8.31.2012

Sewing: Cushions and Pillows

Hi Everyone.  Are you as excited about the long weekend as I am?  I've gotten a bee in my bonnet, a skip in my step and the will to get some things done.  I kick started the project list and burned a little daylight sealing our cedar fence (more to come on that) and busted out the sewing machine to finally finish the pool house sofa cushions and pillows.  Enjoy your weekend and get some things done!
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8.24.2012

DIY: Full Length Mirror Frame

This was one of those spur of the moment projects...after dinner, I busted out the chop saw, rummaged through some old pieces of wood and dragged my cheapy full length mirror out of the guest room.

My cheapy mirror has been a thorn in my side for years.  I used to have it hanging on the back of a door with mirror clips.  Well, when I upgraded the bedroom doors to solid wood  six panel, I didn't want to drill holes in those beauties.  The mirror was from Wal-mart and had no frame.  I had high intentions for years to make one, but never did.  This lonely mirror leaned against the wall, was a safety hazard and was starting to get on my nerves.

I had no idea what I was going to build, but I remembered seeing a project over at Shanty2Chic and knew I could be a copy cat.

I measured my mirror and pretty much cut my wood pieces to be slightly smaller.  If I had to do it over again, I'd go about a whole inch narrower.

My wood was scrap and I think it might have been cedar cause it sure smelled like it.
I sanded it smooth and then beat it up with a hammer and screw driver.
  I used Liquid Nails and staples to secure the corners.  I also used my nail gun to secure each piece on the outer corners.  Make sure you nail straight or like me, you'll have one poking out the backside.  Luckily it wasn't the front.
 I stained the front and back in Rustoleum Wood Stain in Kona.  I used one of those little cans and hardly had to use any.  The first coat was rubbed in and looked like this.
That was a little light for my taste.  So I really stirred up the can and got some of that dark pigment to the top. The second coat was deep chocolate and goes smashingly well with my oil rubbed bronze accents.
Now I wish I took some pictures of my mirror attaching debacle.  Let's just say it was late at night, I was getting aggravated and I forgot to take some pictures of that part.  I thought I could Liquid Nail the mirror to the back of the frame.  Wrong.  I didn't have much width on the mirror and the Liquid Nail seeped everywhere.  I quickly wiped in off with a damp rag and had to sand it off of the back of the wood frame.  Talk about a step backwards.

Don't judge, but I ended up using Gorilla Glue Duct Tape.  This stuff is mean!  I stuck tape around the entire perimeter of the mirror and it's stuck on there for-ev-er.  I hung picture wire from the back sides of the frame and anchored it to the hallway wall.
I love how when I walk up the stairs, I see this beautiful mirror and my barn door.  It makes the hallway look so much bigger and brighter. 


 If you follow me on Instagram (PineTreeHome), you've already gotten a sneak peak and have seen that I love to snap pictures of myself on the way out for a hot date with Hubs.  Love it.  Wish I did it sooner.  It was easy and cheap!
Linking up to Tatertots & Jello


8.09.2012

Organizing: Clothes Closet with Huggable Hangers

If you've been following me on Instagram (pinetreehome) you've seen my love of these slimline closet hangers.
I have a very small closet in our Master bedroom that I share with Hubs.  My clothes are on the right and his on the left.  I've always envied folks with a large walk in closet, but now that I've straightened up and organized the closet, I am sooo happy.  Simplify.  Streamline.  Be Happy with what you got.

 I previously had an assortment of white plastic and metal hangers.  While my clothing was "color coded", it still wasn't visually pleasing and I had a hard time fitting anything new in the closet.  Most of the time, I washed and folded my clothes so not have to wrestle with hanging anything up.



Not too bad, but my jeans took up a lot of hanging space and the while plastic hangers started to break with the weight of my blazers and jackets.

Hello Huggable Hangers.  I found these in Target and ended up getting 3 value packs at $19.99 a piece.  I decided on the black felt rather than the white because I didn't want them to show dust.


 I took every single item out of the closet and sorted.  I filled two trash bags and gave unworn clothes away.  Everything else was ironed and all my other shirts that were in drawers or in the laundry room also got ironed and hung up in the closet.  Organized and Happy.


My jeans now take up less space and slide snuggly together.  And can you see that I am obsessed with black shirts.  Sickness.  I ended up giving some away because I was so ashamed I had so many.


 Don't judge all the black.  I must be channeling Mr. Cash or something!
So if you are thinking of splurging on slimline hangers, go for it.  Ask for them for your birthday.  Best move I made and now I am Happy with my closet.  Who needs a walk in!
I am learning to love my small house and finding ways to make it work!  Check out my last post on pantry organization.  That only took me over ten years to do.  Wonder what other closets I can transform?