed....But, Holy cow have you priced wallpaper lately?  So, plan "B"...After painting all of the walls with Sherwin Williams Mountain Air paint

I found a much cheeper option to wallpaper...A stencil.  I was thrilled when I found this great Art Deco stencil from "Cutting Edge Stencil"



I really struggled to get good photos.  The room has very little natural light...Great for sleeping...Horrid for pictures!



Now I was on to the fun stuff..Decorating



I found the high chest of drawers at Vintage Living Market Place while on my East Coast of Florida road trip



I knew I wanted a starburst but, after no luck searching antique stores I found this one at Stein Mart.  I was thrilled to find this white lady bust at Ross for $9.99!



The little blue slipper chair was a yard sale find from many years ago.   It was $11.00 and the lady said her mother had brought it from France.  



I slip covered it for my living room and completely forgot what was underneath.... I was going to recover it for the bedroom and when I took the slipcover off....OMG...It was perfect!

  


The pole lamp in the corner was another Vintage Living Market Place find.  I couldn't resist since it came complete with some sparkly bling.


On the other wall is the broken china mosaic dress form I made....



.......I think it has found a perfect home



The throw on the end of the bed is from Ikea


The pillows are from Home goods


You can read about my lampshade hat box Here





I've had this dressing table for many years.  I finally got around to painting the jewelry chest







I'll do a blog post soon on the easy temporary padded headboard and the cheapest easiest way to make a drapery cornice board.



Well....I'm off.... I think I'll put on my silk pajamas, grab a martini and lounge in my bedroom!

Happy Creating
Carol