January 28, 2010


Inspired by these 2 photos I found online, I decided I wanted to make wainscoting for my bedroom. I like the idea of a shelf on top of it, and have shutters that covered my window half way.

 I got a couple quotes for shutters... the cheapest I could find was $300 on SALE.  Well, you know me, there is no way in hell I'm gunna spend $300 on one window.  (I will show you how I made the shutters in another post)

This is what I started with... white walls and one brown wall.  If you've been reading my blog for a long time you will remember when I put the linden berries up on the brown wall.  I decided I'm over it, and so I got to work!

I ripped out the skirting boards, the door frames, and I replaced all of it with 3.5" mdf. I used 10' lengths to get two uprights out of each length.
In this photo you can see the shelf I attached to the top of the wainscoting... this is just another piece of 3.5" mdf. I used liquid nails, and nailed it into place also.

It's impossible for every section on each wall to be exactly the same, so measuring each wall and spacing the boards as close as possible to the same distance allows the eye to believe all are spaced the same.
Framing around the window first gave me the distance I needed to work with for the rest of the uprights and under the window.

 Here are the shutters I added at the same height as the top of the wainscoting. This way they would swing open under the shelf.

3.5" mdf
Then I painted a warm color above the shelf around the room. This color is on the entire one wall that doesn't have wainscoting.

And all of the wainscoting is painted white. Important step... before painting wainscoting, you need to seal around the boards with a caulking to make them look perfect. Then paint when it's dry.

Here is the finished room.  I'm having fun with the shelf! 
This white dresser I bought at a yard sale for $2.50, it was a beach color with a broken foot. I made a new matching foot and painted it white using an oil based white gloss, and now I love it.

I plan on painting the shutters white, just haven't got around to it yet. You can see the wall w/o wainscoting. I like it!

Wish I'd had my nail gun from the beginning of this project. Once I got it I went 4 times as fast!
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January 7, 2010

Easy Artwork

This is a fabric room divider from Ikea. I like the transparent quality of it, so I had an idea.  (Preface: It came with a couple creases, so I ironed it on a low setting)

Double it up...

And stick it in a picture frame behind glass!

Then I set it on a shelf :)  Not only was it easy... I love it.

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January 4, 2010

A Few Handy Tips!

I’m one of those people that loves handy tips. I have a few to share that maybe you could use. I’ve decided I need to put more on my blog that isn’t just a big project. Here’s an attempt at it :)

#1 For Ceramic Cook tops…
When we bought ceramic stove we got a small bottle of this special cleaner to clean the top of it, and when it ran out, I tried something else.

And It works lovely… In fact, all the cooked on marks come off FAR easier with this combination than using that special cleaner.

#2 For Cat Hair…
I’ve tried so many things to remove cat hair. But truthfully haven't purchased new products on the market since I realized what you can do with a plain rubber glove.

The hair just eventually balls together for easy vacuuming up!

#3 For Headaches
This is a pain relieving product in the form of a sticky patch. I use them all the time on my shoulders and lower back. I recently have been getting rid of headaches with them too. I cut a patch into a thin strip that will fit on my temple, and with clean skin, stick it on before bed. I put a whole patch on the back of my neck as well as the little patches on my temples, and this worked. They smell very strong, and may make your eyes water, which is why it’s a good idea to do it before bed because your eyes are shut.

#4 For Better Smelling Laundry…
I am not happy how short my longest wash is on my washing machine. When I lived in England, my washer took over an hour for a load, and my clothes were always white, and always clean smelling. This new machine, although I haven’t timed it, only needs like 25 minutes. My white socks eventually stop being white, and my laundry doesn’t smell like the lovely laundry soap I use!

So I came up with an idea! And although I don’t know if my clothes are getting cleaner, I am smelling the effects my nice laundry soap!

So my theory is… Turn on the machine, and while the water is running, slowly add the soap. This gives the clothes a chance to get wet. Then it gives the soap a chance to spread out over the laundry inside. Since they are already wet and spinning when soap is introduced.

#5 For Cleaner Skin…

This last one is an Apple Cider Vinegar Tip. I know there are loads of them out there, but there is one I’m fond of.
I add apple cider vinegar to my shower gel. Enough to affect the smell of the shower gel & make it thinner, but not enough to turn it into a watery consistency & make me smell like vinegar when I’m finished. I discovered this because I heard that soaking in a bath with ½ cup of apple cider vinegar can pull toxins out through the skin, and relieve pain. Never taking time for a bath, I settled for adding it to my soap, and I find it gets deodorant off easily too. I also (possibly crazily) think the combination of the warm shower and vinegar make it MUCH easier to move in the morning.

Please feel free to comment with a handy tip you have to share.

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