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Friday, August 31, 2018

Basement Family Room - Picture Ledges

Let's talk about my picture ledges.
I need to go back in time to when I found them. I was actually getting some photo's taken for  my blog. We were out in this field of weeds, LOL, taking photo's when I spotted a pile of junk.
But unlike most people, when I see a pile of junk, I see unknown treasures!
Of course I had to check it out, and I DID found treasures, two runners from an old pallet.

I didn't really know what I was going to do with them, but I loved the chunkiness of them along with the weathered look and stamps on them. I couldn't pass them up so I loaded them into the van.
Fast forward to decorating the basement. We thought about using them as a mantel above the fireplace in the basement, but we eventually decided against that.
I still really wanted to use them though.
I finally came up with the idea to use them as picture ledges. Let me show you how we did that.
First, I used a scrub brush and some bleach water and gave them a good cleaning and let them dry.
These are not light weigh pieces of wood, they are chunky and solid wood, so we determined that they needed to be securely mounted.
We drilled three holes all the way through the face of the boards spacing the holes the same distance apart as our wall studs. 

Next we determined where the studs were on the wall, and marked them with tape. Then we used cardboard templates to find the placement of where we wanted the ledges to be on the wall, making sure our holes would line up with the studs and making sure we liked the way the ledges were going to be placed.

We used washers and lag bolts to attach them to the studs. Using the template we marked the center hole and pre-drilled, and then put the first lag bolt in, careful not to tighten it completely. 
Then we made sure the ledge was as level as we could,(said boards were very warped.) Once it was level we we stuck a pencil through the other two holes to mark the wall. Our drill bit was not long enough to drill all the way through the thickness of the board, the drywall, and into the stud. So once we marked the holes we just pivoted the ledge off the middle lag bolt and drilled the rest of the holes.
This allowed us to get the drill bit far enough into the stud.
We then pivoted the board back and installed the last two lag bolts.

I was super happy with how these turned out.
I'm especially loving all the character for free!!!
Now I just needed to put some cute stuff on my picture ledges, with out breaking the bank.
Ha Ha, I never break the bank!

First I found this framed canvas at a thrift store, that somebody had spray painted a word stencil on. I took it out of the frame and saved the frame for something else later. I then took the canvas off the frame it was on and threw that away. That left me with a wooden plain square frame, that I painted black. Next I had this amazing architectural ink print that I got at a thrift store for $2, and I glued it to the front of my black frame.
Loving how it turned out!
Cost $5

Next I had this old weird black box and left over pieces of wood from my slat wall. I stained some dark and left others in the natural wood finish. Then I laid them out on the black box to create a chevron pattern. I then marked and cut off each piece that was hanging over the edges. After a light sanding of the edges I glued them in place, creating an awesome piece of artwork.

Ok, one more project or really just a tip. I had family photos I wanted to frame, so I just went to the thrift store and bought black frames in the shapes and sizes I wanted. $2 each.
I know you are thinking, "You want a frog and Marilyn on your wall?"
No, I don't, just watch.

OK, so here is the final breakdown.
Total wall cost about $20 for all these decorations.
Everything is from a thrift store unless other wise stated.

Upper ledge:
Canvas frame with ink print $5
 Black block with a "R"$1
Marilyn Monroe frame with family photo $2
Thrift store mirror $3
Silk Pussy willow stems $1

Lower ledge:
Framed saying,(actually came with multiple sayings inside you can switch out.) $2
Frame I already had with family photo
orange vase a friend gave me with Ikea plant I had
DIY artwork from left over supplies Free
Framed photo I already had
Frame that had a frog print in it, $2

Here a look at my finished decor!

It makes me happy!!

What do you think?
Tell me about what you would put on your picture ledges?
And would you pick up stuff out a a junk pile?

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Want to learn how to upholster?

You may be wondering what I have been up to lately, since I seem to have been missing in action.
If you follow me on Instagram you may already know what has kept me so busy.
But for those of you who don't, let's start at the beginning.

I often have people tell me they wish I could just come over and help them through a project; especially an upholstery project.
People are often afraid of tackling this type of project on their own.
My three oldest son's teach online art courses and kept telling me I should create an upholstery course.
So that is exactly what I have been doing.

Creating an Upholstery course for you!

This is my first course so I decided to start with a fairly easy, basic course on upholstering dining room chairs or side chairs. I show you how to recover three different types of chairs, starting with a simple project and getting progressively more challenging. 

The course is divided into six, easy to navigate, sections with over four and a half hours of clear content spread over thirty-five lectures. You can follow along at your own pace when ever you want. It will be like having me over to help guide you through your chair recovery process. 

Check out this promo video to get a better idea of what the course is like and what it covers.

I would love it if you would share the promo video too!!

The course is priced at $149.99, but there are occasional sales for it. Because you guys have stuck with me for so long, I want you and your friends to be able to take this course for even less. 
Use this coupon code and you can get the course for $9.99. 


Click below to enroll. When the Udemy page comes up, ignore the price you see in the top right corner. Scroll down a little and click on 'Got a coupon?' That's where you enter your coupon code.

And share the code with all your family and friends so they can sign up for that awesome price.

 I want to help as many people as possible learn how to take on their own projects and save money!!

So share,share, share!

I am super excited about this project, I hope you all sign up and leave me a rating !!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Basement Family Room - Reveal!!

If anyone is still out there, I'm still here.
Life has taken center stage lately and everything went by the way side
and Life and people are more important than blogs.
But I am back.

Today is the day I debut the Family Room!! 
It is packed with lots and lots and lots of storage and style on a budget!!
Let's just take a gander, and as always I will tell you how I did it all for less Money.

The cute blanket storage basket is from a thrift store. The grey blankets are also thrift-ed and the blue one was a large blanket I bought on clearance and cut in half to create two lap blankets.
It gets chilly in the basement sometimes so a basket full of blankets is nice, especially when they match the decor.

I bought the basket and flowers at a thrift store and repainted our old kitchen table. The chairs are from a yard sale and I won that "hello" sign at a blogger conference and painted it black.

Our $50 giant sectional is from the Restore!!
I just gave it a good cleaning.
We also moved our piano downstairs.

All the decor items in the forefront including the tray are from thrift stores. The lamps on the piano were given to me and I added a bun furniture leg to them to make them taller and spray painted it all navy blue. I topped them off with square shades I also found at a thrift store. I leaned a blue architectural piece against the wall with a square boxwood wreath all from thrift stores.
Last of all I added two prints of ships, that were from an old store room at my in-laws and put them into thrift-ed frames.

 I did lots of orange accents around the room and I am in love with my metronome that I spray painted orange!!

The fireplace was rocked with faux stones we bought at the Restore for $100. 
We sold what was left over for $100, so it was essentially free. Everything on the shelves was from thrift stores except the greenery.
And remember, all the built-ins are from second hand pieces of furniture. 
Oh and don't forget my lovely denim barrel chairs I recovered.

These awesome rustic picture ledges I found in a pile of junk on the side of the road. After a good  cleaning with a wire brush and some bleach, we attached them to the wall with lag bolts, right to the studs. All the frames and accessories are again from a thrift store. The chevron wood block I made from left over pieces from my planked Wall. 

This built-in is the craft/game area, but also my wrapping station, I used tension rods in the center section to put my wrapping paper on. I just pull and cut. I also have bows in the blue bins and all other wrapping supplies in the closed cupboards. I will do a separate post on all the organization and storage later. 
I have paper, colored pencils and markers here as well, all in bins and containers from thrift stores. 
I covered the center section with hounds tooth wall paper I found at the Restore. My sister gave me the antlers and I just painted the plaque grey and covered the center of the antlers in grey material and studs.
Last of all is the food center.
Popcorn bowl is from a thrift store and filled with microwave popcorn.
We did buy the microwave new from Walmart.
The orange bowls are for popcorn after it's popped; got them at Walmart.
We like to eat popcorn when we watch movies.
Blue cups were like 10 cents each at an outlet store.
I love the look and organization of the area.

I used copper pulls and knobs from D Lawless Hardware,
 Can I say I am just in love with them!!!

The table makes it easy to wrap presents, play games or draw.

Pretty much all the decor in this room is from thrift stores for $1-3 each.
Yeah even that chevron pillow, thrift store!!
I did however recover an old couch pillow with copper faux leather for the second pillow.

Last section was the hallway. I painted all the doors grey like the built ins. I found a second hand mirror on an online site, mounted to the wall and framed it out with weathered wood I may have pulled out of a dumpster. I added a set of three gold mirrors I collected from thrift stores and the dollar store. Last of all I added a clock I picked up once at a garage sale.

I can't do a room reveal with out before and afters!!
Here's the view when you first walk into the basement.

And the fireplace wall!

And the game/craft area and hall back to the bedrooms!!

Lets talk about details!!
I am in love with how it turned out.

Here is a list of colors and styles of products we used.
Wall color - Satin White Color Place
Paint on built ins - Behr Ultra Letter Gray

Here are links to all the posts on the basement family room so far.

If you just want the look instantly, here are links to products close to those that I used.
Click and purchase.
It's called the easy button.
Thanks for stopping by.