August 25, 2008

With nothing short to post...

I seem to only be doing large projects lately that have me taking lots of photos. Then I don't find time to sit and write, posting all the photos, so I need to come up with some more short projects!

Here's 1/2 of one, since I don't totally have the finished project quite complete.

I tore down a wall upstairs that made an open room and removed the existance of a hallway. Now, since this project isn't a small one, and replacing the carpet could get expensive, a friend of mine came up with the perfect solution!

Here's the missing wall, and gap in the carpet...

You can see at the bottom of the photo where the doorway was, and the carpet still connects the hall and room. My friend Bepe suggested that I cut out that doorway section and fill the whole gap with a strip of wood floor. NICE solution!!!! No replacing any carpet.

And you know me... ever the cheapskate. So I went in search of wood that was the perfect width, and... I found some. Cedar Fence Pannels! I bought two for less than $3 each, I stained them the dark walnut I stain everything, and then I used my new favorite varnish (Varathane) that I used on the top of my desk. 5 coats. The result is a section of wood that looks so pretty, and is so wonderfully smooth!!

Now I just need to get the walls finished so I can get the wood in place! Should be shortly!!!
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August 6, 2008

A Purse Wall

I've had a lot of comments on my purse wall, so I thought I'd share the little trick I did to make it.

I have lots of purses, none expensive, but quite a little collection, so... I wanted to hang them on one of the walls in my “doing room”. When I went to Home Depot I couldn't find anything hanger like that stood far enough from the wall to hang purses.

What I did was buy a couple lengths of extra wide dowel. They are just over 1" in diameter. I cut them with a saw to lengths of 2.5", then drilled a hole into one end of each of them. Then I bought double ended screws, and screwed them into the hole in the dowel. (This is the only real tricky thing cause you have to be careful not to damage the thread of one end while you are screwing it into the dowel. There's probably a trick that would have made it easier, but I used a pair of pliers and tried not to strip the thread of the end I was trying to turn.

Once 1/2 of the screw was in, I stopped. Then all I did was screw this into the wall. I didn't worry about studs or anything cause purses aren't heavy. This way, I could screw them in anywhere I wanted with a distance that was good for the sizes of the purses. (Evenly spaced and all.)

Ya it's a cheap trick, but heck, it works great. I sound like such a short-cuter lately. But sometimes the first idea is one that isn't hardcore and hard to do.

Sometimes easy just works!

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