Home Sweet Home

So I guess I need to give an update! We’re all moved in and we’ve made some major changes. I must say that this entire experience has been a positive one at times and challenging at others. We knocked out walls, installed new flooring, painted, redid the kitchen, painted and ….I think that’s it. Here’s a few pics.

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11′ opening and header.
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Boys taking a break
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Kitchen and Dinning room
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Another View of the Kitchen

It’s been awesome to really make this house our own!! There’s still lots and lots to do, but that’s always the story with owning a home. It never ends!
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Hubs is currently switching out the outlets. He’s a hard worker and I’m grateful. Next on our list is to seal the backsplash, caulking the edges around the countertops, finish reinstalling the closet doors, and clearing out the two spare rooms from clutter. I seem to have collected more serving dishes, warming dishes, and other items to entertain with over the past two years. I don’t have enough storage space in the closest for them all already!!! Ugh. Anybody need a crockpot? I have two. I need to put a few things on Craigslist….and I think I’ll start with the weighted keyboard that I haven’t played in years.

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Headboards Are Hard To Make

So…

We FINALLY finished our headboard project. It was hard. I think only because we a) never attempted upholstering something ourselves b) we work 40 hrs a week and c) we had to wait till we had money to finish the rest. There were some unexpected expenses that popped up at the end. Oh AND the fact that we couldn’t figure out how to move it from our garage (which is separate from our apartment unit that’s also a good 400 yards away) to our apartment. We finally just broke down and asked a good neighbor friend for help and mounted it to the top of our jeep and slowly drove it across the apt complex.

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After about a few weeks, we started covering the bed. Oh but wait… The headboard itself is bigger than the fabric we got. So we had to get a seamstress to sew two pieces together.

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Then after pulling tight and stapling the heck out of it, we began tufting. Our fingers hurt, I broke out in a sweat, and I probably lost a good 5 lbs. It took two days to complete and we broke the super strength upholstery thread three times on three different buttons.

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After all that blood, sweat and tears, we put it all together to test. Pulled it back apart and then moved it to the bedroom.

I cried. It was everything I wanted. And I was so happy that we did it…together…and are still speaking to each other.

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Will I do it again? Yes. But now having done it once, I’ll make it a lot smaller……

Reason #999994848578 Why I Love Pintrest

pallet tray blogI have been dying to start this next project and FINALLY had a free Sunday to work on it.  While waiting on the fabric for the headboard to arrive, I recruited Mr. Handyman Hubs to help me with my pallet tray.  I found this project on Pintrest about 6 months ago and fell in love with it.  It’s easy, simple, and CHEAP.  I’m going to try to give step by step instructions on how we made ours and hope it’s easy to follow.  (I’ll also include a link to the pintrest site with better instructions so you can have two different perspectives.)

First things first.  The materials you’ll need are:

1 Pallet Board

electrical Saw or Jigsaw

Nails

Fabric

Mod Podge

Stencil for Initial (Optional)

Paint of any color (I used the color Coral)

1/4 inch plywood

Sander

Wood stain

Find a pallet board that you like.  Some are dirtier than others, so make sure it’s a good one.  Try looking behind retail stores, or maybe ask retails stores if they have one that you can have.  Most will be willing to part, but some might be stingy.  I found mine only because a friend works for a leasing agency and she said they get them all the time.  She was kind enough to save me one.  🙂

Using one of those round saw looking things (forgive me for not knowing the actual name but you can see it in the picture.  hee hee), we cut the boards down the sides and then pulled the nails out from down the middle so we would have one long board. You can also use a jigsaw.  Whatever floats your boat without cutting off fingers and toes.

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Then I had to figure out the size I wanted for my tray.  After already cutting it one size, (can’t remember) I noticed it was to boxy.  So the final size is 16×23.  Which looks much better.

After I got the sides down, we sanded down the cut boards so that it was smooth so the stain would take.  You don’t have to stain it if you don’t want to if you want that worn down look, but I wanted to stain it because the color wasn’t really what I wanted.

Here’s what the tray looks like after sanding and nailing all four sides together:

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Next we had to cut the plywood. Using some other saw, (man….Hubs and all his tools.  Very hot) We cut it big enough to fit the bottom of the tray and nailed it the bottom.

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Next we nailed the plywood to the bottom of the tray and stained it with wood stain and sealed it with a clear polyurethane.

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Next came the Mod Podge.  FINALLY!!!  I’ve been dying to use this since I started this project.  Simply apply a good, even layer on the bottom of the tray.  Then place your fabric over the mod podge and press firmly.  Make sure all the bubbles and bumps are smoothed out.  We used our driver’s license to help press out the bumps. Make sure you cut your fabric a little bigger than you need too so you can make the cuts easier and straighter.

Once you’ve got your fabric down and it’s nice and stuck to the bottom.  It’s time to cut the extra fabric.  Take a box cutter or a super sharp cutter and cut the excess fabric. Then put a THIN layer of mod podge over the top of the fabric sealing it.  Don’t worry…it dries clear.

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Once that dries, you are pretty much done!  I added a monogram to mine, so feel free to add one on yours!  Here’s the link with the actual project instructions and where I got the idea from.  Pintrest Pallet Project

Hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!

The Headboard That Hubs is Building…..He’s pretty Amazing.

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I’ve mentioned briefly in a previous blog post that Hubs was building us a headboard for our bed.  We’ve never had a headboard but always wanted one…..until we saw how expensive they are.  So…we started researching headboards about a year or two ago.  Then…pintrest was born which made it easier to get ideas on how to put the thing together.  Gotta love Pintrest!!

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This past weekend, we were able to get the foam, buttons and button cover kit.  OH and we also found the perfect fabric!!  Calico Corners off of Park Rd in Charlotte is probably where I’ll buy fabric from now on.  GREAT prices.  The lady asked us what we were covering and she walked us over to the perfect one.  The cool thing!?!  It was only 19.99 a yd.  WHAT?!  SOLD.  Her eyes got big.  I guess she didn’t really think we’d be that quick to make a decision.  When ya know, ya know…ya know?  ha!  Perfect color…durable, and stain resistant.

We bought the foam and batting after the linen and THAT experience was a nightmare.  We had a recommendation to use carpet padding along with the foam sheeting so off to Home Depot to buy the carpet padding.  They don’t sell it by the sq ft…only by the ROLL?!  We don’t need the whole roll.  Womp womp.  Off to Jo Ann’s fabrics.  We found some batting that would do just fine.  We also found some foam there as well.  *sound of a scratching record* How much is that foam??  Oh.emm.gee.  It was $32.99 a YARD?!?  Hubs was almost as green as the foam.  We hauled it up to the counter and our total purchase was $400.  We both almost fainted.  So darn expensive.  Driving home, we got to thinking that there had to be a cheaper way.  This is supposed to be an inexpensive DIY headboard.  I now all of a sudden want to put the thing together and then SELL it for double the price just to make our money back and then some.  ha!  Would never do that….

Anyway…we got home and went to dinner with friends and they told us to check Amazon.  Today…we hauled the green foam back up to Jo Ann’s and proudly threw it back in their hands.  Amazon had the same stuff for $18.00 for one large six ft sheet of foam.  The same ding dang thing.  -__-  Smh….I feel much better now.

So here is the shell of the headboard and the foot board.  Hubs had to put it together just to test the hardware.

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Since the 4th of July was last week, we’ll probably not work on it until the week after next.  Longest project ever, but will be well worth the time and effort!