Going all natural…

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I can’t imagine what would be better then a Fall stroll with a coffee (or hot cocoa in my case) and stylish boots. I love boots and from now till Summer I will not wear anything else. I know I’m not the only one, ladies. Anyway this weather gets me thinking about colors, with the foliage looking amazing of course who wouldn’t! I tend to become restless in this case and need to change things up. I discovered a new DIY project that is definitely going to be a necessity in the near future.

I currently don’t have a headboard, which, to others is not a big deal but to me, it’s an AMAZING DIY opportunity. I recently bought some new bedding with great colors and need a headboard to bring it to life. I’ve decided to make a wooden plank headboard which couldn’t be any easier! All you need is plank about 2 x 12 ft in size, a saw (hand, band, jigsaw, etc), wood stain, screws and a drill. Let’s get started!

First draw a line in pencil splitting the wood in half, vertically and horizontally. Then cut on the lines leaving (4)  1 x 6 planks. At this point sand the edges a little bit to make them slightly less sharp.  Then take the stain and paint several layers on all sides. I’m going to choose driftwood stain but any color will work. After staining, sealing and drying, I am going to layer these on top of each other and drill 3 screws in each. I am going to put the first plank about 1 ft off the ground and go up from there. After that step is complete push the bed up against the planks and then it’s done!

The planks can be organized and pieced together in anyway and using any size pieces. The point is, it is a low cost headboard with not a huge time commitment. It’s not attached to your bed and can easily be removed from the wall. Well that’s what I have for you this week! Till next time DIYers!Image

A TV is NOT decor

I started out today like any other. After waking up I took about a half an hour to search the world of Pinterest. Every day I find at least one DIY project that get’s me really excited. Today I found a great idea to spruce up a wall taken up by a wall mounted TV. It’s beautiful! It’s as simple as just framing the TV with shelving! They would look great either blending in with the wall color or doing a contrast color against the wall. In the photo I’ve attached they painted the shelves white.

Another way to incorporate the TV into the decor is to simply frame your television. A nice white frame is very sleek and a black frame works well also. To make a custom frame, simply measure the TV and purchase some molding or strapping. 1 or 2 pieces should do the trick. Decorate it or paint it any color. Sometimes blending the frame into the wall color can be beautiful but a pop color like a red or white could look even more exciting. Well that’s the DIY advice of the week! Till next time DIYers!

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Seeing is believing….

The foliage outside is phenomenal. There really is nothing I love more then seeing the colors changing and sitting with a blanket and hot cocoa watching this weeks episode of my favorite shows. The problem is in my basement studio, there are no windows, this means no foliage viewing. I used to think that having no windows in my space wouldn’t bother me, but alas, I was wrong. This leads to my next DIY project,  “Making Windows in a Windowless Room.”

I don’t know if you have noticed,but out and about there are usually old window frames at garage sales, estate sales even some Antique shops. I picked two 4 pane window frames up at a local gift shop in town. They had the original glass in them. I happen to know a window guy which made this project a lot easier. He ended up taking the original glass panes out and cleaning up around the empty window panes. He then cut some mirror for me (which I took from an old framed mirror) and installed them where the window panes were. After cleaning those up a bit I hung them side by side above my sofa. Yes I know, it’s not a window but believe it or not the mirror creates the illusion of the room feeling larger and having more depth then 4 solid walls. Let me know what you guys think! Till next time DIY-ers.

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On to New Things

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is embracing Fall as much as I am. Yes it is unfortunate that Summer is coming to a close but hey since it’s damn near impossible to bring that 80-90 degree weather back, why not enjoy the foliage. Anyway, the real reason I am embracing the weather is not just the hot tea, cider and amazing Thanksgiving dinner that anxiously awaits me but the decorating! See I recently moved into a studio, this being the first time out of my own 13×14 room I was soooo excited for holiday decorating! As you well know all of the neat DIY projects for fall were calling my name. So naturally, I must share my phenomenal findings.Where I live we have a mudroom that has abnormally large window aka decorating opportunity🙂. I’m going to share with you, how I decorated my mudroom and new studio with simple artistic techniques. I first bought a dollar cobweb from the dollar tree along with some of thosebloody looking hands ( a dollar come on.) I also found. A plastic skeleton head. I attached a cobweb to the bottom corner of the window and stuck those bloody hands to the window towards the center. Then I wrapped the cheese cloth around the skeleton head (like little red riding hood.) I tied the bottom of the skeleton head and cheese cloth like the Skeleton had a cloak! I ran white Christmas tree lights up thecloak. I then hung my light up ghoul behind the web and walaaahh, scary window! It cost my about 8.50 to do this window. As for my studio I found some styrofoam gourds at the dollar store and put them in some clear jars I found at an estate sale. I also filled another jar with fallen leaves.  I dressed up my vignette with some orange candles on black candle holders. Beautiful center piece. I love it! Till next time DIYers!

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I’m back! I’ve been MIA for a little while because where I am from it’s busy season! Anyway we moved forward on our family room redo and picked some great contrasting colors! We also Stained a chair rail that really pulled the two colors together. Once these were chosen it was all about putting it together!

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I’m back! I’ve been MIA for a little while because where I am from it’s busy season! Anyway we moved forward on our family room redo and picked some great contrasting colors! We also Stained a chair rail that really pulled the two colors together. Once these were chosen it was all about putting it together!