Bedroom Revamp Reveal

Finally!  Our bedroom revamp is a reality! I’m still looking for door hooks and one chest needs a few replacement knobs. But, basically we are d.o.n.e! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to take a look.

 

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From Old Door To Headboard

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George gamely hung with the 3 ‘sistas’ this weekend. Having recently moved in to her new home; the plan was to help Laurel decorate, outfit a guest room and to construct a headboard from an old door.  
First, George hung antique stained glass windows that fit perfectly in her three front windows.

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Salvaged Shabby Wood Shelf

I wanted a shelf over my bed headboard; but nothing was inspiring me. Nothing! I was experiencing that dreaded, time consuming “I’ll know it when you see it” syndrome. I couldn’t find the right design, or wood or stain.

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Well, it had been staring me in the eyes all summer. I had a “Duh” moment. Use some of the salvaged wood I had on hand! And . . . leave the wood as is: shabby, no added paint or stain.

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It is a sickness, but I love to collect salvaged woods from furniture or building construction. I have quite a collection. I used two vintage window crowns and a buffet backboard piece left from our half bath remodel.

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I planned to place the shelf high on the wall, so I used the most damaged piece – the light green window crown, minus the trim molding – as the shelf. One side has a few rough spots which look worse in the image than actually is. Only a 6’5″ person would be able see the damage. 😉

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Five screws secure the green wood to the white window crown. The stained backboard piece was secured with flat braces.

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The only thing I had to purchase were the flat brackets. I love the combined woods and colors.

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Don’t you just love it when it all comes together and it costs almost nothing? .🙂
Have a good week! – – Joanne

Easy DIY Necklace Holder


This is supposed to be a post about an easy DIY necklace holder. I digress:

I repeated last week’s agenda – spending another last few days before returning to school at the beach and thrifting. *sigh* Summer vacay is over already? I love my job. Buuuut, I really h.a.t.e. going back mid-August. What ever happened to returning to school after Labor Day?  I felt like I had to cram it all in. Hedonistic, I know.

A little surf and sun . . . I love our little beach, known to locals as Seashore State Park (now First Landing). While not a secluded beach, it’s definitely a retreat from the oceanfront crowds and noise. Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, it has calmer waters. It’s just a neat beach. My sister, niece (her friend) and I spent a lazy, sunny, balmy day at the beach.

 

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A little crafting . . . Back to the necklace holder. Do your necklaces ever get as tangled and knotted as mine? Maybe because I hang them over my mirror? Since my bedroom is on the smaller side, I needed a wall-mounted holder. I used hooks and a piece of pallet wood left over from other projects (Easy Key Rack and Pallet Table).jewelry-right

 

It’s secured to the wall with picture frame saw tooth hangers. Such a little project, but a huge improvement.

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Now, I won’t spend frustrated time trying to de-tangle my necklaces in my morning rush.  🙂 

 

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A little thrifting . . . While winding my way through the West End Antique Mall in Richmond; I found a small 1840 mahogany three-over-four empire chest for my bedroom revamp. There is some minor chipping damage and I have to figure out how to remove a faint cigarette smell.  

 

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It’s always a quandary for me: paint or not?  If I painted it; I’d probably use chalk paint – but what color? What would you do? I’m VERY open to suggestions.

Well, the par-tay is definitely over. Faculty and staff went back on Monday; students start this coming week. What do you want to bet that they’re as reluctant to put away their summer toys as I? 😉

Have a good week! – – Joanne 

 

 

Simple Muslin Tie-Up Shade

Desiring something very simple for our bedroom windows, I found my inspiration from the pages of Beach Cottages magazine. I can’t find this magazine online, but it lists Harris Publications, Inc. in the editor credits. 

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After scrutinizing the magazine images, I designed a pattern which consisted of two basic sections with tie ups.

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Nine-Patch Quilt & Dad’s Day

I hope Fathers everywhere were able to spend time with their families this past weekend.  Our family traveled to one daughter and son-in-law’s rural home to spend a lovely day outdoors. 

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A patchwork quilt is on our bedroom makeover wish list. An antique quilt was out of my range and I couldn’t find a store-bought one I liked.

So . . . I decided to learn how to make one. Definitely a labor of love/hate.

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So how does one who has never made a quilt start?

A lot of Internet searching, quilt books and trips to guild stores for advice. I found an excellent video that explains how to create a quick and easy nine-patchwork quilt.

 

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The quick nine patch quilt method comprises sewing several fabric strips together vertically lengthwise, then cutting horizontally across the sewn strips which saves time and makes piecing so much easier.

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My quilt is rather large, so I was looking at approximately $250 USD to have it professionally machine quilted by the guild. Hmm. Hey, I might as well go all the way and learn how to machine quilt, right? I purchased a walking foot for my sewing machine and quilted straight lines and “stitch in the ditch.”

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I found The Little Red Hen Blog’s binding tutorial simple and easy to understand.

 

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It has taken me three months to make, I know it’s not a work of art, there are many mistakes . . .

. . . But, “somebody” likes it and I am stoked that I actually made a quilt!

 

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Have a good week! – – Joanne